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Town Activist David Royce Dies at 82

UPDATE (adds details, memorial service) David Royce, whose letters to the editor, actions, and Town Hall speeches brought him notoriety as an activist—some said gadfly—for much of his more than four decades in Westport, died April 4 in Greenwich Hospital after a two-year battle with lymphoma. He was 82.

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David Royce at a familiar location: the Town Hall auditorium podium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

His wife, Nina, said the illness had become more aggressive in recent months.

But that did not stop him from writing a letter to the Westport News two weeks ago. In it, he pinpointed what he said was the exact location of the missing Malaysian airliner and asked: “Now would someone tell me why every airliner in the world isn’t fitted with that (off-the-shelf) pop-out floater signal beacon in its tail? How dumb not to.”

For the past nine years, Royce was a familiar figure at the Saturday morning peace vigils on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center, usually holding a large sign saying “No More War” or “Get Out.”

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