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Saturday, April 22, 2017

O. Jules Romary, 86

Octave (O. Jules) Romary, 86, of Fenton, Missouri, a former Westport resident, died April 18 at his home. He was 86.

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Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Yonkers, New York, he was the only son of the late Jules and Alice (Neary) Romary.

He was a 1948 graduate of Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers, a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University, and in 1973 completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program, where he served as class president.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956 as a 1st lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, including overseas duty during the Korean Conflict. He raised his family in Westport, and after 1993, had been a resident of Florida.

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George L. Sterling, 89

George L. Sterling of Westport died April 18 at home. He was 89.

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George L. Sterling: served in Marines. Contributed photo

Son of Bertha Everhart Sterling and Leon M. Sterling, he was born in Fargo, North Dakota on Dec. 1, 1927.

Honest and with the highest of integrities, he was a proud U.S. Marine who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University after he returned from his three years of service. The sound of the Marines’ Hymn would bring tears to his eyes.

A natural athlete, he excelled as a lifelong golfer, a collegiate hockey player, a fly fisherman, a skier and any other sport he was game to try. As a senior in high school, he and his family settled in Scarsdale, New York where he became a very loyal and enthusiastic fan of the New York Giants and the New York Rangers, even until his final days.

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Julia Polizzio, 92

Julia Polizzio, a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 22. She was 92.

The wife of the late Frederick Polizzio was born in Westport on March 13, 1925 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Giordano) Caprio.

Before her retirement, she worked for Diane Knitwear and was an active member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 Woman’s Auxiliary. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was everything to her.

Survivors include one son, John Polizzio Sr. and his wife Ksenia Guseva of Westport,  and two grandsons, John Polizzio Jr. and Mark Polizzio and his wife Andrea. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Joseph A. Caprio Jr. and one sister, Mary Caruso.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Judith L. Dann, 82

Judith L. Dann of Danbury, formerly of Westport and Ridgefield, died April 9 at home. She was 82.

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Judith Dann: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The wife of Jordan R. Dannn was born in Sacramento, California, a daughter of Francis and Eleanor (Maloney) Leserer. She was raised in California and as a teenager, moved with her family to Westport, where she graduated from Staples High School.

Following graduation, she entered and graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing where she was then employed as a registered nurse. She later was employed with the Norwalk Hospital where she was the nursing supervisor in the psychiatric department.

In Ridgefield, she was the proprietor of the former Country Cat. Also, she and her husband were mentors to many young persons who became successful in their life goals

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

William McGorry, 88

William Jackson Boyd McGorry of Westport and Highland Beach, Florida, died April 13. He was 88.

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William McGorry: marketing executive. Contributed photo

Son of Mary Boyd and William McGorry, he was born in Astoria, Queens, New York on June 10, 1928.

He and wife Martha were residents of Westport from 1967 until Bill’s retirement in 1991. While residents of Highland Beach thereafter, they continued to spend summers in their Westport home.

Bill graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in economics and a minor in history. He put the former to use as a marketing professional and the latter to satisfy a lifelong interest—he was seldom without a history book.

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Richard Silveria, 85

Richard (Dick) Silveria of Westport and Hilton Head, South Carolina, died April 18 after a brief illness. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday.

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Richard Silveria: ex=IBMer. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Dora J. Silveria, he was born in Oakland, California. He started working in a local cannery while in high school and put himself through college, attending the University of California Berkeley where he majored in industrial engineering.

He spent the majority of his business life as an industrial engineer for IBM, concentrating in international manufacturing.

He split his time between Hilton Head Island and Westport. He was a life member of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, exploring his love for sailing and served on the board and as the commodore.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Anthony P. Saponare, 78

Anthony “Tony” P. Saponare, a lifelong Westport resident, died April 17 at home. He was 78.

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Anthony P. Saponare: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk on May 19, 1938, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Izzo) Saponare. He was a 1956 graduate of Staples High School.

He worked at Birchwood Country Club in Westport as a greens keeper for over 30 years.

He was an avid Yankee and Giants fan and knew every statistic there was to know in baseball trivia.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Harriet H. Kenney, 89

Harriet Hapke Kenney of Holmes Beach, Florida, a former Westport resident, died April 9. She was 89.

She attended Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and graduated from New Haven Teachers College. Before retiring to Florida, she and her husband, Peter, made their home in Westport for 60 years.

