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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Arnold Berke, 90

Arnold Berke of Redding, a former longtime Westport resident, died April 27. He was 90.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1923 in New York and grew up in Sea Cliff, Long Island. He was a private first class in World War II and saw action in the European Theater. He graduated from New York University and worked for many years at Standard Shares as the vice president, secretary, of the New York office.

He and his wife Marjorie moved to Westport in 1955. He was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed building furniture for his home.

As a longstanding member of Cedar Point Yacht Club he was one of the top Lighting sailors in the 60s and 70s. He was also an avid tennis player and a tough bridge player.

In later years, he was an active member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, STAR, inc. of Connecticut, and Meals on Wheels. On Oct. 3, 2009 he was presented with a public service award for Veterans of World War II by the Secretary of the State.

He and Marjorie moved to Meadow Ridge in Redding in 2011.

He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 61 years; his children George of Monroe, Gregory of Dix Hills, N.Y. and Debra Fitts of Delray, W.Va.; his granddaughter Lyndsey Fitts of Westminster, Vt.; his sister Regina Brauer of Westport; and two nieces and a nephew, Lisa, Amy and Henry Brauer.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to STAR, inc., Lighting the Way, Main Office, 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 or a charity of your choice .

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