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Friday, August 26, 2016

George H. Marks Sr., 96, WWII and Police Veteran

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George H. Marks Sr. (r) a World War II veteran and 26-year Westport Police Department veteran, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. He was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal in 2010, sharing the honor with his son, George H. Marks Jr., an almost 35-year veteran of the Westport Police Department and U.S. Navy veteran. See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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George H. Marks Sr., 96

George H. Marks Sr., a lifelong Westport resident and 26-year Westport police veteran, died Aug. 25 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 96.

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George H. Marks Sr. World War II vet anf Westport police veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

In 2010, he and his son, George H. Marks Jr., also a Westport police veteran, served as dual grand marshals of Westport’s Memorial Day parade.

The husband of the late Irene Lillian Lynch Marks was born May 11, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Henry and Ada Carruthers Marks. The family moved to Westport two years after his birth.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1938 and found work as a pressman for the Westporter Herald. In 1940, he joined the Merchant Marine and was a navigation officer.

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Herbert S. Grant, 69

Herbert S. Grant of Stratford died Aug. 25 in a construction accident in Westport. He was 69.

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Herbert Grant: died in Westport accident. Contributed photo

He was born in Winn, Maine one of 13 children born to the late Herbert and Katherine Grant. He had been a Stratford resident for many years.

He was the owner of H. Grant Construction Co. From a very young age, he developed an extremely strong work ethic. He absolutely loved his work and starting bringing his children and grandchildren with him to job sites when they were children, later employing some of them as adults.

He took great pride in a job well done and was well respected among his peers.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Carl E. Fosberg, 62

Carl Eric Forsberg of Westport died Aug. 20 in Norwalk Hospital from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. He was 62.

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Carl Forsberg: Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born in Revere, Mass. to the late William and Mary Forsberg.

He is survived by his daughter Brittany Forsberg of Westport; three sisters Linda and her husband Randy Chiarenzelli of Shelton, Karen Davidson of Westport, Sandra and her husband Jeff Young of Shelton, one brother, Richard Forsberg of Bridgeport and predeceased by brother Kurt Forsberg, several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Friends may greet the family on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Catherine Burke, 86

Catherine Burke of Westport and formerly of Edgartown, Mass., and Pompano Beach, Fla., died Aug. 23 at home. She was 86.

The wife of 47 years of the late Thomas Vincent Burke was born in Bergen, N.J. to the late Stephen and Margaret (Mendles) Gattoni.

Just out of high school, she accepted a job with Pan American World Airways, where she served as a stewardess and assisted in public relations. She enjoyed her travels throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

She subsequently settled down to begin her family following a truly romantic courtship with her husband. They continued to love each other dearly until his death in 2000.

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James Soroka, 69

James Soroka of North Conway, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 20 while on a 100-mile ride on his bicycle training for his next Ironman triathlon. He was 69.

He was a builder by trade for over 30 years, constructing many custom homes in the valley, including his own. He also built his own surfboards through his company North Atlantic surfboards. He traveled globally to surf including Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

He grew up in Westport and at an early age began competitive swimming. He loved the water and was an avid surfer. At age 58, he started biking and running and then began his successful triathlon career.

He won several age group races and in 2012 qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

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David B. Pollack, 76

David B. Pollack of Westborough, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 22. He was 76.

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David Pollack: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 27, 1940 in Parkchester, N.Y., he grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1958. He went on to study at the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York City and entered the world of retail with Gimbel Brothers Department Store.

He suffered from Polymyositis, an inflammatory, destructive, autoimmune muscle disease, for 16 years, and prior to his death wrote his own obituary. Following are edited excerpts.

I met my lovely wife of 50 years, Bunny, at work. One morning when I walked into my office she was sitting at my desk. Less than two weeks later we were engaged, I was not going to let her get away. We were married a year later in Plainview, N.Y.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Robert Kochiss, 89

Robert “Bob” Kochiss of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport, died Aug. 19 at home. He was 89.

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Robert Kochiss: former police officer.  Contributed photo

The husband of Barbara Recker Kochiss was born in Bridgeport to the late Marcel and Mae Kochiss. He attended St. Charles School and Harding High School.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served proudly as a Bridgeport police officer for 22 years, retiring as detective. He then gained employment at GE corporate Headquarters in Fairfield as head of security operations. While with the Bridgeport Police Department, he served as Mayor Hugh Curran’s personal administrative aide and bodyguard.

