Wednesday, May 29, 2024



John T. Walsh, 85

John (Jack) T. Walsh of Westport died Dec. 6 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 85.

Born on July 24, 1930 in Montreal, Canada to Leonard and Jeanne (Longoz) Walsh, he was the eighth of 12 children.

He retired as senior vice president at age 73 from a 49-year career with Brinks, Inc. His work brought him to 52 countries with lasting friendships from all over the world.

An avid sportsman, he had a particular passion for hockey and tennis. He particularly enjoyed his time singing with the Barbershoppers in Canada. He volunteered with the Red Cross, was a Big Brother and was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport and the Shore and Country Club of Norwalk.

Melinda J. Haywood, 61

Melinda Joan Haywood, a Westport resident for more than 30 years, died Dec. 3. She was 61.

Daughter of the late Joan E. Haywood and Bruce C. Haywood of White Plains, N.Y.,  she was a graduate of White Plains High School and the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. During a career spanning 20 years, she held administrative positions with American Can Company, American Tobacco Company and U.S. Tobacco Company.

Survivors include her husband, Francis J. Conklin, sister, Pamela H. Lothrop (James D. Lothrop, Jr.), Bruce C. Haywood, Jr. (Regina B. Haywood), and nieces and nephews Ainsley E. Lothrop, James D. Lothrop III, Bruce C. Haywood, III and Caroline J. Haywood.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 pm. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, or Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury.

Jerome Ziering, 91

Jerome “Jerry” Ziering of Westport died Dec. 4 at home. He was 91. Image
Jerome Ziering:  musician, educator. Contributed photo

Born March 13, 1924, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Joseph Ziering and Anna Becker Ziering, he and his four siblings were raised in Newark, N.J.

He graduated from Westside High School, Newark, and then attended Weequaic High School, Newark, for five months, solely to study music and trumpet.

He attended New York University, where he was honored as one of the only sophomores admitted to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, the world’s oldest and largest secret national music fraternal society. He completed his pre-med college studies with high honors at Rutgers University in Newark, and was accepted into the Chicago Medical School’s inaugural class.

David F. Hartigan, 90

David Francis Hartigan Jr. of Norwalk, a former longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 3 after a brief illness. He was 90.

He was born to the late David F. Hartigan Sr. and Ann Devaney Hartigan on Oct. 5 1925 in Westport, where he attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Junior High School and Staples High School. 

He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class aboard the USS James O’Hara. As pilot of amphibious landing craft, he was awarded five battle stars for his participation in assaults at Iwo Jima, Leyte, Peliliu, Saipan and Luzon.

After the war, he returned home to Westport and worked with his cousin John Hartigan as an auto trimmer at Riverside Motors in Westport.

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86, of Asheville, N.C. a former Westport resident, died Nov 4. He was 86.

The son of Brig. Gen.l Nils Ingvarson and his wife Anna Karin, he was born on Aug. 17, 1929, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and obtained a JD degree from the University of Stockholm and later an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

He made his career in international banking and finance in Brazil, Sweden and New York City, where he started the first Scandinavian commercial bank and established several subsidiaries of Scandinavian banks.

Bror and his family moved to Westport in 1975. Each winter, they hosted legendary Christmas parties featuring a Swedish smorgasbord and spirits. Always a gracious host, Bror warmed friends’ holidays with his delicious homemade glogg and generous pours of akvavit.

Michael S. Sarno, 93

Michael Salvatore Sarno of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 28. He was 93. Image
Michael Sarno: Westport native. Contributed photo

He was born to the late Consiglia Venezia and Salvatore Sarno on Jan. 10, 1922 in Westport. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a machinist and fireman first class at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard at the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was awarded a Victory Medal and after the war continued his service in the Navy, making a goodwill tour on the USS Columbus around the world.

He graduated from Norwalk High School, attended Wright Technical School in Stamford before the war.

After the war he returned home to Norwalk and worked with his brother John running a service station on Westport Avenue in Norwalk. Later he went to manage commercial property. He enjoyed traveling and being physically active, he enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming especially with his grandchildren

Carol Ann Buch, 54

Carol Ann Buch of Austin, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 21 at home after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54. Image
Carol Ann Burch: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 30, 1961 in Lima, Peru. She was the daughter of Ivar and Frieda Buch and the youngest sister to Christine, Philip and Carla.

Ivar’s employment with Mobil Oil resulted in a number of moves for the family. In 1965 the family moved from Westport to Wentorf, Germany, where Carol attended the local German school. From 1969 through 1974, Carol lived in Lagos, Nigeria with her family where she attended the American International School.

After two years back in Westport, she moved with her family to Bogota, Colombia where she graduated high school from Colegio Nueva Granada in 1979.

Gilbert Vogel, 92

Gilbert Vogel of Trumbull, a longtime fitness instructor at the Westport Weston YMCA, died Nov. 27 at home. He was 92. Image
Gilbert Vogel: fitness instructor at Y. Contributed file

He was born in 1923 in Nymegen, The Netherlands. He and his wife of 67 years, Nora, immigrated to the United States in November 1956. He put himself through college by attending night school while working full time at W.S. Rockwell Co. in Bridgeport as a design technician.

He earned his engineering degree and later got a job at Yale University as technical director of Division of Sciences. He worked there for the remainder of his professional career.

Gil and Nora were an inseparable, active couple throughout their lifetime. They attended the Westport Weston YMCA two or three times a week for more than 30 years, where Gil was the instructor for the “No Frills Adult Fitness Classes.” He was a lifetime YMCA member and a fitness instructor at the Y from 1957-1991.

Jeanne Franklin, 78

Jeanne Franklin of Stamford, a former longtime Westport resident who worked for decades aiding seniors, died Nov. 22 at home. The wife of the late John Franklin was 78. Image
Jeanne Franklin: advocate for seniors. Contributed photo

She was an energetic and much-loved advocate for seniors with a lifelong mission to bring people together across borders of age, culture and religion.

She was best known as the founding director of the Stamford Senior Center, as well as serving a four-year term on the state Commission on Aging.

In a letter supporting that appointment, a bipartisan group of eight state legislators from Stamford called her “a visionary and a tireless force for seniors.”

Susan S. Sheinbaum, 77

Susan Sargoy Sheinbaum of Westport died Nov. 23. She was 77. Image
Susan Sheinbaum: editor, volunteer. Contributed photo

Born to Edward and Celia Sargoy, she spent her early years in New Rochelle, N.Y. She attended New Rochelle High School, the University of Michigan and received a B.S. from Columbia Teachers College.

After graduating Columbia she worked as an editor at The New York Times. In 1965, she married Richard (Dick) Sheinbaum, and in 1973 they moved to Westport with their two children. She continued to work as a freelance editor and eventually took a position with the Fairfield Citizen News, where she worked for 13 years.

She is survived by her daughter Andi Dinitz of Westport and her son Peter Sheinbaum of Boulder, Colo. She was the mother-in-law of Andrew Dinitz and Laura Griffin Sheinbaum and grandmother of Sophie and Noah Dinitz and Charlee and Zac Sheinbaum. She was predeceased by her husband Dick.