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Robert E. Denham, 73

Robert E. Denham, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 3 at home in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 73.

He grew up in Westport and graduated from Williams College and New York University School of Law, also winning a fellowship in law at the University of Paris. He held a variety of law positions in New York and later in Cincinnati, worked for the newly formed EPA and in retirement did children’s advocacy as a volunteer.

A lifelong athlete and tennis teacher, he was also devoted to music and became an accomplished jazz pianist in his later years.

He is survived by his wife, Sharyn Scull, of St. Augustine; two children, Zoe Robertson, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Clarke Denham, of San Francisco; two stepchildren, Brooke Devlin-Brown, of Chicago, and Tyler Scull-McWilliams, of Cincinnati; and six grandchildren.

At Memorial, Navins Recalled as Selfless Helpers

By James Lomuscio

No one spoke about how Jeffrey and Jeannette Navin died. Attempting to do so would be trying to make sense out of the senseless, as one of their friends said.

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This much published photo of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin was prominently mentioned at today’s service. Contributed photo

Instead the more than 300 who had gathered at today’s memorial service for the slain Easton couple at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston heard about how the Navins, described as active church members and community volunteers, lived.

Jeff, as all called him, was characterized as the big hearted, wise cracking, sometimes filterless friend who was always ready to lend a hand, only to have the recipient pay for it in terms of good natured sarcasm.

Jeannette, friends said, was the quiet, reserved one, a great cook and a creative gardener who did a lot of good deeds under the radar, from walking dogs at the Westport Animal Shelter to working with Jeff to buy Christmas presents for the children of a woman who had just died.

Large Turnout for Navin Memorial Service

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There was a large turnout today for a memorial service for Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport. The church parking lot filled well before the 11 a.m. service and police directed guests to park along Weston Road. Jeffrey Navin, 56, was the president of J&J Refuse in Westport. Jeanette Navin, 55, was employed by the Weston public school district for the past 18 years. Residents of Easton, they had recently moved from Weston. Their son, Kyle, has been charged with their murder. Their bodies were discovered on the grounds of an abandoned home in Weston on Oct. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Al’s Angels Pack Holiday Gifts

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An estimated 700 volunteers of all ages for Westport-based nonprofit Al’s Angles converged on a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport today to assemble more than 1,600 Christmas and Hanukkah meal bins. According to Westporter Al DiGuido, Al’s Angels founder, 6,000 toys will also be distributed as well as the meals mainly to disadvantaged families and children inflicted with cancer throughout Fairfield County, New Jersey and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Setting Off for New York SantaCon

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A trio of Westporters set out today for the New York SantaCon event. SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world.  The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Westport PD Set Up for Final Weekend of Toy Drive

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Westport police and volunteers today set up the toy collection area in the parking lot of the Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, for the final weekend of the the annual holiday toy drive collection. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Local Union 2080 effort continues until 5 p.m. and resumes Sunday, its final day of collection at that site. The program is designed for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com