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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Alice V. Goodman, 89

Alice V. Goodman of Westport died Oct 2. She was 89. Image
Alice Goodman: fashion designer.  Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 21, 1927 to the late Jules and Louise Florent van der Becq of Manage, Belgium, where she grew up during World War II.

Her entire family and village were used as human shields by the French Army in a forced march for six weeks as the army retreated through Belgium at the start of the war.

Following this six-week period, the German Army caught up with the French Army and took her and her family and others, loading them on to trucks, which they thought were on their way to the concentration camps, despite being Catholic. Instead, they were returned to Manage and instructed to return to their homes.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Sean K. Romano, 41

UPDATE (adds services) Sean Kelly Romano of Indeo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 18. He was 41. Image
Sean Romano: golf was his passion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on April 27, 1975, the son of Patricia (Kelly) Romano and the late Joseph “Bo” Romano. He attended Assumption School in Westport, Fairfield County Day School, and Staples High School.

He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. Having grown up at Longshore, it easy to tell why golf became his passion in life.

His passion became his career leading him to Florida and eventually California where he was general manager at the Indian Palms Country Club and Resort.

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Ronald A. Grasso, 75

Ronald Allen Grosso of Westport died Oct. 2. He was 75. Image
Ronald Grasso: fashion industry executive.  Contributed photo

Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Baltimore, he was the son of Silvis Grosso and Bertha Hightowitz. Hw discovered his true passion within the fashion industry while working at the Hecht Company and pursued his dream by moving to New York City in 1968, where he had a long and successful career developing and producing outerwear products for many prominent companies.

Fond of saying, “I traveled the world,” he spent his early 30s shopping the world’s fashion capitals for the latest trends. He had a gift for predicting trends. In 1975, he joined Utex Fashion Group as sales manager where he worked until he retired in 2012.

In 1992, he moved to Westport with his wife and oldest daughter. Soon after, his second daughter and son were born. Throughout his life he often mentioned how his children were three of the best things that happened to him.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Carolyn Hughes, 72

Carolyn Hughes of Westport died Sept. 30. She was 72. Image
Carolyn Hughes: loved to entertain. Contributed photo

The wife of, Neil Gerhardt was born in New Rochelle, N.Y to William and Mary Hess. The oldest of five children she was proud of her Catholic education. She attended Blessed Sacrament, Mother Elizabeth Seton, Good Counsel College in White Planes N.Y., and received a master’s in English from Iona College.

She was known to everyone as “Billie,’  a nickname given to her because as a child she looked like her father. She was the first person in her family to receive a college degree and felt education was important. Both of her children graduated from excellent colleges.

She loved to entertain, throw parties and made a special event out of every holiday with her creative touches including making her Thanksgiving guests dress as either a pilgrim or indian. She was proud of being Italian and accentuated her dialogue with Italian phrases.

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Richard G. Bryan, 78

Richard G. Bryan of Seattle, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 27. He was 78.

He was born near Philadelphia PA and lived in Cincinnati, Franklin Lakes N.J., and Westport before moving to the Seattle area in 1993 and retiring to Whidbey Island in 2002.

He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1960 and earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1966.

His career was spent in marketing, sales, and general management. He held executive positions with Procter & Gamble, the American Cyanamid Company, AT&T Wireless, and most recently with the Marketwave Corporation (now part of Accrue Software Inc.) in Seattle.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Joan Mahoney

Joan Carroll Mahoney of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 22. Image
Joan Mahoney: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Fall River, Mass. Most recently she was a resident of Aston Gardens in Naples after living in Marco Island, Fla. for 23 years. Prior to that, she lived in Westport.

She graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.  A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend too many, she always smiling, known to see the good in everyone and loved being around her family and friends.

She married Daniel A. Mahoney Jr. in August 1949 in Fall River. They were married for 61 years before his death in May 2010.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

James T. Hurley, 84

James Thomas Hurley, 84, of Concord, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Sept. 26 at Emerson Hospital in Concord.  He was 84. Image
James Hurley: GE executive. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Patricia Anne (McKenna) Hurley was born in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Jan. 28, 1932, the son of the late John Thomas and Della Josephine Hurley. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York and a master’s degree from Fairfield University. He also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

He spent the majority of his career working for General Electric Corp. He worked in multiple roles in various GE locations including San Jose, Calif., Frankfurt, Germany, Schenectady, N.Y., and Stamford. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Leona E. Feeney, 97

Leona E. Feeney of Needham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 24 at Care One Nursing Home in Northampton. She was 97.

She was born Feb. 21, 1919, in St Albans, Vt., ,the daughter of the late Yves and Bessie Enizan. After graduating from Bellows Free Academy in 1936, she moved to Westport where she met and married Charles “Charlie” Feeney in 1938.

