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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Celebrating the Life of ‘Mr. Westport’
By James Lomuscio
Hundreds of family members and friends filled the pews at Westport’s historic Green’s Farms Church today to honor and celebrate the life of Allen A. Raymond, a.k.a. Mr. Westport, who died at 91 May 1.
The 90-minute service led by the Rev. Jeffrey Rider, pastor, began with the hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” its last line resonating poignantly, considering Raymond’s nearly lifelong relationship with his coastal town and his home on Compo Cove.
“Guide me gently, safely o’er to thy shore, dear Lord, to thy shore,” the lyrics resounded throughout the church.
Raymond, who summered in town with his parents beginning in 1923, often said “that when I grow up, I want to live in Westport.”
Friday, May 16, 2014
Mary S. Caccamo, 96
Mary Spero Caccamo of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died May 12 at Westport Health Care. She was 96.
Mary Caccamo: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Wife of the late Joseph Caccamo, she was born in Norwalk, July 17, 1917, daughter of the late Anthony and Assunta Gazzio Spero. She had resided in Westport with her late husband.
Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Deluxe Check. Along with her sister Susan, she volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drives and was a member of AARP.
Survivors include two brothers; Lewis J. Spero, Patrick Spero and his wife Josephine, all of Norwalk, two sisters; Susan Spero; also of Norwalk, Anna Magner, of Elizabethtown, Pa., many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and one great great grand niece.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Arthur P. Benoit, 67
Arthur Paul Benoit of Bridgeport and formerly of Greenwich, a worker at Balducci’s in Westport, died May 14 at home. He was 67.
Arthur Benoit: employed at Westport’s Balducci’s. Contributed photo
He was born in Greenwich to Arthur S. and Grace Benoit. He served in the U.S. Army 1st Calvary Division in Vietnam, 8th Engineering Division. He was a butcher at the Cos Cob Food Mart for 25 years and most recently was employed with Balducci’s in Westport for the past five years.
He was proud of his yard and garden and spent many hours caring for it, his family said. He loved his cats and adopted many from the area over the years. He was a well-known bass guitar player and many would remember him from the old band The Creations and other local groups.
He is survived by his wife, Claire (Ferris); his children, Robert, Michelle Nevins and Tracie Harris; his stepson, Jeffery Donohue; his brother, Edward; sister, Jane (Joseph) Doran; 10 grandchildren; two great grandsons; and nieces and nephews.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mary W. Farley, 81
Mary W. Farley of Westport died May 8 in Gulf Stream, Fla. She was 81.
Mary Farley: world traveler. Contributed photo
She was born Aug. 19, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and married Jim Farley in February 1952.
They shared a wonderful, prosperous life filled with family, friends, adventures and lots of love and laughter, her family said.
She was an avid golfer, gardener and world traveler. She loved walking the beach and her generous and joyous nature made her a willing volunteer.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Maurice C. Hatfield, 83
Maurice Claude Hatfield of Westport died May 9 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.
Maurice Hatfield: Westporter since 1970. Contributed photo
He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in London, England to the late Lillian and Claude Hatfield. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and design from Enfield Technical College, which later became Middlesex Polytechnic.
He entered the British military in 1952 and met his future wife, Margaret Lacey. In March 1955, they married and set sail for New York in February 1957 aboard the Queen Elizabeth. They resided in New York and New Jersey prior to moving to Westport in 1964.
He was passionate about his career, moving his family to the Middle East for two years while working as an engineer for Dorr Oliver.
David C. Pool, 79
David Conrad Pool of Wilton, a former deacon and longtime member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, died May 10. He was 79.
He was born July 20, 1934 in Ridgefield Park, N.J. son of the late William A. and Louise (Mergler) Pool and has been a resident of Wilton for 46 years.
He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a second Master’s Degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University.
Prior to retiring, he owned and operated Pool and Associates Engineer consulting firm in Wilton. He was a former deacon and longtime member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.
William Gordon Lyle, Jr., 93
William Gordon Lyle, Jr. of James Island, S.C., a former Westport resident, died May 11 at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in Charleston. He was 93.
He was born at home on East 80th Street in New York City on Dec. 10, 1920, the son of Dr. W.G. Lyle and Leontine de Sabla Lyle. He attended school in New York City, graduated from St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H., and Harvard College, class of 1943.
For three years, he lettered in track and football and is remembered for the touchdown that won the 1942 Harvard-Princeton game.
He entered the U.S. Navy as a seaman, went to midshipman school in Chicago, became an instructor for a year and then served as a deck officer in charge of antiaircraft on the cruiser USS Little Rock.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Jose A. Fernandez, 81
Jose A. Fernandez of Westport died May 9 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 81.
