Thursday, August 25, 2011
William Patrick Baynham, a former resident of Westport and longtime postal employee here, died Aug. 23 in the Arbors Nursing Home in Shelburne, Vt. He was 90.
Born July 12, 1921 in Westport, he was the son of the late Mary Ellen Convey Baynham and William Baynham Sr. He was baptized in Westport’s Assumption Church and was a parishioner there until May 2002. He graduated from Staples High School in 1939 and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.
He was a soldier with the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he returned to Westport and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years.
He moved with his wife, Mildred Guilfoyle Baynham, to South Burlington, Vt., in May 2002. He lived at Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor and was a member of St. John Vianney parish. His siblings were James Baynham, Mary Baynham Keller and Margaret Baynham Murphy.
George Dewey Pils, husband of Virginia (Carr) Pils, died Aug. 24 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 80.
Born Feb. 14, 1931 in New York City son of the late Edward and Barbara (Strohmeyer) Pils, he has been a resident of Westport for 37 years.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Pace University and went on to NYU where he received his Masters Degree.
Prior to his retirement in 1993, he was an investor For GE Investments.
Doris M. Pickering of Westport, wife of Hugh, mother of Allison and sister of Robert L. Seymour, died Aug. 19 at Wilton Meadows Healthcare facility. She was 88.
She was an accomplished artist and maintained an avid interest in pure bred poodles throughout her life. Her first poodle was a gift from the late actor Marlon Brando.
Survivors also include three grandchildren: Amy Fulmer of Greenbriar, Ark., Rebecca Sealey of Fayetteville, N.C., and Jennifer Shick of Naples, Fla., and four great grandchildren Taryn and Timothy Sealey and Madeline and James Richard Fulmer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MentalHealthAmerica 2000 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311-1749. Alternately to Poodle Rescue of Connecticut P.O. Box 188, Naugatuck, CT 06770.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Former Westporter Nick Ashford, who with wife Valerie Simpson wrote such legendary Motown songs as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” died Monday at New York hospital after a prolonged battle with throat cancer, his publicist announced. He was 70.
The couple were 33-year residents of Westport and were married here in 1974 at their 14-room Cross Highway estate on the corner of Bayberry Lane shortly after they purchased it. The 7.53-acre parcel with a main house dating to 1790 included a pool, tennis courts and a barn that doubled as a stable for horses.
They sold it in 2007 for $5 million and WestportNow featured it as the Teardown of the Day on Aug. 5, 2007. It was torn down six months later. (See WestportNow Feb. 25, 2008) The couple also had a Manhattan townhouse.
Neither Ashford nor Simpson took an active part in Westport life although he was often seen jogging along its roadways, stopping in at Coffee An’ on Main Street. Their annual 4th of July parties in Westport attracted luminaries of the music world.
Monday, August 22, 2011
John Wetherall Boyd, a former Westport state representative and town attorney who was a key figure in the town’s 1960 acquisition of Longshore Club Park and in preventing Cockenoe Island off Compo Beach from becoming the site of a nuclear power plant in 1967, died Aug. 15 in Amherst, Mass. He was 94.
Born in 1916, he was the son of the late E.F. Boyd and Marguerite Van Voorhis. He attended Westport public schools, won a scholarship to Loomis Chaffee in Windsor and, in l939, graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
In l942, he received his law degree from Columbia University Law School. He taught military law during World War II and, in the 1960s served two terms in the state legislature.
He had a law practice in Westport and, in addition to serving as town attorney, also held positions on the Beach Commission, Town Court, Republican Town Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission.
By James Lomuscio
More than 600 persons filled Westport’s Unitarian Church today to for an emotional, almost two-hour service to celebrate the brief but gifted life of Westporter Tess Jacqueline Tanner Meisel, 12, who was killed in a crash in Farmington, Maine.
“She would have been thankful and amazed at all the people here today,” said Gary Meisel, her father as he addressed the overflow, standing room only crowd that spilled out through open glass doors on to the terrace of the sun-filled, modern sanctuary. He described Tess as a loving, insightful poet beyond her years, “an old soul.”
“She was a truly remarkable child in that sense,” he added. “As I go on with my life, I will keep my daughter in my heart, and I will visit her in my dreams.”
