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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Josephine Pellicano, 87

Josephine Pellicano of Westport died Oct. 29 at home. She was 87. Image
Josephine Pelicano: Westporter since 1963. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Dominic Pellicano was born in Montreal, Canada the daughter of the late Pasquale and Irma Dardano. She had been a Westport resident since 1963.

She received her Registered Nursing Degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal in 1956 and later worked at Mediplex of Westport for nearly 15 years. She was a kind and gentle person, and faithful parishioner of the Church of the Assumption for more than 50 years.

She loved Westport, particularly Compo Beach. She had been a member of the Westport Sons of Italy and integral part of the Festival Italiano from its inception in the 1980s. In later years, she enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Richard Goldhurst, 88

Richard Goldhurst of Westport died Oct. 23 at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 88.

He was born in Larchmont, N.Y. on Jan. 4, 1927, the son of Harry Golden, well-known author of “Only in America,” a 1958 best-seller, and Genevieve Alice Marie Gallagher. He was the eldest of four boys.

Goldhurst was proud of the 11 books he had published.  “The Midnight War” (1978) was the definitive account of the American intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920. His 1954 essay on “Style in De Bello Civili” is the classic interpretation of Julius Ceasar.

He was equally proud of his service as an enlisted man in the paratroops during World War II in the Asian Pacific Theater of Oprations. He was in the 11th Airborne Division, the first to occupy Japan in August 1945.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Patrick Ryan, 62

Patrick Ryan of Fairfield, former president and owner of Cadillac/Saab of Greenwich and Saab of Westport, died Oct. 27 at home. He was 62.

He was the son of the late Henry Ryan and Mary (Harrington) Ryan of Simsbury,  He was a 1974 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and began his career at Price Waterhouse. After becoming a partner at Touche Ross, he joined Marketing Corporation of America (MCA) in 1985 as vice president of real estate.

At MCA, he was president and chief operating officer of various companies, including: Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics in Shenzen, China, the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., and a commercial real estate group. He later became the president of Beachside Capital Partners, Inc. and, in 2005 founded the Ryan Auto Group where he was president and owner of Cadillac/Saab of Greenwich and Saab of Westport.

He recently sold this business and had retired. Although he had a number of accomplishments, his family admired him most for his sincerity, optimism, and kindness to everyone.

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Leonard Weinstein, 98

Leonard Weinstein of Longboat Key, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 22. He was 98.

He was born in Bridgeport on Dec. 9, 1916 and was a resident of Westport for most of his life before moving to Florida.

After graduating from Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a bombardier in a B29 aircraft. Afterwards, along with his brother, Stanley, he owned and ran a successful auto parts supply business in Connecticut.

Upon his retirement from the auto parts business, he launched a career as a personal financial adviser and money manager.

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Martin Berg, 24

Martin Berg of Westport died Oct 20 in Boulder, Colo. He was 24. Image
Martin Berg: 2010 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born in Tromsø, Norway on Sept. 18, 1991, he was a son of Goerild and Stig Berg. He moved to Westport with his family in 1997 and was a 2010 graduate of Staples High School.

He was enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder. He was an avid skier, lived an adventurous and outgoing life.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his twin brother Kristian Berg and younger brother Erik, both of Westport, as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts, uncles and many cousins in Norway.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Marianne C. Hegedus, 72

Marianne C. Hegedus of Niantic, a 58-year resident of Westport, died Oct. 23 at home. She was 72. Image
Marianne Hegedus: 58-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born July 23, 1943 in Norwalk, the daughter of the late Theodore and Mary (Shukie) Hegedus. She was a 1961 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford.  She loved to read and was an avid painter.

She is survived by one brother; Donald Hegedus of Niantic.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 30 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East,. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marianne may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences for the Hegedus family maybe left online at


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Aelish Flynn, 42

Aelish Flynn of Westport, originally from Dublin, Ireland, died Oct. 24 at home. She was 42.

She was the daughter of Roisin and the late Joseph Byrne. She had a successful career in global finance that took her to Ireland, Martinique, Miami and finally Connecticut.

She was brilliant, beautiful and elegant with a wickedly funny sense of humor. She was a fabulous cook, spoke fluent French, played the piano with grace and loved to swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew, to whom she was married for 15 years, and three children, David, Ava and Isabelle.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Barbara D. Whipple, 88

Barbara Davis Whipple of Annapolis, Md., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 6. She was 88.

Born Sept. 2, 1927, in Newburyport, Mass. to the late Raymond and Christine Davis, she graduated from Newburyport High School in 1945 and Lasell Junior College (now Lasell College) in Newton, Mass. in 1948.

After graduating from college, she moved to Boston, where she worked as a lab technician for the Smithwick Foundation at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital.

