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Sandra Carlson, 78, DHS Class of ’59, Loved Boating, Saw the Best in Everybody

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Sandra Wiley Carlson, 78, passed away in her home in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Born Sept. 3, 1941, in Norwalk, Sandra went by the nicknames “Sam” and “Sandy” and was known for her sense of humor, her bright smile, her amazing homemaker skills—she could iron, quilt, crochet, sew, cook, garden, and make a home like nobody else. Sandy loved her family and doted on her three grandchildren — Adella Dzitko-Carlson, Alex Trompetta, Adam Trompetta — who survive her.

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John James, 92, Educator Who Helped Recruit Companies to Connecticut

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Professor John Alan “Jack” James, chairman (Emeritus) of the Global Center for Governance, Reporting & Compliance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, passed away peacefully, Oct 25, 2019 in the Veterans Hospital at West Haven. He was 92 and left a lasting legacy. His family, friends and professional colleagues who followed his distinguished career know that he left every company, country, local government and institution he served a better place in which to live and work. A resident of Darien, Greenwich and Stamford after moving from Brussels in 1979, Jack continued his public service to the State of Connecticut. He was active on the International Trade Committee of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce and served five years in the cabinet of Governor Ella Grasso as director of the International Business and Economic Development office, recruiting and training a Brussels-based EU office.

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Nigel MacEwan, 86, Investment Banking Executive, Avid Sailor, Loved Nature, Music, Sports

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Nigel Savage MacEwan, a former resident of Darien and recent resident of New Canaan and Islesboro, Maine, passed away on Oct. 25 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 86 years old. Born March 21, 1933, Nigel was the only child of the late Ellen Wharton and Nigel Savage MacEwan. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 1955, Nigel served as a lieutenant junior grade (SC) in the U.S. Navy and then received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959.

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William Brill Jr, 83, Loved Fishing, Boating, Pets, Wood Carving

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William Sylvester Brill, Jr., formerly of Milford and Darien, passed away on Oct. 23, 2019 of natural causes. He was 83. Born April 14, 1936 in White Plains, New York, he was the son of William S. and Vivian (Hughes) Brill. Mr. Brill graduated from Mamaroneck High School in New York and the State University of New York at Farmingdale.


Roger Sibelius, 82, Darien High School Graduate

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Roger Sibelius of Grand Junction, Colorado died unexpectedly but peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at the age of 82. He was the son of Arthur and Lena (Jane) Sibelius and graduated from Darien High School. He lived in Danbury most of his life and enjoyed golfing at Richter Park and dining at Jim Barbarie’s Restaurant. He also enjoyed socializing with friends and neighbors on Little John Lane in Stamford.

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Allen Haight, 90, Former 35-Year Resident of Darien, Owned Hydraulic Devices Manufacturer

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Allen Daniell Haight died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 of natural causes. He was 90. He was born in Greenwich, graduated from the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 1948, received a B.A. from Brown University in 1952, and served in the Army in Korea before getting his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1961. He lived in Darien for 35 years before moving to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in 2000 while commuting to Connecticut for work.

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Monia Festo, 76, Consignment Shop Owner, Loved Fishing, Being Out on the Water, Yellow Roses, Polka Festivals

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Monia E. A. Festo, 76, passed away on Oct. 18, surrounded with the love and comfort of her family, in the Regional Hospice of Danbury. She was the wife of 56 years to Thomas F. Festo Sr., having made their home in Darien for most of her life. She was born in Bridgeport on May 4, 1943, a daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Perkowski) Dziamalek. Monia was self-employed, having owned a consignment shop, “Save & Smile,” for many years in Norwalk, and more recently a home-cleaning service.