Friday, April 12, 2024



Ann M. Carissimi, 92

Ann M. (Delano) Carissimi of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died June 10. She was 92. Image
Ann Carissimi: Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born in Westport on Nov. 26, 1924, the daughter of Joseph and Carmela Delano. She attended Staples High School and graduated in 1942 as the class salutatorian. She received a full scholarship to the Junior College of Connecticut and was elected class president.

Subsequently, she was employed by the Manning, Maxwell and Moore Company where she met her future husband, Vincent.

She became a Fairfield resident when she and Vincent were married in 1951 and was a charter member of the St. Pius X Church parish in Fairfield.

Playwright A. R. ‘Pete’ Gurney, 86 Image
Playwright and author A.R. “Pete” Gurney, whose works focusing on the quirks and barely concealed anxieties of the privileged class were seen frequently by Westport Country Playhouse audiences, died Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment. He was 86. He is pictured with Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, on July 25, 2015 at the world premiere at the Playhouse of Gurney’s “Love and Money.” Not only were several Gurney plays performed at the Playhouse, but Gurney and his wife Molly attended many other opening night performances there. In addition to “Love and Money,” other Gurney productions at the Playhouse include “The Dining Room” and “The Cocktail Hour.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Shirley R. Doyle, 96

Shirley R. Doyle of Denver, Colorado, a former Westport resident, died June 4, one week before her 97th birthday. Image
Shirley Doyle: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she and her husband Harry moved to Westport in 1953 where they raised their five children. 

She volunteered at Saint Luke Church and the Fairfield Junior League. She worked at the Pottery Corner in the 1970s and 1980s. 

She loved playing tennis with her longtime friends. A favorite pastime was walking the beaches and collecting sea glass. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Westport Senior Center. She moved to Colorado in 2011.

Arthur Marciano, 88

Arthur Marciano, a longtime Westport resident and teacher, died June 12. He was 88. Image
Arthur Marciano: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

Born in Waterbury on Oct.14, 1928, he was the son of the late Anthony Marciano and Giaconda Perugini. 

He was the youngest of seven children, and upon the premature death of his parents, raised by his sisters. 

After starting a business, Arthur’s Flowers, he entered military service for two years. He went on to attend Central Connecticut State College on the GI bill.  He subsequently earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Andrew P. Fain, 64

Andrew (Andy) Paul Fain of Huntington Beach, California, a former Westport resident, died April 27 after a brief illness. He was 64. Image
Andrew Fain: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born Oct. 6, 1952 to the late Howard Fain and Joan (Katten) Fain in West Hartford, where he resided with his parents and brother Michael.

His father and hero, Howard Fain, was a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He was severely wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and died at age 42 when Andy was just 11 years old.

Three years later, his mother married Edwin Lasner, an industrial realtor and former Navy Seabee in Westport, with two sons, Mark and Stephen.

James F. McFeely, 76

James F. McFeely of Westport died June 11 at home. He was 76. 

The husband of the late Mary Roberts McFeely was born in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a teacher and enjoyed translating the classics from Greek and Latin into English. He also wrote poetry.

Hw is survived by his four children: Helen McFeely of New Mexico, Madeleine McFeely of Norwalk, Friar Jude, Mary of the Previous Blood, FI, of Griswold, and Mary McFeely of Argentina, eight grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Frances McFeely as well as his nieces and nephews: Thomas, Joan, John, Mary, Kathleen and Michael.

His family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 14, from 5 p.n. to 8 .m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday. at Assumption Church, Westport with burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.

Bernard W. Pianka Sr., 93

Bernard W. Pianka Sr. of Westport died June 2 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Wilton. He was 93. Image
Bernard W. Pianka Sr.: Navy veteran. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Dolores R. Pianka was born in Troupe, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1923 and was the son of the late Walter and Stella Fiedorczyk Pianka.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served on the South Pacific forward air base in Okinawa. 

He retired after a several decades career at ExxonMobil. He is also fondly remembered for his time working as a waiter at the Arrow restaurant during the 1960s. 

Manuel Diaz, Jr., 63

Manuel Diaz, Jr. of Norwalk died June 4 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after battling Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. He was 63. Image
Manuel Diaz, Jr. : former synagogue employee. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 4, 1953 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Manuel and Angela Diaz-Zayas. He was a retired facilities manager for The Conservative Synagogue of Westport and was currently employed with ShopRite, Norwalk, in the produce department.

A hard-working family man, he was an avid Yankee fan and took great pride in watching his children participate in all of their sports.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori (Milici) Diaz and their three sons, Joseph (Bibiana Yoguez), Michael, and Daniel Diaz all of Norwalk. He is also survived by his daughter, Carmen Diaz of Long Branch, New Jersey and his son Manuel (Allison) Diaz III of Atlanta, Georgia, his brother, Efrain (Migdalia) Diaz, seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his sister, Carmen Milagros Diaz.

John A. Creatura, 84

John Anthony Creatura of Westport died June 3. He was 84.

He was born in Bridgeport, the son of Grazio and Lena Creatura. He was a graduate of Fairfield Prep, of Yale College and of the Yale School of Medicine.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. 

He spent his medical career with Bridgeport Radiology Associates and retired as chief of nuclear medicine at Bridgeport Hospital. 

Brian R. Orrico, 60

Brian Richard Orrico of Bloomingdale, Georgia, a former Westport resident, died March 21 at home. He was 60. Image
Brian Orrico: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 1, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey to James and Marion (Brooks). As a child, he lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey and Westport. He is a graduate of Staples High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

He worked for the last decade for the Economic Opportunity Authority in Savannah and was a Deacon at the Guyton Christian Church. He was an avid volunteer. 

He was a kind and caring person with a strong faith and work ethic in everything he did. He had a wonderful sense of humor and wit, along with an incredible memory and intelligence.