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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thomas Ochman, 49

Thomas Edward Ochman of Fairfield, a former taxi driver in Westport, died Oct. 12 at home. He was 49.

Born June 22, 1963, he was a lifelong resident of Fairfield and a 1982 graduate of Ludlowe High School. He worked for his family’s business for 20 years before venturing out on his own as a limo driver.

In his 20s and 30s, he built stages and helped produce many shows for the Fairfield University Playhouse. He found joy later in his life by driving a taxi in Fairfield and Westport, telling all his life stories to anyone who was blessed to get him as a driver, his family said.

The family described him as “the kind of guy you only read about in novels. He lived a selfless life that depended only on the caring for others. He was lovingly called the Inn-Keeper of the Misfit Mansion. If you needed a place to stay, Tom’s door and his heart was always open.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stanley Barton, 84

Stanley Barton, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8 in Casa de la Luz Hospice, Tucson, Ariz. after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.

A former longtime resident of Westport, he was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Halesowen, Worcestershire, England. He graduated from Halesowen Grammar School and the University of Birmingham with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.  He and his late wife, Marion, emigrated to Canada in 1953, where he worked for the Canadian Defense Establishment in Halifax, Nova Scotia developing coatings for Canadian Navy vessels. 

After a move to Ottawa, Ontario, he was employed by Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati at their Miami Valley Laboratory as a food chemist, and he completed his career with ITT and ITT Rayonier in the Natural Resources and Forest Products divisions both in New York City and Stamford.  He and his wife retired to Tucson in 1991.

His passion was music, and he reassembled and installed a 1927 Wurlitzer pipe organ from the Ward Avenue Theater in the Bronx, N.Y., in his basement in Westport, entertaining family and friends over the years. He was a former member of the Connecticut Valley Theater Organ Society. 

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Barbara Mulqueen, 87

Barbara (Windels) Mulqueen, a former teacher at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, died Oct. 15 in Fairfield. She was 87.

Born in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. to Paul and Louis Windels on Nov. 8, 1924, she attended Brooklyn Friends School with her sister Peggy and her brothers Paul Jr. and Richard. She graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in education.

As a young girl, she spent her summers in Westport where she met her future husband, Robert “Bob.” They married in 1949, after Bob returned from serving in World War II, started their family and raised four children.

She was passionate about teaching and in the 1960s she founded the Southport Congregational Church Nursery School and served as its director until 1970. She then joined Greens Farms Academy as a first grade teacher, where she taught for the next 20 years.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Joseph R. Corcoran, 89

Joseph Reginald Corcoran of Westport, husband of the late Irene (Sabo) Corcoran, died Oct. 15 at Stamford Hospital. He was 89.

Born March 21, 1923 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Divine) Corcoran. Prior to moving to Westport in 2002, the Corcorans were residents in Morrestown, N.J. for 44 years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated war veteran of World War II. He attended Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1951 and then went on to receive a doctorate in philosophy of education from Rutgers.

He was a former member of Westport Weston Y’s Men, Friends of Sherwood Island and Habitat for Humanity.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ruth A. Castelli, 93

Ruth Allen Castelli, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 11 in Mansfield Center, Conn. She was 93.

Her daughter, Lynn, son-in-law, Mike, and toy poodle, Lilli, cared for her during her final days, enabling her to fulfill her wish to leave this earthly life in the manner she desired, her family said.

She was born Ruth Elizabeth Allen in New York City on Sept. 3, 1919. Her father, Thomas Louis Allen, was a tenor for the Metropolitan Opera and her mother, Dr. Ida Bailey Allen, was a noted food authority, columnist, author and broadcaster.  Her father died when she was an infant. She was later adopted when her mother married William Brewster Chapman.

She attended secondary school at Blackstone College for Girls in Virginia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 with an honors degree in English. It was while working in publishing for Pocket Books that she met the love of her life, Alberto (Nick) Castelli, an Argentine national sent to New York to study the paperback publishing industry.

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Judith A. Krone, 56

Judith Anne Krone of Westport died Oct. 10 following a five-year battle with cancer. She was 56.

