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Saturday, June 25, 2016

John B. Cregan, 86

John Barry Cregan of Westport died June 23 at home after a long illness. He was 86. Image
John Cregan: Y’s Men member. Contributed photo

Born in Philadelphia in 1930, he was a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, LaSalle College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He worked for many years at General Reinsurance Corporation, retiring as senior vice president.

His integrity and judgment won the respect of his peers in the investment community and he served on many industry committees, including the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Frank J. Clark, 92

Frank J. Clark, husband of Patricia (Law) Clark and longtime Westport resident, died June 7 at his home. He was 92.

He was born June 14, 1924, the son of the late economist John Maurice Clark and wife Winifred. He graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and attended Harvard Graduate School for one year.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the navy during World War II. He was an architect for many years and founding partner of Lewis and Clark Architects.

He then became the building inspector for the Town of Westport, where he worked for many years until his retirement.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marguerite F. Porter, 93

Marguerite F. (Peggy) Porter. a longtime Westport resident, an interior architectural designer, died June 20.  She was 93. Image
Peggy Porter: interior architectural designer. Contributed photo

Born March 21, 1923 in New York City to Thomas and Marguerite Flynn, she spent many childhood summers in Westport. 

She studied at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a major in interior architectural design. While at RISD she was winner of the Grand Rapids Furniture Design Industry Award, her work appearing in The New York Times.

After graduation, she was hired by General Electric at age 20 as a radio and television cabinet designer, the first woman in the nation to hold the position.

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Peter Pastorelli Sr., 76

Peter Pastorelli Sr. of Westport died June 15 at the Regional Hospice of Danbury. He was 76. Image
Peter Pastorelli: artist, production manager. Larry Untermeyer for

He was born in Worcester, Mass. on Feb. 19, 1940, the son of the late Francis and Anne (Murphy) Pastorelli.

As an artist, he was passionate of both his collection of short stories and extensive photography. He was very career oriented, working as a production manger on many films including “Midnight Run,” “The Stand,” and “The Bad Lt.”

He was an active member of the Directors Guild of America. He was loved by many and proud of his personal dedication of 38 years to a 12-step program. He was also a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

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Thelma S. Gordon, 93 Image
At age 89 in 2012, Thelma Gordon walked the entire Westport Memorial Day parade route. Contributed photo

Thelma Stone Gordon of Westport and Sarasota, Fla., died June 21 at home. She was 93.

She was born in Boston on Nov. 18, 1922. She graduated from Brookline High School and attended Boston University before enlisting in the U.S. Army where she served from July 1944 to July 1946, as the assistant to the chief clerk in both Fort Meade, Md. and Westover Field, Mass.

When she was discharged from the army her title was staff sargeant.

She married in Boston in September 1947. In 1957, her family moved to Tampa where she studied art and painting at the University of Tampa. She became an accomplished artist and had showings at many galleries and juried art shows. She was a member of an all woman’s investment club and the League of Woman Voters.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Josephine T. Ostreicher, 92

Josephine Theresa Ostreicher, wife of John Karl Ostreicher, died June 11 in Westport. She was 92.

Daughter of John Teplica and Mary (Mozley) Teplica, she was born Aug. 19, 1923 and was raised and spent most of her life in Darien.

She graduated from Darien High School and later completed course work at Katherine Gibbs in Norwalk followed by employment as a secretary.

She married John Karl Ostreicher in 1947 and raised three sons in Darien. She also worked many years at Four Seasons Farm in Darien, owned by Mark and Jean Isselee.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Henry R. Loomis, 91

Henry Robert Loomis of Westport, a highly decorated World War II veteran, died June 8 at home. He was 91.

Robert Loomis rides in the 2004 Westport Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally for

He was born in Paris, France where he resided with his French mother Danielle Giraud du Poyet, American father William Fitch Loomis and his brother, Richard.

In 1941, the family was able to escape Nazi-occupied France and returned to the United States. He attended the Loomis School of Windsor.

He returned to France with the U.S. Army, landing in Normandy on D-Day with the 4th Infantry Division. He fought with his unit during the battles of Normandy, Northern France the Ardennes, the Bulge and Central Europe.

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Phil Pollak, Jr., 89

Phil Pollak, Jr. of Westport died June 12. He was 89.

He was born and raised in Richmond, Va. and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.  He attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Upon leaving W&M,he worked for the C&O Railway engineering department as signal helper, but soon returned to the academic world—never to leave it. 

He graduated Tau Beta Pi with a BSME from Virginia Tech, Beta Gamma Sigma with an MSME from Purdue followed by an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Stephen C. Tsorvas, 54

Stephen Cleanthes Tsorvas, son of Cleanthes (late) and Ourania Tsorvas and a former Westport resident, died June 10 after a prolonged illness. He was 54. Image
Stephen Tsorvas: 1980 Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born June 2, 1962, in Boston. A lifelong Boston Red Sox and New England Patriot fan, he cherished his annual trips to Fenway Park with his two children, Alexandra and Nickolas. 

