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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Patricia T. Byrne, 87

Patricia Tierney Byrne, a former Westport resident, died July 3 in Delray Beach, Fla. She was 87

Born in Greens Farms on July 23, 1926, she was the third child of Howard S. Tierney and Belle T. Tierney. She grew up happily with her brother, the late Howard S. Tierney, Jr. of Fairfield, and her sister, the late Gene T. Lee of Houston.

She attended Greens Farms School and Bedford School in Westport before attending St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va., Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., and Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md.

Following graduation, she attended Barnard College and Finch College in New York, N.Y. In October, 1947, she married Elliott W. Reed of Savannah, Ga.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ralph F. Saviano, 87

Ralph F. Saviano, a longtime resident of Woburn, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Aug. 3 after a short illness. He was 87.

Born and raised in Westport, he was the son of the late Nicholas, and the late Rose Saviano. Following graduation from Staples High School in 1944, and shortly after his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight for his country during World War II. He volunteered for the Air Arm of the U.S. Navy.

He was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a gunner on a large amphibious aircraft tasked with reconnaissance and search and rescue for downed aircrew and seamen.

He retained a strong love for flying, and soon after he left the service he began taking flying lessons. He earned his private aircraft license and flew small seaplanes. He attended the University of Bridgeport, and later Cornell University to study engineering.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Sally J. Reich

Sally J. Reich of Norwalk, daughter of Maude and Samuel Reich (deceased) of Westport, died July 29 after a long illness. 

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she worked for Time-Life and Dreyfus Corp. before establishing her own highly successful executive search firm, Sally Reich Associates, in New York.

She is survived by her sister, Emmy Lu Friant, brother-in-law Ray Friant, two nieces Pamela Foley and Wendy Friant, nephew Douglas Friant, and four grand nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in the fall.  Friends may contribute in her memory to Parkinson’s Research.

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Carol Clarkson, 64

Carol Clarkson of Panama City Beach, Fla., wife of Thomas Clarkson, died July 31. She was 64. Image
Carol Clarkson: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in New York City on Jan. 15, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Carmela Tessitore Salemmo and had been a Florida resident for more than 20 years. Prior to moving to Florida, she was a Westport resident for 20 years.

She was a registered nurse whose dedication and caring will be greatly missed by all, her family said. Her love of helping others will be her legacy. She was the “Miracle Girl” who lived only to give help to anyone who needed it. She fought carcinoid cancer for eight years without complaints. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by a daughter; Cara Clarkson Singer and her husband Joseph of Norwalk, a son; Craig Clarkson of Panama City Beach, four grandchildren; Alyssa G. Singer, Joseph A. Singer, Anthony C. Singer and Davis Clarkson, a brother; Alexander Salemmo and his wife Antonietta of Queens, a sister; Rose Rebori and her husband Daniel of Huntington, N.Y., her godmother and aunt; Mary Scollo of Yonkers, N.Y., nephews; Richard Todd Rebori his wife Emily and their two sons, William and Alexander of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Robert Kurt Rebori and his wife Nicole of Ossining, N.Y., and several cousins.

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William J. Hart Jr., 91

William James Hart Jr., of Redding, formerly of Westport and husband of Barbara (Bennet) Hart, died July 29 in Meadow Ridge Health Care Center. He was 91. Image
William J. Hart Jr.: 42-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Holyoke, Mass. on. June 20, 1923, he was the son of the late William J. Hart Sr. and Elizabeth (McDonnell) Hart and resided in Westport for 42 years prior to moving to Redding five years ago. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the North Atlantic as a lieutenant aboard the USS Swasey DE248.

He was a 1944 graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his Masters degree 1947 in food science also from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Prior to retiring, he was employed as senior vice president with American Home Foods in research and development. He headed committees with both the National Food Processing Association and the Frozen Food Processors Association. He was a member of the UMass Alumni Association, the Westport Y’s Men, and the Hoot Owls.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings, 90

Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings of Westport died July 23 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 90. Image
Harriet Jennings: Westporter for more than 70 years. Contributed photo

Born in California on Nov. 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Dwight and Margaret (Yokum) Jennings. She has been a resident of Westport for more than 70 years.

Prior to retiring, she was employed by U.S. Plywood Division of Champion International in New York City where she served as the manager of the Industrial Graphic Design Department.

She was a graduate of Staples High School and the Pratt Institute in New York City and has been a longtime volunteer with the Westport–Weston American Red Cross.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Emily L. MacLachlan, 93

Emily Louise MacLachlan of Westport died July 27 at home. She was 93. Image
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She was born in Lancaster, Ohio on May 22, 1921, oldest daughter of Albert and Emily Steiner. She attended St. Mary of the Springs Academy in Columbus and was an honors graduate of Trinity College in Washington where she was a vice president of student government.

She served three years in the U.S. Navy (WAVES), attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade and joined the U.S. State Department after World War II. Admitted to the Ohio State University Law School, she elected instead to work in the Foreign Service Branch of the State Department in Washington, D.C. 

Subsequently, she worked in the U.S. embassy in China where she was among the last Americans to leave Shanghai when Mao Zedong came to power. Transferred to Iran, she met and married her husband, Robert MacLachlan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who was with British Petroleum. 

