John "Jake" Bates
John "Jake" Bates, previously of Greenwich, died on April 21, 2010 in North Carolina.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered on April 26. Interment was in Middle Patent Rural Cemetery in Banksville.
Arrangements were made with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home in Hudson, N.Y.
Jack Franklin Bennett
Jack Franklin Bennett, 86, World War II veteran, economist and corporate executive of John's Island, Vero Beach, Florida, died peacefully in Greenwich on April 25, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Bennett had lived in Greenwich on and off for nearly 50 years before moving to Florida. He also maintained a summer residence in York, Maine.
Bennett was born in Macon, Ga. on Jan. 17, 1924 to Andrew and Mary Eloise Franklin Bennett. He graduated from Yale University in the war-shortened Class of 1945 and served as a U.S Navy Lieutenant on the destroyer U.S.S. Boggs in the Pacific during World War II.
He worked in post-war Germany alongside his father who, as a financial advisor to the U.S. Military Commander of Germany, was the principal administrator of the Deutschemark currency reform that reignited the German economy.
Upon his return from Germany, Bennett earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1951. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he served in the War Department, the State Department, and the Executive Office of the President, and as the economist on two Presidential Commissions, including the Fairless Committee on Mutual Security, which focused on U.S. - foreign economic policy.
In 1955, Bennett joined the Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) and worked for its successor Exxon Corporation for more than 30 years in New York, London, and Houston.
He succeeded Paul Volcker as Undersecretary of the Treasury for Monetary Affairs, serving in that role from 1974 to 1975.
His work was instrumental to the implementation of the global movement to currency exchange systems based on floating exchange rates and the dismantling of U.S. controls over international capital flows.
He also introduced the use of Dutch auctions in the sale of U.S. Treasury securities (still used today). He was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal by Secretary Schulz.
Bennett was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development, and a member of the Bilderburg Group, where he also served as Chairman of the U.S. Friends of Bilderberg.
He was also a member of the University Club in New York City, the Stanwich Club, the Blind Brook Club in Purchase, N.Y., the John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla. and the York Harbor Reading Room in York, Maine.
Bennett will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his sense of humor and his innovative approach to business, economic and monetary issues. He loved to play golf and horseshoes with his family and friends. While working on his personal memoirs, he also published in 2009 a book, Physics Doesn't Need to be That Difficult.
He is survived by three sons and a daughter, and their spouses: Jackson Goodwin and Rosanah Bennett of Greenwich; Philip D. and Lisa Bennett of London, England; Hugh F. and Kim Bennett of Winchester, Mass.; and Fraser Bennett Beede and Robert Beede of Greenwich; and seven grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Elizabeth Goodwin of Sunderland, Mass.
Funeral arrangements were private. A memorial reception is planned for a future date.
Edward Lee Clark
Edward Lee Clark, 76, Korean War veteran, Greenwich firefighter and a lifelong Greenwich resident, died on April 23, 2010 at Nathaniel Witherell.
He was born in Stamford on May 25, 1933 to Frank and Dorothy Floerke Clark.
On Feb. 23, 1966 Clark married his wife, Noreen Bridget Linnane of Bellharbour County Clare, Ireland. She predeceased him in 1989.
Clark was a firefighter with town of Greenwich and a member of local firefighters union 1042. After retiring from the town, he became a postman for the Old Greenwich Post Office.
Clark is survived by his sister, Carol Clark Merritt and her husband, Donald of Rutland, Vt.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 27 in St. Agnes Church in Greenwich. Interment followed in St. John's Cemetery in Darien.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nathaniel Witherell's Patient Fund, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Yee Ling Fong, former owner of Star Laundry, passed away on April 23, 2010 in Greenwich.
She was born in Canton, China and moved to Greenwich in 1951 with her husband, Him Lun Fong.
For the next 20 years, they ran Star Laundry on Greenwich Ave.
She will be remembered for her caring spirit and youthful exuberance, as well as her love and generosity to all who knew her.
In addition to her husband, Fong is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on April 28 at Harvest Time Church International in Greenwich.
Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association in her memory.
Evelyn Rea Francis, 77, of Cos Cob, passed away on April 25, 2010.
