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Hugh Pickering, 89

Hugh Pickering, a lifelong resident of Westport, died at his home on Dec. 1 after a short illness. He was 89.

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Hugh Pickering: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in 1922 in Malvern, N.Y.,  he was the son of the late Samuel Pickering and Natalie Ronalds. He attended Westport public schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1940. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from New York University.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot during World War II, flying the F4U-1 Corsair on 42 missions in the Pacific. Aviation was a passion of his which continued long after the end of the war.

He worked for the Chevron Oil Company and retired in 1986 as the general manager of the Hoffman Oil Co., Chevron’s subsidiary in Stamford.

He was an accomplished trombone player and was proud to have been first chair trombone and of his service as a past president of the Westport Community Band.

He played several instruments and had a lifelong interest in jazz and big band music. He was also a gifted writer, a family talent. His cousin Richard Condon was the author of many novels including “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Prizzi’s Honor.”

In addition to the Westport Community Band, he was also involved in the Westport Commission for Senior Services, the Masonic Lodge Temple 65, and as a mentor to several young people.

He was an especially proud member of the Westport/Weston Y’s Men. He also took an active interest in community politics.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Doris Marianne Seymour, who passed away Aug. 19, 2011.

Survivors include his brother John (Jack) R. Pickering of Hemet, Calif., his daughter Allison Brooke Pickering St. Clair of Westport, grandchildren Amy Fulmer, Rebecca Sealey, Jennifer Shick and four great grandchildren, as well as many very dear friends and neighbors.

A memorial service is under consideration for the spring. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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