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Longtime Westporter Stanley A. Barnett Dies at 83

Stanley A. Barnett, a longtime Westporter who served as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was active in the Westport League of Women Voters, has died at the age of 83.barnett88.jpg

His son, Don, said his father died Monday at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness.

Barnett moved to Heritage Village in Southbury in 2000 after living in Westport for more than 40 years. But he returned here frequently for town events and the occasional Town Hall brown bag lunch.

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who appointed Barnett as one of her representatives to the Southwest Regional Planning Agency, said she was saddened by his passing.

“He was just a terrific guy,” she said. “He was energetic and enthusiastic and was especially good for the P&Z and the League (of Women Voters). We will miss him.”

“I called him ‘The Organization Man’ because he was so detailed and so organized,” said Hope Hageman, who served on the P&Z and who remains active in the League of Women Voters. “He was a good friend.”

Hageman said Barnett was instrumental in organizing meetings leading to the last revision of the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development in 1997.

“He was a P&Z alternate at the time and helped hire the consultants and organize the public meetings leading up to the plan,” she said.

Born in New York City, Barnett was a graduate of The City College of New York and was a retired management consultant.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lucienne.

Survivors include his son, Don A. Barnett of Trumbull; a daughter, Danielle Barnett of Melbourne, Fla.; two brothers, his twin Bernard Barnett of Tarrytown, N.Y. and Joseph Barnett of California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450

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