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Obituaries

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Leo J. Bates, 69

Leo James Bates of Westport died July 11 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 69.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., he resided in New York City and Hasting on the Hudson before moving to Westport in 2007. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, of Pittsburgh in 1962, he studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, class of 1966, and attended Yale’s Summer Studies program.

A talented American artist, his paintings are well recognized for their being based on computer algorithms. His “trompel’oeil” technique sometimes employed the philosophical underpinnings of mathematical fractals, but are breathtakingly visual.

A painter’s painter, he received six gold keys for art by Scholastic Magazine while still in high school. Later, he was given the Creative Artist Public Service Award by the New York State Council of Arts. His artwork was shown at the Whitney Museum Art Resource Center, and the renown Albright Knox Museum of American Art in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cecil J. Olmstead, 92

Cecil Jay Olmstead of Westport, an attorney regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on international law, trade and arbitration, died June 25. He was 92.

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He was of counsel with the international law firm, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C., and former executive vice president of Texaco, Inc..

Born in Jacksonville, Fla. Oct. 15, 1920, he was husband to the late Frances Louise Hughes Olmstead, of Brooklet, Ga.

He served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1946, serving with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations and with the 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Paul C. Taylor, Sr., 82

Paul C. Taylor, Sr., husband of the late Patricia C. Taylor and longtime Westport resident, died July 8 at his home. He was 82.

Paul “Pop Pop” was born in Norwalk on July 29, 1930 and is the son of the late Phillips B. Taylor and Hilda Walker.  He graduated from Staples High School in 1948 and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was the longtime co-owner of the House of Wares in Weston Center.

After he “retired,” he spent the next 20 years doing what he truly loved—working the first tee at Longshore Club Park. He was an avid golfer—a “hobby” that took him as far as Scotland to play. His golfing buddies were truly special to him as were his longtime high school friends with whom he continued to meet for lunch several times a year. 

Compo Beach was always in his heart, evident by the years living there and as president of the Compo Beach Improvement Association. His faith was very important to him. He was a long time member of the Assumption Church.  Anyone who knew the Taylor’s would find them in the pew third pole back on the left at Saturday’s 5 p.m. mass.

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Janice Park, 89

Janice Park died May 21 at her home at The Watermark, 3030 Park in Bridgeport while under hospice care. She was 89.

She was a longtime member of the Unitarian Church in Westport and created the Social Justice Council. 

She was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Bristol. She was the daughter of Dr. Paul Park, general practitioner, who delivered many Bristol babies, and Margaret Taylor Park, a homemaker.

She attended Connecticut College and the Hartford Seminary Foundation, and in 1947 she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College. After living in Manhattan and working at the Community Service Society as a caseworker and supervisor, she moved to Fairfield in 1954.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Marvin Weinberg, 91

Marvin Weinberg of Westport died July 7 at home. He was 91.

Born in New Haven on May 23, 1922, he attended Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Boston University, and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A certified public accountant, he began his career in New Haven with his father, Samuel, and then worked at Weinstein and Timm, and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells where he mentored many.

After marrying, he lived in Hamden until last year when he moved to Westport to be closer to his children. He was a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and served on the board of the Connecticut AAA.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

John J. Curran, 59

John J. Curran, former editor of Mutual Funds Magazine and a veteran financial journalist at Fortune, NBC, and Bloomberg, died July 5 at his Weston home of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had been battling the disease for the last 14 months, according to his family. He was 59.

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Curran began his journalism career at The Wall Street Transcript, but spent much of his working life at Fortune, where, as an executive editor, he ran the magazine’s investing coverage and was responsible for producing its special guides to investing and retirement.

In 1998, he left Fortune to become editor of Mutual Funds Magazine, which, like Fortune, was published by Time Inc. until it closed in 2003. For 10 years, in addition to his magazine editing jobs, he was a business commentator on the “NBC News at Sunrise” program. Most recently, he had worked as news director at Bloomberg.com.

Reared in Catholic schools, a high school wrestler, and a protester in the 1971 march on Washington against the Vietnam War, Curran was a no-nonsense editor who viewed journalism as an old-school calling comprised, as he said, of “saints and sinners and everything in between, all working together trying to say something important about something important.”

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Robert Hoodes, 82

Robert Hoodes of Startford,  active for many years in Westport area community theater productions, died July 5. He was 82.

He was born in New York City on Dec. 19, 1930 and spent his childhood in Far Rockaway and Woodstock, N.Y. Following a brief term in the Navy during the Korean War, he met his late wife, Claire Abohatab with whom he raised a family, most recently in Weston. He spent his retirement years in Stratford.

He was part of the team at Harvard that developed the first computer at Littauer Labs in the 1950’s and went on to develop many cutting edge computerized systems in the early years of that industry, including one of the first computerized retail-to-warehouse inventory and restocking systems. He retired from NASDAQ in the 1990s.

He was active in the Westport-Weston Community Theatre and will be best remembered for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Orsino in its production of “Twelfth Night.”

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Friday, July 05, 2013

William G. Bulakites, 91

William G. Bulakites of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, and formerly of Westport and Stamford, died July 2. He was 91.

