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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Andre C. Suan, 75

Andre C. Suan, a longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 23 at his home. He was 75.

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Andre Suan: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was husband of the late Elaine Y. Suan. Born on June 4, 1937 in Shanghai, China, he was the son of the late Pao Lien Suan and Hing Wan Chao. He has been a resident of Westport since 1971. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He received a master’s degree in industrial administration from Yale University in 1966.

He joined the Mobil Oil Corp. in 1966, and his first international assignment was to Singapore in 1967. He held management positions in Germany, Kenya, London and Fairfax prior to his retirement in 1987.

In addition to a passion for travel, he was an avid golfer and benefactor of the Yale golf course. He is the only male member of the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, his family said.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Jeffrey R. Pinyan, 58

Jeffrey Rollins Pinyan, a longtime resident of Westport, died Nov. 15 at his home in San Diego, Calif.  He was 58.

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Jeffrey R. Pinyan: 1973 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1954, he moved with his family to Westport in the early 1960s. He attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1973 and from Central Connecticut State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business.

For the past 25 years, he lived in San Diego and was an area manager for Meridian Leasing Corp.

He is survived by his father John Pinyan; his wife Leslie; two daughters, Krista and Brooke; and one son, Blake. He is also survived by a brother, Greg, and five sisters, Lynn, Melody, Mary, Sue Sue, and Jackie, as well as 13 nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his mother in 1971, Carol Ann Pinyan.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Arlettie W. Clark, 94

Arlettie W. Clark, a Westport native living in Anson, Maine, died Dec. 16 at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, Maine. She was 94.

She was born in Westport April 12, 1918, to Albion and Selena (Manville) Williams. She and her husband, A. Norman Clark, resided in Starks and Anson for many years.

She was predeceased by her son, Richard Clark; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Clark; brothers Lester Williams and Albion Williams and a sister, Selena Williams.

She is survived by her sons, Russell and his wife, Kathryn, of Starks, and Edward and his wife, Iris, of Norridgewock; brother Kenneth Williams of Maine and Florida as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Louis I. Cohen, 91

Louis I. Cohen of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident for 43 years, died Dec. 18 at The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield. He was 91.

Born in Bridgeport, a son of the late Max and Bessie (Sandlovitz) Cohen. he was a graduate of the Wharton Business School, and served in the U S Army during World War II under Gen. George Patton and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as a first lieutenant commanding the 150mm Howitzer Division of the 3rd Army.

In 1950, he founded the firm of Cohen and Engelson, certified public accountants, and was instrumental in building the North End Talmud Torah on Main Street in Bridgeport.

He was a contributor at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and a lover of music and the arts. He adored his family and greatly loved his close circle of friends, his family said.

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Robert H. Smith

Robert H. Smith, Jr., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 18 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla.

He had lived alone since the death of his wife Marilyn, who died in 2007. After graduating from the Taft School in Connecticut, he attended Yale University until the family business called for his help.

He ran the family mechanical contracting business for 49 years. He also found time to be the commodore of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club in Westport, commodore of the Harborside Yacht Club, president of Windmill Club in Armonk, N.Y., and president of the Moorings Club in Vero Beach.

He was also on the board of the River Mews Condo Association for 12 years serving as president for most of those years.

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Wrenn B. Richardson, 81

Wrenn Bradford Richardson, a former Westport resident died Nov. 24 at her home in St. Simons Island, Ga. She was 81.

She was born in New York City on April 22, 1931 to the late Russell Bradford and Margaret Middleton Bradford. Her father died when she was a child, at which time the family moved to Southport,, where they lived until she was married to the late John Page Richardson in 1953.

The couple moved down the street to Greens Farms in Westport where they raised their family and where she resided until 1995.

She was a woman brimming with optimism and energy who made many lifelong friends, her family said. She had a great love of the water, always living near the ocean and vacationing on Nantucket and other islands.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Raymond E. Walch, 88

Raymond E. Walch, a former principal of Westport’s Staples High School, died Oct. 21 in Palm City, Fla. He was 88.

