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Obituaries

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Robbie E. Roberts, 69

Robbie Elizabeth Roberts, aka Robbie Holmes Roberts, 69, died Sept. 17 in Tucson, Ariz.

She was born born July 30, 1941 in Live Oak, Fla.

She is survived by her daughter Selena Roberts who resides in Westport, and son Shawn Roberts who resides in Tallahassee, Fla. Her first son Mike Roberts was deceased in 1971. She is also survived by her Sister, Joan Radford of Live Oak, Fla., and her grandson, Noah Michael Roberts.

Robbie was an active member of Casas Baptist Church, Tucson.

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Henry Lemaire, 89

Henry Lemaire, a former Westporter,  died Sept. 20 at his home in Shelburne, Vt. from complications of Alzheimers Disease and heart problems. He was 89.

Henry was born in New York City on Jan. 24, 1921. He attended Riverdale Country School, graduated from Pomfret School and received his B.S. in chemistry from MIT. On graduation day in 1942, he also received his commission in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp and served his country for four years.

After his Army service, he studied at the California Institute of Technology and achieved his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1950.

He worked for Wyandotte Chemicals for two years, then took a postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin for further research.

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Friends Remember Schine as Courageous and Innovative

By James Lomuscio
Friends today remembered Joan Schine, a former Westport Board of Education chairman who died at 87 Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, as a courageous innovator who remained stalwart despite serious threats as she dared to do the unthinkable in 1970—to integrate Westport with 25 Bridgeport students.WestportNow.com Image
Joan Schine: “brave and courageous.” Contributed photo

The program, Project Concern, caused such outrage among some residents, there was a townwide movement to have her recalled. A court ruled that a recall referendum would be illegal and enjoined the selectmen from holding it.

“The way people carried on it was really quite horrible,” said Martha Aasen, a former president of the Westport Democratic Town Committee who was vice president of the League of Women Voters at the time. “It was a real campaign we had to put on to stop the recall.”

She said that opposition to Project Concern was based on racism and the fear of busing.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Joan Schine, Championed “Project Concern,” Dies at 87

Joan Schine, who as chairman of the Westport Board of Education in 1970 battled anger and a recall election for trying to enact a state program called Project Concern which bused underprivileged youngsters from Bridgeport to Westport, died Saturday at her Westport home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 87.

A daughter, Judith Seltz of Alexandria, Va., said a memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. (See obituary here)

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Joan Schine, 87

Joan Goldwasser Schine, widow of Harold L. Schine, died Sept. 18 in her Westport home after a long illness.  She had Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87.WestportNow.com Image
Joan Schine: fought back recall attempt. Contributed photo

Born in 1923 and raised in New York City, Mrs. Schine was the daughter of Edith (née Goldstein)  and Israel Edwin Goldwasser. She attended Horace Mann School and was graduated from Smith College.

Following her marriage to Harold L. Schine, of Bridgeport, the couple moved to Trumbull and then Westport, where they raised their four children. 

Mrs. Schine was a longtime chair of the Westport Board of Education during the late 1960s and early 70s and was instrumental in bringing Project Concern, a program that enrolled students from the Bridgeport schools, to Westport schools.

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Raymond E. Bellock, 95

Raymond Edward Bellock, 95, died Sept. 5. A former member of the Y’s Men, he and his wife had lived in Westport for 27 years.

Born in Chicago in 1915, he lived there 50 years, graduating from St. Luke’s Elementary School in River Forest, Ill., and Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Ill.

In Chicago, he also met and married his wife of 57 years, Jane Rowbottom, with whom he had nine children. He attended Northwestern University, and shortly thereafter began a 41-year career at the American Can Co., rising to director of labor relations for North America by the time of his retirement.

In 1968, he was transferred to Connecticut, where he and his family lived in Westport the next 27 years. Locally, after his retirement he enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, was a member of Y’s Men and a Red Cross volunteer.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Paul M Heilman II, 88

Paul M Heilman II, a resident of Belmont, Calif,  formerly of Westport where he was active in the Y’s Men and founded the first science fair at Staples High School, died Sept. 15. He was 88. WestportNow.com Image
Paul Heilman: moved to California in 2007. Contributed photo

Born on July 20, 1922, in the American Hospital of Mexico City to Dorthea Blair and Paul M Heilman, Paul spent his childhood in Mexico, Chicago, and Havana. He graduated from MIT in 1944 and maintained lifelong friendships with many of his ATO fraternity brothers.

During World War II, Paul served aboard LCI 439 in the Pacific seeing action at Okinawa and Lingayen Gulf. His career was in technical sales working for multinationals, trade associations as well as his own sales agency.

He also was active in community organizations and was a Scoutmaster for many years.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Services Set for Cameron Bruce

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The family of former Staples student Cameron Bruce who died at Queen’s College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on Monday released an obituary today which said visiting hours will be at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Friday. Sept. 24, 4 – 8 p.m.

