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Monday, September 20, 2010

Raymond E. Bellock, 95

Raymond Edward Bellock, 95, died Sept. 5. A former member of the Y’s Men, he and his wife had lived in Westport for 27 years.

Born in Chicago in 1915, he lived there 50 years, graduating from St. Luke’s Elementary School in River Forest, Ill., and Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Ill.

In Chicago, he also met and married his wife of 57 years, Jane Rowbottom, with whom he had nine children. He attended Northwestern University, and shortly thereafter began a 41-year career at the American Can Co., rising to director of labor relations for North America by the time of his retirement.

In 1968, he was transferred to Connecticut, where he and his family lived in Westport the next 27 years. Locally, after his retirement he enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, was a member of Y’s Men and a Red Cross volunteer.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Paul M Heilman II, 88

Paul M Heilman II, a resident of Belmont, Calif,  formerly of Westport where he was active in the Y’s Men and founded the first science fair at Staples High School, died Sept. 15. He was 88. Image
Paul Heilman: moved to California in 2007. Contributed photo

Born on July 20, 1922, in the American Hospital of Mexico City to Dorthea Blair and Paul M Heilman, Paul spent his childhood in Mexico, Chicago, and Havana. He graduated from MIT in 1944 and maintained lifelong friendships with many of his ATO fraternity brothers.

During World War II, Paul served aboard LCI 439 in the Pacific seeing action at Okinawa and Lingayen Gulf. His career was in technical sales working for multinationals, trade associations as well as his own sales agency.

He also was active in community organizations and was a Scoutmaster for many years.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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The family of former Staples student Cameron Bruce who died at Queen’s College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on Monday released an obituary today which said visiting hours will be at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Friday. Sept. 24, 4 – 8 p.m.

A funeral will be held at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. A celebration of Cameron’s life will be held during the Thanksgiving weekend in November.

Donations in Cameron’s memory may be made to the Cameron Bruce Scholarship for Trumpet at New England Music Camp, 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney, ME 04330, or for a grant which will be established in his memory, at Staples Tuition Grants, PO Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881-5159.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Beatrice M. Lester, 100

Beatrice Marie Lester, a former art and social studies teacher in Westport, passed away Sept. 9, in Colchester, Vt. She was 100.

She was born in Darien on March 7, 1910, the daughter of Elizabeth and Fred Schrader. She had one brother, Fred ‘Tut’ Schrader. Bea married Roderick V. Lester in 1935.

She graduated from Stamford High School and Eastern Connecticut State University. She taught art and social studies for 12 years in Westport.

Bea decorated many of the beautiful homes that her husband designed and built in Darien and New Canaan.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Mary P. Restaino, 87,

Mary P. Restaino, a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield and former Westport resident, died Monday, Sept. 6, in St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 87.

Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Catherine (Caldana) Restaino. She had been a Southport resident for the past 24 years, and before that, lived in Westport for 64 years.

She is survived by a brother, Michael Restaino of Southport, and predeceased by two sisters, Columbia Restaino and Sara Restaino, and a brother, Joseph Restaino.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 49 North Turkey Hill Road. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery in, Westport. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Dorothy Starzyk, 87

Dorothy Starzyk, 87, of Fairfield, formerly of Bridgeport, passed away Aug. 31 at the Ludlowe Health Care Center in Image
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Ms. Starzyk was born Sept. 28, 1922 in Springfield, Mass., and is the daughter of the late Paul and Antonia Starzyk.

Ms. Starzyk spent the first five years of her life in the Springfield/Chicopee area of Massachusetts, then moved to the Stratfield area of Fairfield where she resided until 1943 when she moved to Bridgeport where she lived for most of her life.

During the war and up until the 1960s, she worked at Sikorsky as the secretary to the general manager and then worked at Pepperidge Farm until her retirement in the 80s.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Staples Science Teacher Dies at 43

UPDATE Stephen G. Roberts, a science teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died Sunday in New Haven while undergoing a routine procedure in a hospital, Principal John Dodig said today. He was 43. Image
Stephen G. Roberts: “looked forward to meeting new students.” Contributed photo

In an e-mail to Staples parents, Dodig said: “I received very sad news over the weekend that science teacher Steve Roberts died while undergoing a routine procedure in the hospital.

“As you may know, he was very ill last year with cancer but worked diligently with his doctors to put up a good fight. He returned to us last year to complete his teaching assignment and to be with his students.”

Dodig said Roberts taught summer school for four weeks “and looked forward to meeting his new students this year.”

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Al Dainwood, 67

Duron A. (Al) Dainwood, 67, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Image
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Al was born March 26, 1943 in Dallas, Texas son of the late Duron A. and Bessie (Smith) Dainwood. He moved to Connecticut in July to be near his sister.

In 1971, Al moved to Houston, where he continued his career as a guitarist and vocalist, developing a loyal following for his sensitive baritone interpretations of The Great American Songbook.

