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Obituaries

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Paige M. Totilo, 51

Paige Marie (Netherton) Totilo of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 5 at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. as a result of complications from pneumonia. She was 51.

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Paige Totilo: 1981 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

She was born July 6, 1963 in Louisville, Ky., and moved to Westport with her family in 1973 where she graduated from Staples High School in 1981. At Staples, she was an active member of Staples Players.

She graduated from Katharine Gibbs and received an Associate Degree from Norwalk Community-Technical College.  She worked as a business technology specialist for Evaluation Associates Inc. (EAI) and later for RTi Market Research.

She married Thomas Totilo in 2001 and moved to Norwalk where they lived happily with their three cats. She was a NASCAR enthusiast and enjoyed attending races with her husband and friends. 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Anna M. Rimby, 94

Anna M. Rimby of Westport died Jan. 12 at St. Joseph’s Manor in Trumbull. She was 94.

The wife of the late Francis LaPlace and Walter Rimby was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 31, 1920, the daughter of the late James and Margaret McCollum. She had been a Westport resident for more than 60 years.

She retired from People’s Bank in Westport at the age of 75 working in securities sales. She was a longtime parishioner of Assumption Church in Westport. 

She was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed her trips to the casinos in Connecticut.

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Thomas H. McGannon, 62

Thomas Houghton McGannon of Wilmington, N.C., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 10 of leukemia. He was 62.

He was born in Connecticut on Sept. 15, 1952, and graduated from Staples High School in Westport and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

In 1982, he married Janet Caldwell Noakes in Cairo, Egypt. He had an outstanding career with Chemtex International, initially in New York City and then in Wilmington. He started with the company after college as a summer farmhand and retired as the president and chief executive officer in 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Caldwell Noakes McGannon, and his two daughters, Margaret Noakes McGannon and Molly Caldwell McGannon. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. James V. Dunleavy, and his sister, Susan Emery McGannon.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

William J. Prutting, 70

William J. Prutting of Washington, D.C., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 13. He was 70.

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William Prutting: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Miami, he spent his early childhood in Ellington, Conn., where he developed an early love for many sports.

He was proud of his association with the Eagle Scouts, and he even learned to pick tobacco after school, his family said. He then lived in Westport and attended high school at Fairfield Prep before going to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University.

He graduated from Georgetown with a BSBA degree in 1966. He then went on to receive his MBA at George Washington University.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gail Atkinson, 67

Gail Atkinson of San Diego, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 14 in Florida at the end of a Caribbean voyage. She was 67.

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Gail Atkinson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

In Westport, she attended Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, and Staples High School. She attended New York University and completed her college and postgraduate education in the University of California system.

She resided in San Diego where she practiced law as a research attorney for the State of California.

She was predeceased in 1995 by her father Bill Atkinson, a well known fashion designer, who lived in Westport and New York City, and her mother, Sylvia Small Atkinson Wheeler, in 2013 of Westport, Long Island, northern Idaho, and San Diego.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jack L. Adams, 88

Jack L. Adams of South Windsor, formerly of Westport and band director in the Westport school system for 28 years, died Jan. 7. He was 88.

Born in Mount Vernon, Ky. on Aug. 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Roscoe L. and Mary Elizabeth (Lawrence) Adams.

A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he earned his undergraduate degree from Berea College, Berea, Ky., and he completed his master’s degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

He moved to Westport in 1964 and was a band director in the Westport Public School system for 28 years.

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Kelly M. Wright, 57

Kelly Michael Wright of Fairfield, a former Westport resident who co-founded the Wright Brothers construction company, died last weekend of heart failure. He was 57.

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Kelly M. Wright: co-founded Wright Brothers. Contributed photo

He was born in Rochester, N.Y. on March 1, 1957 and lived in Westport and more recently, Fairfield, for 37 years. He and his brother, Chris Wright, specialized in small home renovation projects during the 1970s.

In 1985, the two brothers formed their own construction company, Wright Brothers, a business that soon became both highly successful and well known for quality residential home remodeling and new construction throughout Fairfield County. 

The Wright Brothers won many awards over the years, including the prestigious University of Connecticut’s “Family Business of the Year.”

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Raymond R. Maddock, 82

Raymond R. Maddock, husband of Carole A. Maddock and lifelong resident of Westport, died Jan. 7 in Greenwich Hospital of complications from pneumonia.  He was 82.

He was born on July 5, 1932, in the West Parish Road home of his parents, Lawrence and Irene Crossman Maddock. His father, Lawrence Maddock, was a mason, contractor and builder. His paternal grandfather, Alfred Maddock, had lived with his 13 children in the South Compo Road home once rented by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

His maternal grandfather was the first postmaster in Green’s Farms. Growing up, he enjoyed fishing and trapping. He and neighborhood friends Ed Capasse and Bob Duffy would check their traps before school. He sold the skins to raise money for his bank account.

