Wednesday, May 04, 2016
UPDATE The Westport Police Department today announced the ”untimely death” of Sgt. Robert Myer, 48, a 23-year member of the force.
According to a news release from the Newtown Police Department, where Myer lived, police were called to his home at 6:42 a.m. “for a medical assist and then determined that it was an untimely death.”
Myer, who was a member of the Newtown Police Department Board of Commissioners, was widely known to many Westporters, where he grew up. His late brother James was a 30-year Westport firefighter.
“The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death,” Newtown police said, adding, “There is nothing criminal at this point.”
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Anne Stovall Timm of Longboat Key, Fla., died March 28. She was 92.
She was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Arizona. She left for New York City to pursue a career with Mademoiselle magazine. She spent much of her life in Weston and Westport where she was a top real estate agent for 23 years.
She was featured on “Women’s Watch” show for her real estate achievements. She was a member of Aspetuck Country Club, where she golfed and organized the tennis team.
She and her husband Ralph moved to Longboat Key to retire in 1995. She enjoyed duplicate bridge, and became a life master.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Albert Frank Pfister, Sr. of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
He was born Sept. 26, 1927 in West Haven, the son of the late Sebastian and Lena Pfister. He was a graduate of West Haven High School and Providence College, Class of 1952.
Following college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Okinawa, Japan. He had a successful career as personnel director with AT&T, formerly Western Electric Co.
A friendly, kind gentleman, he will be remembered for his love and commitment to his family, friends, faith, the New York Rangers and most of all his sailing days on his boat “Janal.”
Joseph P. Makravitz of Rock Hall, Md., a former Westport resident, died April 25 at University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, Md. He was 98.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of the late Peter and Katherine Martin Makravitz.
He was a machinist supervisor for the DuPont Co., where he retired after 25 years of service.
He was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Westport for more than 70 years.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
David I. Weiss of Fernandina Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 31. He was 69.
Born Nov. 6, 1946 in Cleveland, he spent his youth years in Cleveland and Florida before serving in the Navy on the USS Wright.
After his service, he moved to New York and attended New York University. He spent a successful career as a business manager in the technology industry, working for Satellite Business Systems and then IBM while living in Westport for more than 30 years.
After retiring from IBM, he moved to Fernandina Beach, where he enjoyed reading, golfing and spending time with close friends. He was a Mason, founder of SPIRITS and a friend of Bill W.
Ronald (Ron) Vigars of Westport died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
He was born May 20, 1929, in Port Arthur, Ontario, to Richard and Shirley Vigars. His professional career spanned all across the transportation sector.
His first job was with the Maritime Bus Company in 1949, after which he worked for the Canadian National Railways. He spent 38 years working for Air Canada (1953 - 1991).
During his time with the airline, he was a passenger on the first Canadian flight to ever be hijacked at gunpoint, an experience that never left him.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Joanna “Jan” Vosburgh Zak of Madison, a former Westport resident, died April 18 at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven. She was 73.
Born Aug. 16, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Joan Vosburgh of Westport. A lifelong Connecticut resident, she attended Sacred Heart School in Westport and Boston College (Newton) in Massachusetts.
In her early years, she was a prominent executive in Connecticut and New York in the areas of specialized meeting planning and conferences.
She was predeceaed by her husband, Kenneth “Ken” Alan Zaks. She is survived by, her two daughters, Christine “Ceci” Zak and Sarah Zak Borgman, as well as her three grandchildren, Ella Bree, Tate Thomas, and Wyatt Alan Borgman.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Richard Dana Paul of Branford, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 16 at home. He was 66.
He was born Oct. 12, 1949 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the son of the late Beverly McLeod Paul (Komp) and Richard Rea Paul. He graduated Norwalk High School in 1968 and received B.S. in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston in 1974.
He began his career with Bechtel Alyeska working on the Alaska pipeline in the mid 1970s. When he returned to the lower 48, he met and married Dale Schmid of Greenwich in 1990. They later divorced.
