John P. Vornle von Haagenfels of Westport, long active in Boy Scouts in Westport, died unexpectedly Sept. 13 at home. He was 55.
John P. Vornle: active in Scouting. Contributed photo
Often referred to by his family and friends as “a man bigger than life,” he was born in New York on July 22, 1958, and spent his years traveling the world developing his mind and body, learning life skills that he loved to teach to those who knew him.
Growing up in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and settling in the United States gave him a unique perspective on life and living it to the fullest, his family said.
From the age of 9 to 18, he was schooled at Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland. This experience left him with a profound love of the mountains and an extended family that he kept in touch with throughout his life. He graduated from Colgate University in 1980 and received a MBA from New York University School of Business in 1985.
Shane Meehan, 44, a professor at the NYU-Langone Medical Center in New York, won his ninth Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon today in 38:05. It was the fourth consecutive win for Meehan. Peter Eddy, 44, of Norwalk, was second in 39:02, and Florence Chretien, 39, of South Salem, N.Y., was third in 39:23. See full race results here.Contributed photo
UPDATE and CORRECT Robert Brink, 28, a 2003 Staples High School graduate, was the first place finisher today in 39:34 in the 15-34 age group —and fourth overall—in the Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon at Compo Beach. Brink, a bio-technology consultant in the San Francisco area, said, “This is the first time I’ve participated in this event and the first time I’ve been the number one finisher in my four or five triathlons.” (An earlier version of this caption incorrectly stated Brink was the overall winner.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The first female finisher—and third overall—in today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon was Florence Chretien, 39, of South Salem, N.Y. with a time of 39:23. She was also was the first female finisher in the 2012 event. She is pictured with husband Matt and Jackie, 2. She also has another child, 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon race volunteer Aimee Grant, a Fairfield resident, shows off the official t-shirt of today’s event at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The early morning, 50-degree weather made for a brisk swim for participants today in the Westport Kiwanis Minuteman triathlon. The half-mile swim was followed by a 5.5 mile bike ride, and 2.2 mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com