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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. Image
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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Charles H. R. Burling-Denlinger,  66

Charles H. R. Burling-Denlinger of Long Island, N.Y., a graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died Feb. 2 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 66.

Born in Manhattan on May 22, 1945 to the late Howard and Virginia Burling, he and and his sister Jane were later adopted by Virginia and Sutherland Denlinger.

He grew up in Westport and Weston and graduated from Staples High School in 1965 and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

He became a proficient and well respected IT specialist with Apple Macintosh computer software and hardware. He was a consultant in these areas of expertise for about 40 years and worked independently for many Fortune 500 corporations as well as for architect I.M. Pei.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

John P. Aitkenhead, 60

John P. Aitkenhead, longtime resident of Milford, husband of Diana Horko Aitkenhead, died Feb. 10 at home after a long illness. He was 60. Image
John Aitkenhead: father of Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Queens, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 1951, he was the son of the late John and Rita McMahon Aitkenhead.  He was a manager for Watson Foods Inc. of West Haven and president of Milford Operation Mainstream, the local chapter of the Special Olympics. He was also a member of the Milford Jaycees and St. Ann Church.

In addition to his wife Diana (Donna) of 38 years, he is survived by three sons; Thomas Aitkenhead and his wife Kate of Hamden, Michael Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie of Westport, and James Aitkenhead of Milford. Also his grandchildren, Ethan, Cora, Sarah and Lauren. He is also survived by his aunt, Marie McMahon, of Jamaica Estates, N.Y., as well as two nephews and a niece Ernie, David and Allison Miller. He is also survived by his cousins Pamela (his other sister) and Chuck Lancellotti, Richard Sperry, Ellen and Donald Kropp, and Jean and Jon Scott. He was predeceased his sister Kathleen and her husband Ernie Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Burial to follow at Kings Highway Cemetery, Milford.

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Lewis J. Anastas, 89

Lewis J. Anastas of Southport, husband of Dolores Humphrey Anastas, died Feb. 9 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 89.

Born in Bridgeport on May 12, 1922, he was a son of the late John and Mary Huray Anastas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and was retired from the Moroso Co.

He was a former member of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee and an active parishioner of St. Luke Church, Westport.

In addition to his wife Dee, survivors include a son, John Anastas and his wife Marietta of Trumbull, a daughter, Diane Anastas Ginty of Fairfield, stepchildren, Doug Sage and his wife Marisa and Peter Sage and his wife Sue all of Florida, Amy Gniadek and her husband Steve of Fairfield and Dana Sage of Washington, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a brother, John J. Anastas and his wife Harriett of Woodbury, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Anastas.

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Richard P. Eadie, 81

Richard Pierce Eadie (Dick) of Dallastown, Pa , a former Westporter, died Jan. 13. He was 81.

Born in 1930 in New Rochelle , N.Y., and was the husband of the late Johanna Sawyer (Gallagher) Eadie.

A resident of Westport for more than 35 years, he was an avid sailor and a longtime member of Cedar Point Yacht Club.

He is survived by two siblings, five children and five grandchildren.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Joan Z. Hoffman, 82

Joan Z. Hoffman, a former Westporter and teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School, died at home in Punta Gorda, Fla. on Feb. 8 after a lengthy battle with recurrent breast cancer. She was 82.

She was born July 5, 1929 in New York, N.Y. to Harry T. and Lillian (Weiss) Zucker and graduated from Vassar College in 1950 with a B.A. in English.

In later years, she would earn multiple Masters Degrees from the University of Bridgeport in elementary education, reading, and in guidance. She taught for several years at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport, followed by a career at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield where she taught reading and Latin and was the school guidance counselor.

Her hobbies included sailing, mah jong, bridge, banjo playing, horseback riding, biking, and crossword puzzles.

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Roger W. Bedore, 68

Roger W. Bedore of Westport, a New York private banking executive, died Feb. 8.  He was 68.

Born into humble beginnings in the Adirondack logging town of Tupper Lake, N.Y. in 1943, he was raised in a working class family, the son of a highway journeyman, Jedson Bedore, Jr., and a factory worker, Margaret Gaff, both predeceased.

In his youth, he was a skilled outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, skating and playing ice hockey. He always fondly recalled his youth in the small upstate town; visiting family and friends often.

He had three children, Roger W. Bedore, Jr. of Livingston, N.J., Michael J. Bedore of Howell, N.J., and JoAnn Peters of Tappan, N.Y. He was a devoted father and grandfather and his children and grandchildren were his heart and soul. He enjoyed visiting with them as often as possible and spending time playing, laughing and spoiling them, his family said.

