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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Gaspar Veloso, 64

Gaspar Veloso, a postal clerk for many years in Saugatuck, Westport, and most recently in Weston, died April 11 in his Bridgeport home. He was 64.

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Gaspar Veloso:  longtime U.S. Postal employee. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Nov. 11, 1947, he was the son of the late Jose and Maria (Loureiro) DeAraujo Veloso, and was a graduate of Central High School and earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.

A Vietnam Veteran, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, first in Westport and then Weston where he thoroughly enjoyed his work and colleagues. He loved gardening and photography, and was always glad to share his expertise.

Survivors include his stepmother, Teresa Veloso, sisters, Rosa Veloso Pope and husband Ted, and Maria da Gloria Riberio and husband Alvaro, one brother, Antonio Veloso and wife Mary Bartelt, nephews, Alvaro Ribeiro and wife Rebecca, Victor Riberio and wife Naomi DaPaz, Rui Riberio and Amanda Angrisano, and Andrew Veloso, nieces, Christina Veloso Pope and Sarah Veloso Pope, and other extended family. A funeral service was held in Bridgeport on April 14.

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Geraldine E. Mooney, 65

Geraldine Evelyn Mooney of Greenwich Woods Homes, a former Westport resident, died April 16 in Greenwich Hospital. She was 65.

She had resided at Sylvan Knoll in Stamford for more than 35 years. Born Jan. 24, 1947 in Norwalk Hopsital, she was the only daughter of the late Alexander and Edythe Scott Mooney.

She grew up in Weston, then Westport and became a hairdresser in Stamford. She became a born again Christian and was baptized at Bethany church in Stamford, and was a member the past 12 years at Calvary Baptist of Darien.

A Memorial service is planned for Saturday May 5, at 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist on the Post Road across from the Darien train station. A light reception will follow. For more information, contact John Cardamone of Norwalk at (203)838-0100.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Paul L. Hopkins III, 58

Paul L. Hopkins III of Lake Placid, N.Y., a Staples High School graduate, died April 24 at Adirondack Medical Center following a long illness. He was 58.

Known to family and friends as “Hop,” he was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of the late Paul L. Hopkins, Jr., of Pawley’s Island, S.C., and the late Mary Patricia Kendrick Chase, of Asheville, N.C.  He was predeceased as well by a younger brother, Damian Peter Hopkins.

He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1971.  He went on to study theater at Lyndonville College in Lyndonville, Vt., graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in the theater arts. 

Following his graduation, he stayed on for a year working for the theater department.  Soon thereafter he began his career in the restaurant business as part owner of the Georgetown Saloon, a popular establishment in Georgetown.  He traveled the country extensively, living variously in Vail, Colo., San Francisco, Charleston, S.C., and finally Lake Placid, where he had spent much time as a young man.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

William M. Beyea, 79

UPDATE (add memorial service details) William (Bill) Minner Beyea of Weston died April 25 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1933, he attended grade school and high school in Pleasantville, N.Y. and graduated from Colgate University in 1955.

He was an accomplished jazz musician, playing numerous reed and woodwind instruments throughout college and traveling to Europe with the Nassau Jazz Band.

For more than 10 years, he played clarinet and saxophone in the Finger Lake Five, a jazz and Dixieland band that opened for Billie Holiday at her final New York City performance, played to an audience of more than 24,000 at the 1958 New York Jazz Festival, performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and recorded a number of records.

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Rose R. Gleason, 64

Rose Riccio Gleason of Trumbull, a former Westport hairdresser, died April 29 at her home. She was 64.

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Rose Gleason: Westport hairdresser. Contributed photo

Wife of Howard Gleason, she was born on April 8, 1948 in Castelfranco, Province of Miscano, Italy, a daughter of the late Matteo and Giovannina Riccio.

A graduate of the National Academy of Hair in Bridgeport, she was formerly employed by Act One of Westport, with 40 years of dedicated service. She truly enjoyed her trade and the many lasting friendships she gained through her work.

She was an avid gardener and traveler and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to the casino. Above all however, she was a devoted wife and loving mother who put the care and love of her family first.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Richard M. Whidden, 93

Richard “Dick” Mason Whidden, a former Westporter, died at his home on April 21. He was 93.

Born in Boston, he spent his adult life living in Westport, New London/South Sutton, N.H., and Naples, Fla.

He was predeceased by his two wives; the mother of his children, Elizabeth “Bambi” Whidden, and Joanne Lawson Whidden.

He was educated at Roxbury Latin School in Boston and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. where he was captain of the track team. He worked for most of his career at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency in New York City.

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Ahmad F. Ahmadi, 85

Ahmad Fotovat Ahmadi of Shelton, former owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport, died April 24 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 85.

The husband of Effat Barghi was born in Tehran, Iran on March 25, 1927, the son of the late Abdoulali Fotovat Ahmadi and Robabeh Ettefagh.

He was the owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport and Scarsdale, N.Y. for 20 years before his retirement in 1999. Prior to that he was a merchant in Iran.

His greatest love was his family and he also found great enjoyment walking, hiking and working.

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Arlene A. Skutch, 88

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Arlene Skutch: hosted “Pink House Painters.” Contributed photo

Arlene Anderson Skutch, a Westport resident for 60 years, died April 25. She was 88. A longtime diabetic, she maintained her health and active lifestyle despite living with a serious disease, her family said.

She came from a diverse artistic background. Born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, she began her adult life as a classically trained professional singer.