He continued his career in transportation training and logistics until his recent retirement. He was loved and respected by all who had the opportunity to know him.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Josephine Mildred Woog, a 60-year resident of Westport, died April 19. She was 89.
Her son, Dan, who writes the 06880 blog, paid tribute to his mother in this posting:
“Jo Woog — who died yesterday, at 89 — was a Westporter for 60 years. In those six decades, she did so much. She was a PTA mom, a volunteer for countless causes, and a strong supporter of arts programs — particularly music. She played piano whenever she could, and taught it for a decade. She also played a mean game of tennis — and stopped only a few years ago.
“She was a member of the Y (aerobics!), Y’s Women, the Democratic Women of Westport, and several book clubs. She went to Long Wharf, the Quick Center and Westport Country Playhouse — and kept going, until a month or two ago.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Donna Mae (Halloran) Malin of Westport died April 8 after a lengthy illness. She was 82.
She was born and raised in Northampton, Mass. the daughter of John and Mary (Duffy) Halloran.
She graduated from Northampton High School in 1952 and received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1956.
At UMass, she was a member of the KKG sorority and participated in its singing group and other activities.
Jeffrey Kornfeld of Westport, formerly of Bayside, N.Y, died April 14. He was 60.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frieda and Daniel Kornfeld. He is survived by his wife, Sue Joustra, children Alexandra and Logan Kornfeld and Samantha Joustra, sister Rochelle Tivin, niece Kimberly Silversmith (David), nephew Michael Tivin and Jillian Tivin, and great-niece Brynn Silversmith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care, Danbury.
V. Louise Higgins of Fairfield, a former employee of the Westport school system, died March 25. She was 94.
Born Febr. 21, 1922 and originally of Andover, Mass., she was daughter of the late James A. and Martina F. Higgins.
Louise was both a teacher and a director in the Westport Public Schools.
A serious and valued historian of Southport, she added important documents, maps and photographs to the Pequot Library and the Fairfield Museum.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Richard (Dick) B. Price, III of Westport died April 7 in his Westport home of 50 years. He was 83.
He was born March 4, 1933 in Woodbury, N.J. and graduated from the Nichols School in 1952 and Trinity College in 1956.
He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force prior to moving to Westport. He was an avid sailor and a former member of Cedar Point Yacht Club. He also loved music, especially jazz, and played the saxophone.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Antonia Hepburn Price. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Price of Westford, Mass.; his daughters Jennifer Grimes, of Westlake Village, Calif., and Deborah Hilts of New Haven; and three grandchildren.
John A. Thompson of Westport, who was active in Westport community affairs, died March 31 at Yale-New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus after a brief illness. He was 81.
He was born Oct. 8, 1934 in New York City to the late Donald L. and Dr. Jean A. Thompson. He was a graduate and former trustee of Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.
He was a 1956 graduate of Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., and served as a Clarkson trustee for 21 years and was elected an emeritus trustee.
He practiced as a CPA during an ever-changing time in the accounting industry. He began his career in 1956 at Arthur Young & Company. He became partner at D.L. Thompson & Company in 1958.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Rev. Frederick Lawrence Saviano, a Westport native, died April 9 after a lengthy illness. He was 74.
Born Nov. 5, 1941 to John and Mildred (Romano) Saviano in Westport, he was the youngest of five boys.
Deciding to join the priesthood at an early age, he credited his career choice to his mother’s deep faith, as his father died when he was only 3 years old.
Fond of his duties as an alter server in Westport’s Assumption Church since the age of 9, he often dreamed of being like the priests of his parish.
Anne Elizabeth de Bourbon of Alexandria, Va., a former Westport resident, died April 4 following complications from surgery. She was 64.
She was a resident of Westport for more than 15 years before moving to Alexandria in 2003.
Born May 12, 1951, she grew up in Patterson, N.Y., the youngest daughter of Filiberto de Bourbon and Lucia Vasquez de Cobo de Bourbon.
A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Somers, N.Y., and Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., her career was in banking, working most recently as a mortgage underwriter with 1st Mariner Bank in Bethesda, Md.
