June 25, 2017

Obituary: Death of Matilda A. Colihan (Tillie) Announced

In this submitted photo, the late Tillie Colihan is seen tending her flowers.

Avid gardener, conservationist, seeker of solutions to make the world and our local communities better places, Tillie Colihan died peacefully in her Essex Meadows home on May 2, 2017.

Born May 20, 1920 in Mount Vernon, NY to William and Rowena Alston, Tillie attended Madeira School in Greenway, VA, and graduated from Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA in 1940.  She made lasting friendships with classmates and served as alumnae secretary for both schools.

Not wanting to be left behind after her brothers enlisted in the Armed Services, Tillie joined the Red Cross in December 1943. She was assigned to the 85th Division, stationed in northeastern Italy, and served until the war ended.  She was awarded a Medal of Freedom for “gallantry in the line of duty and devoted service while under enemy fire.” (While immensely proud of her medal, Tillie always insisted, with undue modesty, she was just serving donuts and coffee to the G.I.’s.)

Following the war, she became a receptionist at the Young & Rubicam advertising agency in New York City.  There, she met William J. Colihan, whom she married in May 1948. Tillie and Bill settled in Greenwich, CT, where they raised four children, Alston Colihan of Washington, D.C., Jane Colihan of Brooklyn, NY, William Colihan of New York, NY, and Abby Colihan of Montpelier, VT.  During these years, Tillie took up yoga and developed an interest in natural foods and alternative medicine.

In 1980, Tillie and Bill moved to a house – designed by Bill and her brother, Henry Alston – on the Connecticut River in Essex. Tillie spent springs and summers in her field, surrounded by bluebirds and wildflowers.  She enthusiastically organized the making of trough gardens for May Markets. Wanting to share nature’s beauty, Tillie regularly brought flowers from her garden to the Essex Meadows Medical Center – a practice she kept up for many years. During the winters she and her husband traveled in the U.S. and internationally. Bill died at Essex Meadows Medical Center in July 1994.

In 1998, Tillie moved to an apartment in Essex Meadows.  Hours that she had spent in her garden she now spent feeding birds and keeping up with all things happening in the world.  In recent years she has enjoyed watching her four rarely-disciplined grandchildren, Dan, Jim, Dana, and Molly, turn out fine.

As she wished, there will be a small memorial service later this summer.

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Death of Marianne Sullivan Announced; Long-Term ‘Valley Courier’ Reporter for Essex, Deep River & Chester

Marianne Sullivan (1946- 2016)

After a prolonged and courageous struggle with cancer, Marianne Sullivan passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 3rd at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. Marianne was born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 14th, 1946, daughter of the late William and Virginia Montgomery.

Marianne was a long time resident of Guilford, Connecticut where she spent the majority of her career as a reporter and editor for several local newspapers including the New Haven Register, and the Shore Publishing Group’s local news publications. She was an avid reader and possessed masterful writing skills honed over her 40-year career. She enjoyed covering politics and once served as a Selectman for the town of Guilford.

She is survived by her sister Donna Lee and her four sons Brian, Barry, Sean and Kenneth Sullivan, two nieces Michelle Richards and Melissa Hernandez, and three grandchildren Courtney, Conner and Riley Sullivan. She was a devoted mother and friend, a stoic person with the enviable ability to take on life’s many challenges courageously and without complaint. To those who knew her well, she was selfless and incredibly inspirational. She saw life clearly and brought a quick and ready wit to bear on daily happenings. To say she will be sorely missed would be an understatement. 

A memorial service will held at St. George’s Church on 33 Whitfield St, Guilford, Connecticut on Friday, September 9th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Marianne’s memory be made to The American Cancer Society.

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Death Announced of Veteran ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent, Chester Resident Morley Safer

Morley Safer

Morley Safer

The death was announced Thursday morning of award-winning journalist and long-time ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Morley Safer, who had a home in Chester.  The Hartford Courant reports, “Safer, 84, recently retired from the popular news show and was the subject of a special report on his lengthy career Sunday night.”

Read the full article published today on the Courant.com by ‘Wire Reports’ at this link.