She married Scott Lloyd Whipple on Dec. 27, 1952, in Newburyport and the couple moved to Connecticut, settling in Westport in 1956. She was an aide in the Westport school system, first in a kindergarden class in Bedford Elementary School and later in a computer class at Coleytown Middle School.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Christopher Lemone, 49

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Chris Lemone: baseball was his inspiration. Contributed photo

It is with profound sorrow and a deep sense of loss that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Christopher Lemone on Oct. 18.

Chris was born on June 19, 1966 and spent much of his youth on the baseball fields of Northrop and Springdale. The experiences and lessons learned there served as the cornerstone of the principled and benevolent man he would later become.

After excelling at baseball and basketball at Stamford Catholic High School “Lem” or “Lem-dog” as he was known by his compadres, enrolled at Sacred Heart University of Fairfield where he became an All-NECC baseball player.

In 1988, he hit an astounding .444, which still remains the second highest average ever at the University. He finished his college career with a .368 average. These prodigious athletic achievements would foreshadow the destiny of man who would have a far-reaching positive impact.

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Ho-Kang Liu: : children in Westport. Contributed photo

Ho-Kang Liu, known by friends as HK, of Scotia, N.Y. died Oct. 20 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

He was born in Nanking, China, the son Chung-Fu and Yung-Wha Liu.  He came to the United States in 1952 and graduated from Auburn University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1957, he received a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He also received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 1965. 

In college, he was elected as a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Pi Mu Epsilon and Pi Tau Sigma honorary societies.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Staples Counselor Chris Lemone Dies at 49

UPDATE Staples High School informed students, teachers and parents today that Christopher Lemone, youth outreach counselor at the school for 17 years, died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 49 and lived in Bethel. Word circulated at school that he died of a heart attack. Image
Chris Lemone: died unexpectedly. Contributed photo

“It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that Mr. Chris Lemone, our Youth Outreach Counselor and TAG advisor, passed away unexpectedly yesterday,” Staples Principal Mark Karagus said in an email to students and in an announcement read over the school’s public address system.

“Mr. Lemone had worked with Staples students over the past 17 years, and will be missed by the entire Staples community. Our deepest thoughts and sympathy go out to the Lemone family and all of their friends.”

He added: “Many students and faculty members may need support today. Counselors will be available throughout the day in the Academic Study Hall room across from the cafeteria, in Mr. Lemone’s office, and in the guidance office.”

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Peter F. Decker Sr., 81

Peter Folger Decker Sr. of Dallas and formerly of Westport and Dunwoody, Ga., died Oct. 12. He was 81.

He was born in New York City on Aug. 14, 1934 to Folger Schoonmaker and Elizabeth Greeley Decker. He grew up in White Plains, N.Y., Ridgewood, N.J., Evanston, Ill., and Glenview, Ill. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. and received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

He was an active member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and continued to serve it and Northwestern as a fundraiser and benefactor all his adult life. While a student, he served in the ROTC and worked at International Mineral and Chemical Company.

After marrying, he moved to its New York Office. He later joined Union Carbide Corp. and at the time of his retirement was a senior vice president working out of the Atlanta office.

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Maria Villani, 77

Maria Villani of Westport died Oct. 17. She was 77.

She was born April 30, 1938 in San Mango, the late Teodoro and Caterina Coppola. Known to her family affectionately as Nonna Maria, she emigrated from Italy to Stamford in 1966 with her husband Antonio to make a better life for their family.

Family and cooking were her love and joy. She would cook delicious Sunday dinners for her husband, children and grandchildren. Her specialties were lasagna and homemade baked bread.

Survivors include her husband, Antonio Villani, her two children, daughter Marta Unker and her husband Ralph and son Claude Villani. Also grandchildren Kristina, Steven and his wife Jennifer and son Santino, Sophia, and Anthony. She was predeceased by a daughter, Anna Villani.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Helen May, 94

Helen May of Chesterton, Md., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8. She was 94.

Born July 3, 1921, in New York City, she grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. and attended Cornell University. She and her young family moved to Westport in 1948, and from there to Weston in 1969.

Following husband Dick’s death in 2012, she moved to Heron Point, a continuing care community in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake, where she lived independently.

From 1962 to 1995, she worked at Lyndon Eaton Architects in Wilton, where she enjoyed drafting plans for both new homes and remodeling, and also managing the business.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mary E. Hansen, 85

Mary E. Hansen of Westport died Oct. 11 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 85.

The wife of Waldemar Hansen, she was a 52-year resident of Westport,.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 8, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Matthew and Alice (McCrory) Wilson.

After graduating high school, she worked as a legal secretary. She was active in her churches and worked as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the church choir. She was an avid gardener and sailor, loved to travel, and was a great cook.

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