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Friday, August 19, 2011

Leon Forman, 82

Leon Forman of Westport died Aug. 11. He was 82. He was the husband of Edith Forman.

Born June 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served in the Korean Conflict, during which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a union electrician and a teacher.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Bettina Jody Ramsey; two sons, Marcus Forman and Michael Forman, and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leon Forman Memorial, c/o Rob Reeves, CEO, Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Manny Margolis, Lifelong Civil Rights Advocate, Dies at 85

Emanuel Margolis, a Westport attorney who had a lifelong devotion to civil liberties and civil rights and joined in a weekly peace vigil in Westport’s center, died today of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife, Estelle, said. He was 85. Image
Emanuel Margolis: “truly one of a kind.”  Larry Untermeyer for

Margolis was a member and partner of the law firm of Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin and Kuriansky, LLP, in Stamford since 1960 and also taught First Amendment law at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

His wife recalled In 1947 as a returning wounded Purple Heart veteran to the University of North Carolina, he protected a group of early black freedom riders. “The South was still deep in segregation, and there was an active Klu Klux Klan in the area,” she said. “There were no black students at UNC at the time. 

“The riders came by bus to the campus and were offered the church for an overnight stay.  Manny organized all the veterans on campus and stood guard all night. ”

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Martin M. Davidson: pictured at Scientific American Magazine where he worked for 19 years. Contributed photo

Martin M. Davidson, a Westport resident for more then 50 years, died Aug. 15 in South Palm Beach, Fla. He was 94.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio Feb. 28, 1917, he was the son of (Rabbi) Isadore and Rose Miriam (Ginsburgh) Davidson. He graduated GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. class of 1935.

He attended Harvard University, graduating (cum laude) in 1939. Soon afterwards, he took his first job in publishing with Broadcast Magazine in Washington, DC.

After the outbreak of World War II, he applied for the OCS program in the Marine Corps. Two letters of recommendation were required and one written for him was from the office of John J. Pershing, General of the Armies.

He served with the Third Marine Division in the Pacific and saw action on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He retired with the rank of major.

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Richard M. Samose, 69 Image
Richard Samose: 1960 Staples graduate, Contributed photo

Richard M. Samose of Redding, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 14. He was 69.

Raised in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School, Class of 1960. He was the husband of Catherine Finlay Samose for 42 years.

He recently shared his memories of growing up in Westport when Longshore Club Park marked the 50th anniversary of its purchase by the Town of Westport.

He was born on May 13, 1942, in New York, N.Y., the older child of the late Morton Samose and Audrey Fierman Samose. He moved with his family to Westport in 1954.

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Lois Malnati Lenfest, 90

Lois Malnati Lenfest of Lewisburg, Pa., a former resident of Westport, died July 20 in the Riverwoods Nursing Home in Lewisburg. She was 90.

Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Helena, Mont., she was the daughter of the late Flora Simpson and Louis John Malnati. She attended Boise Junior College and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University.

She volunteered for several local clubs, including the Westport Women’s Club, the Garden Club and Green’s Farms Congregational Church. She and her husband, George Chesley Lenfest of Lewisburg, moved to Huntington and, in 2006, to the RiverWoods Commmunity in Lewisburg.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Georgia Armstrong of Unityville, Pa., and Janet Antonucci of Somers, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Christopher Lenfest, Martha Kathryn Armstrong and Jaclyn and Robyn Antonucci; and three great-grandchildren, Lily, Atticus and William.

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Regina Barclay Sacks, 91

Regina Barclay Sacks of Fairfield, a former Westport school teacher, died Aug. 3. She was 91.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 1919 to the late Clara and Harry Berkowitz, she taught fourth grade for many years at Kings Highway Elementary School.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard and her three older brothers. She is survived by sons, Douglas of Wethersfield, his wife Margaret and grandchildren Tyler, Emma and Nora, and Russell of Madrid, Spain and his wife Mar and grandson, Adrian.

There are no calling hours. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.

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Bruce W. McShane

Bruce Winthrop McShane, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 13.

Born in Montclair, N.J., he was the son of Bruce Winthrop and Mary Crane. When he was a year old, his father died in a car crash.

He was the brother of Leslie Anne Roach, Elizabeth Carter Conway, Devin McShane and Bryan McShane. After his mother remarried Gordon McShane in 1952, his family, consisting then of Bruce and his older sister Leslie, moved to San Raphael, Calif., where Gordon worked. While they lived there, Bryan and Devin were added to his family.

In 1955, the family moved back to the east coast and took up residence in the Morristown area of New Jersey. In that year, Carter was born.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

David A. Goby

David A. Goby of Trumbull, a former science teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died Aug. 14. The 06880 blog said cause was complications of lymphoma treatment, many years ago.

Born in New Haven, he was a son of the late Louis and Roze (Rood) Goby. He graduated from Central High School in 1959, and Marietta College in 1963. He received his Master’s degree in education at the University of Bridgeport and law degree from Quinnipiac Law School.

