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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

James T. Hurley, 84

James Thomas Hurley, 84, of Concord, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Sept. 26 at Emerson Hospital in Concord.  He was 84.

The husband of the late Patricia Anne (McKenna) Hurley was born in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Jan. 28, 1932, the son of the late John Thomas and Della Josephine Hurley. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York and a master’s degree from Fairfield University. He also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

He spent the majority of his career working for General Electric Corp. He worked in multiple roles in various GE locations including San Jose, Calif., Frankfurt, Germany, Schenectady, N.Y., and Stamford. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Leona E. Feeney, 97

Leona E. Feeney of Needham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 24 at Care One Nursing Home in Northampton. She was 97.

She was born Feb. 21, 1919, in St Albans, Vt., ,the daughter of the late Yves and Bessie Enizan. After graduating from Bellows Free Academy in 1936, she moved to Westport where she met and married Charles “Charlie” Feeney in 1938.

A self-taught bookkeeper, she was employed at Greenberg’s Department Store in Westport for 25 years and then as an office manager for a local dentist for an additional 15 years.

Known by friends and family as Lee, she resided in Westport until after the death of her husband in 1975 and moved to Needham. She continued to work in the retail business at Calverts in Needham until she retired at the age of 80.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mike Kulich, 29

Mike Kulich, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who became a top executive in the adult entertainment industry, died late Friday or early Saturday, Adult Video News (AVN) reported. He was 29.

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MIke Kulich: 2004 Staples grad. File photo

It quoted longtime friend Rob Russell as saying that he found Kulich’s body at around 9 p.m. Saturday in his Los Angeles living room after his fiancée, Erin Clark, called Russell concerned that she had not been able to reach Kulich in about a day.

Clark and Kulich were scheduled to be married next month, and Russell was to serve as Kulich’s best man, AVN said.

“An official cause of death has not been issued, but Russell said Clark had suspected that Kulich was having a drug relapse,” the report said.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jack Rotman, 92

Jack Rotman, a longtime Westport resident, died Sept. 20 in Fairfield. He was 92.

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Jack Rotman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born Jan. 24, 1924 in Providence, R.I. to Abraham and Gertrude Rotman two minutes after his twin brother, Stanley.

He graduated from Hope High School and Brown University.As an Army lieutenant in World War II, he served in Japan and the Philippines.

For many years, he was president of Industrial Marking Supply, a distribution company he founded. He was an avid tennis player and loved to travel.

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Keith R. Verges, 55

Keith Robert Verges of Dallas, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 12. He was 55.

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Keith Verges: attorney, physicist. LinkedIn photo

He was born Feb. 7, 1961 in Norman, Okla., grew up in the Northeast and graduated from Staples High School in Westport. In just three years of attendance, he earned three bachelor of science degrees from Southern Methodist University in mathematics, chemistry and physics, becoming the first recipient of the school’s Frank C. McDonald Memorial Award in Physics in 1981.

He went on to earn his master’s degree in applied physics from Princeton University. During this time, he worked as a project physicist at Teledyne-Geotech and spent a cold summer as part of a team installing the first seismic station on the continent of Antarctica in 1985 on a government contract for which he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Also during this time, he met his future bride Laurie, who joined him on his many adventures in life. Though he loved his work in physics, he felt the need to change course and decided to end his studies towards his Ph. D and return to SMU to pursue a law degree.

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Julia E. Juhasz, 77

Julia E. Juhasz of Manchester Center, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 20 at Equinox Terrace assisted living facility in Manchester Center. She was 77.

She was born in Szeged, Hungary on May 12, 1939, the daughter of the late Janos Koncz and Julia Koncz, and attended local schools. She came to the United States in 1956 and ultimately settled in Westport.

She worked as a quality control engineer in Connecticut for many years. She started her career at Norden Systems, followed by running an automotive business with her late husband Alex Juhasz. She finally retired from DataComm Management Sciences.

She enjoyed gardening, carpentry, skiing and spending time with her family.

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Thomas Ikeda, 92

Thomas Ikeda of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 9 after a long illness. He was 92.

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Thomas Ikeda: worked for Norden Systems. Contributed photo

Born in California and educated in Japan, he returned to the United States after the war and graduated from Columbia University with a M.Sc. in electrical engineering. He married Akiko in December 1954, and they were active members of the church and community in Westport.

He retired after a 36-year career with Norden Systems, and eventually he and Akiko divided time between Westport and Sarasota.

