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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Michael J. Collins, 61

Michael J. Collins of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a Staples High School graduate and Emmy Award winner, died Feb. 29 after a brief illness. He was 61.

He was born in New York City on Sept. 20, 1950, to John and Adele Collins. The family moved to Rose Bay Harbour in Sydney, Australia, and later to Wentworth Estates in Surrey, England, and the Wentworth Golf Club.

The family returned to the United States, resided in Westport and were members of the Aspetuck Valley Golf Club in Weston. A 1968 Staples High School graduate, he attended Quinnipiac College and Mitchell College.

His talent in the audio/video field gained him a position at the Broadcast Center of CBS Sports in Manhattan. His career in broadcast television spanned events both domestic and international including the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Noted Concert Pianist, Educator Natalie Maynard, 85 Image
Natalie Ryshna Maynard of Westport, a prominent concert pianist and arts educator, died March 4 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85. A longtime Westporter, she was one of the last protégés of Olga Samaroff Stokowski, known as the “Eleanor Roosevelt of classical music in America.” A beloved music teacher in Westport for decades, she was honored in 2010 by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee with a lifetime achievement award. A memorial service/celebration of life tribute is planned for Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. at Westport’s Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Paul L. McCay, 82

Paul L. McCay of Westport, husband of the late Barbara R. McCay, died Feb. 27 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 82.

Born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1929, he grew up in Hewlett, Long Island where he met and married his wife Barbara. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and settled in Norwalk in 1955 where he and Barbara began their family and lived until moving to Weston in 1963 which was their home for many years. 

He was a sales manager at the C.B. Dolge Company until he founded Cricket Supply Company in 1970, which he owned and operated until retiring and moving to Westport in 2000.  Over the years, he enjoyed family vacations in Maine, boating, tennis, golf, and winning field trials as a member of the Shoreline Retriever Club.
He is survived by a son, Scott McCay, his wife Maria, and their children Christine and Brendan, of Scottsdale,  Ariz., a second son, James McCay, his wife Annelise and their children Sasha and Calder of Fairfield, and his third son, Steven McCay and his partner Luke Gilleran, also of Fairfield.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stephanie T. Head, 93

Stephanie Townsend Head of Weston, wife of the late Ralph Dudley Head Jr., died Feb. 26 at Norwalk Hospital.  She was 93.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of the late William Henry Townsend and Dorothy Dwight Hutchison, she was a 1941 graduate of Bennington College. She received her M.S. degree in early childhood education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1975.

She was deeply involved in the field of early childhood education, as founder of the Hilltop After School Program, and the Norfield Children’s Center in Weston. She served as director of Weston Cooperative Nursery School, Bolton Pre-School and Norfield Nursery School.

She continued as director at Norfield Nursery School for 23 years until her retirement in 1985.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jameson Daniel Conte, 20 Months

Jameson Daniel Conte, son of Mark and Stephanie Conte of Westport, died Feb. 25 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 20 months old.

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Jameson Daniel Conte: provides four children with gift of life. Contributed photo

The last gift Jameson contributed to this world was the donation of his organs. He has provided four children with the gift of life and the opportunity to become extraordinary, as his family knew he would one day become.

Jameson’s life would seem too short to many, but the quality of his existence far exceeds the quantity of the time in which he lived it. Those touched by his sparkle and laughter will remember the joy he found in music, mealtimes, and being adored by his family.

In addition to his parents, Jameson was the beloved little brother of Alyssa, the cherished grandson of James and Carol Conte and Daniel and Deborah Fratino, all of Westport. He was the nephew of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Conte, and Danielle Fratino in addition he was loved by many extended cousins, aunts and uncles.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stanley Weinstein, 93

Stanley Weinstein of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a charter member of Westport’s Birchwood Country Club, died Feb. 24 at The Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93.

Born in Bridgeport a son of the late Benjamin and Marion Weinstein, he was the proprietor of the Chas. Friedman Company of Bridgeport and past vice president of Auto Parts Unlimited of Stratford.

He was a charter member of the Birchwood Country Club, a past president of Congregation B’nai Israel, a member of the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach, and a member of the Probus Club.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years,  Edith Schmer Weinstein, and by his daughter, Susan Shapiro.  He is survived by his son, Peter Weinstein and his wife Gail of Bridgeport, son-in-law Robert Shapiro and his wife Helaine, a brother, Leonard Weinstein and his wife Suzanne of Long Boat, Fla., a brother-in-law Jerome Sherman, grandchildren; Andrea Weinstein and her husband Joseph Kresse, Brad Weinstein and his wife Jordana, Adam Shapiro and his wife Jana, Matthew Shapiro, Amy Shapiro and her husband Daniel Bursky, three great grandchildren, and his companion Phyllis Schwartz.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nancy A. Locks, 67

Nancy Alma Locks, who grew up in Westport, died Feb. 6 in Long Beach, Calif. after a courageous five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 67.

Born April 11, 1944 in New York City to Matthew and Florence Locks, she grew up in Westport and moved with her family to Long Beach in 1959.

After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also earned a teaching certificate in English as a second language from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She was multilingual and employed her linguistic skills as a teacher, researcher and interpreter. She taught Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She taught English as a second language at Long Beach City College, The Long Beach School for Adults, and schools in Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

John Arcudi, 90: Staples Grad, Patton’s Interpreter

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE John A. Arcudi, 90, a 1938 Staples High School valedictorian who later served as Gen. George Patton’s interpreter in Europe during World War II, died at his Bridgeport home Thursday, surrounded by his loved ones, family members said. Image
John Arcudi: Staples grad served under Gen. George S. Patton. Contributed photo

The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, which had afflicted him for the past seven years, said his brother Joseph Arcudi, a former Westport First Selectman.

