Friday, March 01, 2024


Rita V. Hooper, 91

Rita Vigilante Hooper of Westport and Fairfield died June 28 at home. She was 91. Image
Rita Hooper: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Raymond Lee Hooper for over 61 years was born in 1925 to the late Michael and Rose Vigilante. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She attended the University of Connecticut before meeting her future husband Raymond on Martha’s Vineyard. They were married in 1948 and moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where they lived for seven years before returning to Westport.

In her earlier years, she served as society editor for the Westport Town Crier and at Columbia University in New York. In her later years, she was an active member of the Town of Westport, spending years working for the town in various capacities.

She worked for the Town Clerk’s Office and was an elected official of the Zoning Board of Appeals. She also ran unsuccessfully in a Republican primary for first selectman of Westport in 1977.

She loved traveling, gardening, playing bridge, living at the beach, and spending time with relatives and friends.

She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Dane Hooper and his partner, Trisha Moseley, of Hamilton, Massachusetts, Debra Hooper Fisher of Westport, and Michael Bradford Hooper and his wife, Jill of Fairfield; her grandchildren, Kimberly Fisher Warren, Emily Catherine Hooper, and Jane Elizabeth Hooper, and a great-grandchild, Raymond Warren.

The family will be having a private service to celebrate her life. A very special thank you to Robert Sohmer, Home Care Assistance, especially Chardae and Sherrie and Visiting Nurse and Hospice, Paul Cahill, and Arthur Alexander for their loving care and support.

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