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Obituaries

Wilhelmina C. Randall, 73

Wilhelmina C. Randall (known to friends as “Billie”) of Charlotte, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 18 after a long respiratory illness. She was 73.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, she attended King Low Heywood Thomas School (currently known as the King School) and graduated from Park University in 1966 with a B.A. in musicology. She received her M.A. in American History from UMASS-Salem, studied musicology at Boston University where she was elected president of the student body and studied American history at Harvard University.

Shw spent her working life doing what she loved and staying true to her inquisitive nature became proficient in many disciplines. She was a musician, composer, teacher, antiquarian and world traveler ultimately founding and leading Canterbury Travel Co. as president and CEO.

She loved the outdoors and as an active skier in her early years frequently visited Mad River Glen in Vermont. In her philanthropic pursuits, she stayed involved with several organizations, most notably the Boy Scouts of America where she served on the troop committee for Troop 36 in Westport.

Andrew Munce, 66

Andrew Munce of Redding, formerly of Westport, died Feb. 25. He was 66.

He was the husband of Paulette Munce, and father of Robert A. Munce, Emily Munce Bendjenni, and Danielle Stone. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Munce Brewster; an aunt, Agnes Conover; two grandchildren Asim and Rafiq Bendjenni; two nephews, a niece, and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Geraldine (Conover) Munce of Westport.

Arrangements are private.

Jack R. Conaway, 89

Jack R. Conaway of Bradenton, Florida, a former longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 13. He was 89.

The son of Fred and Nellie Conaway, he was born in 1929 in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  He graduated from Parkersburg High School (1947) and after attending Marietta College for a year, transferred to Duke University under a Navy ROTC scholarship.

Following graduation from Duke in 1952 with a B.S. degree in chemistry, he was commissioned a Navy officer. He spent three years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, with most of his duty serving as assistant navigator.

In conjunction with his honorable discharge, he received a National Defense Service Ribbon and Navy Occupation Medal.

Don Thompson, 88

Don Thompson of Durham, New Hampshire, a former part-time Westport resident, died Feb. 17 from pneumonia. He was 88.

Owner and founder of Don L. Thompson Real Estate, he lived in Durham, for more than 50 years and was a well known and respected businessman in the Durham area.

Born in Greenwich, he graduated from University of Connecticut. He was a decorated Air Force pilot who served in Korea and Vietnam as a fighter pilot and then flew KC-135 tankers out of Pease AFB, New Hampshire. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He spent childhood summers in Compo Cove in Westport. Later in life, he spent each March in Rancho Mirage, California. His favorite place of all was Hidden Lake, West Newfield, Maine where he would kayak with his dog or sail.

Charles R. Macauley, 93

Charles Robert (Bob) Macauley of Westport died Feb. 17 at home. He was 93.

He did all the things many men of his generation did:  got an education, served during World War II (Navy), found gainful employment, and supported his family. 

His true passions, though, were his alma mater, cars, golf, and his garden.

At Lehigh University, he was vice president of the class of ’49, a Phi Gamma Delta brother, an officer of Alpha Kappa Psi,  and co-founder and president of Lehigh’s first radio station. 

Phillip E. Lint, 88

Phillip Eugene Lint of Ashlar Village in Wallingford, formerly of Westport, died Jan. 25. He was 88.

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Phillip Lint: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Husband of Donna Brown Lint, he was born in Sturgis, Michigan on April 3, 1929 the son of the late Charles and Genevieve Trexler Lint.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant during the Korean conflict.

He spent his business career as a partner in the audit division of Price Waterhouse Coopers. After his retirement, he served on the board of directors of Allegheny Energy Inc., listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as 3030 Park, a retirement community in Bridgeport.

Robert N. Hiatt, 81

Robert Nelson Haitt of Mill Valley, California, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 11. He was 81.

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Robert Hiatt: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born on a farm in Maryville, Missouri to Marjorie Horton and Nelson Ricker Hiatt on May 11, 1936. When he was three months old, his father died and his mother moved to St. Joseph, Missouri to attend secretarial school with the goal of supporting her family.

In St. Joseph, she met and married William Smith. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri and then Evanston, Illinois where Bob lived until graduating from college.

He attended Evanston schools, won a Cherub Scholarship to Northwestern University as a high school junior and then a full scholarship in the School of Communication. On campus Bob was active in many organizations, president of his fraternity, and elected to the Student Governing Board.

Declan M. O’Keefe, 31

Declan Morgan John O’Keefe of Westport died Feb. 12 in Danbury of brain cancer. He was 31.

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Declan O’Keefe: Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born July 5, 1986 in Canberra, Australia. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and the Institute of Culinary Education with a diploma in culinary management.

In 2015, he accepted a position as a beverage manager at PJ Clarke’s in New York City and became a beverage director for the Clarke’s Restaurant Group in 2016.

He loved family and was a caring son, brother, and partner. He met Erica Juliano, the love of his life in 2013, and they lived with their dog, George in Stamford.

William L. Selden, 70

William L. Selden of Norwalk, a businessman, philanthropist, sportsman, dog lover, innate comedian, husband, father and grandfather, died Feb. 5 following injuries sustained in a skiing accident. He was 70.

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William Selden: financial executive. Contributed photo

He lived an incredibly full life that brought him around the globe in the pursuit of many passions and rewarded him with a trove of great friends and stories. He will be remembered for his uncompromising integrity, incisive wit, love of travel and adventure, and immense compassion and generosity.

A native New Yorker, he grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Browning College Preparatory School. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where he thrived as a member of the soccer and ski teams.

He then served with distinction as a captain, Military Intelligence Division, in the U.S. Army and later returned home to earn his MBA. from Columbia University.

Marjorie H. Call, 78

Marjorie “Margie” Ann (Holtz) Call, mother of former Westport Police Chief Dale Call, died Feb. 14 from complications of a long-term illness. She was 78.

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Marjorie Call: 1957 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born April 4, 1939 to Harold and Rhea (Medvedow) Holtz in New Haven, she moved to Westport with her family in 1951.

She graduated from Staples High School in 1957, and married George Call in 1961, who remained the love of her life for over 35 years.

After high school, she worked at Save the Children. When her sons were young, she worked for many years as a school crossing guard for the Westport Police Department.