Born May 26, 1921 to Carmelo Arcudi and Mary Passafiume Arcudi in Westport’s Saugatuck section, he was the first of seven children and the first in the family’s history to go to college, winning a full scholarship to Yale upon graduating Staples, Joseph Arcudi said.

“He was 21 years older than I am, and he was the rock of the family,” Joseph Arcudi said, adding that his brother John emceed at his first selectman’s inaugural ceremony at Town Hall in 1993. “He was so brilliant, he was unbelievable.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

David R. Robotham, 60

David Ray Robotham, a former Westport resident and Staples High School graduate, died Feb. 20 at his home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.  He was 60. Image
David Robotham: ran Westport lobster company. photo

He was preceded by his mother Peggy Manchester, father Gordan Robotham, and stepfather Paul Manchester. He is survived by half brother Richard Robotham.

Raised in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1969. In Westport, he distinguished himself as a young Sea Scout and in starting a successful scuba salvage company, SOS.

He attended Roanoke College in Salem, Va. and earned a B.S. in biology. After returning to Westport, he started Sound Island Lobster Co., Bridge Square, fishing for lobsters, selling them in his seafood stores and restaurant.

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Renée E. Marguerite Paridaens, 88

Renée E. Marguerite Paridaens of Montreal, Canada, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 31 after a period of declining health. She was 88.

Born in Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 22,1923, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Berthe (Michel) Paridaens.

The youngest of four children, she was raised and educated in Belgium and was a graduate in archeology from Louvain University. 

After World War II, she was married on May 21, 1948 to Stefan Ferdynand Hawlena in England and emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ruth J. Schwindeman, 88

Ruth Bertha Johnsen Schwindeman of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport after a fall at home. She was 88.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of George M. Johnsen and Elnora Zillah Ives. She was the widow of W. Richard Schwindeman.

She was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where she established a record for speed typing. She later worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady and worked for many years in Stamford.

She lived for many years in Westport and was a member of the Weston Field Club. She was an avid tennis and bridge player and enjoyed many kinds of needlework and sewing. She adored the challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzle and was a lover of great books, her family said.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Margaret E. Falconer, 92

Margaret E. Falconer, a native Westporter who graduated from Staples High School, died Feb. 16 at The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. She was 92.

Born July 8, 1919, in Greens Farms, she was the daughter of Neil and Helen (Smith) Duffy. She attended schools in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She worked for C.B. Dolge in Saugatuck for a short time before taking care of her home and her family.

She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, especially autobiographies, and playing bingo. She enjoyed a variety of music, watching baseball, loved flowers and in her earlier years she could always be found puttering in her flower garden.

She is survived by her niece and primary caregiver for many years, Mary Jostrand of Woodford, Vt., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Falconer, whom she married in Connecticut in July 1947. He died Dec. 7, 2006. She was also predeceased by her son, Colin Jr.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Stephen H. Gross, 71

Stephen Henry Gross of Easton, husband of Catherine French Gross, died Feb. 9 after a brief illness. He was 71. Image
Stephen H. Gross restructuring lawyer. Contributed photo

He is survived by his sister, Deborah Green of Westport, his children: Elizabeth Gross of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Richard J. Gross and his wife, Jennifer, of Westport; Barbara Gross of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Patricia Gross Feinberg and her husband, Jeff, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; and Wendy Sinclair Gross. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Samara and Aidan McCracken; Jessica, Allison, Benjamin and Jack Gross; Isaac Guzman; and Hudson and Seiler Feinberg. He was predeceased by his brother, Jeffrey Shaine Gross.

Known for his love of family and friends, he was passionate about music, art, gardening and reading. He attended White Plains High School and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and his LLB from the Columbia University School of Law. He was a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars.

He had more than 40 years of experience as a restructuring lawyer, representing institutional lenders and lessors in the restructuring of financially distressed companies. As an authority in the airline restructuring field, he represented creditors in major airline bankruptcies.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rosemary Q. Barry, 85

Rosemary Quinn Barry of Southport died Feb. 16 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 85.

Rosemary, one of five children of Dr. Raymond and Alice Freeman Quinn of Waterbury, was born on June 6, 1926. She was married to John Francis Barry Jr on Sept. 10, 1951 at St Francis Church in Waterbury.

She was educated at Skidmore College and developed a life long interest in and talent for fashion design and interior decoration at Toby-Coburn Design School in New York City and the New York School of Interior Design.

A longtime resident of Greens Farms and Southport, she is survived by her husband John and her nine children; Morgan Morton of Calistoga, Calif., John Barry of Riverside, Christopher Barry of Yonkers, N.Y., Matthew Barry of Southport, Rosemary Barry of Greens Farms, Michael Barry of Southport, Polly Barry of Southport, Maura Grinalds of Southport, and Deirdre Barry of New York, N.Y.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Robert A. O’Keefe, 85

Robert A. O’Keefe, a resident of Westport and husband of more than 58 years of Maura Ann (Callaghan) O’Keefe, died Feb. 14 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 85.

O’Keefe was born in Woonsocket, R.I. on Nov. 17, 1926, son of the late Arthur and Lucy (White) O’Keefe and resided in Westport for more than 40 years. 

He was a graduate of Albert Leonard High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., Class of 1944.  Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Force V5 program and attended St. Lawrence University and Williams College. 

He spent two years in the Pacific during World War II.  He was employed by the Burndy Corp. for more than 35 years in the customer service, engineering and sales departments, during which time he was awarded several patents. 

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