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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grant Davidson, 64

Grant Davidson, a Westport resident for more than 50 years, died April 16 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 64. Image
Grant Davidson: Staples ‘67. Contributed photo

He was the son of the late Martin and Edith (Elving) Davidson. He was initially trained in the classical piano repertoire but during his high schools years at Staples, where he was in the Class of 1967, he became drawn to the sound of the blues and rock and roll.

As a keyboardist, he formed a band, the Mariner V, that received local acclaim. He was frequently hired by major label singing groups to accompany them while they toured the Northeast. 

He attended Boston University where he received degrees in psychology and business administration. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he opened Jeremiah’s, a restaurant and music venue in Boston that became a mecca for local college students and for touring bands seeking national exposure.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mary B. Gamsu, 85

Mary Boatner Gamsu, a longtime Westport resident, died April 5 in Issaquah, Wash. after a brief illness. She was 85. Image
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Born in Shreveport, La., she received her master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and enjoyed an acting career in many Broadway plays and around the country.

She moved to Westport in 1965 where she raised two children and was active at the United Methodist Church, Westport Library, YMCA, and the Woman’s Club.

She moved to Washington state in 2010 to join her daughter. She had a passion for literature, history and was a talented artist, her family said.

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Elsie G. Pierot, 80

Elsie “Bunny” Pell Guion Pierot, a longtime Westport resident, died April 3 at Greenwich Hospital. She was 80. Image
‘Bunny’ Pierot: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born July 5, 1933, she was the only child of Elsie Pell and Floyd Guion. A jewelry artist, her work was displayed at museums in New York City and Connecticut. For more than 40 years she was founder and president of The Resale Company, an estate sales specialist.

She is survived by four children, Robert Pierot, Catherine Zicherman, Ted Pierot and Felicia Brody. She was predeceased by a daughter, Julie. Also survived by grandchildren Penelope and Melanie Brody, Olivia, Cecily and Spencer Choi, Dustin Ziegler, George and Isabel Pierot, Elizabeth Welch, Christopher, Phillip, Nicholas and Sophie-Charlotte Chen and her great-granddaughter Bella Grace D’Archangelo.

Contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kevin J. Tuccinardi, 45

Kevin Jerome Tuccinardi, a longtime resident of Westport, died April 13. He was 45.

Born in Norwalk on Nov. 20,1968, he was the son of Eliane Poggi and the late Jerome Tuccinardi.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his former wife Tanya Tuccinardi, children; Alexis and Joseph Tuccinardi, aunts; Chantal Prudhon, Christiane Poggi and Nancy Curcio, uncle Louis Curcio, and two cousins; Richard Curcio and Gina Curcio. He was predeceased by his father, Jerome Tuccinardi, and his grandparents, Jerry and Angie Tuccinardi and Barthlemy and Blanche Poggi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment of ashes will follow in Assumption/Greens Farms Cemetery, Greens Farms Road.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Thomas W. Connally, 86

Thomas W. Connally, originally of Atlanta, Ga., died April 2. He was 86.

He loved nature, art, music, antiques, old books, and The New York Times.

He is survived by his three children, Nancy C. Zamboni, Elizabeth C. Bilodeau, Thomas W Connally III, his former wife, Mary B. Connally, and his two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave. Westport. Calling hours will be Monday, April 21, from 4-8 p.m. at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport.

Donations can be made in his memory to Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hamilton Wilson, 93

Hamilton Wilson, a former Westport resident and career Manhattan advertising man, died April 5 in Dallas, Texas. He was 93. Image
Hamilton Wilson: 35-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The Toronto native served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the European Theater during World War II. He was first assigned to a night fighter squadron in the Midlands and later was a reporter with the Air Force newspaper in London, the later assignment proving more dangerous because of the intense German blitzkrieg.

In his advertising career, he was an account executive for several major brands while employed at Foote, Cone & Belding and N.W. Ayer. But his family said he most enjoyed his stint with BBD&O as executive on the DuPont account.

After 20 years of residency in Farm Creek in Norwalk’s Rowayton section, he lived for 35 years in Westport. He moved to the Dallas area five years ago.

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Rosemary A. Gerard, 91

Rosemary A. Gerard of Westport died April 13. She was 91.

The wife of the late John F. Gerard was born in Jersey City, N.J. on Aug. 21,1922 to Albert and Mary (Dilleo) Wackar. She was a longtime resident of Westport and faithful parishioner of St. Luke Church.

Her husband of 60 years, and her sister, Beverly Horn, predeceased her. She is survived by one son, Dr. Craig J. Gerard (Gail) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., three daughters, Carolanne Ahern (Anthony) of Westport, Joan Amatruda (Jay) of Guilford, and Barbara Kolb (Eric) of W. Windsor N.J., and one sister, Alberta Calzaretta of Livonia, Miss. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew, and Kathryn Amatruda, Alexander Ahern, and Emily Kolb.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, April 26, at 11: a.m. at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Donna L. Kenny, 65

Donna Lee Oster Kenny of Monroe, a Spanish teacher at Westport’s Staples High School since 2001, died April 10. She was 65. Image
Donna Kenny: Staples Spanish teacher. Contributed photo

She was diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, a hereditary condition affecting connective tissue, at the age of 12 and was expected to live until the age of 25, according to her family.