Francis was born in Stamford to John and Evelyn Deveau Rea. She enjoyed reading, painting, gardening, and especially loved spending time with her granddaughters.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Frank Francis; a son, George Francis and his wife Amie; a daughter, Natalie Jean Frenz and her husband Billy; three sisters: Yvonne Zito, Ellen Petrilli, and Karen Bennard; and her two grandchildren, Jaclyn Rea Francis and Allison Dorothea Frenz. She was predeceased by her brother, Jack Rea.
A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, on Saturday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Concetta "Connie" Gasbarri, 83, passed away surrounded by those who loved her.
Born March 4, 1927 to Michelina and Frank Pignataro, Gasbarri was a lifelong resident of Greenwich.
She was known for her spunky spirit, her love of baseball, rides on the Island Beach boat and early dinners at Tod's Point.
She also enjoyed her cup of tea while reading the Greenwich Time in a kitchen that was always filled with the smells of her meatballs and breaded chicken cutlets.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; three daughters: Debra Gasbarri of Greenwich, Donna Shapiro and her husband, Scott of Chicago, and Celia Meli and her husband, Richard of Staten Island; two sons, Ed Gasbarri and his wife, Pam of Bristol, Va., and John Gasbarri and his wife, Pat of Winter Park, Fla.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by two sisters, Assunta Gabriele of Stamford and Josephine Curcuruto of Florida; and two brothers, Charles Pignataro of Virginia and Rocky Pignataro of Naugatuck. She was predeceased by four sisters: Mary, Sarah, Rose and Lucille; and a brother, Larry.
A memorial Mass was held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside on April 27.
James J. Johann, 47, died on April 20, 2010.
He was born in Greenwich on Sept. 7, 1962 to Richard and Therese Collins Johann and was a graduate of Greenwich High School, Class of 1980.
Johann worked as a yard forman for Metro-North Railroad. He enjoyed fishing and was a avid Yankees fan.
He is survived by a son, Shane Richard Johann; and a daughter, Jamie Lynn Johann, both of Pfafftown, N.C.; his mother of Brewster, Mass., his father and step-mother of Osterville, Mass.; a brother, Richard C. Johann Jr. of Wilton Manors, Fla.; two sisters, Deborah A. Blanchette and her husband Kevin of Byfield, Mass. and Susan A. Coates and her husband Richard of Boston, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 24 in St. Mary's Church in Greenwich. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church or a charity on one's choice.
Rose Mary Marzullo passed away at her residence in Greenwich, on April 21, 2010.
She was born to James and Catherine Fabrizio DeStefani on June 19, 1929 in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Marzullo spent much of her time at the Greenwich Senior Center. She will be remembered as a fun-loving and giving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Marzullo is survived by her five children: James Marzullo and Christine Krieg, both of Old Greenwich; Joanna Sweet of Norwalk; Catherine LiVolsi of Bellows Falls, Vt.; and Diane Olivo of Salem, N.H.. her brothers, Bruno DeStefani of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and James DeStefani of Vienna, Va.; and her grandchildren, Jessica Marzullo, Bridget and James Krieg, Michelle Fish, Anthony LiVolsi Jr., Caroline and John Olivo.
She is also survived by two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Krieg.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 24 at St. Mary Church in Greenwich.
Steve Maxwell, 71, retired Time, Inc. executive and longtime ESL teacher of Greenwich, passed away on April 22, 2010, doing what he loved to do most: playing tennis.
He was born on April 16, 1939, in Buffalo, N.Y., the first child of John and Laurie Maxwell. After the passing of his father, he and his mother and younger brother Woody moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Steve graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1957.
It was during his time in Florida that Steve developed his lifelong passion for the game of tennis. For 23 years he was a member of the Belle Haven Club, where he chaired the tennis committee on two occasions, captained a number of the club's teams and played more recently with the "Good Old Boys."
Maxwell received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Davidson College in 1961, and two years later, earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
On June 3, 1963, he married the former Kay Jean Ferguson, whom he met while working summers at the Saranac Inn in the Adirondacks. That same year, the couple moved to New York City where Maxwell began working for Time, Inc.
