In Memoriam page and Slide Show created by Eva Pastor


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Please view the Memoriam Slide show made for the 30th reunion.

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Steve Lewis

November 29, 1962 - May 11, 2017

Steve Lewis, 54, died on May 11, 2017 after a prolonged, valiant battle with cancer. He was the son of Patricia and the late Raymond Lewis of Westport.
Steve was a graduate of Staples High School '81 and Southern CT State University '85, with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition. After many dedicated years in the fitness industry, he treasured his final years with Gault Family Companies of Westport.
He leaves his cherished wife Leslie Fairbaugh and their sweet dog Chico; his mother Patricia Lewis; brother Vernon Lewis and wife Lynn; sister Lisa Setian and husband Steve; nieces and nephews Christopher, Taylor, Cassidy, Jeremy, Melany; and the entire Fairbaugh Family, who loved him dearly.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society .


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Victoria (Tory) Wallace

September 20, 1963 - May 7, 2017

Westport Now Obituary:

Victoria Wallace, 54

Victoria (Tory, Vicky) Wallace of Westport and Waianae, Hawaii died May 7 in Honolulu. She was 54.

The daughter of Cynthia Wallace of Westport, she graduated Staples High School in 1981. She went on to Hawaii Pacific University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, and master’s in social work with distinction.

A licensed social worker, her life was devoted to helping children in crisis. Throughout her 20-plus year career, she worked tirelessly and passionately in both Connecticut and Hawaii, always fighting hard for the welfare of disadvantaged kids.

She was also a member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.

She loved all animals, especially the homeless dogs and cats near her Hawaiian neighborhood that she fed regularly.

She was a unique soul, always true to herself and those around her. She embraced diversity and had a natural friendliness to people from every walk of life.

She was devoted to the culture and way of life in Hawaii, making it her home for over 20 years. Her spirit will live on through those who have been deeply touched by her love, courage and fierce loyalty to justice.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Brian Schwinn and niece and nephews Maddie, Ben and Peter Schwinn of Fairfield.

She was especially attached to her niece and nephews as well as her beloved dogs Kaipo, Bandit and Spike and her cat Tink. She was predeceased by her father Gordon Wallace.

She is lovingly remembered by her uncle and aunt John and Carole Giegerich of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and cousins, Jack Giegerich lll, Dana and Helen O’Brien of Riverside, Doug and Kathy O’Brien of Houston, Texas, Amy O’Brien, Beth O’Brien, Teddy and Hillary O’Brien, Katie, Alex and their son Devin Perkins. She is missed dearly by her extended family and many friends in Connecticut and Hawaii.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in May in Hawaii and on Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Victoria Wallace’s memory to either Kids in Crisis (http://www.kidsincrisis.org) or the Hawaiian Humane Society (http://www.hawaiianhumane.org).

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Karen Siddell

June 25, 1963 - May 12, 2015

Obituary from WestportNow.com:

Karen Marie Siddell of Boca Raton, Fla., a former Westport resident and 1981 graduate of Staples High School, died May 12. She was 51.

She was born June 25, 1963 in Holyoke, Mass., the daughter of John A. and the late Mary Brunton Siddell. She was raised in Westport and remained here after graduating from Providence College in 1985, where she excelled in two varsity sports while earning a degree in business.

After leaving Westport in the early 1990s, she lived in Vail, Colo. before moving to Florida where she lived for the past 20 years.

Those who knew her will remember her beauty; inside and out, her extreme kindness, her athletic ability and her wonderful personality. She was always quick with a laugh and enjoyed being among family and friends. She was an enormous lover of animals, especially her dogs Heidi, Magnolia, Jedd, and JJ.

She is survived by her father John A.  Siddell of North Palm Beach, Fla., her sister Beth Reed of Delray Beach, Fla., and her husband Stuart, her brother Daniel of Vail, Colo. and her brother John of Westport. She is also survived by two nieces, Courtney and Madelyn, and one nephew, Garret Reed as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Paige [Netherton] Totillo

July 6, 1963 - January 5, 2015

From the Westport News:

