Friday, July 17, 2009
Recounting Mario Sacco Stories
Paul Forte, a great nephew of Mario’s Place co-owner Mario D. Sacco, had an Assumption Church audience chuckling today as he recounted stories about the legendary Westport restaurateur. Forte, who worked many jobs at the restaurant over the years, recalled how Sacco and partner Frank DeMace once disagreed on the size of cake portions to be served—DeMace wanted 14 slices per cake to make larger portions and Sacco wanted 16 to save money. He said the solution was to tell the staff to slice cakes according to which partner was in the restaurant at a particular time. Sacco died July 5 at the age of 92. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Stuart N. Handelman, 78
Stuart Norman Handelman, 78, of Westport, husband of Gladys Braver Handelman for 50 years, died Wednesday, July 15 in Norwalk Hospital.
Born March 12, 1931 in New York City, he was son of the late Benjamin and Ida Schaia Handelman.
Mr. Handelman graduated from New York University and the Parsons School of Design where he received his graphic design training. He owned and operated Stuart Handelman Design in Manhattan for 40 years.
With the advent of computer design, he decided to pursue an allied career as a print production manager for American Express Publishing. His buoyant personality carried him through 37 years of commuting to New York.
Monday, July 13, 2009
George T. McCarthy III, 89
George T. McCarthy III, a Westporter for almost six decades, died Saturday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 89.
George T. McCarthy III: Longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Mr. McCarthy was born on Feb. 27, 1920, in Bridgeport, the son of George T. McCarthy Jr. and Gertrude McMahon. He was the owner and president of Silliman & Godfrey Co.
Mr. McCarthy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Dempsey McCarthy, their children, Tom McCarthy (Andrea) of Aptos, Calif.; Sharon McCarthy, of Westport; Joan Ketley (Mark) of Wilton; Doug McCarthy (Susan) of Murphy, N.C.; Tara Eaton (Steve), of Orange, Calif., and Stuart McCarthy, Westport’s director of Parks & Recreation, (Cheryl), of Westport.
Also grandchildren Anya McCarthy-Ciecierski; Ryan, Tyler, and Christy Ketley; Michael and Colleen McCarthy, and Kyle Eaton.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Ann Boyar, 85
Ann Boyar a longtime Westport resident, died of natural causes on June 13. She was 85 years old.
Ann was born in New York City in 1923, and graduated Hunter College (NY). She married Sidney Boyar, and together with her two children moved to Connecticut in 1955. She was involved in many community and business activities in Fairfield County.
In the 1960s, Ann was a Vietnam War anti-draft counselor. In the 1970s, she was a very successful real estate salesperson in Westport.
In the 1980s, she created the Brooks Newspaper’s Mature Forum supplement, and remained as its editor through 1991.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Mourning a Westport Restaurant Legend
Black bunting went up today across the entrance to Mario’s Place on Railroad Place in Westport’s Saugatuck section after word was received of the death of longtime co-owner Mario D. Sacco. Sacco, who co-owned the landmark eatery for 40 years with Frank DeMace, died Sunday in Biloxi, Miss. at the age of 92. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mario Sacco, Longtime Co-Owner of Mario’s, Dies at 92
Mario D. Sacco: well known restauranteur. Contributed photoUPDATE Mario D. Sacco, a Bridgeport businessman and longtime co-owner of Mario’s Place, a drinking and dining landmark in Westport’s Saugatuck area for 40 years, died Sunday in Biloxi, Miss. He was 92.
Sacco, who co-owned the restaurant with Frank DeMace, had undergone a heart valve replacement in 2007. He sold his share of the restaurant to DeMace earlier this year.
Sacco was a benefactor of many charities and had been honored by the Sportsmen of Westport as well as the Leukemia Society of Fairfield County.
A posting on the Facebook page “Mario’s Place Was/Is the Best Place to Work and Eat!!!” said Sacco died while on a trip to Mississippi with his wife and that his body was cremated.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Henry Whitney Munroe, 87
Henry Whitney Munroe, 87, an international pharmaceuticals executive and former member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died peacefully at home in Westport on July 3.
Henry W. Munroe: served on RTM 1960-70. Contributed photo
He was born in New York in 1921, the eldest of two sons of John Munroe and Adelaide Sedgwick Munroe (Princess Kyril Scherbatow).
He was raised in Paris, where his family ran the banking house, John Munroe & Co. of Paris and New York, founded in 1836. Harry attended The Buckley School in New York, St. Mark’s in Southborough, Mass., and graduated as a history major from Harvard University in 1943.
He received a Masters of Arts in government from Columbia University in 1947. During World War II, he served as a cryptanalyst in the U.S. Air Force, Signal Intelligence Service.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Kermit (Kim) Easton, 90
Kermit (Kim) Easton, 90, a Westporter for 54 years, died on June 29 at the Meadow Ridge retirement community in Redding.
