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Saturday, July 09, 2011

John F. Lafferty, 71

John F. Lafferty of Westport and Florida died July 6 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He was 71.

Born Aug. 21, 1939 in Providence, R.I., he has been a resident of Westport for 30 years. Prior to retiring in July 2008, he had held senior positions as an investment banker for Neuberger and Berman, J. P. Morgan, US Trust and Bank of America.

He grew up in Providence, where his family has strong roots, and attended Classical High School, graduating in 1958. He went on to Providence College where he later sat on the board of trustees. He received an MBA from Dartmouth College and taught economics at the University of Michigan while pursuing his doctoral studies.

Teaching was a passion that was shared by his mother, father, sister, wife, and daughter who were all highly respected teachers as well. His family said he was the second person in U.S. history to hold both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Angelo J. DeFeo, 95

Angelo J. DeFeo of Eustis, Fla.,, formerly of Westport, died June 25. He was 95.

Born in Westport to Rose and Napoleon DeFeo, he served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, serving four years in the southwest Pacific Islands and received six war metals.

After the war he worked for Raybestos in Stratford for 35 years.

Angelo was preceded in death by his two wives, his brothers, Sam, Joe, John, Sal and Fred and sisters, Mary Romano and Helen DeFeo. He is remembered by his two nephews, William Romano, Jr. of Florida and Richard Romano of Norwalk.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Kathleen Renzulli Schaefer, 61

Kathleen Renzulli Schaefer of Fairfield, wife of the late Charles Schaefer, died July 3 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 61.

Born in Stamford and raised in Westport, she had been a Fairfield resident for the last 40 years. She was a graduate of Staples High School and a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandi A. Schaefer-Padgett of Fairfield; her mother, Adeline Renzulli of Westport; two sisters: Mary Ellen Kuhn of Westport and Nancy Atwood of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her father, Arthur Renzulli and a sister Sharon Klick.

Friends may gather on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, to join in the funeral procession to Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield for an 11 a.m. graveside service.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Gladys I. Mahn, 87

Gladys Ingeborg Mahn, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wilton after a long illness. She was 87.WestportNow.com Image
Gladys I. Mahn: 36-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 24, 1923 in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Clara Linnea Nero and Adolf Werner Tranberg. 

She was the valedictorian of her Roger Ludlow High School class in Fairfield and went on to work as secretary to the treasurer of Dictaphone Corp. in Bridgeport for seven years.

She then was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business in Westport, and later retired from Trendex Inc. in Westport. She had been a Westport resident for 36 years. 

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Dorothy Berger Samose, 91

Dorothy Berger Samose, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died June 29 at her home in the Coleytown area. She was 91.

Born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Alice Moss Snyder and Frank Snyder. She grew up in San Antonio and New York City, where her father was a professional baseball player with the New York Giants.

After graduating from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, she moved to New York City where she was a model with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. There, she met and married her husband, Morton Berger, a photographer.

With their children, they moved to Westport in 1949, where she has lived ever since. In 1975, having been a widow for 13 years, she married Morton Samose of Westport.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

William O. Bendtzen, 74

William O. Bendtzen of Westport, husband of Stella T. Bendtzen (deceased), died June 25. He was 74.

His funeral will be on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 126 Newtown Ave., Norwalk.

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John W. Mulcahy, 65

Dr. John W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., LL.D., D.H.L., of Westport, Dana Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education and senior professor in the School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, died June 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of the late John A. and Naomi Mulcahy, he had been a Westport resident for more than 30 years.

Mulcahy received his B.S. from Fordham University; M.S & M.B.A. from Iona College; Ph.D., Fordham; LL.D (h.c.) Johnson & Wales; and the D.H.L. (h.c.) Iona College.

His career in higher education spanned more than 44 years. He taught at the Naval War College and joined the University of Bridgeport in 1980 as Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Business and Public Management.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gary S. Ozar, 64

Gary Steven Ozar,  husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.

Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Catherine F. Gallagher, 57

Catherine Farrington Gallagher, 57, of Westport, died June 26 at home.

Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., she attended Forest Hills High School; received a BA in elementary education in 1975 from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education in 1984.

She began her career in 1975 as a teacher in local schools in Monrovia, Liberia, following her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, who worked there for the United Nations. They were married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.

She also had taught at schools in Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. Returning to the United States in 1987, she was one of the original educational sales representatives, kindergarten through sixth grade, for Wright Group Publishing.

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Raymond E. Bowne, 83

Raymond E. Bowne of Westport died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Bassett) Bowne and had been a lifelong resident of Westport. 