A funeral will be held at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. A celebration of Cameron’s life will be held during the Thanksgiving weekend in November.

Donations in Cameron’s memory may be made to the Cameron Bruce Scholarship for Trumpet at New England Music Camp, 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney, ME 04330, or for a grant which will be established in his memory, at Staples Tuition Grants, PO Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881-5159.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Beatrice M. Lester, 100

Beatrice Marie Lester, a former art and social studies teacher in Westport, passed away Sept. 9, in Colchester, Vt. She was 100.

She was born in Darien on March 7, 1910, the daughter of Elizabeth and Fred Schrader. She had one brother, Fred ‘Tut’ Schrader. Bea married Roderick V. Lester in 1935.

She graduated from Stamford High School and Eastern Connecticut State University. She taught art and social studies for 12 years in Westport.

Bea decorated many of the beautiful homes that her husband designed and built in Darien and New Canaan.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Mary P. Restaino, 87,

Mary P. Restaino, a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield and former Westport resident, died Monday, Sept. 6, in St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 87.

Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Catherine (Caldana) Restaino. She had been a Southport resident for the past 24 years, and before that, lived in Westport for 64 years.

She is survived by a brother, Michael Restaino of Southport, and predeceased by two sisters, Columbia Restaino and Sara Restaino, and a brother, Joseph Restaino.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 49 North Turkey Hill Road. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery in, Westport. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Dorothy Starzyk, 87

Dorothy Starzyk, 87, of Fairfield, formerly of Bridgeport, passed away Aug. 31 at the Ludlowe Health Care Center in Fairfield.WestportNow.com Image
Dorothy Starzyk: enjoyed visiting Compo. Contributed photo

Ms. Starzyk was born Sept. 28, 1922 in Springfield, Mass., and is the daughter of the late Paul and Antonia Starzyk.

Ms. Starzyk spent the first five years of her life in the Springfield/Chicopee area of Massachusetts, then moved to the Stratfield area of Fairfield where she resided until 1943 when she moved to Bridgeport where she lived for most of her life.

During the war and up until the 1960s, she worked at Sikorsky as the secretary to the general manager and then worked at Pepperidge Farm until her retirement in the 80s.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Staples Science Teacher Dies at 43

UPDATE Stephen G. Roberts, a science teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died Sunday in New Haven while undergoing a routine procedure in a hospital, Principal John Dodig said today. He was 43. WestportNow.com Image
Stephen G. Roberts: “looked forward to meeting new students.” Contributed photo

In an e-mail to Staples parents, Dodig said: “I received very sad news over the weekend that science teacher Steve Roberts died while undergoing a routine procedure in the hospital.

“As you may know, he was very ill last year with cancer but worked diligently with his doctors to put up a good fight. He returned to us last year to complete his teaching assignment and to be with his students.”

Dodig said Roberts taught summer school for four weeks “and looked forward to meeting his new students this year.”

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Al Dainwood, 67

Duron A. (Al) Dainwood, 67, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Stamford.WestportNow.com Image
Al Dainwood: Guitarist and vocalist. Contributed photo

Al was born March 26, 1943 in Dallas, Texas son of the late Duron A. and Bessie (Smith) Dainwood. He moved to Connecticut in July to be near his sister.

In 1971, Al moved to Houston, where he continued his career as a guitarist and vocalist, developing a loyal following for his sensitive baritone interpretations of The Great American Songbook.

A special favorite was “Here’s that Rainy Day”, by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Mr. Dainwood’s reputation extended from the East Coast to the Isle of Wight.

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Robert G. Ripston, 49

Robert George Ripston, 49, of Torrington and a former Westport resident, died Aug. 26.

Born in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of the late Robert and Laura Ripston. A 1980 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was employed many years at the Torrington Co.

He was particularly proud of helping with the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter.

Survivors include his brother Neil, sister-in-law Linda, sister Beth, brother-in-law Owen, nephew Kevin, niece Erin and best friend Barry Memorial donations may be made to the Last Post Animal Sanctuary, 95 Belden St., P.O. Box 259, Falls Village, CT 06031

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Shirley M. Meeker, 82

Shirley Metcalf Meeker, age 82 of Beacon Falls, formerly of Fairfield, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Hewitt Memorial Hospital in Shelton.

Born in Fairfield the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. Shirley was a retired supervisor for the Westport Transit Authority.

Survivors include four children, Frederick Meeker, Jr. and his wife Tina of Shelton, Raymond Meeker and his wife Elisa of Beacon Falls, Harold Meeker and his wife Colleen of Shelton and Robert Meeker of Bridgeport; a sister, Dorothy Lotker of Bridgeport; five granddaughters: Kelli, Jodi, Nicole, Sara and Samantha Meeker; a great-grandson, Timothy Meeker; a son-in-law, Ivan Francetic of Seymour; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karan Hine Francetic, a sister, Virginia Toth; and her loving companion, Harold Hine.

Graveside service will be private. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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