He thoroughly enjoyed sports. From watching baseball, football, golf and horse racing on TV to avidly playing golf, basketball and running. In high school, he was regularly publicized in the Bridgeport Post as one of the state’s top players.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kenneth T. Hickey, 84

Kenneth Thomas Hickey of Westport, formerly of Wilton, died Aug. 16. He was 84.

The husband of Helene Hickey was born in New York City, Feb. 1, 1932, the son of the late Ida Marie (Scotillo) and Michael Pierce Hickey. 

He grew up in Parkchester in the Bronx, attended Our Lady of Solace School, and Manhattan College High School.  He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University (1958) and master of business administration degree from the Stern School of Business, New York University (1961).

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Donald E. Casciato, 79

Donald Evans Casciato of Bridgeport, a former reporter for the Westport News, died Aug. 14 on his 79th birthday.

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Don Casciato: former Westport News reporter. Contributed photo

Born in Chicago in 1937, he was the son of the late Dominick and Norma Evans Casciato and grew up in Collingswood, N.J.

After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in history, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, N.J. He was an avid journalist for more than 50 years, having worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and a number of other newspapers from Vermont to Germany.

More recently he worked for the Bridgeport Post and the Westport News as a reporter and editor.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Edward M. O’Malley, 77

Edward Michael O’Malley, a resident of Westport/Weston for 41 years, died Aug. 9 in St. Louis, Missouri of heart failure. He was 77. 

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Mike, as he was known, was born June 3, 1939 in Queens, N.Y. to Edward and Veronica O’Malley; his siblings were brother Kevin (deceased), and sister Ave.

He was a star athlete in high school and went on to play basketball at Providence College. After college, he turned his sharp mind and fierce work ethic to a long career on Fashion Ave in New York.

His stellar career culminated in leading Mickey and Co., a top division of a publicly traded clothing company, where he served as president for many years until retirement.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Durwood C. Milone, 89

Durwood (Woody) C. Milone of Westport died Aug. 11. He was 89.

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He was born in Cleveland on July 13, 1927, the middle son of John and Norma Milone, brother to Phyllis Keller and Gloria Miller.

A World War II veteran,  IBM executive, and avid golfer,  he loved life, family and friends.

His longstanding membership at the Whippoorwill Country Club and his many golfing friends there were a very important part of his life.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Donald Febbraio Sr., 84

Donald Febbraio, Sr. of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 5 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 84.

Born April 15, 1932,  he attended Staples High School and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Norden and was the Boy Scout Troop Leader for Troop 16, before venturing into the restaurant business with his son, owning and operating the Pizza Den in the late 1970s and 1980s.

He was predeceased by his father and mother Angelo and Mary Febbraio and by his brother Sam and sister Louise.  He is survived by son Don Jr. and daughter-in-law Wendy, grandsons Donald III and Christopher and their wives Meredith and Jessica. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, his sister in law, Lena Febbraio and his nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held on Aug. 10 at Assumption Church in Westport.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jack Stock, 95

Jack Stock, a longtime resident of New Preston, died July 29, at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. He was 95.

Born on July 15, 1921 in Bridgeport, he was a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. During World War II, he served with a U.S. Army antiaircraft artillery battalion in Europe.

After the war, he practiced law in Bridgeport, and he was twice elected to the state senate from Bridgeport, in 1952 and 1954, on the Democratic ticket. While in Hartford, he was a leader in the successful effort to establish a state primary.

In 1956, he was the Democratic Party’s unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Fairfield County. Before his retirement, he was a partner in the Westport law firm of Senie, Stock & LaChance.

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David Maleski, 60

David Maleski died in January at his home in Cambridge, Vt. He was 60,

He was born April 30, 1955 in Bridgeport, He grew up in Westport and Fairfield, and graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1973.

He was predeceased by; his partner, Dan Jacobs; and his parents, Joseph and Helen Maleski. He is survived by his brother, Thomas Maleski of Anchorage, Ark.

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Eunice Grimm, 93

Eunice Grimm, a former resident of Westport and Dorset, died Aug. 1 at Regional Hospice in Danbury, She was 93.

“Eunie” was born in Chicago on Sept. 30, 1922, daughter of the late Keith and Josephine Thorp.

She was preceded in death by her second husband of 37 years, Thomas R. Grimm, and a son, Gregson T. Pullen.

