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Obituaries

Cullen D. Walsh, 39

Cullen D. Walsh of Weston died suddenly on April 14. He was 39.

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Cullen Walsh: financial executive. Contributed photo

He was born in Whitman, Massachusetts and is survived and is deeply loved by his wife, Meredith A. (Brown) Walsh of Weston, parents Bill and Joan Walsh of Whitman, brother and sister-in-law David and Laura Walsh of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, sister and brother-in-law Beth and Tom Blinn of East Bridgewater, sister Mary Walsh of Rockland, Massachusetts, sister and brother-in-law Cheryl and Bill Provost of Whitman, brother and sister-in-law Billy and Kellie Walsh of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and aunt MaryAnn Galbraith and her daughter Brittney Galbraith of Wallingford.

Cullen was a devoted and very proud uncle to his nieces and nephews Kaleigh Mackinnon, Shawn Provost, Erin and Katie Walsh, T.J. and Joey Blinn, and Adam, Nicholas and Zachary Walsh. He was predeceased by his nephew William Walsh.

Cullen was known for his compassion and soft smile, and his calm demeanor and personality put everyone at ease.

Police ID Man Killed in Weston Road Crash

Westport police today identified the person killed early Sunday in a fiery crash into a utility pole on Weston Road as Cullen D. Walsh, 39, of Weston.

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Cullen Walsh: financial executive. Contributed photo

The identity was released following word from the state medical examiner’s office, said Lt. Jillian Cabana. An online obituary was published by the Harding Funeral Home five hours before the police announcement.

“Preliminary information indicates speed and a failure to negotiate the roadway were factors in the accident,” Cabana said. “The incident remains under investigation.”

According to the obituary, Walsh was a partner at Grant Thornton, LLP and was previously a practice fellow and an assistant director at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where he met his wife.

Cerys M. Jones, 56

Cerys M. Jones, a former Westport resident, died April 11. She was 56.

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Cerys Jones: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

She was born in Watertown, New York on May 3 1962.  She was a 1980 graduate of Staples High School and went on to pursue a career as an esthetician in New York Cirty. 

Some of Cerys’ loves were animals, especially cats, collecting sea glass at Burying Hill Beach, or any beach she came across during her travels. 

She was a kind, gentle, and funny girl. She is already greatly missed.  When we think of Cerys we will always remember her beautiful smile and gentle disposition.

Margaret Yingling, 95

Margaret Gentry Yingling of Westport died March 21. She was 95.

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Margaret Yingling: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born in Santiago, Chile in 1923, attended Wheaton College, and as an adult lived extensively throughout Europe until 1964 when she became a lifelong resident of Westport with particular interest in world travel, the Westport Garden Club, Westport Cotillion Club, Thistle sailing at Cedar Point Yacht Club, and the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

She is survived by her children; Mary Margaret Morse of Washington D.C., Martine Yingling of Los Gatos, California, John Yingling of Rocky River, Ohio, and eight grandchildren.

A celebration of life for Margaret will be scheduled later in the spring where she will be interred in Westport’s Evergreen Cemetery next to her husband, Orvis, of more than 70 years.

Victoria Kittredge, 66

Victoria Anne Kittredge, a former Westport resident, died April 8 in Boca Grande, Florida. She was 66. The following remembrance was published on http://www.bocabeacon.com.

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Victoria Kittredge: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

This is a story of Queen Victoria, her long and varied life, and her love for the Thief of Soul, aka Ms. Toad’s Wild Ride (though she was not a toad at all, but did like them).

This is not a story of her death at all, but rather the story of a life very well lived.

On the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2019 our island lost one of the people who loved it the very most. Victoria Anne Kittredge may be out of our sight, but she will live on every time a glass is raised at The Temp, every time a joke or story in poor taste is told at just the wrong time, every time an engine in a choice sports car revs up to about 4,000 rpm and in every sunset from the sea wall.

Andrew D. Rabinowitz, 79

Andrew David Rabinowitz, a Westport resident for 46 years, died April 10. He was 79.

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Andrew Rabinowitz: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City, son of the late Toba (Bloom) and Irving Rabinowitz and grew up in the Bronx.

He graduated from the New York University School of Engineering, where he earned both masters and doctorate degrees and also taught undergraduates, all in the field of electrical engineering.

He was employed at Norden Systems in Norwalk for more than 35 years.

Mary Amos, 75

Mary Britto Amos of Mooresville, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 12, 2018 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina. She was 75.

She was born on April 13, 1943 in Westport to Nicolette DeMeo Verina and Ernest Verina.

She loved volunteering for numerous organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and food banks. She dearly loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to travel, visiting Europe and all around the United States.

She is survived by her children Arthur Britto, Lisa Britto, Ellen Foster and Jennifer Resnick. She has 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mary has two sisters, Annecia Lockwood and Carmel Wilmott, and one brother, Ernest Verina.

Lorraine Helms, 92

Lorraine Rose Bisgard Helms of Westport died April 3 at home. She was 92.

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Lorraine Helms beauty queen. Contributed photo

She was born on Sept. 25, 1926, the daughter of Daisy L. and Ernest C. Bisgard, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She was a graduate of Manual High School in Denver class of ‘45.

She soon became a model and was crowned Flying Tiger Queen in 1945, and subsequently was named Miss Denver, 1945 and Miss Colorado, 1945.

She attended Denver University and worked as a bridal consultant for the Denver Dry Goods Company.

Jeffrey Bell, 59


Jeffrey Bell of Weston died April 4 at home. He was 59.

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Jeffrey Bell: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of Samuel and Sylvia Bell.

He spent time in Florida and California before returning to his hometown in Westport. Jeff had a huge heart and was a friend to all he met.

He loved life and had many happy times fishing, especially for blue fin tuna. He was very skilled at working with his hands and after years of working for his father, he branched out on his own with JBell Construction and Renovation.

Sarah Morgan, 82

Sarah Morgan (nee Field), a former Westport resident, died March 7 in Santa Monica, California. She was 82.

She was born March 16, 1937, in New York City, daughter of William Hill Field, V and Margaret Treadwell Field, the middle of three children. The family, when ‘Sukey’ was small, moved to Greens Farms, where they lived in a rambling house on Clapboard Hill Road with an artist’s studio at the back, where her aunt, the artist Helen Treadwell, lived and worked.

Sarah attended Staples High School, then Vassar College and University of Chicago, where she received a BsC and where she worked in a biochemistry lab. It was here she became an early advocate of nutritional supplements for holistic health.

In Chicago also she married Robert Lynn Moxham, a geology graduate student. The couple moved to Winnipeg then to upstate New York, where they co-founded the Montessori School of Albany.