He is survived by Freda, his wife of 65 years, his children, Richard and Judith, and his four grandchildren, Aaron, Lauren, Eric and Claudia. He was the uncle of the Taub clan and the cousin of the Kalos clan.
He will be remembered with great affection and deep respect by his many friends in Westport, where he and his wife lived for 54 years, and Meadow Ridge, where the couple have resided in recent months.
Easton was born, raised and educated in New York City, the only child of Sophie and Sol Easton, who came to this country with their parents from Vilna in the early 1900s as part of the great migration of Jews from Eastern Europe.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Joseph J. Phillips Jr., 68
Joseph J. Phillips Jr., a former Cincinnati Enquirer education reporter and amateur radio columnist, died June 20 of a pulmonary embolism at his home in Fairfield, Ohio.
He was 68.
Mr. Phillips retired from a 28-year career as an English teacher for the Princeton Schools in 1999.
He reported on education for The Enquirer in 1970-1971. During the 1980s, he wrote a twice-monthly column for the paper called “Ham call.”
Harry Zeimer, 88
Harry Zeimer, 88, of Westport, husband of the late Isabell Colon Zeimer, passed away Monday, June 29 in Norwalk Hospital
Mr. Zeimer was born in New York City, Oct. 16, 1920, son of the late Max and Kate (Karnel) Zeimer and has been a resident of Westport for the past four years.
Prior to moving to Westport, Mr. Zeimer had been a longtime resident of Bronxville, N.Y. Before retiring, Mr. Zeimer was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Knights of Pythians.
Survivors include four grandchildren, Melisa C. Didio and her husband Mark of Westport, Marysol Donaldson and her husband Frank of Westport, Andrew Castro and his wife Lynne of Beechwood, N.J., and Keith Castro of Yonkers, N.Y.; eight great grandchildren, Isabella, Mark, McKenzie and Mia Didio, Liam and Gavin Donaldson, and Nicholas and Andrew Castro. Mr. Zeimer was also predeceased by one son, Andres Castro.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Andrew B. Chapo, 83
Andrew “Ande” B. Chapo of Johnson City, Tenn., a former Westport police officer wounded in a July 4, 1961 shootout, died June 13. He was 83.
He was born March 12, 1926, in Riley, W.Va.,, the son of Andrew Chapo and Mary Lusckay. He grew up in the coal mining region of western Pennsylvania, and later moved to Norwalk.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in the Atlantic and Pacific as a gunner in the armed guard on board the USS Thomas Meagher, and was honorably discharged.
After the war, he returned to Connecticut and worked for several machine shops and the Pedersen Golf Company, before beginning his career as a police officer in Westport.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Michael Charles Katz, 69
Michael Katz: longtime Westporter. Contributed photoMichael Charles Katz, a lifelong Westporter who was the founder of numerous successful biotechnology firms involved in medical research, died Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 69.
With his love of fancy cars and cowboy hats, Katz was a familiar figure on the streets, beaches and waterways of Westport where he seemed to know and care for virtually everyone he met.
Many will remember him in his convertible with the top down sporting his cowboy hat.
He was an avid car collector from the instant he got his driver’s license at 16, starting off with Austin Healeys and other sports cars, including the ‘Flame,’ before embracing a series of Cadillac convertibles until his young children needed room in the back seat.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
John A. Miley, 53
John A. Miley died unexpectedly at his home in Wilmington, N.C at the age of 53. He was the beloved father of Michael, Matthew, and Christopher Miley all of Westport, and Caroline Miley of Wilmington, N.C.
In addition, he leaves behind his loving parents, John and Virginia Miley of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., two sisters, Debra Neptune of Bethel, Conn., and Virginia Dwyer of Michigan, and two brother-in-laws, Richard Neptune and John Dwyer, along with beloved nieces Lindsay Neptune, Paige Dwyer, and nephew, Sean Dwyer.
Mr. Miley was born in New York City on Nov. 24, 1955. He graduated from Yorktown High School and went on to Boston College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting.
Mr. Miley served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Media Operations Inc. and American Media Inc., a subsidiary of American Media Operations Inc. from October 1999 to December 2004. He served as principal accounting officer of American Media Operations Inc.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hundreds Pay Tribute to Dorothy Bryce
Westport’s Unitarian Church was overflowing today for a memorial service for actress Dorothy Bryce, a longtime Westport resident who died May 21 at the age of 85. (See WestportNow May 21, 2009) Daughter-in-law Jodi Stevens Bryce, wife of son Scott Bryce of Westport, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” one of Dorthoy Bryce’s favorites, at the close of the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Overflow Crowd for Dorothy Bryce Memorial
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport