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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Peter E. Spangenberg, formerly of Monroe and Westport, died Dec. 24.
He was born in Westport to the late Ivan and Helen (Lyon) Spangenberg.
A 1950 graduate of Staples High School, he attended Brown University and the Bridgeport Engineering Institute. He loved to design and build machines, some of which were patented (his first patent was filed at age 19).
He was employed at Barnes Engineering and led teams of engineers, developing aerospace technology including satellite stability systems. Later while employed at Perkin Elmer, he worked on the Hubbell Space Telescope. After retiring, he spent winters with his wife, Mary, golfing, relaxing on the beach and enjoying many great friends in Naples, Fla.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
John Booth, Former RTM Finance Chair, 80
John W. Booth, longtime chair of the Finance Committee of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Dec. 25 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80.
John W. Booth: served on RTM for 16 years. Contributed photo
Booth served 16 years on the RTM representing District 5 in the Greens Farms area. He resigned in January 2009, citing ill health. (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2009).
“I served many years with John on the RTM and came to know him as extremely competent, thorough and eminently fair to all,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “On behalf of the town, I express our deepest condolences to his family with gratitude for his exemplary service to Westport.”
Born in 1932 in Canandaigua, N.Y, he was a reservist in the Korean War and graduated from Clarkson College in 1956. During his lengthy business career, he was a pioneer in the direct marketing industry and enjoyed living in London five years, where he established a successful advertising agency.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Andre C. Suan, 75
Andre C. Suan, a longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 23 at his home. He was 75.
Andre Suan: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
He was husband of the late Elaine Y. Suan. Born on June 4, 1937 in Shanghai, China, he was the son of the late Pao Lien Suan and Hing Wan Chao. He has been a resident of Westport since 1971. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He received a master’s degree in industrial administration from Yale University in 1966.
He joined the Mobil Oil Corp. in 1966, and his first international assignment was to Singapore in 1967. He held management positions in Germany, Kenya, London and Fairfax prior to his retirement in 1987.
In addition to a passion for travel, he was an avid golfer and benefactor of the Yale golf course. He is the only male member of the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, his family said.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Jeffrey R. Pinyan, 58
Jeffrey Rollins Pinyan, a longtime resident of Westport, died Nov. 15 at his home in San Diego, Calif. He was 58.
Jeffrey R. Pinyan: 1973 Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Born in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1954, he moved with his family to Westport in the early 1960s. He attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1973 and from Central Connecticut State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business.
For the past 25 years, he lived in San Diego and was an area manager for Meridian Leasing Corp.
He is survived by his father John Pinyan; his wife Leslie; two daughters, Krista and Brooke; and one son, Blake. He is also survived by a brother, Greg, and five sisters, Lynn, Melody, Mary, Sue Sue, and Jackie, as well as 13 nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his mother in 1971, Carol Ann Pinyan.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Arlettie W. Clark, 94
Arlettie W. Clark, a Westport native living in Anson, Maine, died Dec. 16 at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, Maine. She was 94.
She was born in Westport April 12, 1918, to Albion and Selena (Manville) Williams. She and her husband, A. Norman Clark, resided in Starks and Anson for many years.
She was predeceased by her son, Richard Clark; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Clark; brothers Lester Williams and Albion Williams and a sister, Selena Williams.
She is survived by her sons, Russell and his wife, Kathryn, of Starks, and Edward and his wife, Iris, of Norridgewock; brother Kenneth Williams of Maine and Florida as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Louis I. Cohen, 91
Louis I. Cohen of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident for 43 years, died Dec. 18 at The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield. He was 91.
Born in Bridgeport, a son of the late Max and Bessie (Sandlovitz) Cohen. he was a graduate of the Wharton Business School, and served in the U S Army during World War II under Gen. George Patton and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as a first lieutenant commanding the 150mm Howitzer Division of the 3rd Army.
In 1950, he founded the firm of Cohen and Engelson, certified public accountants, and was instrumental in building the North End Talmud Torah on Main Street in Bridgeport.
He was a contributor at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and a lover of music and the arts. He adored his family and greatly loved his close circle of friends, his family said.
Robert H. Smith
Robert H. Smith, Jr., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 18 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla.
He had lived alone since the death of his wife Marilyn, who died in 2007. After graduating from the Taft School in Connecticut, he attended Yale University until the family business called for his help.
He ran the family mechanical contracting business for 49 years. He also found time to be the commodore of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club in Westport, commodore of the Harborside Yacht Club, president of Windmill Club in Armonk, N.Y., and president of the Moorings Club in Vero Beach.
He was also on the board of the River Mews Condo Association for 12 years serving as president for most of those years.
Wrenn B. Richardson, 81
Wrenn Bradford Richardson, a former Westport resident died Nov. 24 at her home in St. Simons Island, Ga. She was 81.