Tess, a Coleytown Middle School student, died Wednesday when the minivan she and three other campers were in was struck by a tractor-trailer carrying sawdust. Tess was the only fatality. One of the passengers, 13-year-old Samantha Galvao of Westport, attended the funeral, her arm in a sling.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Marie M. Fowler (Tina) of Westport, wife of the late Cornelius (Neil) Fowler, died Aug.19 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.
Born in Roxbury, Mass. the daughter of the late William and Mary Murphy, she had been a Westport resident since 1979.
She received her Bachelors Degree from Regis College. She retired as an executive assistant at the Katharine Gibbs School in Norwalk.
She was a member of the Westport Historical Society, the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield and was very active in the Westport Republican Party. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, dining out with friends and her weekly video group.
Friday, August 19, 2011
By James Lomuscio
More than 200 family members, friends and colleagues filled the standing-room-only Abraham L. Green Funeral Home in Fairfield today to say goodbye to “a mensch,” Westporter Emanuel “Manny” Margoils, 85, who died Wednesday after a two-year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
With tears, humor and musical selections including “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof” performed by his daughter Sarah Margolis Marsh, one of his five children, and her husband Tomas, the funeral service celebrated a longtime civil libertarian whose love for family was only matched by his love for the law.
Josh Margolis, Manny’s son, described his attorney father as a humble, yet a fierce litigator who, when he was not poring over casework in his study at home, was often puttering with flowers in the garden or ready to play ball with him.
Present were the Margolises’ five married children: Elizabeth and David Margolis-Pineo, Cathy and Laurence Margolis Goodman, Abby and Chris Margolis Newman, Josh and Aimee Good Margolis and Sarah and Tomas Margolis Marsh.
The Meisel family today issued the following obituary:
Tess Jacqueline Tanner Meisel, 12, of Westport passed away due to a tragic accident on Aug. 17.
Born Dec. 27, 1998 in Westwood, Los Angeles, Tess was the beloved daughter of Suzanne Tanner and Gary Meisel, of Westport and Los Angeles, adored sister of Jacob Meisel, 15, cherished granddaughter of Mary Tanner and the late Jack Tanner, of Mashpee, Mass. and Harriette and Emiel Meisel, formerly of Westport and currently of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, valued niece, devoted cousin, faithful friend, and proud owner of her new 7-month old puppy, Celli, named for the orchestra section at Coleytown Middle School, where she was to enter eighth grade.
Tess was first and foremost a healer. Her tenderness, genuine empathy and radiant smile provided her the tools to help others, which she practiced daily.
A natural giver with a humble heart, she offered random acts of kindness and love to all she encountered. She never lacked for creativity or ideas and pursued each of her ventures with determination and zest, including a small business she started selling her handcrafted jewelry to raise funds for the Polar Bears.
Leon Forman of Westport died Aug. 11. He was 82. He was the husband of Edith Forman.
Born June 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served in the Korean Conflict, during which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a union electrician and a teacher.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Bettina Jody Ramsey; two sons, Marcus Forman and Michael Forman, and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leon Forman Memorial, c/o Rob Reeves, CEO, Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Emanuel Margolis, a Westport attorney who had a lifelong devotion to civil liberties and civil rights and joined in a weekly peace vigil in Westport’s center, died today of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife, Estelle, said. He was 85.
Margolis was a member and partner of the law firm of Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin and Kuriansky, LLP, in Stamford since 1960 and also taught First Amendment law at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
His wife recalled In 1947 as a returning wounded Purple Heart veteran to the University of North Carolina, he protected a group of early black freedom riders. “The South was still deep in segregation, and there was an active Klu Klux Klan in the area,” she said. “There were no black students at UNC at the time.
“The riders came by bus to the campus and were offered the church for an overnight stay. Manny organized all the veterans on campus and stood guard all night. ”
Martin M. Davidson, a Westport resident for more then 50 years, died Aug. 15 in South Palm Beach, Fla. He was 94.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio Feb. 28, 1917, he was the son of (Rabbi) Isadore and Rose Miriam (Ginsburgh) Davidson. He graduated GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. class of 1935.
