Month: February 2019

Steckel, Robert

Kent Haydock passes away February 4, 2019

William Kent Haydock, longtime resident of Darien, CT, passed on peacefully at home on February 4, 2019 at the age of 93. He leaves his beloved wife of nearly 63 years, the former Caroline Pinckney Prioleau (Pinky), whom he married in Charleston, SC, as well as their three children and families. Kent was the son of the late Roger and Marjorie Kent Haydock of Wyncote, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.

Following his graduation from Cheltenham High School, where he captained the wrestling team and won the all-suburban wrestling championship, Kent entered the U.S. Naval Air Corps. He became a commissioned naval aviator and ensign as WWII ended.

Returning to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Kent graduated in 1949 with a major in Marketing. He continued to excel at wrestling while at Penn, serving as team captain his senior year and placing first at the 1948 Middle Atlantic AAU tournament, pinning opponents with his trademark double-armlock maneuver, dubbed “The Haydock Hold.” In a class of 4,500, Kent was recognized as one of the top four “Honor Men”, won Penn’s highest award for all minor sports, and was elected to the Sphinx Senior Society, a select group chosen for their achievement, character, and leadership. He later became an early president of the University of Pennsylvania’s Club of Fairfield County.

Kent was a devoted member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien. He was a lay assistant for 25 years, a member of the vestry, an artist, and a writer, among other roles. He was also an active member of the Senior Men’s Association, serving a term as president. He taught English as a second language, counseled local small businesses, and was appointed chair of Darien’s Deer Management Committee, where he served the community for 15 years, with a special focus on combating Lyme disease. In addition, Kent and Pinky served 20 years on the membership committee of The Tokeneke Club.

He long enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, became an award-winning watercolorist, a family genealogist, and a personal investment manager for many years. Devoted to his family and always a gentleman, Kent was a kind and generous man with a strong faith, a wonderful sense of humor, and a real interest in others. He will be dearly missed by his family and large circle of friends.

Along with his loving wife and anchor Pinky, he is survived by their three children: William Kent Haydock, Jr. (and Cynthia Fetty) of Burlingame, CA, with his children Sarah (and Christopher) Dall and Andrew Haydock; Caroline (and John) Tibbetts of Darien, with their children Laura (and Robert) Witney and Parker Tibbetts; and Thomas (and Deborah) Haydock of Apex, NC, with their son Christopher Haydock. Kent is also survived by a great-grandson, Mason Dall. In addition, he leaves his sister, Marjorie (Peggy) Haydock McConnell and her husband Howard of Ambler, PA, as well as much-loved nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his brother, Roger Haydock, Jr., of Maple Glen, PA.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, 2019 at St. Luke’s Parish, Darien, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Luke’s Parish or to Person-to-Person at 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Don Brown: January 18, 2019

Don Brown passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1923, he was the
son of Samuel Raymond Brown and Theophelia Parrett Brown. He grew up in Glenbrook, CT and
graduated from Stamford High School where he was vice president of his senior class in 1941. Don
enlisted in 1942 and served in the Marine Corps., subsequently attending Princeton University and
graduating in 1947.

In 1948 Don joined Irving Subway Grating Co., where he started his career in sales. He was president of Irving when it was acquired by Harsco Steel Corporation in 1966. His years at Harsco, as divisional President for IKG Industries, took him to Mexico, South America and Europe establishing manufacturing factories producing and selling steel, aluminum and fiberglass flooring to the world market. Don raised his family in Darien, CT and retired there in 1985.

He is survived by his three children: Nancy Condon (Jay), Patricia Kinnunen (Peter), and Keith Brown (Wendy); his 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, who lovingly knew him as “Pop”; a brother, Bruce Brown; and many close nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Don will be remembered for his smile, indelible spirit and booming voice as well as his generosity and kindness. His philanthropy went well beyond his service to the community as he was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Don and Georgie were active members of the First Congregational Church of Darien for over 60 years, serving on every board and making lifelong friends. Some of Don’s other volunteer commitments were to Person to Person as the “van man” picking up and delivering furniture for many years, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, United Fund, and Pilgrim Towers.

Don and Georgie enjoyed traveling with friends and made many more on each trip they took. Don’s energy and happy spirit were contagious.

The Brown family were all passionate about skiing and Don was known as the “Brown Bomber” as he swooped down the mountains of VT and the ski areas out west every year with his “over 70” buddies. His last best run was at 85 years old when he joined a grandson at Vail and they skied the back bowls together.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at the First Congregational Church in Darien, CT at 2:00 on May 18, 2019.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to The First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road,
Darien, CT 06820 or Person to Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT

William Harrington

Obituary: William E. Harrington of Darien

William E. Harrington of Darien, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019 after a long and fulfilling life.

Bill was born in Brookline, MA, on May 26, 1924 to the late William E. Harrington, Sr., and Alice O’Laughlin Harrington. At age six, he and his family relocated to Westchester County, NY, where he was raised.