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Korea from 1946 to 1947, obtaining the rank of tech corporal and working as a mechanic with the military police.

He was an employee of the Westport Board of Education for almost 25 years, beginning in the 1960s and was a volunteer firefighter with Vigilant Engine Co. No. 3. 

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Susan D. Allen, 53

Susan Dorothy Allen, a graduate of Staples High School, died June 24 at home in Kingston, N.Y. She was 53.

Born in New York City on May 29, 1958 and raised in Westport, she was the associate director of the Medical Center at SUNY New Paltz.

A 1976 Staples High School graduate, she graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a bachelor of science in biology (departmental honors).

In the 1980s, she completed her medical training at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Kingston Hospital, and Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Embree F. Jarvis, 90

Dr. Embree F. Jarvis, (“Doc”) died in his home in Rochester, N.Y. on June 20. He was 90.

Born in 1921 to Francis and Marion Jarvis in Yonkers, N.Y, as a child, his fondest times were sailing in Long Island Sound off Westport.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his DDS, served in the Army during World War II, and then settled in Westport where he practiced dentistry for 49 years at 44 Elm St.

He was predeceased by his former wife, Katherine Danneman. He is survived by their three children; Peter W. Jarvis of Jacksonville, Fla., the Rev. David F. Jarvis (Cameron Fadjo) of Riverdale, N.Y., and Kelly Boardman (Edward) of Saint Johns, Fla., his wife, Mary Jane, and step-children Heidi Zimmer-Meyer (Paul Meyer) of Rochester, Eric Zimmer (Irene) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Roger Zimmer (Lu Oliveira) of Norwalk. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Charles “Charlie” M. Muller, 50

Charles “Charlie” M. Muller of Westport died June 17 in New York. He was 50 and had been a Westport resident for 35 years.

Born March 18, 1961 in Bronx, N.Y., he attended schools in the Bronx and Westport and was a 1979 graduate of Staples High School.

He was the dedicated and beloved son of Carl Muller of Westport and the late Margaret Boos, of San Antonio, Texas. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Alice Muller, also of Westport.  Charlie is survived by a sister, Carla Kee of Arizona. He is also survived by a step sister, Linda Zarrelli and her husband Chip of Fairfield. He will be sadly missed by his loving nieces and nephews; Joseph, Lawrence, Laureen, Carla, Margaret, Christine, Lee, Charlie and several other nieces and nephews.

He was also a devoted friend to his lifelong friends Allen and Vinny, along with their families. An avid fan of the Mets and Jets, he enjoyed watching all sports on TV.

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John ‘Jack’ P. List, 88

John “Jack” P. List of Woodbridge, formerly of Westport and husband of Ruth (Lane) List, died June 19 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 88. WestportNow.com Image
John List: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 3, 1923, he was the son of the late Hans and Lucille (Prendergast) List. Prior to moving to Woodbridge, he was a 55–year resident of Westport where he was a 1942 graduate of Staples High School.

He then went on to the U.S. Navy, serving in Hawaii. He was vice president and treasurer of Trendex Inc. for many years.

He served on the board of directors at the Westport YMCA and was a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399.

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Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald, who held a leadership position at Westport’s Saugatuck River Power Squadron among other accomplishments, died June 15 in Maine. WestportNow.com Image
Bruce McDonald: Saugatuck Power Squadron leader. Contributed photo

His family said, “Loved by his family, Bowdoin classmates, neighbors, coworkers and friends, he has been described as a true gentleman, an astute businessman, a gentle father and husband, and a generous volunteer of his time, talent and personal resources.”

Born in Portland, Maine to Vera (Fales) McDonald and Ralph Edmund McDonald, he was an only child. He graduated from Cony High School and Bowdoin College, and belonged to Zeta Psi fraternity.

Upon graduation he married Elizabeth (Buff) Wagner Grant of Cape Elizabeth, and then enlisted and served in the Army and Army Reserves.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Amelia Mary ‘Millie’ Salemme, 96

Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme of Hamden, a waitress for many years at Mario’s in Westport, died June 17 at Whitney Manor in Hamden. She was 96. WestportNow.com Image
Amelia Mary “Millie” Salemme: longtime Mario’s employee. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Priscoe A. Salemme, she was born in Waterbury on May 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Pasquale and Teresa Palma Sacco.