A self-taught bookkeeper, she was employed at Greenberg’s Department Store in Westport for 25 years and then as an office manager for a local dentist for an additional 15 years.

Known by friends and family as Lee, she resided in Westport until after the death of her husband in 1975 and moved to Needham. She continued to work in the retail business at Calverts in Needham until she retired at the age of 80.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mike Kulich, 29

Mike Kulich, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who became a top executive in the adult entertainment industry, died late Friday or early Saturday, Adult Video News (AVN) reported. He was 29. Image
MIke Kulich: 2004 Staples grad. File photo

It quoted longtime friend Rob Russell as saying that he found Kulich’s body at around 9 p.m. Saturday in his Los Angeles living room after his fiancée, Erin Clark, called Russell concerned that she had not been able to reach Kulich in about a day.

Clark and Kulich were scheduled to be married next month, and Russell was to serve as Kulich’s best man, AVN said.

“An official cause of death has not been issued, but Russell said Clark had suspected that Kulich was having a drug relapse,” the report said.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jack Rotman, 92

Jack Rotman, a longtime Westport resident, died Sept. 20 in Fairfield. He was 92. Image
Jack Rotman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Jan. 24, 1924 in Providence, R.I. to Abraham and Gertrude Rotman two minutes after his twin brother, Stanley.

He graduated from Hope High School and Brown University.As an Army lieutenant in World War II, he served in Japan and the Philippines.

For many years, he was president of Industrial Marking Supply, a distribution company he founded. He was an avid tennis player and loved to travel.

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Keith R. Verges, 55

Keith Robert Verges of Dallas, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 12. He was 55. Image
Keith Verges: attorney, physicist. LinkedIn photo

He was born Feb. 7, 1961 in Norman, Okla., grew up in the Northeast and graduated from Staples High School in Westport. In just three years of attendance, he earned three bachelor of science degrees from Southern Methodist University in mathematics, chemistry and physics, becoming the first recipient of the school’s Frank C. McDonald Memorial Award in Physics in 1981.

He went on to earn his master’s degree in applied physics from Princeton University. During this time, he worked as a project physicist at Teledyne-Geotech and spent a cold summer as part of a team installing the first seismic station on the continent of Antarctica in 1985 on a government contract for which he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Also during this time, he met his future bride Laurie, who joined him on his many adventures in life. Though he loved his work in physics, he felt the need to change course and decided to end his studies towards his Ph. D and return to SMU to pursue a law degree.

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Julia E. Juhasz, 77

Julia E. Juhasz of Manchester Center, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 20 at Equinox Terrace assisted living facility in Manchester Center. She was 77.

She was born in Szeged, Hungary on May 12, 1939, the daughter of the late Janos Koncz and Julia Koncz, and attended local schools. She came to the United States in 1956 and ultimately settled in Westport.

She worked as a quality control engineer in Connecticut for many years. She started her career at Norden Systems, followed by running an automotive business with her late husband Alex Juhasz. She finally retired from DataComm Management Sciences.

She enjoyed gardening, carpentry, skiing and spending time with her family.

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Thomas Ikeda, 92

Thomas Ikeda of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 9 after a long illness. He was 92. Image
Thomas Ikeda: worked for Norden Systems. Contributed photo

Born in California and educated in Japan, he returned to the United States after the war and graduated from Columbia University with a M.Sc. in electrical engineering. He married Akiko in December 1954, and they were active members of the church and community in Westport.

He retired after a 36-year career with Norden Systems, and eventually he and Akiko divided time between Westport and Sarasota.

A man of few words, Thomas conveyed his love to his family and friends through his actions and steadfastness. He was an avid bridge player, audiophile, photographer and sports fan.

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Kenneth J. Grant, 65

Kenneth J. Grant of Bethel, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 19 in Redding. He was 65.

Born Jan. 18, 1951 in Westport, he was the son of the late Edward and Rita (Cullen) Grant.

He was a fourth generation Westporter and lived in town for more than 30 years and then moved to Fairfield, where he lived for 30 years and has resided in Bethel for the last five years.

He retired from West Tech Security, where he worked for more than 30 years as an alarm tech and more recently worked for Meadow Ridge Assisted Living in Redding, where he was a driver for the residents.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christian M. Bernegger, 56

Christian Martin Bernegger of South Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 17 at Norwalk Hospital.  He was 56.

He was born in Jackson Heights, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 1960 to Loretta and Max Bernegger. He was raised in Westport and graduated Staples High School in 1978.  He earned a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University in 1982.

He was an oil trader who worked in Hamburg, Germany. He then moved to London to open and run an office for his father’s company, First National Crude Oil, based in Norwalk. He moved back to the United States in 1986 to help his father run First National Crude Oil.

He excelled in athletics in his youth and as an adult was an excellent chef who was passionate about preparing meals for family and friends.

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