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Thursday, July 14, 2016
David S. Stein, 71
David Stephen Stein, a former Westport resident, died May 12 in Stuart, Fla. He was 71.
Born in New Britain on March 21, 1945, he was the son of Jacob and Ruth (Shilepsky) Stein. He grew up in Westport in a large extended family and attended Cherry Lawn School in Darien during his high school years.
Some may remember him from the family-owned North Main Garage where he worked with his father and uncle. Later, he served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Korea.
An avid fisherman, David loved Long Island Sound and was the owner of the Westport Tackle Shop for many years. He earned a captain’s license and partnered in a commercial fishing project for a time.
Alan Phelan, 74
Alan “Ken” Phelan of Westport died July 12 after years of struggling with congestive heart failure. He was 74.
He was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 1941. He graduated from Norwalk High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the next four years. He eventually went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.
He was married to Sharon Ruane on Sept. 18, 1965. He held many positions after having been honorably discharged from the Navy. He began as a sales representative, and eventually worked his way to vice president of an advertising firm.
Along the way, he wrote award-winning advertising copy, and speeches for company executives, including the CEO. As a second career, he was a small business owner. He owned and operated both a wholesale food business and a heating and plumbing service.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Sarah (Sally) E. Dimon, 88
Sarah (Sally) Eysenbach Dimon, a former Westport resident, died June 25 at her home at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 88.
Sarah (Sally) E. Dimon: former Westporter. Contributed photo
She was born Dec. 12, 1927 in Lima, Ohio and was reared in Lakewood, Ohio, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1945. She earned a BA from Oberlin College in 1949 and later an MA from Fairfield University.
In 1948, she met Garth Dimon at Oberlin College. She and Garth were married later that year. Following Garth’s hire by Proctor & Gamble in 1951, the couple became corporate gypsies, living in Cincinnati (twice); Cranford, N.J.; and Baltimore.
In 1966, Garth took a position with Clairol, and they moved with their four children to Westport, a relocation which enabled Garth’s subsequent promotions through the executive ranks at Clairol’s parent corporation, Bristol-Myers.
Friday, July 08, 2016
Charles F. Boyle, Jr., 91
Charles F. Boyle, Jr, a 53- year resident of Westport, died July 5. He was 91.
Born in Watertown, Mass. in 1924, he was a studious boy, who loved books, sports and his devoted dog Brownie.
At 16, he began his education at Harvard University, where he enjoyed his studies achieving a B.A. in economics and playing trumpet in the Harvard marching band. He went on to earn a law degree from Boston University.
After college, he worked at in a various financial positions at Eastern Gas, Boston Gas Co. before moving to his family to Westpor to work at Pepperidge Farm Corp. in Norwalk.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Frederick Meier Sr., 97
Frederick Meier Sr. of Westport died June 30. He was 97.
Frederick Meier Sr: worked at Westport Bank & Trust Co. Contributed photo
He was born in New York City on Feb. 25, 1919 the first son to Otto and Anna Marie Meier. He graduated from the High School of Commerce in 1937 and went on to study commercial arts.
It was at about this time he found his way to Westport, which was known as a very arts-based community at the time.
He took a job with Garrett Thew Studios on Roseville Road, creating weather vanes and aluminum sculptures. It was a two-man shop, the boss John Garrett Thew and Fred.
Friday, July 01, 2016
Harry D. Rose, III, 57
Harry David Rose III of Los Angeles, a former Westport resident, died June 24. He was 57.
Harry D. Rose III: actor, director. Contributed photo
Born Feb. 22, 1959 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Harry David Rose Jr. and Florence Joy Greist, he grew up in Westport. He graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.
His career began at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C. He later moved to New York City and finally settled in Los Angeles.
His career spanned 30 years of acting and directing. He was particularly renowned for his prolific work at the Colony Theater in Burbank, directing more than 50 plays.
Mildred S. Nilsen, 83
Mildred S. Nilsen of Westport died at home. She was 83.
She was the wife of the late Karsten O. Nilsen. She was born July 5, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anton Foss and Agnethe Foss Birkenes.
She was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities where she enjoyed playing bingo and being with her friends. She loved knitting, crochet, painting, playing cards and baking (and was well known for her special waffles).
She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and entertaining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Pastorelli Sr., 76
Peter Pastorelli Sr. of Westport died June 15 at the Regional Hospice of Danbury. He was 76.
Peter Pastorelli: artist, production manager. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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.
Thelma S. Gordon, 93
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.
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.
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 WestportNow.com
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.
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.