He was born in Waterbury on March 18, 1924, the son of Roy and Edith Walch. Extended road trips were popular in the Walch household, and by the time he turned age 13, he had traveled to all the lower 48 states and Mexico.

His education at Middlebury College was interrupted to serve two years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he trained to become a navigator/bombardier. With the war’s conclusion, he returned to Middlebury College, and graduated with the class of 1946.

He married his wife of 62 years, Marion Hubbell of Norwalk in 1950, and began his teaching career in Norwalk. The family then moved to Westport in 1960, where he became director of mathematics for the Westport school system, and founded of the Westport Credit Union.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Anna M. Falsone, 88

Anna M. Falsone of Westport died Dec. 8 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. She was 88.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. the daughter of the late Philip and Catherine (Monticciolo) Mandracchia, she was the wife of Dr. Jack Falsone for almost 67 years.

She was a graduate of Hunter College and during World War II, she was a translator for the Free French Government of Madagascar in New York City. She taught Italian for Norwalk evening classes and was a volunteer for Norwalk Hospital’s Treasure House.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters Meg (Bob) Browder of Pace, Fla., Catherine (Dave) Swan of Westport, granddaughters Allison Swan and Christina (Michael) Thomas, grandson Jay Browder, a brother Dr. Vincent (Elaine) Mandracchia of Spring Lake, N.J., and brother-in-law Anthony J. (Betty) Falsone of Whitestone, N.Y., as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Robert E. Peterson, 95

Robert Edwin Peterson of The Cedars, Chapel Hill, N.C.,  formerly of Westport, died Dec. 6. He was 95.

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Robert Peterson: 37-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Harvey, N.D.., he was director of commercial and industrial patent licensing for RCA Corp. in New York City until his retirement in 1987.

Receiving his degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1942, he also attended graduate programs at Harvard, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University.

He was awarded five patents for his inventions in the fields of electronics and light sources. After retirement, he founded Altherin Associates, a patent licensing consulting firm and later became vice president, licensing, for the Patent Enforcement Fund.

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James F. Meagher, 88

James “Jay” Francis Meagher, a resident of Westport for 49 years, died Dec. 6. He was 88.

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James Meagher: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in 1924 in Mineola, N.Y., he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nine years, much of that time as a lieutenant aboard the USS McNulty, a destroyer escort during World War II.  He graduated from Ursinus College then Temple University with a law degree.

He was a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, received an honorary doctorate at California American University in behavioral science, worked at Mobil Oil Co. for more than 30 years as an attorney, and later had a successful management education consulting business run from his Westport home.

While attending college he met and later married the late, Leonora “Lee” F Meagher, “his bride,” in 1944. The family moved to Westport in 1963.

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Richard J. DeAngelis, 85

Richard “Rocky” Joseph DeAngelis, a retired Norwalk police officer and special police officer in Westport, died Dec. 6 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.

Born March 18, 1927 in Norwalk, he was son of the late Mario and Amelia DeAngelis.

A life-long Norwalk resident, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He joined the Norwalk Police Department in 1957 and rose through the ranks to sergeant.

He retired in 1987 and worked for the halfway house in Norwalk and as a sheriff at the Stamford Courthouse. He went on to serve for another 17 years as a special police officer in Westport until 2005.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck, 91, Jazz Great

Jazz great Dave Brubeck died today in Norwalk. A Wilton resident, he would have turned 92 on Thursday.

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Dave Brubeck: Wilton resident dies in Norwalk. Davebrubeck.com photo

One of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, Brubeck died while on his way to a cardiology appointment, according to Russell Gloyd, his producer, conductor and manager for 36 years.

Brubeck’s quartet produced the first jazz album that sold more than 1 million copies and was best known for the melodic composition “Take Five.”

His cool, West Coast sound defied traditional forms by playing in two keys at once, a harmonic approach that gave jazz a new angle. The band stayed together for 16 years and was one of the most popular in jazz history, winning a cult following among students through regular performances on university campuses.