A man of few words, Thomas conveyed his love to his family and friends through his actions and steadfastness. He was an avid bridge player, audiophile, photographer and sports fan.

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Kenneth J. Grant, 65

Kenneth J. Grant of Bethel, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 19 in Redding. He was 65.

Born Jan. 18, 1951 in Westport, he was the son of the late Edward and Rita (Cullen) Grant.

He was a fourth generation Westporter and lived in town for more than 30 years and then moved to Fairfield, where he lived for 30 years and has resided in Bethel for the last five years.

He retired from West Tech Security, where he worked for more than 30 years as an alarm tech and more recently worked for Meadow Ridge Assisted Living in Redding, where he was a driver for the residents.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christian M. Bernegger, 56

Christian Martin Bernegger of South Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 17 at Norwalk Hospital.  He was 56.

He was born in Jackson Heights, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 1960 to Loretta and Max Bernegger. He was raised in Westport and graduated Staples High School in 1978.  He earned a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University in 1982.

He was an oil trader who worked in Hamburg, Germany. He then moved to London to open and run an office for his father’s company, First National Crude Oil, based in Norwalk. He moved back to the United States in 1986 to help his father run First National Crude Oil.

He excelled in athletics in his youth and as an adult was an excellent chef who was passionate about preparing meals for family and friends.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sean K. Romano, 41

Sean Kelly Romano of Indeo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 18. He was 41.

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Sean Romano: golf was his passion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on April 27, 1975, the son of Patricia (Kelly) Romano and the late Joseph “Bo” Romano. He attended Assumption School in Westport, Fairfield County Day School, and Staples High School.

He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. Having grown up at Longshore, it easy to tell why golf became his passion in life.

His passion became his career leading him to Florida and eventually California where he was general manager at the Indian Palms Country Club and Resort.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Eugene R. Bayliss, 89

Eugene (Gene) Ransom Bayliss of Milford, a former Westport resident and Broadway director and choreographer active with George Weigle in Staples High School productions in the 1970s and ‘80s, died Sept. 15 at Chandler Hall Hospice Pavilion, Newtown, Pa., from the effects of Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s dementia. He was 89.

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Gene Bayiss: director, choreographer. Contributed photo

He was the last remaining of 11 children, born on March 28, 1927 to John and Catherine Bayliss in Birmingham, Ala. Together with his wife of 56 years, Madeline Deasy Bayliss, he was the proud dad to six children, granddad to 15 grandchildren and great-granddad to four great-grandchildren.

These families are: Randy (partner Deidre) and children Elizabeth, Christopher and Gregory; Madeline (partner Tom) and children Douglas (wife Kyoko) and Meredith; Philip (MD), wife Peggy and children Cathryn Marsala (husband Jaime and children Jack and Maggie), Ashley Markey (husband Casey and children Taylor and Ryan) and Philip (wife Amy); Maura White, husband Jim and son Casey; David, and children Allison (deceased), Christine, James and Ryan; and Stephen, wife Elissa and children Declan and Kendall.

Gene had his eyes on Broadway even before he left Birmingham for the Northwestern University’s School of Communication Speech and Theater program. He and Lola Mae Jones Coates graced the floor of the Steeple Arts Academy of Dance in Birmingham.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Alexander Balas, 91

Alexander (Al) Balas, long active in Westport community affairs, died Sept. 11. He was 91.

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He was a member of the Public Site and Building Commission, served on the board of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA), and contributed his expertise to many town projects, including construction of the WCSA.

He was born Oct. 19, 1924 in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi. His family moved to New York in 1940 when he was 15.

After finishing high school in New York City, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II (Okinawa) and the Korean Conflict (stateside). 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Joan Malloy, 80

Joan Lee Malloy of Wilmington, N.C., , a former Westport resident, died Sept. 2. She was 80.

Born in Pittsburgh to Leo and Margaret Prendergast, she had three sisters, Luanne, her twin sister Jane, and Shelia. She attended St. Anslem’s grammar school and St. Thomas High School in Braddock, Pa., and graduated from Duquesne University, magna cum laude, with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Upon graduating, she was hired by Alcoa Corporation’s CEO John Harper in Pittsburgh, the largest aluminum company in the world. While at Alcoa, she was instrumental in the advancement of women in the workforce and providing relief to underprivileged American families through her efforts with the newly formed Alcoa Foundation and the Mellon Family.

She married the love of her life John T. Malloy, also of Pittsburgh, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Sept. 5, 1964. She was happily married for 27 years, many of them spent in Westport. Following the death of her husband, she relocated to Wilmington.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leone K. Griffith, 87

Leone (Kulak) Griffith, of Pittsboro, N..C. a former teacher in the Westport school system, died Sept. 11. She was 87.