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Brian L. Neufeld, 67

Brian Lawrence Neufeld of Westport died July 13 at home after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 67. Image
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Known for his optimism, humor and lifelong love of learning, he worked through the years in positions as varied as high school French teacher, mortgage company owner and financial investor. He co-founded Resource Management Technologies, a company that developed and financed both energy management and alternative energy projects.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on June 28, 1947, to the late Lorna (Gradwell) Neufeld and Herbert Neufeld, a dentist. He was the eldest of the couple’s three sons, although the family boxer, Champ, was jokingly referred to as the fourth brother.

As a boy growing up in the Riverdale neighborhood, he was part of an all-accordion orchestra that won an elite competition with its rendition of Franz von Suppé‘s operetta “The Beautiful Galatea.” He graduated in 1965 from Horace Mann School, where he played varsity football and basketball and was captain of the golf team.

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Eleanor G. Sporre, 90

Eleanor Grace Sporre, a former Westport resident, died May 31 at Hearthside Nursing Home in State College, Pa. She was 90.

She was born on July 22, 1923, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late Frank H. and Lula Linscott Flagg, also of Westport.

On June 19, 1943 she married Kurt Erik Sporre, who preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 2002. She was a real estate agent and also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, oil painting, gardening and playing bridge.

She is survived by her three sons, Tor Sporre, Roger Karl Sporre of State College and Barrett Linscott Sporre of West Haven. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren; Erik John Sporre, Ian Sporre, Erik W. Sporre, Heidi Sporre Galloway, Jennifer Moeny, Rebecca Domagola and Roger Paul Sporre. Also surviving are her 11 plus great grandchildren; Ryker, William, Katie, Michael, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Anthony, Kirsten, Nikolas, and Natalie. She also left behind in California her very special nieces and nephews; Tobi, Katie, Johnny and Allen. Also two other nieces Kin and Didi (formally Flagg from Westport).

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jean R. Lee, 84

Jean Remlin Lee of Westport, wife of Kenneth R. Lee, died July 25 in Norwalk Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 84.

Born Feb. 7, 1930, she was a lifelong resident of Westport.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 63 years include two daughters, Victoria L. Harding and her husband Richard of Smyrna, Del., Sandra A. Bailey of Norwalk, one son, Larry J. Lee of Stratford, one brother, Joseph Remlin of North Carolina, four grandchildren, Richard Harding Jr. and his wife Kelly, Duane Bailey, Catherine and Rebecca Lee. two great grandchildren, Justin Harding and Richard Harding III. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Clifford and Charles Remlin.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, July 29 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The funeral will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East for a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Whitingham Cance Center, 34 Maple St. Norwalk, CT 06856.

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Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone, 88, Devoted P.A.L. Volunteer Image
Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of the Westport Police Athletic League and to many the face of Westport P.A.L., died Friday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. A World War II veteran where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Iannacone served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2012.  See full obituary here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone, 88

Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of the Westport Police Athletic League where he was a devoted volunteer, died July 25 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. Image
Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone: devoted volunteer with PAL. Contributed photo

Iannacone, husband of the late Florence Esposito Iannacone, served as grand marshal of the Westport Memorial Day parade in 2012.

As he sat in the reviewing stand that year, he said, “I tell you I have tears in my eyes. A lot of people have come out today, and so many are saying thank you, thank you.”

Iannacone said then that his legs still bothered him. The unyielding pain of war, he noted, is the reason he received the Purple Heart and a ribbon with one Battle Bronze Star after taking a blast of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Malcolm Magruder, 89

Malcolm Magruder of Hingham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died July 11 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. He was 89.

He was born March 5, 1925, in Fort Sill, Okla. As the son of Brig. Gen. l John Magruder, who served as the military attache to China in the 1920s and who helped found the Organization of Strategic Services during World War II, he grew up in a variety of international settings. Throughout his adolescent years, he lived in China, Switzerland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

After graduating from St. Albans School in 1943, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a part of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II in northern Italy. He received a Bronze Star in 1945 for his meritorious service during combat near Castel dAlano, Italy.

After his service in Italy, he attended Cornell University on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1949.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

William B. Mervine, 93

Willam B. Mervine of Westport died July 4 at home. He was 93. Image
William Mervine: World War II veteran. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City on Oct. 15, 1920, son of Arthur E. and Ruth Weaver Mervine. Soon after, the family moved to Scarsdale. He attended Peddie, then graduated from Wesleyan University in 1947 and received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

He enlisted in the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force after two years at Wesleyan. He was promoted to tech sergeant and completed 35 missions over Germany and German occupied territories in the 92nd Bombardment Group, the oldest heavy bombardment group in England.

He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Citation for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained bomber combat.

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John Lillis, 69

John (Jack) Munroe Lillis of Saint Johns, Fla,, a former Westport resident, died July 16 at Baptist South Hospital in Jacksonville. He was 69.

He was born on May 4, 1945, in Greenwich to James (Jim) and Vera Lillis. He grew up in Westport, graduating from Staples High School in 1963. After high school, he attended Syracuse University and received a Bachelor of Science degree.

He worked in various sales positions and started a manufacture rep business in Denver that specialized in giftware and Christmas decorations.
He married Karen Rogers in 1976 in Denver and were happily married for 38 years.

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