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Monday, May 13, 2013

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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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Harriet F. Manning, 83

Harriet Fisher Manning of Westport died April 30. She was 83.

The daughter of Alvin and Naomi Fisher, she was born in January 1930 and raised in Delaware with her two brothers, Charles and George. Her sister, Edith, predeceased her birth.

In 1957, she married Richard Manning, an Air Force officer with whom she enjoyed a life filled with adventure and frequent moves across the United States —from California to New Hampshire, Wyoming to Florida, and finally Missouri and back to Delaware, her family said.

Upon her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, the couple settled in Westport with their two children, Robin Najar, now of Portsmouth, N.H. and Katherine Davis of Bridgeport.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thomas M. McGannon, 85

Thomas M. McGannon of Holmes Beach, Fla. and Ocean Beach, N.Y., died April 25 at the Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Fla. after a short illness. He was 85.

He and his wife have been homeowners in Holmes Beach since 1986. A lifelong boater and fisherman, McGannon was a founding member and former Commodore of the Minuteman Yacht Club in Westport, and the Ocean Beach Yacht Club in New York.

Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, where he later served on the board for many years and was given the status of Life Trustee.

Following college, he joined Clopay Corporation, rising to the position of VP Sales & Marketing. He later assumed the same position with the General Hardware Manufacturing Co. Inc. in New York.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Broadway Tribute to Kevin Gray Set for May 13

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Kevin Gray and wife Dodie Pettit visit Staples Players in 2007. Contributed photo

The Broadway community will gather Monday, May 13 to celebrate the life and show business legacy of Broadway performer Kevin Gray of Westport.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th St., which held a special place for Gray, having starred there in “The Phantom of the Opera,” first as Raoul and later as The Phantom. Titled “A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Gray,” the memorial tribute will be open to the public.

Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. for a pre-show photo and video gallery that will be screened in the lobby before the start of the event. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. when the house itself opens.

Participants are set to include Phantom director Harold Prince; many of Gray’s former Phantom co-stars including Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Cris Groenendaal, Karen Culliver, Sarah Pfisterer, Lisa Vroman and Dodie Pettit (Gray’s wife); Judy Blazer; Carolee Carmello; Robert Cuccioli; Elizabeth Renihan and Craig Schulman; as well as presentations by members of the casts of the Broadway and national touring companies of “The Lion King,” “Miss Saigon,” “Titanic” and “The King & I.”

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

H. Arthur Nedom, 87

H. Arthur Nedom of Tulsa, Okla., a former Westport resident, died March 11. He was 87.

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H. Arthur Nedom: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was retired and living in Tulsa, where he grew up. Prior to returning to Tulsa in 2006, he and his family lived in Westport for 30 years.

He served on the Vestry and was treasurer of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, a member of the Public Site and Building Commission. and participated in weekly bridge and chess games with the Y’s Men of Westport Weston.

He enjoyed music, traveling, and gardening, and was admired for his ability to embrace modern technology and for his clever sense of humor, his family said.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Daniel Alvarez, 65

Daniel Alvarez of Westport, husband of Mary (Scully) Alvarez, died April 19 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 65.

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Daniel Alvarez: 30-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Born on Feb. 9, 1948 in Bogota, Colombia, he was the son of the late Misael and Isabel (Rincon) Alvarez. He moved to the United States when he was 17 and has been a resident of Westport for 30 years. He worked as a tax accountant and was an avid golfer and soccer fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife include one son, Jason Alvarez of Westport, one daughter, Katherine DiLeo and her husband Rocco of West Harrison, N.Y., one brother Misael Alvarez and his wife Karin, and two sisters Margo Alvarez and Julia Alvarez all of Bogota, Colombia.

The Alvarez family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Tuesday, April 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Anna Mary Edmondson, 88

Anna Mary “Punxsy” Edmondson of Punxsutawney, Pa., a former employee of The Cedar Brook Café in Westport, died April 21 at her home. She was 88.

Born April 17, 1925 in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of Thomas F. Edmondson and Anna (Rozdilsky) Edmondson. She was a member of SS Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church.

In her young adult life, she was employed by the Bryant Electric Co., a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Co. in Bridgeport where she assembled gyros for torpedoes which sunk two battleships and a cruiser. She ended her career at Bryant as the boiler room manager. She was given the name “Punxsy” because of her hometown.

She owned the Black Rock Bar & Grill in Bridgeport and worked at The Cedar Brook Café in Westport, where she was fondly called “Annie.” The Cedar Brook Café, said to be the nation’s oldest, continuously operating gay bar, closed in 2010 after 71 years.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Eleanor S. Duquette, 81

Eleanor S. Duquette, a former Westport resident, died April 11 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was 81.

She was born Eleanor S. Woodson on Sept. 7,1931 and raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School in 1949 and was married to Louis A. Duquette on Sept. 10, 1955.