 

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Philip Scheffler, “60 Minutes” Executive Editor, Former Essex Resident, Died April 7

philipESSEX – Philip Scheffler, CBS News’ first television street reporter, a documentary producer and the executive editor at 60 Minutes for many years, died April 7, 2016, in New York Presbyterian – Cornell Weill Medical Center. He was 85 and lived in Manhattan. Until recently he also spent much of his time in Essex, Conn., where he had a home for 40 years.

Scheffler retired from 60 Minutes in June of 2003 and had served as a consultant to CBS News up until a few years ago. He was a friend and mentor to Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes.  “Phil was a guiding force behind the success of 60 Minutes for more than two decades,” said Fager.  “Don Hewitt often said he couldn’t have done it without him.  He was a first-class journalist, an admirable human being, and a great friend to many of us.  We will miss him very much.”

Scheffler was a reporter and producer for CBS News for the first half of his five-decade career. He became the senior producer at 60 Minutes in 1980, handling the day-to-day responsibilities – essentially the right hand of the broadcast’s executive producer Don Hewitt. Hewitt named him executive editor later. In this capacity, Scheffler had a direct hand in producing every 60 Minutes report broadcast from 1980 to 2003 – a period during which 60 Minutes was the number-one program in America five times.

Scheffler oversaw the reporting from the field and handled most of the producers’ journalistic issues, enabling Hewitt to focus almost exclusively on shaping the newsmagazine’s stories. When tempers flared in the screening room between Hewitt and one of his correspondents, such as Mike Wallace or Morley Safer, it was the professorial Scheffler, sporting a bow tie and close-cropped beard, who played referee.

Before his senior positions, Scheffler produced 60 Minutes stories over nine seasons for Wallace, Safer, Harry Reasoner and Dan Rather. His first story with Safer was “After Attica,” a look inside a maximum security prison in Colorado broadcast after the horrible riots in the New York prison in 1971.

Hewitt hired him in March of 1951 as a copy boy for “Douglas Edwards with the News,” which Hewitt directed and produced. Debuting in May 1948, that broadcast was the first network television news program, and in 1951, Scheffler became its first street reporter.

His first field assignment was to ask people whether they thought Gen. Dwight Eisenhower should enter politics and run for the Republican presidential nomination. But reporting was only one of the hats worn by early television news people like Scheffler.  Out of necessity, he also invented a makeshift news teleprompter.

Hewitt wanted his anchor, Edwards, to look at the camera instead of his script when reading the news, so he had Scheffler make cue cards. “My first job at CBS Television News,” recalls Scheffler, “was to hand print Douglas Edwards’ copy on two-by-three-foot cue cards. Then, when we were on the air, I would hold them up next to the camera lens and move them up a line at a time for Doug to read. My arms were always tired and sore, so I asked Don if the camera could move in closer. He put on a wide-angle lens and moved the camera to within 10 feet of Doug, and I started typing the copy using wide adding-machine paper and a huge-type typewriter. It was the first crude teleprompter, but I didn’t have the wit to develop it!” said Scheffler in 2001.

In 1953, Scheffler was drafted into the Army and served his two years. During this period, he convinced his superior officer that he could put the Army on television — as long as he could get a few weekends off to film the piece! The result was a feature series in weekly installments he helped produce and write for CBS in which a Korean War recruit was followed through basic training at New Jersey’s Fort Dix.   Scheffler returned to CBS and continued working as writer, reporter and producer for the nightly network news and other regularly scheduled CBS News programs through the 1950s.

The news program, “Eyewitness,” was Scheffler’s next stop, where he served as associate producer and on-air reporter for the half-hour weekly from 1960 to 1963. He briefly served as an associate producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite,” where he covered the Kennedy assassination, before joining the documentary unit in 1964. There, Scheffler became a producer of documentary and special news broadcasts, including “CBS Special Reports” and “CBS Reports.” He produced more than 100 of them, including: “After 10 Years: The Court and the Schools” (1964), on school integration; “CBS REPORTS: Robert F. Kennedy” (1967), on Sen. Kennedy and his political ambitions; and “The Cities” (1968), about the nation’s urban crisis.

