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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Harry P. Engel, 83

Harry P. Engel, husband of Nancy A. Engel and 38-year resident of Westport, died May 13 in Westport. He was 83.

He was born July 3, 1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, the son of the late Ernst and Sabina (Knorr) Engel. He graduated from the University of Durham Medical School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England and completed his residencies at Boston City Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital and his Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London.

He was board certified in neurological surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the New England Neurosurgical Society, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the New Haven County Medical Association, and president of the Milford Medical Society.

He retired in 2008 from neurosurgical practice but remained on staff at Milford Hospital. He was a senior aviation medical examiner and an instrument-rated single engine pilot.

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Henry M. Kolbusz, 89

Henry (nee Henryk) Michael Kolbusz, Sr. of Weston and formerly of Fairfield, died May 4. He was 89. Image
Henry M. Kolbusz: area builder. Contributed photo

He was the president of Kolbusz Building and Land Developing, a family-owned and operated building and real estate business since 1960 that built homes in Westport, Weston, and Fairfield.

Born in a village outside of Kolbuszowa, Poland, he was a member of the Polish Underground Resistance during World War II. 

He was contracted to the U.S. Armed Forces, American Sector in Germany as a guard of prisoners of war accused of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trial. 

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Michael Meszaros, 49

Michael Meszaros of Westport died May 2. He was 49. Image
Michael Meszaros: partner at Advanced Radiology . Contributed photo

Raised in Lynbrook, N.Y., he was a graduate of the University of Scranton, Adelphi University, and Boston University before receiving his medical doctorate from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

After completing his residency and fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and his surgical internship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., he joined Advanced Radiology, where he was a partner.

An avid outdoors man, he enjoyed skiing, fishing, running, biking, and especially, cheering on his children’s team sports. He had a quick engaging way with people, and could not resist entering into political banter.

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Mary Patterson Devine Leopold, 80

Mary Patterson Devine Leopold of Wilmington, N.C., a former Westport resident, died May 4 at home, She was 80. The cause of death was lung cancer. Image
Mary Patterson Devine Leopold: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Dec. 7, 1935 in New York City.  She and her late husband Bob were married in 1971 on Memorial Day weekend in New York City and honeymooned at The Thousand Islands.

Her parents were Jean and Charles Devine of Westport, and she was a 1953 graduate of Staples High School. Her many friends and family were her pride and joy.

She was a talented salesperson who worked at the flagship Fifth Avenue showroom of Steuben Glass in New York Ciy, and later as a real estate salesperson in her hometown of Westport.

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Services Set for Westport Police Sergeant

Services have been set for Westport Police Sgt. Robert Myer, 48, a 23-year member of the force who died an “untimely death” on Wednesday. (See WestportNow May 4, 2016)

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St.,  Newtown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Church Hill Road, Newtown. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family said donations can be made to the Lindsay Myer Scholarship Fund, c/o Union Savings Bank, 1 Commerce Road, Newtown, CT. 06470.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Westport Police Mourn Sgt. Robert Myer, 48

UPDATE The Westport Police Department today announced the ”untimely death” of Sgt. Robert Myer, 48, a 23-year member of the force. Image
Robert Myer (at Easter egg hunt in March.) Dave Matlow for

According to a news release from the Newtown Police Department, where Myer lived, police were called to his home at 6:42 a.m. “for a medical assist and then determined that it was an untimely death.”

Myer, who was a member of the Newtown Police Department Board of Commissioners, was widely known to many Westporters, where he grew up. His late brother James was a 30-year Westport firefighter.

“The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death,” Newtown police said, adding, “There is nothing criminal at this point.”

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Anne S. Timm, 92

Anne Stovall Timm of Longboat Key, Fla., died March 28. She was 92. Image
Anne S. Timm: real estate broker. Contributed photo

She was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Arizona. She left for New York City to pursue a career with Mademoiselle magazine. She spent much of her life in Weston and Westport where she was a top real estate agent for 23 years.

She was featured on “Women’s Watch” show for her real estate achievements. She was a member of Aspetuck Country Club, where she golfed and organized the tennis team.

She and her husband Ralph moved to Longboat Key to retire in 1995. She enjoyed duplicate bridge, and became a life master.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Albert F. Pfister, Sr., 88

Albert Frank Pfister, Sr. of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. Image
Al Pfister: Army veteran. Contributed photo

He was born Sept. 26, 1927 in West Haven, the son of the late Sebastian and Lena Pfister. He was a graduate of West Haven High School and Providence College, Class of 1952. 