Paige Marie (Netherton) Totilo of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 5 at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. as a result of complications from pneumonia. She was 51.
She was born July 6, 1963 in Louisville, Ky., and moved to Westport with her family in 1973 where she graduated from Staples High School in 1981. At Staples, she was an active member of Staples Players.
She graduated from Katharine Gibbs and received an Associate Degree from Norwalk Community-Technical College. She worked as a business technology specialist for Evaluation Associates Inc. (EAI) and later for RTi Market Research.
She married Thomas Totilo in 2001 and moved to Norwalk where they lived happily with their three cats. She was a NASCAR enthusiast and enjoyed attending races with her husband and friends.
She and Tom were part of a group that founded the East Coast Meerkat Society and raised funds to upgrade the meerkat habitat at the Staten Island Zoo. She also enjoyed visiting with family and friends and making trips to the Caribbean.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents Elliott and Joyce Netherton of Westport; her sister Cynthia Lipe and brother-in-law Joe of Spring, Texas; her brother Hank and sister-in-law Wendy of Woodland Park, Colo.; nieces and nephews Kelly Sarvis, Tracy Bowling, Miranda Bickford, Mallory, Henry, and Wyatt Netherton; and great niece Lilly Sarvis.

A Celebration of Life in the memory of Paige will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (buffet lunch at 1 p.m.), at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

 
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Todd Tessler 

August 2, 1963 - February 2012


Todd passed away in Florida ... we have no details yet, but will post when we do.



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Colin Rankine

December 20, 1963 - December 11, 2011

The Hour obituary - December 22, 2011
     Colin Alexander Rankine died peacefully on December 11 at the age of 47. Colin was born in 1963 and spent the early years of his life in New York and Massachusetts. His family moved to Westport in 1967 where he went through the Westport school system, graduating from Staples High School in 1981. After attending Duke University, Colin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering '85. He also earned an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University, where he was one of only two candidates awarded recognistion as a Stern Scholar for Academic Excellence.     In 1989, Colin married Dawn Sesto, his beloved wife of 22 years. Together they raised three beautiful children – son Alex and daughters Emily and Heather. The family resided in Darien where they were active in the community sports and the Darien High School Theater & Arts programs. They recently relocated to their new home in Ridgefield, CT.
     Colin's career enjoyed 12 years with IBM in technical marketing and consulting, as well as senior management positions with GIGA Information Group and Forrester Research where he served as VP of the Computing Infrastructures Group. With more than 20 years of experience, Colin most recently joined Pace Harmon as Senior Associate specializing in complex IT outsourcing.
     Colin was never happier than when he was spending time with his family and friends. His greatest prides in life were his children and their many accomplishments. He was an avid sailor and very loyal to his alma mater Duke, rarely missing an opportunity to watch their Blue Devils win many NCAA championships. His kind, generous nature and sharp wit was endearing to all who knew him and will long be remembered.
     In addition to his immediate family, Colin is survived by his two sisters, Jennifer Rankine Wehmhoff of Westport and Joan Rankine Harrison of Stamford. He also leaves behind four nieces and nephews and a large, loving extended family. Colin was predeceased by his parents, L. John and J. Elaine Rankine of Westport. Services will take place at Green's Farms Congregational Church in Westport at 11:00 am on Friday, December 30th, followed by a reception for friends in celebration of Colin's life. Interment will be a private family service held at a separate time at Evergreen Cemetery in Westport. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to:

Norwalk Hospital Foundation
(mark for Cardiac Care Unit)
34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856

or


Duke University
c/o Ms. Pam Hanson
Pratt School of Engineering
Box 90271, Durham, NC 27708


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From the online Obituary Guest Book:

To #74, Right Tackle, Staples O-Line.
Your good manners, intellect, strength and laughter an inspiration to your fellow players on the offensive line. You will not be forgotten.
~ D. Pettee

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Colin was such an integral part of growing up in Westport that I might have to put right up there with Westport Pizzeria or the mini bus when it comes to my childhood memories. Colin and I worked our way through elementary school, high school and beyond. He was always admired for his incredible intellect, quick wit and good looks! How he managed to be in the Chorus and all those AP classes while maintaining a bit of a “bad boy” image I will never know.
Colin possessed such charisma that you would happily head to the Rankines for a pool party long after Viva Zapata had closed and all you really wanted to do was head to bed. One big smile from him and a group was sure to follow!
~ Lynda [Depierro] Simonton

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Just found this on Dan Woog's blog and had to add it to Colin's memorium page. I hope you don't mind that I did, Jack.

