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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Stanley Barton, 84
Stanley Barton, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8 in Casa de la Luz Hospice, Tucson, Ariz. after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.
A former longtime resident of Westport, he was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Halesowen, Worcestershire, England. He graduated from Halesowen Grammar School and the University of Birmingham with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He and his late wife, Marion, emigrated to Canada in 1953, where he worked for the Canadian Defense Establishment in Halifax, Nova Scotia developing coatings for Canadian Navy vessels.
After a move to Ottawa, Ontario, he was employed by Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati at their Miami Valley Laboratory as a food chemist, and he completed his career with ITT and ITT Rayonier in the Natural Resources and Forest Products divisions both in New York City and Stamford. He and his wife retired to Tucson in 1991.
His passion was music, and he reassembled and installed a 1927 Wurlitzer pipe organ from the Ward Avenue Theater in the Bronx, N.Y., in his basement in Westport, entertaining family and friends over the years. He was a former member of the Connecticut Valley Theater Organ Society.
Barbara Mulqueen, 87
Barbara (Windels) Mulqueen, a former teacher at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, died Oct. 15 in Fairfield. She was 87.
Born in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. to Paul and Louis Windels on Nov. 8, 1924, she attended Brooklyn Friends School with her sister Peggy and her brothers Paul Jr. and Richard. She graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in education.
As a young girl, she spent her summers in Westport where she met her future husband, Robert “Bob.” They married in 1949, after Bob returned from serving in World War II, started their family and raised four children.
She was passionate about teaching and in the 1960s she founded the Southport Congregational Church Nursery School and served as its director until 1970. She then joined Greens Farms Academy as a first grade teacher, where she taught for the next 20 years.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Joseph R. Corcoran, 89
Joseph Reginald Corcoran of Westport, husband of the late Irene (Sabo) Corcoran, died Oct. 15 at Stamford Hospital. He was 89.
Born March 21, 1923 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Divine) Corcoran. Prior to moving to Westport in 2002, the Corcorans were residents in Morrestown, N.J. for 44 years.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated war veteran of World War II. He attended Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1951 and then went on to receive a doctorate in philosophy of education from Rutgers.
He was a former member of Westport Weston Y’s Men, Friends of Sherwood Island and Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Ruth A. Castelli, 93
Ruth Allen Castelli, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 11 in Mansfield Center, Conn. She was 93.
Her daughter, Lynn, son-in-law, Mike, and toy poodle, Lilli, cared for her during her final days, enabling her to fulfill her wish to leave this earthly life in the manner she desired, her family said.
She was born Ruth Elizabeth Allen in New York City on Sept. 3, 1919. Her father, Thomas Louis Allen, was a tenor for the Metropolitan Opera and her mother, Dr. Ida Bailey Allen, was a noted food authority, columnist, author and broadcaster. Her father died when she was an infant. She was later adopted when her mother married William Brewster Chapman.
She attended secondary school at Blackstone College for Girls in Virginia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 with an honors degree in English. It was while working in publishing for Pocket Books that she met the love of her life, Alberto (Nick) Castelli, an Argentine national sent to New York to study the paperback publishing industry.
Judith A. Krone, 56
Judith Anne Krone of Westport died Oct. 10 following a five-year battle with cancer. She was 56.
Born three months premature on April 23, 1956, her strength to survive was evident as an infant. Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., she graduated from State University College of New York at Buffalo where she met the love of her life, Marty. She later received her Ph.D. in textiles from Purdue University and worked for most of her career at the Textile Research Institute in Princeton, N.J.
She and her family have been residents of Westport since 2001. An active parishioner of Assumption Church in Westport, she and Marty taught religious education for the last 10 years and also volunteered cleaning and setting up the church. She loved gardening, mystery novels, watching old movies with Marty and spending time with her children.
Survivors in addition to her husband of 34 years, Martin W. Krone, include two children, Charlotte Anne Krone and Wyatt Krone of Westport; her father, Henry Ostrowski of Buffalo; a sister, Mary Ball of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; a brother, Henry Ostrowski of Sloan, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Elsie Ostrowski and a brother, Raymond Ostrowski.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Gordon L. Swisha, 45
Gordon L. Swisha of Fairfield, a Staples High School graduate, died Oct 8. He was 45.
Born in New York City, he was raised in Westport, graduating from Staples in 1985. He spent several years in California, receiving his degree from UCLA. He returned east to New Haven before making Fairfield his home four years ago.
The owner of Electrix, Inc., of New Haven, he was a talented architectural lighting designer, with various patents to his credit. Intricately involved in the custom lighting of numerous landmark buildings throughout the world, he was proud of his company’s accomplishments.
He possessed a real passion for life, his family said. A warm engaging individual, he truly cared to meet and understand people. He was a skilled boats man, who knew Long Island Sound, and an amazing golfer.
Gerald D. Page, 80
Gerald “Jerry” Dunn Page, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 3. at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. He was 80.
Born Nov. 18, 1931 to Kyle M. and Lois D. Page in Minneapolis, he raised his family in Westport before retiring to The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah in 1995.
He served in the U.S. Navy, completing submarine school as a “dolphin” and was assigned to the USS Tang. He received the Good Conduct Medal for Service ending in 1954 and the National Service Defense Medal.
