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Saturday, August 08, 2015
Dorothy Hendricks, 94
Dorothy Hendricks of Westport died at home on July 26. She was 94.
She was born Dec. 7, 1920 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Ellen and Michael Archambault. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1942. She married Klaus Hendricks in 1948, a marriage which lasted 52 years until his death in March 2000.
They had three children, eight grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. She relished her role as matriarch of this growing family. She always listened, gave support and remained up to the minute on all the family news.
She is survived by her daughter Carol and her daughters Laura, Lexi and Tracy and Laura’s daughters Jayden and Zoe; her son Michael, his wife MaryEllen and their children Andrew, Sam and Eva; her son Chuck, his wife Dawn and their daughters Jessica and Madeline.
Friday, August 07, 2015
Virginia A. Kmecak, 69
Virginia A. Kmecak of Weston, wife of Paul Kmecak, died Aug. 4 at home. She was 69.
She was born Jan. 6, 1946 and was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Keedick) Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of Weston and was a 1964 graduate of Staples High School.
She owned the Bargain Boutique in Fairfield for many years and also worked at the Westport Weston YMCA for many years.
She and her husband were together for 31 years and married for 25 of those years.
Angela M. Izzo Minckler, 44
Angela M. Izzo Minckler: Westport native. Contributed photo
Angela M. Izzo Minckler of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., originally from Westport and wife of Lawrence A. Minckler Jr. AKA Cisco, died Aug. 5 at her father’s home in Westport. She was 44.
She was born Jan. 5, 1971 in Bridgeport, the daughter of Bernard Izzo and the late Maureen Cleary. She was a 1989 graduate of the American School for the Deaf.
She attended the University of Gallaudet and went on to Southern Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and then she received her Master’s degree in education from the College of New Rochelle.
She was a member of the National Deaf Parents Committee, a member of the National Deaf Poker Tour, New England Deaf Poker Tour and a member of the Connecticut Deaf Pageant Committee. She was a teacher at Dutchess Community College.
Everett Frey, 74
Everett “Bud” Frey, a lifelong resident of Westport, died Aug. 6. He was 74.
Everett Frey: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo
The husband of the late Sharon Frey was born in Norwalk, the son of Everett and Helen Frey. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1959. He is a 1963 graduate of Providence College and received his MBA from Boston College.
An avid golfer, he was as a staple at Longshore and a dedicated member and former president of the Longshore Men’s Golf Association. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his four children: Brad Frey and wife Kelley of Stamford; Tracy Daly and husband Tom of West Hartford; Brendon Frey and wife Marnie of Southport; Caitlin Burke and husband Ryan of Westport; his 10 grandchildren: Gillian and Grayson Frey, Patrick, Bridget and Corinne Daly, Mason, Lucy and Miller Frey, Jack and Annie Burke; nieces Lee Saveliff, Kelly Pollard and Karen Jacobs, all of Westport, and cousin Tom Ryan of Westport.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Nicholas V. Paulik, 80
Nicholas V. Paulik of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 at home. He was 80.
Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Albert and Julia Paulik, he had been a resident of Westport for 40 years. He retired from the automotive industry and moved to Fairfield in 2003.
The husband of Grace (Fiore) Paulik for 56 years, he is survived by his two children, Megan Whitton and her husband Jack of Redding, and Dave Paulik and his wife Maura of Fairfield, seven grandchildren; Emily, Blair and Bradley Whitton and Skylar, Avery, Kendyl and Camryn Paulik and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Autism Speaks.
Kenneth D. Alexander, 64, Town Controller
UPDATE Kenneth Dermott Alexander of Milford, controller for the Town of Westport, died Aug. 1 at home. He was 64.
A Westport employee since 1999, he assumed the controller position in 2008. On his watch, the town maintained its triple-A (Aaa) rating with Moody’s Investor Service and successfully offered bond issues and refunding bond issues, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In a statement, First Selectman Jim Marpe said: “Among his many financial management and reporting responsibilities, Ken played a major role in managing our pension investment funds and achieving maximum return for the town’s investment portfolio. His commitment to his job and to the financial strength of this town was admirable.
“On behalf of the Town of Westport and his fellow employees, we extend our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.”
Monday, August 03, 2015
Raymond Eyes, 90
Raymond Eyes of the Georgetown section of Redding, a former 45-year Westport resident and former publisher of Redbook and McCall’s magazines, died July 30 at Danbury Hospital. He was 90.
Raymond Eyes: publishing executive. Contributed photo
He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 17, 1925 and spent his childhood in Georgetown. He was a veteran of the World War II.
In 1947, he married Anne Coleman of Darien. The couple moved their family to Westport in 1959, where they raised their four children. In 2004, they moved to Meadow Ridge in Redding. Anne died in 2009.
An English major at the University of Connecticut, he was publisher of Redbook magazine in the mid-1960s, and president and publisher of McCall’s magazine until his retirement in 1986.
Abbott Hermann, 88
Abbott Hermann: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo
Abbott Hermann, a 53-year resident of Westport, died Aug. 2 due to complications from dementia. He was 88.
