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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Dorothy C. Shook of Essex, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at Essex Madows. She was 94.
While residing in Westport, she was the longtime secretary of the local chapter of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization which promotes the advancement of and provides educational opportunities for women.
She was an assistant registrar of voters in Westport for over a decade and was the bookkeeper for the family-owned business, Television Workshop, Inc. for many years.
More recently she was a resident member representative to the board of directors for the Essex Meadows Retirement Community and served on the welcoming committee.
June Parker of Seattle, Washington, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 17 at home. She was 88.
She chose the scenic route through life and she lived it with grit and grace, her family said. She enjoyed a love of family and love of beauty that launched her into the world of art and a lifetime of strong ties to her four children; Donna Parker of Seattle, Brad Parker of Vienna, Virginia, Karen Parker of Los Altos, California, and Melissa Riordan of Fairbanks, Arkansas.
Claire “June” Crary was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. where she lived for several years with parents, Claire and Ralph Goodman and siblings Nancy (Reilly) and Richard Goodman. When her mother remarried to Stu Crary, the family moved to Westport. All three siblings graduated from Staples High School.
In 1949, June married Donald Parker, an alumnus of Staples High School, the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and the University of Connecticut.
Judith Eve Brown of Brandon, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at home. She was 70.
An obituary supplied by her family said she lived the last five and half years in a continual dance of spirit contending with ovarian cancer and scleroderma.
She pursued treatment across the spectrum of traditional and non-traditional medicine. Her hard-earned learning taught her to listen to her own body, and it was her wish that her obituary encourage women everywhere: “listen to, and trust, your body.”
In her words, “The more you accept where you are, your mind then isn’t in a constant struggle…and then your life doesn’t revolve around it. . . You know me, I never liked guns, I’m not a fighter, but I’m aggressive about knowledge. The more you can learn. . . to make your inner terrain healthier, the more empowered you are.” She understood a basic principle that you can’t fight and heal at the same time.
Peter D. Griffin of Westport died Nov. 29 at home of pancreatic cancer. He was 58.
He was born on July 7, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Rutgers University School of Engineering from 1976 through 1980, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, electrical engineering, high honors, in May 1980. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society as well as Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.
He attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine from 1980 through 1984 where he graduated with a Medical Doctorate in 1984. He was accepted into Columbia University’s combined internal medicine and occupation medicine program becoming board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He received a Master’s in public health from Columbia University in 1991.
He fulfilled a two-year commitment to the National Public Health Service by working in a physician shortage area in upstate New York at Syracuse Community Health Center from 1987 to 1989. There he earned the NPHS Regional Administrators award for his work on AIDS and drug addiction. It is in upstate New York where his interest in outdoor sports began.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
George Treat Bristol III of Tujunga, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 at home of heart failure. He was 67.
He was the husband of Toni (Shpuntoff) Bristol and owner and president of Expansion Ventures Inc. of Montrose, Calif. The company provides consultation services for periodontists, a dental specialty.
He was born April 20, 1949 in New York City, the son of the late George T. Bristol Jr. and Marjorie (Macon) Bristol of Westport. He grew up in Westport and was a graduate of Staples High School. He attended Clark University before relocating to California.
In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by a son Thomas Bristol and his wife Jamie (Wilson) Bristol of Glendale, Calif.; a brother, Ned Bristol of Wrentham, Mass.; three sisters, Kathleen Federico of Norwalk, Patricia May of Medina, Wash., and Elizabeth Callahan of Wilton; two grandchildren, one nephew and six nieces.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Leland Armbrust, known as Martin, of Boca Raton, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 25. He was 86.
Westport was home to his family for many years until he and Elena, his wife of 56 years, moved to Boca Raton in 1990 to start a computer company.
He was a proud man, a smart man, a compassionate man.
As an IBM executive for over 30 years, he traveled the world. As a graduate from Stanford Business School, his best day of the year was when the Stanford Cardinals played against UCLA Bruins, his wife’s alma matter.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Albert P. Brodax of Ridgefield, formerly of Westport and Weston, producer and co-writer of the iconic animated Beatles film, “Yellow Submarine,” died Nov. 24 in Danbury. He was 90.
