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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
death.

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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Paul E. Harmeier passes away

Paul E. Harmeier, a retired chemical engineer, of Darien, CT and Barbados, West Indies, died peacefully on October 24th, his 87th birthday, after a brief illness, with family members at his side. His wife, Shealeagh, predeceased him in 2012.

He is survived by his daughters, Nancy and Janice, his son-in-law Christopher Day, and three grandchildren, May, Connor and Claire Karaffa, all of Greenwich. He is also survived by his sister, Veronica Lind of Pittsburgh, PA.

He was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1930. After graduating from Penn State, he served as an engineering officer aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin during the Korean War. Following discharge from the US Navy, he was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation in various engineering and lube analyst positions for 30 years until his retirement at age 55.

He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. He spent the winter months in Barbados where he was a visiting member of the Barbados Yacht Club and a member of the Rockley Golf Club. He was a member of the Middlesex Club in Darien and the GOBs a senior men’s interclub tennis group in Fairfield County. He was also a member of the Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk for more than 50 years where he shot his only hole in one.

He was a voracious reader and he spent many happy hours at the Darien Library where he was appreciative of the staff’s efforts to obtain obscure books for him. His membership in the Darien Men’s Association provided fellowship, interesting lectures, and field trips to local areas of interest. He was a member of the Apostrophe Protection Society whose mission is to prevent the misuse of apostrophes. He enjoyed riding his bicycle to the Convent of St. Birgitta in Darien where enjoyed visiting the nuns in their lovely setting and where he and his family have celebrated Christmas Eve for many years.

Funeral services and interment are private.

Obituary: Hilary Peter Donegan

Hilary Peter DonPreview (opens in a new window)egan passed away peacefully at his home on November 18th 2017.

He was born in Farmingdale, New York on October 14, 1940 to Margaret Brady Donegan and Denis James Donegan.

He graduated from Farmingdale High School and C.W. Post College. He took great pride in his service in the United States Army. He began his career in wealth management at Banker’s Trust Company in 1964 and continued his career there until retiring as a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank in 2005.

He treasured his forty-six year membership at Winged Foot Golf Club where he proudly served on the Board of Governors from 1995 to 2000. His happiest moments were spending time with family and friends there. For him there was no more perfect place.

In recent years he thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Darien Men’s Association. The friendship and fellowships he strengthened there meant the world to him.

He was an active volunteer serving as the president of the STAR, Inc. Foundation which serves families affected by developmental & intellectual disabilities. His true purpose as a father came from being the voice and best friend of his son Brian.

He is survived by his beloved family, Carol his wife of forty-two years and his sons Denis, Brian and Colin. He is also survived by his brothers Denis and Dick and his sister Cissy Moffatt.

Calling hours will be at Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien on Sunday November 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Thomas More Church in Darien on Monday November 27th at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow with Full Military Honors at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts be made in Hilary’s memory to the STAR Foundation, http://www.starct.org/donate or at 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 or to Camp Horizons, http://www.horizonsct.org or at PO Box 323, South Windham, CT 06266.

Obituary: Edward Carabillo, 90, of Darien and Misquamicut, RI

Edward Carabillo, 90, of Darien and Misquamicut, RI, husband of the late Nancy (Berry) Carabillo, died Sunday October 15, 2017 in a motor vehicle accident.

The son of Antonio and Laura (Pallanga) Carabillo, Ed was born and raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School. After discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Willimantic State Teachers College, where he met and married his beloved Nancy. Ed and Nancy were married for 50 years before she passed away from ALS in 2001.

A licensed hairdresser and gifted salesman, Ed worked many years for Clairol, finishing as a corporate executive in their NYC headquarters. Ed then bought a beauty supply business, The Brownie Company, in New Haven, where he employed a number of family members, including his 3 daughters and his nephew Rodney Carabillo. In his later years, Ed continued working in the beauty supply industry, most recently at CosmoPro in Norwalk, CT.

Ed is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Caroline and William Wall of Wallingford, Antonia and Richard Conti of Coventry, and Henrica and Aaron Holden of Granby, as well as grandchildren, Brian Wall and partner Jenny Macintosh, Peter and his wife Deanna Wall, Timothy and his wife Tina Wall, Kevin Wall and his girlfriend Amy Reno, Nicholas Holden, Christopher Holden, Faith Conti and Nancy Conti, several nieces and nephews, and his significant other, Natalie Einson of Westport.

