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Edwin K. Dimes, Prominent Westporter, Dies at 81

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Ned Dimes: Stressed “give something back to the community.” Contributed photo
Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes, a longtime prominent Westport attorney and former chairman of the Board of Finance, died today after a lengthy illness, friends said. He was 81.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport.

He was the husband of S. Antoinette Morton Dimes.

Ira Bloom, one of Dimes’ partners, said,“Our law firm has lost a friend and colleague. But the community has lost one of its most prominent citizens.

“Ned always believed and stressed to all of us that we should give something back to the community. That is why he was always such an active volunteer in the government and in other organizations.

Playwright Arthur Miller Dead at 89

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Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, died Thursday night at his Roxbury, Conn., home. He was 89. Miller was featured speaker in November 2003 at the Malloy Lecture at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School sponsored by the Westport Public Library and the Westport Arts Center. (See WestportNow Nov. 22, 2003) WestportNow.com photo

Westport Car Dealerships Owner Robert Crabtree Sr. Dies at 79

Robert “Bobby” Crabtree Sr., owner of the Lexus and Toyota dealerships in Westport as well as six others in the area, died Wednesday at his Greenwich home of heart failure, The Advocate of Stamford reported today. He was 79.

Crabtree rose before 6 a.m. at least six days a week to run his eight car dealerships, the newspaper said.

“Even as he battled Parkinson’s disease for the last few years of his life and was unable to drive his Lexus to his Westport office, play golf at The Stanwich Club or ski at Stratton Mountain, Crabtree spent each Saturday visiting his Connecticut dealerships to boost employee morale and ensure business was running smoothly,” the Advocate said.

During his more than 50 years in the business, Crabtree ran as many as 21 dealerships at a time, family members said.

Westporter Paul Good, Television and Print Journalist, Dies at 75

Paul Good, a television and print journalist known for his coverage of the civil rights movement, died on Jan. 23 in Greenwich. He was 75 and lived in Westport, according to today’s New York Times.

The cause was a stroke, said his daughter, Regan.

Good was best known for his reporting from the South in the 1960’s, first for ABC News and later as a freelance newspaper and magazine writer, the newspaper said.

He wrote several books on race relations, including “The American Serfs: A Report on Poverty in the Rural South” (Putnam, 1968); “The Trouble I’ve Seen: White Journalist/Black Movement” (Howard University, 1975); and a novel set in the South, “Once to Every Man” (Putnam, 1970).

Westport Pays Tribute to Irwin Donenfeld

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Westport’s Town Hall auditorium was packed today for a memorial service for Irwin Donenfeld, a 22-year member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) who died last November. (See WestportNow Nov. 30, 2004). Family, friends, and representatives of Westport’s Police and Fire Departments paid tribute to the longtime chair of the RTM Public Protection Committee. First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses the gathering as Gordon Joseloff, RTM moderator (and WestportNow.com editor) looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Irwin Donenfeld, Veteran RTM Member and Comic Industry Giant, Dead at 78

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Iriwn Donenfeld: giant in comic industry. Westport Historical Society photo
Irwin Donenfeld, one of the longest-serving members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) but better known outside of his hometown as a giant in the comic book industry, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. He was 78.

His wife, Carole, said he had been in ill-health for some time. Donenfeld was forced to retire from the RTM in 2003 after 22 years because of health problems. Only two others in the legislative body’s 55-year history had served the same period or longer.

“The town has lost a treasure,” said Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell. “He always had Westport’s interests at heart. He kept his sense of humor and on many occasions brought discussions back to the right perspective. He will be missed.”

Gordon Joseloff, Moderator of the RTM (and editor and publisher of WestportNow), said as longtime chair of the RTM’s Public Protection Committee, Donenfeld had left Westport a much safer place.

Irwin Donenfeld: Giant in the Comic Industry

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Westporter Irwin Donenfeld, who died Monday night at the age of 78, was best known to his neighbors as a longtime town legislator. But his notoriety outside of Westport was as a giant in the comic book industry. He was the son of Harry Donenfeld, founder of DC Comics, and later became editor and publisher there, overseeing Superman and other super heroes. Donenfeld often boasted that he was the first kid in the country to see a Superman comic. He is shown visiting a Westport Historical Society summer camp for youngsters in 2002. Private funeral services will be held Thursday with a town memorial service in January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Historical Society photo

Longtime RTM Member Irwin Donenfeld Dies

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Irwin Donenfeld, a 22-year veteran of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) who retired from the legislative body in 2003, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. He was 78 and had been in ill health for some time. First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell called him “a true Westport treasure” and ordered town flags lowered in his honor. They are pictured together last January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport Memorial Service Set for Bernice Corday

The Westport-Weston United Way board of directors has scheduled a Westport memorial serice for the organization’s executive director, Bernice Corday, for Thursday, Nov. 18.

Corday died Oct. 15 in Danbury Hospital after a four-month struggle with cancer. She was 57.

The Westport service, to be held at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, follows one held in Danbury on Sunday at the United Jewish Center.

Corday had been executive director of the Westport-based charity for more than 20 years and was active in numerous other local civic organizations.

Westporter George Silk, Famed Life Photographer, Dies at 87

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George Silk: at Westport Arts Center reception September 2003.  2004 WestportNow. com
Westporter George Silk, a photojournalist who spent 30 years with Life magazine, earning fame for coverage of World War II and later pioneering the use of the strip camera for depicting athletes in motion, has died, three weeks short of his 88th birthday.

Silk died at Norwalk Hospital Saturday of congestive heart failure, family members said Monday. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Georgiana Silk said.

Silk, born in New Zealand on Nov. 17, 1916, joined the Life photo staff in 1943 and spent the next two years covering the war on the Italian front, the Allied invasions of France and the Pacific. He shot the first pictures of the atom-bombed city of Nagasaki and Japanese war criminals awaiting trial in postwar Tokyo.

He became an American citizen in 1947, the same year he married the former Margery Gray Schieber. They lived on Westport’s Owenoke Park, near Compo Beach, where he indulged a lifelong passion for competitive sailing.