In 2010 and 2012, he appeared at the Westport Arts Center to discuss his Beatles film and the 2004 book he wrote about the experience, “Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles Yellow Submarine.”
Born in the Bronx on Feb. 14, 1926, he enlisted in the Army at age 17, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and awarded the Purple Heart and a Combat Medical Badge.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1948 and began his career at the William Morris Agency as a program developer, working on “Your Show of Shows” and co-producing the Broadway play “Winesburg, Ohio.”
Miller Pope, a Mad Man illustrator who lived the life of “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” while living in Westport in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Nov. 20 at his home in Shallotte Point, N.C. He was 87.
“We called it ‘The Uniform,’” said Pope of the commuter attire in a 2006 interview. “Oxford shirt, button-down collar, regimental tie.”
Pope said every workday, like Gregory Peck in the movie, he would don his full dress and take the train from Westport to Manhattan.
There, he made a living as one of New York’s top illustrators, creating covers and inside sketches for such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Redbook, and Reader’s Digest.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Linda (Mitchell) Johnson of Mansfield, Mass., formerly of Westport and West Windsor, Vt. and Wellesley, Mass., died Nov. 15. She was 76.
Born in Wellesley on Aug. 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. Sr. and Elizabeth F. (Fisher) Mitchell.
She grew up in Wellesley and Sherborn, and was a 1958 graduate of the Beaver Country Day School. She furthered her education, receiving an associate degree from Briar Cliff University, where she majored in English.
Prior to retiring, she had worked as an office manager at Modem Media in Norwalk. She had made her home in Mansfield for the past one and a half years.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Miller Campbell of Saxtons River, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 21 of complications associated with her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 92.
Born June 16, 1924 in Lorain, Ohio, she was the daughter of Otto Miller, Jr. and Irene (Duffy) Miller. She had a brother, Otto Miller III, and a sister, Joan Irene (Miller) Saunders.
When Beth was 10, her father abandoned the family, and she and her siblings spent much time with relatives; especially with her Aunt Marie, and her Grammy Tyler, and she later reveled in telling stories of the love she felt and the good memories she had of being under their wings.
Beth’s mother, known to the family as Ahben, was a Broadway show singer and dancer and her travels caused Beth to attend schools in New York City and Westport, where she attended Staples High School.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Ulf Uno Lundell of Norwalk, a former Westport resident and early pioneer in the high-rise construction industry, died Nov. 15 at home. He was 72.
Born in Sweden, he was a man that had a vision to work hard and enjoy life. He moved to the United States and lived out his vision of the quintessential American dream.
When he was 10, he lost his father due to a tragic accident, working for Linden Cranes. Forced to help support his mother and brother, he sold tulips door to door in Vasteras.
They poignantly remained his favorite flower throughout his life. Linden Cranes also gave him work, first as a little boy sweeping the stock room floor and then later hiring him as a full-time employee.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Florence M. Hiznay Wokanovicz of Westport died Nov. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 89.
She was the daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Dina) Hiznay. She was a graduate of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Commercial High School and attended the University of Bridgeport. She worked for many years at CBS Records and retired from the Sony Music Corp.
She was a former president of the St. Anthony of Padua Women’s Guild and also served as the guild’s recording secretary for many years. She was also a member of the St. Anthony’s Seniors.
Sewing, reading and cooking were among her favorite leisure activities, but she mostly enjoyed gettogethers with family and friends.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Michael A. Cleary of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 11 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 72.
He was the son of the late Joseph Patrick Cleary and Margaret Gallagan Cleary. Also a former resident of Wilton, he and his wife, Lynn, owned the Merritt Country Store in Westport for many years.
He is survived by his sons, Michael of Stratford and Matthew and his wife, Holly, of Eliot, Maine, his grandchildren, Sean, Addie and Jack, brothers John of New York, and Brian and his wife, Honey, of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Terrence, his sister Maureen and niece, Angela.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road. A reception in his honor will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06519.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Kathryn (Kay) Frazer Brooks of Westport died Nov. 7 at home after a lengthy illness. She was 82.
She was born Jan. 8, 1934 in Fairfield to Bernard and Catherine Arnold, and was the youngest and last survivor of seven siblings. She has been a Westport resident since 1960.
