Memorial service is set for Bob Gardner

There will be a memorial service for Robert  “Bob” Gardner on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Road. Bob died after a long illness on April 1, 2017, at the Carolton Hospital in Fairfield. He was 79. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts about Gardner and his service to the Weston community. Refreshments will be served. In honor of his volunteer work, the Weston Democratic Town Committee has created the Bob Gardner Lifetime Achievement award. The committee has announced that Howard Aibel will be the first recipient of … Read more

Calling hours, funeral set for David Stankiewicz

David Stankiewicz in a cross country meet when he was a runner at Weston High School.

Calling hours and funeral services have been announced for David Stankiewicz of Weston. Stankiewicz, 21, was a senior at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He died on Saturday, March 25, according to an announcement by the university. No cause of death was specified. He was a 2013 graduate of Weston High School where he was an All-State and All New England runner for the boys track team. He was a multiple time SWC and Class M champion. At Syracuse, he was a member of the men’s track and field team in his freshman and sophomore years. Calling hours are Friday, March … Read more

Fred Hellerman, last member of The Weavers, dies at 89

The Weavers - Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Ronnie Gilbert.

Fred Hellerman of Weston, a folk singer, guitarist, producer and song writer, has died at the age of 89. Hellerman was primarily known as one of the original members of The Weavers, an influential and wildly popular folk music quartet of the 1950s and 1960s which also featured Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert. He was also known for producing the record album Alice’s Restaurant for Arlo Guthrie. A resident of Weston since 1969, Hellerman lived on Goodhill Road where he had a recording studio. He was a founding member of the local Theater Artists Workshop which was created by actor Keir Dullea for professionals to … Read more

Mort Schindel, legendary children's filmmaker, dies at 98

Eighth grade class co-presidents Trevor Wilkes and Kayleigh Riccio. — Brad Durrell photo

Award-winning children’s filmmaker, Morton “Mort” Schindel of Weston, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 20. He was 98. Schindel was the founder of Weston Woods Studios and was a pioneer in the iconographic style of animated filmmaking, Credited with promoting children’s literacy worldwide, Weston Woods Studios turned more than 500 classic children’s books into high-quality films and recordings. The studio’s animated works, including Make Way for Ducklings, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, have been translated into more than 20 languages. This past December, a “three-dimensional” exhibit showcasing Schindel’s filmmaking techniques and the films … Read more

Memorial service set for Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin

Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin

A memorial service will be held for Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin on Saturday, Dec. 12. The service will be held at 11 a.m. at the couple’s church, the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport. Jeffrey Navin, 56, was the president of J&J Refuse, a sanitation company in Westport. Jeanette Navin, 55, was employed by the Weston public school district for the past 18 years, and had been a paraprofessional in the library at the Weston Intermediate School since 2005. Weston schools superintendent Colleen Palmer called her a “beloved” employee. The Navins lived in a home on Osborn … Read more

OBITUARY: Joseph McAleenan, 86

Former Weston Police Chief Joseph Austin “Mac” McAleenan died peacefully at his North Carolina home in the company of his family on Friday, Sept. 12. He was 86. Chief McAleenan became the first Chief of Police of Weston on July 1, 1975, and served the department for 15 years before he retired on July 1, 1990. “He was genuinely a very nice man and the perfect Chief of Police for us because he came from an existing department and at that time the town of Weston and the Police Commission needed guidance in organizing and running the department,” said longtime … Read more

Actor Charles Keating dies at his Weston home

Award-winning actor and community benefactor Charles Keating died on his 50th wedding anniversary, Friday, Aug. 8, at his Weston home. He was 72. Mr. Keating was born in London in 1941, and was a British actor of stage, screen, and television. “Charles was a lifelong actor. Acting meant everything to him,” said his wife, Mary Keating. Mr. Keating performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company before turning to television, where he starred in multiple soap operas from 1983 to 2003. On TV, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his portrayal as the complicated villain Carl Hutchins on Another World. Other … Read more

Newspaperman John Seigenthaler, father of Westonite, dies at 86

John Lawrence Seigenthaler, Jr., a Tennessee newspaperman and activist, died peacefully today at his Nashville home surrounded by his family. He was 86. He was the father of John Michael Seigenthaler of Weston, a broadcast journalist with Al Jazeera America, and former weekend anchor for NBC News. Upon his father’s passing, Mr. Seigenthaler said, “We thank my father’s many friends across the country for their love and support. Like them, we will miss him dearly. He was proud of his hometown, Nashville, and grateful for the opportunity to share his energy and passion with this community. We celebrate his life … Read more

OBITUARY: William Joseph Hollis, Jr., 87

Mr. William Joseph Hollis, Jr., 87,  formerly of Weston, Ct., died peacefully on April 10, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va., while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept 2, 1926, in Louisville, Ky. His parents were William Joseph Hollis, Sr., and Irene (Ritter) Hollis. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1947, and received  a Masters of Science from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1953. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He began his career at Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, and the family later moved to … Read more

OBITUARY: Sue Wolf, Redding Pilot Editor

Sue Wolf, editor of the Redding Pilot since 1995, died Friday, March 28 at Danbury Hospital after battling lung cancer. Ms. Wolf was born on May 8, 1945 in Childress, Texas. She grew up in Madison, Ind., and attended the University of Indiana and received a degree in government with a minor in economics. She started her career as a teacher before moving into the field of journalism. Before taking the editor position at The Redding Pilot, Ms. Wolf was the editor of the now defunct Bethel Home News from 1978 until the fall of 1995. Ms. Wolf has more … Read more

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