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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patricia J. Horrigan, 84

Patricia Jane Horrigan, a 41-year Westport resident, died Oct. 18 at Bridges Cornell Heights in Ithaca N.Y. where she had resided for the past two years. She was 84.

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Pat Horrigan: long active in Westport community. Contributed photo

Born in Milwaukee on April 12, 1928, she was the daughter of James and Frances (aka ‘Mac’) Hurley.

Throughout her childhood, she lived with her family in the Midwest, settling in 1940 in Greensburg, Pa. and attending Seton Hill Academy. She went on to graduate in 1950 from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University with a BA degree in journalism and psychology.

In August of that year, she married her Duquesne sweetheart Jack Horrigan and moved to New York City. There she worked for three years as a social worker with foster care children and families through New York Foundling while Jack attended grad school at Fordham University.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Memorial Service Set for Austin Hood, 20

A memorial service will be held for Austin James Hood on Friday, Nov.  23, at 1 p.m. at Longshore Country Club in Westport.

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Austin Hood: 2010 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The 2010 Staples High School graduate, most recently a student at Loyola University in New Orleans, died in New Orleans on Oct. 26. He was 20.

The family issued the following announcement: “Friends of Austin, and of the Hood family, are warmly invited to share this terribly sad, but special, occasion with us. There will be a remembrance service from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a reception with food and drinks from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., when we hope everyone who knew Austin will share their memories of him.

“Austin died peacefully in New Orleans on October 26th.  He was 20 years old.  Austin was an extraordinary young man with a loving heart and a hopeful spirit.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

‘Art’ Reale, 90, Veteran, Animal Control Officer

Arthur “Art” A. Reale, a Staples High School graduate, World War II veteran, and former Westport Animal Control Officer, died Nov. 10 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 90.

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Arthur ‘Art’ A. Reale, a Westport native, served as grand marshal of the town’s Memorial Day parade in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

Reale, a lifelong Westport resident, served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2006. Word of his death spread rapidly at Sunday’s Westport Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony, an event he regularly attended.

Born in Saugatuck on Dec. 26, 1921, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Lillian (Carrara) Reale.

He was a 1940 graduate of Staples High School and was the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served as a radio operator in the South Pacific during World War II.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nichaolas J. Georgis, 85

Nichaolas James Georgis, a teacher at Westport’s Staples High School for more than three decades, died Nov. 8 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 85.

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Nichaolas J. Georgis: former Staples teacher. Contributed photo

He sparked interest in his students, peaked their curiosity, taught them how to think and then mentored many of them as they chose their careers and paths in life, his family said.

He was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 24, 1927 son of the late James and Maria (Zervas) Georgis. His family moved to Fairfield in 1937. He graduated in 1948 from Fordham University with a BS in chemistry /physics.

He took took a leave of absence from college to serve in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Richard M. Carpenter, 86

Richard Maurice Carpenter of Southport, a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, died Nov. 7. He was 86.

He was born in October 1926 in the family home in Mamaroneck, N.Y, to parents Amy Clark and Maurice Carpenter.

He graduated from Bellows High School in 1944 and immediately joined the U.S. Army and trained to become a paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. until the war’s end.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sue Rushmore in 1949. After a stint catching for a minor league baseball team, he graduated from Iona College.

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Wade Shavell, Real Estate Broker, 51

Wade Shavell, founder of a prominent Westport real estate firm who fell into disgrace after being convicted of income tax evasion only to rebound as a successful Florida real estate broker, died Wednesday at his Palm Beach, Fla. home. He was 51.

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Wade Shavell: died after fall. File phto

Business partner David Fite said Shavell suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage after slipping and striking his head Wednesday morning, according to the Fite Shavell website.

Shavell began his real estate career at age 19, and by age 25 had opened his own agency, Riverside Shavell in Westport, where he was raised.

Over the next 11 years, he built it into one of the state’s most successful independent agencies, selling luxury properties in Connecticut and The Hamptons in New York. His celebrity clients included Robert Redford, Martha Stewart and Keith Richards, according to Fite Shavell’s website.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Longtime Westporter Judge Sam Freedman, 85

Judge Samuel S. Freedman, a longtime Westporter and former state legislator, died today at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, the same hospital where her was born, following a brief illness, Judith Freedman, his wife of 48 years said. He was 85. WestportNow.com Image
Quinnipiac University presented an honorary degree to Judge Samuel S. Freedman of Westport in May 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A graduate of George Washington University and Yale Law School, Freedman was a partner for 25 years with his father at Freedman, Peck and Freedman in Bridgeport.

In 1972, Freedman, a Republican, headed to Hartford where he represented the 135th House District then serving Westport, Weston and Easton.

He chaired the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and was responsible for creating what is today’s public defender system.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fred Grossman, 91

Fred Grossman died Oct. 26 in Westport. He was 91.

A veteran of two world wars, he was owner of F.G. Asset Management.