He had a long career in education, having taught science at Staples High School and eventually becoming the K-12 science coordinator before retiring. He then taught science at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge until retiring again in December 2010.

He was the founding director of Merkaz, the community high school for Judaic studies in Bridgeport, which he directed for 12 years. He always felt Merkaz was his legacy to the community, his family said.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rickita “Kita” Smalls, 22

Rickita “Kita” Smalls of Bridgeport died Aug. 6 in Norwalk. She was 22. Image
Rickita Smalls: Westport Stop & Shop employee. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, she was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport. A graduate of Bassick High School, she was formerly employed with Stop & Shop of Westport.  She was a member of New Vision International Ministries.

She is survived by her biological father, Ray Jenkins of Norwalk: her parents who raised her, Michael and Notassha Smalls-Blake of Bridgeport; paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, Curlee Fludd of South Carolina and Barbara Smalls of Norwalk; maternal great-grandmother, Eula Smalls of Bridgeport , several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 110 Grove St., Bridgeport with The Rev. Donald C. Luster, officiating. Interment will take place at Park Cemetery, Bridgeport following the funeral.

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Lucinda W. Cunningham, 60

Lucinda W. Cunningham of Trumbull died Aug. 3 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford. She was 60.

Born June 22, 1951 in Greenwich,  daughter of the late Maury and Sarah (Braman) Wells, she and has been a resident of Trumbull for 10 years.

She was employed as an administrative assistant and editor at In Vision in Stamford. She was a graduate of Greenwich High School and Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist.

Survivors include her husband Robert N. Cunningham of Trumbull, a Westport special police officer and Westport Police Department mechanic for 15 years.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Harry E. Maynard, 93

Harry Edgar Maynard of Westport has died after many years fending off Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93.

He was born April 2, 1918 in Akron, Ohio to Charles Edgar Maynard, an inventor with 80 U.S. patents, and Alice Bicknell Maynard, whose father ran for mayor of Northampton, Mass. against Calvin Coolidge.

He carved careers for himself at Columbia Records, where he was regional sales manager (1940-1942), and at Time Inc., where he started as field director of the retail representative program in 1945.

Moving to Life International in 1946, he was made New York ad manager in 1952, U.S. ad manager the following year, associate advertising director in 1950 and associate advertising manager of Time-Life Editions in 1965. He retired in 1968.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

William Brennan, 94

William Brennan, a longtime resident of Westport, died at home Aug. 10. He was 94.

His wife Jean passed away in 1995 after 47 years of marriage.

Born in Manchester in 1916, he served in the Army Air Corp from 1939 to 1946, primarily as an Armistice Officer and retired with the rank of captain.

He spent his entire business life at Travelers Insurance Company and made many friends as he worked around the country. He started in the mailroom and retired as regional vice president of group health and life insurance.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Case Against Ralph Hymans Dies With Him

By James Lomuscio

Facing 20 years in prison, a former Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member died of a stroke a few days before he was to be sentenced June 14, his attorney confirmed today.Hymans-100.jpg
Ralph Hymans: Death confirmed by attorney. File photo

And now the case against 87-year-old Ralph Hymans, who had pleaded guilty to more than $300,000 in mail fraud, will likely be dismissed as soon as his daughter and co-defendant Julie Hymans, 40, files a death certificate.

“The government will dismiss the case because you have to follow it all the way through, and you can’t sentence a dead person,” said Terence Ward, Hymans’ attorney and federal public defender in the U.S. District Court in Hartford.

Ward represented Hymans’ when he pleaded guilty March 24 before Judge Mark R. Kravitz in U.S. District Court in New Haven. (See WestportNow March 24, 2011)

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Donald T. Calcaterra, 77

Donald Thomas Calcaterra of Bethel, husband of Shirley Calcaterra , died Aug. 9 after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

Born April 1, 1934 in Locust Point, N.Y. the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Sambuco) Calcaterra, he grew up in Mount Vernon and attended schools in Westchester County.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 with a tour in Stuttgart, Germany as Motor Sergeant with the 168th Combat Engineers.

He moved to Norwalk in 1966 with his wife and three daughters. They lived in Wilton from 1974 to 2001 and as “empty nesters”, decided to move to Bethel to be closer to their grandchildren and their families.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Nancy C. Marshall, 57

Nancy C. Marshall, wife of Harry Marshall of Ashford, Conn., died Aug. 4. She was 57.

She was the daughter of the late Lt. Andrew Chapo of Westport and Hobe Sound, Fla., and Jeannette C. Smith of Gettysburg, Pa. She was a 1972 graduate of Staples High School, went on to study at Paier College of Art in Hamden, and Catherine Gibbs School.

She had a career in graphic arts, and later devoted herself to fine arts, achieving recognition in Lyme Art Association, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and was an elected member of Connecticut Plein Air Society.

She is survived by her husband, Harry, mother and stepfather Jeannette and Walter Smith, her brother Andrew Chapo of Kensington, sister Jennifer Cather of Cross Junction, Va., aunt Linda Perman of Fort Collins, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

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