Funerals for sons of Tom Dudchik killed in Branford crash


CHESTER — A funeral for the two sons of WTNH News 8’s “Capitol Report” host Tom Dudchik will be held Monday morning, according to their obituaries.

Robert and Anthony Dudchik were killed April 28 in a car crash on Hosley Avenue in Branford, police say. East Haven resident Megan Nicole Povilaitis, 17, was also killed in the crash.

WTNH plans to broadcast the Dudchik brothers’ funeral service live on its website and Facebook page. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Chester. Interment will immediately follow the funeral service.

Tom Dudchik announced last week that he was taking a break from hosting “Capitol Report” following the deaths of his sons.

Robert Dudchik, 22, was working as a flight attendant for Avelo Airlines at Tweed New Haven Airport at the time of his death, according to his obituary.

“Travel and customer service were Robert’s passion. He excelled at Avelo, garnering much praise during his short career from passengers and colleagues. Robert was loved in Avelo. Robert’s dream was to teach English in Japan – he was in love with Japanese culture. We are so sad that he couldn’t make that dream come true,” the obituary read. “Robert was a cherished son, grandson, nephew, cousin, colleague and friend. We love him and will miss him more than words can express. Fly away Robert!

Anthony Dudchik, 19, was a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University. His obituary describes him as a photographer and anime enthusiast. “He spent many nights in front of the fireplace chatting with us about his love of the genre,” his family wrote in the obituary.

Both sons attended Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam. They were adopted by Tom and Nora Fitzgerald Dudchik as young children through the state Department of Children and Families.

Police said the two brothers and Povilaitis were found dead at the scene following a car accident. An area driver contacted the Branford Emergency Communications Center around 6:35 a.m. about a car crashing into the roadway, but said he did not witness the crash. crash itself.

Police say speed was a factor in the fatal collision.


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