A special favorite was “Here’s that Rainy Day”, by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Mr. Dainwood’s reputation extended from the East Coast to the Isle of Wight.

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Robert G. Ripston, 49

Robert George Ripston, 49, of Torrington and a former Westport resident, died Aug. 26.

Born in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of the late Robert and Laura Ripston. A 1980 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was employed many years at the Torrington Co.

He was particularly proud of helping with the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter.

Survivors include his brother Neil, sister-in-law Linda, sister Beth, brother-in-law Owen, nephew Kevin, niece Erin and best friend Barry Memorial donations may be made to the Last Post Animal Sanctuary, 95 Belden St., P.O. Box 259, Falls Village, CT 06031

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Shirley M. Meeker, 82

Shirley Metcalf Meeker, age 82 of Beacon Falls, formerly of Fairfield, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Hewitt Memorial Hospital in Shelton.

Born in Fairfield the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. Shirley was a retired supervisor for the Westport Transit Authority.

Survivors include four children, Frederick Meeker, Jr. and his wife Tina of Shelton, Raymond Meeker and his wife Elisa of Beacon Falls, Harold Meeker and his wife Colleen of Shelton and Robert Meeker of Bridgeport; a sister, Dorothy Lotker of Bridgeport; five granddaughters: Kelli, Jodi, Nicole, Sara and Samantha Meeker; a great-grandson, Timothy Meeker; a son-in-law, Ivan Francetic of Seymour; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karan Hine Francetic, a sister, Virginia Toth; and her loving companion, Harold Hine.

Graveside service will be private. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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Irene M. Corcoran, 85

Irene (Rene) M. Sabo Corcoran, 85, of Westport and formerly of Moorestown, N.J., died Aug. 23 at the Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland.

Born in New York, she graduated from Cushing Academy and attended Cornell University until leaving for a theater career. She transferred to Catholic University toward the end of World War II, and then met and married decorated serviceman Joseph Corcoran.

She became director of the Moorestown Theater, working with Basil Rathbone, Mercedes McCambridge and Rue McClanahan. She like international travel, and visited China, Cuba, Italy, France, Austria and Mexico, but was particularly fond of Ireland.

Following the death of her eldest daughter, Mary, at the age of 17, Corcoran changed her career field to work in the insurance business. She was the winner of the Conference of Champions award many years and eventually opened her own branch of Allstate in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dale A. Woodruff, 73

Dale Alden Woodruff, 73, of Alstead, N.H., and formerly of Westport, died Aug. 16 at the Christian Science Benevolent Home in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Born in New London on July 17, 1937, she the daughter of Albert C. and Dorothy Alden (Jones) Woodruff Jr.

She grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., attended Walnut Hill Academy and graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1959.

She had lived in Westport for 20 years and was a life-long summer resident of Alstead, N.H., before becoming a permanent resident of that town in 2004.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dorothy Sarnataro, 79

Dorothy Sarnataro of Westport, died Aug. 24 at home. She was 79.

Born in Brooklyn on Dec. 2, 1930, she had been a resident of Valley Stream, N.Y., for 48 years before moving to Westport in 2004. She attended Fort Hamilton High School, where she met Frank Sarnataro, who later became her husband.

She is survived by five children, Susan Seerman and her husband David of East Quogue, N.Y.; Cindy Mitrani of Bondville, Vt.; Dorothy Rappaport and her husband Stephen of Westport; Frank Sarnataro of Long Beach, N.Y., and Dane Sarnataro and his wife Traci of Northport, N.Y., and 14 grandchildren. Her husband had predeceased her in 1985.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Alexander D’Agostino, 54

Alexander D’Agostino died Aug. 21 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 54.

Known as Sandy to his family, he was born Oct. 27, 1955. to the late Colombo and Jessie (Lanteri) D’Agostino in New York City.

He was raised and educated in Yonkers, N.Y., before moving to Westport in 1990. He later moved to Norwalk.

He began his career as an executive recruiter at Weatherby Healthcare in 1986 and later went on to Teed & Co. where he was working at the time of his death. He enjoyed boating on the Long Island Sound, fly-fishing, golf, vacationing by the ocean and time spent with his two children.

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C. Richard (Dick) Madwid, 89

C. Richard (Dick) Madwid, a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield and the husband of the late Virginia O’Leary Madwid, died Aug. 19 at home. He was 89.

Born in Hartford, he lived in Fairfield since his early youth. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas School and Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1939, he continued his education at the Bridgeport Engineering Institute.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Biscayne during World War II, and was awarded the Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon.

Madwid began his career as part-owner of an aluminum factory, manager for Exide Battery in Fairfield and Reynolds Aluminum. After retiring, he joined the staff of St. Luke Church in Westport as manager of building and grounds for a decade.

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