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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Phyllis E. Nobile, 65
Phyllis E. Nobile of Westport died Aug. 26 at home after battling illness. She was 65.
She was born April 15, 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y.. She graduated from Herbert Lehman College in 1974 with a degree in English education and went on to get a masters in reading education in 1976.
A lifelong mentor, coach, and educational guru, her career included 27 years as the reading specialist for Norwalk High School and heading her private practice, The Reading Company, since the mid 1980s.
She won the Connecticut Reading Educator Award for Excellence in Reading Instruction, the Educating for High Performance Award, and had her work recognized in The New York Times.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Actor Gene Wilder, Frequent Westport Visitor, 83
Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963), “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
George H. Marks Sr. Buried With Military Honors
George H. Marks Sr. a veteran of World War II and 26 years with the Westport Police Department, was buried today with full military honors at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport following graveside services. Marks, who served as grand marshal of Westport’s 2010 Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr.,(c, gray jacket) a U.S Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 26, 2016
George H. Marks Sr., 96, WWII and Police Veteran
George H. Marks Sr. (r) a World War II veteran and 26-year Westport Police Department veteran, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. He was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal in 2010, sharing the honor with his son, George H. Marks Jr., an almost 35-year veteran of the Westport Police Department and U.S. Navy veteran. See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
George H. Marks Sr., 96
George H. Marks Sr., a lifelong Westport resident and 26-year Westport police veteran, died Aug. 25 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 96.
George H. Marks Sr. World War II vet anf Westport police veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
In 2010, he and his son, George H. Marks Jr., also a Westport police veteran, served as dual grand marshals of Westport’s Memorial Day parade.
The husband of the late Irene Lillian Lynch Marks was born May 11, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Henry and Ada Carruthers Marks. The family moved to Westport two years after his birth.
He graduated from Staples High School in 1938 and found work as a pressman for the Westporter Herald. In 1940, he joined the Merchant Marine and was a navigation officer.
Herbert S. Grant, 69
Herbert S. Grant of Stratford died Aug. 25 in a construction accident in Westport. He was 69.
He was born in Winn, Maine one of 13 children born to the late Herbert and Katherine Grant. He had been a Stratford resident for many years.
He was the owner of H. Grant Construction Co. From a very young age, he developed an extremely strong work ethic. He absolutely loved his work and starting bringing his children and grandchildren with him to job sites when they were children, later employing some of them as adults.
He took great pride in a job well done and was well respected among his peers.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Carl E. Fosberg, 62
Carl Eric Forsberg of Westport died Aug. 20 in Norwalk Hospital from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. He was 62.
Carl Forsberg: Westport resident. Contributed photo
He was born in Revere, Mass. to the late William and Mary Forsberg.
He is survived by his daughter Brittany Forsberg of Westport; three sisters Linda and her husband Randy Chiarenzelli of Shelton, Karen Davidson of Westport, Sandra and her husband Jeff Young of Shelton, one brother, Richard Forsberg of Bridgeport and predeceased by brother Kurt Forsberg, several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Friends may greet the family on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 4 p.m. until the time of service.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Catherine Burke, 86
Catherine Burke of Westport and formerly of Edgartown, Mass., and Pompano Beach, Fla., died Aug. 23 at home. She was 86.
The wife of 47 years of the late Thomas Vincent Burke was born in Bergen, N.J. to the late Stephen and Margaret (Mendles) Gattoni.
Just out of high school, she accepted a job with Pan American World Airways, where she served as a stewardess and assisted in public relations. She enjoyed her travels throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
She subsequently settled down to begin her family following a truly romantic courtship with her husband. They continued to love each other dearly until his death in 2000.
James Soroka, 69
James Soroka of North Conway, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 20 while on a 100-mile ride on his bicycle training for his next Ironman triathlon. He was 69.
