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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jameson Daniel Conte, 20 Months

Jameson Daniel Conte, son of Mark and Stephanie Conte of Westport, died Feb. 25 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 20 months old.

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Jameson Daniel Conte: provides four children with gift of life. Contributed photo

The last gift Jameson contributed to this world was the donation of his organs. He has provided four children with the gift of life and the opportunity to become extraordinary, as his family knew he would one day become.

Jameson’s life would seem too short to many, but the quality of his existence far exceeds the quantity of the time in which he lived it. Those touched by his sparkle and laughter will remember the joy he found in music, mealtimes, and being adored by his family.

In addition to his parents, Jameson was the beloved little brother of Alyssa, the cherished grandson of James and Carol Conte and Daniel and Deborah Fratino, all of Westport. He was the nephew of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Conte, and Danielle Fratino in addition he was loved by many extended cousins, aunts and uncles.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stanley Weinstein, 93

Stanley Weinstein of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a charter member of Westport’s Birchwood Country Club, died Feb. 24 at The Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93.

Born in Bridgeport a son of the late Benjamin and Marion Weinstein, he was the proprietor of the Chas. Friedman Company of Bridgeport and past vice president of Auto Parts Unlimited of Stratford.

He was a charter member of the Birchwood Country Club, a past president of Congregation B’nai Israel, a member of the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach, and a member of the Probus Club.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years,  Edith Schmer Weinstein, and by his daughter, Susan Shapiro.  He is survived by his son, Peter Weinstein and his wife Gail of Bridgeport, son-in-law Robert Shapiro and his wife Helaine, a brother, Leonard Weinstein and his wife Suzanne of Long Boat, Fla., a brother-in-law Jerome Sherman, grandchildren; Andrea Weinstein and her husband Joseph Kresse, Brad Weinstein and his wife Jordana, Adam Shapiro and his wife Jana, Matthew Shapiro, Amy Shapiro and her husband Daniel Bursky, three great grandchildren, and his companion Phyllis Schwartz.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nancy A. Locks, 67

Nancy Alma Locks, who grew up in Westport, died Feb. 6 in Long Beach, Calif. after a courageous five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 67.

Born April 11, 1944 in New York City to Matthew and Florence Locks, she grew up in Westport and moved with her family to Long Beach in 1959.

After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also earned a teaching certificate in English as a second language from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She was multilingual and employed her linguistic skills as a teacher, researcher and interpreter. She taught Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She taught English as a second language at Long Beach City College, The Long Beach School for Adults, and schools in Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

John Arcudi, 90: Staples Grad, Patton’s Interpreter

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE John A. Arcudi, 90, a 1938 Staples High School valedictorian who later served as Gen. George Patton’s interpreter in Europe during World War II, died at his Bridgeport home Thursday, surrounded by his loved ones, family members said.

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John Arcudi: Staples grad served under Gen. George S. Patton. Contributed photo

The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, which had afflicted him for the past seven years, said his brother Joseph Arcudi, a former Westport First Selectman.

Born May 26, 1921 to Carmelo Arcudi and Mary Passafiume Arcudi in Westport’s Saugatuck section, he was the first of seven children and the first in the family’s history to go to college, winning a full scholarship to Yale upon graduating Staples, Joseph Arcudi said.

“He was 21 years older than I am, and he was the rock of the family,” Joseph Arcudi said, adding that his brother John emceed at his first selectman’s inaugural ceremony at Town Hall in 1993. “He was so brilliant, he was unbelievable.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

David R. Robotham, 60

David Ray Robotham, a former Westport resident and Staples High School graduate, died Feb. 20 at his home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.  He was 60.

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David Robotham: ran Westport lobster company. Facebook.com photo

He was preceded by his mother Peggy Manchester, father Gordan Robotham, and stepfather Paul Manchester. He is survived by half brother Richard Robotham.

Raised in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1969. In Westport, he distinguished himself as a young Sea Scout and in starting a successful scuba salvage company, SOS.

He attended Roanoke College in Salem, Va. and earned a B.S. in biology. After returning to Westport, he started Sound Island Lobster Co., Bridge Square, fishing for lobsters, selling them in his seafood stores and restaurant.

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Renée E. Marguerite Paridaens, 88

Renée E. Marguerite Paridaens of Montreal, Canada, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 31 after a period of declining health. She was 88.

Born in Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 22,1923, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Berthe (Michel) Paridaens.

The youngest of four children, she was raised and educated in Belgium and was a graduate in archeology from Louvain University. 

After World War II, she was married on May 21, 1948 to Stefan Ferdynand Hawlena in England and emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ruth J. Schwindeman, 88

Ruth Bertha Johnsen Schwindeman of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport after a fall at home. She was 88.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of George M. Johnsen and Elnora Zillah Ives. She was the widow of W. Richard Schwindeman.

She was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where she established a record for speed typing. She later worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady and worked for many years in Stamford.

She lived for many years in Westport and was a member of the Weston Field Club. She was an avid tennis and bridge player and enjoyed many kinds of needlework and sewing. She adored the challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzle and was a lover of great books, her family said.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Margaret E. Falconer, 92

Margaret E. Falconer, a native Westporter who graduated from Staples High School, died Feb. 16 at The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. She was 92.

Born July 8, 1919, in Greens Farms, she was the daughter of Neil and Helen (Smith) Duffy. She attended schools in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She worked for C.B. Dolge in Saugatuck for a short time before taking care of her home and her family.

