Paul T. LaHiff, Jr. of Westport –- family man, sailor, skier, golfer, Yankee lover, and proud alumnus of his beloved Boston College—died Jan. 10. He was 61.
Paul LaHiff, Jr,: ALS fundraiser. Contributed photo
He was husband of Maureen (Keane) LaHiff and the father of three sons, Paul T. LaHiff, III, William and Timothy.
Born in Patterson, New Jersey to the late Paul, Sr. and Carol LaHiff, he received his Masters from Columbia University and was a private wealth manager for several companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his three sisters, Nancy Andrae, Cathy Dellmonache and Karen Fowkes, as well as an incredibly devoted circle of friends who helped him during his courageous battle.
Grace Booth of Westport died Jan. 9 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was 85.
Born in 1935 in White Plains, New York, she attended Potsdam Teaching College and later earned an art history degree from the University of Bridgeport.
Grace was married to her husband John for 55 years prior to his death in 2012. During their time together they enjoyed sailing, cross country skiing, and their daily games of backgammon and cribbage.
Grace especially enjoyed their six years living in London and traveling around the world. Grace was a proficient bridge player, as well as enjoying golfing and tennis. She was also an accomplished water colorist and won several awards at regional art shows.
Stuart D. Aaron, a well-respected ophthalmologist who practiced in Westport for nearly 50 years, died Jan. 3 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, He was 82.
Born Sept. 3, 1937 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Bernard and Lora Aaron.
He was a graduate of Temple University and The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He did his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
He was a devoted father who loved spending time with his family and enjoyed fishing, gardening, photography, reading, and summer vacations on Nantucket.
Joseph H. Wokanovicz of Fairfield, former Westport postmaster, died on Dec. 19, 2019 of complications from a fall at home. He was 88.
Joseph H. Wokanovicz: former Westport postmaster. Contributed photo
Born Dec..22, 1930 on Sturges Highway, he lived there his entire life, shared with his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou Eliason who survives him along with children Anne and Peter, daughter in law Nancy, grandsons Nicholas and Benjamin Wokanovicz as well as sister Edith, brother Thomas, and twin brother John Wokanovicz; sister in law Patricia O’Connor and her daughter Marleen, both of Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother Edward and sister Rose Hojnowski. Joseph is also survived by the last of a 50-year line of his beloved St. Bernard dogs, Bella.
A graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, following U.S. Army service in the Korean War, Joseph spent his entire career with the Westport Post Office. From daily walking a 13-mile carrier route in his youth, via various management positions over 45 years he retired as postmaster in 1990, and spent many years thereafter on his lobster boat out of Southport Harbor.
An overflow crowd of more than 150 people attended a memorial ceremony today at the Theater Artists Workshop at the Masonic Lodge in Norwalk for the late actor, filmmaker Martin West of Westport who died Dec. 31 at age 82. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Actor Keir Dullea (l) and author Ron Chernow were among those delivering eulogies today at a Norwalk memorial service for Westport actor and filmmaker Martin West. Chernow, a relative of Ann Chernow, West’s life partner, said, “Martin always made others feel important, never himself. He was genuinely happy person who did not need the admiration of others. I never saw a dark shadow side of Martin. He was one of the true gentlemen of life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Andrew A. Glickson of Norwalk died Dec. 30 while vacationing in Florida. He was 70.
Andrew Glickson: Transit District commissioner. Contributed photo
A lifelong Norwalk resident, Andy is most well-known for representing Norwalk in the state assembly from 1979-1981.
For the past 24 years, he has served as a commissioner of the Norwalk Transit District, which provides commuter shuttle services for Westport.
As a real estate and land use attorney, Andy represented a variety of Westport and regional landowners for more than 25 years—in recent years as a member (partner) of Pullman & Comley and earlier in his own Norwalk law practice.
Noted Westport filmmaker and actor Martin West, life partner of artist Ann Chernow, died Dec. 31. He was 82.
Martin West: starred in over 30 films. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Born Martin Weixelbaum in Westhampton, New York on Aug. 28, 1937, he started his career in theater in New York, and among other credits, appeared in “The Andersonville Trial” with George C Scott (1959).
He began appearing in feature films in 1960, making his debut as the star of “Freckles.”
He starred in over 30 films including the cult classics of “Lord Love A Duck (1966)” and John Carptenter’s “Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)”
UPDATE Arthur L. Singer Jr., who became an unheralded father of public television in the late 1960s after commercial networks were famously accused of broadcasting a “vast wasteland” of programs, died Dec. 24 at his Westport home, The New York TImes reported. He was 90.
Arthur Singer: promoted public TV. Fabian Bachrach photo
His death was confirmed by his son Charles, the newspaper said.
In a note to WestportNow, Charles Singer said his father was a Westport resident for 50 years —first, for two years in Greens Farms and then for about 48 years on Owenoke Park near Compo Beach. In Westport, he served on the board of the United Fund, the Committee for Administrative Restructuring of the School System, and chairman of task forces to ensure community participation in the 1975 revision of the Town Plan, Charles Singer said.
“In the formative years of government- and subscriber-funded public television and radio, Mr. Singer was said to have been instrumental in galvanizing federal officials, philanthropies and academics to seed the public airwaves with quality programming and to finance future development,” the TImes said.