She was a true autodidact, fueled by an insatiable love of books and innate curiosity.
Throughout her life she exhibited a quick and powerful intellect and a remarkable ability for recalling details from history and literature.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Carlo John Palmieri (“Tuchy”) of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 at home. He was 74.
He was born in Westport on Oct. 3, 1942 to the late Filomeno and Josephine Pagliaro Palmieri. He was a pioneer in the computer business and retired CEO of Computer Resolutions.
He became an avid author publishing many inspirational books to help mankind through the struggles of life. He was a member of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish and dedicated much of his life serving others. He had a devotion to helping mankind through different 12 Step programs on a weekly basis. He also attended the Sterling Institute and lead his team called the “Bald Eagles.”
He graduated Staples High School and attended college at the University of Bridgeport in 1965. He went on to work selling computers for Burroughs Corporation from 1966 until 1987 when he founded his own business.
James Francis “Jim” Ward of Washington Court House, Ohio, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 7 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was 77.
He was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. to William George and Helen Nappa Ward. He was a 1957 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, and received a degree in industrial management in 1965 from Wilmington College.
He was a successful businessman, opening French Hardware in 1971. He formerly worked for the Cincinnati Milacron Company in Cincinnati and Wilmington. He had also worked for ITT Semiconductors in West Palm Beach, Fla. and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation in Mountain View, Calif.
He was a proud and active member of the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also served in the U.S. Army.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Betty “Lee” (Snyder) DeVoll of Holland, Michigan and Block Island, R.I., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 8 in Holland. She was 86.
She was born on March 1, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elizabeth (Scott) Snyder and Fredrick Amos Snyder, M.D. She graduated from Wells College in 1952.
While at college, she met the love of her life Willys D. DeVoll Sr., to whom she was married for 63 years, until his death in 2015. She and Will raised their family in Kinnelon, N.J. They subsequently lived in St. Louis, Missouri ; 31 years in Westport and Chester, Conn., prior to moving to Michigan.
She was an active volunteer wherever she lived, supporting her children and grandchildren’s activities and spending many years volunteering with the food pantry at Christian Community Action in Norwalk. She dearly loved spending time with her family and friends, her many dogs, cooking, gardening, knitting, and she treasured time spent on Block Island.
Daniel Leonard Krez, most recently of Wilton, formerly of New York City and Chicago, died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.
He had retired after a long career with Citibank and was a proud alumnus of Cornell University, where he crewed on Big Red’s 1963 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship team and rowed in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
After retiring, he pursued his passion for rowing, winning alumni national championships for Cornell and national and international masters’ competitions as a member of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club.
He was predeceased by his wife, Denice Rassas Krez, his parents, Leonard and Dorothy Krez, his sister Carole Krez Foran, brother-in-law Robert Davis Foran and stepmother, Susan Krez; uncle of Michael (Dawn) Foran, Robert (Monica) Foran and Nancy (James, Jr.) Nash; grand uncle of Megan and Michael Foran, Carolyn Nash, Katherine Foran, James Nash III, Alec and Jadyn Foran, and friend to Edward and Claudia Steinglass.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
John Benton Travers of Hollywood, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 8 at home. He was 57.
Over three decades, he edited numerous films and wrote and directed screenplays.
Born in New Orleans and raised in Westport, he was the son of novelist Robert Travers and half-brother to folk singer Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary. He and his father loved baseball and participated wholeheartedly in the Westport Little League.
Enamored with movies at an early age, he graduated from Staples High School in 1977 and earned his film degree from the University of Bridgeport.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Josephine C. Ottomano of Weston died Nov. 6 at home. She was 90.
Born in New York City, she was the youngest child of Arthur and Mamie Cognato. She graduated from Manhattan High School, and married Gill Ottomano when he returned from World War II, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. The couple settled on Lyons Plains Road, where they raised a family and lived together for 57 years until Gill’s death in 2005.
Josephine continued living independently in the family home, and on May 20 celebrated her 90th birthday at an outdoor party attended by family and friends.
A founding family of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, she served as an original member of the Ladies Guild, and stayed active in church through prayer groups, Bible study and social events.