Scheffler’s assignments took him to 47 states and to 50 foreign countries, including Vietnam. He traveled there for six assignments during the war; his output included three two-hour specials on American policy in Southeast Asia, “Where We Stand in Vietnam” (1967), “Where We Stand in Indochina” (1970), and “The Changing War in Indochina” (1971).

CBS News broadcasts that Scheffler worked on, especially 60 Minutes, have received the industry’s highest recognition, including the Peabody, DuPont and Emmy awards. In 1981, he received the Alumni Award for distinguished contributions to journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a master’s degree.  As an adjunct professor, he once taught classes there as well.

Scheffler was born Sept. 16, 1930 in New York City and was graduated from the City College of New York. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Linda Weingarten Scheffler, a clinical psychologist, author and retired professor at Hunter College in New York City; his daughter, Ramsay Klaff, of Massachusetts; and a son, Adam, of Chicago.

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Obituary: Richard B. Blythe, 31 Oct. 15

blytheRichard (Dick) B. Blythe, 87 of Killingworth, CT passed away peacefully on October 31, 2015.   He served as the Principal of Valley Regional High School from 1971-1985 and the High School honored Dick for his many years of dedication and service by naming football/soccer and track facilities the Richard B. Blythe Athletic Complex.

Read the full obituary published in the Hartford Courant here.

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“The Preserve” Advocate Suellen Kozy McCuin Passes Away After Unexpected, Brief Illness

ESSEX — Suellen Kozey McCuin, 49, of Essex, beloved wife of J. Scott McCuin, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, with her family and friends at her side after an unexpected and brief illness.  Her obituary states, “She was an outstanding leader in the fight to protect the 1,000 acre forest now known as “The Preserve” located in her childhood town of Old Saybrook and her current home in Essex.”

Her obituary also notes, “She graduated from Old Saybrook High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex, CT.  Suellen enjoyed a successful career in government affairs and was most recently Executive Director for the Connecticut Council of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.”

State Representative Philip Miller (D-36th) described her passing as, “A loss for everyone.  One of the very best people I have ever known.”

He continued, “Of all of us who helped save the thousand acres, she is the only one of us who was indispensable.  We could have never succeeded without her.  Over the years, we had hundreds of phone calls and dozens of coffee conversations.”

Miller added, “She was an original, a deeply genuine, kind hearted person of great dignity.  My heart aches for her family, especially Scott, Maddy, and little Owen.  So many of us will miss our dear friend.  She walks in the spirit world now.  Gone but never to be forgotten.”

Calling hours for celebrating Ms. Kozey McCuin and her life will be at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook on Friday, Aug. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  A mass service and reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, 14 Prospect St., Essex.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kozey McCuin Children Education Fund, c/o Essex Savings Bank, PO Box 950, Essex, CT 06426, or The Old Saybrook Land Trust.

 

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Death of Former State Senator Eileen Daily Announced

Former State Senator Eileen Daily, whose death was announced today.  CTNewsJunkie.com file photo.

Former State Senator Eileen Daily, whose death was announced today. CTNewsJunkie.com file photo.

Former state Sen. Eileen Daily, 72, of Westbrook, died Wednesday. She was known as a tenacious lawmaker and served as co-chair of the powerful Finance Committee for five terms.

Daily, who had battled cancer toward the end of her legislative career, decided not to seek re-election in 2012 and to spend more time with her family,

Read the full article by Christine Stuart and published today on one of our Independent Media Network partners, CTNewsJunkie.com at this link.

Daily represented the 33rd District towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Old Saybrook as well as Clinton, Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, and Westbrook in the State Senate from 1993 to 2013.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements regarding Daily’s passing:

Malloy said, “For decades, she was a tenacious fighter for her constituents and a committee chair who wielded enormous respect among colleagues—and she did it with a smile on her face. Eileen was one of the toughest elected officials in the state, yet her jovial disposition always made those around her feel at ease. She represented the best of public service and politics. She was tough, loyal, hardworking, knew the issues, and her word was always her bond. This is a loss for all of us—Eileen will indeed be missed. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones.”

