Mary E. Skelton, a resident of Venice, Florida and a former long-time Darien resident, passed away on Dec. 1, 2018 in Florida. She was 93. Born on April 15, 1925 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Richard F. and Gladys Skelton. Mary was raised in Darien and attended Baker School.
Antoinette Evans Clark of St. George, Utah, passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, surrounded by her children and several grandchildren. She was 82 years old and had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years, although was still adept at making friends and wise-cracks up until her death. She was dearly loved by many and had a zest for life.
Conway MacLean Day (Connie), a lover of the arts and travel, passed away Dec 20, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. A long-time resident of Montecito, her style, whit and humor will be deeply missed by all. She was 85. Connie was born Feb. 1, 1933 in Baltimore, the daughter of Dr. Angus Lloyd MacLean and Eleanore Ihmson Hodges.
Paul Joseph Hargreaves Jr., 57, died Sunday, Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Florida following a brief illness. Born on Aug. 11, 1961 in Newton, Massachusetts he lived his younger years in North Reading, MA; Perrysville, Pennsylvania and Marlborough, Massachusetts. In 1975 his family moved to Darien, which was the family home until 1990. Paul graduated from Darien High School in 1979, were he was a firefighter in the Darien Fire Department.
Donald Latham King, age 84, former professor of radiology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University and 45-year resident of Darien, died peacefully on Dec. 31 at home with his family. He was the son of Alan Forrest King and Annabel Baldwin Latham King, born in Pasadena, California on Oct. 31, 1934. He was raised in San Marino, California and graduated from South Pasadena-San Marino High School in 1952.
Cathy Savoca, a longtime resident of Darien, died Friday, Dec. 28 at Stamford Hospital. Born in 1949 in Darien, Cathy graduated from Darien High School and followed her pursuit of music at Berklee College of Music. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1981. After Berklee, Cathy focused on her love of Jazz, playing the sax in gigs from California to New York.
George B. Higgins Jr. passed away Saturday, Dec. 22 at North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, New York with his loving wife, Margaret “Peggy” Higgins, his son, Sean, and two sisters at his bedside. He will be greatly missed. Born Dec. 15, 1947, George grew up in Manhasset.
On Tuesday Dec. 25, William Pickering Jones III, of Darien lost his battle and passed away at the age of 27. William was born on Dec. 12, 1991, to William P. Jones Jr. and Elizabeth Higgins Jones (Betsy and Bill) in Greenwich. He was the beloved big brother of Julia, Catherine and Elizabeth Jones.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Albert F. Lynch, Jr., passed away at Stamford Hospital on Dec. 27, 2018 following an unexpected complication of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was brave throughout his life and especially during his illness and was and is our family’s biggest role model and supporter. Born on Nov. 7, 1940, Al was the son of Albert F. Lynch and Margaret Maloney Lynch.
Arlin Gray Voress, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a short illness. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Arlin was the son of Clyde Lennard Voress and Olive Hazel Sherman Voress. He graduated from Charleston High School and attended West Virginia University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and received a degree in chemical engineering. He served in the Navy during World War II, teaching radar and sonar in Newport News, Virginia.
Joan Ordway Livingston Tweedy, a philanthropist and avid conservationist instrumental in advancing the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Planned Parenthood, died peacefully at home in Darien on Dec. 22. She was 100 years old, a life well lived. It was Mrs. Tweedy’s long-time interest in conservation that encouraged her to play a leading role with WCS and the Bronx Zoo. Her many activities at the Bronx Zoo (for which she held a special affinity) included endowing the 6.5 acre Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest Exhibit with the iconic and intimate gorilla-viewing area, and the Joan O.L. Tweedy Giraffe Savannah where the dedication plaque honors her “lifetime commitment to preserving wildlife and animal habitats for future generations.”
— an obituary from Edward Lawrence Funeral Home
She also supported the Bronx Zoo’s Tsingy Cliffs, Observation Station and Tortoise Nursery, in the Madagascar!
Douglas Goetze Campbell, 90, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 17, 2018, on Sanibel Island in Florida. His wife of almost 67 years, Sandra Woodworth Campbell, was by his side along with his four children. Doug was born in Brooklyn, New York but spent his youth in New Canaan. He attended Center Elementary School, Saxe Middle School and graduated from New Canaan High School.
Gavin John Smith, 56, formerly of Darien, died unexpectedly in Leesburg, Va. On Nov. 13. He was born in Stamford on Feb. 21, 1962, and grew up in Darien before moving to Bennington, Vermont with his family in 1979.
George A. Hoy Jr. died peacefully on Dec. 9, age 92. Katie, his loving wife of 68 years was at his side. George and Katie were a rare example of partners in both marriage and business, having operated the Inn at Brandywine Falls for the past 30 years, writing two books, hosting countless guests, swapping stories with guests that just make you feel good about people and life. With a master’s degree in experimental learning theory from Kent State University, George worked for General Motors in personnel, then as industrial psychologist and training director at the former Cadillac Tank Plant (present IX Center) and taught a night class in statistics at Baldwin Wallace while living in Snow Village in Parma, where he was elected cooperative president.
Douglas Campbell, a former member of the Darien Police Commission and chairman of the board at Ring’s End Inc., passed away Monday morning at his home in Sanibel, Florida, the company said in a brief announcement. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson noted his passing at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Campbell started at Ring’s End, headquartered on West Avenue, 63 years ago, in 1955. At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Stevenson said:
“I would like to sadly announce that former police commissioner and long-time resident and business owner Doug Campbell passed away, unfortunately. “He lived a great life; he was 90 years old; and I’m sure we’ll find out what […] services may be planned for him, but if you know his family, either Nancy Herling or any of the Campbell family, please extend your condolences.”