8th grade, French class (ALM!) at Coleytown JHS taught by the straight-from-central-casting Mr. Piper. Most vivid memory would be the massive eraser fight my friend Colin Rankine and I got in, resulting in Mr. Piper literally chasing the two of us to the principal’s office, cussing us out in French (way to stay in character!) as we ran down the curved hallways of Coleytown JHS, trying to stay ahead of him in his incensed state (Mr. Piper’s temper being known to us from the previous “tack on the teacher’s chair incident”). Ah, youth!
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Charles Theur emailed me the following memory of Colin:

I thought I would share one fond memory that reflects Colin’s wit.  It must be considered in the context of that age of adolescence when hormone levels are high in boys and is not meant to offend.  I know that Colin meant no offense when he provided the following memorable moment in junior high school.

The setting was Mr.Wright’s English class at Coleytown, ninth grade.  We were challenged with devising a descriptive two word rhyme.  Colin was first to volunteer that he had the answer to the question, “What would you term a well-stacked girl who does anything you want?” Shortly thereafter he supplied the answer of a “toyable joyable” to great laughter for the boys in attendance—that is with the exception of Mr. Wright!

Thanks for the opportunity to share this memory,

Charles Theuer ‘81

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Pamela Bolton [Stein]-Dicosola

Sept. 18, 1963 - April 30, 2011

From "Westport Now", May 5, 2011

Pamela Bolton Stein-Dicosola, a former Westport resident, died April 30 in New York City. She was 47.  She was the wife of Len Dicosola of New York City.
Born Sept. 18, 1963, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Lane Bolton of Clinton and Hugh Stein of Boca Raton, Fla. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She moved to Texas where she worked as an alcoholism counselor in a rehab facility in Austin. She married her husband in Westport before they moved to New York City. In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by a brother, Hugh Stein of Fairfield; a daughter, Jessica Leto of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Susan Tobin of Old Saybrook, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission at http://www.bridgeportrescuemission.org or by check to Bridgeport Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT 06601-9057, or to the Freedom Institute, 515 Madison Ave., N.Y., NY 10022.

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Greg Smith

April 22, 1963 - February 22, 2010

I think that [Greg] was one of the first people I knew in school in Westport. I remember in first grade he wore a bow tie in our class picture. I think it was that year that his own father died very young. He seemed like a kind guy when we got older, although I knew him best in elementary school. I remember chasing him around the playground a lot in first grade.   ~ Laurie (Cameron) Craighead


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Wilfred Bennet (Ben) Anderson

March 7, 1963 - January 17, 2010

Sadly, Ben Andersen passed away on Sunday night, January 17 [2010]. Multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer, took his life. He died peacefully, surrounded by his mother, wife, and brothers. Ben was a man of faith and faced his situation with hope. Thankfully, his treatments gave him more than six years of life after the initial diagnosis - enough time to raise his two kids almost into adulthood. Many of you will remember Ben from the swim team, church youth group, and Scouts. He was a good-hearted, hilarious, intelligent, trustworthy friend and I will miss him so much.  - Peter Allen

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Ben was a great guy and a wonderful teammate. I had the pleasure of swimming with him at Staples and remember his dedication and encouragement of all members of the team. He was always good humored and never had a harsh word for anyone. No doubt he was a great family man and will be missed by all.   ~ Jim Sullivan


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Donna Kirste

November 27, 1963 - June 8, 2008

Nashua (ME) Telegraph:

Donna Evelyn Kirste, 44, of Hollis, ME, died June 8, 2008, at her home. Donna was born November 27, 1963, the daughter of Col. Milton R. and Evelyn Sturtevant Kirste, on Elmendorf Air Force Base, in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport, CT; went on to receive her LPN degree from St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua; her RN degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord; and served on the nursing staff at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH until August, 1993. She was united in marriage to Randal James Columb on April 24, 1993, in Laconia, NH. She was a resident of the Manchester/Nashua area for 15 years, and for the past 4 years a resident of Hollis, ME. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Bar Mills Community Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, skiing, animals, homemaking, and learning how to play the piano. Most importantly, she was very family-oriented and was an exceptional mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She is survived by her beloved family, including: her parents; husband, Randal "Randy" J. Columb; daughters, Emelia and Kelsea; sisters, Janet Cahall and Sandra Handy; brother, Michael Kirste; brother-in-law, Cliff Cahall; ten nieces and nephews; and many friends. A funeral service will be held on June 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester. Burial will follow at a later date at Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785. Please visit www.goodwinfh.com for more information.

