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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Elizabeth Tait, 86

Elizabeth Tait, a Westport resident since the 1960s, died Sept. 8. She was 86.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in her younger school years during World War II, she worked in the war factories tailoring uniforms for the British Army for the war effort. 

After the war, she and her late husband, Douglas Tait, moved to Canada and then emigrated to the United States. in the early 1960’s, they moved to Westport where she was drawn to the water and her love of painting. They raised two sons in Westport. 

She loved her books and enjoyed using the Westport Public Library as her resource. She also enjoyed the Old Mill Beach with her sons, her books and her friends, and her art.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Patricia L. Hardy (Bozzella), 50

Patricia Lynne Hardy (Bozzella) of Westport died Oct. 6 at home after battling a rare brain cancer. She was 50.

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Patricia L. Hardy: former management consultant. Contributed photo

Born in Albany, N.Y., she was raised in West Sand Lake, N.Y. She resided in New York City, Albany, McLean, Va., Grosse Pointe, Mich., and New Canaan for several years before recently moving to Westport.

She graduated from Emma Willard Preparatory School in 1980, Cornell University in 1984, and received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1989.

A former management consultant, she worked for Chemical Bank and BEA Associates before her employment with Deloitte.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Nicholas J. Manzi Jr., 55

Nicholas J. Manzi Jr. of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 5 at home. He was 55.

Born June 10, 1957 in Norwalk, he was the son of Rosemarie (Perrottelli) Manzi and the late Nicholas J. Manzi Sr. A 1975 graduate of Staples High School, he had been a longtime Westport resident prior to moving to Fairfield four years ago.

Survivors in addition to his mother include one sister Laura Manzi, one niece and one nephew. In addition to being predeceased by his father, he was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph J. Manzi Sr.

The family will greet friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Westport on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will take place in the funeral home at noon following the visitation. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Main Street, Westport.

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Martha Keating, 65

Martha Virginia White Keating of Sherrills Ford, N.C., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 25. She was 65.

A lifelong Westport resident, she graduated from Staples High School in 1965. She spent her life focused on loving her family and her dogs. Her incredibly kind and loving spirit will be missed, her family said.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Peter F Keating, a brother Roger, of Lexington, Mass., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.

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Nancy K. Long, 86

Nancy Kline Long, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 6. She was 86.

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Nancy Long: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Edward “Bud” Long, she was born in Lancaster, Pa. to the late A. John and Gertrude Kline.

She made friends effortlessly and always brought laughter wherever she went. So much so, her three daughters loved hanging out with her, her family said.

Her stories were entertaining and even outrageous, but if you knew Nancy she lived them all. Age was not a barrier to her humor either. Her grandchildren would roar at her life experiences and then tease her. She’d laugh at herself along with them. 

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Betty Ann McCaslin, 68

Betty Ann McCaslin of Fairfield, a former Staples High School teacher, died Oct. 4 at Greenwich Hospital. She was 68.

A native of China, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Arlene McCaslin. She received degrees from Boston University and Fairfield University. A dedicated teacher for 38 years, she taught at Staples High School, Escola Americana de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, where she retired in 2004.

In her youth, she was an ardent scholar, a skilled athlete and an insatiable adventurer which gave way to later years of being a devoted teacher, a skilled knitter, and a voracious reader. Though her hobbies evolved, her compassion and love for her fellow man never waivered which fostered her greatest roles of all: treasured mother, endeared nana, and exemplary friend, her family said.

She encouraged and inspired all those who crossed her path and her very presence made one want to be a better person.

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Colin (Ben) Gunn, Noted Attorney, 91

UPDATE Colin (Ben) Gunn, a longtime Westport resident who was a fierce advocate for his clients over a long and successful legal career, died Sept. 27 in Redding. He was 91.

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Colin (Ben) Gunn: practiced law until his death. Contributed photo

He was senior partner of Gunn, Godfrey and Allison, a successor to the law firm he founded in Westport in 1956, and was still practicing at the time of his death. He first came to Westport at age 9 and lived here on and off until settling in Westport with his wife Mary in 1952. 

Born March 10, 1921, in New York City, he was a graduate of Mount Herman Preparatory School, 1940, Dartmouth College in 1946, where he received an AB degree cum laude, and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1952. 

He was a member of the student board of editors of the Connecticut Law Journal and admitted to the bar in June 1952. He also attended Harvard Business School, New York University, and Yale University. He received an honorary degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1994. 

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William S. Pitt, Jr., 95

William S. Pitt, Jr., a 50-year Westport resident before moving to Shelton, died Sept. 28 at Cambridge Manor Health Care in Fairfield. He was 95.

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William S. Pitt, Jr.: 50-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Ellen Virginia Pitt was born Aug. 28, 1917 in Bridgeport, son of the late William S. and Agnes (Craw) Pitt.

He has resided in Shelton for 14 years and earlier had resided in Westport for 50 years. Before retiring he was a builder in Westport and owned and operated Saugatuck Builders Inc.

He is a former member of the Home Builders Association of Fairfield County, the Y’s Men of Westport, and the Westport Rotary Club.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Frances A. Hines, 86

Frances A. Hines of Shelton, formerly of Norwalk and Weston, died Oct. 2 at her home at Crosby Commons Assisted Living in Shelton. She was 86.