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Leone Griffith: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

She was an exemplary educator, creative expressionist, ardent adventurer, and beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was born Oct. 21, 1928 in New Britain, Conn.

According to family lore, her parents Mary (Mae) and Joseph Kulak recognized that their first-born child was curious and precocious.

Mae had Leone tested so that she could skip kindergarten and start the first grade while just on the cusp of turning 5. Leone aced the test and entered the first grade at Smalley School in 1932.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Harriet T. Raffel, 90

Harriet T. Raffel of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 9. She was 90.

She was the widow of William A. Raffel and is survived by two children, Nancy and Richard Raffel.

A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the B’nai Jacob Cemetery, Jewell Street, New Haven.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Annette R. Longmuir, 70

Annette R. Longmuir of Norwalk died Sept. 7 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 70.

Born in Norwalk the daughter of Albert and Antoinette (Maniglio) Renzulli, she was the wife of Robert Longmuir for 51 years. 

Her greatest joy was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was also an avid New York Mets fan.

In addition to her husband Bob, she is survived by their children, Robert (Jennifer) Longmuir and Kathy (Tom) Bonaventura of Westport, seven grandchildren: Dylan, Lily, Jonathan, Abigail and Emma Longmuir, Michael and Matthew Bonaventura, and two sisters, Anita LeDuc and Audrey Roos. She was predeceased by her sister Amelia “Mimi” Mitchell.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Mary Gunn, 95

Mary Elizabeth Hunter Gunn of Redding, a former 57-year Westport resident, died Aug 18. She was 95.

A former resident also of New Haven and Milford, she was the wife of Colin (Ben) Gunn, a longtime Westport resident and attorney who died in 2012 at age 91.

The daughter of Marion Doolittle and Frank Watson Hunter of Milford, she utilized her creative and artistic talents to explore life. She graduated from Laurelton Hall and Southern Connecticut Teacher’s College. 

After teaching in the Milford schools, she worked at the Peabody Museum at Yale with James Perry Wilson, painting woodland backgrounds and mounting animals in naturalistic positions.

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Beverly F. Giglio, 81

Beverly Ann (Finneran) Giglio, of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 3. She was 81.

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She was born in Meadville, Pa. As her father was in the military, they moved often, and then settled in Connecticut, where she graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1954.

She married Philip Giglio, her high school sweetheart, and the couple welcomed five children into their home. Her family remembers her as a strong and loving mother and grandmother whose strength was beyond reason.

She had a young, beautiful spirit and was kind and considerate, always offering a helping hand. She was a shining example of grace and faith despite circumstances at times that were not for the faint of heart.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Janet H. Preston, 67

Janet Huang Preston of Miami, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 1. She was 67.

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Janet Preston: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Dec. 28, 1948 in Detroit, Mich. to Lin and Lena Huang. She graduated from the University of Michigan as a fine arts major in 1970.

While at Michigan, she met her husband, John R. Preston. They were married in 1970 in Ann Arbor. The Prestons spent their early married life in Panama, Detroit, Cambridge, and New York City.

She first worked as an art teacher and then later, as a needlepoint designer for Erica Wilson. When the Prestons settled in Connecticut, she devoted her time to raising her three children. They were residents of Westport for 19 years before moving to Miami in 2004.

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Robert Brannigan, 87

Robert Brannigan of Westport died Aug. 30. He was 87.

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Bob, as his friends knew him, was born of the steel produced in his childhood home of Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Home was just at the top of the famous Duquesne incline. He grew up surrounded by family and circumstances that contributed equally to his grit as it did to his wit. 

He was a great man blessed with friends and defined by, integrity, intelligence and an Irish poet’s perfect sense of timing. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Phyllis M. McCoy, 93

Phyllis Maisel McCoy of Charleston, S.C., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 15. She was 93.

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Phyllis McCoy: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

She was born on June 1, 1923 in Philadelphia, and was one of four children of Ernest and Elsie Weinman Maisel. She graduated from Beaver College (now known as Arcadia University) in Glenside, Pa. in 1945 and obtained a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University in 1960.

She met her husband Bob (Penn State ‘43) on a blind date at a prom at Beaver. They were married in August 1945, and raised four children, moving from New Jersey to Westport in 1956.

She moved from Westport to a retirement home in Charleston in 2011.

