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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Kenneth L. Robinson, 84
Kenneth L. Robinson, a former Westport resident, died July 25 in Hardwick, Vt. He was 84.
Kenneth Robinson: 1946 Staples grad. Contributed photo
He was born on May 15, 1928, in Norwalk, the son of Charles H. and Rose A. Robinson. He graduate from Staples High School in Westport in 1946.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman in occupied Japan. He then went on to trade school to become a machinist.
He was later deployed to France during the Korean War. He married Jean E. Worthy on May 16, 1953. They made their home in Connecticut where all five of their children were born and then in May 1971, they moved to Hardwick, Vt.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Frank S. DeMace, 78
Frank Salvatore DeMace, the owner of the legendary Westport restaurant, Mario’s Place, died July 24. He was 78.
Frank DeMace: Lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
Born at Norwalk Hospital on Dec. 23, 1933 to Josephine and Pasqual DeMace, he was a lifelong resident of Westport. He was a beloved figure to countless people whose lives he touched, his family said.
As one friend said, “He did more things by accident for people than most of us have done intentionally.” He was known as a man of few words with a big heart and a generous spirit.
The town is filled with stories of those whose careers he helped start or whose education he helped fund. He was a gentle man who couldn’t say “no” to anyone in need, his family said.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Lifelong Westport Restaurateur Frank DeMace Dies at 78
Frank DeMace: Mario’s legend. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Lifelong Westport restaurateur Frank DeMace died Tuesday, according to Mario’s Place Facebook page run by former employees. He was 78.
Nicknamed Tiger by his Saugatuck boyhood chums, DeMace cut his teeth in the restaurant business working at the Arrow on Charles Street.
Later he partnered for decades at Mario’s Place at Railroad Place with the late Mario Sacco. (See WestportNow July 8, 2009) Sacco often credited DeMace with the restaurant’s success.
DeMace commanded a larger-than-life presence as Mario’s owner and as the chef whose steaks were revered statewide.
Stephen J. Felia Jr., 83
Stephen J. Felia Jr. of Westport died July 22 in Connecticut Health of Southport. He was 83.
He was a longtime resident of Westport where he served his community as a Westport firefighter for 28 years.
Born on June 26, 1929, he was the son of the late Stephen J. Felia Sr. and Mary Lipsay Felia. As an early teen, he developed a love of aviation. Before he was of age to drive a car he had learned to fly at the then Monroe airport.
He attended Bullard Havens Technical School where he studied to become a master carpenter. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War as a Seabee. After the war, he worked in and around Westport building many houses. He enjoyed helping people fix things and always carried his tool box in his car.
Joseph M. Quigley, 80
Joseph M. Quigley, formerly of Westport, died of cancer June 2 in Naples, Fla. He was 80.
Joseph Quigley: supported Staples wrestling program. Contributed photo
He was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel Quigley of Nutley, N.J. He encouraged participation in high school sports and was a supporter of the Staples High School wrestling program in the late 1980s.
He sponsored many off season wrestling activities for a group of high school athletes, including trips to out-of-state tournaments. His stepsons, Peter and Zach Cahill, were both state-open champions.
After graduation from Cornell University in 1954, he worked in information systems for Burroughs, IBM, Xerox, Continental Can, and Comsat Corp. He retired in 1992.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Edward F. Bieling, 83
Edward F. Bieling of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died July 21 at Ludlow Health Care in Fairfield. He was 83.
Born on March 14, 1929, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Gertrude (O’Brien) Bieling. Prior to moving to Fairfield 43 years ago, he was a longtime resident of Westport, where he grew up and attended school. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.
He worked as a butcher and then a milkman for Wade’s Dairy for many years. After his retirement, he worked part time at Fair Auto Supply until he was 80. He was a member of the American Legion Post 143 in Fairfield. and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport.
He was an avid New York Yankees and UCONN Women’s basketball fan.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Constance G. Loynes, 77
Constance Gardner Loynes, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27. She was 77.
The daughter of Robert and Margaret MacGarvey Gardner, she was born in Chelsea, Mass. and grew up in Augusta, Maine. She graduated from Gould Academy in Maine and the Boston University School of Education. Connie, as she liked to be called, was an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
She married John Loynes of Lowell, Mass. in 1959. They had two children, Janet and Douglas, and raised them in Rowayton before moving to Westport in 1975.
She was an avid art collector and had a strong passion for gardening and classical music which she passed on to her children and grandchildren.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, 104
Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, a longtime resident of Westport’s Greens Farms area, died July 16 at her home. She was 104.
Lucie Warren: known as the “working donor.” Contributed photo
She was a woman who was ahead of her time—well educated, well traveled, graceful and athletic, her family said. She was dignified, competitive and independent. She had vision, energy and a strong work ethic. Most of all, she believed in helping others.
She was known as the “working donor” and was a leader in her philanthropic pursuits. She was an extremely private person and always believed that her philanthropy did not need fanfare or notoriety.
She was a generous giver of time and philanthropy to many charitable worthwhile causes for more than 75 years. She was deeply concerned about education and children. She supported Norwalk Hospital, especially the Lucie Bedford Warren Department of Pediatrics.
Harton D. Amos, 68
Harton Douglas Amos of Westport died July 17 at at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada while visiting his summer residence in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. He was 68.
Harton Amos: Westporter died in Canada. Contributed photo
Born in Toronto, Ontario on Dec. 26, 1943, he was employed by General Re Insurance for 31 years in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Stamford.