Wyman said, “Today is truly a sad day. Within the walls of the State Capitol, Eileen was more than just a public servant, she was a genuine leader. To me, Eileen was more than colleague, she was a friend. We served together for years. And while we worked closely together on so many different issues, we knew each other well. She was a wonderful person with whom I was close, and I received the news this morning with an extraordinarily heavy heart. My prayers are with her entire family at this difficult time.”

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven), Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), and Senator Art Linares (R-Westbrook) released the following statement regarding the passing of former state senator Eileen Daily.

“For six years, I sat next to Eileen Daily in the Senate Circle,” said Sen. Fasano. “I got to know her well and deeply admire the way she served our state. She was a tremendous leader who had the ability to command respect with few words. When she did speak, she was decisive, logical and people followed. She balanced that with a great sense of humor. This is a great loss for Connecticut.”

“Eileen Daily was always a strong willed person,” said Sen. Witkos. “She had a tough exterior, but also a gentle collegial approach. I remember she always had a better handle on the state budget than most and it was clear that she put in the time and the energy to serve our state proudly. My deepest sympathy and condolences go to her family and loved ones.”

“Sen. Daily was a true champion for small towns and for the people of the 33rd Senate District,” said Sen. Linares. “She worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents, and her environmental advocacy will be a lasting legacy for our region and throughout Connecticut. She was personable and she knew the issues inside and out. Sen. Daily was respected by everyone at the State Capitol. Today, we honor Sen. Daily for her service and we remember her many accomplishments. Her passing is a tremendous loss for Westbrook and for Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. Daily’s family and friends.”

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) posted on Facebook that he is, “Very sad to hear about the passing of former State Senator Eileen Daily. She was a dedicated public servant and longtime Westbrook resident who served the town as First Selectman for 6 years and as the Senator from the 33rd (which includes Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and Lyme) for 20. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends. She will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

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Obituary: James R. Martin, AIA

James Ralston Martin:  09/08/1954 - 07/12/2015

James Ralston Martin: 09/08/1954 – 07/12/2015

James Ralston Martin AIA, 60, of Essex, Conn., passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Jackson, Wyoming.  ‘Jim’ to some, ‘Jimmy’ to others was born in White Plains, N.Y., on September 9th, 1954 to Ruth Christine Wetzel and Charles Ralston Martin.  He is survived by his four children; Tess, Madison, Alden, and Jacob, older brother Dean, and granddaughter; Svea Brosnan.   He was an inspiring spirit, family man, and friend to all he knew.

James was an extremely passionate person and placed his family and their happiness above all other things.  He was extremely talented and accomplished in his career as an architect.  He is responsible for the design and planning of many university campuses, labs, and homes in Connecticut and around the country.  He was an avid sailor who had a deep passion for the sea.  He crewed on Amistad and was very proud to call the crew his dear friends.  He was a beautiful painter, chef, hiker, skater, and most certainly a technology and robotics enthusiast.

Greater than his worldly accomplishments was his deep and endearing love for his family. There has never been a more caring, engaged, responsible and “hands on” father than Jim Martin. He was the rock that held the larger Martin Family together. Jim was a shining example of love and sacrifice for those he loved and cared about. Beyond family he was always there for his family of friends whom he met from all over the world.

Jim was deeply proud of his children; they were his reason and inspiration in life.  Jim also loved and cherished his relationship with Robbi Grayson, his “significant other”, he was over the top in love with his granddaughter Svea and his best friend “Sir George” who he loved to walk every day in Essex Village and many began to associate with Jim.

