Obituary: Jolyn Ferguson, 31

Jolyn Gray Ferguson of Charlotte, N.C., the daughter of Robert Ferguson of Weston, died unexpectedly on Aug. 10 after a short illness. She was 31. Born April 18, 1985 in Charlotte, her family remembers her as a beloved daughter, granddaughter, cousin, and friend who always saw the best in others. She lived in Weston for about eight years and graduated from Staples High School in Westport. Her family says they will remember for her tremendous artistic talent, love of animals, beautiful smile, kindness and caring spirit. Her passion led to a career in nursing and caring for the elderly. Known … 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

Obituary: Peter "Jay" Faillace, 65

Peter “Jay” Faillace, a longtime resident of Weston and Westport, died Aug. 2 following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 65. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in English Literature in 1973 and matriculated at Washington & Lee Law School the following year. After finishing law school, he moved to Stamford where he met his future wife, the late Joanna Coll Faillace, and began a long career in finance. He was a successful fixed-income securities trader, real-estate speculator, and restaurateur. A longtime member of the Connecticut Golf Club, he was as passionate about golf as … Read more

Obituary: Richard G. Lyon, 76

Dr. Richard G. Lyon of Wilton died on Sunday, July 31, at Masonicare Health Care Center in Newtown. He was 76. Born in New York City, the son of the late Jack and Dorothy (MacEaney), Lyon was the loving husband of Gail (Flanagan) Lyon for 51 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He received his post-graduate oral surgery training at Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry and did his internship and residency at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served two years on active duty … Read more

Obituary: Yolanda Dagata, 104

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Yolanda Michelucci Dagata died peacefully at home in Weston on July 1, 2016 after a long and joyful life. Born in Van Voorhis, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1912, the fifth of seven children, to Angelo and Assunta Michelucci, she grew up in the nearby coal-mining town of Slovan, Pennsylvania. She married Harold Dagata in 1933 and moved to New York. When she was a young bride during the Great Depression, she found a job as assistant to the pastry chef at the Shelton Hotel in New York City. Later, she became a top salesperson for women’s clothes at the department … Read more

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