They moved to Westport in 1951, where she began her career as a first grade teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School. While raising her family, she pursued her artistic and literary talents.

A lover of sailing on Long Island Sound, she authored the children’s book “Little Windjammer.” She also loved to paint and enjoyed her associations with other Westport artists.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Robert C. Casperson, 59

Robert Carl Casperson of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died March 24 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury after a battle with cancer. He was 59.

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Robert Casperson: 1975 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He born in Greenwich on Dec. 3, 1957, to Grace Elizabeth “Betty” (Humphreys) and Roland Carl Casperson, later of Westport. He was the youngest child of a family of five siblings.

He was raised in Westport, where he graduated from Staples High School in 1975. He went on to pursue a liberal arts education at Sacred Heart University while beginning, in 1976, his lifelong career at MBI in Norwalk.

MBI turned out to be the center of his professional and personal life. In 1977, he met Linda Magini, a new addition to the MBI family, and they became lifelong soul mates.

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Alice E. Jacqmin, 94

Alice Ehrlich Jacqmin of Sugar Land, Texas, a former Westport resident, died April 5. She was 94.

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Alice Jacqmin: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Flandreau, South Dakota on Jan. 15, 1923 to Earl and Fae Ehrlich Wheeler. After graduating from Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1940, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for two years. Then, like many young woman during that period, she left college to help with our country’s war efforts.

In 1942, she was hired as a junior chemist at the General Chemical Defense Company Point Pleasant, West Virginia, TNT manufacturing plant. There she met her future husband, Harris John Jacqmin. They were married in Gallipolis, Ohio on Oct. 15, 1943.

The couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Alice worked as a sales representative for Procter and Gamble. In 1947 Harris took a job with the Shell Oil Company. The sompany transferred the couple to several of their oil refineries including Shell Oil’s refinery in Deer Park, Texas.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

William J. Gluckman, 67

William Joseph Gluckman of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died March 20 at Wilton Meadows in Wilton. He was 67.

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William Gluckman: educator. Contributed photo

He was born April 26, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. He arrived in Westport with his family in time to begin his education in the Westport school system.

He was a track star, winning the Connecticut state championship in the quarter mile before his graduation from Staples High School in 1967.

He received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.S. in secondary education from University of Bridgeport. Subsequently, at Fairfield University, he received certification in Intermediate administration and in advanced study in school counseling.

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Joan E. Lewis, 86

Joan E. Lewis of Redding died April 6 after a brief illness. She was 86.

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Joan E. Lewis: accomplished artist. Contributed photo

She was born Nov. 29, 1930 to English parents, James B. Murray and Ethele Murray in Merrick, Long Island, New York, and moved to nearby Garden City at the age of six. 

After graduation from Garden City High School in 1948 she earned an Associate Degree in business at Scudder School in New York.

In 1954, she met Will Lewis, an officer aboard the USS Murray returning from a five-month goodwill tour of Europe. It was love at first sight, and with only two dates they were engaged.

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John Nazzaro Sr., 82

John Nazzaro Sr., a lifelong resident of Westport, died April 4 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 82.

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John Nazzaro Sr.: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The husband of Josephine (Alexander) Nazzaro John was born in Norwalk on April 2, 1935 and was the son of the late James and Josephine (Chappa) Nazzaro.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was an avid golfer who loved his home course of Longshore.

He was also an avid bowler and at the age of 65 bowled a 300 perfect game. He was part of the morning crew at the Coffee An’ doughnut shop in Westport.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

John L. Vezendy, Jr., 77

John Laszlo Vezendy, Jr.of Westport died April 8 at Regional Hospice in Danbury after battling cancer. He was 77.

He was born July 19, 1939 in Berwick, Pennsylvania to John and Mary Luciw Vezendy. He graduated with a B.F.A. in interior design from Pratt Institute in 1961.

Living in New York City, he was self-employed as an interior designer, specializing in clock design. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

In 1975 he relocated to Westport, where he lived until the time of his death.

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Mary Wiehl, 92

Mary Lee Wiehl of Westport and Vero Beach, Florida died April 8. She was 92.

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Mary Wiehl: art enthusiast.  Contributed photo

She was born in New York City Aug. 28, 1924, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vance Hewitt. She attended Mrs. Roosevelt’s Todhunter School, graduating from the Chapin School and Vassar College, class of 1945-4.

She worked as a researcher for Life magazine, then as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Junior Museum. She married Ernest Wiehl of Fairfield in 1948.