He attended Harvard University, graduating (cum laude) in 1939. Soon afterwards, he took his first job in publishing with Broadcast Magazine in Washington, DC.
After the outbreak of World War II, he applied for the OCS program in the Marine Corps. Two letters of recommendation were required and one written for him was from the office of John J. Pershing, General of the Armies.
He served with the Third Marine Division in the Pacific and saw action on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He retired with the rank of major.
Richard M. Samose of Redding, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 14. He was 69.
Raised in Westport, he graduated from Staples High School, Class of 1960. He was the husband of Catherine Finlay Samose for 42 years.
He recently shared his memories of growing up in Westport when Longshore Club Park marked the 50th anniversary of its purchase by the Town of Westport.
He was born on May 13, 1942, in New York, N.Y., the older child of the late Morton Samose and Audrey Fierman Samose. He moved with his family to Westport in 1954.
Lois Malnati Lenfest of Lewisburg, Pa., a former resident of Westport, died July 20 in the Riverwoods Nursing Home in Lewisburg. She was 90.
Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Helena, Mont., she was the daughter of the late Flora Simpson and Louis John Malnati. She attended Boise Junior College and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University.
She volunteered for several local clubs, including the Westport Women’s Club, the Garden Club and Green’s Farms Congregational Church. She and her husband, George Chesley Lenfest of Lewisburg, moved to Huntington and, in 2006, to the RiverWoods Commmunity in Lewisburg.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Georgia Armstrong of Unityville, Pa., and Janet Antonucci of Somers, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Christopher Lenfest, Martha Kathryn Armstrong and Jaclyn and Robyn Antonucci; and three great-grandchildren, Lily, Atticus and William.
Regina Barclay Sacks of Fairfield, a former Westport school teacher, died Aug. 3. She was 91.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 1919 to the late Clara and Harry Berkowitz, she taught fourth grade for many years at Kings Highway Elementary School.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard and her three older brothers. She is survived by sons, Douglas of Wethersfield, his wife Margaret and grandchildren Tyler, Emma and Nora, and Russell of Madrid, Spain and his wife Mar and grandson, Adrian.
There are no calling hours. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.
Bruce Winthrop McShane, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 13.
Born in Montclair, N.J., he was the son of Bruce Winthrop and Mary Crane. When he was a year old, his father died in a car crash.
He was the brother of Leslie Anne Roach, Elizabeth Carter Conway, Devin McShane and Bryan McShane. After his mother remarried Gordon McShane in 1952, his family, consisting then of Bruce and his older sister Leslie, moved to San Raphael, Calif., where Gordon worked. While they lived there, Bryan and Devin were added to his family.
In 1955, the family moved back to the east coast and took up residence in the Morristown area of New Jersey. In that year, Carter was born.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
David A. Goby of Trumbull, a former science teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died Aug. 14. The 06880 blog said cause was complications of lymphoma treatment, many years ago.
Born in New Haven, he was a son of the late Louis and Roze (Rood) Goby. He graduated from Central High School in 1959, and Marietta College in 1963. He received his Master’s degree in education at the University of Bridgeport and law degree from Quinnipiac Law School.
He had a long career in education, having taught science at Staples High School and eventually becoming the K-12 science coordinator before retiring. He then taught science at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge until retiring again in December 2010.
He was the founding director of Merkaz, the community high school for Judaic studies in Bridgeport, which he directed for 12 years. He always felt Merkaz was his legacy to the community, his family said.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Rickita “Kita” Smalls of Bridgeport died Aug. 6 in Norwalk. She was 22.
Born in Norwalk, she was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport. A graduate of Bassick High School, she was formerly employed with Stop & Shop of Westport. She was a member of New Vision International Ministries.
She is survived by her biological father, Ray Jenkins of Norwalk: her parents who raised her, Michael and Notassha Smalls-Blake of Bridgeport; paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, Curlee Fludd of South Carolina and Barbara Smalls of Norwalk; maternal great-grandmother, Eula Smalls of Bridgeport , several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 110 Grove St., Bridgeport with The Rev. Donald C. Luster, officiating. Interment will take place at Park Cemetery, Bridgeport following the funeral.
