Erin Noonan obit

Erin Noonan, 71, Avid Gardener, Golfer, Active in St. John Church

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Erin Bazner Noonan, 71, of Darien passed away peacefully at her home on July 17,  after a hard-fought battle with cervical cancer. Erin was born Aug. 22, 1947 in Natick, Massachusetts to Jean Marie and Martin William Bazner. She was the first of six children, including Martin W. Bazner III of Berkeley, California; Shaune Bazner of Washington, D.C. (John Yahner); Megan Brogden of Wilton (Marc Fogel); Jamie Bazner of Santa Cruz, California; and Brenan McGarrigle (Tom) of Norwell, Massachusetts. She lived most of the last 40 years in New Canaan and Darien raising a wonderful family and pursuing her many passions.

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Nancy Festa, Enjoyed Gardening, Cooking, Baking

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Nancy E. Festa, a resident of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Darien. She was a parishioner of St. John Roman Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking as well as spending time and sharing stories with her family and friends. Nancy is survived by her son Ronald Festa of Seymour, Tennessee and two grandchildren Cody Festa and Leah Festa and three great grandchildren.

Richard McCurdy obit

Richard McCurdy, 78, Grew Up on Contentment Island, Founded Company That Made Computer-Based Marine Instruments

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Richard McCurdy, formerly of Darien, passed away peacefully on July 5 at the age of 78. Rich was the son of Richard C. and Harriet S. McCurdy who lived on Contentment Island for over 40 years. Rich graduated from the University of Connecticut after four years of service in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician. After earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rich went to work for Kenyon Marine designing electronic instruments for sail boats. When his father became involved in the 1970 America’s Cup, Rich decided to develop a computer-based instrumentation system for one of the boats competing to defend the Cup.

William Simpson obit

William Simpson, 64, Ran Plumbing Business, Early Post 53 Member, Loved Boating

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William Robert Simpson, age 64, and a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on July 14, at 7:24 in the morning with his loving wife by his side. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 24, 1954 in Bronxville, New York, he was the son of the late Harold Brown and Nancy Ferns Simpson. Bill graduated from Darien High School in 1973 and Wright Technical School for Plumbing. He started Simpson Plumbing LLC in 1998.

Donna Egan, 79, Grew Up in Darien, Had a Passion for Fashion

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Donna Egan, 79, passed away peacefully on July 13 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. Donna is the daughter of the late Victor and Dorothy “Dolly” Domikis. She grew up in Darien, then lived in Stamford, and was later a resident of Norwalk. Donna was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Stamford. Throughout her career, she worked for Pitney Bowes, Wachovia Bank, and Brinks.


Charles Simonds, 85, Business Executive, Loved Fine Art, Spy Novels

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Charles Sprague Simonds, 85, a resident of New Canaan, formerly of Darien, Westport, Key West, Florida, and Newport, Rhode Island, died peacefully on July 2, 2019, in New Canaan. Charlie as he was known, was born on Feb. 20, 1934 in Boston to the late Daniel Simonds and Elizabeth Sprague Simonds Stout. He was the devoted husband of Michelle R. Hubbard-Simonds of New Canaan. He was a graduate of the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts and Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in art history, Class of ’60, and Harvard Business School, with an MBA in  1964.

Michael Greene obit

Michael Greene, 57, Attorney Who Grew Up in Darien, Where a Funeral Mass Will Be Held

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Michael Sutherland Greene, 57, of Granger, Indiana, died in the Center for Hospice on Easter morning, April 21, 2019, after struggling for years with health problems.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at St John Roman Catholic Church in Darien. He was born, in Denver on Dec. 10, 1961,  and raised in Darien by his mother, Julie Sutherland Rikert, and stepfather, John Rikert. He graduated from the University of Connecticut and worked in Washington D.C. as an economic analyst in the area of global warming, then entered law school at Indiana University in Bloomington. It is there that he met and married Bridgette Faulkner Greene, and together they moved to Elkhart, where he was a practicing attorney for many years.

Joan Halloran obit

Joan Corning, 87, Teacher, Active Volunteer in Child-Related Community Programs

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Joan Halloran Corning, a longtime former resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Rhode Island, where she had been living since 2014. Born Nov. 6, 1931 in Stamford, she was the daughter of John J. and Mary Duggan Halloran, and the wife of Edward P. (Bud) Corning, Jr.

She grew up in Stamford, went to Classical High School in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated from Wheelock College in Boston with a B.S. in early childhood education in 1953. She taught second grade in Evanston, Illinois and at the Newfield School in Stamford. Joan and Bud were married in 1956 at St.

Barbara Martin obit

Barbara Jerabek Marton, 80, Started Interior Design Business in Darien

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Barbara Ann (Jerabek) Martin, 80, a resident of Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida passed on June 19 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was the daughter of the late John Charles Jerabek and Elizabeth Bestercy.
Barbara grew up in Stamford, where she attended Sacred Heart Academy. She then graduated Paeir School of Art in New Haven, studying interior design. She was recognized by the school’s president for her outstanding talent.

Rodney Ferris obit

Rodney Ferris, 86, Darien Native, Church Deacon, Loved Sailing, Tennis, Playing Piano

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Rodney Jarvis Ferris, businessman and counselor, loving husband and father, died in his apartment in Lincoln, Massachusetts on May 1, 2019. He was 86. A 56-year resident of Holden and Worcester, Massachusetts, Rodney was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in Darien to Margery Jarvis and William Henry Ferris. He attended Hotchkiss School and Princeton University where he led the varsity swim team’s butterfly squad and majored in engineering.