She was active in the Girl Scouts, YWCA and American Red Cross. She had a keen interest in 19th and early 20th century American prints.

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Albert J. Scialo, 87

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Albert James Scialo of Westport died April 9. He was 87.

Born in New York City, on Dec. 6, 1929, he was a son of the late Salvatore and Dorothy Pantano Scialo.

He is survived by his daughter, Tara Scialo-Schuld and her husband John and their children Jake and Jenna and two step daughters, Tammy Edwards and her husband Richard and their children, Ashley and Richard, Jr. and Tricia Haviland and her son Clark. He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Scialo.

All funeral services and burial will be held privately.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Ruth L. List, 92

Ruth Lane List of Woodbridge, a former Westport resident, died April 7 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. She was 92.

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Ruth List: 1941 Staples grad.. Contributed photo

The wife of the late John P. List was born at home in Westport Sept. 8, 1924, daughter of the late Ralph and Florence (Dunnigan) Lane where she lived for 66 years prior to moving.

She was a 1941 graduate of Staples High School where she played the piano for the various music productions.

Following Staples, she graduated from Junior College of Connecticut with an associate’s degree and prior to retiring was employed as a dental hygienist in the Westport area for many years.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Michael V. Buddy, 76

Michael Vincent Buddy of Greenwich, a former Westport resident and award-winning television director with CBS News and ABC News, died April 3 at Greenwich Hospital. He was 76.

He was born in New York City on April 21, 1940 to the late Edward Carr and Juliette Adams Buddy. He was raised in Westport, joined the Marine Corps in 1957, and was honorably discharged in 1960.

In 1962, he began his career in television in the mailroom at CBS News and from there rose through the ranks to become associate director of the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.”

In 1978, he began a 20-year career at ABC News, first as director of “ABC World News Tonight,” and later as director of “This Week with David Brinkley,” “20/20.” and “Good Morning America.”

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Barbara L. Bacharach, 80

Barbara L. (Lawrence) Bacharach of Farmington, a former Westport resident, died April 1 at Brookdale of Farmington. She was 80.

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She was born July 10, 1936 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Fredrick and Dorothy (Dougherty) Lawrence. She was raised and went to school in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. She then went on to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.

After graduation, she worked as a nurse and flight attendant for TWA. She met and married Andrew and they moved to Westport., where she raised her two sons and continued to nurse part time in longterm care facilities and hospitals in Fairfield County.

She retired to Sarasota, Florida, where she lived for 22 years before moving back to Connecticut and settling in Bristol.

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Joan Harrop, 86

Joan Barbara (Huston) Harrop of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died April 6 in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home. She was 86.

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Joan Harrop: Former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Portland, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Robert D. and Ethel I. (Lancey) Huston. She was a 1949 graduate of Deering High School, Portland. In 1953, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She worked in Hartford in the administrative office of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, before she was married. She lived with her family in Rosemont, along Philadelphia’s Main Line, and later in Westport, where she was active with the Westport Woman’s Club and Westport Historical Society.

After her children graduated high school, she relocated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she worked as a restaurant hostess and tour guide for group bus trips throughout New England.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Marie F. McHugh, 84

Marie F. McHugh (nee Gallagher), a Westport resident for 45 years, died March 25. She was 84.

The widow of James J. was born Sept 3, 1932, graduated from St. John’s University, and worked for Eastern Airlines in New York City and Washington, D.C.

She is survived by her children, John, James, Anne, Peter and Paul; her grandchildren, Sarah, Peter, Sam, David, Kate, Marie, and Jane; her sisters, Nan Jones and Patricia Hay; and her cousins, Patricia Duffy, Loretta Frohnhoefer, and Ann Marie Duffy. She was predeceased by her sister Eileen Butler.

A reception for family and friends is planned. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

John M. Lupton III, 69

John Mather Lupton III of Washington, D.C., a former resident of Westport and Weston, died March 30 following a battle with cancer. He was 69.

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John M. Lupton III: Staples ‘66 president. Contributed photo

He was founder of PCa Blue, a prostate cancer awareness organization, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and former executive director of the Westport Historical Society.

The son of John and Mavis Lupton, he was born June 24, 1947 in Connecticut. His father was a Connecticut state senator. He attended Weston public schools, and then Staples High School in Westport, where he was elected president of the class of 1966.