She is the mother of Teresa “Terri” (Albert) Cosenza and the late Marie Post; sister of the late Helen Rapuano, Inez Barone, and Mario and Joseph Sacco; loving grandmother of Frank Simiola, Jennifer Petrillo, Michael, Paul and Jude Ann Forte, and Mark Cosenza. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Iovanne Funeral Home, 11 Wooster Place, New Haven, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s Church at 10. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Sister Matilda Marie Dery, 93

Sister Matilda Marie Dery of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a former teacher at Westport’s Assumption School, died June 16 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worecester, Mass. She was 93.WestportNow.com Image
Sister Matilda Marie Dery: taught at Assumption. Contributed photo

Born Pauline F. Dery in Winchendon, she was the daughter of Maurice O. and Matilda Dery. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1936.

She graduated from Murdock High School, Winchendon, and Emmanuel College, Boston, and later earned a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University in Conn.

Sister Matilda Marie was a teacher and principal at the Holy Name School in Chicopee and later St. Kevin School in Warwick, R.I. for 35 years. Early in her ministry, sister taught at St. John and Ascension schools, both in Worcester, and at Assumption School in Westport.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Martin T. Crouse, 62

Martin Thomas Crouse, an artist and intuitive electrical engineer and Westport resident for almost 30 years, died June 10 after a long fight with cancer. He was 62.WestportNow.com Image
Martin Crouse: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 30, 1948, in Williamsport, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Crouse.

As an engineer in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Texas and Korea. Upon his discharge, he traveled to Colorado where he met Laurie Dworkow, a Westport native who was in Denver to attend college.

Together they founded Martin Uniques, an electronic jewelry gallery and studio. They were married on June 10, 1979—32 years to the day of his death.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Angelus “Ange” E. Papageorge, 83

Angelus “Ange” E. Papageorge, father of Elias “Lee” Pappageorge, owner of Oscar’s on Westport’s Main Street, died June 10 in Fairfield. He was 83.

the beloved husband of Bess Spilios Papageorge passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on June 10, 2011. He married the love of his life, Bess Spilios Papageorge—his “Bessie”—on June 20, 1948, and they would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary.

Born in Fairfield on May 25, 1928 to the late Elias and Fanny Papageorge, he attended Roger Ludlowe High School and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He was a lifelong Fairfield resident and also was a volunteer fireman for the town for more than 50 years.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Doris P. “Penny” Ray, 89

Doris P. “Penny” Ray of Albuquerque, N.M. died June 8.The former Westport resident was 89.

Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Swedesboro, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Elsie and Alfred Pfennig. In addition to her late husband Dr. Linton G. Ray and her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Herbert Pfennig.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Sara Lee Mollo and her husband Mike of Bloomsburg, Pa., and Georgia Blanton and her husband Olin of Greenville, S.C.; a stepson, Terry Ray; three nieces, Stephanie Walti and her husband Michael of Albuquerque, Joan Maine and her husbnad Bill of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and Roberta McGlinn of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Theresa Pfennig of Mountlake Terrace; and her companion, Aminah Ali Salim of Albuquerque.

Cremation will take place at a later date. No services are planned at her request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Visit http://www.danielsfuneral.com to leave condolences.

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Steven J. Markus, Sr., 77

Steven J. Markus, Sr. of DeLand, Fla. died May 28 at Kindred Hospital-North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He was 77.

He was born in Norwalk on July 16, 1933 and lived in Westport for several years before moving to South Kortright, N.Y. and then to DeLand. Steve (also known as Pete) worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kowalsky Brothers for more than 30 years.

Steve was predeceased by his wife Lillian of 53 years on May 18, 2011 as well as his brother Joseph. He is survived by his brother, Alex, his wife Doris, and their children of East Merideth, New York; his son Steven, Jr. and his wife, Robin; grandchildren Joey and Kristina (Lulu) of DeLand, Kimberly and her Fiance Matt of Streamwood, Ill., and Gregory of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Carol Anne Beirne, 67

Carol Anne Beirne of Westport died June 8 in Yale-New Haven Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 67.

Born Aug. 18, 1943, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Urban and Marie Marano. She settled in Westport to raise her family after having lived in several parts of the country.

“Carol will be sorely missed by her family and close friends and will be remembered for her infectious smile, positive attitude, gift of humor, and her loving and caring nature,” her family said.

In addition to her husband James, to whom she was married almost 50 years, she is survived by five sons, James and wife Pam, Christopher, Michael and wife Kristina, Brian and wife Cicelia, and Keith; seven grandchildren, Meghan, James, Kellie, John (Jack), David, Brenna and Kaitlyn; and a sister, Barbara. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Robert.

Calling hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk.

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Bruce W. Kessler, 63

Bruce Warren Kessler of Bridgeport, previously of Westport, died June 6. He was 63.

