Friday, November 14, 2014
Peter G. Babkie, 63
Peter Graham Babkie of Framingham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 10 following a period of declining health. He was 63.
He was born in New York City on Nov. 22, 1950 the son of the late Joseph Babkie and Joyce (Williams) Babkie.
He was a resident of Framingham for the past few years and previously resided in Wayland, Mass. and spent his formative years in Westport. He was a graduate of Staples High School iand received his B.S. in education from Boston University.
He had a long career in the field of education and was a life science teacher for the City of Newton at the Meadowbrook Junior High/Charles E. Brown Middle School.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ingrid E. Gilbertie, 71
Ingrid E. Gilbertie of Westport died Nov. 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 71.
The wife of Ralph J. Gilbertie, she grew up in Wilton and lived in Westport for 49 years. She was owner and operator of Bargain Boutique of Fairfield and Browsers Nook of Norwalk for more than 20 years, and had also worked for Settlers and Traders of Westport.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by her sons Michael R. Gilbertie and his wife Betsy of Westport and Ralph J. Gilbertie, Jr. and his wife Victoria of Stratford; daughters Amy M. Gilbertie of Westport and Kristina J. Gilbertie and her partner Jeri of Bloomfield; a brother Edward Hardy of Monroe; sisters Signe Miller of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Kari Barrett of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren Jessica, Mitchell, Kaitlin and Jason Gilbertie and Nicholas and Eddie Cuff. She was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Hardy.
Services will be private. Contributions may be made in her memory to the National Kidney Foundation.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Jean M. Hampe, 80
Jean Mitchell Hampe of Westport died Nov. 8 of lung cancer. She was 80.
Jean Hampe: noted real estate broker. Contributed photo
Born in Whitefish Bay, Wisc. and a high school graduate of Downer Seminary, she also graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. degree.
She was in the Delta Gamma sorority where she exhibited a great sense of humor by chairing the sorority’s annual “Spring Fling.”
After college she moved to San Francisco, working in merchandising and personnel. She then moved to Washington D. C. to recruit the first members of the Peace Corps.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sally R. Jones, 59
Sally Rice Jones of Austin, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 7 after battling stage IV breast cancer for six years. She was 59.
Sally R. Jones: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
She was born on Aug. 28, 1955 in Westport, where she attended Staples High School. She attended Duke University, where she studied English. She worked in the book and periodicals publishing industry.
She is survived by her mother, Dian Rice; her sister, Lisa Rice Thai; and her children, Madeleine, Caroline, and Henry Jones. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Rice.
A celebration of life service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church (301 East 8th St.) on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., with a reception immediately following. The family asks that those attending wear blue, Sally’s favorite color, instead of black, to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Dan J. Samuel, 89
Dan Judah Samuel of Westport, 4th Viscount of Mount Carmel and Toxteth in the City of Liverpool, died Nov. 7. He was 89.
His title is in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1937 for the Liberal politician and former High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine, Herbert Samuel. His grandson, David, the 3rd Viscount, was a prominent Israeli chemist and neurobiologist. He died last month, and Dan, his younger brother by three years, succeeded him as 4th Viscount.
Born in Jerusalem in 1925. Dan was a World War II veteran and served in the fledgling Israeli armed forces during the War of Independence.
He was a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford where he received his B.A. and M.A. He retired as the president and chief executive of the Scallop Corporation, the New York subsidiary of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group.
John D. Rendleman, 88
John David Rendleman of Westport died Oct. 24 at home. He was 88.
The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s disease. He had been a Westport resident for 58 years.
Born Sept. 30, 1926 in Exira, Iowa, he was a son of the late John Dodge and Marie Andersen Rendleman.
After his service in the Navy, he attended Drake University, graduating in 1950. He had a long career in advertising sales for Meredith Corp. in Des Moines.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Eric C. Olsen, 75
Eric Christian Olsen of Westport died Nov. 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 75.
Eric Olsen: ex-IBMer, sailor. Contributed photo
He was born in New York City on April 3, 1939 and grew up in Staten Island. He attended Brooklyn Tech, and at the age of 16 went to Syracuse University, where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering.
He was employed for 28 years by IBM, which sent him to Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA. He married Darthea Patch and the couple had three children, Karen, John, and Dorothy.
When that marriage ended in divorce, he married the late Helen Bianco. They lived in Paris for five years and then moved to Westport, where they had a daughter, Christina. That marriage also ended in divorce.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Olga B. Spencer
Olga Brom Spencer of Southport, a former Westport resident active in issues related to seniors and a former president of the Westport-Weston AARP, died Oct. 29 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long illness.
Olga Spencer: former AARP president. WN photo
She had been a Westport resident since 1994, recently moving to Southport. Prior to that, she resided in Bronxville, N.Y. and Douglaston Manor, N.Y.
She was first married to the filmmaker, author and explorer, Dr. John L. Brom with whom she had two children, Isabelle and Clarence-John. They emigrated from Austria in 1964, after having lived in France, Germany, and Africa.
After his untimely death, she dedicated her life to her work and family and later married Edward H. Spencer, to whom she was married 20 years, before his death.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Charles Pritchard, 54
Charles Pritchard of Westport died at home Oct. 25. He was 54.
