Alden Outram Sherman of Weston, a former Westport resident, entrepreneur, aerospace industry legend, machinist, inventor, and classic car collector, died Nov. 10 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 100.
Alden Sherman: vintage car collector. Photo by Jo Shields
He was born to the late Avice Lauretta Rabbitt and Outram Willett Sherman on May 6, 1918 in Rye, New York. He and his family moved to Westport in 1947 and then to Weston in 1956.
He lived in the same Weston house at the time of his death. It had been built by a local carpenter, with only a handshake as the agreement. Even at the end of his life, he was known for the strength of that handshake.
He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Mahopac, New York and graduated from the high school there.
Jacquelyn M. Baker off Westport, wife of the late Gerald Baker for over 37 years, died Nov. 14 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 93.
Jacquelyn M. Baker: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Born in Westport to the late Henry and Helen Rippe, she was a graduate of Staples High School and was a lifelong resident. Before her retirement, she was employed as an office manager with the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company.
She was an avid bowler from her high school days throughout her retirement. She was a regular on the golf course at Smith Richardson and the Par 3.
She enjoyed playing games and cards with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She looked forward to going to Rhode Island every summer with her children and grandchildren. What she enjoyed most in life was spending time with her family.
Geraldine “Geri” Connell Epstein of Westport and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida died Nov. 10 in New York City. She was 79.
Geri Epstein: deeply committed to Westport. Contributed photo
She was born and raised in Queens, New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Hunter College. She worked in the advertising industry and for the New York City Commission for the United Nations.
She and her husband moved to Westport more than 30 years ago, and although in recent years they were part-time residents, they remained deeply committed to the Westport community.
A co-founder of the David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation, she provided college scholarships to Staples High School graduates, supported the construction of the new Levitt Pavilion, and was a sponsor of several Westport nonprofit organizations.
She was born to James and Elizabeth Byrnes of Brooklyn, New York, on Dec. 18, 1932. She always liked to share that she was born on the dining room table. As an adult, she really hated preparing and serving formal meals — go figure.
After graduation from Bay Ridge High School on June 26, 1950, she attended Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated on June 11, 1953.
She became a nursing supervisor before she “retired” to family life, when she married Leonard Epifano. Their family grew to include three children and various pets, notably the family cat, Bentley, and, years later, the beloved dog, Scout.
UPDATE Dale Thomas Wehmhoff of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died on Nov. 7 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 57.
Dale Wehmhoff: hockey was his passion.Contributed photo
He was born in Harvey, Illinois, in 1961 and moved with his family to Westport in 1967. He attended Westport schools where he played basketball, baseball, and ice hockey, graduating from Staples High School in 1979.
It was his love of ice hockey, in particular, which led him to an assistant coaching job at the age of 18 with Staples High School and thereafter as a head coach with Norwalk High School.
A few short years later, Coach Dale took the Norwalk team to the state championship final, cementing his lifelong passion for coaching in the Fairfield County region.
Leslie “Jody” Goodsell Mills Jr. of Westport died suddenly on Oct. 30 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 68.
Jody Mills Jr. : Westport native. Contributed photo
Born April 14, 1950 in Norwalk Hospital, he was raised at 177 Cross Highway and attended the Westport schools. He was a hard worker, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Selva, his three children Sunny, Alex, Kevin, and his four grandchildren Faith, Anthony, Christopher, and Jestin. He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Marjorie Mills.
Harding Funeral Home, Westport, is in charge of arrangements. No service is being offered. There will be a private family burial