He transferred within the company to Time-Life Books in 1966. In 1974, Maxwell and his family moved to Tokyo where he managed Time-Life Books in Japan for a year. Two years later, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Time-Life Books and coordinated the move of the company to Alexandria, Va. He would later be promoted to Executive Vice President, and also sit on the Board of Directors of HBO.
In 1983, Maxwell returned to Time, Inc. headquarters in New York as General Manager of the company's magazine group, and he and his family became residents of Greenwich.
After retiring from Time, Inc. in 1985, he began pursuing his true calling: teaching. During the remaining years of his life, he taught English as a Second Language classes as part of the adult and continuing education programs offered in Greenwich and Stamford.
He was honored as the "Educator of the Year" in 2004 by the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and by the time of his passing, nearly 3,000 students had benefitted from his teaching and tutoring.
Maxwell also served the town of Greenwich as a member of the Board of Social Services, concluding his service as vice chairman of the board in 2009.
Maxwell traveled extensively during his lifetime to the four corners of the globe: from exploring the Galapagos Islands, to trekking in the Himalayas, to touring the pyramids of Egypt and walking the Great Wall of China.
In addition to teaching, traveling and tennis, his passions included spending time with friends and family at the Belle Haven Club, attending the theater in New York, gardening, grilling out on the back patio, and spending way too much time at the AMC Movie Theater in Port Chester, N.Y., his family said.
Maxwell is survived by his wife, Kay, of Greenwich; his son, John of Riverside, Calif.; and his brother, Woody of Mullins, S.C.
A celebration of his life will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Belle Haven Club, and will be followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Steve Maxwell Fund For Teaching English As A Second Language may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation (fccfoundation.org), 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, Conn, 06851-1543.
William D. Shay Jr.
William D. Shay Jr., 71, U.S. Navy veteran and former accountant in Greenwich, died on April 20, 2010 in Greenwich after a lengthy illness.
Shay was born in New York City on April 14, 1939 to William and Catherine Sullivan Shay.
After graduation from Greenwich High School, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Brown University. After service in the U.S. Navy, he received an MBA from Columbia University.
As a certified public accountant, Shay worked for Price Waterhouse and Lone Star Cement and ran his own accounting firm in Greenwich until 2001.
His great love was sailing and over the years, competed in six transatlantic races and seventeen Newport to Bermuda races. In three of those Bermuda races, he crewed on the winning boat.
In addition, he competed in numerous Cowes Race Weeks and Fastnet Races.
Shay was a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, Storm Trysail Club and the Royal Yacht Club.
He is survived by several cousins and was predeceased by a sister, Sue Ann Shay as well as his parents.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church in Greenwich on Friday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Shay's name may be made to Indian Harbor Sailing Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Fred Knapp & Son Funeral Home, Greenwich.
Frank Vos, 90, World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, died on April 19, 2010 at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home in Greenwich.
He was born in New York City on Dec. 1, 1919 to George and Anna Vos and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y.
He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1936 and went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Lieutenant during the campaign in Italy, where he earned a Bronze Star.
In 1951 he married Mary Catherine "Cadie" Dempsey and the couple settled in Stamford, where they raised three children.
He founded Frank Vos & Co. in 1957, a direct marketing advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City.
Vos chaired Direct Marketing Day in New York and in 1985 received the Silver Apple Award by the Direct Marketing Club of New York for his longtime contribution to the industry.
In 1986 Vos sold his company to The Interpublic Group and he enrolled at Columbia University, earning a B.A and an M.A. in American History.
He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
He wrote articles for the Encyclopedia of the City of New York and was a roundtable speaker at the Aspen Institute.
An avid skier and sail boat racer, he was also a licensed pilot for twin engine aircraft and held his instrument rating. He also held a license to operate gliders.
An active member of The Lotos Club in New York City since 1958, he held various key committee positions through the decades.
He is survived by Cadie, his wife of 58 years; his brother Eugene Vos; his son, George Vos; his daughter, Julie Lindsey; and five grandchildren: Ellis and Mary Lindsey, and Kate, Julia and Connor Vos.
A private memorial service is planned.
Contributions may be made to The Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, Inc., 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.