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Dolores E. DeMattio, 87

Dolores E. DeMattio, a longtime Westport resident, died Aug. 24. She was 87.

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The wife of the late Salvatore DeMattio was born May 18, 1929 in Bridgeport and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Hegi) Carbone.

She loved nature, shopping and traveling. She was extremely talented artistically. She enjoyed painting and numerous craft projects. Her family and role as a mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her.

She spent countless hours with her grandchildren reading or telling them stories, going on nature walks, attending school or sporting events. She cared deeply for those people in her life. Her warm smile and sweet disposition will be greatly missed

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Janet E. Davis, 74

Janet Ellen Davis, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 19. She was 74.

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Janet Elen Davis teacher, community volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Elsie and Daniel Stein. She resided in New York City until her move to Westport in 1985. She received her BA from Cornell University and her MA in education from Hunter College.

She started her professional life as a teacher and transitioned to a successful longtime career in educational sales. She was an active community volunteer and participant in Westport cultural and social groups. Most importantly, she was a dear friend and support to many.

She is survived by her husband, Curt Tetrault, two daughters, Kim Davis and Jilian Davis-DiChiaro, her brother, William Stein, and a large extended family including six grandchildren who were the light of her life.

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Dominick B. Attanasio, 82

Dominick B. Attanasio, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 29 at Norwalk Hospital due to complications related to chronic illness. He was 82.

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He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Dominick and Epiphania (Ognibene) Attanasio. He graduated from Manual Training School in 1952.

While attending St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, he was employed by Pfizer as a chromatography chemist on the midnight shift of the Pfizer Brooklyn plant.

After completing graduate studies at New York University, he spent his entire career with Pfizer in various executive positions including plant manager of the Brooklyn plant and vice president of strategic planning for the agriculture division.

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Richard Pollien, 78

Richard “Dick” Pollien of Niceville, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 25. He ws 78.

He was born in Westport and moved to the Gulf Coast area during his career in the Air Force where he met the love of his life, Kathyrn and decided to make Niceville his permanent home.

He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Flying, sailing and biking were some of his favorite things to do.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Helen Pollien, brothers Ernest and Frank Pollien and Mike McSheehy. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Pollien, daughters Paige Fagan her spouse Robert and son Alex, Pam Bates her spouse Robert and son Aaron, Sister Yvonne Pollien, beloved brothers through marriage, Wayne McSheehy and his wife Libby, Dale Gauvin and his wife Renate, Donald McSheehy and his wife Carole and his nieces and nephews, Robin Hartman, Kevin McSheehy, Sean McSheehy, Kelly Hall, Kelly Wade, Dawn Parrish, Bridget Moyer, Windy Miller, Zach Gauvin, Donald “Bear” McSheehy, Mike McSheehy, Ryan McSheehy, Kendall McSheehy, William Pollien and Rob Pollien.

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Jack Wood, 70

Jack Wood of Norwalk died Aug. 26. He was 70.

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Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on March 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Jack Edward Wood Sr., and the late Lilli Schonning Wood.

A resident of Minnesota, Ohio and Maryland at different times of his life, he grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1964. He then went on to graduate from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

His professional career started in 1968 with 3M Corporation in White Plains, N.Y. where he spent the next 17 years in various senior sales capacities across the United States.

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Phyllis E. Nobile, 65

Phyllis E. Nobile of Westport died Aug. 26 at home after battling illness. She was 65.

She was born April 15, 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y.. She graduated from Herbert Lehman College in 1974 with a degree in English education and went on to get a masters in reading education in 1976.

A lifelong mentor, coach, and educational guru, her career included 27 years as the reading specialist for Norwalk High School and heading her private practice, The Reading Company, since the mid 1980s.

She won the Connecticut Reading Educator Award for Excellence in Reading Instruction, the Educating for High Performance Award, and had her work recognized in The New York Times.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Actor Gene Wilder, Frequent Westport Visitor, 83

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Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963),  “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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George H. Marks Sr. Buried With Military Honors

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George H. Marks Sr. a veteran of World War II and 26 years with the Westport Police Department, was buried today with full military honors at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport following graveside services. Marks, who served as grand marshal of Westport’s 2010 Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr.,(c, gray jacket) a U.S Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 26, 2016

George H. Marks Sr., 96, WWII and Police Veteran

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George H. Marks Sr. (r) a World War II veteran and 26-year Westport Police Department veteran, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. He was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal in 2010, sharing the honor with his son, George H. Marks Jr., an almost 35-year veteran of the Westport Police Department and U.S. Navy veteran. See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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