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Peter Ham, 78, Darien Builder, Firefighter, Former Longtime Town Resident

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Peter Guy Ham, a resident of Southbury and a former longtime resident of Darien, passed away on Friday, March 1 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family.He was 78. Born on Sept. 22, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late William Guy and Pauline Ham. Peter graduated from Darien High School and served with the U.S. Navy. He was a longtime local Darien builder owner of Peter G. Ham, Inc. He served with the Darien Fire Department, Noroton Fire Department and Southbury Volunteer Fire Association.

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Meridith Ackerman Beaman, 89, Grew Up in Darien, Sang, Active Church Leader

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Meridith Ackerman Beaman, 89, of North Hampton, New Hampshire passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Feb. 16, at her home. She was born on Aug. 23, 1929 in Boston to the late Dean W. and Gladys M. (True) Ackerman. Meridith was raised in Moorestown, New Jersey and Darien.

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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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Deborah Blodget Tait, 84, School Teacher, Art History Lecturer

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Deborah (Debby) Anne Blodget Tait, 84, of Montpelier, Vermont (formerly of Norfolk, Connecticut) died at home on Feb. 8, with her family around her. She was the beloved wife of Colin Condie Tait for 63 years. Debby, the daughter of Barbara Barnes and Donald McKelvey Blodget, was born in New York City on April 10, 1934, the youngest of four children. She grew up in Darien and graduated from the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania in 1952.

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Daniel Lagonigro, 83, Managed Data Processing for History Book Club, Played Accordion

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Daniel Lagonigro, 83, of Darien passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on Feb. 15, surrounded by his loving family. Daniel was born in Port Chester, New York on April 7, 1935 to Paul Lagonigro and Maria Rosario Lagonigro. As a boy, Daniel was an avid Yankee fan, playing baseball and dreaming of becoming a professional ball player. At an early age, Daniel took piano and accordion lessons.

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Linda Clark, 77, Devoted Member of Noroton Presbyterian Church, Loved Art, Musicals, Animals

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Linda B. Clark, a resident of Darien and former resident of Rowayton, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Maplewood of Darien due to complications from dementia. She was 77. Born in 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Ruth Blackledge, and sister of Barbara. She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Darien High School.

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Muriel Quimby, 95, Ran Multiple Volunteer Programs, Former Darien Resident

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Muriel “Yoy” Quimby, 95, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Overlook Masonic Skilled Nursing Facility in Charlton surrounded by family and others who loved and cared for her. Born in Flushing, Queens to Grace and Forrest Smith, Yoy lived in Scarsdale, New York, Darien, Bedford, New Hampshire, Holden, Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida before moving to Overlook with her husband in 2007. Yoy graduated from Scarsdale High School and earned a B.A. from Denison University. She was the executive director for the Scarsdale, New York Girl Scout Council, the director of adult education and volunteer coordinator for Wachusett Regional High School in Holden and the director of the Challenge Program for the Women’s Resource Center in Sarasota.

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Joy Collins, 77, Directed College Libraries, Volunteered at Darien Thrift Shop

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Joy Sutton Collins, of Darien, Connecticut; Tierra Verde, Florida; and Bayville, Maine, died February 5, 2019, in Stamford, Connecticut, after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was 77. Collins was born to the late Bettina Pierce Sutton and David Sutton Jr. on May 9, 1941, in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The eldest of five, she grew up in Lancaster and graduated from the Northfield School in the class of 1959. She attended Tufts University, where she graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in government.

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Corrie Seyferth, 94, Co-Owner of Real Estate Business in Darien

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How do you describe the life of a person who made an impact on every person’s life she entered? Corrie Seyferth will be remembered for her beautiful blue eyes, engaging smile and sweet spirit. She was caring, wise, generous, creative and fun. She touched people’s lives in the most deeply meaningful way. She had a rare combination of spontaneous love of life with acute business acumen.

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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.

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Johanna Brennan, 57, Loved Cooking, Meals with Family and Friends, Tennis, Travel

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Johanna Morris Brennan, 57, of Darien passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 12. She was born in Boston and was the daughter of Joan Duggan Morris and Philip Paul Morris. In addition to her parents, Johanna is survived by her beloved husband, Marty, and adored children, Martin (22) and Henry (19), her sister Carole Sessine (Michael) of Pembroke, Massachusetts and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and the extended Brennan family.  Johanna was pre-deceased by her brother Philip. Johanna graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in psychology.  She had an exciting career as a forerunner for women on Wall Street in the 1980s and 90s where she excelled in fixed income sales.

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.

Antoinette Clark obit

Antoinette Clark, 82, DHS Valedictorian in 1954, Hosted Nancy Reagan, Took in Unwed Mothers, Foster Children

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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.