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Francis Hines: sang at Westport Senior Center. Contributed photo

Originally from Southport, she was the youngest of 10 born to Frank and Mary Rose, who came to this country at the turn of the 20th century. She was a graduate of Fairfield’s Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1944, and was a secretary or administrative assistant for most of her working life.

She worked at the high school, Hicks and Otis in Norwalk, Darien High School, Saxe Junior High School in New Canaan and the University School in Bridgeport, where she met her future husband, John, a returning soldier from World War II. They were married for 60 years. He predeceased her in 2007.

She loved to entertain those around her or be the first one to tell a joke. She always felt she missed her calling to be a professional actress and singer, but still pursued those interests locally.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Nancy Huppi

Nancy Huppi, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 23 in Waltham, Mass. after a prolonged illness.

The daughter of David and Mary (Grisky) Messinger, she grew up in Pelham, N.Y. and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School.

She then graduated at the top of her class from Katherine Gibbs School in Manhattan. She lived for a time with other young single ladies at the YWCA, where she met several girls who became lifelong close friends.

While working in Manhattan as an executive secretary, she met and fell in love with Gordon Huppi of Larchmont, N.Y. They married in 1952 and moved to Westport in 1959, where they lived for more than 20 years, and raised their three daughters.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Michael “Spike” Fritchman, 63

UPDATE Michael James “Spike” Fritchman of Donalds, S.C., a former Westport and Weston resident who worked in several area restaurants, died Sept. 26 in Greenwood, S.C. He was 63.

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Michael “Spike” Fritchman: worked in area restaurants. Contributed photo

Born in Rochester, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 1949, he was a son of the late Marvin LeGrande and Elizabeth Louise Price Fritchman. He retired to Donalds in 2010.

For most of his life, he lived in Westport and Weston, where he worked in several area restaurants, including Dogwoods, Matthew’s, Glynn’s and Hollies. He formerly owned and operated Pequot Liquors in Southport.

The most important things to Spike were his friends and family and his dog, Rocky, his family said. He loved to make music and was a drummer with The Screamers, The End, Best of Friends, Cruise Control, and The Remains.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

John J. Fratino, 92

John J. Fratino, husband of the late Marian Renzuella Fratino, died Sept. 27 at his home in Westport. He was 92.

Born June 9, 1920 in Norwalk, he was son of the late Pasquale and Rose Valiante Fratino. He worked as a butcher and was co-owner of P. Fratino & Sons Grocery Market in South Norwalk.

He worked hard his whole life and enjoyed hunting, his family said.

He is survived by his son Pat Fratino and his wife Joan of Redding, and two grandchildren, John Fratino of Middletown, N.Y., and Kelly Miller and her husband Cory of Washington D. C. He is also survived by his two sisters Katherine Cianciullo of Westport and Phyllis Ragosa of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr., 74

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr. of Stratford, a former Westport and Fairfield police officer, died Sept. 26 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 74.

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Richard A. Lindwall, Sr.: former Westport police officer. Contributed photo

Born in Westport, the son of the late Morris and Fannie Lindwall he had been a Fairfield resident for most of his life prior to moving to Stratford seven years ago. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a former police officer for both Westport and Fairfield.

He retired as assistant vice president at Peoples United Bank, and later worked for more than 25 years as a Realtor on the national level.

Survivors in addition to his wife Patricia include seven children, Richard Lindwall, Jr. and his wife Linda of Bridgeport, Lauren Pappas and her husband John of Deltona, Fla., Michael Lindwall of New Haven, Shirley Chu and her husband Francis of Easton, Erik Lindwall-Thomas and his husband Brian of Monroe, Jennifer Lindsey and her husband Brian of Milford and Joshua Lindwall of Stratford; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Miro of Monroe; a brother-in-law, John Krozier of Milford; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Lindwall of Melbourne, Fla.; a mother-in-law, Ida Barron of Stratford, and many nieces and nephews.

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Edna Lee O’Brien, 79

Edna Lee O’Brien of Westport died Sept. 21. She was 79.

Born in Pahokee, Fla. on Dec. 27, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Frances Brown Lee and the late Ray Edward Lee. She lived in Colorado for most of her adult life and spent the later years of her life in Prairie Village, Kansas and Westport.

She moved to Denver in the early 1950s after graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla.in 1950. She became a legal secretary, working for James D. Voorhees, John R. Bermingham, and Continental Oil Company, among others.

Later in life, she worked as an executive secretary and office manager for the Amphenol Cadre Division of Bunker Ramo and Front Range Cable in Longmont, Colo., and National Wire & Stamping in Englewood, Colorado before retiring in 1992.

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Alfred F. Esposito, 80

Alfred F. Esposito of Westport died Sept. 25. He was 80.

He was born and raised in Stamford, the son of the late Frank and Jennie Esposito and the husband of the late Helen Russo Esposito.

He is survived by three brothers; Louis of Margate, Fla., Cosmos of Colonia, N.J., Enleo of Coconut Creek, Fla. ; one sister Jane Maikish of Stamford; two step sons Jaime Russo of Florida and Gary Russo of Texas; four nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Stamford. Burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Darien.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001 or http://www.alzfdn.org.

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