Longtime Westporter Anthony F. Slez Sr. died Monday in Norwalk Hospital. Slez, who had been in declining health in recent years, was 84.
A veteran of World War II, Slez was a standout athlete at Staples High School, where he won 15 varsity letters. He held several school records in track and was captain of the 1937 state championship basketball team.
Slez operated Slez Garage, formerly known as Slez-Benos Garage and Service Station, with his brother-in-law Art Benos for many years at 791 Post Road East, near the intersection of Long Lots Road (now Westport Car Wash). Friends remember him as saying, We didnӒt have customers, we had friends.
Survivors include son Tony Slez Jr., daughter-in-law Peggy, a member of the Representative Town Meeting, brother Bernardin and grandson Adam.
Services are scheduled Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Westport. Friends may call at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Michael R. Crabtree, owner and general manager of Toyota of Westport, died Saturday in the Bronx, N.Y. from injuries received in an auto accident. He was 33.
The Stamford residents death was reported in an obituary in The Advocate of Stamford.
Crabtree, whose family owns a number of automobile franchises, was a familiar figure in his dealership’s advertising.
He is survived by his parents, June Langran Crabtree and Robert E. Crabtree Sr. of Greenwich.
Among three sisters surviving him is Constance “Pinky” Markey of Greenwich, also familiar to area television viewers for her ads for the family’s Lexus of Westport dealership.