Born three months premature on April 23, 1956, her strength to survive was evident as an infant. Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., she graduated from State University College of New York at Buffalo where she met the love of her life, Marty. She later received her Ph.D. in textiles from Purdue University and worked for most of her career at the Textile Research Institute in Princeton, N.J.

She and her family have been residents of Westport since 2001. An active parishioner of Assumption Church in Westport, she and Marty taught religious education for the last 10 years and also volunteered cleaning and setting up the church. She loved gardening, mystery novels, watching old movies with Marty and spending time with her children.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 34 years, Martin W. Krone, include two children, Charlotte Anne Krone and Wyatt Krone of Westport; her father, Henry Ostrowski of Buffalo; a sister, Mary Ball of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; a brother, Henry Ostrowski of Sloan, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Elsie Ostrowski and a brother, Raymond Ostrowski.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gordon L. Swisha, 45

Gordon L. Swisha of Fairfield, a Staples High School graduate, died Oct 8. He was 45.

Born in New York City, he was raised in Westport, graduating from Staples in 1985. He spent several years in California, receiving his degree from UCLA. He returned east to New Haven before making Fairfield his home four years ago.

The owner of Electrix, Inc., of New Haven, he was a talented architectural lighting designer, with various patents to his credit. Intricately involved in the custom lighting of numerous landmark buildings throughout the world, he was proud of his company’s accomplishments.

He possessed a real passion for life, his family said. A warm engaging individual, he truly cared to meet and understand people. He was a skilled boats man, who knew Long Island Sound, and an amazing golfer.

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Gerald D. Page, 80

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

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.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Elizabeth Tait, 86

Elizabeth Tait, a Westport resident since the 1960s, died Sept. 8. She was 86.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in her younger school years during World War II, she worked in the war factories tailoring uniforms for the British Army for the war effort. 

After the war, she and her late husband, Douglas Tait, moved to Canada and then emigrated to the United States. in the early 1960’s, they moved to Westport where she was drawn to the water and her love of painting. They raised two sons in Westport. 

She loved her books and enjoyed using the Westport Public Library as her resource. She also enjoyed the Old Mill Beach with her sons, her books and her friends, and her art.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Patricia L. Hardy (Bozzella), 50

Patricia Lynne Hardy (Bozzella) of Westport died Oct. 6 at home after battling a rare brain cancer. She was 50.

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Patricia L. Hardy: former management consultant. Contributed photo

Born in Albany, N.Y., she was raised in West Sand Lake, N.Y. She resided in New York City, Albany, McLean, Va., Grosse Pointe, Mich., and New Canaan for several years before recently moving to Westport.

She graduated from Emma Willard Preparatory School in 1980, Cornell University in 1984, and received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1989.

A former management consultant, she worked for Chemical Bank and BEA Associates before her employment with Deloitte.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Nicholas J. Manzi Jr., 55

Nicholas J. Manzi Jr. of Fairfield, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 5 at home. He was 55.

Born June 10, 1957 in Norwalk, he was the son of Rosemarie (Perrottelli) Manzi and the late Nicholas J. Manzi Sr. A 1975 graduate of Staples High School, he had been a longtime Westport resident prior to moving to Fairfield four years ago.

Survivors in addition to his mother include one sister Laura Manzi, one niece and one nephew. In addition to being predeceased by his father, he was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph J. Manzi Sr.

The family will greet friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Westport on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will take place in the funeral home at noon following the visitation. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Main Street, Westport.

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Martha Keating, 65

Martha Virginia White Keating of Sherrills Ford, N.C., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 25. She was 65.

A lifelong Westport resident, she graduated from Staples High School in 1965. She spent her life focused on loving her family and her dogs. Her incredibly kind and loving spirit will be missed, her family said.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Peter F Keating, a brother Roger, of Lexington, Mass., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.

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Nancy K. Long, 86

Nancy Kline Long, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 6. She was 86.

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The wife of the late Edward “Bud” Long, she was born in Lancaster, Pa. to the late A. John and Gertrude Kline.

