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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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John Franklin: life in communications business. Contributed photo

John F. Franklin of Westport died May 19, following what his family said was a long and valiant fight against multiple serious health concerns, including Myelofibrosis and diabetes. He was 76.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, brought up in Detroit, Mich., he has been in the “communications” business for 52 years (47 of them as a Westport resident).

Much of that time was spent with BBDO, JWT and other famous initials in key creative positions. At age 23 he was creative director on Dodge car and truck TV advertising. 

At 35, he was president of The Broadcast Organization where his colleagues included Tommy Mottola, the Sony Records executive, and Lee Adams, lyricist of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

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John Franklin, Community Volunteer, 76 Image
John F. Franklin, a 47-year Westport resident who served as president of the Westport Arts Center and Westport Sunrise Rotary, died Sunday following a series of illnesses. He was 76. A family obituary said he waged “a long and valiant fight against multiple serious health concerns, including Myelofibrosis and diabetes.” The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club honored Franklin (above with wife Jeanne) in May 2011 for his work for the community. He received a Champion of the Arts Award in 2012 from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee. (See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Gerald Arndt, 76

Gerald Arndt, a former Westport resident, died April 15 in Carlsbad, Calif. from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76. Image
Gerald Ardnt: had Westport practice with wife. Contributed photo

He had been a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westport, where he was in private practice with his wife Nancy,

He was born on May 10, 1936 in Kennan, Wisc. and graduated from Northland College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. After graduating from Northland College, he went on to earn a Master of Arts degree with the University of Minnesota in 1960 and a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester in 1969.

Some of his career highlights include developing a nationally accredited marriage and family master’s degree program for the University of Bridgeport (where he was a faculty member from 1969 to 1990) and serving as the area coordinator and therapist for Lutheran Family Services in Bridgeport from 1972-1985.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jane M. Roberts, 82

Jane Madden Roberts, a former Westport resident and wife of the late Frederick N. Roberts, died May 14. She was 82.

She was born in Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y. to the late Harold T. and Veronica D. (Stecher) Madden. She spent many years in Westport and Fairfield, but also enjoyed her life in Ridgewood, N.J., Pittsfield, Vt., and Trumbull.

She was a graduate of Cornell Nursing School in New York City, part of New York Hospital, where she worked as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Westport Garden Club and involved with the Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield.

Her most precious moments were spent raising her six loving children, spending time with her adored grandchildren and traveling with family and friends, her family said.

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Anthony M. Cofelice, 54

Anthony Michael Cofelice, a former Westport resident, died May 15 in Fort Pierce, Fla. He was 54.

He was born in Westport and lived in Port St. Lucie. He worked in paving and heavy-equipment construction.

Survivors include his sisters, Lillian Mathieson of Norwalk, Mary Lou Paulter of Port St. Lucie, and Rose Marie Coleman of Rixeyville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Josephine Cofelice.

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John A. Ware, 71

John A. Ware of New York City, a former Westport resident, died April 27 of complications related to leukemia. He was 71.

He was president of John A. Ware Literary Agency in New York City. A native of Manhattan, he attended Staples High School in Westport, obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cornell University (where he also sang in a blues band), and pursued graduate study in literature at Northwestern University.

He launched his literary agency in 1978 after working as an agent at Curtis Brown, preceded by eight years as an editor at Doubleday, where he was first to publish Tracy Kidder. His agenting interests included investigative journalism, current affairs, history, biography, fiction, and the offbeat.

Books and authors he represented include the bestsellers “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, “The Ice Master” by Jennifer Niven, and works by bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose, Caroline Fraser, Jack Womack, and Tony Daniel, among many others.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Wilson M. Hopkins Jr., 80

Wilson McKinney Hopkins Jr. of Charlottesville, Va. a former teacher at Staples High School, died May 14 at his home. He was 80.

Born in Newton, N.J., he lived in Stroudsburg, Pa., Spring Lake, N.J,, Ridgefield and Monroe, Toms River, N.J. before moving to Charlottesville a year ago.

He graduated from the Spring Lake School in 1947 and was a graduate of Asbury Park High School Class of 1951. He received his A.B. in biology through the pre-med program at Princeton University in 1955 and his M.A.L.S from Wesleyan University in 1970.

He continued on to medical school at New York Medical School in New York City for one year prior to his decision to become a pilot and join the U.S. Navy. He was a bombardier navigator and a pilot in the Navy from 1957-1963.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sandra McGarrie, 71

Sandra McGarrie of Westport, wife of William McGarrie, died May 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 71. Image
Sandra McGarrie: 44-year Westport resident.  Contributed photo

Born May 30, 1941 in Middletown the daughter of the late Alexander and Serey (Person) Chapell, she has been a Westport resident for 44 years.

