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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Theodore P. Gluckman, 85

Dr. Theodore P. Gluckman died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 in Nowalk Hospital after a long illness. He is and will be remembered in the hearts
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A resident of Westport since 1954, Ted was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from Erasmus High School. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was a outstanding member of the track team, and graduated from the New York University School of Dentistry.

He served as a dentist in the Army during World War II and in the Navy during the Korean War.

Ted began his dental career in Brooklyn and practiced in Westport from 1954 until his retirement in 1997. He served on the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for 10 years, was a member of the local Rotary Club and a board member of the United Way. 

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Alicia Eugenia Vallado Ogilvy, 90

Alicia Eugenia Vallado Ogilvy, 90, of Westport passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2009. Image
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Mrs. Ogilvy was born on Feb. 26, 1918, in New Rochelle, N.Y. to Antonio and Anna Haag Vallado and was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and Hunter College.

Mrs. Ogilvy was an accomplished artist, an avid gardener, and a tireless volunteer at Newtown Hospital and Norwalk Hospital for many years.

She was predeceased in 2005 by her husband, Stephen Hunter Ogilvy, a well known New England tennis player (See WestportNow June 17, 2005), and one sister, Helen Brainard.

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Robert Neal Davidson, 51

Robert Neal Davidson of Key West, Fla., died Jan. 1, 2009.  He was 51.  

Robert was born in Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco on Aug. 10, 1957, and spent most of his life in Westport.

He was a graduate of Staples High School in 1976, Kent Prep School in 1976, and the University of Vermont, 1980, with a degree in environmental studies.

After graduation, Robert made his career in the New York City garment industry.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56

Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2008, at home in Farragut, Tenn. after a courageous, 18-year battle against breast Image
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Beverly was born Aug. 24, 1952, in Stamford to Carl and Josephine Hicks of Westport. She graduated Staples High School in 1970, Bradford College, and the University of New Hampshire.

In 1976, she married TV writer/producer Rob Lloyd and settled in Los Angeles where she worked as an administrator with The Structured Settlements Company. A daughter, Gabriella, was born in 1990 and was the great joy of Beverly’s life.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her daughter, husband, mother, sister Barbara, brother Richard, and an extended family in grief.

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Raymond H. Lewis, 75

Raymond H. Lewis, 75, a native of Westport and husband of Patricia Dondero Lewis, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Mr. Lewis was born at home in Westport, July 19, 1933, son of the late Elmer and Hazel (Blake) Lewis and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Lewis was employed as a mason in the construction industry. He is a U.S. Army veteran of Korea and a lifelong member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399. He also enjoyed playing golf at Longshore Golf Course.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 50 years include, one daughter, Lisa Setian and her husband Steven of Longmeadow, Mass., and two sons, Vernon J. Lewis and his wife Lynn of Trumbull, and Steven J. Lewis of Stratford; one sister, Virginia Amato of Norwalk, and five grandchildren, Christopher, Cassidy, Taylor, Jeremy and Melony. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lewis was also predeceased by two brothers, Elmer and Bill Lewis.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Actress Eartha Kitt, 81, Dies at Her Weston Home Image
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Actress and singer Eartha Kitt died today at her Weston home, a family spokeswoman said. She was 81.

Kitt, a frequent performer at the Westport Country Playhouse and visitor to Westport, had been under treatment for colon cancer. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro of Westport, was by her side.

She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago which is set to air in February. Her recording of the Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold last week.

Kitt was well known for her distinctive voice and made a name for herself in her portrayal of Catwoman in the television series “Batman.” That role produced Kitt’s recognizable sultry cat growl.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

William (Billy) C. Ford, 49

William (Billy) C. Ford, age 49, the beloved son of James H.L. and Maureen (Pinkie) Ford of Fairfield, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. Image
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Born in Whittier, Calif., Billy was a graduate of Staples High School, Class of 1979 and a resident of Westport for the past 43 years. He was a custodian at Staples High School. and Long Lots Elementary School for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 2006.

For the last three years, Billy was employed by Trader Joe’s in Westport.

Billy had a heart of gold. He loved to travel and visited Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Caracas, Venezuela where he lived for two years and learned Spanish.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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UPDATE A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late today on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.

Police identified the victim as William C. Ford, 49, of 1655 Post Road East. A former custodian at Staples High School, he was employed at Trader Joe’s in Westport. (See obituary)

The accident in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East forced the closure of the busy roadway for a period after the accident which occurred about 6 p.m.

Ford apparently was crossing at a crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound car, police said. Friends said he did not drive and may have just gotten off a bus from work.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jean Kowalsky, 83

Jean Kowalsky, 83, of Westport, wife of Edward Kowalsky, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Kowalsky was born April 6, 1925 in Cedarhurst, N.Y., daughter of the late Clarence and Dorothy (Amberman) Shaw and has been a resident of Westport for over 65 years.