He was raised in Montreal and Toronto and was a proud Canadian all his life. Harton (“Doug”) will be missed by his large circle of friends and golf buddies everywhere. He was a lifelong student and teacher of golf. “He lived the game,” his family said.
He was the husband of Linda Amos for 43 years, father of Stephen (Carina) Amos of Fairfield; brother of John (Nancy) Amos of Hemmingford, Quebec; Rosemary Hall of Bobcaygeon, Ontario; Charles (Ann) Amos of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Christopher (Jennifer) Amos of Ottawa, Ontario and the late David Amos; brother-in-law of the late Don Hall; uncle of Christopher, Robin, Cheryl, Jason, Laura, Bobby, Christopher, Courtney, Bethany and the late Mark.
Florence Boyd, 95
Florence Von Zell Fagan Boyd of Easton, a former Westport resident, died June 11. She was 95.
Born to John Fagan and Catherine Dallas Dixon, Jinny as she was better known, was the seventh child of eight. Raised and schooled in Philadelphia, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Certificate of Teaching in 1937.
She married Edward Finley Boyd Jr. of Westport in 1938. They lived their married life for more than 72 years in Westport and Easton. Edward Boyd died in 2011, five weeks shy of his 97th birthday.
The couple’s early years included acting with the Westport Country Playhouse and square dancing throughout Fairfield County. She was a teacher with Miss Bolton’s School, Miss Orr’s Nursery School and later taught native American history at the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Fairfield.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Helene J. Duffy, 95
Helene J. Duffy of Trumbull, formerly of Westport and wife of the late Westport Fire Capt. Edmund T. Duffy Sr., died July 16 while watching a New York Yankee baseball game. She was 95.
Born at home in Westport’s Greens Farms area, she had been a Westport resident for 90 years prior to moving to Saint Joseph Manor five years ago. She was a communicant of St. Luke Church. She was an avid Yankee fan, loved gardening, cleaning, cooking and baking.
Survivors include three sons, Edmund T. Duffy Jr. and his wife Susan of Milford. Charles Duffy and his wife Rose of Westport, and Denis Duffy and his wife Mary of Trumbull; two daughters, Anne Carol Sutton of Hanover, N.H., Donna Duffy of Monroe, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She was also one of seven brothers and sisters.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road,. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 79 Greens Farms Road.
Jane J. Wotring, 68
Jane Jessop Wotring, a former Westport resident, died July 13. She was 68.
Jane Wotring: memorial planned in Connecticut. Contributed photo
Born in 1944 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of Leah Rivitz and Morris Jessop, she studied art before moving to New York in 1963. She was Madame Helena Rubinstein’s personal secretary and later the crafts designer at Good Housekeeping, until moving to Connecticut, where she had a successful career in real estate.
She was married to Richard P. Wotring, who died in 2009, for 41 years.
She is survived by her sister, Honey Lazar (David Lazar), nephews Matthew and Zachary Lazar (Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune), brother, Henry Goodman (Lois Goodman), her beloved Aunt Ruth Moss, nieces Mara and Dana Sidney (Raoul Bain), great nieces Livia and Phoebe, as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, a legion of devoted friends, and her constant companion, Lulu.
Catherine B. Geraghty, 95
Catherine Byrne Geraghty, a longtime Westport resident who most recently resided at Heritage Village in Southbury, died July 14. She was 95.
Catherine Geraghty: former Staples High School nurse. Contributed photo
Bborn on Christmas Day, 1916 she was the daughter of the late Theresa Mulvey and James Byrne. She was a graduate of Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica, N.Y. While working as a nurse at the hospital, she was introduced to Matthew Geraghty, whom she married in 1946.
She was the school nurse at Staples High School in Westport while also volunteering at summer camps. She was a devoted sponsor of the organization, “Guiding Eyes for the Blind,” and lived that devotion by caring for retired guide dogs in her Westport home. She was also a faithful supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Her life was almost a century of performing innumerable kindnesses for all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Her legacy of equanimity, wisdom and pure love will continue to lighten the burdens of all whose lives she touched, her family said.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Shirley T. Charpentier, 89
Shirley Grace Taylor Charpentier of East Norwalk, formerly of Westport, died July 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.
Born on Nov. 17, 1922 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Harry Taylor and Grace Phillips Valentine.
She married Paul Charpentier on Nov. 13, 1943 in Westport, raising five children—three boys and two girls. She was a consummate mother, a quiet unassuming woman who loved her family.
She was predeceased by her husband Paul, sisters Marjorie and Eleanor, brothers Philip, Harold and William.
E. T. Bedford’s Grandaughter Dies at 104
UPDATE Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, a longtime Westporter and granddaughter of Edward Thomas Bedford, the Westport businessman and philanthropist who founded the Westport YMCA in 1923, died Monday at the age of 104, according to Westport Weston Family Y CEO Rob Reeves, who made an announcement at today’s Westport Rotary Club weekly luncheon. She is pictured at a 2004 presentation of the restored portrait of her grandfather, which has been in the YMCA’s Bedford Building for almost 90 years. With her are Bern Dibner, great-great-grandson of E. T. Bedford, and Victoria Dibner, Bedford’s great-granddaughter. Warren’s father was Frederick T. Bedford, industrialist and yachtsman who owned Nyala Farms, now a Greens Farms office park, and donor of the land now occupied by Westport police headquarters. Her marriage to Briggs Swift Cunningham, the late yachtsman and sports car driver (see WestportNow July 4, 2003), ended in divorce. Her second husband, attorney Lynne A. Warren, died in 1992. Her grandson is state Sen. John P. McKinney. See obituary provided by family here. Contributed photo