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Henry W. Coley III, 86

Henry Wakeman Coley III of Sunderland, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Dec. 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was 86.

Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Norwalk, he was the son of Lucy Langzettel and Henry W. Coley Jr. Growing up in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School in 1944 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

After serving four years, he continued his education, receiving a BS degree from Johnson Sate College and master degree from Union College and Michigan State College.

He was married to Janice Vaughn in 1955 with whom he had three children. She died in 1969. Later in 1974, he married Thelma Jolivette.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Daniel H. Adler, 92

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Daniel Adler: physician served Westport and Weston. Contributed photo

Daniel Harvey Adler of Weston, a physician who delivered thousands of babies over four decades serving Westport and Weston, died Dec. 2 of natural causes at his Weston home, his wife Susan Adler said. He was 92.

A pioneer in his field, Adlerr was an early practitioner of the use of midwives in deliveries and in-office procedures like laparoscopy.

An outspoken advocate of women’s reproductive rights, he provided pro bono care to indigent patients in Norwalk while operating a private OBGYN practice in Westport, from 1954 until 1985.

He was named the first chairman of the OBGYN department at Norwalk Hospital in 1980, a post he held until 1985. 

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gloria Hirtz, 89

Gloria Hirtz, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 24. She was 89.

She resided mainly in New York, but also lived in Palm Beach, Fla. and Westport.

The daughter of Ben and Betty Gordon, she was predeceased by both her husbands, Martin Hirtz, to whom she was married for 42 years,  and Jerome Strumpf, for 12 years.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah of Chevy Chase, Md., and Robin of New York City, and their husbands, Daniel Waterman and Roger Meltzer; her grandchildren, Justin, Lizzie and Martin Meltzer, and Ben, Andrew and Charlie Waterman and their wives Stacey, Kristen and Jessica; step-daughter, Jean Sommerfield; step-granddaughter, Sarah Sommerfield; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a sister, Barbara Joseloff Cohen.

Services were private. Memorial contributions are requested for Alzheimer’s Association-Rita Hayworth Gala, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Richard V. Kilbride, 83

Richard “Dick” Vincent Kilbride of Wilton, former Town of Westport purchasing officer, died Nov. 26 at Danbury Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 11, 1929 in Norwalk, he was the son of late Sidney and Anna (Dunn) Kilbride. He graduated from Norwalk High School and the University of Connecticut (Storrs) with an MBA.

Throughout his life he had been employed at Perkin Elmer, Electrolux, and in 2010 retired as purchasing officer for the Town of Westport.

He was a loving husband and uncle who cherished time with his family, his family said.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

James J. Ullrich, 61

James J. Ullrich of Westport, husband of Janice Marshall (Pepin) Ullrich, died Nov. 25 at home. He was 61.

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James J. Ullrich: CPA/financial analyst. Contributed photo

Born April 10, 1951 in Howard Beach, N.Y. he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Mary Ullrich. A resident of Westport for nine years, he formerly lived in Norwalk.

He was a CPA/financial analyst for Semi-Conductor Inc. in Stamford. He was also formerly employed by Chemical Bank of New York, Pan American World Airways, Salabello and Broder CPA firm, Nine West, Starwood Properties and Workflow One. He founded TaxPro, LLC and CFOPro, LLC.

A graduate of Pace University, he served as board chair of Christian Community Action, treasurer of Toastmasters, and member and treasurer of the United Methodist Church of Westport.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Barbara J.  Wagner, 85

Barbara Jane Wagner, a longtime resident of Weston and former First Selectman of the town, died at her home on Nov.  21 after a brief illness. She was 85.

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Barbara Wagner: former Weston First Selectman. Contributed photo

Born in New York in 1927, and raised in Riverdale, N.Y., she graduated from the High School of Music and Art, and then attended Finch Junior College.  She met her husband, Walter Wagner, in New York, and they married in 1952. 

