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Patricia Doolittle, 85

Patricia Doolittle of Weston died Nov. 9. She was 85.

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Patricia Doolittle: led Saugatuck Nursery School. Contributed photo

In 1933, Patricia was born to Stanley and Noma Edgley in Ogden, Utah. Her brother, Richard, was born four years later.

Patty earned her undergraduate degree from Weber State and her Masters in Education from University of Utah. It was there, at the Student Christian Fellowship house, where she met her future husband, Austen Doolittle. Shortly after they wed in 1956,

They moved to Babylon, New York to start their life together. Patty and Austen spoke fondly of this time when they were beginning their life together and Patty was embarking on her teaching career.

Robert Navin, 93

Robert “Bob” Navin of Milford, formerly of Westport, husband of Virginia Navin, died Oct. 4. He was 93.

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Robert Navin: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Brooklyn New York, a Navy veteran of World War II, was an engineer for the New York Telephone Company until his retirement after which he continued to work in Stamford in real estate management until the age of 92 in 2018.

A quiet gentleman, Bob was a loving father of four children –- Jeffrey (Jeanette), Gregory (Kirsten), William (Annie) and Laura (Mark), and an attentive grandfather.

Known for his constant smile, Bob was a kind, generous, compassionate man, and always willing to help others. Bob was loved and admired by all who knew him. He will be missed.

Mary Blackwell, 89

Mary Virginia (Ginny) Blackwell, a 50-year resident of Darien, died Oct. 13. She was 89.

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Mary Blackwell: longtime Darien resident. Contributed photo

As a young woman, she was an early flight attendant for Delta Airlines for three years. She later worked for 20 years as a travel agent at the Travel Store in Darien. She also coached youth sports in Darien.

She and her family enjoyed golf at Wee Burn Country Club, and she was a former member of the Nutmeg Curling Club. She once birdied No. 7 at Pebble Beach, a cherished memory.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Aubrey Blackwell, her daughter Lori Franklin and her husband John of Westport, two sons Mark Blackwell and his wife Beth of Chicago, and Keith Blackwell and his wife Julie of Los Angeles, Mrs. Blackwell has seven grandchildren, Rebecca Pinchuk of Chicago, Mary Blackwell of Philadelphia, Ryan Blackwell of Simi Valley, California , Sarah Blackwell of Helsinki, Finland, Max Franklin, Seth Franklin and Sage Franklin, all of Westport, and great-granddaughter Katherine Pinchuk of Chicago. She also is survived by a sister Elevia (Libby) Luraschi and a brother Louis (Bud) Lenti, both of Memphis. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Louis Dorsey, Sr., 93

Louis Richard Dorsey, Sr. of Coca Beach, Florida, a former longtime Westport resident and physical education teacher at Westport schools, died Nov. 2. He was 93.

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Louis Dorsey: longtime phys ed teacher. Contributed photo

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Pauline Fiore Dorsey, on Nov. 3, 2012, and his two sisters,  Lavinia Savastano and Josephine Young.

He is survived by his four children, Judith Dorsey, her husband Kenneth Gomberg, Kimberly Slimak and husband Michael Slimak, Jiliane Dorsett and Louis Dorsey, Jr. and his youngest sister, Patricia Dorsey Wood. He had three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Michael McAllister, wife Amber, their children Charli Grace and Bodhi Michael; Kenn McAllister, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter, Hollie Rose; and his only granddaughter, Beth Kristen Gomberg.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater as a radioman third class. He got his undergraduate degree at Arnold College, now Bridgeport University, and his Master’s at Columbia University.

Robert M. Burd, 82

Robert M. Burd of Sarasota, Florida, a former longtime resident of Westport, died due to complications from a catastrophic fall. He was 82.

Robert and Alice Burd were residents of Westport for 44 years. He was a distinguished physician in Fairfield and Bridgeport since 1969, when he joined Dr. Milton Cooper’s practice.

With Dr. Cooper, he built up a thriving practice, which is now known as the Medical Specialists of Fairfield.

As well as caring for internal medicine patients, he specialized in hematology and oncology. He served as the chief of the Department of Hematology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for over 20 years.

Max R. Recone, 64

Max Robert Recone, a Fairfield resident at The Ridge, died Oct. 16. He was 64.

He born on May 31, 1955 in Buffalo New York. Like his favorite book, Max was a titan. A leading mind of the skin and tanning industry, Max was voted Tanning Industry Person of the Year 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2016.

Max was a consumer products executive and entrepreneur.  He began his professional career in 1977 with Playtex where he rose to become president of Playtex Consumer Products Division.

In 1993, he led the private equity-backed management buyout of Sun Pharmaceuticals. In 2000, he led the private equity-backed management buyout of California Tan from Playtex. Max was CEO of both.

Angela Trucks, 69

Angela Trucks of Westport, wife and mother, civic leader, teacher, master gardener, and beautification “vigilante,” died Nov. 3 at home. She was 69.

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Angela Trucks: beautification “vigilante,” Contributed photo

She lived her days to the fullest, always engaging and encouraging people to join in her zest for what life has to offer.

While living in Westport, she served as co-chair of the Westport Beautification Committee. During her tenure, she spearheaded the rejuvenation of the Westport gateway gardens and the re-greening project of Westport’s Post Road, resulting in the planting of over 80 new trees.

Her artistic talent and love for the natural world was expressed through gardening. She became a certified master gardener and cultivated an extensive home landscape. She used her skills professionally as one of the original designers at Terrain, Westport.

Michael D. Feigin, 90

Michael David Feigin of Westport, a longtime crew chief at Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), died at home. He was 90.

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Mike Feigin: longtime EMS crew chief.  Contributed photo

He was born in Manhattan and owned and operated the Michael D. Feigin Insurance Company.  He was a graduate of McBurney School in New York City and a 1951 graduate of Lafayette College. He was a life member of the Westport Y’s Men.

He studied and received his EMT certification from Norwalk Hospital in the early 1970s and volunteered at both Norwalk Hospital and Westport EMS where he served as a crew chief for 45 years. Monday nights were his regular shift.

On his retirement in 2003, he said: “You want to go out before you do any damage to your patients, your crew, or yourself.”

Hazel Taylor, 93

Hazel Frances Taylor of Moodus, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 5. She was 93.

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Helen Taylor: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 27, 1926 in Dublin, Hazel grew up near London and married her husband, Dennis Taylor, on June 12, 1947. The couple emigrated to Toronto in 1956 and to Westport in 1966, where they lived for 20 years before retiring to Madison.

She was an accomplished artist, devoted to her family.

She is survived by her four daughters, Deirdre Taylor, Linda Dewey (Raymond), Susan Murray (Liam), Cindy Hughson (Guy), seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Richard A. Denholtz, 87

Richard Allen Denholtz, a Westport resident for more than 60 years, died Oct. 15. He was 87.

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Richard Denholtz: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A talented entrepreneur, a pioneering marketing executive and, in his later years, a passionate sculptor, Richard will be profoundly missed by close friends and family who adored him for his big personality, for his warm sense of humor and for his enormous capacity to love.

Richard is survived by his wife Jean, sons Peter and Jonathan, daughter-in-law Sorel, granddaughters Jordan and Tessa, brother Robert, sister-in-law Ellen and an extensive array of first and second cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please take a walk with someone you love on Compo Beach and/or send donations to one of two organizations that were particularly near and dear to Richard’s heart, the American Diabetes Association and the Hole in the Wall Gang.