Known as Johno to his friends, he remained “class president for life,” helping to organize reunions and raising funds for gifts to the school.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

William G. Turner, Jr., 88

William Gabriel Turner, Jr. of Westport, died March 27 at home after a long struggle with the maladies of age. He was 88.

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William G. Turner, Jr: former IBM, Sperry executive. Contributed photo

He was born in Queens, New York, the son of William G. Turner and Olive E. Gueckel. After early schooling in Queens, he studied at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering.

He began his career at IBM but was soon drafted since IBM did not believe in requesting deferment for critical skills.

His service career consisted of work in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Engineering Division.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Claude H. Bradley Jr, 85

Claude (Rex) Harrison Bradley Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia died March 25 after a long illness. He was 85.

He was born in Danbury on June 26, 1931, son of Claude H. and Pauline Ada (Scharfenberg) Bradley Sr.

He was employed with the Home Oil Company, Norwalk for 29 years. Previously, he was known as “Doc” a combat medic in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and VFW. He volunteered for the Saugatuck Hose Co. 4 in Westport,

After retiring, he moved with his wife Margaret to Roanoke.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Barry Blau, 89, Direct Marketing Entrepreneur

Barry Blau of Westport, who started a business in his basement that became one of the world’s largest direct marketing firms, died March 28 in Norwalk Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.

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A native of the Bronx, he preserved traces of the borough’s beloved melodious accent throughout his long life.

He was a member of the first graduating class of the elite Bronx High School of Science, later making grueling interborough subway rides to attend Brooklyn College, where he met his future wife at a Trotskyite gathering.

He began his career as a copy boy at Time Inc., working alongside Henry Grunwald, who became the magazine publisher’s editor-in-chief. Barry, however, soon forsook journalism for advertising to feed his growing family.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

James P. McCabe, 92

James P. McCabe of Westport died March 1 at home. He was 92.

The husband of Eileen (Hartmann) McCabe, he was born Jan. 14, 1925, the son of the late James and Maria (Haverty) McCabe.

He was a World War II veteran who proudly served for three years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Blakely, a destroyer escort, in the North Atlantic and the Pacific.

He served as president of Local 1101 of the Communications Workers of America.

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Ann Marie Fanning, 67

Ann Marie (Hufnagel) Fanning, a longtime Westport resident, died March 29 at home. She was 67.

The wife of Jack Fanning was born in New York City to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Murphy) Hufnagel.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael Fanning of Cambridge, Massachusetts; her brother, Joseph Hufnagel and his wife, Barbara, of Bethel; her brother, William Hufnagel, and his wife, Joan, of Montclair, Virginia; her sister, Marybeth Errico and her husband, Rich, of Valley Stream, New York; her sister, Susan Hufnagel, of Edgewater, New Jsersey, and her sister, Cathy Hufnagel, of New York City; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Fanning.

Friends may greet her family on Sunday, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church in Westport.  Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Jr., 83

Erwine Theodore Buckenmaier, Jr., known as “Ted,” a 47-year Westport resident, died March 24 at home after fighting sarcoma for almost a year. He was 83.

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Born in Oceanside, New York on Sept. 4, 1933, he was the son of Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Sr. and Helen (Haas) Buckenmaier. 

“Teddy” was the adored younger brother of sisters Rosanne and Carol.  He exceled in sports and academics, graduating as valedictorian from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, New York.

He then went on to study engineering with a ROTC scholarship to Cornell University, graduating with a B.S. Ch. E. in 1956.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

George E. LaCava, 86

George E. LaCava of Danbury, a retired Westport educator, died March 22. He was 86.

He was appointed head of instructional materials at Staples High School in 1967.

He received a B.S. from Danbury State College, a M.S. at the University of Bridgeport, and did graduate work at Fordham University and the University of Arizona.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury. Interment will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. There will be no calling hours.

An earlier version of this story said incorrectly he was a member of the English department.

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Jack J. Falsone, 93

Jack J. Falsone of Westport died March 26 at his home. He was 93.

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Born in Queens, New York, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Cutelli) Falsone, he was the husband of the late Anna Mandracchia.

After graduating from Columbia University and earning his medical degree. from the State University of New York—Long Island College of Medicine in 1947, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps (1943-46) and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

He was a member of the American Medical Association., as well as Connecticut, Fairfield County, and Norwalk Medical Associations. He was a tireless advocate for AmeriCares, volunteering his time and serving as medical director of its free clinic for many years.

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