Monday, March 05, 2012
Natalie Ryshna Maynard of Westport, a prominent concert pianist and arts educator, died March 4 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85. A longtime Westporter, she was one of the last protégés of Olga Samaroff Stokowski, known as the “Eleanor Roosevelt of classical music in America.” A beloved music teacher in Westport for decades, she was honored in 2010 by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee with a lifetime achievement award. A memorial service/celebration of life tribute is planned for Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. at Westport’s Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Paul L. McCay of Westport, husband of the late Barbara R. McCay, died Feb. 27 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 82.
Born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1929, he grew up in Hewlett, Long Island where he met and married his wife Barbara. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and settled in Norwalk in 1955 where he and Barbara began their family and lived until moving to Weston in 1963 which was their home for many years.
He was a sales manager at the C.B. Dolge Company until he founded Cricket Supply Company in 1970, which he owned and operated until retiring and moving to Westport in 2000. Over the years, he enjoyed family vacations in Maine, boating, tennis, golf, and winning field trials as a member of the Shoreline Retriever Club.
He is survived by a son, Scott McCay, his wife Maria, and their children Christine and Brendan, of Scottsdale, Ariz., a second son, James McCay, his wife Annelise and their children Sasha and Calder of Fairfield, and his third son, Steven McCay and his partner Luke Gilleran, also of Fairfield.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Stephanie Townsend Head of Weston, wife of the late Ralph Dudley Head Jr., died Feb. 26 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 93.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of the late William Henry Townsend and Dorothy Dwight Hutchison, she was a 1941 graduate of Bennington College. She received her M.S. degree in early childhood education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1975.
She was deeply involved in the field of early childhood education, as founder of the Hilltop After School Program, and the Norfield Children’s Center in Weston. She served as director of Weston Cooperative Nursery School, Bolton Pre-School and Norfield Nursery School.
She continued as director at Norfield Nursery School for 23 years until her retirement in 1985.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Jameson Daniel Conte, son of Mark and Stephanie Conte of Westport, died Feb. 25 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 20 months old.
The last gift Jameson contributed to this world was the donation of his organs. He has provided four children with the gift of life and the opportunity to become extraordinary, as his family knew he would one day become.
Jameson’s life would seem too short to many, but the quality of his existence far exceeds the quantity of the time in which he lived it. Those touched by his sparkle and laughter will remember the joy he found in music, mealtimes, and being adored by his family.
In addition to his parents, Jameson was the beloved little brother of Alyssa, the cherished grandson of James and Carol Conte and Daniel and Deborah Fratino, all of Westport. He was the nephew of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Conte, and Danielle Fratino in addition he was loved by many extended cousins, aunts and uncles.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Stanley Weinstein of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a charter member of Westport’s Birchwood Country Club, died Feb. 24 at The Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93.
Born in Bridgeport a son of the late Benjamin and Marion Weinstein, he was the proprietor of the Chas. Friedman Company of Bridgeport and past vice president of Auto Parts Unlimited of Stratford.
He was a charter member of the Birchwood Country Club, a past president of Congregation B’nai Israel, a member of the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach, and a member of the Probus Club.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Edith Schmer Weinstein, and by his daughter, Susan Shapiro. He is survived by his son, Peter Weinstein and his wife Gail of Bridgeport, son-in-law Robert Shapiro and his wife Helaine, a brother, Leonard Weinstein and his wife Suzanne of Long Boat, Fla., a brother-in-law Jerome Sherman, grandchildren; Andrea Weinstein and her husband Joseph Kresse, Brad Weinstein and his wife Jordana, Adam Shapiro and his wife Jana, Matthew Shapiro, Amy Shapiro and her husband Daniel Bursky, three great grandchildren, and his companion Phyllis Schwartz.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Nancy Alma Locks, who grew up in Westport, died Feb. 6 in Long Beach, Calif. after a courageous five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 67.