In 1945, she moved to New York City and began her stage career in Broadway musicals such as “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Bloomer Girl,” and “Of Thee I Sing.”

She married, had two children, Laura and Andrew, and moved to Westport where she bought and renovated a charming saltbox colonial house built in 1876. 

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Glenn D. Meeker, 85

Glenn Dale Meeker of Easton, a native Westporter and Staples High School graduate, died April 24. He was 85.

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Glenn D. Meeker: flew B17s and 747s. Contributed photo

The husband of Shirley Bulkley Meeker was born in Westport on July 24, 1925 to the late Ralph and Reatha (Gosnell) Meeker. He was a graduate of Staples High School and served as a second lieutenant with the Army Air Corp during World War II flying B-17s.

After 33 years, he retired as an airline captain flying 747s for Pan American World Airways.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his daughter, Leanne (Donald) Pettit of Elkhart, Ind., his son, Russell of Manchester, and grandchildren Sarah (Luke) Dudley of Writtle, England, Kathryn (Thomas Mann) Meeker of London, England and Jeffrey (fiance Megan Caldwell) Meeker of Middlebury. He was predeceased by his brother George Meeker and sister Myrtle Miller.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jeannine M. Brady, 58

Jeannine M. Brady, a school nurse in Norwalk and wife of former Westport Deputy Schools Superintendent and Staples High School Principal John J. Brady, died April 25, at her Westport home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 58.

She was born in 1954 in Worcester, Mass. to Alfred Gosselin and Beverley (Graton) Gosselin.

She is survived by her parents, three children, Christopher, his wife Andrea Villanti and their daughter Nora; Caitlin and her wife Marianne and Marissa; three siblings, Denise Healey of Worcester, Paul of Cambridge, Mass., and David of Lexington, Ky. and her husband of 38 years, John J. Brady, who recently retired as superintendent of schools for the Amity Regional School District. 

John Brady joined the district after 10 years in a variety of roles in Westport, including a three-year stint as deputy superintendent. He was principal at Staples from July 2002 when he replaced Gloria Rakovic to October 2004.

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Richard M. Crain, 61

Richard Miles Crain, DMD of Westport, died April 21 at.Norwalk Hospital. He was 61.

He was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a son of the late Samuel and Sheila Crain, and was a graduate of Syracuse University. He received his doctorate degree from Tufts University School of Dentistry, and post doctorate degree from the University of Illinois.

He practiced dentistry for more than 30 years in Larchmont, N.Y., and taught at New York University Dental School.

He had a passion for skiing, art, piano, trumpet, cooking, and ice cream entrepreneurship.

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Thomas R. Long, Sr., 81

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Thomas R. Long, Sr.: 50-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Thomas R. Long, Sr., a Westport resident for 50 years, died April 19 in Norwalk Hospital of heart failure. He was 81.

Son of Roy and Charlena Clough Long, he was born in Albany, Vt. on Dec. 22, 1930. He grew up in Albany on the family farm. Educated in a one-room schoolhouse with no running water or electricity, he completed grades 1– 8 in seven years and graduated Orleans, Vt. High School (with honors).

He served one year in the U.S. Navy. He was married for life to Elaine Miles in 1949 and recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.

He is survived by Elaine, his sons Edward, Thomas Jr., Dana Long, his daughters-in-law Andree, Melinda, Jacqueline, grand-daughters Samantha, Emma, Amanda Long and Elizabeth Thompson.

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Francis P. Bosco, Jr., 94

Francis P. Bosco, Jr., of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, son of the late Margaret and Francis P. Bosco, Sr., died April 9 in Hospice by the Sea, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after a long battle with cancer. He was 94. 

He was born on July 5,1917, in White Plains, N.Y. and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y. until coming to Westport in 1928. After graduating from Scarsdale High School, where he was a “center” on the football team for four years, he attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Being tall and “rangy,” he tried out for crew instead of football, and was “stroke” of the freshman crew his first year, then stroked the varsity crew for his remaining three years. When on vacation, Frank, as he was called, was a familiar sight, quietly rowing from point to point at Compo Beach in his single “gig” which he kept at his parents’ house on Soundview Drive. 

He served in World War II as a Medical Supply Officer in the Pacific Theater of the war, from the spring of 1941 through autumn of 1945.

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Robert Goldman, 87

Robert Goldman, who owned a house in Westport where he summered for more than 40 years, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 87.

He was a journalist, publisher, author, advertising executive, documentary film maker and avid tennis player and fan.

He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and an editor of The Michigan Daily and a writer for The Detroit Free Press, Reader’s Digest and The Saturday Evening Post.

He was a founder of Surgical Care Publications and directed more than 300 films/videos for the pharmaceutical industry.

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David L. Punzelt, 82

Capt. David Lum Punzelt, a former Westport resident and most recently living in Castine, Maine, died April 20 at a Bangor, Maine hospital. He was 82.

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David Punzelt: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born July 1, 1929, in Norwalk to Katharine (Smith) Punzelt and Philip Muller Punzelt. He grew up in Westport where he attended Staples High School.

He went on to graduate from New York State Maritime Academy, class of 1950. Upon graduation, he was employed as ship’s officer with U.S. Steamship Company, during which time he upgraded his Merchant Marine license and obtained his New York harbor pilot’s license.

His last ship with U.S. Lines was the SS United States, famous for being the fastest passenger ship of its time. In 1955, he elected to activate his Navy commission and made a 30-year career in the Navy.

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