The Very Reverend Walter Hamilton Taylor, 79, died on Dec. 2, 2017 under the care of hospice. He died at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center with his wife, Mary, at his bedside. Taylor was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Jan. 27, 1938 to Robert W. Taylor and Jane Margaret Roe Taylor.
Alan De Santis, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 3 in Stamford. He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Isabelle De Santis, a sister, Diane, and his two children, Scott, 29, and Charlotte,25. Alan was born Sept. 1, 1957 and grew up in Pound Ridge, N.Y. He attended Fox Lane High School.
Selma Irene Lamensdorf, nee Cokely, born on July 29, 1930, passed away peacefully on Nov. 28. She was born in Providence, R.I. and raised in Warwick, R.I. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Merton F. Cokely, and she had an older brother, Kenneth. Born at the onset of the Great Depression, Selma was able to advance herself by earning an academic scholarship to Pembroke College (at the time, the sister school to Brown University). She majored in economics and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
David Albert Koch passed away peacefully at his home in Darien on Nov. 30 after a long fight with brain cancer. He was 43. Mr. Koch was born on June 17, 1974, in Cleveland, to Al and Bonnie Koch. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and from Columbia University in 2004 with a master of business administration degree.
Catherine Hoyt-Frederick passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on Nov. 13. Born in Stamford on July 20, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John T. Cherry and Elizabeth (Schwappach) Cherry. She was a graduate of Stamford public schools and retired from Dunlap & Associates in Darien. She was predeceased by her husbands, Howard J. Hoyt and Richard R. Frederick; a son, Allen H. Hoyt; a sister, Margaret Nizlek; and a brother, John J. Cherry.
Catherine Billingsley Sullivan, age 81, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Nov. 23 in Bennington, Vt. A former longtime resident of Scituate, Cathy was born and raised in Darien. While she enjoyed traveling and lived both overseas and in various locations on the East Coast, she was a Bay Stater at heart and a devoted fan of the Red Sox and Celtics. When she wasn’t performing daily maternal miracles, she loved going to art museums (the MFA and ICA were particular favorites), watching movies (Alfred Hitchcock), and curling up on the couch with a good book. She was a generous and welcoming hostess whose home was often filled with visitors.
Annette D. Ginty, 92, formerly of Gales Ferry died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She was born in New Haven Feb. 25th, 1925, the daughter of Bartholomew and Germaine Daly. She is predeceased by her husband, Gerald whom she married on Nov.
Sean Rocco Vogel, 15, of Cranbury, N.J., passed away on Monday, Nov. 27. He was the son of Geri Genovese of Cranbury, a grandson of Rocky and Geri Genovese and nephew of David and Julie Genovese of Darien. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he was a resident of Cranbury his entire life. _________
William Davison Glover, 88, of Ames Hill Road in Marlboro, Vt. died Thursday morning, Nov. 16, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 38 years, Barbara Hassler Glover. Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec.
David Crowell “Tank” Tankoos, 67, of New Haven, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. He was born on Feb. 25, 1950 to the late William Grannis Tankoos and Elizabeth Percival Blanchard Tankoos. Very proud father to Katherine Tankoos Iannaccone (Paul, Jaden, Jaxen) and Sarah Blanchard Tankoos (Todd).
Laura Sanford Kaynor, a resident of Darien for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Kaynor was a warm-hearted, loving and vibrant woman who touched the lives of many people. Born on Nov. 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Frederick O. Sanford.
Robert R. Morris — ad man, kitchen designer, artist, and a renowned wit — died suddenly at his home in South Norwalk on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Born July 20, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, Morris was the eldest son of Robert E. Morris, a Kentucky farm boy who became a fashion buyer at New York department stores, and Marjorie Dickie Morris, an artist and member of Portraits, Inc. in New York, as well as the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan. Rob spent his childhood in Harrison, N.Y. As a boy, he longed to be an Indian warrior, and, after making his own flaming arrows, once set the family’s grape arbor on fire during target practice. He graduated from Harrison High School and went on to Dartmouth College, class of 1952, where he majored in philosophy and English.
Hilary Peter Donegan passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 18. He was born in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Oct. 14, 1940 to Margaret Brady Donegan and Denis James Donegan. He graduated from Farmingdale High School and C.W. Post College.
Merylin A. Skiba, 87, of New Britain, and formerly of Darien, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Jerome Home in New Britain. Born on Sept. 5, 1930, in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Emily (Quinn) Schlitt. Merylin grew up in Darien and as a child loved going to the beach and horseback riding.