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Tuesday, August 04, 2015



Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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.”

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Abbott Hermann, 88 Image
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.

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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.

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.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

John T. Brophy, 76

John Thomas Brophy of Weston died July 26 at his Florida home after a long illness. He was 86.

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.

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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.

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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. Image
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. 

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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. Image
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.

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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. Image
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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.

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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. Image
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.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Georgia A. McElroy, 62

Georgia A. McElroy of Stockton, Calif., a former Westport resident, died July 22. She was 62.

She was born in Pasadena, Calif. and lived her childhood years in Westport and Naples, Fla.. She graduated from Duke University. Following graduation, she joined Vista Volunteers where she served, supported and advocated for the health and welfare of Native Americans on Pine Ridge Reservation.

With a desire to have a greater impact on systemic injustice, she enrolled in the University of California, Davis, School of Law where she received a Juris Doctor degree.

After a few years of practicing criminal law with a private firm, she joined The Office of the Public Defender -San Joaquin County, and began her career as a dedicated and tenacious public defender. For the remainder of her life, her professional mission was to doggedly serve her clients with empathy, patience and dignity and to uphold the Constitution and due process of law.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Constance F. Anstett, 93

Constance “Connie” Fleming Anstett of Southport, a longtime Westport resident and widow of the late Westport Probate Judge Robert M. Anstett, died July 23. She was 93. Image
Constance Anstett:  longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Active in Westport town affairs for decades, especially the Republican Party, she lived in Southport since 1995 but Westport was always special to her. Earlier this month, she was seen at the Compo Beach fireworks.

She was born Sept. 12, 1921 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late William and Agnes Garry Fleming. She graduated from Bronxville (N.Y.) High School where she was chosen by faculty and the student body to receive the high award for “Outstanding Scholarship, Citizenship, and Self-Reliance.” She spent the rest of her life trying to live up to this honor. She attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa. and Katharine Gibbs School.

She married Everett Justus Dearman, Jr. during World War II when he served as a lieutenant.  Upon his death in the line of duty, she returned to New York and became an interviewer in the placement office for Katherine Gibbs School

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

William C. Rippe, 55

William Cisler Rippe of Westport, formerly of Westfield, N.J., died July 21 at home after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 55. Image
William C. Rippe: financial executive.  Contributed photo

Rippe, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.

He was born in Summit, N.J. in 1959 and was raised in Westfield, N.J. He graduated from Westfield High School and attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

After two years at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas as a process engineer, he returned to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his MBA degree.

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Sylvia M. Jander, 86

Sylvia M. Jander of Keene, N.H., a former Westport resident, died July 18 at home. She was 86.

She was born April 16, 1929, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. to Henry Bernard Jander Jr., a first-generation German-American builder, and Ann Hughes, a Welsh-American teacher and writer.

She lived in Pleasantville, N.Y., until her family moved in 1934 to Westport. She lived on a 7-acre farm with her parents and three brothers, where she raised chickens and milked cows.

In 1944 her family moved to Tangier Island, Va., an historic fishing community first explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608. Ann Hughes Jander later wrote “Crab’s Hole,” a memoir of the family’s life on the island. Henry Jander helped bring reliable electricity to the island and her mother taught English and piano.

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Irving P. Mills, 88

Irving “Snapper” P. Mills, husband of Dolores Maresca Mills and lifelong Westport resident, died July 19 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.

Born in Westport on Aug. 24, 1926, he was the son of the late Clifford and Catherine (Healy) Mills.

He was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for Kowalsky Brothers in Westport and also for the Town of Westport as a heavy equipment operator.

He was a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport and loved fishing and stock car racing.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edward J. Tarnok, 69

Edward Joseph Tarnok of Westport died July 20 of cardiac arrest. He was 69.

A resident of Westport for more than 33 years, he is survived by his wife of 12 years, Audrone, daughter Jennifer and son in-law Ajay, son James and daughter in-law Traci, son Brian and daughter in-law Courtney, daughter Kristin and son in-law Phillip, and son Mark. 

Seven grandchildren also survive him: Justin, Caitlin, John, Zachary, Tyler, Taylor and Matthew; brothers Marty and Robert; stepson Arturas; and step grandson Ignas.  He was preceded by his first wife, Joan, and son, Edward, Jr. 

He was a successful businessman and a distinguished Vietnam veteran.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to play golf and watch sports.

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