Bill attended college at his beloved University of Notre Dame and became a lifelong fan. His college career was interrupted by his service as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After a near fatal crash during night training in Georgia, Bill spent two years in the hospital recovering from his injuries. After graduating from Notre Dame, he began his career in advertising in New York City at Young & Rubicam, where he met and married Margaret McCabe. Midway through his career, Bill became a real estate broker in Darien, as an owner of Scott Associates and later Harrington Real Estate, recently retiring at the age of 90!

The Harringtons moved to Darien in 1956, where they raised five children. Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret, and his children Meg Levine (Jeff) of Springfield, VA, Beth Harrington-Howes (Obie) of Portland, ME, Susan Hamill (Jeff) of Darien, CT, Mary Bouton (Ed) of Greenwich, CT, and Bill Harrington (Allison) of Glencoe, IL. The family grew to include 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother Paul Harrington (M.A.) of Somers, NY, his sister Sally Beers of Rye, NY, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Joan Doyle, his sisters-in-law Sue Harrington, Anna McCabe Murphy, and his brothers-in-law Phil Beers, Paul Doyle, Michael McCabe, and Pat Murphy.

Bill was very active in many Darien community organizations including the Republican Town Committee (RTM), The Board of Realtors (President), St. John R. C. Church (Lay Minister), Notre Dame Club of Fairfield Country (Man of the Year), Noroton Bay Property Owners (Board Member and President), Middlesex Commons Condominium Board (President), Person-to-Person (volunteer), Darien (Senior) Men’s Association, ROMEO Club and Kiwanis Club.

Throughout his life Bill carried a bright smile, however, it was its brightest while spending time with family. He lives on as an inspiration to his family and friends for his unparalleled optimism, sense of humor and loyalty. He will be missed by all for his zest for life and dedication to others.

The family will receive family and friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Road, Darien, on January 23, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R. C. Church, 1986 Boston Post Road, Darien, on January 24, 2019 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Operation Smile or the University of Notre Dame.

Martin Skala

Obituary: Martin Skala, longtime Darien resident

Martin Skala, a Darien resident for over 40 years, passed away peacefully at home on January 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. Common Ground’s message is one he fervently believed in: “Improving the tenor of public discourse on topics of concern to our communities, our country and the world… Engaging in constructive dialogue about the many challenges facing our country and our society today.”

He was an active member in many Darien community organizations including the Republican Town Committee (RTM), the Darien (Senior) Men’s Association, First Church of Christ, Scientist, where he served for 43 years in multiple volunteer capacities, including conducting services and as a board member.

He was a long-time member of the New York Financial Writers’ Association. He worked for over 25 years as a communications executive with a specialty in financial writing, investor relations and corporate communications. From 1979 to 1995, he was senior editor of Standard & Poor’s flagship investment advisory publication, The Outlook. Earlier, he held corporate communications positions at American Express and Manufacturers-Hanover Bank. In the 1970s, he was New York City-based business and financial correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

Martin was an avid tennis player who loved sailing, hiking, nature, outdoor activities, and exploration. He will long be remembered for his sense of adventure.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Martin came to the United States with his family as a child, settling in Sunnyside, Queens. He earned a B.A. degree from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Darien; two daughters, Libby and her husband, Steve, of Brooklyn, NY; and Emily and her husband Aaron Hull; and two granddaughters, Sophia and Talia Hull, of Norwalk, CT.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on February 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien, CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, PO Box 3435, Darien, CT 06820 or Common Ground Committee

Gordon, Stanley

Bio to follow.

American Airpower Museum, May 23, 2019

Host John Zerbst

Soundwater Cruise, May 16, 2019, 5:00-7:00

Take an evening sail on the Sound on the schooner Soundwaters followed by dinner at the Crab Shack. While aboard a naturalist will talk about the “Maritime History of Long Island Sound.”

Cost of the two-hour sail is $10 per person. There is space on board for a maximum of 40 people.

Participants are invited to bring their own snacks or beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks.

Park in Boccuzzi Park, 200 Southfield Ave. Stamford.  It is on the West side of Stamford.  There is construction in the area, plus the usual I95 congestion through Stamford, so allow extra time.   The boat sails promptly at 5.  My GPS took me to Exit 6 then left on West, left on Selleck, and right onto Southfield.   A crew member will be at the parking lot to give you a parking permit and escort you to the Soundwaters.  It is a short walk but there are ramps and floating docks that are a bit unsteady.  There are port-a-johns at the parking lot they ask you to use vs. the on-board head.  There are also public restrooms off the boardwalk at the Crab Shell.

Dinner after the sail is available at the Crab Shell or Prime  – 46 Southfield Ave., Stamford.  You can also park at Prime/Crab Shell and walk 15 minutes south (to your right) on a pleasant boardwalk to the SoundWaters.

SoundWaters, founded in 1989, is the premier environmental education organization focused on the protection of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

Your host: Chris Snyder


Pictures from last year.  


SOHO Art Museum Tour, April 25, 2019

Host: Sunil Saksena

Hartford Capital Tour, March 1, 2019

Hartford Capital tour hosted by one of our representatives; lunch at capitol;

Bus leaves from the DCA at 7:30.