A member of the Staples High School Class of 1951, he played center on the basketball team. He also ran track and played baseball. In 1994, he was honored for those accomplishments by the Sportsmen of Westport.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Beverly Dockstader, 82

Beverly Ann Eleanor Nyberg Dockstader of Lexington, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 18 at the Pine Knoll Nursing Center in Lexington. She was 82.

Born on June 16, 1932 in Cambridge, Minn., she was a longtime resident of Westport, where she lived for 44 years before moving to Lexington in 2009.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota where she met and later married Tod Allen Dockstader in 1954, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Beverly Hills, Calif., and then as an executive assistant in New York City.

She continued to work in both professions, part-time, while living in Westport. She was an accomplished pianist and taught piano to children. She loved singing, sewing, knitting, and reading.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Joan Lasner, 92

Joan Katten-Fain Lasner of Westport died Dec. 28. She was 92.

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Joan Lasner: co-founder of Top Drawer. Contributed photo

Born July 22, 1922 to Florence and Myron Katten in West Hartford, she attended Beach Park School and Hall High School, then continued her studies at New York University, where she majored in communications.

When World War II broke out, she returned to West Hartford and taught at the Hartford Jewish Community Center. In 1944, she took her class to the Barnum & Bailey Circus the day before the tragic circus fire at the Hartford Armory that killed 167 people.

She was very active with the USO, supporting the airmen transiting through Bradley Air Base on their way to the European Theater of Operations. After the war, she met Howard Fain, a former captain in the 82nd Airborne Division who had been badly wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Robert J. Doyle, 86

Robert J. Doyle of Westport died Dec. 17 in Norwalk Hospital after a long battle with emphysema. He was 86.

He was born in Yonkers , N.Y. to Florence and Howard Doyle. He attended Manhattan Prep and graduated from Manhattan College where he played basketball and baseball on full athletic scholarship.

Following graduation, he spent four years as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of lieutenant. He loved his job as editor-in-chief of Furniture and Fabric Magazine, which led to employment at Union Carbide and then Stauffer for which he traveled all over the country.

When he moved to Westport in 1957, he immediately fell in love with coaching Westport Little League for 15 years and the Babe Ruth for five years after that.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Shirley Wargo, 84

Shirley Wargo, a longtime resident of the Norwalk and more recently, Westport, has died. She was 84.

She was a gifted artist and singer working for many years in New York City and in many benefit concerts, her family said.

A small graveside ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the St. Johns Cemetery, Richards Avenue ,in Norwalk.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Jack Coplen, 94

Jack Coplen of Westport died Dec 30. He was 94.

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Jack Coplen: Westporter since 1964. Contributed photo

Husband of the late Pat Coplen, he was originally from Washington state and had been a Westport resident since 1964.

Born in 1920 to Donald Grant Coplen and Estelle Barmon Coplen in Spokane, Wash., he grew up in Seattle. He attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, where he was president of Zeta Psi fraternity. 

Graduating with a degree in business administration and a minor in foreign trade in 1941, his career trajectory quickly changed when the United State entered World War II.

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Friday, January 02, 2015

Jan V. White, 86

Jan Viktor White of Westport, an architect who became one of the world’s leading magazine designers, died Dec. 30. He was 86.

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Jan. V. White: leading magazine designer. Contributed photo

Born April 6, 1928 in Prague, he left Czechoslovakia for London with his mother, Karla Weiss, to join his father, the renowned architect and illustrator Emil Weiss, who had left six months earlier.

He received a full scholarship to the Leighton Park School, where his talents in drawing and sculpture were quickly recognized. Upon emigrating to the United States in 1947, he studied architecture at Cornell and Columbia.

He worked in magazine design at Time Inc., ultimately leaving to start a very successful independent magazine consultancy and practice in Westport, where hewas a 46-year resident. He wrote 21 books on various aspects of magazine design including “Editing By Design,” the seminal book in the field.

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Gordon C. Wallace, 88

Gordon Crighton Wallace, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 30. He was 88.

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Gordon C. Wallace: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born June 1, 1926 in Liverpool, England, he graduated from Liverpool University as a naval architect and civil engineer.

After a career in London, he came to the United States in 1959 and was employed for many years with Dorr Oliver and Dorr Tech in Stamford as a design engineer for aircraft passenger loading bridges. He later became an independent sales representative for Profile Ski and Sportswear.

He was known for his great love of animals, nature, gardening and music. He was also appreciated by family and friends for his funny and endearing dry British wit.

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