Crystal “Chris” M. Christensen of Westport, formerly of Norwalk, died April 5 at Bridgeport Hospital after a brief illness. She was 79.
A graduate of Norwalk High School and Danbury State Teachers College, she worked for many years as a receptionist greeting patients at Dr. Rudder, Dr. Toth and at Dr. Fazio/Dr. Gottlieb’s dental offices in Norwalk before retiring in 2004.
Her warm smile and kind demeanor will be missed by all who knew her.
Predeceased by her husband Thorleif B. Christensen, brother, Ernest R. Schultz Jr. and longtime companion James Hunter, she leaves behind nieces Donna Renzulli (Joe) of Westport and Gail Hunt of Shelton and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Eve R. Jendrock of Exeter, N.H. died April 6. She was 91.
Born June 21, 1924 in Berlin Germany, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Eugene and Hilda (Silbermann) Kleinhandler and the sister of the late Dr. William W. Kleinhandler. Her family came to America in the autumn of 1938 when they fled Nazi Germany.
She graduated from Pittsfield (Mass.) High School in 1942 and from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1947, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in industrial and jewelry design.
She worked for Philco in Philadelphia, designing radio and TV cases and later for GE in Pittsfield as a draftsman in the naval ordnance department.
Friday, April 08, 2016
Westport resident Anita Pollak Schorr, a Holocaust survivor, died Thursday, April 7. She was 85. Last September, she told the Westport Rotary Club (above): “I beg you to make a commitment to yourself—not to be a bystander of injustice.” She showed a picture of herself when she was 3 (l) as well as the last photograph of her with family members (r). She said the photographs exist today because of a non-Jewish seamstress in her town kept the photographs through the war years. First Selectman Jim Marpe offered his condolences and called Schorr, a Westport resident since 1985, “a courageous woman.” He said she had “made it her mission to tell the story of what happened to her and to the six million other Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. For the last 20 years that audience included Westport students. She also developed a program to help middle school teachers incorporate the Holocaust into their curriculums.” Services are scheduled Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at Abraham L. Green & Son, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Ronald J. Cacciola of Fairfield and formerly of Redding died April 6. He was 72.
He was born in Bridgeport to the late Patrick and Genevieve (Connors) Cacciola and was a lifelong area resident.
A talented interior designer for more than 40 years, he owned his own business, Ron Cacciola Interior Planners in Westport. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his children, Ted and Caroline Cacciola of Fairfield, his sisters, Patricia Svelnys and her husband, Algis and Laurie Zingo, all of Fairfield; also nieces Linda DeSilva and her husband, Doug, Nancy Salamon and her husband, Paul and Jenifer Svelnys and her wife, Nikki Natale; and his nephews, Christopher and Randy Zingo.
Alvin G. Farans of Westport died April 6. He was 88.
Born Jan. 22, 1928 in Norwalk, he was the son of the late William and Mildred Farans.
He attended Norwalk High School and graduated from Lehigh University, where he was the editor of the school newspaper and president of his fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi.
He joined the Naval reserve and was called in to serve in Korea. He traveled extensively following his service, and returned home to join the family business, Pennsylvania Petroleum Company (Pepco).
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Holton Edwin Harris, a former deputy moderator and chair of the Finance Committee of the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM), author and local business owner, died April 4. He was 92.
He was a 55-year Westport resident and adored living here and being an active community member, his family said
He grew up in Shreveport, La., graduating from both Byrd High School and, as a post-graduate, The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn.
At McCallie, he won many awards including one later named after him, the Holton E. Harris Oratorical Medal, which was awarded to Ted Turner in a subsequent year.
Westport artist Naiad Einsel died April 3 at home. She was 88. She is pictured in 2011 at a Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of an exhibit called “Art From the Heart,” a retrospective of works she and her late husband Walter created and exchanged during their 47 years together expressing their love and admiration for each other. At left is artist Howard Munce, known as the dean of Westport artists, who died at his Westport home on March 5 at age 100. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016) See Naiad Einsel obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Naiad June Einsel died April 3 at home. She was 88.