Following college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Okinawa, Japan.  He had a successful career as personnel director with AT&T, formerly Western Electric Co.

A friendly, kind gentleman, he will be remembered for his love and commitment to his family, friends, faith, the New York Rangers and most of all his sailing days on his boat “Janal.”

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Joseph P. Makravitz, 98

Joseph P. Makravitz of Rock Hall, Md.,  a former Westport resident, died April 25 at University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, Md.  He was 98.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of the late Peter and Katherine Martin Makravitz.

He was a machinist supervisor for the DuPont Co., where he retired after 25 years of service.

He was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Westport for more than 70 years.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

David I. Weiss, 69

David I. Weiss of Fernandina Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 31. He was 69. Image
David Weiss: former IBMer. Contributed photo

Born Nov. 6, 1946 in Cleveland, he spent his youth years in Cleveland and Florida before serving in the Navy on the USS Wright.

After his service, he moved to New York and attended New York University. He spent a successful career as a business manager in the technology industry, working for Satellite Business Systems and then IBM while living in Westport for more than 30 years.

After retiring from IBM, he moved to Fernandina Beach, where he enjoyed reading, golfing and spending time with close friends. He was a Mason, founder of SPIRITS and a friend of Bill W.

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Ronald Vigars, 86

Ronald (Ron) Vigars of Westport died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86. Image
Ronald Vigars: active in Greens Farms Associaton. Contributed photo

He was born May 20, 1929, in Port Arthur, Ontario, to Richard and Shirley Vigars. His professional career spanned all across the transportation sector.

His first job was with the Maritime Bus Company in 1949, after which he worked for the Canadian National Railways. He spent 38 years working for Air Canada (1953 - 1991).

During his time with the airline, he was a passenger on the first Canadian flight to ever be hijacked at gunpoint, an experience that never left him.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Joanna ‘Jan’ Vosburgh Zak, 73

Joanna “Jan” Vosburgh Zak of Madison, a former Westport resident, died April 18 at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven. She was 73. Image
Jan Vosburgh Zak: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

Born Aug. 16, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Joan Vosburgh of Westport. A lifelong Connecticut resident, she attended Sacred Heart School in Westport and Boston College (Newton) in Massachusetts.

In her early years, she was a prominent executive in Connecticut and New York in the areas of specialized meeting planning and conferences.

She was predeceaed by her husband, Kenneth “Ken” Alan Zaks. She is survived by, her two daughters, Christine “Ceci” Zak and Sarah Zak Borgman, as well as her three grandchildren, Ella Bree, Tate Thomas, and Wyatt Alan Borgman.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Richard D. Paul, 66

Richard Dana Paul of Branford, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 16 at home. He was 66. Image
Richard D. Paul: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Oct. 12, 1949 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the son of the late Beverly McLeod Paul (Komp) and Richard Rea Paul. He graduated Norwalk High School in 1968 and received B.S. in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston in 1974.

He began his career with Bechtel Alyeska working on the Alaska pipeline in the mid 1970s. When he returned to the lower 48, he met and married Dale Schmid of Greenwich in 1990. They later divorced.

He continued his career in transportation training and logistics until his recent retirement. He was loved and respected by all who had the opportunity to know him.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Josephine M. Woog, 89

Josephine Mildred Woog, a 60-year resident of Westport, died April 19. She was 89. Image
Jo Woog: 60-year Westport resident. Susan Woog Wagner photo

Her son, Dan, who writes the 06880 blog, paid tribute to his mother in this posting:

“Jo Woog — who died yesterday, at 89 — was a Westporter for 60 years. In those six decades, she did so much. She was a PTA mom, a volunteer for countless causes, and a strong supporter of arts programs — particularly music. She played piano whenever she could, and taught it for a decade. She also played a mean game of tennis — and stopped only a few years ago.

“She was a member of the Y (aerobics!), Y’s Women, the Democratic Women of Westport, and several book clubs. She went to Long Wharf, the Quick Center and Westport Country Playhouse — and kept going, until a month or two ago.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Donna Mae Malin, 82

Donna Mae (Halloran) Malin of Westport died April 8 after a lengthy illness. She was 82.

She was born and raised in Northampton, Mass. the daughter of John and Mary (Duffy) Halloran.

She graduated from Northampton High School in 1952 and received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1956.

At UMass, she was a member of the KKG sorority and participated in its singing group and other activities.

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