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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thomas J. Moran Jr., 85

Thomas J. Moran Jr. of Shelton, owner of TJ Moran’s restaurant in Westport for several years, died Nov. 15. He was 85.

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Thomas J. Moran Jr.: owned Westport restaurant. Contributed photo

He was born in Scranton, Pa. on Jan. 25, 1928, the son of the late Thomas J. Moran Sr. and Florence Riley Moran. A musical prodigy, he began playing the piano at age 5 and was invited to attend The Juilliard School.

At the age of 16, he began touring with the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman. He played in the Connecticut music scene as a regular band member with Frank Wojnarowski and Joey Zelle’s Casa Ritz Orchestra, the regular club orchestra at the Ritz Ballroom on Bridgeport’s Pleasure Beach.

He and Irene wrote and produced a number of musicals in Huntington where they raised their family. He was the owner of TJ Moran’s in Westport for several years, with his piano bar the center of the popular lounge at 36 Elm St., now home to Villa Del Sol since 1998.

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Yvonne M. Jacobs, 83

Yvonne Coral Mironchik Jacobs of Ft. Myers, Fla. died Sept. 29 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 83.

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Yvonne M. Jacobs: organist at St. Paul’s. Contributed photo

She was born July 2, 1930 in Appleton, Wisc. to the late Earl J. Umphrey and Gertrude H. C. Juneau.

She was predeceased by husbands, Edward Mironchik of Houston, and Frederick Jacobs of Ft. Myers and Norwalk. She and Fred travelled frequently and spent their summers in Connecticut.

She played the organ for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Westport and directed the youth choir. She enjoyed finding her clients Florida homes while working as a realtor with VIP Realty for almost 20 years.

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Kenneth J. Macdonald, 86

Kenneth J. Macdonald of Westport and Surfside Beach, S.C. died Nov. 17 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

Born June 19, 1927 in New Haven, the son of the late Joseph and Clara (Casper) Macdonald, he was the husband of Edna (Ianiri) Macdonald for 52 years.

A Naval veteran of World War II, he earned his Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in electronic engineering from Yale University and worked for Norden Systems.

Funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (http://www.stjude.org)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Judith E. Kiernan, 69

Judith E. Kiernan of Westport, wife of Charles E. Kiernan, died Nov. 15 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 69.

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Judith Kiernan: 36-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in East Orange, N.J., she was raised in Springfield, N.J. She lived in Scotch Plains Township, N.J. and taught middle school art in the neighboring town of Rahway until moving to Westport 36 years ago.

In more recent years, the couple also enjoyed spending winters in Palm Beach, Fla. She relished staying active with her family, friends, home, and community, her family said. To her family’s delight, she was a talented artist and cook. She enjoyed home decorating and gardening.

A Christmas tradition, she would keep in touch with her extended family and friends by sending her holiday card, a “Judy Kiernan Original.”

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doris Anderson, 89

Doris Anderson of Westport died at home Nov. 14. She was 89.

Born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1942.

A Westport resident of 52 years, she was active in many volunteer organizations including the Westport Woman’s Club and the American Red Cross.

Survivors include her granddaughter, Kari LeFever, Kari’s husband Rob, and her two great-grandchildren, Andy and Tommy; and a large extended family.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Patricia C. Waters, 89

Patricia C. Waters of Brunswick and Southwest Harbor, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 28, in Arlington, Mass., after a short illness. She was 89.

Daughter of the late Sanford Cousins and Elizabeth Nash Cousins, she was born in Brunswick on Aug. 4, 1924, and graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, N.Y., before receiving her BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., class of 1946.

She married Lewis William Waters Jr. in 1949, and the couple spent a year after their marriage traveling through Europe by bicycle. She and Bill settled in Westport to raise their four children, Jennifer N. Waters, Candace W. Schuller, Lewis W. Waters, III and David B. Waters while Bill worked at International General Electric in New York.

After Bill’s premature death in 1963, she moved her young family back to her alma mater, Mt. Holyoke and took a position as assistant director of admissions, juggling a busy career with raising a family as a single parent.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Josephine M. Martin, 87

Josephine Mary Martin, of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, wife of the late Robert Martin, died Nov. 10 after a brief illness. She was 87.

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Josephine Martin: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., she resided in Westport for 30 years, retired to Venice, Fla. before returning to Fairfield the last two years. She was employed at Metro-North Railroad for many years.

She is survived by her children, Robert Martin, and his wife, Joanne, of Fairfield, Christine Martin, of Fairfield, Patti Martin, of Westport; her grandchildren, Salvatore Silvestro, Christopher Silvestro and his wife Ashley, Kevin Martin, Matt Spiretelli, Chance and Dylan Martin, Zachary Hyatt; and two great grandchildren, Chase and Christopher Silvestro; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she was predeceased by her son Kevin Martin, her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Silvestro, parents Charles and Mary Hughes Blakeley, and two brothers, Eugene Simberg, and Charles Blakeley.

Services will be private, including her interment in St. Johns Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to: Grasmere by the Sea Adult Day Care, One Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Penn Kimball, 98

Penn Kimball, a former Westport resident, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, journalist, author and mentor to a generation of fledgling reporters as a professor for 27 years at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, died Nov. 8, at a Chevy Chase, Md. nursing home. He was 98.