Her first marriage to Weston C. Pullen Jr. ended in divorce. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., and from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Elias ‘Lee’ Angelus Papageorge, 65

Elias “Lee’ Angelus Papageorge of Fairfield, the loving husband for over 45 years to Mary-Jo Nazzaro Papageorge, died, Aug. 8 surrounded by his family.  He was 65.

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Lee Papagoerge: Oscar’s owner. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport to the late Angelus “Angie” Papageorge and Jennie “Bess” Papageorge, Lee was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1969.  He was the owner of Oscar’s Delicatessen in Westport for over 42 years and successfully operated the business, always with family by his side, until this past Sunday.

Lee was always a strong supporter of the Star program, Project Return and Homes for Hope, the Red Cross and many others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two loving daughters, Melissa Papageorge of Fairfield and Alexandra “Ali” Papageorge of Trumbull; his mother, Jennie “Bess” Papageorge of Fairfield; his devoted siblings, brother, Lucas “Luke” Papageorge and his wife, Brenda of Easton; sisters, Frances “Fanny” P. Kochiss and her husband, Bob of Fairfield, Sandra “Sandy” P. Mongillo and her husband, Joe of Niantic; his cherished grandchildren, Danae, Taylor, Frankie, Charlie, Olive and Plum; his two brothers-in-law and their wives, Frank and Debbie Nazarro of Oxford and Mark and Lorie Nazzaro of Florida and many nieces and nephews. 

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Eunice Powers, 96

Eunice Powers of Saugatuck Island, Westport died July 15 at home. She was 96.

The wife of the late Stevens H. Powers was born in Sea Cliff, Long Island, N.Y. on April 12, 1920. She was a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York in Potsdam in 1941.

She was a teacher in the Westport school system from 1963 to 1983 at the Kings Highway School, teaching third and fifth grades. 

After her retirement, she graduated from the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology and spent 10 years as a piano tuner technician. 

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Lee Papageorge, ‘Mayor of Main Street,’ 65

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Lee Papageorge, the unofficial Mayor of Main Street, who held court for 42 years at Oscar’s Deli amid the bustle of pastrami on rye, Hebrew National hot dogs, matzo ball and chicken soup, and Reubens, died today, family members announced. He was 65.

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Lee Papageorge: lost battle with lung cancer.. Contributed photo

Papageorge, a nonsmoker who had been battling stage 4 lung cancer for months, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he had been receiving treatment. Family members including his wife Mary Jo, were present.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero, Lee—earlier this morning,” the Oscar’s deli Facebook page said. “He was not only a part of our family, but he was part of yours.”

The posting was accompanied by Papageorge’s mild mannered visage replete with his signature, ever present smile and framed by a straw hat.

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Remembering Lee Papageorge


Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, who died today at 65, was the unofficial mayor of Main Street. Some scenes from the WestportNow files. Dave Matlow, Helen Klisser During, Phyllis Groner, Lynn U. Miller, and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Lee Papageorge, Oscar’s Owner, Dies at 65

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Lee Papageorge, longtime owner of the now shuttered Oscar’s Deli on Main Street, died today, his family announced on Facebook. He was 65 and had been battling lung cancer. He died at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment, according to a family member. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero—Lee—earlier this morning,” the posting said. “He was not only a part of our family but he was also a part of yours.” His death came one week after the iconic Main Street eatery closed after 42 years. To celebrate his 65th birthday in February, his family presented him with a life-size replica Oscar as his Oscar’s hosted the fifth annual n’Oscars event presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Patricia J. Uydess, 70

Patricia Joan (Hutchinson) Uydess of Westport died Aug. 6 following a battle with cancer. She was 70.

She was active in Westport sports and, with her lovely greyhounds, was a long time pet therapy volunteer at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Her family said: “Beloved by all, Pat brought laughter into the lives of all who knew her. She leaves a void in our hearts that only the memory of her gentle love can fill. Go with God.”

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Peter ‘Jay’ Faillace, 65

Peter “Jay” Faillace, a longtime resident of Weston and Westport, died Aug. 2 following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 65.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in English literature in 1973 and matriculated at Washington & Lee Law School the following year.

After finishing law school, he moved to Stamford where he met his future wife, the late Joanna Coll Faillace, and began a long career in finance.

Jay was a successful fixed-income securities trader, real-estate speculator, and restaurateur.

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Richard H. Kennedy, 83

Richard H. Kennedy of Mountain Home, Ark., who owned and operated several car dealerships in Westport, died July 30. He was 83.