She made friends effortlessly and always brought laughter wherever she went. So much so, her three daughters loved hanging out with her, her family said.

Her stories were entertaining and even outrageous, but if you knew Nancy she lived them all. Age was not a barrier to her humor either. Her grandchildren would roar at her life experiences and then tease her. She’d laugh at herself along with them. 

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Betty Ann McCaslin, 68

Betty Ann McCaslin of Fairfield, a former Staples High School teacher, died Oct. 4 at Greenwich Hospital. She was 68.

A native of China, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Arlene McCaslin. She received degrees from Boston University and Fairfield University. A dedicated teacher for 38 years, she taught at Staples High School, Escola Americana de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, where she retired in 2004.

In her youth, she was an ardent scholar, a skilled athlete and an insatiable adventurer which gave way to later years of being a devoted teacher, a skilled knitter, and a voracious reader. Though her hobbies evolved, her compassion and love for her fellow man never waivered which fostered her greatest roles of all: treasured mother, endeared nana, and exemplary friend, her family said.

She encouraged and inspired all those who crossed her path and her very presence made one want to be a better person.

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Colin (Ben) Gunn, Noted Attorney, 91

UPDATE Colin (Ben) Gunn, a longtime Westport resident who was a fierce advocate for his clients over a long and successful legal career, died Sept. 27 in Redding. He was 91.

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Colin (Ben) Gunn: practiced law until his death. Contributed photo

He was senior partner of Gunn, Godfrey and Allison, a successor to the law firm he founded in Westport in 1956, and was still practicing at the time of his death. He first came to Westport at age 9 and lived here on and off until settling in Westport with his wife Mary in 1952. 

Born March 10, 1921, in New York City, he was a graduate of Mount Herman Preparatory School, 1940, Dartmouth College in 1946, where he received an AB degree cum laude, and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1952. 

He was a member of the student board of editors of the Connecticut Law Journal and admitted to the bar in June 1952. He also attended Harvard Business School, New York University, and Yale University. He received an honorary degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1994. 

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William S. Pitt, Jr., 95

William S. Pitt, Jr., a 50-year Westport resident before moving to Shelton, died Sept. 28 at Cambridge Manor Health Care in Fairfield. He was 95.

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William S. Pitt, Jr.: 50-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Ellen Virginia Pitt was born Aug. 28, 1917 in Bridgeport, son of the late William S. and Agnes (Craw) Pitt.

He has resided in Shelton for 14 years and earlier had resided in Westport for 50 years. Before retiring he was a builder in Westport and owned and operated Saugatuck Builders Inc.

He is a former member of the Home Builders Association of Fairfield County, the Y’s Men of Westport, and the Westport Rotary Club.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Frances A. Hines, 86

Frances A. Hines of Shelton, formerly of Norwalk and Weston, died Oct. 2 at her home at Crosby Commons Assisted Living in Shelton. She was 86.

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Francis Hines: sang at Westport Senior Center. Contributed photo

Originally from Southport, she was the youngest of 10 born to Frank and Mary Rose, who came to this country at the turn of the 20th century. She was a graduate of Fairfield’s Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1944, and was a secretary or administrative assistant for most of her working life.

She worked at the high school, Hicks and Otis in Norwalk, Darien High School, Saxe Junior High School in New Canaan and the University School in Bridgeport, where she met her future husband, John, a returning soldier from World War II. They were married for 60 years. He predeceased her in 2007.

She loved to entertain those around her or be the first one to tell a joke. She always felt she missed her calling to be a professional actress and singer, but still pursued those interests locally.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Nancy Huppi

Nancy Huppi, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 23 in Waltham, Mass. after a prolonged illness.

The daughter of David and Mary (Grisky) Messinger, she grew up in Pelham, N.Y. and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School.

She then graduated at the top of her class from Katherine Gibbs School in Manhattan. She lived for a time with other young single ladies at the YWCA, where she met several girls who became lifelong close friends.

