Michael Krak obituary 02-04-17

Michael Krak, Former Golf Pro at Wee Burn Country Club

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Michael “Mike” Krak, a former golf professional at Wee Burn Country Club, has passed away and is scheduled to have a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Palm Beach, Fl. Born in what is now the Slovak Republic, Mike’s family settled in Weirton, W.V., He attended Weirton High School, then West Virginia University, graduating in 1948. While attending WVU, he captained the golf team for three years. He was elected to the Physical Education School Hall of Fame in 2005.

Patrick Johnson obituary 01-31-17

Peter Fitzpatrick, 52, Veteran Paratrooper, Lacrosse Coach, Father of Three

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Peter Joseph Fitzpatrick, 52, of Darien passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28 at home. Peter was born Sept. 20, 1964 in Providence, R.I. to Dr. Donald Peter Fitzpatrick and the late Rita Kelley Fitzpatrick. He graduated from Classical High School in 1982 in Providence and went on to earn his bachelor of arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Vermont in 1986, where he played varsity lacrosse.


Alan ‘Lanny’ Openshaw Jr., 70, Former Tennis Pro at Darien Country Club, Real Estate Agent

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Alan “Lanny” Openshaw, Jr., 70, passed away peacefully at his Marvin, N.C. home on Jan. 20. Lanny grew up in Rowayton, always dear to him. He graduated from Brien McMahon High School and California Western University (USIU), San Diego, enjoying a semester traveling with professors through seven Asian countries. Lanny was a state platform tennis champion ranked nationally within the top 10.

Lee Stevenson obituary 01-31-17

Lee ‘Poldi’ Stevenson, Longtime Darien Resident, Mother of Three

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Lee “Poldi” Stevenson, a 30 year resident of Darien, died peacefully on Jan. 24. Her entire family was by her side when she passed. Her strength and joyful spirit prevailed as her room was filled with love and laughter through her final moments. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Buchanan Stevenson III; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jayme Stevenson of Darien; her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Gabrielle Stevenson of Southport; her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Don McDonald of Bellevue, Wash.; and her 13 grandchildren: Alexandra, DL, Samantha, Ross, Kendall, Charlett, Amanda, Brett, McKenna, Ian, Hailey, John V and Kyle.

Pauline Sammis obituary 01-27-17

Pauline Sammis, 84, Teacher and Former Darien Resident

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Pauline “Polly” Anderson Sammis, 84, died peacefully on Jan. 23, 2017, at her home in Bradenton Fl. Polly was born in 1932 in the town of Newton, Mass., to Herbert Theodore Anderson and Ellen Smith. Polly graduated from William Smith College in 1954 and went on to obtain her masters degree in teaching in 1956 from Boston University. In 1956 Polly married William Nason Sammis of Darien, CT and lived in Simsbury, where they raised their two children.

Paul Larson obit 01-25-17

Paul Larson, 73, Active Volunteer, Former Board of Education, RTM Member

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Paul Steven Larson, 73, of Norwalk and former longtime Darien resident, died on Jan. 24 at home, surrounded by his devoted family, after a courageous cancer battle. Paul took on his disease as he took on everything in life, with tenacity and grace. Paul was born May 22, 1943 in Bristol to Arnold Lee Larson and Lou Manchester Larson. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1965 where he captained the track and cross country team and was a member of Kappa Nu Kappa fraternity.

Sidney Zacharias rower obituary repost 01-24-17

Sidney Zacharias, 101, WWII Veteran, Danced Among the Stars, National Champion Rower

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Sidney D. Zacharias of Stamford, and more recently Darien, died Jan.19 at the age of 101. His final illness was short and followed a full and active life. As recently as October 2016, Sidney was declared national champion in his age class in the Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Competition and was featured on Channel 12 as he rowed a kilometer in less than eight-and-one-half minutes (see the video below this article). Sidney was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. before the United States entered World War I, was raised in New York City during the Roaring ’20s and entered his father’s advertising and marketing business in the ’30s.

Ann Goodhue obit 01-17-17

Ann Goodhue, Longtime Darien Resident, Graphic Artist

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Ann Goodhue, a 52-year resident of Darien, died peacefully on Jan. 16. Her family was by her side when she passed after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Her strength through it was remarkable and inspiring. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Peter Goodhue, OBGYN of Stamford Hospital; her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Christopher Hughes of Darien; her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Betsy Goodhue of Baltimore; her brother, Bill Helfenstein of South Carolina; and her grandchildren, Alexandra and Peter Hughes of Darien, and Richard and Charlie Goodhue of Baltimore.