Joseph V. Franco of Westport, and formerly Warren, New Jersey, died Sept. 28 at home. He was 94.
Joseph Franco: World War II vet. Contributed photo
He was born May 19, 1923 in New York City, eldest son of Vito and Carmella Franco.
The son of immigrant parents from Italy, he grew up in New York City during the Great Depression.
It was those early years that instilled in him a strong work ethic that would be the cornerstone of his character and values throughout his life. He instilled in his children and grandchildren a strong sense of family, love, respect and charity.
He was born Sept. 21, 1954 in Upland, California to Olga Schneiter Worthing of Monticello, Iowa, and Ronald Kilgore Burns of Jefferson, Alabama.
After serving in the Air Force, he began his 30-year career working in the financial industry as a portfolio manager. His positions at Daiwa Securities, UBS, Bank of America/Fleet and BNY Mellon took him and his family to live overseas in Japan and in Switzerland.
Recently after retiring from the financial world, he began a new venture in pursuit of a dream to provide access to internet throughout the world.
Alan Davis Hershey of Westport died Oct. 22 in the ancient city of Khiva, Uzbekistan on the border with Turkmenistan, cutting short his lifelong mission to travel to all of the world’s 192 countries. He made it to 136. He was 60.
Alan Hershey: man about the world. Contributed photo
Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
He had an innate curiosity about the world around him. He was a polyglot, conversant in five languages and a geography genius.
An avid collector, he amassed one of the world’s largest collections of sand from beaches around the world.
Olivia Sylvia, known to her friends and family as Oly, of Wilton but who lived most of her life in Westport, died Oct. 29.
She was born April 25, 1926 in Mexico City, Mexico.
She is survived by two daughters, Maria Carrano of Bridgeport, and Olivia Caruso of Ridgefield; three sons, Joseph Sylvia and his wife Donna of Stratford, Manuel Sylvia and his wife Colleen of Newtown, and Gerald Sylvia and his wife Cheryl of Easton. She had 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She liked playing cards and playing bingo with her friends at the Ogden House where she resided in Wilton; her favorite pastimes were knitting, watching football, and spending time with her family.
Francine Gilbert of Westport died Oct. 29 at home. She was 78.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Abraham and Audrey Weiner. She loved the beach, playing bridge, travel, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Cicilia Gilbert (Alexandra), Billy Ostrow (Tmira), grandchildren: Meghan Gilbert, Sarah Gilbert, Courtney Gilbert, Jennifer Gilbert (Matthew Babcock), Aaron Gilbert, Sheli Ostrow (Ben Galili), Daniella Ostrow (Jonathan Zinger), numerous great-grandchildren, brothers, Richard (Nancy) Weiner, Louis (Beverly) Weiner, her nephew, Alan Weiner, and her cats, Roscoe and Zsazsa.
Services will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at noon at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, or to any other animal rights organization.
Helena Mandel of Sandwich, Massachusetts, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 27 at home. She was 91.
She was born and raised in Luzna, Poland. During this time she witnessed first-hand the invasion of Poland and World War II.
A woman of will and perseverance, no matter the situation, she always made do with what was at hand.
After immigrating to America she and her husband set roots in Westport, where they raised five children. Helena lived in Westport for 45 years and relocated to Sandwich shortly after the death of her husband, Walter Jon Mandel.
Robert Satter, a longtime Westport photographer, World War II veteran and grand marshal of the 2014 Memorial Day parade, died today in Norwalk Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 94.
Bob Satter was the 2014 Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal. He said when informed of the honor, his knees buckled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Adored by legions of friends, Satter in recent years was a regular at Gold’s Delicatessen, offering story after story about his life experiences. Always with a dry sense of humor, he often boasted: “I never buy green bananas.”
Usually dressed in a leather bombardier jacket, he tooled around town in a leased red Mustang convertible, telling friends he always wanted one and enjoying the stares it brought.
Satter was a regular at veterans’ events. In his 2014 address as Memorial Day grand marshal, he said: “Today is one of the greatest days I’ve ever experienced.”
Bob Satter, grand marshal of the Westport Memorial Day parade in 2014 who died today, used the 2014 ceremony to recall a song he sang as a 19-year-old who flew 25 missions over occupied France and Germany from a base in England. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During