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Saturday, March 08, 2014
R.E. Fiddler, 90
R.E. Fiddler, a former Westport resident and retired U.S. Merchant Marine captain, died March 6 at the Village at Brookfield Commons. He was 90.
Born in Parsons, Tenn., the son of the late Herbert and Nettie Fiddler, he had been a Westport resident since 1967 prior to recently moving to Brookfield.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, class of 1945. While a cadet he served during World War II under the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon graduation he began his 40-year career with the Merchant Marines rising to the rank of captain and master.
He sailed for the U.S. Lines his entire career, and while onboard the SS United States, which still holds the speed record for the fastest transatlantic passing, he had the honor of meeting both Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Adele H. Borden, 93
Adele H. Borden, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 26 in Redding. She was 93.
Adele Borden: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Born in New York City on Jan. 20, 1921, she was the daughter of Michael and Mary Hywell, Polish immigrants, who made their home in Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y. Her parents helped support her aspirations to study voice and perform opera.
While singing in her best friend’s wedding, she met and fell in love with the best man, Joseph L. Borden Jr., who hailed from Front Royal, Via., a true southerner. They were married in 1941 in The Little Church Around the Corner, in New York City. They were married for 57 years.
She lived in Westport for more than 55 years and moved to Meadow Ridge in Redding in 2005.
Kenneth S. Mahony, 88
Kenneth Stevens Mahony of Moodus and formerly of Port Jefferson, N.Y., died March 1 at home. He was 88.
Kenneth Mahony: daughter lives in Westport. Contributed photo
Born Feb. 17, 1926 in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Daniel and Ethel (Stevens) Mahony.
He was raised on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine and later spent memorable summers there with his wife and children.
He was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He earned his Master’s degree in business administration from New York University and went on to work as a controller in the insurance industry for many years before his retirement.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Carolanne N. Duhamel, 67
Carolanne N. Duhamel of Southport, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 29 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 67.
She was born in Hartford on July 25, 1946, the daughter of the late Patrick and Esther Needham and has been a resident of Southport for 24 years. Prior to moving to Southport. she had resided in Westport for 12 years and was employed as an auditor for the Westport Bank & Trust. Co.
She was a graduate of Elm College in Holyoke, Mass., where she received both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees. An avid reader of many books, including the history of World War II, she also loved flowers, music and was an accomplished pianist.
Survivors include one son, Christopher P. Duhamel of Denver, Colo., one sister, Nancy Clubb of East Granby, two nieces and one great niece. She was also predeceased by one son, Jonathon P. Duhamel.
Ben F. Wilder, 85
Ben F. Wilder of Sarasota, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 2. He was 85.
Born in Queens, N.Y., he attended Hofstra University before serving on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.
He worked for Bankers Trust Company in New York for the balance of his career. Before retiring in Florida, he lived in Point Lookout, N.Y. and Westport.
His wife, Joan Wittmer, predeceased him in 1983. He is survived by longtime companion Barbara Loeschen as well as four children: Richard (Laura), Robert, Thomas (Katie), Edward (Sandy), eight grandchildren, and Mimi Rievman Wilder. He is also survived by his stepmother, Eva Wilder Kramer, and her longtime companion Gene Robinson.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Donald J. Lunghino, 92
Donald J. Lunghino of Sarasota, Fla., a longtime Westport resident and former moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Feb. 18. He was 92.
Donald J. Lunghino: former RTM moderator. Contributed photo
He was born March 16, 1921 in Rochester, N.Y. to Donatus Joseph Lunghino and Mary Devito Giovanna Lunghino.
He worked as an attorney for Lever Brothers, where he was ultimately made general counsel and a member of the board. He also served the Town of Westport, where he was an elected a member of the RTM from 1965 to 1977 and moderator from 1973 to 1977.
He grew up in Rochester and Long Island, N.Y., graduating second in his class from Great Neck High School in 1938. He was active in the Drama Society, appearing in several productions including a leading role in “Pirates of Penzance.”
Concetta T. Haney, 85
Concetta T. Haney, widow of Charles C. Haney of Wilton, died Feb. 18 at home. She was 85.
She is survived by her son, John C. Haney, daughter, Karen L. Haney. and son-in-law, Enzo H. Vollmer.
A memorial service will be held on, Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, a donation in her name may be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation; Danbury Hospital; the Unitarian Church of Westport; Star, Inc. of Norwalk; or Stay at Home of Wilton. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Patricia Ann Curtis, 84
Patricia Ann Curtis, a Westport resident for almost 30 years, died March 2 in Gainesville, Fla. She was 84.
Patricia Ann Curtis: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born July 12, 1929 in Belmont, Mass. to the late Catherine Ann and Frank McDermott, she was raised in Belmont with her Irish cousins.
She attended Simmons College, majoring in merchandising in 1944. She met and married Roger Arnold Curtis in 1949, a marriage that lasted until her death.
She had three children—Lee Ann, Steve and Reina (Tina)—while living in the Boston area. The family moved to Wilton in 1960, then moved to Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area in 1983.
Memorial Service Set for Michael Goodgame
(Editor’s note: The following obituary was provided by the family of Michael Goodgame.)
