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David Maleski, 60

David Maleski died in January at his home in Cambridge, Vt. He was 60,

He was born April 30, 1955 in Bridgeport, He grew up in Westport and Fairfield, and graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1973.

He was predeceased by; his partner, Dan Jacobs; and his parents, Joseph and Helen Maleski. He is survived by his brother, Thomas Maleski of Anchorage, Ark.

Eunice Grimm, 93

Eunice Grimm, a former resident of Westport and Dorset, died Aug. 1 at Regional Hospice in Danbury, She was 93.

“Eunie” was born in Chicago on Sept. 30, 1922, daughter of the late Keith and Josephine Thorp.

She was preceded in death by her second husband of 37 years, Thomas R. Grimm, and a son, Gregson T. Pullen.

Her first marriage to Weston C. Pullen Jr. ended in divorce. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., and from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Elias ‘Lee’ Angelus Papageorge, 65

Elias “Lee’ Angelus Papageorge of Fairfield, the loving husband for over 45 years to Mary-Jo Nazzaro Papageorge, died, Aug. 8 surrounded by his family.  He was 65.

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Lee Papagoerge: Oscar’s owner. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport to the late Angelus “Angie” Papageorge and Jennie “Bess” Papageorge, Lee was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, Class of 1969.  He was the owner of Oscar’s Delicatessen in Westport for over 42 years and successfully operated the business, always with family by his side, until this past Sunday.

Lee was always a strong supporter of the Star program, Project Return and Homes for Hope, the Red Cross and many others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two loving daughters, Melissa Papageorge of Fairfield and Alexandra “Ali” Papageorge of Trumbull; his mother, Jennie “Bess” Papageorge of Fairfield; his devoted siblings, brother, Lucas “Luke” Papageorge and his wife, Brenda of Easton; sisters, Frances “Fanny” P. Kochiss and her husband, Bob of Fairfield, Sandra “Sandy” P. Mongillo and her husband, Joe of Niantic; his cherished grandchildren, Danae, Taylor, Frankie, Charlie, Olive and Plum; his two brothers-in-law and their wives, Frank and Debbie Nazarro of Oxford and Mark and Lorie Nazzaro of Florida and many nieces and nephews. 

Eunice Powers, 96

Eunice Powers of Saugatuck Island, Westport died July 15 at home. She was 96.

The wife of the late Stevens H. Powers was born in Sea Cliff, Long Island, N.Y. on April 12, 1920. She was a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York in Potsdam in 1941.

She was a teacher in the Westport school system from 1963 to 1983 at the Kings Highway School, teaching third and fifth grades. 

After her retirement, she graduated from the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology and spent 10 years as a piano tuner technician. 

Lee Papageorge, ‘Mayor of Main Street,’ 65

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Lee Papageorge, the unofficial Mayor of Main Street, who held court for 42 years at Oscar’s Deli amid the bustle of pastrami on rye, Hebrew National hot dogs, matzo ball and chicken soup, and Reubens, died today, family members announced. He was 65.

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Lee Papageorge: lost battle with lung cancer.. Contributed photo

Papageorge, a nonsmoker who had been battling stage 4 lung cancer for months, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he had been receiving treatment. Family members including his wife Mary Jo, were present.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero, Lee—earlier this morning,” the Oscar’s deli Facebook page said. “He was not only a part of our family, but he was part of yours.”

The posting was accompanied by Papageorge’s mild mannered visage replete with his signature, ever present smile and framed by a straw hat.

Lee Papageorge, Oscar’s Owner, Dies at 65

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Lee Papageorge, longtime owner of the now shuttered Oscar’s Deli on Main Street, died today, his family announced on Facebook. He was 65 and had been battling lung cancer. He died at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment, according to a family member. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero—Lee—earlier this morning,” the posting said. “He was not only a part of our family but he was also a part of yours.” His death came one week after the iconic Main Street eatery closed after 42 years. To celebrate his 65th birthday in February, his family presented him with a life-size replica Oscar as his Oscar’s hosted the fifth annual n’Oscars event presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Patricia J. Uydess, 70

Patricia Joan (Hutchinson) Uydess of Westport died Aug. 6 following a battle with cancer. She was 70.

She was active in Westport sports and, with her lovely greyhounds, was a long time pet therapy volunteer at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Her family said: “Beloved by all, Pat brought laughter into the lives of all who knew her. She leaves a void in our hearts that only the memory of her gentle love can fill. Go with God.”

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St.

Peter ‘Jay’ Faillace, 65

Peter “Jay” Faillace, a longtime resident of Weston and Westport, died Aug. 2 following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 65.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in English literature in 1973 and matriculated at Washington & Lee Law School the following year.

After finishing law school, he moved to Stamford where he met his future wife, the late Joanna Coll Faillace, and began a long career in finance.

Jay was a successful fixed-income securities trader, real-estate speculator, and restaurateur.

Richard H. Kennedy, 83

Richard H. Kennedy of Mountain Home, Ark., who owned and operated several car dealerships in Westport, died July 30. He was 83.

He was born March 21, 1933, in Hartford, the son of David and Ethel Kennedy.

In 1960, he opened Flag Motors in Westport and for three years he was a sports car dealer. In 1963, the firm became an agency for Dodge autos and handled the Dodge line until 1970 when it took over the Toyota line. The location, 1317 Post Road East, is now a Lexus dealership.

The company also operated a dealership in Stratford, Kennedy Motors.