Category: Obituaries

Obituary: Peter Michael Gish, 98

The Staples High School graduate pursued a career in the military and art, rising to the rank of Marine Corps colonel whose paintings documenting combat and refugees in war zones have been exhibited at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Smithsonian.

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Obituary: Sybil J. Steinberg, 90

The longtime editor and critic for Publishers Weekly, who interviewed many well-known writers and whose work was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, also was known locally for her annual “Sybil’s List” of recommended reading at the Westport Library.

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Obituary: Jane Ellen Bradford, 89

The former Westport resident was a math teacher who later transitioned to computer programming, and is remembered by family as an “active, independent and open-minded woman, especially for her generation.”

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Obituary: Stewart Reifler, 69

He was a partner in a New York City law firm, and locally was an EMT and officer with Westport Volunteer EMS; had served as a Westport Library trustee, and was an official with the Minuteman Yacht Club.

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Obituary: Samuel Frank Bell, Sr., 94

He was a residential and commercial builder/developer in the Westport area and later in Florida, known for constructing more than 200 homes in the region identified by the real estate community as “Bell Colonials.”

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Obituary: Claire Marie Sansone, 85

She worked for more than a decade as a state social worker who “lovingly placed foster children in safe homes and arranged adoptions for caring families,” and loved to spend time with her own family most of all.

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Obituary: Barbara G. Kidney, 95

An administrative assistant in Westport public schools, she also was active in the Y’s Women, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and Saugatuck Congregational Church, and lived “a life full of family, friends, love, laughter and purpose.”

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