He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration. He had a corporate career with American Can Company and Simkin Industries.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Elizabeth Tait, 86
Elizabeth Tait, a Westport resident since the 1960s, died Sept. 8. She was 86.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in her younger school years during World War II, she worked in the war factories tailoring uniforms for the British Army for the war effort.
After the war, she and her late husband, Douglas Tait, moved to Canada and then emigrated to the United States. in the early 1960’s, they moved to Westport where she was drawn to the water and her love of painting. They raised two sons in Westport.
She loved her books and enjoyed using the Westport Public Library as her resource. She also enjoyed the Old Mill Beach with her sons, her books and her friends, and her art.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Patricia L. Hardy (Bozzella), 50
Patricia Lynne Hardy (Bozzella) of Westport died Oct. 6 at home after battling a rare brain cancer. She was 50.
Patricia L. Hardy: former management consultant. Contributed photo
Born in Albany, N.Y., she was raised in West Sand Lake, N.Y. She resided in New York City, Albany, McLean, Va., Grosse Pointe, Mich., and New Canaan for several years before recently moving to Westport.
She graduated from Emma Willard Preparatory School in 1980, Cornell University in 1984, and received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1989.
A former management consultant, she worked for Chemical Bank and BEA Associates before her employment with Deloitte.
Monday, October 08, 2012
Nicholas J. Manzi Jr., 55
Nicholas J. Manzi Jr. of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 5 at home. He was 55.
Born June 10, 1957 in Norwalk, he was the son of Rosemarie (Perrottelli) Manzi and the late Nicholas J. Manzi Sr. A 1975 graduate of Staples High School, he had been a longtime Westport resident prior to moving to Fairfield four years ago.
Survivors in addition to his mother include one sister Laura Manzi, one niece and one nephew. In addition to being predeceased by his father, he was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph J. Manzi Sr.
The family will greet friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Westport on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will take place in the funeral home at noon following the visitation. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Main Street, Westport.
Martha Keating, 65
Martha Virginia White Keating of Sherrills Ford, N.C., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 25. She was 65.
A lifelong Westport resident, she graduated from Staples High School in 1965. She spent her life focused on loving her family and her dogs. Her incredibly kind and loving spirit will be missed, her family said.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Peter F Keating, a brother Roger, of Lexington, Mass., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.
Nancy K. Long, 86
Nancy Kline Long, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 6. She was 86.
Nancy Long: former Westporter. Contributed photo
The wife of the late Edward “Bud” Long, she was born in Lancaster, Pa. to the late A. John and Gertrude Kline.
She made friends effortlessly and always brought laughter wherever she went. So much so, her three daughters loved hanging out with her, her family said.
Her stories were entertaining and even outrageous, but if you knew Nancy she lived them all. Age was not a barrier to her humor either. Her grandchildren would roar at her life experiences and then tease her. She’d laugh at herself along with them.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Betty Ann McCaslin, 68
Betty Ann McCaslin of Fairfield, a former Staples High School teacher, died Oct. 4 at Greenwich Hospital. She was 68.
A native of China, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Arlene McCaslin. She received degrees from Boston University and Fairfield University. A dedicated teacher for 38 years, she taught at Staples High School, Escola Americana de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, where she retired in 2004.
In her youth, she was an ardent scholar, a skilled athlete and an insatiable adventurer which gave way to later years of being a devoted teacher, a skilled knitter, and a voracious reader. Though her hobbies evolved, her compassion and love for her fellow man never waivered which fostered her greatest roles of all: treasured mother, endeared nana, and exemplary friend, her family said.
She encouraged and inspired all those who crossed her path and her very presence made one want to be a better person.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Colin (Ben) Gunn, Noted Attorney, 91
UPDATE Colin (Ben) Gunn, a longtime Westport resident who was a fierce advocate for his clients over a long and successful legal career, died Sept. 27 in Redding. He was 91.
Colin (Ben) Gunn: practiced law until his death. Contributed photo
He was senior partner of Gunn, Godfrey and Allison, a successor to the law firm he founded in Westport in 1956, and was still practicing at the time of his death. He first came to Westport at age 9 and lived here on and off until settling in Westport with his wife Mary in 1952.
Born March 10, 1921, in New York City, he was a graduate of Mount Herman Preparatory School, 1940, Dartmouth College in 1946, where he received an AB degree cum laude, and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1952.
He was a member of the student board of editors of the Connecticut Law Journal and admitted to the bar in June 1952. He also attended Harvard Business School, New York University, and Yale University. He received an honorary degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1994.
William S. Pitt, Jr., 95
William S. Pitt, Jr., a 50-year Westport resident before moving to Shelton, died Sept. 28 at Cambridge Manor Health Care in Fairfield. He was 95.
William S. Pitt, Jr.: 50-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
The husband of the late Ellen Virginia Pitt was born Aug. 28, 1917 in Bridgeport, son of the late William S. and Agnes (Craw) Pitt.
He has resided in Shelton for 14 years and earlier had resided in Westport for 50 years. Before retiring he was a builder in Westport and owned and operated Saugatuck Builders Inc.
He is a former member of the Home Builders Association of Fairfield County, the Y’s Men of Westport, and the Westport Rotary Club.