Ed was predeceased by brothers Frank, Jim and Dom, and grandson Daniel.

Ed was very active in St. Thomas More Church in Darien where he served as a Eucharist Minister and usher, formerly organized the Children’s Mass, and managed the Count Team. He also volunteered his time in the Darien community and for several charitable events.

Ed’s biggest joy was “keeping the family together.” He loved sharing stories with family and friends. Grandpop, as he was affectionately called by family for his final 34 years, was an avid fan of the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, UConn and local restaurants. He devoured the New York Times, the Daily News, and 3 local papers, and Ed would gladly talk about national and local politics and events with anyone he met.

Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, VA will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dunstan Church, 1345 Manchester Road, Glastonbury, CT on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 10 a.m., with interment at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of CT, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D-4, Milford, CT 06460, Americares, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester has care of arrangements. To leave a message for his family, please visit www.holmeswatkins.com.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR ED CARABILLO

Thursday December 21st at 10:30am

St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church on Thursday, December 21st at 10:30am in memory of Edward Carabillo, a long term Darien resident. Ed was very active for many years at St. Thomas More where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and an usher. He played a special role in organizing the Children’s Mass for many years and he managed the weekly Count Team for the offertory. Ed also volunteered his time in the Darien community and for several charitable events. He was active in the Piedmont Club, the Darien Men’s Association, the Darien Monuments & Ceremonies Commission and served as a Darien Memorial Day Parade official. Ed was best known for his love of his family, church and country. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the ALS Association of CT, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D-4, Milford, CT 06460; or to Americares; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

George Blackwell Cammann passes away August 15, 2017

George Blackwell Cammann, son of Katharine Blackwell and Frederic Almy Cammann, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 15th at home.

George was born on January 27, 1926 in New York City. After attending St. Marks School, he served as a Navy corpsman during WWII, and graduated from Cornell University (BMA’50). George spent the majority of his career at Pan American World Airways and a decade at Northwest Airlines. Upon retirement, he volunteered at IESC and Norwalk Hospital.

He actively served in the life of Noroton Presbyterian Church, including singing with his strong tenor voice in the choir in his later years. A member of the Tokeneke Club in Darien for 55 years, George was an enthusiastic competitor in his Sunfish on Long Island Sound or on the tennis courts. Equally at ease on alpine or nordic skis, George was noted for his skilled horsemanship at Elkhorn Ranch South in Arizona and Elkhorn Ranch Montana. His greatest pleasure came with good friends and tight lines fly fishing at Megantic, Potatuck, and on the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers.

George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Colway Cammann; his daughter Amy Cammann Cholnoky and her husband John of Darien, CT and Big Sky, MT; son Thomas Rhody Cammann and his wife Bonnie of Huntington Beach, CA; grandchildren JB, Kari, and Robbie Cholnoky, and Matthew (Andrea) and Sarah Cammann; and his brother Frederic Gallatin Cammann.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 1 at 11am, Noroton Presbyterian Church, Darien, CT. Contributions in George’s memory may be sent to Bennett Cancer Center, Stamford, CT or The Open Door Shelter, Norwalk, CT.
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Dan Cooney passes away June 24th 2017

Daniel Russell Cooney, 92, of Darien and Waldoboro, Maine, died on June 24.  Born in Brooklyn on Dec. 12, 1924, he was the son of Mae Bossert and Russell S. Cooney.  He grew up in Plandome, Long Island and in Waldoboro, attended Exeter Academy, and served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the European Theater.  After the war, he entered Yale University and graduated in 1950.  He worked as a securities analyst for Lord Abbett & Co. in New York City, and in 1973, he became portfolio manager of the newly established Lord Abbett Developing Growth Fund, one of the earliest funds to focus specifically on the over-the-counter market. After his retirement in 1987, he served as Trustee of Robertson Stephens Emerging Growth Fund.

Mr. Cooney  married the love of his life, Alice Knotts, on July 9, 1949, in Falmouth, Maine, and they spent 67 devoted years together between Darien and Waldoboro, raising two daughters, many Norwich terriers, and daylilies galore. His devotion to Alice, who predeceased him by nine months, was exemplified by the care he gave her over the last 25 years of her life, when she was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was supported in her care by a team of women who, in turn, watched over and looked after him.  His daughters are grateful for each of them, they said.