Born April 11, 1944 in New York City to Matthew and Florence Locks, she grew up in Westport and moved with her family to Long Beach in 1959.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also earned a teaching certificate in English as a second language from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She was multilingual and employed her linguistic skills as a teacher, researcher and interpreter. She taught Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She taught English as a second language at Long Beach City College, The Long Beach School for Adults, and schools in Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan.
Friday, February 24, 2012
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE John A. Arcudi, 90, a 1938 Staples High School valedictorian who later served as Gen. George Patton’s interpreter in Europe during World War II, died at his Bridgeport home Thursday, surrounded by his loved ones, family members said.
The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, which had afflicted him for the past seven years, said his brother Joseph Arcudi, a former Westport First Selectman.
Born May 26, 1921 to Carmelo Arcudi and Mary Passafiume Arcudi in Westport’s Saugatuck section, he was the first of seven children and the first in the family’s history to go to college, winning a full scholarship to Yale upon graduating Staples, Joseph Arcudi said.
“He was 21 years older than I am, and he was the rock of the family,” Joseph Arcudi said, adding that his brother John emceed at his first selectman’s inaugural ceremony at Town Hall in 1993. “He was so brilliant, he was unbelievable.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
David Ray Robotham, a former Westport resident and Staples High School graduate, died Feb. 20 at his home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. He was 60.
He was preceded by his mother Peggy Manchester, father Gordan Robotham, and stepfather Paul Manchester. He is survived by half brother Richard Robotham.
Raised in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1969. In Westport, he distinguished himself as a young Sea Scout and in starting a successful scuba salvage company, SOS.
He attended Roanoke College in Salem, Va. and earned a B.S. in biology. After returning to Westport, he started Sound Island Lobster Co., Bridge Square, fishing for lobsters, selling them in his seafood stores and restaurant.
Renée E. Marguerite Paridaens of Montreal, Canada, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 31 after a period of declining health. She was 88.
Born in Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 22,1923, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Berthe (Michel) Paridaens.
The youngest of four children, she was raised and educated in Belgium and was a graduate in archeology from Louvain University.
After World War II, she was married on May 21, 1948 to Stefan Ferdynand Hawlena in England and emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Ruth Bertha Johnsen Schwindeman of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport after a fall at home. She was 88.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of George M. Johnsen and Elnora Zillah Ives. She was the widow of W. Richard Schwindeman.
She was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where she established a record for speed typing. She later worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady and worked for many years in Stamford.
She lived for many years in Westport and was a member of the Weston Field Club. She was an avid tennis and bridge player and enjoyed many kinds of needlework and sewing. She adored the challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzle and was a lover of great books, her family said.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Margaret E. Falconer, a native Westporter who graduated from Staples High School, died Feb. 16 at The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. She was 92.
Born July 8, 1919, in Greens Farms, she was the daughter of Neil and Helen (Smith) Duffy. She attended schools in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She worked for C.B. Dolge in Saugatuck for a short time before taking care of her home and her family.
She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, especially autobiographies, and playing bingo. She enjoyed a variety of music, watching baseball, loved flowers and in her earlier years she could always be found puttering in her flower garden.
She is survived by her niece and primary caregiver for many years, Mary Jostrand of Woodford, Vt., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Falconer, whom she married in Connecticut in July 1947. He died Dec. 7, 2006. She was also predeceased by her son, Colin Jr.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Stephen Henry Gross of Easton, husband of Catherine French Gross, died Feb. 9 after a brief illness. He was 71.
He is survived by his sister, Deborah Green of Westport, his children: Elizabeth Gross of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Richard J. Gross and his wife, Jennifer, of Westport; Barbara Gross of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Patricia Gross Feinberg and her husband, Jeff, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; and Wendy Sinclair Gross. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Samara and Aidan McCracken; Jessica, Allison, Benjamin and Jack Gross; Isaac Guzman; and Hudson and Seiler Feinberg. He was predeceased by his brother, Jeffrey Shaine Gross.
Known for his love of family and friends, he was passionate about music, art, gardening and reading. He attended White Plains High School and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and his LLB from the Columbia University School of Law. He was a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars.
