Obituary: Robert Birney Crane, Darien High Class of ‘36, life-time competitive sailor
By Darien Times on December 6, 2016
Robert Birney Crane of Darien, CT crossed the bar on Wednesday November 30th, 2016. Born to Albert Eli Crane and Florence Luray Overton Crane on February the 8th 1920 in Plainfield, N.J. , Bob thoroughly enjoyed life for over 96 years. He moved to Darien with his family at the age of 8. Bob attended Miss. Thomas’s School and Saint Luke’s Academy before graduating from the Darien High School in 1936. Following his graduation Bob attended Middlebury College and New York University graduating with a BS Degree in Engineering in 1942.
So many things would bring a warm smile to Jim’s face — particularly his family and friends; and, that smile would grow even larger when a big slice of apple pie with ice cream or a pizza from Post Corner was part of celebrating life with those whom he loved.
Jim’s passion for life permeated everything he undertook: the many successes he had across a full and productive career at IBM; his service to our Country as a Naval Officer; the impact his role as Elder had on the community he was part of at Noroton Presbyterian Church; the joy he experienced being with friends at the Tokeneke Club playing tennis or enjoying a good meal; his volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity; and, the tranquility that sailing brought to him on the open waters. Jim was an avid opera enthusiast, tennis player, student of photography, an avid reader, especially in the areas of the Civil War and international relations, history, contemporary world issues, scripture and religion; and an enthusiastic fan and follower of tennis, football and NCAA woman’s basketball. As an aftermath of being a varsity lacrosse player at the University of Massachusetts, Jim was a lifelong follower of NCAA lacrosse.
James Forrest Manning III, a retired executive of the IBM Corporation and resident of South Norwalk, CT, died Saturday, July 23rd after a happy, generous, and dynamic life. He was 86 years old.
Born in Washington D.C., and raised in Harrison, New York, Jim was the son of Marguerite Wise Manning, the daughter of dairy farmers, and James F. Manning, Jr., whose family’s stone company supplied the Colorado marble for the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington. A graduate of Deerfield Academy and Williams College, Jim served three years in the US Air Force, following the example of his father, a WWI fighter pilot who earned the Distinguished Service Cross after shooting down seven German fighter planes over Doulçon, France.
Edward (Ed) Perry Clarke of Darien, CT, died peacefully of natural causes June 1, 2016, at Atria Senior Living in Darien, where he had lived since 2003. He was 94.
Mr. Clarke was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on May 7, 1922, the son of the late Gilmore David Clarke and Emma Vought Clarke. His father was a landscape architect, who was instrumental in planning many of the parkways in the New York area and who served as chair of the National Commission of Fine Arts from 1937-1950. He grew up in New Rochelle and Pelham, NY, and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1939.
Born March 19, 1919 in Stamford, Connecticut, Walter Ericsson married his much loved Bunny (Ellen) Terzian in 1949 and settled in Darien, where they have lived for sixty-seven years.
He is the admired and loved father of his son Jack of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and the cherished ‘everything’ to his daughter Sandra of Westport. His adoring grandson, Nolan, of New York City and Westport, is his pride and joy, with great-granddaughter, Alexandra, his doll, and Bella and Lily, his companions, guard dogs, and playmates!
Charles (Chuck) John Evers, 76, died on Wednesday evening after suffering a stroke. Charles had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years. He died with his devoted wife Carolyn, his eldest daughter Kathie, youngest daughter Patrice, and son Christopher at his side.
An only child, Charles was born in Queens, NY, on September 11, 1939, to Charles and Veronica Evers. Charles received a full scholarship to St. John’s University with a degree in business, with the intent of becoming a CPA. Charles interned with Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell while earning his degree and was immediately hired in 1961 after graduating at the top of his class, and quickly rose to the level of partner. Charles eventually took a position as the Technical Director of the Public Oversight Board, where he spent the remainder of his career.
Harold Brown Simpson, Jr.
Harold Brown Simpson, Jr., a recent new resident of The Inn in New Canaan, and a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Stamford Hospital. Born on February 23, 1927 in Boston, MA and grew up in Scarsdale, NY, he was the son of the late Harold B. and A. Jeanne Simpson. He was 89.
Harold joined the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1944 following his high school graduation, and served in the Pacific Theater on Guam as a Radioman Third Class. Following his discharge in June of 1946, he entered Mohawk College in Utica, NY in August, 1946. He transferred to Colgate University in the spring of 1947 and graduated in June, 1949.
Joseph R. Sexton (Joe) was born on March 1, 1925 in Litchfield, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Romeo Sexton, his sister, Eileen, his brother Jim, and his first wife, Barbara MacLea. Surviving Joe are his wife, Ann, his three sons Bennet of Stamford, CT, Steve of San Diego, CA, and Derek of New York NY, his step daughter Dianne Vara and her husband Michael, and his step grandchildren Chase, Carson and Claudia.
Joe’s small hometown of three thousand was a great place to grow up. He was baptized and made his first communion at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Litchfield, MN. While there his family had a lot of room, so they always had a pony, pigeons, baby chicks, and rabbits. His dogs were Duke and Mike, both Chesapeake Retrievers. There were also other dogs of questionable ancestry.
Philip Batterman Smith died on January 29th in Delray Beach Florida, after a brief illness. Mr. Smith was born in New York City on January 5, 1936 to Allen Batterman Smith and Eleanor Irving of Rye, NY. He was a resident of Darien, CT for 55 years, and part time resident of Delray Beach, Florida and Edgartown, Massachussetts.
Phil is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda May Smith and his three daughters, Susan Smith Pettenati (John) of Ridgewood, NJ, Elizabeth Smith Klein (Michael) of Darien, CT and Alice Smith Clark (Jonathon) of New Canaan, CT, and his son in law, Kenneth A. Southworth. He was predeceased by his daughter Eleanor Smith Southworth. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren Jack, Michael and Luke Pettenati; Molly, Larsen, and Grace Klein; Caroline and Jack Clark; Katherine and Alden Southworth and many more relatives including his two nieces, Marjorie Roney of Darien, CT and Dorothy Holt of Cumberland Foreside, ME and their families, and his cousin William H. Morton of Vero Beach Florida.
Family, friends, and community lost a great man on January 28, 2016. George Michael Brookner, 79, of Norwalk died peacefully surrounded by his family at Norwalk Hospital.
George was a 1954 graduate of Pittsfield High School in Pittsfield, MA, he graduated from Syracuse University in 1958, later receiving an MBA from Sacred Heart University. While at Syracuse, he was on the varsity baseball and swim teams. A veteran of the US Air Force, he held a pilot’s license. He worked in the aerospace industry for the Link Division of General Dynamics and for Pitney Bowes. Most recently, he had retired from Euro Post.
Robert J. Kammerer – business leader, mentor, friend, husband, father, avid golfer and grandfather-died at the age of 78 on Friday evening, January 22nd at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, CT.
Bob was born on March 29th, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the fifth of five children of Roy and Sarah Kammerer. He attended local schools and DeLaSalle High School. He excelled in many sports and was an all-state player in basketball, baseball and football. He played basketball at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, and graduated from St Cloud University.
Harry Irving Emmons, Jr. a long time resident of Darien, CT died January 15, 2016 at age 89.
Harry grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and was the son of the late Harry and Grace Emmons. Harry graduated from Holderness School, Plymouth, New Hampshire and attended Bowdoin College before serving at the Merchant Marine Academy in Castine, Maine and in the U.S. Army.