After a brief stint in Chicago, the couple moved to Weston in 1955. She lived in the same house for the 57 years. The Wagners raised four children there, all of whom attended the Weston Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Her love of Weston was evident in many ways over her lifetime.  Most notably, she served as First Selectman of Weston from 1973 to 1975, and her election marked the first time in the state’s history that a woman was elected to lead town government as mayor or selectperson.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rebecca A. Merrilees, 90

Rebecca A. “Becky” Merrilees, a former Westport resident whose father was a celebrated Westport artist whose works she donated to the Town of Westport two months ago, died Nov. 14 in Northfield, Vt. where she was a longtime resident. She was 90.

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Rebecca Merrilees: donated father’s works to Westport. Contributed photo

Born in New York City, she was raised in Westport in an artistic family with, as she would say, “a pencil in her hand.” Her father, Ralph L. Boyer (1879-1952), was a celebrated artist, creating many large-scale murals during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) years, and was recognized as an important member of the Westport School of Art.

On Oct. 19, Merrilees donated 20 works by her father and other well known artists to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. (See WestportNow Oct. 19, 2012)

Merrilees’s mother, Rebecca Hunt Boyer, was also an accomplished painter. Merrilees received her art education at the Boothbay Studios Summer School of Art, American School of Design, Pratt Institute, where she later taught some classes in drawing,, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Remembering a Young Westporter

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A large crowd turned out today at Westport’s Inn at Lonshore for a memorial service for Austin Hood. The 20-year-old Loyola University student died Oct. 26 in New Orleans. His father, Jim Hood, selected photos from the family album as he remembered his son. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Wanda E. A. Kokoszka, 74

Wanda E. A. Kokoszka, a former Westport resident and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Nov. 12 in her home in Newtown. She was 74.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. May 21, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Wanda (Randic) Keating.  She worked for many years for National Airlines where she developed a love for traveling.

She lived in Westport from 1964 to 1998 and served the community as PTA president, member of the library board, as an RTM member from 1990 to 1995, and by working in the Westport school system.

She loved to be with family. Her sharp wit and overflowing zest for life will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gerald Page, 80

Gerald “Jerry” Dunn Page, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 3 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. He was 80.

He was born Nov. 18, 1931 to Kyle M. and Lois D. Page in Minneapolis. He raised his family in Westport before retiring to The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah in 1995.

He served in the U.S. Navy, completing Submarine School as a “dolphin” and was assigned to the USS Tang. He received the Good Conduct Medal for Service ending in 1954 and the National Service Defense Medal. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration.

He had a corporate career with American Can Company and Simkin Industries. He was a lifelong avid golfer as a member of The Landings in Savannah and The Patterson Club in Fairfield.

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Pauline J. Dorsey, 87

Pauline Josephine Dorsey of Cocoa Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 3. She was 87.

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Pauline Dorsey: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, Nov. 16, 1924, she and her husband, Louis R. Dorsey, Sr., a longtime physical education teacher and coach in the Westport school system, celebrated 65 years of marriage in July.

She devoted her entire life to the love and care of her family, raising her four children and three grandchildren. She was a warm, nurturing woman. Even the campers where she and Lou worked for many summers called her “Mom,” her family said.

She worked as a telephone operator in the early years of her marriage. She also ran the camp nursery for many years and had various part time jobs in Westport, including for the publisher Alfred Knopf.

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Mary A. Frey, 73

Mary A. Frey, a 1956 Staples High School graduate, died Oct. 12 at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Born Jan. 25, 1939 in Westport, she lived in Westport until moving to New York City 45 years ago. She was a retired advertising executive and local artist whose colorful, fanciful abstract watercolors garnered a number of prizes and grace many walls.

She is survived by her brother, Everett W. Frey of Westport, many nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by one brother, Sanford Frey.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. at Epiphany Church, 239 E. 21 St., followed by a reception at the National Arts Club. Contributions can be made in Mary’s name to the Art Students League of New York, 215 W. 57, St., NYC, NY 10019.