Jim’s childhood homes included Largo, Fla., Mountain Lakes, N.J., and at age 12 his family moved to Westerly, R.I.  He attended college at Franconia College in Franconia, N.H., a place that provided wonderful friendships he has maintained to this day with only one month until his 40th Franconia reunion.  He went on to study sign language at Gallaudet School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. and passed this on to his children, who signed before they could speak.  He then went to Ithaca, N.Y., where he attended Cornell University and received a his degree in Architecture.  Jim arrived in Essex, Connecticut for a job interview after graduating from Cornell, fell in love with the town, and raised his family there. Jim was very invested in the community. He served as a Town Selectman as well as on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  He continued to live in Centerbrook, a village of Essex, on a beautiful, magical piece of land with his children and all the many people he loved, a special haven where he would live for the remainder of his life.

The family will receive loved ones, friends, colleagues and all who Jim touched on:
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.

A more informal ceremony will follow at:
Pettipaug Yacht Club, 145 River Road, Essex, CT

Jim’s greatest desire was to see his children complete their higher education; to that cause the family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to:
The James Martin College Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 7 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426

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Obituary: Beulah May Sullivan – 8/14/2014

Beulah May Sullivan. Died August 14, 2014, age 99 years.

Beulah May Sullivan. Died August 14, 2014 at 99 years of Age.

Beulah May Sullivan born Southampton, Ma. February 17, 1915, died Greenfield, Ma. August 14, 2014 at 99 years of age.

Beulah had an open heart, an easy smile and a grace about her that touched everyone in her life.

Beulah married Francis R. Sullivan in 1950 and together they operated the Centerbrook Package Store for 20 years. In their off hours they enjoyed their boat the “Equanil” on trips to the islands.

After her husband’s death Beulah met and spent many years with her wonderful companion John J. Kiely. They toured New England in a little Mercedes and spent time with all their friends at the Gris (Griswold Inn, Essex Ct.)

Beulah will be missed by all, including her family Peter, Kathy and Dan Sullivan and the wonderful staff of Charlene Manor where Beulah spent the last four years of her life.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers please stop by the Gris and raise your glass to Beulah.

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Death Announced of Jean Washburn Hernandez: Essex Resident, Dedicated Volunteer

Jean Washburn Hernandez

Jean Washburn Hernandez

Jean Washburn Hernandez died peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her home in Essex Meadows in Essex, Connecticut. She was 93 years old.

Jean was born on September 20, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY, to Lawrence and Margaret Washburn and was the oldest of three sisters. Raised in Montreal, Canada and Scarsdale, New York, she was the 4th generation of women in her family to graduate from Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, NY. After a childhood bout of polio, she attended Mt. Holyoke College where she contracted tuberculosis. After recuperating in upstate NY and Arizona, she resumed her studies at the University of Arizona.

At the start of WWII Jean enlisted in the American Red Cross and served at an Army Air Force Base in Arizona, at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, Otis Field on Cape Cod, and at Washington DC’s St. Elizabeth Hospital. In all locations she tended the returning wounded, particularly those impacted by psychological trauma.

Before the war she met her future husband, Silvio E. Hernandez in Havana, Cuba while staying with family friends. She married him in 1946, when he returned from wartime service with the U.S. Army in Europe. They first resided in New York but shortly after the births of their two children were sent by Westinghouse Electric to Madrid, Spain where they remained for 8 years. From there they moved to Havana, her husband’s birthplace, a year before the Cuban Revolution. After being witness to the tumultuous changes brought on by Castro’s policies, they fled in 1960, settling in Essex CT so as to be near Jean’s parents who had retired there. She remained a resident of Essex for 54 years as an active and contributing member of the community.

Jean was a homemaker and dedicated volunteer. She was on the Board of the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT, where as a volunteer, she initiated and ran a successful travel program for the members of the Museum. She was President of the Essex Garden Club, on the Board of the Essex Library Association, and active with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, the Child and Family Agency of SE CT, and many other charitable and community organizations. Jean and her husband loved to travel and together they enjoyed taking extended trips throughout the world.

Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years and more recently by her gentle companion, George (Bud) Lethbridge. She is survived by her daughter Margaret (Maggie) Hernandez of Key Biscayne, FL, son Robert (Laurie) Hernandez of Essex, CT and their sons Alexander and Christopher.

