Linda Searle obit

Linda Bailey Searle, 93, Grew Up in Darien

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Linda Bailey Searle died at her home in Delray Beach, Florida on Jan. 16, 2019, at age 93. Born March 14,1925 in East Orange, NJ to Clifford Sherwood Bailey and Ellen Laird Bailey, Linda grew up in Darien and New Canaan. She graduated from The Ethel Walker School and Finch College. In June 1945, Linda married John “Jack” Endicott Searle, Jr., who was in the Army Air Corps.

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Elisabeth Perry Augustyn, Former Darien Resident, Taught Piano, Active Volunteer

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Elisabeth Perry (Day) Augustyn passed away peacefully on Jan. 19 at Branford Hills Health Center after a long illness. Elisabeth was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1936, to Walter Merton and Elisabeth (DuMond) Perry and was raised in Darien. She was a graduate of the Low Heywood School and attended Smith College and the Yale School of Music. For many years Elisabeth ran a successful piano instruction studio in Darien which included pre-school music education classes modeled on the pedagogy of Maria Montessori.

Joyce-Ann Davidson obit

Joyce-Ann Davidson, 70, Loved the Beach, Reading, Creating Art

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Joyce-Ann Davidson passed away on Friday, Jan. 4 ,at the age of 70. Joy was born on March 24, 1948 to Fred G. Davidson and Kay V. Davidson. She attended college at Immaculata University in Washington, D.C. and Maryville University in Missouri. Having grown up in Darien, Joy always loved the beach.

Patten Jackson obit

Patten Jackson, 59, Former Darien Resident, Advertising Executive, Avid Cook, Outdoorsman

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Patten Jackson, originally from Darien and most recently of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has died at age 59. Born Dec. 17, 1959, he was the son of Anthony and Jane Jackson, both of whom are deceased. A beloved man with friends too numerous to count, Pat was a true Renaissance man — a master of the gentlemanly arts of a bygone era. He was esteemed for his rapier wit and sartorial elegance.

Jean Edwards obit

Jean Edwards, 95, Created and Ran a Gift Department in Darien Sports Shop

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Jean Menetrey Edwards, 95, passed away with her family by her side on Jan. 25, 2019 at Cambridge Manor in Fairfield. She was born in Waterbury to Frank and Olive Woosley Menetrey. She was a direct descendant of Louis DuBois, a Huguenot settler & “patentee” of New Paltz, NY in 1678. Jean’s grandparents remembered family members coming down the Hudson River with barge loads of Rosendale hydraulic cement for construction of the piers of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Martin Skala obit

Martin Skala, Active in Darien Men’s Association and First Church of Christ Scientist

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Martin Skala, a Darien resident for over 40 years, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 6, 2019. He was a dynamic member of the community within faith, political and social circles. Martin never met a stranger, just a future friend. Martin’s love for connecting and bringing people together found a perfect focus as one of the first members of Common Ground Committee.

Karen Simmons obituary

Karen Simmons, 67, Caring, Fun-Loving, Animal Lover

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Karen M. Simmons, a Darien resident, passed away on the morning of Friday, January 18, 2019 at Stamford Hospital. She was born in Stamford on July 19, 1951, and was one of five children born to the late Frederick and Marie (Benedetto) Simmons. Karen was a caring and fun loving person. She showed love and compassion towards the people she cared for and she adored animals. She is survived by her sister, Sandy Ambruso, and Sandy’s husband Frank; and her brother, Paul Simmons.

Alison Kelly obit

Alison Kelly, 58, Former Darien Resident, Loving Aunt, Worked in Communications

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Alison Jayne Kelly, 58, of Safety Harbor, Florida, passed away on Sunday, January 13. She was born in Neptune, New Jersey on Aug. 5, 1960 and was the daughter of the late Eugene and Joan O’Brien Kelly. She lived in Asbury Park, New Jersey and Deal before moving to Mountainside, New Jersey where she spent her formative years. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes and attended Union Catholic High School.