His love of education and learning was exemplified in both his personal and professional life.  A 1980 graduate of Staples High School, he continued his educational success with a bachelor’s degree from Bradford College in Haverhill, Mass. in 1986. 

He subsequently earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 1990 and an MS in information technology from Sacred Heart in 2002. 

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Vera C. Wood, 101

Vera Coberly Wood of Hampden-Sydney, Va., a former Westport resident, died May 15. She was 101.

She was born in Elkins, W.V. the daughter of Lula Mae Lemley and Howard Coberly. She subsequently lived in Clarksburg, W.V., Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va., and Westport. She was an active member of Fairlington Methodist Church, president of the Annandale Women’s Club, Girl Scout leader, and accomplished artist.

She was predeceased her husband of 45 years, Jennings Wood. Survivors include daughters Sandy Heinemann (Ronald) of Hampden-Sydney, and Leslie Gallant (Edwin) of Westport, and son Gary A. Wood (Ann) of Burgess, Va.; six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at a future date at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Hills Hospice, 2250 Murrell Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or a charity of your choice.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Henry W. Hitzrot, 82

Henry William “Bill” Hitzrot of Annapolis, Md., a former Westport resident, died May 16 at Ginger Cove Health Center, Annapolis. He was 82. Image
Henry Hitzrot: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born in 1934, and lived in Westport. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and continued his education at Haverford College in Philadelphia, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology and later a master’s in geology from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

While serving in the U.S. Army as part of the peacekeeping forces in Germany, he met the love of his life, Margarete (Peg) Thamm. They married on June 6, 1959, in Westport. Bill was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

During his employment, he developed and patented a method in which iron scarfings could be recycled and later used for the blast cleaning of various steel structures. As a result of these findings, he left Bethlehem Steel in 1985 to serve as the vice president of Chesapeake Specialty Products in Baltimore, until his retirement in 1999.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt, 93

Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt, a longtime resident of Westport,  died June 6 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 93. Image
Margaret Ann (Peg) Nesbitt: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Paw Paw, Mich. She was the daughter of Harriet Burhans and Earl Burhans who was the Michigan state senator responsible for the 1941 legislation allowing Michigan State University to fill the school vacancy when the University of Chicago dropped out of the Big Ten Conference.

A graduate of Michigan State University in 1942, she received a bachelor’s degree in English and was recognized by the Mortar Board National Honor Society and invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. She was active in campus politics and was elected the first woman student body president as a senior.

Upon graduation, she worked for Nash-Kelvinator in Detroit. It was there that she met her husband Edward J. Nesbitt of 45 years who was an engineering graduate of the University of Michigan and had accepted a position with Sikorsky Aircraft.

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Ronald M. Wallach, 78

Ronald M. Wallach of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, died June 1 after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. Image
Ronald Wallach: mechanical engineer. Contributed photo

He was born Dec. 25, 1937 in the Bronx, N.Y, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Wallach.

A graduate of the Bronx Science High School, he held a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York. He went on to receive graduate degrees including a Master’s in mechanical egineering and a Master’s in business administration, from the University of Connecticut.

He was a creative genius, inventor and entrepreneur who began his first business in the basement of his home. He started two women’s healthcare medical device companies, Cryomedics in the early 1970s and Wallach Surgical Devices in the early 1980s, and held numerous patents.

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Bret C. Thomas, 57

Bret C. Thomas, formerly of Westport, husband of Kris C. Thomas, died May 29 at Bridgeport Hospital following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was 57. Image
Bret C. Thomas: career in corporate finance. Contributed photo

Born in Tulsa, Okla., the son of the late Jack and Dorothy Thomas, he had been a Westport resident since 2001. He received a B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University.

His career in corporate finance spanned many years where he served in executive positions at Xerox and most recently, John Deere Financial in Des Moines, Iowa

He devoted all of his time to his family who were the most important thing in his life.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

John Paul Frank Sr., 81

John Paul Frank Sr. of Palmetto, Fla., a retired Norwalk Police Department captain, died May 30 after fighting a courageous year-long battle with cancer. He was 81. Image
John Paul Frank Sr: retired Norwalk policeman. Contributed photo

He was born Dec. 31, 1934 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He spent four years in foster care before being adopted in 1939 by Elizabeth and Leo Frank of Norwalk.

Their summer home in Saugatuck Shores became their year-round home in 1948. There he developed a passion for boating and Long Island Sound, owning his first boat at age 10.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1952. He became a Norwalk police officer in January 1961 and was a founding member of the Norwalk Police Union, and served as union president for a time.

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