At one time Jean was an avid swimmer and loved to knit and sew. She enjoyed most the time she spent with her family and grandchildren. During World War II, Jean worked for the Chance Vought Company, building the famed F4U Corsair fighter plane.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 59 years includes one daughter, Kathy Phelps and her husband Dean of Boca Raton, Fla., one son, Beau Kowalsky and his wife Debra of Westport, one sister, Marilyn Frey of New Post Riche, Fla., four grandchildren, Allison and Leanne Phelps and Kaela and Kendell Kowalsky, one niece and two nephews.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mary Louise Feeney, 80

Mary Louise Feeney, 80, of Westport, wife of Paul J. Feeney, passed away Monday, Dec. 15 at Norwalk Hospital.

Mrs. Feeney was born May 16, 1928 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter of the late Frank and Frances (Cavanaugh) Munley and has been a resident of Westport for the past 32 years.

Prior to retiring, Mrs. Feeney was an administrative assistant for the Chubb Insurance Company. Mary loved spending time with her family, cooking, baking, traveling and relaxing with a crossword puzzle.
. Survivors in addition to her husband include one daughter, Mary Frances Stevenson and her husband David of Charleston, S.C., one son, Paul J. Feeney Jr. and his wife Valerie of Stonington, Conn., two sisters, Ann Munley of Morrisville, Pa., Margaret Thomas of Dallas, Pa., one brother, Peter C. Munley of Falls Church, Va., and five grandchildren, Katherine and Elaine Stevenson and Ryan, Conor and Aidan Feeney. Mrs. Feeney was also predeceased by one son, Michael J.P. Feeney.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

William Einar Andersen, 84

William Einar Andersen, 84, husband of Nancy Taylor Andersen, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at home in the company of his family.

Son of the late Einar and Isabelle “Belle” Andersen of Westport, he attended Westport schools, and was a graduate of both the American Institute of Banking and Williams College.

He first owned and operated gas stations in Westport and Boca Raton, Fla. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill started his banking career with the Union Savings Bank and eventually joined the Westport Bank & Trust Co. as vice president.

He enjoyed a very distinguished career with Westport Bank & Trust and retired as CEO and chairman of the board.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

John Samuel Stein, 92

John Samuel Stein, 92, a longtime resident of Westport, passed away Nov. 30 in Smithfield, R.I.

Born in Chicago, May 12, 1916, the son of the late Louise Kuppenheimer Stein (later Louise Greenwald) and Samuel Adolf Stein, John’s early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill., though he attended the progressive Todd School in Woodstock, Ill., from a young age., and Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 1938 with a degree in Sociology. At Dartmouth, he was active in the Dartmouth Players and on the staff of the student newspaper, The Dartmouth.

John served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the North Atlantic, and at the time of the Normandy invasion was captain of an Allied supply ship commissioned from the United States Merchant Marine.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Alyce Guyott, 88

Alyce Guyott, 88, a long-time resident of Westport, died Nov. 28 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born on Nov. 24, 1920, in Northampton, Mass., she was the daughter of Dr. Michael and Mary Cooney. She was graduated from The Northampton School for Girls and worked at the Northampton National Bank.

In 1945 she married Frederick F. Guyott, Jr. of Amherst, Mass., who pre-deceased her in 1974. She worked in real estate and for the Westport News for many years.

An avid bridge player and tennis player she was a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport and was a volunteer at the Treasure House thrift shop which benefits Norwalk Hospital.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Alan Fontaine, 92 Image
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Alan Fontaine, photographer, artist and 40-year Westport resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Westport Health Care Center. He was 92.

Born in New York City, Fontaine became interested in photography at Brown University and also attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

After graduating from Brown in 1938, he enrolled in the New York School of Modern Photography, and while there soon assembled a portfolio of experimental photos.

In 1945, he showed this material to Town & Country’s then fashion editor, Kay Sullivan, winning Fontaine his first commercial assignment, photographing the actor Yul Brynner.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Elizabeth Covell Brett, 88

Elizabeth Covell Brett, a long time resident of Westport, passed away on Nov. 13 after a long 14-year journey with Alzheimer’s. She was 88.

She spent the last 10 years at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Cobnnecticut (ARCC) where she was treated with kindness and loving care. Her spirit was strong up to the end.

Those that knew Betsy remarked on her sense of humor, given nature and down to earth qualities. She was a loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother and a true friend.

Betsy was born Aug. 27, 1920, to Otis Dexter and Mildred Foster Covell in Bridgeport. Her grandfather, John Foster started the first big retail clothing store chain in New England called the Foster Besse Stores.

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