He was a builder by trade for over 30 years, constructing many custom homes in the valley, including his own. He also built his own surfboards through his company North Atlantic surfboards. He traveled globally to surf including Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
He grew up in Westport and at an early age began competitive swimming. He loved the water and was an avid surfer. At age 58, he started biking and running and then began his successful triathlon career.
He won several age group races and in 2012 qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
David B. Pollack, 76
David B. Pollack of Westborough, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 22. He was 76.
David Pollack: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Born May 27, 1940 in Parkchester, N.Y., he grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1958. He went on to study at the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York City and entered the world of retail with Gimbel Brothers Department Store.
He suffered from Polymyositis, an inflammatory, destructive, autoimmune muscle disease, for 16 years, and prior to his death wrote his own obituary. Following are edited excerpts.
I met my lovely wife of 50 years, Bunny, at work. One morning when I walked into my office she was sitting at my desk. Less than two weeks later we were engaged, I was not going to let her get away. We were married a year later in Plainview, N.Y.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Robert Kochiss, 89
Robert “Bob” Kochiss of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport, died Aug. 19 at home. He was 89.
Robert Kochiss: former police officer. Contributed photo
The husband of Barbara Recker Kochiss was born in Bridgeport to the late Marcel and Mae Kochiss. He attended St. Charles School and Harding High School.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served proudly as a Bridgeport police officer for 22 years, retiring as detective. He then gained employment at GE corporate Headquarters in Fairfield as head of security operations. While with the Bridgeport Police Department, he served as Mayor Hugh Curran’s personal administrative aide and bodyguard.
He thoroughly enjoyed sports. From watching baseball, football, golf and horse racing on TV to avidly playing golf, basketball and running. In high school, he was regularly publicized in the Bridgeport Post as one of the state’s top players.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Kenneth T. Hickey, 84
Kenneth Thomas Hickey of Westport, formerly of Wilton, died Aug. 16. He was 84.
The husband of Helene Hickey was born in New York City, Feb. 1, 1932, the son of the late Ida Marie (Scotillo) and Michael Pierce Hickey.
He grew up in Parkchester in the Bronx, attended Our Lady of Solace School, and Manhattan College High School. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University (1958) and master of business administration degree from the Stern School of Business, New York University (1961).
Donald E. Casciato, 79
Donald Evans Casciato of Bridgeport, a former reporter for the Westport News, died Aug. 14 on his 79th birthday.
Don Casciato: former Westport News reporter. Contributed photo
Born in Chicago in 1937, he was the son of the late Dominick and Norma Evans Casciato and grew up in Collingswood, N.J.
After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in history, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, N.J. He was an avid journalist for more than 50 years, having worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and a number of other newspapers from Vermont to Germany.
More recently he worked for the Bridgeport Post and the Westport News as a reporter and editor.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Edward M. O’Malley, 77
Edward Michael O’Malley, a resident of Westport/Weston for 41 years, died Aug. 9 in St. Louis, Missouri of heart failure. He was 77.
Mike O’Malley :business executive. SCORE photo
Mike, as he was known, was born June 3, 1939 in Queens, N.Y. to Edward and Veronica O’Malley; his siblings were brother Kevin (deceased), and sister Ave.
He was a star athlete in high school and went on to play basketball at Providence College. After college, he turned his sharp mind and fierce work ethic to a long career on Fashion Ave in New York.
His stellar career culminated in leading Mickey and Co., a top division of a publicly traded clothing company, where he served as president for many years until retirement.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Durwood C. Milone, 89
Durwood (Woody) C. Milone of Westport died Aug. 11. He was 89.
Durwood C. Milone: IBM executive. Contributed photo
He was born in Cleveland on July 13, 1927, the middle son of John and Norma Milone, brother to Phyllis Keller and Gloria Miller.
A World War II veteran, IBM executive, and avid golfer, he loved life, family and friends.
His longstanding membership at the Whippoorwill Country Club and his many golfing friends there were a very important part of his life.