He was born March 21, 1933, in Hartford, the son of David and Ethel Kennedy.

In 1960, he opened Flag Motors in Westport and for three years he was a sports car dealer. In 1963, the firm became an agency for Dodge autos and handled the Dodge line until 1970 when it took over the Toyota line. The location, 1317 Post Road East, is now a Lexus dealership.

The company also operated a dealership in Stratford, Kennedy Motors.

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Eleanor M. Bedient, 89

Eleanor McKenzie Bedient, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 23, 2015 in Stuart, Fla.. She was 89.

She was born to Ethel and Charles McKenzie in Norwalk on March 14, 1926. She was the eldest of three sisters: El, Kay, and Ginny.

She grew up in Westport, where she attended Staples High School. In 1943, she married the love of her life Charles J Bedient. Soon after they wed, Charles was called up to serve his country in World War II. He served for three years.

El did her part by working at a garage as a secretary and driving the wrecker and locating car parts. She also found herself working under the hood of a car as a mechanic.

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Tulipe H. Traber, 90

Tulipe Hogewoning Traber of Westport died July 22 at home. She was 90.

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Tulipe Traber: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

A lifelong resident of Westport, she was the wife of the late William Sanford Traber. She was born in New York City on March 25, 1926 and is an alumna of The Bolton School (Green Farms Academy), and Southern Seminary and College. 

She was the daughter of the late Bram and Beatrice (Bierck) Hogewoning and had one sister, Mary Ellen Hogewoning.

Her great uncle was the silent film legend, William S. Hart and her great aunt was Mary E. Hart whose memorial animal shelter resides in Westport under the care of the Connecticut Humane Society. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Ida S. Friedman, 98

Ida S. Friedman, a longtime resident and elementary school teacher in Westport, died June 23 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 98.

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Ida Friedman: Westport teacher. Contributed photo

Born April 23, 1918, the only daughter of Jacob and Yetta Schiller, she grew up in New York City, where she graduated from Hunter College in 1938 and married her late husband Milton in 1939.

Ida moved to Westport with her family in 1954. She resided with Milton at 4 Elizabeth Drive until 2007, when they moved to Meadow Ridge, a continuing care community in Redding.

While in Westport, she taught fourth and first grades at Coleytown Elementary School for more than 20 years. During that time, she was active in her school and in the Westport Education Association, where she advocated for individualized learning and teacher development.

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Douglas Tait, 61

Douglas Tait of Westport died July 23. He was 61.

He was born in Scotland and moved to Westport with his parents in the early 1960s.  He was a graduate of Hartford University and had a passion for flying and later became a pilot. 

Through his struggles in life he was blessed to have so many people in the town of Westport and at the Gillespie Center who cared for him.  He is survived by his brother, Christopher Tait.

Friends may call on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homes with Hope – Gillespie Center http://www.hwhct.org/how-to-help/donations/.

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Mitchell G. Ferguson, 63

Mitchell G. Ferguson, a lifelong resident of Westport and Norwalk, died July 5. He was 63.

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Mitchell Ferguson: longtime Westporter.  Contributed photo

Born in California on May 31, 1953, to Charles C. and Ruth Bell Ferguson, he was a twin with brother Michael.

Many Westporters knew him as a longtime employee at the Westport CVS on Post Road East where he worked in the photo department. He was also a meditation teacher and healing guide. 

An obituary submitted by a family member said: “Mitchell’s passing on July 5, 2016, in Norwalk, was very sudden and may have been uncomfortable for just a few minutes.  A peaceful passing in support of his peaceful life. 

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Megan O. Albright, 51

Megan O’Connell Albright of Milford, who began her broadcasting career in Westport, died July 30 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 51.

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Megan Albright: radio career began in Westport. Contributed photo

The wife of Jeffrey Albright was born in Bridgeport on April 26, 1965, the youngest of three daughters. Her parents, Thomas and Barbara O’Connell, currently live in Stratford.

As a child, she attended St Augustine School in Bridgeport. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School, Fairfield, with the class of 1983. She completed her education at Southern Connecticut State University, followed by the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Her radio career began at WMMM, Westport. She later moved on to a very successful and exciting career in radio at WICC 600AM, and WEBE 108FM. It was this career at WICC and WEBE 108, whose offices and broadcast studios were in Bridgeport, that cemented her relationship with her local community.

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