He had more than 40 years of experience as a restructuring lawyer, representing institutional lenders and lessors in the restructuring of financially distressed companies. As an authority in the airline restructuring field, he represented creditors in major airline bankruptcies.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Rosemary Quinn Barry of Southport died Feb. 16 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 85.
Rosemary, one of five children of Dr. Raymond and Alice Freeman Quinn of Waterbury, was born on June 6, 1926. She was married to John Francis Barry Jr on Sept. 10, 1951 at St Francis Church in Waterbury.
She was educated at Skidmore College and developed a life long interest in and talent for fashion design and interior decoration at Toby-Coburn Design School in New York City and the New York School of Interior Design.
A longtime resident of Greens Farms and Southport, she is survived by her husband John and her nine children; Morgan Morton of Calistoga, Calif., John Barry of Riverside, Christopher Barry of Yonkers, N.Y., Matthew Barry of Southport, Rosemary Barry of Greens Farms, Michael Barry of Southport, Polly Barry of Southport, Maura Grinalds of Southport, and Deirdre Barry of New York, N.Y.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Robert A. O’Keefe, a resident of Westport and husband of more than 58 years of Maura Ann (Callaghan) O’Keefe, died Feb. 14 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 85.
O’Keefe was born in Woonsocket, R.I. on Nov. 17, 1926, son of the late Arthur and Lucy (White) O’Keefe and resided in Westport for more than 40 years.
He was a graduate of Albert Leonard High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., Class of 1944. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Force V5 program and attended St. Lawrence University and Williams College.
He spent two years in the Pacific during World War II. He was employed by the Burndy Corp. for more than 35 years in the customer service, engineering and sales departments, during which time he was awarded several patents.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Anthony Fratino of Westport, husband of the late Elizabeth (Padula) Fratino, died Feb. 13 at the Carolton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 98.
Born in Saugatuck on Aug. 18, 1913, he was a son of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Valiente) Fratino and has been a lifelong resident of Westport.
During World War II, he served in the Westport Fire Department filling the spots for the men who were called to serve in the armed forces. He also owned and operated a lobster business.
He was a member of the Wanderers A.C. and the Screwball Club as well as the Stamford Fish and Game Club, and the National Rifle Association. He loved hunting.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Margaret Spickers Williams died Jan. 28 at her Westport home. She was 91.
She is survived by her two sons, Anthony McKay, and his wife Cindy McKay, of Pittsburgh Pa., and Peter Albert McKay of Manhattan, and two grandchildren, Jack Hutchins McKay and Larry Peter McKay, of Pittsburgh.
The only daughter of Dr. William Spickers, and Reed Hutchins Spickers, late of Franklin Lakes, N.J., she was born in Paterson N.J. on Jan. 30, 1920, and passed her summers in Bay Head, N.J.
In the fall of 1938, she was enrolled at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which was then located at the Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, and she was a proud graduate of the class of 1940.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Richard H. Sands, an orthodontist who practiced in Westport and co-founder of renowned New-Conn Orthodontist Study group, died Feb. 10 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 84.
Sands graduated from Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn, Amherst College, and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery.
He served in the Navy as a nurse and physician’s assistant, caring for the sick and wounded at the end of and shortly after World War II. A lover of jazz and classical music, Sands was an accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist, and played in the Navy Swing Dance band.
He was devoted to his profession, publishing many papers on new treatments, organizing regional and national conventions, and serving as an officer of numerous professional committees and societies.
Anne Surprise of West Harwich, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Feb. 10 after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was 81.
Born in 1930, daughter of Manard and Gertrude Goodrich, she grew up in Middleboro, Mass. She spent time on Cape Cod where she met her husband Bill after attending St Luke’s College of Nursing in New Bedford, Mass.
The couple shared their passion for sailing with their family and spent many years at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club with their boat, Port O Call, and out on Long Island Sound
She was highly respected among her peers and patients as a head nurse at Norwalk Hospital. Later in life, she took up a second calling—oil on canvas painting—and traveled around the world to hone her skills.