A memorial service will be held May 2, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, CT at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371

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Obituary: Neil Calvert Nichols – July 29, 2013

NICHNEIL_20130804Neil Calvert Nichols, 74, of Essex, died on July 29, 2013. Neil was the beloved husband and best friend of Alison Nichols whom he met when he was 14 and she was 13. Neil and Ali were married for 53 years. Neil was the father of three devoted sons, Neil Calvert Junior, Frederic Austin, and William Brett, six cherished grandchildren, Graziella, David, Lilly, Austin, Nicole and Riley and three loving daughters-in-law, Tina, Sarah, and Mary. Neil was the son of Marjorie and Julian Nichols.

Read full obituary in the Hartford Courant

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Obituary: Richard F. Schneller – 5 Feb. 2013

Richard F. Schneller

Richard F. Schneller

Richard F. Schneller passed away February 5, 2013 at his home in Palm Desert, CA. He was 90 years old. Schneller was born in New York City, the son of Julius and Helen Efros Schneller. His only sibling, Marjorie, died in 2007. He spent his first 13 years in Plainfield, NJ. The family moved to Essex, CT in 1935 where his parents relocated The Verplex Company, manufacturers of lampshades.

Schneller served as Chairman of the Essex Democratic Town Committee, 1971-1978, was a member of the Essex Board of Finance, past member and chairman of the Regional District # 4 Board of Education.

Read full obituary in the Hartford Courant

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Obituary: Ruth Elizabeth Byrne 11/6/2011

Ruth Elizabeth Byrne, 53, of Old Lyme, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend died unexpectedly on Selden Island in Lyme on Sunday, November 6th; the eve of the 25th anniversary of her Selden Island Thanksgiving Celebration.

Ruth was born on January 2, 1958; the daughter of Harriet “Betty” and the late Ross “Bud” L. Byrne of Old Saybrook. She grew up in the Ayers Point neighborhood of Old Saybrook where she enjoyed many outdoor adventures with her friends. Ruth graduated from Old Saybrook High School and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO where she earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. Ruth’s love of the river, which was inspired by her father, led her to pursue a lengthy career in hydrographic surveying with her sister Nancy. Ruth’s feisty spirit and generous nature was always present in the community. Her greatest joy in life was sharing travel and adventures with her daughter Lisa whom she adored. Whether it was hiking, biking, dancing, or learning the fiddle Ruth always lived life to the fullest.

Ruth is survived by her loving daughter Lisa Weigle of Old Lyme, her loving partner Mark Benedict of Essex, her mother Harriet Byrne of Old Saybrook, brother Ross Byrne and his wife Gosia Holszanska of Lyme, sister Nancy Byrne and her partner Julie Flagg of Chester, niece Alina Byrne and nephew Devin Byrne of Lyme as well as her beloved dogs Sadie and Daisy. Her loving spirit will continue through her family and many friends.

A memorial service will take place Friday November 11th at 4 PM at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Lisa Weigle College Fund, c/o Essex Savings Bank, PO Box 529, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or Lisa Weigle c/o First Niagara Bank, 9 Water St., Chester, CT 06412. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.

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Obituary: Edward Stanley Wollock, Jr. 10/16/11 Services: 10/22

Edward was born on July 6, 1943 in Middletown. He was the first son of Edward S. Wollock, Sr. and Sophie Stopa Wollock, both of Deep River who went home to be with the Lord ahead of him. He left his life here due to a massive heart attack at home on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

“Eddie” is survived by his wife and best friend; Pamela Witham Wollock, his brother and sister-in-law; Stanley P. and Dianne Wollock of Deep River, his daughter; Sophie Wollock Marsh, son-in-law; Geoffrey Edward Marsh and granddaughters; Allison and Amanda Marsh of Old Lyme, his step-daughter and granddaughters; Dawn Kazimir, Hope Kazimir, and Hannah DeCaro of Montgomery, NY, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Harry and Peggy Witham of East Lyme, and a nephew and nieces; Stanley P. Wollock, Jr., Lesley Witham Phaneuf, and Amy Witham Johnston, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Eddie was a man of character and integrity. He was a faithful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Eddie was a giving person who often put the needs of others before his own. He graduated from Valley Regional High School in 1961 and then went on to serve his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he began a career as a marine mechanic. He worked at Ferry Point Marina in Old Saybrook for his uncle and aunt, Stanley and Phyllis Wollock for 36 years. Eddie’s extensive knowledge of mechanics were an asset to the marina, and he shared his knowledge with anyone who asked.