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Linda K. Creagh, 56

Linda Kaluta Creagh, wife of Timothy Creagh of Trumbull and a sales representative with Redi-Cut Carpet of Westport, died Feb. 2 at her home. She was 56.

Born in Stratford on Aug. 28, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Craw Kaluta.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sisters, Barbara Shaw and her husband Robert of Aurora, N.C., Kathy Slauson and her husband Jan of Wallingford, and Maureen Berman and her husband Robert of Huntington as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends can greet the family at a memorial gathering celebrating Linda’s life that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Stark Weather House, 1773 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 1 p.m.

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Carol R. MacCallum, 65

Carol Roberta (Lathrop) MacCallum of Fairfield, a health assistant at Coleytown Elementary School, died Feb. 8. She was 65. Image
Carol R. MacCallum: health assistant at Coleytown El. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Bruce B. MacCallum for 45 years, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Julia Lathrop. Born in Bridgeport on Feb. 17, 1946, she lived in Fairfield all her life, except for 18 months in 1966-1967 when she and her husband lived in Schwabisch Gmund, West Germany, while he was stationed there in the U.S. Army.

She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1964, attended the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University. She retired from the Fairfield Board of Education after 20 years as the Insurance Benefits Specialist and was a retired member of the Connecticut Association of Educational Office Professionals and the Fairfield Association of Educational Secretaries.

She also worked for many years as a dental assistant and dental office manager for several local dentists.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Henrietta T. Hanley, 93

Henrietta T. Hanley of Westport, wife of Vincent P. Hanley Sr., died Feb. 8 at home following a lengthy illness. She was 93.

Born Aug. 30, 1918, daughter of the late William and Estelle (Kukla) Rozaieski, she had been a Westport resident for 59 years.

She graduated in 1939 from Kings County Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had worked as a registered nurse all her life. She also worked at Bellevue Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 70 years, includes two sons, Vincent P. Hanley Jr., and his wife Mona of New York City, and Terrence Hanley of Norwalk; one daughter, Carolyn Lawler and her husband Thomas of Essex, Mass., one brother Walter Rozaieski of Maryland and one sister, Leona Reha and her husband Patsy of Olyphant, Pa., seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by one son, Lt.. Kenneth J. Hanley, USAF, and 10 brothers and sisters.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Richard V. Williams, 78

Richard V. Williams of Westport died Feb. 4 at his home. He was 78.

Born in Chicago, the son of Vincent and Cecilia (Thorne) Williams, he was a graduate of Notre Dame University.

After attending Columbia Law School, he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in finance from New York University.

He worked as a financial systems analyst for the Olin Corp.. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he also enjoyed gardening.

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Harold S. Bernard, 65

Dr. Harold Scott Bernard died Feb. 4 at his Westport home. He was 65.

He was the son of the late Norma and Burton, husband of Bonnie, father of Nicole and Bradley, and brother of Cathy and Mitchell.

He was distinguished clinical psychologist in Manhattan and Westport.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Robert T. Wakeman, 92

Robert T. Wakeman of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Westport and husband of Naime Weber Wakeman, died Jan. 31 at home. He was 92.

Born in Westport Dec. 18, 1919, he was a son of the late John S. and Mary Wakeman and had operated the Wakeman Farm with his late brother Ike on Cross Highway prior to moving to Florida in 1983.

He had resided in Westport for 64 years, attended Green’s Farms Elementary School and is a graduate of Staples High School. He is also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.

Survivors in addition to his wife include four sons, Theodore (Ted) Wakeman and Burt Wakeman both of Ocean View, Hawaii, Lars Wakeman of Midland, Texas, and Robert I. Wakeman of Portsmouth, R.I., one sister, Vaitses of Massachusetts. three grandchildren, William Jakubec, Matthew and Rachel Wakeman, and many nieces and nephews.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

John Sanford, 82

John Sanford, a longtime Westport resident and husband of the late Helen A. Sanford, died Jan. 31 at home. He was 82.

Born in Milford on April 4, 1929, he was the son of the late William and Marian (O’Donnell) Sanford. A was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a 60-year resident of Westport.

He owned and operated Sanford Landscaping for many years and since his retirement he has continued his passion for gardening.

Survivors include three daughters: Diane Sanford and her partner Lynne Huffines of Fairfield, Sharon Sanford and her partner Scott Kauffman of Fairfield, and Jane Sanford of West Haven,  one brother, Peter Sanford, one sister Eleanor Sanford and Theresa Brady, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Carley. 

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