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Penn Kimball: journalist, author. Contributed photo

A defiantly proud yellow-dog Democrat, Kimball sued the federal government for $10 million after he discovered that he and his late wife, Janet, had been declared national security risks in the 1950s.  (He eventually won an apology of sorts from the government, but no money.) 

He told the story in his book “The File,” which became a BBC and later a “Frontline” documentary.  “I refused to believe that you can’t fight the government and bring them to account,” he said after it had backed down and admitted it had no evidence he or his wife had ever been disloyal.

A lifelong liberal –-he once took his infant daughter Lisa into a Connecticut polling booth, pointed to the Republican lever, and said, “Red hot! Don’t touch!” –- Kimball was a political consultant to two Democratic governors, Chester Bowles of Connecticut and Averell Harriman of New York, as well as to Connecticut Sen. William Benton, working with the senator in his pioneering denunciation of Sen. Joe McCarthy. 

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Friday, November 08, 2013

James V. Tartaro, 92

James Vincent Tartaro of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport, husband of Nancy A. Tartaro, died Nov. 6 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 92.

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James Tartaro: retired machinist.  Contributed photo

Born in Bristol, the son of the late Joseph and Nancy Tartaro, he had been a Bridgeport resident for most of his life prior to moving to Westport nine years ago.

A graduate of Warren Harding High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Pocomoke in the Pacific. He was a retired machinist for the Remington Arms Company.

He was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post 74 and a life member of VFW Post 9427.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mary L. Fisher, 85

Mary L. Fisher, wife of Robert N. Fisher, of Westport, died Nov. 1 of head injuries sustained from a fall. She was 85.

She was born in Fall River, Mass. and attended Radcliffe College, class of 1949. She married Robert Fisher of East Greenwich, R.I. on June 23, 1949, the day after her college graduation.

She adopted library science as her profession and broke glass ceilings throughout her career, starting at the Sloan School library at MIT, setting up and managing the high school library in Warren, Mass., earning an MLS at Simmons College in Boston, becoming assistant director of the Harvard Law Library, serving as secretary of the American Association of Law Librarians, and retiring as head of legal services at General Electric Co.

She played hard, too. She enthusiastically adopted sailing, the sport loved by her husband. They sailed Moonglow, Bob’s leaky old wooden sloop as young 20-somethings, cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean, were members of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and sailed the East Coast in their Moody 346.

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Marion S. Uly, 89

Marion Swope Uly of Westport died in the Harbor Unit of Middlebrook Farms in Trumbull after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 89.

Born in Easton, Pa. to Katherine Burke and William Swope, she married Ted Uly, Sr. at Lafayette College and spent more than 60 years living across the United States and traveling the world with her husband and family.

She was an avid bowler in her youth and later loved to play tennis with her circle of friends. She walked four to five miles every day until her illness.

She is survived by two sons, Ted Uly Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., and Bob Uly, his wife Jane (Gamcsik) of Norwalk. She is also survived by her brother, William Swope and family of Santa Clarita, Calif. and by her grandson, Griffin Gamcsik-Uly.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Paul G. Presson, 95

Paul Gerald Presson, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 18 in Oakland, Calif. He was 95.

He was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Herrin, Ill. He graduated from Herrin High School, attended Southern Illinois University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Art Academy. He worked in marketing and sales and became an expert sailor in Chicago.

In 1953, he married Leslie Hansen and began a power boat-building company in Miami.

With his partner Frank Bennett, they set a speed record for a nonstop boat trip from Miami to Chicago, along the Mississippi River, completing 2,380 miles in 200 hours.

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Andrew P. Accardi, 20

Andrew P. Accardi of Westport died Oct 31 after a 15-year battle with cancer. He was 20.

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Susan Fund board member Kathleen DiGiovanna presented a scholarship to Andrew Accardi last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

A remarkable young man, Andrew managed to perpetually juggle a schedule of treatment, testing and hospital stays with a full academic career and as many sports as he could possibly play, his family said.

He made friends everywhere he went and touched many lives with his personal courage and his inspiring grace in the face of a life threatening illness.

A 2011 graduate of Staples High School and a lettered member of a very fine Staples High School Connecticut State Championship golf team, Andrew went on to his first choice college, Villanova University.

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Memorial Service Set for Dana Kennedy

UPDATE (adds Westport memorial service) The Rev. Dana Forrest Kennedy, rector emeritus of Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church, died Oct. 16 in Keene, N.H. He was 95.

He became rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church in 1961 and held the position for 29 years.

Under his leadership, the parish acquired and added a church building and three houses adjacent to the historic Trinity Memorial Church, thus establishing three acres in the heart of downtown Westport for the exercise of the church ministry.

A memorial service will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., in the Chancel. (See full obituary here).

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Walter L. Schlenker, 92

Walter L. Schlenker, long active in Westport community affairs including service on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), Public Site and Building Commission and Flood and Erosion Control Board, died Nov. 1 in Wallingford. He was 92.

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Walter Schlenker: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Mary Lou Schlenker, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a Schenectady, N.Y. resident for 20 years prior to moving to Westport, where he resided for 36 years. 

He was a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned his BSC Degree.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Merchant Marines for 10 years as a chief engineer where he earned the rank of Lt. Commander. 

Prior to his retirement, he was in the corporate finance operations with the General Electric Co. for 36 years. 

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