Lucinda W. Cunningham of Trumbull died Aug. 3 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford. She was 60.
Born June 22, 1951 in Greenwich, daughter of the late Maury and Sarah (Braman) Wells, she and has been a resident of Trumbull for 10 years.
She was employed as an administrative assistant and editor at In Vision in Stamford. She was a graduate of Greenwich High School and Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist.
Survivors include her husband Robert N. Cunningham of Trumbull, a Westport special police officer and Westport Police Department mechanic for 15 years.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Harry Edgar Maynard of Westport has died after many years fending off Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93.
He was born April 2, 1918 in Akron, Ohio to Charles Edgar Maynard, an inventor with 80 U.S. patents, and Alice Bicknell Maynard, whose father ran for mayor of Northampton, Mass. against Calvin Coolidge.
He carved careers for himself at Columbia Records, where he was regional sales manager (1940-1942), and at Time Inc., where he started as field director of the retail representative program in 1945.
Moving to Life International in 1946, he was made New York ad manager in 1952, U.S. ad manager the following year, associate advertising director in 1950 and associate advertising manager of Time-Life Editions in 1965. He retired in 1968.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
William Brennan, a longtime resident of Westport, died at home Aug. 10. He was 94.
His wife Jean passed away in 1995 after 47 years of marriage.
Born in Manchester in 1916, he served in the Army Air Corp from 1939 to 1946, primarily as an Armistice Officer and retired with the rank of captain.
He spent his entire business life at Travelers Insurance Company and made many friends as he worked around the country. He started in the mailroom and retired as regional vice president of group health and life insurance.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
By James Lomuscio
Facing 20 years in prison, a former Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member died of a stroke a few days before he was to be sentenced June 14, his attorney confirmed today.
Ralph Hymans: Death confirmed by attorney. File photo
And now the case against 87-year-old Ralph Hymans, who had pleaded guilty to more than $300,000 in mail fraud, will likely be dismissed as soon as his daughter and co-defendant Julie Hymans, 40, files a death certificate.
“The government will dismiss the case because you have to follow it all the way through, and you can’t sentence a dead person,” said Terence Ward, Hymans’ attorney and federal public defender in the U.S. District Court in Hartford.
Ward represented Hymans’ when he pleaded guilty March 24 before Judge Mark R. Kravitz in U.S. District Court in New Haven. (See WestportNow March 24, 2011)
Donald Thomas Calcaterra of Bethel, husband of Shirley Calcaterra , died Aug. 9 after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. He was 77.
Born April 1, 1934 in Locust Point, N.Y. the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Sambuco) Calcaterra, he grew up in Mount Vernon and attended schools in Westchester County.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 with a tour in Stuttgart, Germany as Motor Sergeant with the 168th Combat Engineers.
He moved to Norwalk in 1966 with his wife and three daughters. They lived in Wilton from 1974 to 2001 and as “empty nesters”, decided to move to Bethel to be closer to their grandchildren and their families.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Nancy C. Marshall, wife of Harry Marshall of Ashford, Conn., died Aug. 4. She was 57.
She was the daughter of the late Lt. Andrew Chapo of Westport and Hobe Sound, Fla., and Jeannette C. Smith of Gettysburg, Pa. She was a 1972 graduate of Staples High School, went on to study at Paier College of Art in Hamden, and Catherine Gibbs School.
She had a career in graphic arts, and later devoted herself to fine arts, achieving recognition in Lyme Art Association, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and was an elected member of Connecticut Plein Air Society.
She is survived by her husband, Harry, mother and stepfather Jeannette and Walter Smith, her brother Andrew Chapo of Kensington, sister Jennifer Cather of Cross Junction, Va., aunt Linda Perman of Fort Collins, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
David J. McClatchie of Westport, husband of Carol (Papagno) McClatchie died Aug. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 72.
Born March 12, 1939, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late William J. and Ellen (Spurling) McClatchie; and had been a resident of Westport for 24 years. He was the president and owner of Comprehensive Planning Associates, LTD, located in Westport.
He received both his undergraduate and MBA degreses from the University of Bridgeport. He also held a degree as a Certified Financial Planner, was a member of FPA, NATP, and the Navy League. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the Assumption parish in Westport.