He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Dorothy Mermelstein Kessler and the late Samuel Kessler, and worked his way through college and graduate school as an New York City taxi driver.

Throughout his professional life as a social worker and psychotherapist, he made a difference to countless people, his family said.

“He loved collecting and dealing art, particularly the work of Al Hirschfeld. Bruce was a terrific singer and artist, and he could fix just about anything,” his family said.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Blanche “B” Eleanor Lebhar, 93

Blanche (“B”) Eleanor Lebhar, a 61-year resident of Westport until 1994, died May 19 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She was 93.

She was the eldest daughter of Capt. Haswell C. Herbert, American Expeditionary Force, who was attached to the famous Lafayette Escadrille squadron, and of the Paris-born Anaïs-Madeleine Haasé, both of Scarsdale, N.Y.

In 1933, the family moved to Westport where she graduated from Staples High School in 1935, achieving academic honors as class valedictorian and athletic successes in basketball and tennis, which became her lifetime sport. She graduated from Vassar College in 1939.

A great loss in March 1944, at the of 26, was her high school sweetheart and then husband, Thomas R. Finnegan, a first lieutenant in the U.S.  Army Air Force who died while a pilot in a B-25 Mitchell bomber on a raid over the Imperial Japanese Army bases on the north shore of New Guinea.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Bruce C. Graham, 86

Bruce Campbell Graham died Jan. 19 in Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beverly, Mass. He was 86.

He moved to Westport in the early 1970s and for the past six years had been living near his son’s family in Hamilton, Mass.

Born Aug. 24, 1924 in Patterson, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Jean Graham. Having spent his youth in Bergen County, New Jersey, and Rockland County, New York,  Bruce graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md.

Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a first lieutenant and B17 pilot. Thus began his life-long love of flying.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Joseph T. Sylvia, 82

Joseph Thomas (Pappa) Sylvia, a longtime resident of Westport, died May 30 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 82.

Born May 12, 1929, in Norwalk, he was the son of the late William and Carmella Sylvia.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Teamsters’ Local 1040. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, golfing, country music and playing guitar. He also donated blood every month to the Red Cross.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Manuel Sylvia and William Sylvia, and a sister, Rita Saenz.

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Gordon B. Gruber, 66

Gordon B. Gruber, a native of Westport and a resident of Robertsdale, Ala., died, May 31. He was 66.

Gruber served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He was an air traffic controller, retired and traveled with his wife “RVing” before settling in Robertsdale.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Peggy J. Gruber of Robertsdale, daughter, Jessica R. Hardy of Naperville, Il., son, Max D. Gruber of Maui, Hawaii, twin brother, Charles A. Gruber of Lawrence, Kansas; brother Harris E. Gruber of Rhode Island, sister, Sara B. Egol of San Jose, Calif., and two grandchildren, Devyn C. Gruber and Cameron D Gruber.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Mack Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Smith and Chaplain Cindy Still officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla.

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Richard Salwen, 53

Richard Salwen, a clinical psychologist raised in Westport and who was a longtime Ridgefield resident and active community member, died May 26 after a prolonged illness. He was 53.

Born in New York City, he graduated from Staples High School in 1969. He attended Northwestern University and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University.

After a fellowship at New York Hospital, he began his career working with cancer patients at Memorial Hospital Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York. While there, he coauthored many research articles on the impact of cancer treatment on cognitive functioning in children.

In 1986, he began a long career at Danbury Hospital, culminating in his position as director of behavioral health.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gordon J. Fow, 85

Gordon J. Fow of Fairfield, a former Westport business operator, died May 28. He was 85.

Born in Waterbury to the late Joseph and Kathleen Fow, he was a lifelong area resident. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran having served in World War II.

He had a successful career in electronics and was a sales representative for many years with Panasonic and Motorola. He eventually started his own business, Alpha Audio-Electronics Distributor, Inc. in Westport.

The most important aspect of his life was his family. Since childhood, he enjoyed going on family trips to Cape Cod, especially North Truro and Provincetown.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

William (Bill) F. Codeanne, 73

William (Bill) F. Codeanne died May 22 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. He was 73.

Born in New Haven Nov. 5, 1937, he was the son of the late John H, and Josephine (Liguori) Codeanne and has been a resident of Westport for 35 years.

He attended New Haven schools, graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1956, and from Fairfield University in 1960.

Prior to retiring in 2003,  was employed as a manager for IBM for 36 years. He is a member of St. Luke Parish, the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, the President’s Circle at Fairfield University, and enjoyed sailing and walking the Westport shoreline.

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