While working in Manhattan as an executive secretary, she met and fell in love with Gordon Huppi of Larchmont, N.Y. They married in 1952 and moved to Westport in 1959, where they lived for more than 20 years, and raised their three daughters.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Michael “Spike” Fritchman, 63

UPDATE Michael James “Spike” Fritchman of Donalds, S.C., a former Westport and Weston resident who worked in several area restaurants, died Sept. 26 in Greenwood, S.C. He was 63.

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Born in Rochester, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 1949, he was a son of the late Marvin LeGrande and Elizabeth Louise Price Fritchman. He retired to Donalds in 2010.

For most of his life, he lived in Westport and Weston, where he worked in several area restaurants, including Dogwoods, Matthew’s, Glynn’s and Hollies. He formerly owned and operated Pequot Liquors in Southport.

The most important things to Spike were his friends and family and his dog, Rocky, his family said. He loved to make music and was a drummer with The Screamers, The End, Best of Friends, Cruise Control, and The Remains.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

John J. Fratino, 92

John J. Fratino, husband of the late Marian Renzuella Fratino, died Sept. 27 at his home in Westport. He was 92.

Born June 9, 1920 in Norwalk, he was son of the late Pasquale and Rose Valiante Fratino. He worked as a butcher and was co-owner of P. Fratino & Sons Grocery Market in South Norwalk.

He worked hard his whole life and enjoyed hunting, his family said.

He is survived by his son Pat Fratino and his wife Joan of Redding, and two grandchildren, John Fratino of Middletown, N.Y., and Kelly Miller and her husband Cory of Washington D. C. He is also survived by his two sisters Katherine Cianciullo of Westport and Phyllis Ragosa of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr., 74

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr. of Stratford, a former Westport and Fairfield police officer, died Sept. 26 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 74.

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Born in Westport, the son of the late Morris and Fannie Lindwall he had been a Fairfield resident for most of his life prior to moving to Stratford seven years ago. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a former police officer for both Westport and Fairfield.

He retired as assistant vice president at Peoples United Bank, and later worked for more than 25 years as a Realtor on the national level.

Survivors in addition to his wife Patricia include seven children, Richard Lindwall, Jr. and his wife Linda of Bridgeport, Lauren Pappas and her husband John of Deltona, Fla., Michael Lindwall of New Haven, Shirley Chu and her husband Francis of Easton, Erik Lindwall-Thomas and his husband Brian of Monroe, Jennifer Lindsey and her husband Brian of Milford and Joshua Lindwall of Stratford; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Miro of Monroe; a brother-in-law, John Krozier of Milford; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Lindwall of Melbourne, Fla.; a mother-in-law, Ida Barron of Stratford, and many nieces and nephews.

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Edna Lee O’Brien, 79

Edna Lee O’Brien of Westport died Sept. 21. She was 79.

Born in Pahokee, Fla. on Dec. 27, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Frances Brown Lee and the late Ray Edward Lee. She lived in Colorado for most of her adult life and spent the later years of her life in Prairie Village, Kansas and Westport.

She moved to Denver in the early 1950s after graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla.in 1950. She became a legal secretary, working for James D. Voorhees, John R. Bermingham, and Continental Oil Company, among others.

Later in life, she worked as an executive secretary and office manager for the Amphenol Cadre Division of Bunker Ramo and Front Range Cable in Longmont, Colo., and National Wire & Stamping in Englewood, Colorado before retiring in 1992.

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Alfred F. Esposito, 80

Alfred F. Esposito of Westport died Sept. 25. He was 80.

He was born and raised in Stamford, the son of the late Frank and Jennie Esposito and the husband of the late Helen Russo Esposito.

He is survived by three brothers; Louis of Margate, Fla., Cosmos of Colonia, N.J., Enleo of Coconut Creek, Fla. ; one sister Jane Maikish of Stamford; two step sons Jaime Russo of Florida and Gary Russo of Texas; four nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Stamford. Burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Darien.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001 or http://www.alzfdn.org.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

John O’Donnell Jr., 84

John O’Donnell Jr., a longtime Westport resident, died Sept. 21. He was 84.