Charles H. R. Burling-Denlinger of Long Island, N.Y., a graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died Feb. 2 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 66.
Born in Manhattan on May 22, 1945 to the late Howard and Virginia Burling, he and and his sister Jane were later adopted by Virginia and Sutherland Denlinger.
He grew up in Westport and Weston and graduated from Staples High School in 1965 and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
He became a proficient and well respected IT specialist with Apple Macintosh computer software and hardware. He was a consultant in these areas of expertise for about 40 years and worked independently for many Fortune 500 corporations as well as for architect I.M. Pei.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
John P. Aitkenhead, longtime resident of Milford, husband of Diana Horko Aitkenhead, died Feb. 10 at home after a long illness. He was 60.
Born in Queens, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 1951, he was the son of the late John and Rita McMahon Aitkenhead. He was a manager for Watson Foods Inc. of West Haven and president of Milford Operation Mainstream, the local chapter of the Special Olympics. He was also a member of the Milford Jaycees and St. Ann Church.
In addition to his wife Diana (Donna) of 38 years, he is survived by three sons; Thomas Aitkenhead and his wife Kate of Hamden, Michael Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie of Westport, and James Aitkenhead of Milford. Also his grandchildren, Ethan, Cora, Sarah and Lauren. He is also survived by his aunt, Marie McMahon, of Jamaica Estates, N.Y., as well as two nephews and a niece Ernie, David and Allison Miller. He is also survived by his cousins Pamela (his other sister) and Chuck Lancellotti, Richard Sperry, Ellen and Donald Kropp, and Jean and Jon Scott. He was predeceased his sister Kathleen and her husband Ernie Miller.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Burial to follow at Kings Highway Cemetery, Milford.
Lewis J. Anastas of Southport, husband of Dolores Humphrey Anastas, died Feb. 9 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 89.
Born in Bridgeport on May 12, 1922, he was a son of the late John and Mary Huray Anastas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and was retired from the Moroso Co.
He was a former member of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee and an active parishioner of St. Luke Church, Westport.
In addition to his wife Dee, survivors include a son, John Anastas and his wife Marietta of Trumbull, a daughter, Diane Anastas Ginty of Fairfield, stepchildren, Doug Sage and his wife Marisa and Peter Sage and his wife Sue all of Florida, Amy Gniadek and her husband Steve of Fairfield and Dana Sage of Washington, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a brother, John J. Anastas and his wife Harriett of Woodbury, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Anastas.
Richard Pierce Eadie (Dick) of Dallastown, Pa , a former Westporter, died Jan. 13. He was 81.
Born in 1930 in New Rochelle , N.Y., and was the husband of the late Johanna Sawyer (Gallagher) Eadie.
A resident of Westport for more than 35 years, he was an avid sailor and a longtime member of Cedar Point Yacht Club.
He is survived by two siblings, five children and five grandchildren.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Joan Z. Hoffman, a former Westporter and teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School, died at home in Punta Gorda, Fla. on Feb. 8 after a lengthy battle with recurrent breast cancer. She was 82.
She was born July 5, 1929 in New York, N.Y. to Harry T. and Lillian (Weiss) Zucker and graduated from Vassar College in 1950 with a B.A. in English.
In later years, she would earn multiple Masters Degrees from the University of Bridgeport in elementary education, reading, and in guidance. She taught for several years at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport, followed by a career at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield where she taught reading and Latin and was the school guidance counselor.
Her hobbies included sailing, mah jong, bridge, banjo playing, horseback riding, biking, and crossword puzzles.
Roger W. Bedore of Westport, a New York private banking executive, died Feb. 8. He was 68.
Born into humble beginnings in the Adirondack logging town of Tupper Lake, N.Y. in 1943, he was raised in a working class family, the son of a highway journeyman, Jedson Bedore, Jr., and a factory worker, Margaret Gaff, both predeceased.
In his youth, he was a skilled outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, skating and playing ice hockey. He always fondly recalled his youth in the small upstate town; visiting family and friends often.