They owned and operated the family business, Jerry’s Hardware. They retired and moved to Old Saybrook in 1986.

She loved to sew, knit, crochet, read and cook, her family said, and she was a huge UCONN Husky’s girls basketball fan.

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George V. Grune, 83

George Vincent Grune, a former Westport resident who guided Reader’s Digest Association to prosperity as chairman/CEO from 1984-1995, died April 17 in Jacksonville, Fla., after complications following open-heart surgery. He was 83.

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George Grune: former Reader’s Digest chairman. Contributed photo

A White Plains, N.Y., native and member of the White Plains High School Hall of Fame, he was an alumnus of Duke University and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He and his wife Betty Lu raised their three sons in Westport where they lived on Hyde Lane.

He worked briefly for the Continental Can Company before going to work for The Reader’s Digest Association in 1960 as an advertising salesman.

He quickly was selected to manage key offices in Pittsburgh, New York and internationally, distinguishing himself not only in sales but also as a proponent of research and strategic planning and as a marketing innovator and great communicator.

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Pamela P. Naughton, 66

Pamela Parsons Naughton, wife of actor James Naughton, died April 9 at her Weston home after a four-year battle wth pancreatic cancer. She was 66.

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Pamela Naughton wife of actor James Naughton. Contributed photo

She was surrounded by her husband, their children, Greg and Keira; and her three siblings, Patricia Parsons Poe, Deborah Parsons Slocum and David Parsons.

Daughter of the late John and Jean Parsons of West Hartford, she graduated from Hall High in 1964 before studying literature at Middlebury College, Vermont. She married James in 1967, and their two children, Greg and Keira, were born in New Haven, while Jim was studying at Yale Drama School.

After several years in California they settled down for good in Weston in 1977. She received a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University and worked at Hall-Brooke Hospital in Westport and in the special ed department at Weston Middle School.

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Robert C. Scales, 74

Robert C. Scales of Westport, husband of Martha Anchondo Scales, died April 13 at his home. He was 74.

Born in Danville, Va. on Aug. 26, 1938, he was the son of the late Jasper and Dorita Scales. He has resided in Westport for the last two years and has worked as a property manager in Westport for 15 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife Martha include three sons, Joseph, William and David, Five daughters Wendy Awa, Gianna, Jennifer, Robin and Mara Scales. Robert was also survived by many brothers and sisters.

Services will be private. The Harding Funeral Home in Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements. Contributions in his memory may be made to Ann’s Place, the Home of I Can in Danbury, http://www.annsplace.org.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Marion B. Pearlstone, 83

Marion VanNess Bradshaw Pearlstone of Westport died April 18 at her home. She was 83.

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Marion B. Pearlstone: Westport resident since 1963. Contributed photo

The daughter of the late Henry and Rose Bradshaw of Bronx, N.Y., she attended Hunter High School and Hunter College in New York City. 

She married Arnold David Pearlstone, MD in 1956, after a successful career as the administrator of the Department of Radiology at Jacobi Hospital in New York City.

They moved to Fairfield in 1961 and then settled in Westport in 1963 where they raised four children. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

William L. Hall, 80

William L. Hall of Westport, husband of Yolanda (Guerra) Hall, died April 15 at home. He was 80.

Born Oct. 2, 1932 in Upper Darby, Pa., he was the son of the late William P. and Loretta (Tomkins) Hall. He had resided in Montclair, N.J. for 32 years prior to moving to Westport.

He was a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of A.I.A. Prior to retiring he owned and operated WLH Architect and Associates in Montclair, N.J.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 49 years includes one son, William G. Hall and his wife Maria of Wanaque, N.J., one daughter, Susanne Hall-Armstrong and her husband Peter of Westport, one brother, Richard Hall of Simi Valley, Calif., six grandchildren, Colin Hall, Brendan, Nina, Charlotte, Jay, and Nate Armstrong, one niece and one nephew.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mary E. Ziobro, 95

Mary E. Ziobro of Westport, the wife of the late Joseph A. Ziobro, died April 12. She was 95.

Born in Fairfield to the late Anton and Anna Trupp, she was a lifelong Westport resident. Prior to her retirement, she was a nursery school teacher with Greens Farms Nursery School.

She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother whose main concern was for her family. Her family said you could always find her enjoying her family and friends, and gardening and watching the beautiful changing seasons and scenes along the shore and at her favorite spot, the creek side at Southport Beach.

She is survived by her her son, Joseph Ziobro; four daughters, Barbara Novak, Marcia Lee, Joanne Elliott and Tracy Ellsworth; three grandchildren, Morgan Awan, Patrick Elliott and Hannah Ziobro; and many nieces and nephews. Services took place on April 15 with interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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