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Donna was a little bit different from most, she had epilepsy, and that kept some people away.  Donna was a great friend to everyone in our family. My sister Debbie ('83) was extremely close, close enough to call her her best friend.  As well as my bother Jim ('82) and myself  - we always had a good time together, whether it Great Adventure, skiing or just hanging around the pool. Wherever we were I always remember her laughing.
~ Pat Breeden

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Alan Strick

 March 12, 1963 - April 14, 2004

Remembering Alan by his loving wife Mona Strick

[Alan was a] uniquely authentic individual with an abundance of energy, passion for life, and a broad, slightly devilish smile. [Alan] taught us through action and words how to live and embrace a full life.   ~ Doug Weisburger

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     Alan was my first childhood friend. His family moved into my neighborhood when we were five years old. Alan was born in Hong Kong and moved to Westport from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where his father was working for Esso (now Exxon Mobil). When Alan’s family moved into the neighborhood his mother found out that there was a boy down the street (me) who was the same age, so she came to my house and asked my m play together. From that point forward Alan and I were friends. As small children we played stuffed animal parade, but as we got older we graduated to dinosaur action figures, Hot Wheels, and slot car racing. Alan was the best playmate a kid could have.
      When it was time to choose a musical instrument at Bedford Elementary School, Alan and I both chose the clarinet. Alan was always a better musician than I. He came by it honestly. His home was always filled with music and his parents and older siblings all were musically inclined as was Alan. When we were both home from college one summer Alan called to ask if I would like to play a practice session on our clarinets for old times.
      Alan was also an avid athlete. One of my favorite memories of Alan was from his Methodist confirmation. Alan wore his t-shirt and gym shorts underneath his suit and tie so that when he got home for the small celebration his parents had arranged Alan could strip off the formal attire and immediately be ready to start shooting hoops in the driveway! He encouraged the rest of us who were invited to the party to do the same.
      I have nothing but fond memories of Alan. He really was the first person I  ever called a friend and he returned the kindness from the time we were five years old until we went off to college. Alan had a great sense of humor, an intelligent mind, and a kind soul. I’ll never forget him.   ~ Michael Marks

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Victor McNell

May 4, 1963 - May 12, 2001


Victor was such a high energy, charismatic, bigger than life character. A true blithe spirit.
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Robert Feder

May 12, 1963 - January 17, 2001

















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John R. Watt

April 12, 1963 - April 8, 1995

 
My best friend John was an absolutely unique individual the likes of whom we will never see again.
He was fervently religious in a sea of secularism.
He was fiercely intelligent in an intellectual wasteland.
His wicked sense of humor brought joy to those few he allowed to get to know him.
Let us always remember him!
- Wally Lehman








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Raymond Vallone

September 15, 1962 - August 3, 1990


I will say this with absolute certainty - no matter what the memory of Ray I think of, at the beach hanging out, running around some bars, some random Staples memory - Ray is smiling in each and every scene, and his blue eyes are twinkling in laughter. I can't say I ever heard him complain about the cards he was dealt, either.   -Jack Whittle









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Patricia Evelyn (Lyn) Baker

1963 - August 12, 1988

Lyn was a member of the Girls Swim Team.

Westport News Obituary (August 19, 1988)

Patricia Evelyn Baker passed away in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, August 12 (1988). A lifelong area resident, she attended local schools, graduating from Staples High School in 1981, Loomis Chaffee in 1982 and Yale University in 1986. She is survived by her mother and father, Patricia and Patrick Baker, of 11 Riverfield Drive, Weston, and her sister, Carrie, also of Weston.
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Lawrence C. Mahar

June 20, 1963 - June 10, 1983

From "The Day", June 11, 1983

Bridgeport Teen Killed
Woodbridge (AP) - A Bridgeport teen-ager was killed Friday morning after his car ran off the Merritt Parkway, rolled over and was struck from behind by another vehicle, state police said.  State Trooper Michael Rutkowski identified the victim as Lawrence Mahar, 19. No other injuries were reported in the 1:07 a.m. accident.



 








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Thomas McMahon

February 11, 1963 - July 28, 1982



















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Tom Coyne

March 18, 1963 - April 21, 1981

Though he was tough to get along with sometimes, I loved his energy and humor. I always wished I could have helped him more in his struggles with depression but none of us could have. My best memory of him was when he joined the Guardian Angels in NYC. For a suburban high school student, that took guts! ~ Peter Allen

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