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Born Sept. 28, 1927 son of John and Marie O’Donnell, he was raised in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and attended Mount Vernon High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II when he was 17. He later reenlisted for a second tour of duty and was honorably discharged in 1951. 

After the Navy, he worked his way through college ultimately graduating from University of Denver with an electrical engineer degree. 

His first job out of college was with General Electric as a design engineer. This commenced what would turn out to be a successful 30-plus year career at GE which allowed him to travel the world running a global organization selling GE Power Systems.

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George C. Lenfest, Jr., 91

George Chesley Lenfest, Jr., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 22 at his residence in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 91.

He born Aug. 17, 1921 in Caldwell, Idaho, the youngest of five children. During his high school years in Boise, his family partly supported themselves with a riding stable and he became an excellent horseman and instructor.

In 1939, he joined the Idaho National Guard, was on Calvary maneuvers and won entrance to the West Point Prep School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He entered West Point in June 1942 as a sergeant. At West Point, he soloed airplanes and was in flight school, played polo, and became honor rep and first sergeant for company F-2.

He roomed with (Major General to be) George W. Casey for three years (“an honor indeed”). He was 52nd in his class of 861 in Aptitude for Service, was a sought-after instructor by department heads and compiled a good record.

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Westport’s Oldest Resident Dies at 110

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Westporter Loretta Olsen, pictured celebrating her 110th birthday Sept. 6 with neighbor Will Haynes, 10, who was born on the same day, died today. Believed to be Westport’s oldest resident, she has lived with her only child, daughter Muriel Durner, on Tamarac Road for the past 13 years. There was no immediate word on services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Frederic R. Lexow, II, 49

Frederic R. Lexow, II of Westport died Sept. 22 after a courageous battle with recurring staph infections. He was 49.

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Frederic R. Lexow, II: 20-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Aug. 8, 1963 in Stamford and raised in Darien, he had been a resident of Westport for more than 20 years.

He graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. in 1982, received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1986, where he was also a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and later received his MBA from Fordham University in 1993.

He spent his entire 20-plus year career at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, New York, serving as a managing director and the former head of equity trading.

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Patrick D. Lucci, 99

Patrick D. Lucci, a Westport resident for 82 years, died Sept. 13 at home. He was 99.

Born April 17, 1913 in Jelsi, Italy, he was son of the late Salvatore and Caterina (Santella) Iapalucci. He emigrated from Italy to Westport in 1930 at the age of 17.

Upon graduating from Staples High School in 1934, he attended and graduated from the New York School of Design.

His career as a graphic artist with his studio based in New York City spanned almost 60 years. His clients included Seventeen Magazine, the New York City Blood Program and his largest, the Socony Mobil Company.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Frederic A. Petrie, Jr., 86

Frederic A. Petrie, Jr., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 17 in Morganton, N.C. where he was a longtime resident. He was 86.

Born to the late Frederic A. and Orvetta Fox Petrie July 28, 1926, in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School and attended the University of Connecticut.

Petrie enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, he worked for Handy & Harmon and the Connecticut State Highway Department before starting a career spanning almost 40 years in the ladies garment industry.

During that time, he managed plants in Mississippi and South Carolina before taking a position with Shadowline, Inc. in 1966, retiring as a vice president in 1991.

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Olga E. Clayton, 86

Olga E. Clayton of Perth Amboy, N.J., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 18 at Aurora Rehab And Nursing Center in Norwalk. She was 86.

Born in Perth Amboy to the late Balint and the late Agnes Kesz Vash, she had lived all of her life in Perth Amboy until she moved to Westport in 2005.

She was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Perth Amboy and the Church’s Women’s Guild. She was employed as a secretary with the Hungarian Reformed Church, Perth Amboy for many years before becoming a homemaker.

She was also predeceased by a brother, Balint Vash. She is survived by her son, Paul R. Clayton Jr. and his wife Gwen of Chesapeake City, Md., and a daughter, Amy E. Clayton and her boyfriend Robert Puchalski of Westport.

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