He was husband of his late wife, Shirley; father of Lynn and Steve, and grandfather of Chandra, Jordan, Samantha, Dina, and Ben.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Gertrude Lowry, 90

Gertrude “Trudy” Lowry of Wilton, wife of the late William Lowry, died Oct. 25. She was 90.

She worked for Hilton Hotels for many years in Human Resources. She also was a longtime Realtor in Wilton and Westport. She enjoyed traveling and golfing and was a true animal lover.

She is survived by her relatives, Marian, John, Bill, Tom, Helen, Joan, Alice-Ann, Lauren and Amanda.

Memorial donations may be made to: PAWS, 504 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 or http://www.pawsct.org. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.shaughnesseybanks.com.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

John E. DeLara, 52

John E. DeLara of Weston died Oct. 24 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. He was 52.

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John DeLara: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 31, 1960 in Beacon, N.Y. the son of George and Catherine DeLara. He and his wife Stephanie and son JT have been residents of Weston for 12 years and previously lived in Westport.

He graduated SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics in1982 and worked for many years at IBM and, until his recent illness, for Pearson Education as a vice president of production services.

His family said he was a loving husband and an incredible father who enjoyed coaching youth football. He was a loyal and dedicated friend. 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Katherine Schwartz, 92

Katherine Schwartz, a longtime Westport resident, died Oct. 10. She was 92.

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Katherine Schwartz: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she attended college at Sarah Lawrence. On Jan. 6, 1942, she married John “Jack” Schwartz just before he went overseas to join in the efforts of the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater as a navigator on a B-24 bomber. 

She spent the war years building helicopters for Sikorsky. In the years following the end of World War II, the couple moved to Westport, where she remained for the rest of her life.

In 1954, the couple adopted their only son, Kip, who himself remained in Westport until graduation from Staples High School in 1971.  Over that time, she virtually adopted Kip’s two close friends, Andrew Green and Bill Turner.

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Harriet L. Mills, 89

Harriet L. Mills, a lifelong Westport resident, died Oct. 19 in the Westport Healthcare Center. She was 89.

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Harriet Mills: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born April 18, 1923 in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Catherine (Healey) Mills. Prior to retiring, she was employed as a packer for the Caprice Footwear Company in Norwalk. She was also an avid fan of both the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Survivors include two brothers, Irving Mills and his wife, Dolores, of Westport, Clifford Mills and his wife, Madeleine, of Sunapee, N.J.; two sisters, Evelyn A. Mills of Westport, and Catherine Pietrzak of Bridgeport; as well as three nieces and three nephews.

Calling hours have been omitted.  Friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Diana S. Cozzi, 15

Diana Susan Cozzi of Westport died Oct. 16 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 15.

Born Nov. 30, 1996 in New York City, she was the daughter of Louis and Susan Cozzi and has been a resident of Westport for 11 years.

Prior to moving to Westport, she had been a resident of Larchmont, N.Y. She attended the Connecticut Center for Child Development in Milford, a school specializing in improving the lives of children with Autism.

Survivors in addition to her parents include one sister, Kathleen Cozzi of Westport, one brother, Matthew Cozzi of Westport, her paternal grandmother, Marie Cozzi of Rye, N.Y. and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also predeceased by her paternal grandfather Hugo Cozzi and her maternal grandparents, Aldo and Carol Podesta.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deborah R. Kilian, 83, Well-Known Model

Deborah Reynolds Kilian, a longtime Westport resident and well-known model who graced the cover of Life magazine, died Oct. 12. She was 83.

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Deborah R. Kilian: Life Magazine cover girl in 1949. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

She is remembered for her beauty and her friendly, welcoming smile, which lasted until the end of her days, her family said.

Kilian grew up on what was then a farm on Cross Highway managed by Edward Gross, before moving to her longtime home on Whitney Street.

She attended Mrs. Bolton’s School for Girls, which was the predecessor of Green’s Farms Academy, and excelled at track and field events. Her career in fashion and modeling began when she was discovered by the celebrated illustrator Al Parker while she was working at the old Gristede’s grocery store on Main Street in Westport.

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Arthur Bleemer, 84

UPDATE (adds memorial service) Arthur Bleemer of Westport and Truro, Mass., a former educator in the Westport school system and member of the Westport Public Library board, died Oct. 20 after what his family said was a long and noble struggle with lymphoma brain cancer.  He was 84.

He grew up in Bradley Beach, N.J., son of Rose and David Bleemer, brother of the late Norman Bleemer.  He graduated from Rutgers University, and received his Master’s Degree and Professional Diploma in Guidance and Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. 

He served in the U.S. Army as an instructor in the Psychological Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, N.C., during the Korean War. 

He was an administrator in the Chappaqua, N.Y., Westport, and Darien, schools. A Westport resident since 1963, he served on the Westport Public Library Board and was involved in the expansion of the Long Lots Middle School building and the Westport Library. 

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