He had an infectious smile and a curious nature that endeared him to all.  A long-standing member of the Noroton Yacht Club, he owned sailboats in numerous classes that included Lightnings, Sonars, and Ideal 18s. He shared his wife’s passion for antiques, but his interest had a nautical focus, embracing everything from marine paintings, decoys, scrimshaw, and early rigging and sailmakers tools that he appreciated as much for their history as for their craftsmanship and beauty.  His interests were vast and ever growing, ranging from planting a collection of rhododendrons and rare pines to showing Norwich Terriers and making wine. But most of all, he was a gentleman of the old school in the truest sense.

Mr. Cooney was predeceased by his three siblings, James S. Cooney, Barbara Cooney, and David C. Cooney.  He is survived by his daughters Rebecca T. Cooney, and her husband Tito Pizarro, of New York City, and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, and her husband George L. K. Frelinghuysen, also of New York City; and two grandsons, Henry O. H.  Frelinghuysen of Stamford,  and Russell S. C. Frelinghuysen of Asheville, North Carolina.

He will have a private family burial in Waldoboro in August.  A memorial service will be held in his honor on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien.

Memorial, donations in Daniel’s memory may be made to St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820, or to Yale University, Development Office, 157 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510-2100.

Michael Howard Savage
Passes Away

Michael Howard Savage
Born in Bridgeport, CT
Departed on May 12, 2017 and resided in Darien, CT.

Service: Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017 http://www.lawrencefuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php?id=1728161

Michael Howard Savage, 78, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Darien. Michael was born in Bridgeport in 1938, son of the late Manuel and Lillian Savage. He grew up in Hollis Hills, New York.

Michael graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was a member of the swimming team and served as pianist for the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New York University.

For more than 37 years, Michael worked in the field of education, primarily with the New York State Education Department with responsibility for Federal, New York State and New York City funded programs in public schools in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Putnam counties. He was also responsible for New York State School Registration for all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the New York metro area. Following his retirement from the New York State Education Department, Michael was a Consultant to the New York City Board of Education, advising on Federal and State funded educational programs.

Michael remained actively involved with his alma maters until his death. He served as a member of the Executive Committees of the Dartmouth Club of New York and the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City for more than 35 years. He was also a member of the Dartmouth Club of Fairfield County and the Dartmouth Club of Eastern Fairfield County. In addition to his involvement with Dartmouth, Michael was a Founding Member of the New York University Alumni Association and served as a member of its Board of Directors for more than 20 years. He was a member of The Yale Club of New York City, Darien Men’s Association and The Country Club of Darien. Michael enjoyed golf, swimming and music.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Mary Beth, as well as his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Winifred and Thomas Lom and Margaret and Stephen Connelly of Darien, and Karen and Richard Lombardo of East Hills, New York. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Andrew Lom and his wife, Terry Wasserman-Lom, Stacy and Courtney Lom, Jessica and James Connelly, and Katie Lombardo.

Burial was private at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan. A Memorial Mass will be held on June 3, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Thomas More Church in Darien. Donations in memory of Michael may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at Cancer.org/Donate.

John F. Cagnina passes away. May 13, 2017

John Fleming Cagnina, formerly of Rowayton, Conn., passed away peacefully on May 13 in Westerly, R.I., after living happily for three years at StoneRidge, a retirement community in Mystic, Conn. He was two days shy of his 87th birthday. His death was a result of heart disease and dementia.

A 44-year resident of Rowayton, John served as a Commissioner of the Sixth Taxing District and Chair of the Rowayton Civic Association. An enthusiastic skier and sailor, he was a founding member of the Rowayton Yacht Club at Hickory Bluff. He was a long-time member of St. John Church (Darien) where he  was active in its choir, and served on the board of Hill Top Homes, a senior residence, in Rowayton.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., to P.J. and Margaret Cagnina, John held a B.S. from Fordham University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He was navigator of the destroyer Richard E. Krause and also served at U.S. Naval Headquarters in London, England. John then joined General Electric, where he held a variety of positions. In 1995 he retired from BMW of North America after leading Human Resources for 20 years.

John is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Anne Shea Cagnina, their children: Tom, Mary Sweeney (Jim), Jean McCutcheon (Larry), and Matt (Jodi); and six grandchildren: Cate and Robert Rung, Ned and Will McCutcheon, and Max and Brock Cagnina. He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent.

 
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John Church followed by interment in Union Cemetery, Rowayton. A memorial will be held at StoneRidge at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cardinal Hayes High School (Bronx, N.Y.) or Hope Hospice,
Providence, R.I.

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