Born Jan. 14, 1960 in Hout Boy, South Africa, he grew up and resided there until moving to Westport in the early 1990s.
He was an avid seaman, sailor and boating expert and spent a few of his Westport years living on his sailboat in the Saugatuck River. He could usually be found working on a boat or out on the water near Cockenoe Island with his daughter, Schuyler, 13.
He was an artistic craftsman and inventor. His company, Pritchard Guitars, made professional, creative and very unique electric archtop guitars.
James E. Myer, Jr., 58
James E. Myer Jr., a lifelong Westport resident who served 30 years as a Westport firefighter, died Nov. 1. He was 58.
Jimmy Myer: retired firefighter, RTM member. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Myer was first diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer, 10 years ago. He lost an eye to the disease and retired a short time afterward.
In a 2009 article he wrote for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he was being treated, he maintained an upbeat view and talked of his love for his vintage deluxe 1938 Ford woodie wagon he had owned since college.
In the essay, headlined “A Bump in the Road,” Myer said: “I do feel fortunate that I’m in the care of the best and the brightest doctors in the country. I still believe the best is yet to be. Go forward with your life hold your head up high, and if you see me going down the highway of life in my vintage Ford give me a wave and a thumbs-up!”
Monday, November 03, 2014
Geraldine Munce, 92
Geraldine Munce nee Conover of Westport, wife of well known artist Howard Munce, died Oct. 18 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.
Geraldine Munce: married 64 years. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
She had lived in Westport with her husband for 60 years.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 28, 1922, she attended Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, and Junior College. She lived with her family on Avenue T until she married.
The couple met at the Young & Rubicam advertising agency. He was a cub copywriter and she was the head secretary for the copy department. They were married May 20, 1950 in Brooklyn, moved to New York City, then to Westport where they raised their family.
David D. Doran, 62
David D. Doran, Jr. of South Sutton, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 30. He was 62.
He was born in Summit, N.J. on May 5, 1952 the son of David D. and Patricia (Culbertson) Doran, Sr. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended college in Boston.
He was an independent contractor working in the Lake Sunapee Region. He was also a talented bass player with the local band, Night Kitchen. He had resided in Sutton since 1969.
He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia and a sister, Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Christine (Dunphy) Doran of South Sutton; a son, Jason Doran of Sutton; a granddaughter, Hayle; his father and stepmother, David and Elaine Doran, Sr. of Florida; a sister and her husband, Deborah and Mark McCowen of San Diego, Calif.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Sage and Lee Morton of Orange; a stepson and his wife, Stephen and Christine Makowsky of Anchorage, Alaska; six step-grandchildren; a niece, Patricia Scala; cousins; a stepsister, Allison Nussbaum McCoy and a stepbrother, Jonathan Nussbaum.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Laura J. Gonzalez, 54
Laura Gonzalez: aide at Temple Israel. Contributed photo
Laura J. Gonzalez of Stratford, a former employee of Temple Israel of Westport, died Oct. 29 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 54.
Born Dec. 29, 1959 in Port Chester, N.Y., she was the daughter of Virginia (Ginny) Knudson Hemstead and the late Norman Hemstead. She worked as a preschool teaching aide at Temple Israel.
In a note to congregants, Temple Israel said: “It is with sadness that we report the death today (Oct. 29) of former ECC Assistant Teacher Laura Gonzalez, following her valiant fight with cancer.
“Laura’s smile, warmth, strong will and positive outlook on life will forever be our lasting image and cherished memory of her.”
Cynthia S. Andre, 82
Cynthia Suzanne Andre of Emerald Bay Manor in Cumberland, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Oct.17 following a long illness. She was 82.
Born March 27, 1932 in Yonkers, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Ida (Plate) Soley and Stanley Soley and a stepdaughter of the late Helen (Adams) Soley.
She was raised in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1950. After her marriage to Edward Andre, they resided in many places over the years, including Walpole, Mass.,before settling in North Attleboro, Mass. 28 years ago. She had been a resident of Cumberland since July 2013.
She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City in 1951 and worked for Sponsor Magazine on Madison Avenue. She later worked as a secretary for Kendall Mills in Walpole for several years. She retired in 1997 after more than 20 years with Hollingsworth and Vose in East Walpole.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
James J. Macauda, 92
James J. Macauda of Westport died Oct. 28 at home. He was 92.
James Maacuda: World War II vet. Contributed photo
Husband of Janice Biazzo Macauda, he was born in Bridgeport on Nov. 27, 1921, a son of the late Angelo and Concettina Bellamattina Macauda. A graduate of Harding High in 1939, he also was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II and served as an MP at the Nuremberg Trials in Germany for Nazi war criminals.
He later became the owner of Macauda’s Market, formerly of Bridgeport, which was opened in 1921. He was also a huge fan of both the New York Giants and New York Mets.
In addition to his wife, Janice of 71 years, other survivors include his children, Maryanne Freeman and her husband Richard, James A. Macauda and his wife Maria, Robert J. Macauda, Marlene Macauda and her husband Wynne Bohonnon, David J. Macauda and his wife Sandra and John C. Macauda and his wife Nancy, his brother Angelo Macauda and his wife Mary and a sister-in-law, Elaine Macauda.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport