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Bill Nightingale

William Joslyn Nightingale, 89, known as Bill, passed away after a brave battle with cancer on September 20, 2018. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and unshakeable integrity.

Bill was born on September 16, 1929 in Minneapolis, MN to Willam Isaac Nightingale and Gladys Joslyn Nightingale. He married Carla Carroll of Wayzata, MN in 1957 and in 1966 moved his family to Darien, CT, where he lived for almost 30 years. In 1993, Bill married Deborah Watson and lived in Rowayton, CT before recently relocating to New Canaan.

Bill graduated from Bowdoin College in 1951 and from the Harvard Business School in 1953. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps in Port Lyautey, French Morocco from 1954 – 1956.

Bill began his career at General Mills in Minneapolis. After he moved to the New York area, he worked in senior management positions at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Hanes Corporation, and The Bali Company of New York, NY, where he was President and CEO.

In 1975 he founded Nightingale and Associates LLC, one of the first crisis management and turn-around consulting firms in the U.S. After a long successful run at the helm, he retired in 1995.

After retirement, Bill served on many corporate and charitable boards. He was particularly proud of his service as president of Person to Person.

Bill was a long-standing member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, where he was on the vestry and was senior warden. He was an active member of The Harvard Club, Wee Burn Country Club, and Noroton Yacht Club.

Throughout his life, Bill had many friends. A generous optimist, his glass was always half full. He loved his home in Bridgewater, VT, the Maine coast, skiing and traveling. He was a role model to many and imparted advice with wisdom and humor.

Bill is survived by his wife Deborah of New Canaan; his son Paul Nightingale, and wife, Kate, of Marblehead, MA; daughter Sara Nightingale of Sag Harbor, NY; son William J. Nightingale Jr., and wife, Julie, of Rowayton, CT; and daughter Margot Nightingale, and husband, Henry Personnaz, of Paris, France. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, his brother Donald Nightingale, and wife, Gerda, of North Oaks, MN, and step-children Ian and Sarah Watson. He was pre-deceased by sister Nancy Jones.

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, October 4, at St. Luke’s Church, Post Road, Darien, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Bill’s memory to Bowdoin College or Person to Person in Darien, CT.

In Memoriam, Elliott Prival, January 7, 2017


PRIVAL–Elliott, of Darien, CT died January 7th at the age of 95. He graduated from MIT and earned his MS from NYU. He was a Naval Officer in WWII, and an investment banker when he retired.

Elliott left behind his beloved wife of 73 years, Sylvia Bisguier, as well as two daughters and sons-in-law, five grandchildren and their spouses and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

In memoriam: Bill Holding

William B. Holding, a prominent banker and accomplished painter whose joys were his family and music, died peacefully on August 15 in Darien, Connecticut. He was 84.

After a 30-year career at Morgan Guaranty Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) as a senior executive and president of its joint venture in Amsterdam, Bank Morgan Labouchere, Bill founded his own consulting firm, William Holding Associates, in 1991. The firm advised Dutch and other European corporations for more than a decade on investing in the United States.

Bill’s true passion, though, was music and art. Even as a boy, he was a gifted pianist, eager to play for family and friends the pieces that he often composed himself. His bass voice anchored the Whiffenpoofs singing group at Yale College, where he earned his degree in 1955 and was known as “Lo and Be” Holding. Later, he would sing and travel the world with the Yale Alumni Chorus, and church choirs would often perform his highly original compositions.

As a painter, Bill drew on his fascination with the sea, developed as a boy sailing from Larchmont, New York, where he grew up, and as a U.S. Navy lieutenant aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Salem in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. He had a talent for capturing the grace and power of waves, and his works in oil often portrayed sailboats off the coast of Nantucket Island, where he and his family have owned a home, in Siasconset, for many years.

Bill was born in New York, New York on November 9, 1933, the son of Lucile (Burton) and Hunter Holding. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School and Yale, and then served in the navy for two years. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959 and immediately joined Morgan Guaranty in New York. He lived in Darien and Siasconset.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judith (Kleinhans), and their three children and their families: Bill Jr., his wife Pam, and their children Will, Chase, and Abby; Chris, his wife Megan, and their children Katherine and Claire; and Wendy, her wife Lindsay, and their children Jasper and Willa. Bill also leaves his beloved sister, Lyn, and brothers Hunter and Reynolds.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at St. Luke’s Church, 1864 Post Road in Darien on Friday September 7 at 11am.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien CT 06820; The Yale Alumni Chorus Foundation Scholarship Fund, PO Box 209036, New Haven, CT 06520-9036 or the Siasconset Union Chapel, 18 New Street, Siasconset, MA 02564.

In Memoriam Bill Shepard, Jr., May 29, 2018

William “Bill” Brown Shepard, Jr., 71, of Darien, CT and Naples, FL passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 29th surrounded by his loved ones after a brief battle with metastatic melanoma cancer.

Bill was born in Summit, New Jersey to William and Mary Shepard. He graduated from The Pingry School and Wesleyan University where he had a long high school and college swimming career. He passed on a deep love of competitive and recreational swimming to his children and grandchildren, and any Shepard family vacation always included being on the water.

It was during college where he met his loving wife of 49 years, Midge, who came back the night they met and said “this is the first man I could consider marrying.”

After college they were married before Bill served a year in Vietnam as an officer stationed at a riverboat base. He returned home safely as a decorated Navy Vietnam combat veteran.

He then received his MBA from Columbia Business School and went on to have a fascinating international banking career that brought him and his family around the world. During his 40 year career he was fluent and successful across many cultures throughout Asia and the Middle East. He started at Manufacturers Hanover in New York City and later transferred with his family to Tokyo, Japan. After three years they returned to the US where he worked at Irving T rust Bank before another international assignment inSaudi Arabia at National Commercial Bank. He returned four years later and worked at Gulf International Bank in New York City before he and Midge moved to Houston for eight years where he ultimately retired as the head of US operations for Riyad Bank.

Bill’s greatest pride and joy was his family and his life revolved around them. He was immensely proud of the adults his children have become. He adored his five grandchildren.

He led a life of great joy and enthusiasm and found so many pleasures in living his life fully. He enjoyed boating, gardening (and then frequently moving each plant in his garden to find its perfect spot, much to the amusement of his family), attending sporting events for his children and grandchildren, reading about history and countless other topics, being active in his church and volunteer communities, and observing shore life on the beach in Naples. He was very active up until his passing and cherished his almost daily swims, bike rides, and beach walks with Midge.

Bill was a shining light of love, positive attitude, gratitude and optimism that was contagious and will be sorely missed. He recognized every day the many blessings he had in his life, including being the friend of many wonderful people. His outgoing and uplifting personality gave him a unique ability to connect with and touch people from all walks of life. He loved meeting people and to him strangers were just friends he hadn’t met yet.

He also found deep personal satisfaction and enjoyment in helping others, especially sponsoring, mentoring, and supporting those with substance abuse addiction, and volunteering in countless other ways.

Bill was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, CT and Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, FL. He was a member of the Country Club of Darien and the Darien Boat Club.

A proud husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed beyond belief, he is survived by his wife, Midge, and their three children, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren: Trip and Tracy Shepard (Grace, Conor, Eric) of Darien, CT; Jay and Courtney Shepard (Jay and Blake) of Litchfield, CT; and Susan Shepard of New York, NY. He also leaves behind two brothers, Dick Shepard of Holland, MIand David Shepard of Kingston, MA.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, CT on Saturday, June 9th at 4:30pm.There will be another memorial service in Naples, FL in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider donating in Bill’s name to St Luke’s Parish in Darien, CT or New Beginnings in Naples, Florida where he volunteered:

St. Luke’s Parish
1864 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820

New Beginnings Naples (care of Captain Peltz)
3710 Estey Avenue
Naples, FL 34104

In Memoriam Larry Story, May 15, 2018

Lawrence Paul Story of Darien passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He had recently turned 81 years old.

Lawrence, known as Larry, was born on April 19th, 1937 in Queens, New York to Henry and Mary Story. He attended Drew University before serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy from 1959-1964 in the Pacific on USS Arnold J Isbell.

Larry and Lucille married in June 1964 and moved to Darien in 1966. Their most favorite times were sailing on Anjinsan II, their Tartan 3500, on Long Island Sound up to Edgartown or bareboating in the BVI’s. They were members of Noroton Yacht Club and Darien Boat Club.

For 40 years Larry was a Realtor in New Canaan where he was President of the board 6 times and President of CAR in 1996.

Larry had a wonderful sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a song, and was loved by his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille Story, sister Julie Tloczkowski, brother Thomas Story. His beloved children Kimberly, Lawrence, Elizabeth and grandchildren, Lawrence III, Liam, Colin, Maggie, Keegan and Kayleigh.

There will be a wake Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. Mass will be June 1st at 11:00 AM at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Rd, Darien, followed by a military burial at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.

In Memoriam Buck Margold, May 7, 2018

Davis “Buck” Margold, a resident of Rowayton, CT, formerly of Darien, CT and Stratton, VT died on May 7, 2018. He was 78-years-old.

Mr. Margold spent most of his business career on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a member. He bought his seat in 1967 and joined the firm of Carlisle-Jacqueline, later working for Wertheim & Company and the specialist firm of MJ Meehan. He was on the board of the NYSE Luncheon Club, later serving as its president. He was an avid skier and former Stratton Mountain School trustee. Buck was a founding member of the NYSE Interbourse Ski Team, competing against stock exchanges all over the world.

An accomplished sailor and lifelong boater, he was a member of the Corinthians, the Noroton Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club, where he served on the Executive Committee, as Chairman of the House Committee, and as a trustee of the NYYC Foundation. He attended St. Luke’s School in New Canaan and Duke University.

Mr. Margold is survived by his wife of 46 years Linda Smith Margold, his children Dina Cummings and Doren Dolan, two stepchildren Darcy Ahl and Leonard Chappel and grandchildren, Braeden Cummings, Griffin Cummings, Jack Dolan, Henry Dolan, Grace Dolan, Cort Ahl, Kemper Ahl, Signe Ahl and Marley Chappel, as well as a sister, Lys Marigold.

A Jimmy Buffett fan, Buck enjoyed life to the fullest whether it was captaining his beloved “Salubrious” off the New England coast, enjoying mussels in Normandy or skiing (and après skiing) with his buddies in Vermont and the Alps. He will be missed by friends and family far and wide for being a true gentleman.

A memorial celebration is planned for Tuesday, May 29th at 1:30 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road in Darien, CT. Pastel attire encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider donations to:

Hackers for Hope

Yale New Haven Smilow Cancer Center

In Memoriam Link Jewett

Charles Lincoln Jewett
July 15, 1921 – April 8, 2018

C. Lincoln Jewett — “Link” to all who knew him — died peacefully on April 8, 2018.

Link was a life-long learner and explorer, pursuing his curiosity and expanding his knowledge into his final days. He was a gentleman and a snappy dresser. Those qualities, plus his innate kindness and sense of fun, endeared him to people around the world.

The son of Paul Norris and Etta May Jewett, and stepmother Hazel Bell Jewett, he was born in Boston and grew up in Brookline, MA.

Link attended Michael Driscoll grammar school and Brookline High School and graduated from the Rivers School. He was a proud member of the University of Maine class of 1944. In both high school and college, Link had played the cornet in the marching band. This contributed to his love of jazz and big band music. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman were among his heroes.

Along with many of his Greatest Generation classmates, Link interrupted his studies to fight in World War II. He enlisted in 1943 and served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps, operating communication systems in France, Belgium and Holland to support the Allied troops.

In Marblehead, MA, Link met Truda Lee Cleeves, whom he called “T.” and who shared his love of sailing and travel. They married in 1954. They were a great team. They spent the early years of the marriage in Cambridge and Washington, DC. They moved in 1963 to Darien, CT, where they raised their two daughters and had remained ever since.

Link was drawn to the intersection of science and industry. Early in his career, he worked for the science and engineering firm of Arthur D. Little, Inc, in Cambridge and Washington, DC and at Union Carbide Corporation in New York. At ADL, he marketed pioneering cryogenic products, which became the foundation for rocket propellants for ballistic missiles, moon shots and space shuttles, among other applications. At Union Carbide, he worked in the field of industrial pyrogenics. He was a founder of the New England Chapter of the American Rocket Society and National Rocket Club in Washington, DC. He was also a member of the International Order of Characters which, besides having a great name, was dedicated to improving the fields of aviation and aerospace.These roles reflected his interest in exploration of the outer limits.

For 35 subsequent years, he was a partner at North American Realty Advisory Services, a Manhattan-based consulting firm specializing in adaptive reuse of closed industrial plants and military bases.

Link logged countless hours and nautical miles on Sam Cat and Sam Cat II, beloved family powerboats. Together with T., friends and relatives, Link sailed and cruised in Greece, Bermuda, Turkey, Egypt, the Caribbean Islands; Long Island, Block Island and Vineyard Sounds; Massachusetts Bay; Maine; Canada; the Chesapeake Bay; British Columbia; the Great Lakes; the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers; the Erie Canal; and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

He also journeyed by land, water and air throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia. He published articles about some of his more exotic travels in periodicals such as Power & Motor Yacht, Boating, PassageMaker, and the Darien Times. Particular travel highlights for Link included Vietnam, Burma, New Zealand, Cuba and Siberia.

Link was a member of New York Yacht Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Darien Boat Club, Darien Sail and Power Squadron, The Corinthians, Wee Burn Country Club, Congressional Country Club, Darien Men’s Association and the Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters.

One of Link’s enthusiasms was celestial navigation. It is fitting then, that to T., Lisa and Lolly, Link was the family pilot — the sailor who has detailed knowledge of the waterways, winds, currents and tides at any port of call; who maneuvers ships through dangerous waters, bids them off on their journeys, and ushers them back into safe harbor. Link had plenty of adventures of his own, but he was ever their navigator.

Link’s wife T. died in October 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Jewett and Laura (Lolly) Jewett, his sons-in-law Joseph Remski and Abner Oakes, and his grandson Charles Jewett Oakes.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on May 18 at Noroton Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, 500 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Darien Men’s Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darie

William Frederick McClelland, Jr., died on January 7, 2018

William Frederick McClelland, Jr., a Darien resident since 1958, died on January 7, 2018, at home. He was 92.

Born December 16, 1925, in Bronxville, New York, he was the son of William Frederick McClelland and Mary Louise Mickel McClelland. His sister, Marjorie, and his wife of 54 years, Katherine “Kay” Hickman McClelland, predeceased him.

Bill graduated from Scarsdale High School, won a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and went on to become a pioneer in the computer industry.

He joined IBM in New York City, where they were developing a digital computer called the SSEC, which covered the street floor of IBM’s Madison Avenue building. This was just prior to the birth of the stored program computer that became the basis of the computer revolution.

He was one of the developers of IBM’s first stored program computer, the 701, and wrote some of its first computer programs.

During his career he assisted other technology pioneers at Oak Ridge, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Rand Corporation in the use of the computer.

After retiring from IBM, he joined his wife’s company, the Darien Travel Center, and traveled extensively.

Bill was an advocate for MIT and its initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Brain and Cognitive Sciences in support of graduate students in the School of Science, and was a founding member of MIT’s Champions of the Brain Fellows.

He served on the Planning and Zoning Committee, the RTM, the Darien Information Technology Committee, and was a strong supporter of the Darien Library.

He was a member of the Tokeneke Club and the Darien Men’s Association. He was known for his quick wit and intellectual curiosity, and led the weekly Contemporary Issues discussion group at the Darien Senior Center until just a few weeks before his

Bill is survived by his three children, William McClelland III, Frances McClelland Brady, and James McClelland, and his long-time companion, Lynne Lippincott.

A private family remembrance was held at his home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Darien Library.

Rocco A. Evola June 29, 1919 – January 7, 2018

Rocco A. Evola, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at home in Darien. Born on June 29, 1919 in Flushing, NY, he was the son of the late Rocco Gaetano and Maria Smania Evola. He was 98.

Before serving with the U. S. Army Corp during World War II, Rocco attended Pratt Institute. He received a B.S. degree in drafting and architecture from New York University. He taught drafting and other subjects at Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica, NY for over 30 years. After retirement, he opened and operated RAE’s Antiques and Clocks in Flushing, NY for many years. He enjoyed helping with the Darien Boy Scouts annual tag sale.

His hobbies were clock repairing and wood working. He was a member of Watch and Clock Associations, a past member of the Darien Senior Center, the Darien Senior Men’s Association and ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

Rocco is survived by his two children, Kevin F. Evola of Melbourne Beach, FL and Maura J. Evola and her husband, Ed Jonker, of Darien. He is survived by two grandchildren, Scott Jonker, a student at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, John Jonker, a student at Union College and his girlfriend Abi Marin, also a student at Union College. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Frances Evola.

Rocco is also survived by his siblings Julia Leskinen of Flushing, NY; Phillip Evola of Tryon, NC; Terry Catalano also of Tryon, NC; and Lawrence Evola of Buffalo, NY. He was predeceased by siblings Katie Stonehill, Louis Evola, Connie Evola, Tony Evola, John Evola, Rose Murphy, Helen Fetzer and Anna Evola.

He loved the family’s two dogs Lily and Vincent, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. He really liked spending time with the family, especially his grandsons, a glass of red wine with dinner and still approving Maura’s clock and collectable purchases.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020.
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Gordon Satterley passes away December 29, 2017

Gordon F. Satterley, a resident of Darien since 1976, died on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was 91 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 24, 1926 to the late Raymond and Lillian Satterley, he spent his early years in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. His family moved to Stewart Manor on Long Island in 1939 where he attended Sewanhaka High School.

At Sewanhaka he was Captain of the lacrosse team in 1944 and was elected Captain of the Metropolitan and Long Island Lacrosse Association All-Scholastic team that same year. He attended Hobart College, graduating in 1950.

At Hobart, he was a member of the Sophomore and Junior Honor Societies and in his Senior year was elected a Druid, the school’s highest honor. He captained the lacrosse team in 1949, played in the 1950 North South game, and was a three time All-American. In 2006, he was elected to the Hobart Athletic Hall of Fame. Gordon was always proud to say he was a Kappa Sigma. Prior to college he served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a Radarman aboard the USS Weiss, APD135.

Mr. Satterley was the Executive Director of several New York City law firms, having retired from Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in 1989. Prior to his law firm career, he was a District Manager with the New York Telephone Company.

In retirement, he coached lacrosse at the prep and high school level, drove for the Red Cross, was a shopper for the homebound and upon his death was the Business Manager and Financial Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

Gordon enjoyed golf, tennis, bridge and was an avid reader. He was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas More Church and enjoyed travelling with his wife, Joan, to Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and many wonderful sites in the continental United States. He was a long time member of Woodway Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; his sons Thomas of Richboro, PA and James of Rockville, MD, and his daughters Nancy of Rockville Centre, NY and Maureen of Bedminster, NJ. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren. A son, Gordon F. Satterley, Jr., predeceased his father as an infant and a grandson Troy Jameson Satterley, died as the result of an accident at age five.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas More R. C. Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien. Burial will follow with full military honors at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Statesmen Athletic Association at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Attention: Michael Hanna, Former Director of Athletics, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456 or the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Wayne Karl passes away December 19, 2017