Survivors in addition to his wife, include three sons, Eric R. Brunner and his wife Mary of Gorham, ME; Christopher M. Brunner of Bridgeport; and Matthew G. Brunner and his wife Kelly of Westbrook, Maine; two daughters, Laura E. McClatchie of Easton; Gretchen M. Brunner of Bridgeport; three sisters, Joyce Jones of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Janet Quinn of Sedona, Ariz.; Judith Jones of Newark, Del.; and 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Danielle, Anthony, Ashley, Christopher, Alexis, Rebecca, Aria, David and Dominic and several nieces and nephews.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
John W. Rumely Sr. of Westport, husband of the late Marjorie (Micklas) Rumely, died Aug. 1 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.
Born Sept. 27, 1925 in LaPorte, Ind. the son of the late Leo and Harriet (Winn) Rumely, he has been a resident of Westport for 55 years. He is a retired employee of Gleisner Coach Works.
A graduate of Bryant College, he is a member of St. Luke Parish, the Westport Y’s Men, and a former member of both the Cedar Point Yacht Club and the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club.
Survivors include one son, John W. Rumely Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., one sister, Patricia Rumely of New Jersey, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by one daughter Gail R. Hanlon, two sisters and one brother.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Rita M. Greene of Milford and formerly of Westport died July 29 at Milford Hospital. She was 88.
Born Jan. 17, 1923 in Albion, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Anne (Champagne) Duquette and has been a resident of Milford for seven years.
Prior to moving to Milford in 2004 she had resided in Westport for 57 years. She is a former parishioner of Assumption Church, the Children of Mary and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Carl Greene Sr. and his wife Carol of Huntersville, N.C. and Mark Thomas Greene of Milford; three sisters, Edna Decker and Claire Faucher both of Westport, Jacqueline Goodrow of Brookfield, three brothers, Gerald Duquette of Westport, Carl Duquette of Bradenton, Fla., and Louis Duquette of Old Saybrook; three grandchildren, Martha Ekroth, Lisa Brown, and Robert Carl Greene Jr.; and five great grandchildren, Amber Ekroth, Jacob Ekroth, Ashley Brown, Charlotte Brown and Dylan Brown. She was predeceased her husband, Arthur C. Greene, and two sisters, Marion Hall and Marguerite Ference.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
William Harry Suttenfield, a former Westport resident, died July 15 in Keene, N.H. He was 90.
Born June 30, 1921 in Charlotte, N.C. he was “a renaissance man, known for his deft musical talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to his family,” his family said.
He celebrated his 90th birthday in New Hampshire a week before breaking his hip. He died from pneumonia following surgery, his family said.
At age 12, he began his first career as a professional musician. He spent his youth playing alto saxophone and later clarinet in dance bands throughout the South.
Jill Williams of Weston died July 16 after battling cancer. She was 65.
Born near Coventry, England, she came to the United States with her family in 1974 and was a resident of Westport and Weston for 30 years.
“She was an avid tennis and bridge player, had a deep love of literature and the arts, was passionate about gardening, nature and travel, and was a wonderful cook,” her family said.
“She embraced life for its simple pleasures, had an incredible sense of humor, and faced challenges with determination and an unwavering positive attitude. Always, she maintained a strong sense of faith and devotion.”
Sunday, July 24, 2011
UPDATE Donald “Jocko” Saltus III, a longtime Westport restaurateur whose properties included Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main, died today in Stonington, Conn. after a brief illness, his brother Matt said. He was 53.
Jocko Saltus: well known on Westport restaurant scene. Contributed photo
“Everybody knew him as Jocko, and he was very colorful, gregarious and had a great sense of humor,” Matt, 47, said. “He loved his restaurants, he loved his customers, and he loved the challenges of opening new restaurants.”
Saltus was best known for his ownership of Mansion Clam House and Tavern on Main in Westport.
“His biggest love was the Mansion, which he opened in 1987 and sold in 2005,” said Matt about the Mansion Clam House, a town mainstay overlooking the Saugatuck River since the 1950s that Saltus bought and to which he added his own touch.