Born in Philadelphia on June 6, 1927, her lifelong love of art began in her father’s grocery store, where she drew on the brown wrapping paper.
After attending the High School of Music and Art in New York City, she graduated from Pratt Institute.
She met the love of her life, her late husband Walter, while they were both art directors – Naiad at CBS, and Walter at NBC. They were introduced when Walter applied for a job at CBS. “I didn’t get the job,” he said later, “but I got the girl.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
By James Lomuscio
Henry, Hagar the Horrible and Half Hitch shed tears today when they learned their father, Richard Hodgins Jr., the man who brought them to life with pen and ink at his drawing board, died Sunday. He was 84, and he loved life.
That’s how syndicated comic strip artist and editorial cartoonist Dick Hodgins Jr. said he wanted his obituary to begin when he called this writer in early March to say he had inoperable lung cancer.
Hodgins died at his Wilton home from complications caused by cancer treatments, according to his son Richard Hodgins III.
Dick, as he was known, was one of the last of a winnowing cadre of Fairfield County-based cartoonists who daily kept the funny papers filled with gags.
Hilda Bloom Cole of Westport died April 4 at home following complications from two surgeries earlier this year. She was 89.
She was a resident of Westport for more than 20 years and an active member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
She was a devoted and beloved teacher at P.S. 81 in the Bronx, where she took great pride in her gifted and diverse fourth grade students, retiring in 1991.
In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, travel, playing bridge, was an avid reader, appreciated opera, musical theater, classic films, public television, and The New York Times crossword puzzle. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, and recently her great-grandchild.
John Bruce Baker of Palm Bay, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 25. He was 68.
He was born in June 1947 at Norwalk Hospital, the only child of Jean (Saxomeyer) and John H. (Cannonball) Baker. He was the 11th generation (on his mother’s side) to be born and raised in Westport.
His father had moved east to Westport from Milwaukee, Wisc. in the 1930s and is credited with introducing fast pitch softball to New England.
Known as Bru to his family and childhood friends, he graduated from Staples High School in 1965, shortly before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and serving in the United States and Vietnam from 1965 to 1969.
Chandra Cecilia Allen of Bloomfield Hills, Mich, a former Westport resident, died April 3 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was 80.
She had been in hospice care at the home of her daughter Kelly Allen and son-in-law John Tower of Rochester Hills, Mich. Her husband of 58 years, Jack B. Allen, was by her side.
She was born Oct. 9, 1935 in Chicago to the late Elayne and Wellington “Duke” Camp. She graduated from Chicago’s Immaculata High School in 1953 and Mundelein College (now part of Loyola University) in 1957.
She had an exciting and unique childhood as a result of her father’s management career in Chicago’s nightclub scene in the 1940s and 1950s, and shared her father’s friendships with entertainment icons of the era.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Mary Jane Shepard Stokes, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 29 at the Bayonet Point Hospice in Hudson, Fla. She was 90.
She was born May 5, 1925 in Watertown, N.Y. to the late Ellsworth Shephard and Dorothy Howard.
She worked as a switchboard operator on Sampson Air Base in New York State during World War II, where she met her husband, William During, a marine pilot, in 1945.
She was a great athlete at Watertown High School, a champion swimmer, and later became a very accomplished artist, best known for her animal drawings and land/seascapes.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Cheryl Hoggson Aide of Norwalk died March 28 at home. She was 69.
Born Feb. 7, 1947 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Hoggson. She graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 1965.
She was employed at Nash Engineering Company for many years. After leaving Nash, she went on to work for various car dealerships including Volvo of Westport and most recently Honda of Westport.
She is survived by her children Trisha (David) Tennis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Edward Aide, Jr. (Annie) of Orlando, Fla., and five grandchildren, Morgan and Zachary Tennis, Madison and Carter Aide, and James Lehman. She is also survived by her sister Rosemary (Charles) Yost of Norwalk, and brother-in-law Kevin Boyd of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Sandra Boyd.