Wayne Karl, the former Chief of the Noroton Heights Fire Department who dedicated his life to community service and raised four sons in the town of Darien, CT, died surrounded by family in Vero Beach, FL on December 19, 2017. He was 82. Mr. Karl was a man entirely without pretense, but over the course of his life he earned some lofty titles: chief, commodore, commissioner, fire marshal, justice of the peace and president.
Mr. Karl joined the Naval Reserves shortly after graduating from Darien High School in 1953 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1960. He first volunteered at the Noroton Heights Fire Department in 1961. It would become a lifelong commitment. He became Assistant Chief in 1963 andin 1969, he was elected Chief, a position he maintained for ten consecutive years. He remained a passionate and active member of the NHFD long after stepping down as Chief in 1979. In 2012, the Connecticut State Fire Fighters Association presented Mr. Karl with a 50 Year Service Award to
honor his half century as a dedicated fire fighter – all as a volunteer. He served as a Darien Fire Commissioner from 1969 to 1979 and as Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshall from 1969 to 1991.
Mr. Karl was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Darien for decades, serving as president in
1991. For most of his life, Mr. Karl was also an active member of the Darien Boat Club, which he
joined in 1956. He held virtually every leadership position in the Club, serving as Commodore from
1983-85. In 1998, the Darien Chamber of Commerce recognized Mr. Karl’s service to the Darien community by naming him Citizen of the Year. The town Board of Selectman marked the occasion by proclaiming November 20, 1998 “Wayne Karl Day” in the town of Darien. The official proclamation listed some of Mr. Karl’s public deeds but added, “it should be noted that it is impossible to acknowledge all that
Wayne has done for the community.”

Known for his charisma and his unfailing sense of humor, Mr. Karl had many passions: gardening,
NASCAR, sports cars, baseball, country music – and anything to do with his children or grandchildren.
Mr. Karl was the proprietor and manager of Karl’s Auto Body in Stamford, a business started by his
father, James Karl in 1925. He often had the tow truck parked in his driveway, ready to respond
immediately to emergencies on Interstate 95 and throughout the area. Mr. Karl is survived by three of his sons: James Lawrence Karl, a practicing attorney in southwest Florida; Allan Frederick Karl, an adventure writer and photographer known as Worldrider; and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan David Karl and his wife, Maria. He is also survivedby four grandchildren: Robert Stephen, Emily Jane, Anna Katherine and Christopher Aiden.

Wayne was predeceased by his second wife, Wendy Fisher Karl and his son, Robert Stephen Karl.
The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday,
December 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Noroton Presbyterian Chapel, 2011 Post Road, Darien.
Burial will follow with full Military Honors at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Noroton Heights Fire Department, 209 Noroton Avenue, Darien, CT 06820.

James Baker Obituary, November 18, 2017

James M. Baker, husband of Katharin Harvey Baker passed away Saturday November 18th at Atria Assisted/Senior Living in Darien. Born on December 12, 1921 in New York City, he was the son of James A. and Lavinia Baker.

Jim is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses, Heidi Scheckler husband Thomas of Norwalk, Eric Baker and his wife Mary of Minnesota, Duncan Baker and his wife Lupe of Nebraska and Lorna Young and her husband Todd of Norwalk. James has 5 grandchildren, Samuel and Roger Scheckler, Drayton Baker, A.J. and Jessica Hernandez, Peter and Lila Young and one great-grand son, Gracyn Hernandez.
Jim attended Kings School in Stamford and the Gunnery Prep School in Washington, Connecticut where he enjoyed playing tennis and hockey.

During World War II, James served his country in the Navy with the rank of First Class Petty Officer, performing the duties of a sonar technician from 1942-1945.
In preparation for a life long career in architecture, James attended the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. As an architect, Jim was employed by William H. Hall Associates in New York, as well as other firms in New York and Fairfield County.

Jim married his wife Katharin in 1953. They were active members of St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Community House Club. After the birth of their third child in 1960, the family moved to Darien where the fourth child was born.

James was an active member of St. Luke’s Church and one of his many contributions was as an architectural consultant for construction and renovation projects there. Jim was an avid sailor and enjoyed sailing several sloops through the years with his family and friends. Jim was a Power Squadron instructor. He was a member of both Norwalk and Ischoda Yacht clubs. Hockey was another sport Jim had a passion for, coaching his two sons in their youth then playing for the Darien Winter Club where he was known as “Animal”. He also played in a few of Charles Shultz’s senior hockey tournaments in California. Jim volunteered for “Meals on Wheels” for years delivering meals to seniors in Stamford.
The family would like to thank those who cared for Jim with such great patience at Atria in his final days. A special thanks goes out Nicole Martin Smith.

Visiting hours are on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road in Darien. A memorial service and celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road in Darien.
Contributions may be made in his name to “Person to Person”, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or Meals on Wheels” of Stamford, 945 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905.

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