His great sense of humor, love for boating, fishing and for being out on the waters of Long Island Sound brought many close friends into Pam’s and Eddie’s life. Eddie could be found fishing with family and friends aboard his boats, Flintstone, Flintstone Flyer, Sophie T., Madcap, Last One and Last Call. His talents in mechanics led to his hobby of car restoration. Some cars restored include a 1966 Chevelle Super Sport that he worked on for over two years with his daughter, a 1939 Ford Four-Door Sedan and his most recent project was a meticulously restored 1952 Ford Pickup. He was so pleased to have won “Best in Show”at the Tanger Outlet Car Show to benefit the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Care Center on October 8. He spent countless hours working together with friends and family on their projects as well.

Eddie enjoyed living the quiet life with Pam in the log cabin they built together on a hill in Deep River. They enjoyed working together in the yard and gardens, going cruising together and spending time with their beloved black lab, Star.

Eddie’s last day here included enjoying a piece of Pam’s apple-walnut cake, working with his cousin, Jason Roberts, on his tractor engine, attending his granddaughter’s soccer game, and taking his daughter for a wild ride in the ’52 Pickup. Eddie will be greatly missed by all his family and by all who knew him.

Calling hours will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 11am to 2pm at Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook.  A memorial service will follow at Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River

Memorial donations can be made to Deep River Fire Department, Deep River Ambulance, or CT Humane Society.

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Ann Gaylord 11/15/10

Ann Gaylord of 30 Bokum Road, Essex passed away on 11/15/10

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James L. Griffith 11/5/10

James L. Griffith of 30 Bokum Road, Essex passed away on 11/5/10.

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Mary (Morris) Olson 11/5/10

View obituary courtesy of the Hartford Courant

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Harry Albert Fanslau Sr. 11/5/10

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Harold Mackay 11/02/10

Deep River–Harold Mackay, 61, widely known throughout the Deep River area as Harold the Can Man, has died.

He collapsed in front of Adams Supermarket Oct. 28 while working at what he called “my business.” He was transported by ambulance and then by Life Star Helicopter to Yale New Haven Hospital. He died Nov. 2 without regaining consciousness.

He was a resident of Riverview Lodge for over 20 years. It is a family-owned licensed residential care home. Some of the residents’ care there is paid for by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services.

He was born in Waterville, Maine.  He lived in Meriden with his mother and stepfather and went to high school there, and later attended Middlesex Community College.

He married young but the marriage was brief. He had a son, Harold Mackay Jr., of Meriden, CT.

He worked here and there over the years. For a while for G&C Maintenance in Middletown and for the Deep River Parks and Recreation Department.

He became ill and spent many years at Connecticut Valley Hospital.   

What made him so remarkable and so well known in the Deep River area is how hard he worked day in and day out, year after year, walking many miles with his supermarket grocery cart to collect empty deposit bottles and cans and redeeming them. Nothing slowed him or discouraged him.

 He was a man who seemed to enjoy his aloneness—but maybe it was just shyness. A man of few words but high intelligence.

He earned widespread respect and admiration for his hard work and diligence. Never a problem of any kind.

Jim DeLano Jr. of Riverview Lodge RCH said of him: “Harold impressed so many of us. Great work ethic. Honest. Kind and giving. Many friends.”

He will have a private burial. A memorial service will be held at Riverview Lodge RCH, 10 Prospect St., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Timothy Haut of Deep River Congregational Church will lead the service. All friends are invited.

Nobody will be surprised if quite a few attend. If you plan to attend, please call Jim DeLano at 860-526-4941 for planning purposes.

No memorial donations are being solicited. But if memorial donations are offered, they will be used to boost the entertainment and recreation fund for residents at Riverview Lodge and create a plaque in Harold’s honor.

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