Born Aug. 12, 1932 in Spain, he has been a Westport resident for 32 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed as an electronics technician with American Chain and Cable in Bridgeport.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Judith Anderson Fernandez, include one son, Joseph Fernandez and his wife Arlene of Orlando, Fla., one daughter, Suzanne Swanson and her husband Gary of Trumbull, and nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a service Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m.in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, with Deacon Lance Fredericks officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Lucie C. McKinney, Activist and Mother of GOP Leader, 80
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Lucie C. McKinney of Westport, a blunt and strong-willed activist and philanthropist best-known to the public as the daughter of a famous sportsman, widow of a congressman and mother of a state Senate leader, died Saturday, May 10 of complications from cancer. She was 80.
Lucie McKinney and son, state Sen. John McKinney, celebrated the Westport Weston Family Y’s 90th birthday last September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
She was married to Stewart B. McKinney, the 4th District congressman who died in 1987 of AIDS, a cause of death from which she never shied. Her father, Briggs Cunningham II, was a Le Mans race-car driver and a victorious America’s Cup skipper in the 1950s.
One of her five children is Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. His name will be placed in nomination at the GOP convention next weekend.
As the scion of a co-founder of Standard Oil, she was a daughter of privilege, yet unafraid to mix it up in politics or public policy. [Her great grandfather was Edward T. Bedford, founder of the Westport Weston Family Y and longtime Westport philanthropist. He died in 1931.]
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Richard E. Brodie, 96
Richard E. Brodie of Westport died May 4. He was 96.
Richard Brodie: 60-year Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in New York on Feb. 23, 1918, he was the son of Robert B. Brodie and Edith (Clug) Brodie.
He graduated from New York University in 1938. His medical studies at the University of Edinburgh were cut short by the outbreak of World War II. He joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines, New Guinea and with the Occupation Forces in Japan.
After the war he joined his father as director of Camp Berkshire in Winsted, Conn. In 1954 he, his wife and two young children moved to Westport.
Jodi P. Dottori, 50
Jodi P. Dottori of Westport died May 10. He was 50.
Jodi P. Dottori: attorney. Contributed photo
He was born in New Haven to Mario and Arlene (Pellegrino) Dottori. He attended Hamden Hall and received a B.A. in political science and economics at Denison University and went on to complete his J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
He practiced law at Schatz & Schatz and Cummings & Lockwood and later held senior positions at Priceline.com and DSL.net.
In 2006, he joined the Financial Accounting Foundation in Norwalk, where he served as an officer, general counsel, and most recently as the chief of staff.
Robert W. Thompson, 90
Bob Thompson: 53-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Robert (Bob) W. Thompson of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died May 1. He was 90.
He was born Nov. 14, 1923 in Lagrange, Ill., the second son of Kenneth and Margaret Emmond Thompson.
He possessed an advanced talent for the performing arts, and after graduating from high school, he embarked on a career as a radio host in New York City.
After time in the Naval Air Command, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. and served as a seaman in World War II.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Jerry Aiello, 93
Jerry Aiello of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died May 6 at the Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota. He was 93.
Born in Bridgeport the son of the late Frank and Adeline Aiello, he had been an area resident for most of his life prior to moving to Florida. He was a talented musician and played in numerous big bands and traveled the world. He later taught music locally.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine, and a daughter, Paula Aiello, of Sarasota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Robert W. Halapin, 78
Robert W. Halapin of Trumbull, a four-decade employee of the Westport school system, died May 5 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 78.
Robert Halapin: longtime Westport educator. Contributed photo
He was born in Bridgeport to the late Frank and Rose Halapin and was a longtime Trumbull resident.
For more than 40 years, he was an educator for the Westport Public Schools and also taught graduate classes at Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport.
During his teaching career, he founded Halapin Learning Systems to pursue a lifelong passion to create his own reading program.
Kay H. Stein, 95
Kay H. Stein, a former Westport resident, died April 19 in Smithfield, R.I. She was 95.
She was born Katharine Patricia Howard on Aug. 16, 1918 in Chicago to Winifred (Reeve) and William J. Howard. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls in Chicago and then Lake Forest College.
In 1938 she married John S. Stein, with whom she sailed Lake Michigan. The couple subsequently moved to New York and sailed the Hudson. She was a talented dancer and a prolific artist who continued to paint after their move to Westport in 1949.
In Westport, she later joined the Westport Woman’s Club where she volunteered and played bridge. Kay and John were avid sailors and early members of the Minute Man Yacht Club.