She is a 1959 graduate of Norwalk High School, a former member of the Westport Young Women’s League and loved to travel.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two sons, Erik McGarrie of Westport, Troy McGarrie of Florence, S.C., and one daughter, Karyn McGarrie and her partner Matina Nolan of Fairfield, one brother, Paul Chapell of Oakton, Va., and two grandchildren, William McGarrie III and Troy McGarrie. She was also predeceased by one sister, Arlene O’Brien.

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Helenanne F. Willmott, 84

Helenanne Frederick Willmott, a 57-year resident of Westport, died May 15 of complications from cancer. She was 84.

Born the younger of two children of Richard and Helen Frederick in the Bronx, N.Y. on Sept. 30, 1928, she grew up in Queens, N.Y.

A 1950 graduate of St Joseph’s College, she was a New York City public school teacher prior to marrying Alfred D. Willmott in 1952. After moving to Westport in 1956, she taught at Bedford Elementary School until she began raising her family.

Her interest in education inspired her to get her Master’s Degree in education at the University of Bridgeport, serve on the PTA, work as a substitute teacher, and spend many years on the Westport School’s Cultural Arts and Permanent Art Collection Committees.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Donald B. Hill, Sr., 77

Donald B. Hill, Sr. of Westport, husband of Eileen M. Hill, died May 13. He was 77.

Born in New York, N.Y., he was a longtime Westport resident. He earned a BA from Queens College where he excelled in basketball, and upon his graduation held the record for being the all time leading scorer.

Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned his MBA from New York University. He retired as an executive from Texaco after 35 years of employment there. After several years of retirement he went to work for Garavel Subaru in Norwalk.

He enjoyed being physically active by playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thomas A. Hunter III, 94

Thomas Alexander Hunter III, a former Westport resident long active in the community and husband of the late Gloria Hunter, who worked as a journalist, teacher, author and columnist and taught reading and college test preparation skills to countless area students, died April 28 died at his home at Meadow Ridge in Redding. He was 94. Image
Tom Hunter: active in Westport community. Contributed photo

Born in LaGrange Ill., a suburb of Chicago, on the false armistice, Nov. 9, 1918, he was the only son and youngest child of Virginia Catherine O’Neill and Thomas Alexander Hunter Jr.  A proud graduate of Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology), he participated in a wide range of campus activities and held a leadership position in the honor society of Tau Beta Pi. 

Finishing first in his class in Fire Protection Engineering, he was a champion of public safety through his career. The school’s motto -– “Speak True, Do Right” was a lifelong pledge for him.

His teaching career began while attending a navy radio electronics class during the early days of World War II. He corrected the instructor and then took him up on the offer to teach the class.

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Theresa P. Searl, 88

Theresa P. Searl of Westport died April 18 at her home. She was 88.

She was born in Staten Island N.Y. on May 20, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Jennie (Attanossi) Pacifico and has been a resident of Westport for 18 years.

A New York City Board of Education teacher for 25 years, she volunteered at Norwalk Hospital and Connecticut Braille for the past 10 years.

She is survived by one son James Searl of Westport and four grandchildren, Lauren Kanry, Justin Searl, Darby Searl and Casey Searl. She was predeceased by one son, Robert Searl.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Harriette L. Papish,  102

Harriette Londa Papish died May 9 at her home in Westport. She was 102.

In keeping with the Jewish faith, burial took place on May 10 at the United Jewish Cemetery, Danbury.

Born in Leonard’s Bridge, Conn., she went to Danbury at an early age with her parents Hyman and Eva Londa where they lived with Rose and Minnie, her two sisters, and a brother Daniel at 16 Moss Ave., Danbury.

She attended local schools, graduated from Danbury Teachers College (now Wes Conn University) and later obtained a Masters Degree in education.

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Angelo R. DeMattio, 77

Angelo R. DeMattio of Westport died May 10 in Whitingham, Vt. He was 77.

Born on Dec. 9, 1935 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Edward and Louise (Fabrizio) DeMattio. He was a lifelong resident of Westport and worked as a butcher for Grand Union in Norwalk for more than 25 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife Jean (Crosby), include one son, Samuel DeMattio of Westport, one daughter Penelope DeMattio of Westport, and one sister Rose Marie Stanley of McLean, Va.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Cemetery 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Louis Strick, 87

Louis Strick, a 32-year Westport resident, died May 12 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield following a brief illness. He was 87.

Strick was raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Rosalind and Charles Strick. Growing up near Ebbets Field, he was an ardent fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1940, he became a member of the first class of Midwood High School.

Strick went on to attend Cornell University. His college education was interrupted by World War II, and at age 19 he served as a staff sergeant in occupied Italy.  After the war, Strick completed his undergraduate studies and went on to Columbia Universirty to pursue a Master’s in economics. 

He then wrote a weekly column on the stock market for the Journal of Commerce.  Next he worked as a financial analyst for the investor Fred Stafford.  In the late 1950s, he purchased H.M. Storms, a manufacturer of ink ribbons; their primary customer would become the National Cash Register Co.

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