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Monday, April 27, 2015

Catherine Squires, 92

Catherine Louise Walsh Squires of Augusta, Maine, formerly of Westport and Norwalk, died April 14. She was 92.

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Catherine Squires: musician, teacher. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 3, 1922, she and her sister Dorothy were raised by their Scottish grandparents after being orphaned at an early age.

She learned to play violin while attending Norwalk High School, where she graduated in 1940. Her passion for music opened many doors in her life, including a chair in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

She attended Arnold College in New Haven, receiving a teaching degree in physical education. She earned her master’s degree at New York University while continuing to work in Greenwich Village.

She contributed to the World War II effort by working in a munitions factory. Before marrying and starting a family, she taught physical education and coached in the Norwalk school system.

She was married in the spring of 1953 to her high school classmate, David Disbrow Squires. While raising four children, the family resided in South Norwalk until 1968 when they moved to Westport. 

While raising her family, she continued to work part time in the Westport school system as a substitute teacher as well as an assistant in special needs classrooms.

She was always a loyal participant in musical programs that were hosted at the Lithgow Public Library, as well as St. Mark’s Home in August, Maine. During her stay at the Augusta Rehab Center, she loved to get others involved in the various activities that they held.

An avid traveler, she was proud to have been to 49 of the 50 U.S. states. Her last trips at age 90 were to California to visit relatives and Alaska to ride the rails.

When asked recently by one of her grandchildren what truths she has learned in 92 years, she replied, “Love, I guess, and don’t ever lose your sense of humor.”

Her infectious love of life, people and music has been passed on to her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband David Squires, daughter Jan Paulette, and sister Dorothy Wilkes. She is survived by her son Scott and family in Phoenix, Ariz. (Vera, Owen and Wyatt); son David and family in Westport (Arlene, Leah, Matthew, and Daniel), and daughter Martha and family in Windsor, Maine (Tom, Danny, Kate).

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