“She fought daily to keep herself alive and lived until the age of 65, making her one of the oldest surviving Marfan’s patients,” a family-supplied obituary said. “She endured, among other things, three open heart surgeries. Her grace in the face of her significant medical issues was an inspiration to all who knew her.”

She was born April 6, 1949 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to John Oster, Jr and Donna (Faas) Oster. She had one brother, John Oster III.

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Philip Brous, 89

Philip Brous, known to his friends as Billy, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 23 after a long illness. He was 89.

Born July 7, 1924 in Manhattan, he began his building career in the Five Towns on the South Shore of Long Island. After serving in the Air Force in World War II,  he graduated from the New York Technical Institute where he became an accomplished draftsman and cost analyst. He continued his career after moving to Westport with his family in 1961, often collaborating with his wife Marjorie on many projects.

A master fisherman, he devoted his later years to fishing, woodworking and gardening. He was a true outdoorsman who also skied and played tennis. He was one of the founding members of the Westport Marine Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie and his five children, Susan, Steven, William, Peter and Philip Brous, Jr., his stepdaughter Suzen, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Norma A. Untermeyer, 83

Norma “Nikki” A. Untermeyer, a longtime Westport resident, died April 13, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 83.

Born Aug. 27, 1930 in New York, N.Y. to the late Max and Sara Anchin, she grew up with brother Edward in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

It was not until she attended Connecticut College for Women in New London that she got her first introduction to the state that would become her home for the rest of her life.

Upon graduation from college, she married Laurence Starr Untermeyer, son of poet and anthologist Louis Untermeyer. After 10 years of living in Westchester County, New York, the couple moved to Westport.

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Judith V. Manchester, 73

Judith Vaill Manchester of Winsted, a former Westport resident, died April 12 at home after battling ovarian cancer. She was 73. Image
Judith Manchester: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 1, 1940, she was the daughter of Evelyn (Weatherhead) and Theodore Vaill. She was the wife of George E. Manchester, also of Winsted.

She grew up in Winsted and attended local schools. She graduated from Gilbert High School in 1958 and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York in 1961.

After retiring from various nursing employment, she went back to school and earned a B.S. in professional arts from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. She volunteered as a nurse for the American Red Cross Blood Bank for many years in Westport.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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FBI Director James B. Comey, a Westport resident, headed FBI dignitaries today at an overflow funeral service for Susan Walton Wynkoop of Westport at the Southport Congregational Church. Wynkoop, one of the first women to be hired as an FBI special agent and president of the Westport Historical Society until January, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at age 60. Comey presented Wynkoop’s husband, Morgan “Dutch” Wynkoop. and daughter, Katherine, with a flag flown Wednesday over the FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. in her honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Several dozen persons today attended a Westport Town Hall memorial service for David Royce, longtime town activist, who died Friday at age 82. Son Zachary (r) eulogized his father as a highly intelligent and loving father who was challenged by poor social skills. Among speakers were former Westport First Selectmen Gordon Joseloff and Martha Hauhuth as well as former Police Chief Ron Malone. Malone said he arrested Royce at a 1987 town meeting when he failed to yield the microphone (he said Royce had tipped him off in advance and charges were later dismissed) and then more recently stood with him many Saturdays at a downtown weekly peace vigil. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Mary A. MacDonald, 90

Mary Agnes (Kirby) MacDonald of Westport died April 8 at home. She was 90. Image
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Born on June 16, 1923 in Dorchester, Mass., she was the third daughter and fourth child to Walter and Bridget (Henson) Kirby, who preceded her in death.

A keen student with a bright mind and a trailblazer, she obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from the Portia Law School during World War II. After a stint with the IRS, on Jan. 31, 1948 she married the late John E. MacDonald.

Together they loved, laughed and journeyed through life raising their nine children, her family said.

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Ruth E. Glendinning, 89

Ruth Ellen Glendinning of Southport, a former Westport resident, died March 12. She was 89. Image
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The daughter of the late Henry and Vey W. Langmack, she was born Dec. 9, 1924 in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she graduated valedictorian from high school and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for which she played tennis.

In 1945, she married Ralph O. Glendinning at Santa Barbara. They moved to Princeton, N.J., where their first child was born in 1946. Their other two children were born in Cincinnati, where she attended the University of Cincinnati.

In 1960, the family moved to Westport, where she continued graduate psychology studies at Fairfield University and became active in civic organizations while raising her children. She moved to Southport in 1977.

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