Obituary: Ernest Z. Bower

Ernest Z. Bower III died from complications from pneumonia near his home in Lilburn, Ga., on May 22. He was 75. He was the son and grandson of doctors who served patients in the northeastern United States. His mother, Eleanor Cornell White Bower, was an early feminist and professor of genetics and biology. His stepfather, Woodrow Wilson White, was a professor of mathematics and engineering. Bower was born in Scranton, Pa., and grew up in nearby Clarks Summit. He was the oldest of three children. He attended Colgate University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and English. He then … Read more

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

Obituary: John George Petti, Jr.

John George Petti, Jr. passed away at his home in Westport on May 3, 2017, just shy of his 90th birthday. Born and raised in the Bronx, John was the star quarterback of his high school football team, before joining the Navy and serving as a medic during World War II. After the war, he returned home to complete his education and attend New York University. At that time, a mutual friend introduced him to Inez, the love of his life. The couple married in 1949 and the romance continued for over 50 years, until her death in 2001. John … Read more

Obituary: Patricia Steiner Heifetz, founder of the Weston Forum

Pat Heifetz is one of four Westonites interviewed in the film Weston Voices: Highlights from Four Oral History Interviews.

Patricia Steiner Heifetz, the founder of the Weston Forum who served as its editor and publisher for over 20 years, died on May 3. She was 89 years old. Ms. Heifetz was known as a strong political presence in the town, active and outspoken at public meetings and through her persuasive and powerful editorials in the Forum. She was born in Youngstown Ohio, spent much of her adolescent years in Florida, and then attended the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated with a Masters from the School of Journalism and also with a degree in Political Science. She began her … Read more

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