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Obituaries

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nicholas J. Huydic, 31

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Nicholas J. Huydic of Fairfield, son of Edward and Mary (Gerosa) Huydic, died Feb. 26. He was 31.

Edward Huydic retired in May 2014 after 34 years as girls varsity basketball coach at Staples High School in Westport, where he is also a guidance counselor.

Born in New Haven, Nick was a graduate of Fairfield High School, Class of 2002, and Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in business. 

He was a marketing executive with LDC Sleep Management Center. He worked previously at the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport where he rescued animals and often brought them home.

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David P. McGoldrick, 51

David Paul McGoldrick of Fairfield, a former golf professional at the Birchwood Country Club in Westport, died Feb. 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was 51.

Born in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Charles P. McGoldrick, Jr. and the late Grace McGoldrick. A 1982 graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, he attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La. on a golf scholarship.

An avid athlete, he earned his status as a golf professional in 1984 when he became a Class A1 member of the PGA. He played the mini-tour circuit in Florida and later held positions as assistant or head pro at local Connecticut courses including The Country Club of Fairfield, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and Birchwood Country Club in Westport.

He also coached both the men’s and womens’ golf teams at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He most recently worked for Maritime Motors in Fairfield for several years. A devout Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

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Florence T. Lee, 91

Florence T. Lee of Fairfield, a former waitress at the The Clambox restaurant in Westport, died Feb. 26 at home. She was 91.

Born in Shenandoah, Pa., she was a longtime Fairfield resident. Prior to her retirement in addition to working at The Clambox, now Bertucci’s, she was a waitress at the 19th Hole in Fairfield.

She is survived by her son, Robert E. Lee, Sr., a grandson, Robert E. Lee, Jr. of Shelton; three great-grandchildren, Robert E. Lee, III, Dylan H. Lee and Kaia F. Lee; and her dog, Sparky. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry G. Lee and her partner, Kenneth Lynch.

All services are private. Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Boulevard, Southington, CT 06489-1058.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

John R. Fennell, 83

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John R. (Jack) Fennell of Alamo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 21 in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was 83.

He was born on March 10, 1931 to Elizabeth J. and John M. Fennell in San Francisco.

He graduated in 1949 from St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and in 1953 from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. and then in 1955 a M.S. in chemistry.

He spent over 35 years with Stauffer Chemical Company starting in their R & D Laboratory in Richmond, Calif. During his tenure in R & D he invented a catalyst that was used worldwide for over 25 years in the commercial manufacture of the plastic, polypropylene.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Richard Z. Chesnoff, 77

Richard Z. Chesnoff, a longtime Westporter and prize-winning foreign correspondent and news analyst with more than 50 years experience—much of it in Israel and the Arab world -– died Feb. 21 in Riverdale, N.Y. following a brief illness. He was 77.

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He was widely regarded as one of the most respected and knowledgeable journalists covering the Middle East. Early in his career, he was as a reporter for NBC News and the International Herald Tribune before becoming the bureau chief in Paris for Newsweek and later executive editor of Newsweek International.

He also served as senior correspondent of US News & World Report and op-ed columnist for the New York Daily News. He was a contributing columnist for The Huffington Post and regularly appeared on CNN and Fox News.

He spent many years in the Philippines as the honored guest of President Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, later becoming the first reporter to interview Col. Moammar Gadhafi after the United States bombed Libya in 1986.

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Patricia T. Abbott, 85

Patricia Tabram Abbott, former executive director of the Westport Housing Authority, died Feb. 22. She was 85.

She and her late husband, William F. Abbott, Jr., were Westport residents for more than 50 years.

Born in New York City on March 28, 1929 to the late Ralph Cressman Tabram and Miriam Eichart Tabram, she spent her early years in Mount Vernon, N.Y, before heading to boarding school, excelling in academics and honing in her love of science. 

She graduated from Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, W.V., as a pre-med major, earning a B.S. in biology.  She followed her passion in health care, graduating in 1952 from the Flower Fifth Avenue School of Nursing of the New York Medical College.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Miriam J. Zuckerman, 80

Miriam Joy Zuckerman, a Westport resident for 49 years, died Feb. 12. She was 80.

She fought colon cancer for the last 14 years of her life, her family said.

Born to Dorothy Berger Dickes and Joseph Dickes on April 25, 1924 in the Bronx, NY., she graduated from Hunter College and worked for United Artists in New York City before marrying Herman Aaron Zuckerman and moving to Westport, creating beautiful flower gardens and captaining a regular tennis game.

Favorite pastimes included lunching with friends at Gold’s Deli, attending concerts with her children at Levitt Pavilion, reading, and finishing The New York Times crosswords (in ink!).

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John M. Nuzzo, 81

John M. Nuzzo of Willcox, Ariz., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12. He was 81.