She was born in New York City on April 22, 1931 to the late Russell Bradford and Margaret Middleton Bradford. Her father died when she was a child, at which time the family moved to Southport,, where they lived until she was married to the late John Page Richardson in 1953.
The couple moved down the street to Greens Farms in Westport where they raised their family and where she resided until 1995.
She was a woman brimming with optimism and energy who made many lifelong friends, her family said. She had a great love of the water, always living near the ocean and vacationing on Nantucket and other islands.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Raymond E. Walch, 88
Raymond E. Walch, a former principal of Westport’s Staples High School, died Oct. 21 in Palm City, Fla. He was 88.
He was born in Waterbury on March 18, 1924, the son of Roy and Edith Walch. Extended road trips were popular in the Walch household, and by the time he turned age 13, he had traveled to all the lower 48 states and Mexico.
His education at Middlebury College was interrupted to serve two years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he trained to become a navigator/bombardier. With the war’s conclusion, he returned to Middlebury College, and graduated with the class of 1946.
He married his wife of 62 years, Marion Hubbell of Norwalk in 1950, and began his teaching career in Norwalk. The family then moved to Westport in 1960, where he became director of mathematics for the Westport school system, and founded of the Westport Credit Union.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Anna M. Falsone, 88
Anna M. Falsone of Westport died Dec. 8 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. She was 88.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. the daughter of the late Philip and Catherine (Monticciolo) Mandracchia, she was the wife of Dr. Jack Falsone for almost 67 years.
She was a graduate of Hunter College and during World War II, she was a translator for the Free French Government of Madagascar in New York City. She taught Italian for Norwalk evening classes and was a volunteer for Norwalk Hospital’s Treasure House.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters Meg (Bob) Browder of Pace, Fla., Catherine (Dave) Swan of Westport, granddaughters Allison Swan and Christina (Michael) Thomas, grandson Jay Browder, a brother Dr. Vincent (Elaine) Mandracchia of Spring Lake, N.J., and brother-in-law Anthony J. (Betty) Falsone of Whitestone, N.Y., as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Robert E. Peterson, 95
Robert Edwin Peterson of The Cedars, Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 6. He was 95.
Robert Peterson: 37-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born in Harvey, N.D.., he was director of commercial and industrial patent licensing for RCA Corp. in New York City until his retirement in 1987.
Receiving his degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1942, he also attended graduate programs at Harvard, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University.
He was awarded five patents for his inventions in the fields of electronics and light sources. After retirement, he founded Altherin Associates, a patent licensing consulting firm and later became vice president, licensing, for the Patent Enforcement Fund.
James F. Meagher, 88
James “Jay” Francis Meagher, a resident of Westport for 49 years, died Dec. 6. He was 88.
James Meagher: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born in 1924 in Mineola, N.Y., he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nine years, much of that time as a lieutenant aboard the USS McNulty, a destroyer escort during World War II. He graduated from Ursinus College then Temple University with a law degree.
He was a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, received an honorary doctorate at California American University in behavioral science, worked at Mobil Oil Co. for more than 30 years as an attorney, and later had a successful management education consulting business run from his Westport home.
While attending college he met and later married the late, Leonora “Lee” F Meagher, “his bride,” in 1944. The family moved to Westport in 1963.
Richard J. DeAngelis, 85
Richard “Rocky” Joseph DeAngelis, a retired Norwalk police officer and special police officer in Westport, died Dec. 6 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.
Born March 18, 1927 in Norwalk, he was son of the late Mario and Amelia DeAngelis.
A life-long Norwalk resident, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He joined the Norwalk Police Department in 1957 and rose through the ranks to sergeant.
He retired in 1987 and worked for the halfway house in Norwalk and as a sheriff at the Stamford Courthouse. He went on to serve for another 17 years as a special police officer in Westport until 2005.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Dave Brubeck, 91, Jazz Great
Jazz great Dave Brubeck died today in Norwalk. A Wilton resident, he would have turned 92 on Thursday.
Dave Brubeck: Wilton resident dies in Norwalk. Davebrubeck.com photo
One of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, Brubeck died while on his way to a cardiology appointment, according to Russell Gloyd, his producer, conductor and manager for 36 years.
Brubeck’s quartet produced the first jazz album that sold more than 1 million copies and was best known for the melodic composition “Take Five.”
His cool, West Coast sound defied traditional forms by playing in two keys at once, a harmonic approach that gave jazz a new angle. The band stayed together for 16 years and was one of the most popular in jazz history, winning a cult following among students through regular performances on university campuses.
Henry W. Coley III, 86
Henry Wakeman Coley III of Sunderland, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was 86.
Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Norwalk, he was the son of Lucy Langzettel and Henry W. Coley Jr. Growing up in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1944 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
After serving four years, he continued his education, receiving a BS degree from Johnson Sate College and master degree from Union College and Michigan State College.
He was married to Janice Vaughn in 1955 with whom he had three children. She died in 1969. Later in 1974, he married Thelma Jolivette.