She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, especially autobiographies, and playing bingo. She enjoyed a variety of music, watching baseball, loved flowers and in her earlier years she could always be found puttering in her flower garden.

She is survived by her niece and primary caregiver for many years, Mary Jostrand of Woodford, Vt., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Falconer, whom she married in Connecticut in July 1947. He died Dec. 7, 2006. She was also predeceased by her son, Colin Jr.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Stephen H. Gross, 71

Stephen Henry Gross of Easton, husband of Catherine French Gross, died Feb. 9 after a brief illness. He was 71.

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Stephen H. Gross restructuring lawyer. Contributed photo

He is survived by his sister, Deborah Green of Westport, his children: Elizabeth Gross of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Richard J. Gross and his wife, Jennifer, of Westport; Barbara Gross of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Patricia Gross Feinberg and her husband, Jeff, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; and Wendy Sinclair Gross. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Samara and Aidan McCracken; Jessica, Allison, Benjamin and Jack Gross; Isaac Guzman; and Hudson and Seiler Feinberg. He was predeceased by his brother, Jeffrey Shaine Gross.

Known for his love of family and friends, he was passionate about music, art, gardening and reading. He attended White Plains High School and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and his LLB from the Columbia University School of Law. He was a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars.

He had more than 40 years of experience as a restructuring lawyer, representing institutional lenders and lessors in the restructuring of financially distressed companies. As an authority in the airline restructuring field, he represented creditors in major airline bankruptcies.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rosemary Q. Barry, 85

Rosemary Quinn Barry of Southport died Feb. 16 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 85.

Rosemary, one of five children of Dr. Raymond and Alice Freeman Quinn of Waterbury, was born on June 6, 1926. She was married to John Francis Barry Jr on Sept. 10, 1951 at St Francis Church in Waterbury.

She was educated at Skidmore College and developed a life long interest in and talent for fashion design and interior decoration at Toby-Coburn Design School in New York City and the New York School of Interior Design.

A longtime resident of Greens Farms and Southport, she is survived by her husband John and her nine children; Morgan Morton of Calistoga, Calif., John Barry of Riverside, Christopher Barry of Yonkers, N.Y., Matthew Barry of Southport, Rosemary Barry of Greens Farms, Michael Barry of Southport, Polly Barry of Southport, Maura Grinalds of Southport, and Deirdre Barry of New York, N.Y.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Robert A. O’Keefe, 85

Robert A. O’Keefe, a resident of Westport and husband of more than 58 years of Maura Ann (Callaghan) O’Keefe, died Feb. 14 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 85.

O’Keefe was born in Woonsocket, R.I. on Nov. 17, 1926, son of the late Arthur and Lucy (White) O’Keefe and resided in Westport for more than 40 years. 

He was a graduate of Albert Leonard High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., Class of 1944.  Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Force V5 program and attended St. Lawrence University and Williams College. 

He spent two years in the Pacific during World War II.  He was employed by the Burndy Corp. for more than 35 years in the customer service, engineering and sales departments, during which time he was awarded several patents. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Anthony Fratino, 98

Anthony Fratino of Westport, husband of the late Elizabeth (Padula) Fratino, died Feb. 13 at the Carolton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 98.

Born in Saugatuck on Aug. 18, 1913, he was a son of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Valiente) Fratino and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.

During World War II, he served in the Westport Fire Department filling the spots for the men who were called to serve in the armed forces. He also owned and operated a lobster business.

He was a member of the Wanderers A.C. and the Screwball Club as well as the Stamford Fish and Game Club, and the National Rifle Association. He loved hunting.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Margaret S. Williams, 91

Margaret Spickers Williams died Jan. 28 at her Westport home. She was 91.

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Margaret S. Williams: moved to Westport in 1958. Contributed photo

She is survived by her two sons, Anthony McKay, and his wife Cindy McKay, of Pittsburgh Pa., and Peter Albert McKay of Manhattan, and two grandchildren, Jack Hutchins McKay and Larry Peter McKay, of Pittsburgh.

The only daughter of Dr. William Spickers, and Reed Hutchins Spickers, late of Franklin Lakes, N.J., she was born in Paterson N.J. on Jan.  30, 1920, and passed her summers in Bay Head, N.J.

In the fall of 1938, she was enrolled at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which was then located at the Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, and she was a proud graduate of the class of 1940.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Richard H. Sands, 84

Richard H. Sands, an orthodontist who practiced in Westport and co-founder of renowned New-Conn Orthodontist Study group, died Feb. 10 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 84.

Sands graduated from Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn, Amherst College, and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery.

He served in the Navy as a nurse and physician’s assistant, caring for the sick and wounded at the end of and shortly after World War II. A lover of jazz and classical music, Sands was an accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist, and played in the Navy Swing Dance band.

He was devoted to his profession, publishing many papers on new treatments, organizing regional and national conventions, and serving as an officer of numerous professional committees and societies.

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Anne Surprise, 81

Anne Surprise of West Harwich, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Feb. 10 after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was 81.

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Anne Surprise: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in 1930, daughter of Manard and Gertrude Goodrich, she grew up in Middleboro, Mass. She spent time on Cape Cod where she met her husband Bill after attending St Luke’s College of Nursing in New Bedford, Mass.

The couple shared their passion for sailing with their family and spent many years at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club with their boat, Port O Call, and out on Long Island Sound

She was highly respected among her peers and patients as a head nurse at Norwalk Hospital. Later in life, she took up a second calling—oil on canvas painting—and traveled around the world to hone her skills.

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