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Dorothy Adams, 81

Dorothy (Dede) Jean Adams, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 in Rossmoor, Calif. She was 81.

Born in New York Jan. 13, 1931, she graduated from Carnegie- Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she earned a degree in retail merchandising. While attending Carnegie-Mellon, she met her husband, George Adams who she remained married to until his death in 2001.

Early in their marriage, they adopted two girls who quickly became the absolute joy of her life. Early family life was spent in Flossmoor, Ill. After that the family moved to Toronto, Canada and then London, England where she delighted in the joy of watching her daughters experience many different aspects of life overseas.

From London, they moved to Westport where the girls immersed themselves in high school and Dede became a permanent fixture on the Fairfield Country Club golf course.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patricia J. Horrigan, 84

Patricia Jane Horrigan, a 41-year Westport resident, died Oct. 18 at Bridges Cornell Heights in Ithaca N.Y. where she had resided for the past two years. She was 84.

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Pat Horrigan: long active in Westport community. Contributed photo

Born in Milwaukee on April 12, 1928, she was the daughter of James and Frances (aka ‘Mac’) Hurley.

Throughout her childhood, she lived with her family in the Midwest, settling in 1940 in Greensburg, Pa. and attending Seton Hill Academy. She went on to graduate in 1950 from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University with a BA degree in journalism and psychology.

In August of that year, she married her Duquesne sweetheart Jack Horrigan and moved to New York City. There she worked for three years as a social worker with foster care children and families through New York Foundling while Jack attended grad school at Fordham University.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Memorial Service Set for Austin Hood, 20

A memorial service will be held for Austin James Hood on Friday, Nov.  23, at 1 p.m. at Longshore Country Club in Westport.

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Austin Hood: 2010 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The 2010 Staples High School graduate, most recently a student at Loyola University in New Orleans, died in New Orleans on Oct. 26. He was 20.

The family issued the following announcement: “Friends of Austin, and of the Hood family, are warmly invited to share this terribly sad, but special, occasion with us. There will be a remembrance service from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a reception with food and drinks from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., when we hope everyone who knew Austin will share their memories of him.

“Austin died peacefully in New Orleans on October 26th.  He was 20 years old.  Austin was an extraordinary young man with a loving heart and a hopeful spirit.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

‘Art’ Reale, 90, Veteran, Animal Control Officer

Arthur “Art” A. Reale, a Staples High School graduate, World War II veteran, and former Westport Animal Control Officer, died Nov. 10 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 90.

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Arthur ‘Art’ A. Reale, a Westport native, served as grand marshal of the town’s Memorial Day parade in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

Reale, a lifelong Westport resident, served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2006. Word of his death spread rapidly at Sunday’s Westport Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony, an event he regularly attended.

Born in Saugatuck on Dec. 26, 1921, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Lillian (Carrara) Reale.

He was a 1940 graduate of Staples High School and was the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served as a radio operator in the South Pacific during World War II.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nichaolas J. Georgis, 85

Nichaolas James Georgis, a teacher at Westport’s Staples High School for more than three decades, died Nov. 8 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 85.

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Nichaolas J. Georgis: former Staples teacher. Contributed photo

He sparked interest in his students, peaked their curiosity, taught them how to think and then mentored many of them as they chose their careers and paths in life, his family said.

He was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 24, 1927 son of the late James and Maria (Zervas) Georgis. His family moved to Fairfield in 1937. He graduated in 1948 from Fordham University with a BS in chemistry /physics.

He took took a leave of absence from college to serve in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Richard M. Carpenter, 86

Richard Maurice Carpenter of Southport, a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, died Nov. 7. He was 86.

He was born in October 1926 in the family home in Mamaroneck, N.Y, to parents Amy Clark and Maurice Carpenter.

He graduated from Bellows High School in 1944 and immediately joined the U.S. Army and trained to become a paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. until the war’s end.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sue Rushmore in 1949. After a stint catching for a minor league baseball team, he graduated from Iona College.

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