He was born in Westport’s Saugatuck section on June 4, 1933 to Nicholas Nuzzo and Marie Ocone Nuzzo. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in England with the 835th Engineer Aviation Company and was assigned with the Army SCARWAF.

He moved to Arizona in 1972 and moved to Willcox in 1999 and was a plumber. He was a member of the Willcox Elks Lodge No. 2131, American Legion, had been an assistant boxing coach for the Boys Club of Phoenix and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

On May 22, 1954 in Bristol, England he married Patricia Dancey who survives him. He is also survived by his children; Michael ( Janice) Nuzzo of Cold Springs, N.Y., William ( Tracey) Nuzzo of Lexington, Missouri, Joseph ( Lorri) Nuzzo of Beacon Falls, Matthew ( Marti) Nuzzo of Willcox and Nicole ( Dan) Musolino of Ridgefield, along with eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers Anthony (Judy) Nuzzo, Daniel (Sophia) Nuzzo and James Nuzzo and his sister Lucille (Ray) Nelson. Preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson Joshua.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Warren R. Wilson, 86

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Warren Ray Wilson, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 6 in Wilton. He lived at The Greens, where he had moved in 2013. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Orange, N.J., the second child of Harry and Amelia Wilson. He attended Orange High School and started college at the University of Nebraska, before transferring to Columbia University, where he was a member of NROTC.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree, the first member of his family to graduate from college, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant commander on the destroyer USS Porter at the end of the Korean War. 

In 1951. he was married to Ruth Wyman, whom he first met in grade school, and after leaving the Navy the couple moved to Boston, where he received his MBA from Harvard.

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Anna Belle Avery, 86

Anna Belle Avery of Westport died Feb. 20. She was 86.

Born in Sedalia, Missouri. on Sept. 25, 1928, she was the youngest of five daughters born to Virginia Boone and Edward Uffman.

She married Howard C. Avery and moved to Westport in 1946 where she made a home for her family for the remainder of her days.

She worked at Newstadt Jewelers in Norwalk for over 40 years. She was an avid reader, puzzler, gardener, and took great delight in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Lillian T. Duquette, 96

Lillian T. Duquette of Westport died Feb. 21 in the Carolton Convalescent Hospital Fairfield. She was 96.

She was born at home on Sturges Highway, daughter of the late Alexander and Krestyna (Opreska) Twarda. She has been a lifelong resident of Westport. She was a graduate of Staples High School and a former avid bowler.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, and parents, she was predeceased by two brothers Peter and John Twarda, and three sisters, Ann Kush, Catherine Uhrynowski and Mary Ditter. Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. To leave an online condolence, go to http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

George T. Capiris, 51

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George Thomas Capiris of Westport died Feb. 20 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was 51.

The son of Stella and George Capiris, he was a graduate of Staples High School where he was very active in sports and then went on to Pace University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.

He received his graduation diploma upon completion of his religious education at the Sunday School Department of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Bridgeport. The late Bishop Silas bestowed upon him the office of Church Reader as a worthy and dedicated acolyte.

He played on the Holy Trinity basketball team where he received the award for the top player on the Midget team. He was a dedicated employee of the National Publisher Services Company where he excelled in computer systems.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

William J. Delano, 85

William J., Delano, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Feb. 19 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.

He was born in Saugatuck on Sept. 28, 1929, the son of the late Joseph and Carmela (Piemonte) Delano. He was a 1947 graduate of Staples High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict and then went on to graduate from JM Wright Technical School in Stamford.

He worked as an electrician with King Industries and Norwalk Electric until he retired. He was also a member of IBEW.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ira Livingston, 70

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Ira Livingston of Westport, a key voice in the cotton industry for three decades, died Feb. 17 at home. He was 70.

The cause of death was gastric cancer, according to a family friend, who said he lived in Westport since 1991.

Born March 22, 1944 in The Bronx, he was described by friends as a “fast-talking” executive—which he did not deny—with Cotton Inc., which promotes the use of cotton in apparel and home.

He played a significant role in growing the Seal of Cotton awareness to the public and improving the fiber’s market share in the apparel and furnishing markets worldwide.

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Isabel P. Gordon, 98

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Isabel P. Gordon of Westport died Feb. 10 at home. she was 98.

Shel was born March 19, 1916 in Chicago to the late Anne Torp and Andrew Pedersen. She was the photographic illustrator for “The Shadow Book,” published in 1960, which received accolades for depicting a child’s relationship with his/her shadow.

She also wrote and illustrated “The ABC Hunt ” provided illustrations for “I Talk to Elephants!,” “Little Windjamer,” and other children’s books, but it was “The Shadow Book” that stood the test of time and remained in print by Harcourt, Brace and Company until the late 1990s.

She was a self-taught photographer and won second place in the 1960 International Popular Photography contest, which had over 175,000 entries. After more than 15 years in the darkroom, believing that long hours working with chemicals was affecting her health, she shifted her interest to self-study of the local environment.

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