Friday, May 24, 2024


Westport’s Flags Lowered to Half-Staff for Gordon Joseloff

At the request of Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Gov. Ned Lamont has given permission for the town to lower its flags to half-staff for the remainder of the week in honor of Gordon Joseloff, 75, who died today.

Gordon Joseloff, Nov. 19,2013 when turning over the reins as First Selectman to his successor James Marpe. B
Gordon Joseloff, on Nov. 19 ,2013, when turning over the reins as First Selectman to his successor James Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Joseloff, Marpe’s predecessor and publisher of, had been in hospice care for a couple of weeks at home, suffering from a rare blood cancer he had been diagnosed with three years ago.

“On behalf of all Westporters, I want to express the Town’s sincere condolences to his daughter, Anne-Liisa, and his son, Ben, and to his grandchildren who I know he adored,” Marpe said. “We will all miss Gordon, and we thank him for his friendship and his service to Westport.”

“Gordon’s commitment and dedication to Westport, his hometown, was exemplified in so many ways,” Marpe said.”

Marpe cited Joseloff’s first job as a teenage reporter for the Westport Town Crier, and that he found WWPT, the Staples High School radio station. Joseloff had also served as a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, 10 years as its moderator.

“From 2005 to 2013, he served as First Selectman, where he exemplified qualities of leadership, transparency, non-partisanship and accountability within his public service,” Marpe said.

“During his tenure as First Selectman, he faced a variety of crises that included the Great Recession of 2008-09, and a series of major disruptive storms including Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, where he led the community’s efforts to recover and to emerge even stronger,” he added.

Marpe also lauded Joseloff’s creation nearly 20 years ago of, which he said “established the national standard for transparent, internet-based community journalism.

“And it remains a ‘go to’ source of fact-based information in Westport,” Marpe said.

“On a personal note, he worked directly with me to assure a smooth transition of responsibility when I was elected to the office of First Selectman following his announced retirement,” Marpe said. “Throughout my term in office, I regularly sought his perspective and advice on a number of key issues. I always found his perspective invaluable.”

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