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Gale G. (‘Peter’) Neilsen, 90

Gale G. (“Peter”) Neilsen of Old Lyme, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 1. He was 90.

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Peter Neilsen: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born May 16, 1928 in Norwalk, son of Charles Edward Neilsen and Mildred Burtis Neilsen of Westport, he graduated from Staples High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday, serving proudly as a medic in World War II. After the war he attended Bridgeport University.

On Oct. 22, 1949 he married the love of his life, Ann Davis of Rowayton, with whom he had four daughters. He remained a loving and greatly loved family man.

Stuart B. Ross, 81

Stuart Bert Ross of Westport died Feb. 14 at home. He was 81.

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Stuart Ross: Xerox executive. Contributed photo

He was born April 16, 1937, in the Bronx, New York to Bernard and Ruth Ross (Solomon).

Noted for his integrity, humility and sense of humor, he had a 34-year year in finance at Xerox Corporation, rising to chief financial officer of Xerox and then to chief executive officer of the company’s then-largest subsidiary, Xerox Financial Services.

He was a “boy from the Bronx” who worked his way through college as a longshoreman.

Colin Bronson, 55

Colin Bronson of Fairfield, a former Westport resident,  died Feb. 14 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport after a brief but valiant battle against cancer. He was 55.

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Colin Bronson: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born on Aug. 15, 1963 in The Hague, Holland to his parents, Josephine and Howard Bronson.

He moved to Westport at age 10 with his family. He spent many happy years living on East Ferry Lane

He graduated from Staples High School in 1981 and then established a thriving career as an independent entrepreneur in Westport and then in Fairfield. 

Rosemary F. Wiggins, 87

Rosie Wiggins died Feb. 13 at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding. She was 87.

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Rosie Wiggins: known for fashion flair. Contributed photo

Rosemary Ford Wiggins was born March 18, 1931 in Tracy, Minnesota to Vincent Ford and Genevieve (Sullivan) Ford and spent her childhood there.

Upon graduating from Tracy High School in 1948, she attended the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minnesota. After college, she worked as a secretary to the president of the Gamble-Robinson Company in Minneapolis, It was here she met her future husband who was enrolled at St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Rosie and Tony Wiggins were married on Jan. 2, 1954 in Tracy. The newlyweds spent the first two years of their marriage in Rabat, Morocco where their first child, Mary Liz was born.

Sarah K. Shell, 71

Sarah K. Shell of Cincinnati,  a former Westport resident, died Feb. 5. She was 71

She graduated from Staples High School and attended Smith College and the University of Cincinnati. She was a volunteer and fundraiser for the Urban League, Planned Parenthood, the Cincinnati Zoo, and Meals on Wheels.

She was a world traveler, avid bird watcher, and patron of the arts in Cincinnati.

She was a sister of Barbara S. Estevez, Dorothy K. Shell, and West Shell, III,  aunt to 10 nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by parents West Shell, Jr. and Dorothy C. Wrisley.

Lucretia T. Sias, 93

Lucretia Thomas Sias of Houston, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 3. She was 93.

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Lucretia Sias: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born to William and Lucretia Thomas on June 6, 1925, in San Rafael, California. Her early years were filled with the wonders of ranch life in the hills of Marin County on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

She said the most fun thing she ever did as a child was having the opportunity to go to Tamalpais High School where she met her future husband, John. She would smile as she told stories of her father driving her to school every day.

Her diligent efforts allowed her to earn a degree in Decorative Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, she was hired as a teacher at Hamilton Air Force Base.

Daniel J. Brooks, 63

Daniel James Brooks of Newport News, Virginia, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 63.

He was born in Winchester, Massachusetts on Oct. 17, 1955, the son of Mary S. Brooks and the late Charles A. Brooks.

He was raised in Westport and married Marlene Duchesneau in 1979. They lived in Rochester, New Hampshire with their children, Renda and Andrew.

Dan always enjoyed helping people. He was a member of the New Hampshire Jaycees and was voted “Outstanding Young Man of America” in 1985. He was a co-founder of the We Care Packers in New Hampshire.

Jess Clarke Jr., 81

Jess Fellows Clarke Jr, , a former Westport resident, died Jan. 30 at his home in Bradenton, Florida. He was 81.

He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout before attending Penn State University where he joined ROTC, and was awarded a BS degree in 1959 in the field of forestry.

A former longtime resident of Westport, he went on to found Miracle of Aloe, a nationally recognized line of consumer health and cosmetic products based on aloe vera gel, where he remained active in the company until his death.

Joseph J. Thomas, Jr., 77

Joseph J. Thomas, Jr., a longtime resident of Westport, died Feb. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 77.

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Joseph J. Thomas Jr.: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Stamford to Joseph and Ann (Selleck) Thomas who predeceased him.

After retiring from Clairol he spent his time traveling, playing golf and tending his garden.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy (Ralston), his four children, Joseph III, John, Lori Capozza and Christopher.

Carl A. Addicks, 79

Carl A. Addicks of Westport, husband of Alice Addicks, died Jan. 30 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 79.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 25, 1939, the son of the late Carl and Josephine (Katz) Addicks.

A U.S. Army veteran, he worked as a parts salesman for Volkswagen for many years and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors in addition to his wife Alice include one daughter: Lisa (Addicks) Ruuttila and her husband Jason of Portland, Oregon and one sister: Trudy Sortino of Malverne, New York.