Born Dec. 26, 1926 in New Brunswick, N.J., he was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y, where he graduated from Erasmus High School in 1944. He attended the University of Buffalo, where he graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in psychology.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. In 1962, he moved with his family from Cedarhurst, L.I. to Westport, where he worked for Ethan Allen Furniture for 18 years as director of store development.
An avid golfer, he served on the board for the Longshore Men’s Golf Association.
Robert M. Agate, 79
Robert Michael Agate of Westport, formerly of New Canaan, died July 29 after a long battle with lung and brain cancer. He was 79.
Robert Agate Colgate executive. Contributed photo
He was born on March 10, 1936 in Brighton, Sussex, England, to Edward Robert Henry and Eleanor Mary Agate. At 16, he left school, became an apprentice and began his career as an accountant.
In 1961, he joined Colgate-Palmolive Company in London and began his 35-year career with the company. He went on to hold many positions with Colgate in Bombay, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, England; Sydney, Australia; Boston, (with Kendall Company, a subsidiary of Colgate); and finally New York He retired from Colgate in 1996 after serving as chief financial officer for almost 10 years.
A member of Woodway Country Club in Darien, he was an avid tennis player and golfer. In his retirement, in addition to holding positions on several corporate boards, he could be found traveling, cooking for friends, boating on the Sound and spending time with his family. He will always be remembered as a true British gentleman with a warm smile, a knack for numbers, a wicked backhand and a generous heart.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
John T. Brophy, 76
John Brophy: insurance executive. Contributed photo
John Thomas Brophy of Weston died July 26 at his Florida home after a long illness. He was 76.
He was born April 28, 1939, in Bergenfield, N.J., one of five children. After receiving many accommodations in the Air Force, he went on to earn a B.A. from Rutgers University.
This was followed by a long and successful career in the insurance industry. He was a partner in O’Rourke & Brophy, senior vice president of Johnson & Higgins in New York for seven years, and president and founder of Westport Management Services in Westport.
He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Connecticut Golf Club in Easton.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Beverly Slater, 83
Beverly Slater of Westport died July 28. She was 83.
The daughter of the late Ethel and Alfred Martin, she was born in Gross Pointe, Michigan and was also a resident of Naples and Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Schenectady, N.Y, Monroe and Southbury.
She and her late husband Ford also owned a vacation home in Londonderry, Vt. where the entire family skied.
Having met when they were just 13 years old, Beverly and Ford traveled the world, many of the destinations seen from the deck of a cruise ship. They met a number of presidents and Beverly was even given a private tour of the White House by Barbara Bush.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Richard J. Sweetnam, Sr.,80
Richard (Dick) J. Sweetnam, Sr., a 43-year Westport resident, died July 29 at home. He was 80.
Richard J. Sweetnam, Sr.: ex-IBMer. Contributed photo
The husband of Evelyn Sweetnam was born April 3, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from St. Augustine’s High School in 1953, and Fordham University with a B.S. in 1958.
During his final year of undergraduate school, he was elected president of the Student Council for the Downtown School of Business. He attended Fordham’s Law School from which he graduated in 1965. He retired as a member of the Connecticut and New York state and federal bars
He and his family moved to Westport in 1972 from Huntsville, Alabama, where he had been counsel at IBM’s Space Systems Center.
Alyson A. Williams, 54
Alyson A. Williams, formerly of Weston and later Westport, died July 19 in Branford after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 54.
Alyson Williams: graphic artist. Mike Thut photo
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Weston, she chose to live near her family and friends in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, where she could garden and smell the salt air.
She was the daughter of Cynthia Williams of Weston, and sister to Heather Williams of Westport, and Carrie Gilbertie of Stratford, and brother-in-laws Colin Walklet and Tom Gilbertie. She was the doting aunt to Taylor Walklet, and Sarah and Grace Gilbertie.
Her longtime companion David Clogg of Black Rock, and his children, Allison and Bryan Clogg, also survive her, and she was a loving caregiver to Pita and Koda, her beloved animals. She was a best friend and soul sister to dozens.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Jeanne W. DeSalvo, 86
Jeanne Elizabeth Warren DeSalvo of Westport died July 18 in Norwalk Hospital of complications from advanced colon cancer. She was 86.
Jeanne DeSalvo: active volunteer. Contributed photo
A Norwalk resident for 75 years, she had resided in Westport since May 2004.
Daughter of the late Thomas H. Warren and Norma Ryder Warren of Norwalk, she was born Oct. 7, 1928 and attended Norwalk schools and the Merrill Business School.
She married Arthur E. DeSalvo, Jr., of Rowayton, on May 14, 1955. They met while they were both working at the architectural firm of Eliot Noyes and Associates in New Canaan, where Art became a full partner before starting his own firm, Group Six and Associates, in Norwalk. They were married 42 years.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Richard F. McAdoo, 92
Richard F. McAdoo of Westport and Naples, Florida, a retired Army colonel, died July 8 in Florida. He was 92.
Richard McAdoo: retired Army colonel. Contributed photo
He was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1947. He served 27 years on active duty as an Army engineer. In addition, he earned Masters of Science degrees in engineering and international affairs.
Some of his many assignments included Japan, and two tours of Korea. He served as the deputy engineer of the Missouri River Division and assistant military attache at the American Embassy, Brussels, Belgium.
In addition to numerous campaign and unit medals, he was awarded the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters.