Wednesday, December 26, 2012
John Booth, Former RTM Finance Chair, 80
John W. Booth, longtime chair of the Finance Committee of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Dec. 25 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80.
John W. Booth: served on RTM for 16 years. Contributed photo
Booth served 16 years on the RTM representing District 5 in the Greens Farms area. He resigned in January 2009, citing ill health. (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2009).
“I served many years with John on the RTM and came to know him as extremely competent, thorough and eminently fair to all,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “On behalf of the town, I express our deepest condolences to his family with gratitude for his exemplary service to Westport.”
Born in 1932 in Canandaigua, N.Y, he was a reservist in the Korean War and graduated from Clarkson College in 1956. During his lengthy business career, he was a pioneer in the direct marketing industry and enjoyed living in London five years, where he established a successful advertising agency.
He was an active member of Green’s Farms Congregational Church for more than 40 years, where he served on virtually every committee and was Church Moderator on two occasions.
He is survived by his wife, Grace, of Westport, to whom he was married for 55 happy years. They enjoyed traveling, sailing, cross country skiing, bridge and their daily games of backgammon and cribbage.
He is also survived by his sons, Jim and Jeff, his brother, Alan, and sister, Janet, daughter-in-law Kathy, and three grandchildren, Katie, Scott and Caroline.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Green’s Farms Congregational Church on Friday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in his honor.
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John was such a wonderful gentleman who had a lovely smile on his face. I saw him just a couple of weeks ago at the Senior Center and he looked great and was upbeat and we talked about his special wife, Grace. He will be very much missed! Ken’s and my sympathies to Grace and his family.
As President of the Roger Sherman Branch #5 of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, I would like to extend the sympathies of all our members to John’s family. As a member since 1994, John always brought a smile, a hearty handshake, good humor and words of wisdom along with his support to our Branch and all its members and endeavors. He was always looking out for the interests of others, and he will be missed - but his spirit and presence will always remain with us.
God Bless you John, and may He welcome you into His House.
It is with a great deal of sadness that I relate this tale about a man I never met.
Though growing more frail over the years, in fact now having to use a cane, I could always count on seeing Mr. Booth as he passed by my window on his daily walk. More times than I’d like to admit, I thought to myself, “sheesh, if he can do it, why aren’t I making the effort?” One rare day, I got off my fat fill-in-the-blank and began a power- walk. I’d gotten a few steps when I saw Mr. Booth coming in my direction. He politely said, “Good Morning.” Because I thought him a rock star, I sputtered “You are my inspiration.” He obviously knew what I meant because without skipping a beat, he replied, “Then why don’t I see you more often?” I was left speechless. As I continued on, I couldn’t help but think that even though this guy had several years on me, not only was he in better shape, he was sharper, too.
My deepest condolences to Mr. Booth’s family and loved ones.
The Booths were one of he first families I met when I began to attend GFC. They were so warm and welcoming (along with others) it was a no brainer to become involved with that faith community. Grace, always ready with a smile and John a firm hearty handshake. My deepest condolences to the whole Booth family. Those whom God takes back on Christmas are truly special people.
We knew John and Grace well during their five years in London. Not surprisingly, John was a real leader in many ways at the American Church in London. He served on the Church Council for most of those years and provided a warm welcome and the hand of friendship to all who came to the church. He was always a joy to be around. God Bless you, John. Our prayers go out to Grace and the family.
Jim Kachenmeister and Debra Rader
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