Monday, April 22, 2024



Paul Shoobe

Paul Shoobe, a former longtime resident of Westport, died in early January at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

He and his wife Ruth retired to Port St. Lucie where they lived full time enjoying the sunshine, golf, Corvette Club adventures, and traveling.

He was a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and Ruth taught for decades in the Wilton Public Schools. She predeceased him in 2015.

He is survived by his sisters, Bunny and Jo and their families.

Donald E. Day II

Donald Edward Day II of Westport died Feb. 23 at home.

Born in Bridgeport, he had been a Westport resident for many years.

He will be remembered for his many years of volunteer work at the East End Community Food Bank.

He is survived by: his father, Donald Day Sr., his mother, Jocelyn Reese, his step-mother, Jeanette Day; three brothers, Anthony (Natalie Pryce) Day of Bridgeport, Antoine Brown and Tre Day of Ansonia, one sister, Erica Day of Bridgeport; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon at Mt. Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank St., Bridgeport, with Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, D. Min. officiating. Interment will be private. Friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m.-noon at the church.

Anthony DiProspero

Andrew DiProspero died Jan, 16.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and spent his working years in the antiques business, having owned Wilton Antiques for many years.

He was very knowledgeable and specialized in first edition books, paintings and pottery. He was a kind hearted and generous man. He loved animals, especially his Doberman, Lady. He enjoyed movies, sports, especially baseball and boxing as well as movie star trivia.

He is survived by his sister Joyce Stites, nephew Christopher Stites his longtime and forever friend, Shari Sisk.

Elizabeth B. Kenyon, 91

Elizabeth Beck Kenyon, a former Westport Library employee, died Feb. 24 in Trumbull. She was 91.

The wife of Hugo George Kenyon was born in Washington D.C. She was a longtime resident of Fairfield and Southport.

She was a graduate of Wellesley College, class of 1943, had been past regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was predeceased by a third son Christopher whose wife Patricia remains close to the family. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hugo and Gregory; five grandchildren, Lucas, Michael, Sean. McKayla, and Morgan; and two great-grandchildren Dawson and Joclynn.

Ernest C. Trefz, 84

Noted businessman and philanthropist Ernest C. Trefz of Trumbull died Feb. 25. He was 84. Image
Ernest C. Trefz: noted businessman. Contributed photo

He was co-owner of Bridgeport-based Trefz Corp. with his brother, Christian, a Westport resident. The company owns McDonald’s franchises throughout the area as well as commercial property in Westport and elsewhere.

The husband of Joan Frisk Trefz was born in New Haven on Dec. 19, 1932, son of the late Christian and Katherine Pfister Trefz. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Brothers Ernie and Christian opened their first restaurant in Waterbury in 1964 after noticing how much hamburger meat was being sent from Bridgeport-based Roessler Packing Co., where they worked as general managers, to Connecticut’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Hamden.

Walter J. Sutherland, 77

Walter (“Wally”) Joseph Sutherland of Westport died Feb. 25 at home. He was 77. Image
Walter Sutherland: military veteran. Contributed photo

He was the husband of Patricia ( Patsy ) Powell Sutherland.

Born May 7, 1939 in Jackson Heights, New York to Walter and Veronica Hogan Sutherland, he attended St. Francis University before graduating from New York University.

It was during those college years at St. Francis that he met the love of his life, Patsy Powell. He went onto serve in the U.S. Marine Corps where he achieved the badge of expert rifle marksmanship.

Ezequiel F. Barrero, 89

Ezequiel F. Barrero, a former Westport resident, did Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 89. Image
Ezequiel F. Barrero: physician. Contributed photo

Born in La Coruna, Spain on Aug. 16, 1927, he finished medical school in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and began his medical career as a ship’s doctor in the Spanish Merchant Marines before relocating to Fairfield County.

A retired physician, he had a private practice of internal medicine with privileges at Bridgeport Hospital and was truly dedicated to the care of his patients.

Chich and Judi raised their family in Trumbull and Westport, moving to Stratford and Hilton Head, South Carolina after their retirement. He traveled the world with his wife and children, and was especially fond of Hong Kong and Dublin.

Mary J. Giunta, 95

Mary J. Giunta, a lifelong Westport resident, died Feb. 13 at Lord Camberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stratford. She was 95.

The wife of the late John J. Giunta Sr. was born Aug. 1, 1921 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Candito.

She was a member of Assumption Church in Westport and The Catholic Daughters. She was a member of the Shorehaven Country Club and an active volunteer with Westport and Norwalk Senior Centers.

Survivors include two sons: Robert Giunta and his wife Louann of Westport, and John Giunta and his wife Stephanie of the Villages in Florida. in addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother: Pen Candito and three sisters,  Nancy Anderson, Rose Porfido, and Minnie Desomond.

Large Turnout for Mike Connors Service Image
A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Ruth S. Gruber, 88

Ruth Sirot Gruber of Danbury, former director of education at Temple Israel in Westport, died Feb. 19.  She was 88. Image
Ruth S. Gruber: former Temple Israel employee. Contributed photo

A native New Yorker who came to Danbury as a young bride, she was the daughter of Nathan and Bella Sirot. She was married to Everett Gruber for 67 years.

As a teacher, educator and educational consultant her professional career spanned over 60 years. She was the principal of the religious school of the United Jewish Center in Danbury and the director of education at Temple Israel of Westport.

Upon her retirement from Temple Israel, she became an educational consultant training teachers, developing curricula and workshops. In her second retirement she was a Hebrew tutor.