John A. Vigilio Jr, of Naples, Florida, a former Westport resident, died unexpectedly on March 28 at home. He was 72.
John Viglio: former Westporter. Contributed photo
He was born May 6, 1946 in Norwalk to mother Jennie and father John “Jack” Vigilio. Growing up, he participated in many sports. He could always be found on the baseball field, caddying or playing a round of golf.
Among all kinds of sports he liked, golf was singled out as most favorite by dedicating lots of his free time to playing tournaments, reaching several hole-in-ones and retiring in a golf course community.
As a proud citizen of the United States, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.
Edward Earle Garlick, husband of Muriel Garlick, died March 28 after a brief illness. He was 94.
Edward Garlick: prominent attorney, Contributed photo
He was born May 19, 1924 in Bridgeport, second child of Edward Earle Sr. and Ruth Jordan Garlick, moving shortly after to Stratford where he spent his youth
Ed met his lifelong sweetheart, Muriel Lucille Stowell, in the seventh grade, and they both graduated from Stratford High School Class of ‘42.
Ed spent a semester at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) then enlisted to U.S. Army Air Corps becoming 1st Lt co-pilot of a B24 consolidated liberator heavy bomber, attached to 484th Heavy Bombardment Group, 824th Squadron 15th Air Force Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) based at Torretto Airfield, Cherignola, Italy.
Cheryl Ann Ford, known to her friends as Ann, of Shoreham Village, Fairfield, died unexpectedly on March 26 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 66.
Cheryl Ann Ford: member of Unitarian Church. Contributed photo
She loved being a mom and is survived by her son, Mark Ford, of Fairfield. She is also survived by her mother Mildred (Boerger) Ford of Fort Myers, Florida, whom she spoke to everyday, and her cousin, Carol Dacey and family of New Canaan. Ann and Carol grew up together.
In the last year of her life, Ann met her partner, Dave Caplan, in the choir group at the Unitarian Church in Westport. She glowed after meeting Dave, loved meeting his family and spending weekends in Plainfield, Massachusetts.
She will also be greatly missed by her best friend, Pamela Thompson and her daughter Hally McGehean and family of Middletown, New York, and Brooklyn, New York. Ann is predeceased by her father William Ford and her brother David Ford.
Marc Rosen of Westport, life partner of Toby Michaels, died March 23 at the Jewish Senior Services, Bridgeport. He was 92.
Marc Rosen: MENSA member. Contributed photo
He belonged to the oldest and largest high IQ society, MENSA, open to those whose score was in the 98th percentile or higher on a supervised intelligence test. Marc was accepted to MENSA. He knew his facts.
Along with that, he had another kind of high IQ, an intelligence beyond facts. He excelled in loving, caring and giving of himself. In an essay he wrote:
“Life owes me nothing, I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I’ve lived each day to the hilt.”
Arlene Wolfe of Westport, wife of the late Stephen W. Wolfe, died March 22 at home. She was 80.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Abraham and Sydell Bloch, and worked for many years in the Westport Public School System as a social studies aide.
She is survived by her children, Brian Wolfe and his wife Pia of Naples, Florida, Laurie Axtell of Monroe, and by her grandchildren, Jaik Stephen Wolfe, Andrew Axtell and Taylor Axtell. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Steven G. Axtell, and sister, Ronye Buchsbaum of Canoga Park, California.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. directly at Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westport Woman’s Club or to Temple Israel of Westport.