Tuesday, August 09, 2022



Kenneth S. Josselyn, 70

Kenneth S. Josselyn of New Milford, a former Westport resident, died March 23. He was 70.

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Kenneth S. Josselyn: Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 12, 1948, he was the eldest son of Margaret “Peg” and Carlton “Kyper” Josselyn of Westport.

He graduated with honors from Staples High School and was best known for playing guitar in the popular local band The Reverbs.

He went on to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from Bates College (also his father’s alma mater) and Northeastern University, respectively. He later became a certified public accountant.

Matthew P. McGuire, 61

Matthew Paul McGuire of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died March 26 at home. He was 61.

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Matthew McGuire: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of the late George and Dorothy McGuire, he was raised in Westport and lived in Ridgefield and Wilton. He graduated from Staples High School and Boston College.

An avid soccer player, he played on the state championship team at Staples and for B.C. He coached Little League baseball and youth soccer.

He loved horseback riding, spending time at the beach, sailing, reading, playing paddle tennis with his buddies at Longshore and traveling, but above all else, Matthew loved spending time with his love, Mary Ellen.

Deborah Allen, 63

Deborah Rose “Posie” Allen of Westport died March 23 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 63.

A lifelong resident of Westport, she was born Sept. 14, 1954 in Bronxville, New York to Craig and Barbara Allen.

She graduated Staples High School in 1973 and went on to earn an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Norwalk Community College.
She worked as an early childhood teacher, a switchboard operator for the Westport Town School Office, and a camp counselor at Westport Beach School for many years.  She also volunteered with Hospice Care.

Ann Shames, 76

Ann Leslie Levitan Shames of Lake Worth, Florida, a former Westport resident and Westport school system employee, died March 20 of cancer. She was 76.

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Ann Shames: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 7, 1941, the first child of David and Beatrice (Feldman) Levitan. She grew up in Brooklyn and West Hempstead, Long Island and spent treasured childhood summers in Mt. Freedom, New Jersey at the Levitan Lake Bungalow Colony.

She married Jerry Shames in 1967, and after several years in Stamford, they settled in Westport, where they lived for nearly 30 years.

In 2000, Ann and Jerry spent a summer driving across the country. They decided to relocate to Redondo Beach, California, where Ann rediscovered her love of art, took art classes, and painted watercolors.

Ellen Cavaluolo, 70

Ellen Marie Roche Cavaiuolo of Southport, a former Westport resident, died March 27. She was 70.

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Ellen Cavaluolo: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late John Cavaiuolo was born and lived in Manhattan before moving with her family to Westport in 1983. She made Southport her home in 2010.

She enjoyed her years working as a consultant for Citibank, where she met her husband, John. She loved being a mother and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest joy came from helping others.

She is survived by her daughters, Tricia Palsa and her husband James, of Fairfield, Kristin Osvay and her husband Kevin, of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Katelyn and Matthew Palsa, Benjamin and Reese Osvay; her sister, Patricia Freiler and her husband Tom; her brother, John Roche and his wife Camille; countless nieces, nephews, and many other close family members and dear friends. In addition to her husband, John, Ellen was predeceased by her parents, John and Nora Roche; and two sisters, Mary Bentley and Margaret Macey.

Jack D. Cogswell, 73

Jack Dye Cogswell of Torrington, a former Westport resident, died March 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

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Jack Cogswell: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born March 30, 1944 in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of the late Jack Dye Cogswell and the late Mary Griffin Cogswell, He graduated from Staples High School in Westport, and attended Duke University and Clarkson University.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged.

A longtime resident of Torrington, he was a hard worker, very intelligent, fun to be around, and devoted to his family. His many hobbies included racquetball, and was regarded as a very tough opponent. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. His most cherished activities were anything that included his family and friends.

Herbert Bloom, 87

Herbert Bloom, a Westport resident since 2005, died March 21 at Norwalk Hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was 87.

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Herb Bloom: loved “the Latin.” Contributed photo

He was born in 1930 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Rose and Albert Bloom. He was educated at the Boston Latin School, where he loved “the Latin,” and went on to graduate from Brandeis University and earn a master’s in library science from Simmons College, and a master of arts from Harvard University.

His career led him to become a senior editor with the American Library Association in Chicago.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was an avid horticulturist, and loved classical music. He was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston since 2005.

Gloria R. Improta, 88

Gloria Rose Improta of Stamford, one-time owner of the Dairy Queen in Westport, died March 25 at Stamford Hospital. She was 88.

She was best known in recent years for working at Mama Carmela’s Deli in Darien, where customers knew her by name and enjoyed her genuine smile and the care she took in catering to them.

Her hospitality was her passion as customers, family, and friends were drawn to her engaging personality and resourcefulness. She and her late husband Mario Improta, who met while working at Machlett Laboratories (which went on to become Raytheon) in Stamford in the 50s, combined their desire to build something on their own and bought the Dairy Queen in Westport in the 1970s.

It was a brave move they took to support their family of five. They went on to buy and run Mr. Deli in Darien in the 80s and after that worked side by side at Critic’s Choice in Stamford. Gloria never shied away from hard work and ways to expand her skills from computer training at IBM to certification as a nurse’s aide, graduating top of her class.

Sumner J. Glimcher, 93

Sumner Jules Glimcher of Boulder Colorado, a former Westport and New York City resident, professor, author and filmmaker, died Feb. 27 in Boulder. He was 93.

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Sumner Glimcher: professor, filmmaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) YouTube.com

Born in 1924 in Boston, he was a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. After the war, he served in the Allied Forces Denazification Program sending war criminals to Nuremberg.

A 1948 Harvard College graduate, he had a fulfilling career as an author, professor and filmmaker. Award-winning films include “Fable Safe,” “North from Mexico,” and “Masterpieces of Chinese Art.”

An adjunct professor at Columbia University and Harvard College, he was president of MCI and Westminster Productions. He retired as director, Department of Film, Video, and Broadcasting, NYU School of Continuing Education.

William McEvoy, 52

William McEvoy of Norwalk died March 16. He was 52.

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William McEvoy: dedicated to spiritual leadership. Contributed photo

The husband of Carrie (Swadener) McEvoy, he was born in New York City to Aloysius William McEvoy of Hanover, Pennsylvania and Linda Callahan of Bethel.

He grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens and lived most of his adult life in Brooklyn. For over 25 years, he worked for Guilford Press in New York City.

Always the ham, it is no surprise that through the years he was involved in the theater and was co-founder of The Improvoholics, an improv group that performed throughout New York.