Born in Waterbury on Nov. 16, 1921, he was the eldest of four children born to the late William G. and Genevieve Phillips Bulakites. He was a 1939 graduate of Stamford High School and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. 

Following the war, he went on to graduate from New York University under the G.I. Bill.  He was employed as a buyer for Bonwit Teller until his retirement in 1987. 

He was a member of the Stamford Senior Men’s Club, Masonic Ashlar Lodge No. 332, Westwood Court No. 8, Order of the Amaranth, and Ashlar Chapter No. 116, Order of the Eastern Star.

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Francis B. Palmer, 84

Francis Bernard Palmer of Guilford, formerly of Westport and Constableville, N.Y., died July 3. He was 84.

A veteran of the Marine Corps, he served in the Korean War. He was an avid outdoorsman, former vice president of the Constableville Fish & Game. He was also a retired semi-pro baseball player.

He is survived by his wife Viola and his children, Frank (Cindy), Vincent (Beth) and step-children Tom MacGregor (Denise), Debbie MacGregor, three granddaughters and seven grandsons. Also his sister, Angela Chiaia, several brother and sister in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife, Josephine Mangone Palmer and his brother Emanuel (Red) Palmer.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Overflow Crowd for Maggie Feczko Funeral

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There was an overflow crowd today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for the funeral of Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko, a longtime Westport community volunteer. Friend and fellow parishoner Dawn Sullivan described her as"more steadfast than spontaneous”  and said en route to her last visit to the hospital, she displayed her “usual grace and determination” and “carried her fear and suffering with dignity.” “We will go forward with Maggie’s determination for a better world,” she said. Feczko, a former chair of the Westport Historic District Commission, died after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64. (See WestportNow June 30, 2013)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Margaret ‘Maggie’ K. Feczko, 64, Community Volunteer

UPDATE Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko of Westport, long active in Westport community affairs, died June 28 at home after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64.

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented Maggie Feczko with a special award at last November’s Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A former member and chair of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) , she was also active in the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Garden Club, Westport Sunrise Rotary, and the League of Women Voters of Westport, among others.

Last November, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff honored her with a special award at the HDC’s annual Preservation Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Special mention was made of her successful efforts to save the Sherwood House on Church Lane, now home to the Spotted Horse.

The family has announced a service in her memory will be held Wednesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Doris C. Berg, 83

Doris C. Berg of Stratford, a longtime hygienst in Westport, died June 27 in her residence. She was 83.

Born in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Elsie Haffner Berg. She was a retired hygienist for over 60 years in Westport. She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Hygiene and member of the Connecticut and National Dental Hygiene Association.

She was an avid golfer playing at the Wood Haven CC in Woodbridge. She enjoyed planting her garden each year. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in the Nichols section of Trumbull.

She is survived by her brother, Wallace (Wally) Berg, a nephew Craig Botten and his wife Deborah, of California, a niece Deirdre Kachala, of Shelton, a brother-in-law James Botten, of Trumbull and two great nephews, Cameron and Dustin Botten.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Margot Hayward, 79

Margot Hayward, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 79.

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The daughter of Eleanore and Merrill Dreyfus, she was born in New Haven in 1934. Her early years were spent in New London. She graduated from Harbor School, where she was valedictorian of her eighth grade class, and editor-in-chief of The Harbor Beacon.

She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. in 1951, attended Vassar College and received a degree, cum laude, in Latin from Connecticut College in 1955.

After graduation, she worked for IBM in New York as secretary to the art director of THINK Magazine. In 1957, she was selected to attend programming school. She chose to become a technical writer for the 705 EDPM.

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James F. Kingsley , Jr. 82

James Francis Kingsley, Jr., a former Westport resident, died June 20 in Beaufort, S.C. He was 82.

The Kingsleys moved to Beaufort from Westport in 1992. He was born April 23, 1931 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of James Francis Kingsley and Louise Roy Kingsley.

When he was 5, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Marist Military School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

He met his future wife, Jo Ann Egger Kingsley from the University of St. Francis at a Notre Dame Mardi Gras Dance. After graduation from Notre Dame in 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with tours at Parris Island, S.C., Quantico, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. as an infantry company commander.

A lengthy business career began in New York City with the New York Sales Executives Club, American Management Association, and as head of the worldwide program of AMA’s Presidents Association. He then formed his own firm, Educon International Inc., a training and consulting firm for business and nonprofit organizations in 23 countries.

He was on the Board of Trustees of Saint Leo College and a member of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and the Strategic Leadership Forum.

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Robert L. Gette, 97

Robert L. Gette of Tequesta, Fla., a former Westport resident, died June 23, 2013, at his residence.  He was 97.

Born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., he had been a resident of the area since 1984. While living in Westport, he worked in Manhattan as a head hunter for Haleys & Associates. He was a co-founder of the Westport Little League and enthusiastically coached the team for which his son played.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Jupiter Hills Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club.

Survivors include one son, Robert L. Gette, Jr. (wife Terry), of Salem, N.Y., and one great-grandson, Owen Robert Gette, of Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Smith Gette, his son, Carter Smith Gette, and his grandson, Robert C. Gette (wife Jennifer).

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