A college student and athlete from Westport, Michael David Goodgame, died on Feb. 28 in an automobile accident just outside Northfield, Minn., where he was studying political science at Carleton College.
Michael Goodgame: memorial service set for Thursday. Contributed photo
Michael, age 20, was a member of Carleton’s Ultimate Frisbee team which, despite the college’s small enrollment and remote location, placed third in the country last year. He and three teammates were en route to the Minneapolis airport on Friday afternoon, where they were to fly to a tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. Their SUV skidded on an icy road in snowy conditions, and slammed head-on into a large truck. Two of Michael’s teammates also died in the accident. A third teammate is hospitalized in stable conditions, as is the driver, who is also a Carleton student.
According to the state police, neither alcohol nor speeding played any role in the accident, and all five occupants of the car were wearing seat belts.
Born in Washington, D.C., Michael Goodgame moved to Westport with his family at age four. He attended public schools, where he was known as a diligent and curious student, an engaging writer, a respected leader, and an accomplished athlete. At Staples High School, he was elected president of the Student Assembly and co-captain of the men’s swimming and diving team. He also enjoyed competing on the Water Rats club swim team, and in the recreational basketball league.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Phyllis Krasilovsky, 87
Phyllis Krasilovsky, a former Westport resident, author of popular children’s books, died Feb. 26 in Redding. She was 87.
Phyllis Krasilovsky: authored 24 children’s books. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Hickok/The Redding Pilot photo
The cause was complications of a stroke, her daughter Jessica Krasilovsky told The New York Times.
Krasilovsky and her husband William, an entertainment attorney, lived on Westport’s Wakeman Place for five years before moving in 2011 to Meadow Ridge in Redding after she developed Lyme’s disease. She had previously lived in Stamford and Chappaqua, N.Y.
By her own account, Krasilovsky made an emphatic entry into the world of children’s book publishing.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Patricia A. Hurley Coley, 86
Patricia A. Hurley Coley, a former Westport resident, wife of James E. Coley 3rd of Clinton, died Feb. 23 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long illness. She was 86.
Patricia Coley: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
She was born in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. to the late Roy T. Hurley and Ruth A. Hurley and previously resided in Westport before settling in Clinton.
She was a graduate of Bedford Jr. High and Staples High School in Westport, attended Simmons College of Boston and Columbia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics.
She was a longtime member (1941-1970) of the Cedar Point Yacht Club of Westport as treasurer, manager of junior sailing, served on the race protest committee, and taught sailing.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Claire Ann Kinney
Claire Ann Kinney (née Dehler) of Norwalk, a former employee of Brooks Brothers in Westport, died Feb. 23.
She was born and raised in Richmond Hill and summered in Breezy Point, Queens, where she met her future husband, the late James E. Kinney. She was the daughter of the late John and Claire Dehler. She graduated the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, L.I. and the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.
She raised her family of seven children in Greenlawn, N.Y, where she resided for more than 30 years. She was an avid tennis player, girl’s soccer coach and was active in a bowling league.
After moving to Connecticut in 1995, she enjoyed working at Brooks Brothers in Westport until her retirement. She taught religious education and enjoyed playing pickleball, bridge and taking care of her cat.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Rudolph ‘Chip’ Damiani, 69
Rudolph “Chip” Damiani of New Haven, drummer for The Remains, a garage rock band with Westport roots, died Feb. 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He was 69.
Rudolph “Chip Damiani: legendary Remains drummer. Contributed photo
He was born in Waterbury June 16, 1945 to Rudolph and Jeanette Long Damiani. He was most recently the president of Airtite Home Improvement, Inc.
He was the well known and respected drummer for the 1960s rock band The Remains. Formed in 1964 in Boston, while the band members were students at Boston University, they were eventually recognized as one of America’s finest hard rock bands.
The group included Westport’s Barry Tashian, who offered this tribute: “We skate along in life assuming something like this will never happen. When it does we’re left in a state of shock that’s very hard to reconcile.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Bob Minicucci, 71
Bob Minicucci of Westport died Feb. 6 at home. He was 71.
Bob Minicucci: IBM veteran. Contributed photo
Born May 1, 1942, he grew up in the Bronx and Seaford, L.I.. As a young man, he had the opportunity to be an engineer on a large ship, sailing around the world.
He graduated in 1964 from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where he had been a championship wrestler, and went on to earn an MBA from Pace University.
After college, he joined IBM, where he held many positions. He stayed with the company for 26 years. Upon leaving, he founded Bottom Line Consulting to help businesses improve their expense management.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Adeline E. Osuch, 97
Adeline E. Osuch of Bridgeport died Feb. 19. She was 97.
Born in Worcester, Mass. on Jan. 21,1917, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Lesniak) Osuch of Bridgeport, who came through Ellis Island, her father from Russia, her mother from Austria.
Known as Addy, she embraced her Polish heritage. Predeceased by her brother, Edmund V. Osuch and his wife Bev of Littleton, Colo., she was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport.
She graduated from Harding High School and Booth and Bayliss Secretarial School in Bridgeport. She was employed at J.L. Lucas Co. of Fairfield as an executive secretary. Later she was secretary for Wilson L. Harrell, president of World Wide Food Marketers in Westport.