He had three children, Roger W. Bedore, Jr. of Livingston, N.J., Michael J. Bedore of Howell, N.J., and JoAnn Peters of Tappan, N.Y. He was a devoted father and grandfather and his children and grandchildren were his heart and soul. He enjoyed visiting with them as often as possible and spending time playing, laughing and spoiling them, his family said.
Linda Kaluta Creagh, wife of Timothy Creagh of Trumbull and a sales representative with Redi-Cut Carpet of Westport, died Feb. 2 at her home. She was 56.
Born in Stratford on Aug. 28, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Craw Kaluta.
In addition to her husband, survivors include three sisters, Barbara Shaw and her husband Robert of Aurora, N.C., Kathy Slauson and her husband Jan of Wallingford, and Maureen Berman and her husband Robert of Huntington as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Friends can greet the family at a memorial gathering celebrating Linda’s life that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Stark Weather House, 1773 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 1 p.m.
Carol Roberta (Lathrop) MacCallum of Fairfield, a health assistant at Coleytown Elementary School, died Feb. 8. She was 65.
The wife of the late Bruce B. MacCallum for 45 years, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Julia Lathrop. Born in Bridgeport on Feb. 17, 1946, she lived in Fairfield all her life, except for 18 months in 1966-1967 when she and her husband lived in Schwabisch Gmund, West Germany, while he was stationed there in the U.S. Army.
She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1964, attended the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University. She retired from the Fairfield Board of Education after 20 years as the Insurance Benefits Specialist and was a retired member of the Connecticut Association of Educational Office Professionals and the Fairfield Association of Educational Secretaries.
She also worked for many years as a dental assistant and dental office manager for several local dentists.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Henrietta T. Hanley of Westport, wife of Vincent P. Hanley Sr., died Feb. 8 at home following a lengthy illness. She was 93.
Born Aug. 30, 1918, daughter of the late William and Estelle (Kukla) Rozaieski, she had been a Westport resident for 59 years.
She graduated in 1939 from Kings County Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had worked as a registered nurse all her life. She also worked at Bellevue Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.
Survivors in addition to her husband of 70 years, includes two sons, Vincent P. Hanley Jr., and his wife Mona of New York City, and Terrence Hanley of Norwalk; one daughter, Carolyn Lawler and her husband Thomas of Essex, Mass., one brother Walter Rozaieski of Maryland and one sister, Leona Reha and her husband Patsy of Olyphant, Pa., seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by one son, Lt.. Kenneth J. Hanley, USAF, and 10 brothers and sisters.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Richard V. Williams of Westport died Feb. 4 at his home. He was 78.
Born in Chicago, the son of Vincent and Cecilia (Thorne) Williams, he was a graduate of Notre Dame University.
After attending Columbia Law School, he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in finance from New York University.
He worked as a financial systems analyst for the Olin Corp.. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he also enjoyed gardening.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Dr. Harold Scott Bernard died Feb. 4 at his Westport home. He was 65.
He was the son of the late Norma and Burton, husband of Bonnie, father of Nicole and Bradley, and brother of Cathy and Mitchell.
He was distinguished clinical psychologist in Manhattan and Westport.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Robert T. Wakeman of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Westport and husband of Naime Weber Wakeman, died Jan. 31 at home. He was 92.
Born in Westport Dec. 18, 1919, he was a son of the late John S. and Mary Wakeman and had operated the Wakeman Farm with his late brother Ike on Cross Highway prior to moving to Florida in 1983.
He had resided in Westport for 64 years, attended Green’s Farms Elementary School and is a graduate of Staples High School. He is also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.
Survivors in addition to his wife include four sons, Theodore (Ted) Wakeman and Burt Wakeman both of Ocean View, Hawaii, Lars Wakeman of Midland, Texas, and Robert I. Wakeman of Portsmouth, R.I., one sister, Vaitses of Massachusetts. three grandchildren, William Jakubec, Matthew and Rachel Wakeman, and many nieces and nephews.