Eugene "Gene" Conway, 82, lifelong Greenwich resident, died at his home on Jan. 11, 2010. He was the son of Gertrude and Howard Conway.
Throughout his life, Conway enjoyed spending time at Byram Shore. He loved sailing and fishing, and built a number of his own boats.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Conway's memory to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Greenwich Hospice. Craft Memorial Home, 40 Leicester St., Port Chester, N.Y.
Ethelmary Durnin passed away on Nov. 26, 2009 at her home in San Francisco, Calif. after a stroke.
She was married to Kevin Durnin for 52 years, until his death in 2007. The couple lived in Old Greenwich for many years before moving to San Francisco in 2002 to be with their son and grandchildren.
Durnin is survived by her two sons, Dermot and Desmond; her daughter-in-law, Charlotte; and two grandchildren, Maureen and Sean, all of San Francisco. She is also survived by her brother, Dan McDonnell of Plainfield, N.J. and several additional relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her two sisters, Sheila and Jeannette, and a son, Kevin.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Patricia "Patti" Bobrow Ensor, 48, Greenwich native, died on Jan. 8, 2010 at home in East Haven.
She was born on Sept. 13, 1961, attended Greenwich schools and graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. with a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies and government.
Ensor will be remembered as a very caring and outgoing person who especially loved to sail her boat "Fearless."
She is survived by her husband, Shaun Ensor of East Haven; her mother, Joan Whyte Bobrow of Greenwich and her father, Dr. Joseph S. Bobrow of Pa. She also leaves three sisters: Debra Keefe and Christine Greenberg, both of Brookfield, and Jacqueline D'Ascoli of Cos Cob; her dogs, Jodi, Tuffee, Tingo and Finn; and her cat, Molly.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Jan. 13 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in East Haven.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the East Haven Animal Shelter, 183 Commerce St., East Haven, CT 06512. See obit at: www.wsclancy.com
Robert W. Hutton
Robert W. Hutton, 88, World War II veteran, former Greenwich resident and business executive, died peacefully at home in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 5, 2010.
He was born in Olympia, Wash. on April 28, 1921 to George and Elsie Doragh Hutton and grew up in Olympia and Vancouver, Canada.
He graduated from Vancouver High School and the University of Washington, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, the senior manager of the crew, a member of Oval Club and Fir Tree, and a student of law and business.
Following graduate school, Hutton worked for three years at the Seattle First National Bank, then founded Bellingham Builders Supply in Bellingham, Wash. He also joined Lone Star Industries, at that time the largest producer of cement in the United States, in 1965 and became its CEO in 1972.
Hutton and his wife Charlotte were Greenwich residents for 25 years.
An avid sailor, Hutton campaigned a series of ocean racing sailboats called "Tatoosh," with national and international success. A highlight of his life was his selection to represent the U.S. in 1980 at the Sardinia Cup, considered at the time to be a World Championship of ocean racing. "Tatoosh" finished in second place overall, and led the U.S. team to victory.
In addition to his wife, Hutton is survived by a Ann Hutton of Friday Harbor, Wash.; her children, Meghan and Brianna; and a son, Tom Hutton and his wife, Wende of Atherton, Calif., and their children, Cameron and Rachel.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at Epiphany Parish in Seattle at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at The Seattle Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, send any donations to the Pacific Science Center or a charity of your choice.
Barbara "Bobbie" Joan Smith Keller, 75, Greenwich native of Summerfield, Fla. died peacefully on Dec. 29, 2009.
Keller worked in banking as well as accounting for several small businesses. She enjoyed gardening and bowling.
She is survived by her husband, Boyd Keller, of Summerfield; her children: Wayne McKeever of Groveland, Fla.; Cindy Johnson and her husband Brad of Boulder, Colo. and John McKeever of Ft. Lauderdale Fla; a son-in-law, Delmar Achuff; and four grandchildren: Jenee and Michael Wright of Boulder, Colo; Christian McKeever of Dickson, Tenn.; and Kerry McKeever of Tampa, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Hospice of Marion County, Fla. - Tuscany House 3231 SW 34th Ave. Ocala, FL 34474.
James Robert Kingsdale
James Robert Kingsdale, 66, U.S. Army veteran and former Greenwich resident of Crested Butte, Colo., died on Dec. 22, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer at his home surrounded by family.
He worked in venture capital until 1975, then started Paradigm Communications Inc., a cable television company, in 1980. He retired from the cable television industry in 1994, and eventually settled in Crested Butte, Colo.
Kingsdale spent the last several years writing a blog called Energy Investment Strategies and received much joy and praise for his commentary.
He also loved traveling with his family and friends and when he wasn't enjoying the lifestyle of Crested Butte, he was often exploring new places and meeting new people.
He was an avid tennis player, hiker, skier and bridge player who was only a few points away from becoming a life master.
He is survived by his wife, Nina Kingsdale; a daughter, Luisa Naughton, her husband, Eric and their two children, Maxwell James and Cecilia Nina of Crested Butte, Colo.; a son, Andrew Kingsdale of San Francisco; his mother, Margery Frank Kingsdale of Newton, Mass.; a sister, Nancie Schwarzman and her husband, Mark of Greenwich; and a brother, Jon Kingsdale and his wife, Rosalie Phillips of Boston.
A memorial service was held on Dec. 27, 2009 at Greenwich Reform Synagogue. A celebration of Kingsdale's life will be held on Feb. 13, 2010 in Crested Butte, Colo.
Remembrances may be made to BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network), 4813 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 or Living Journeys, P.O. Box 2024, Crested Butte, CO 81224.
Malcolm R. Major, 69, U.S. Army and Air Force National Guard veteran and former Greenwich resident of Oxford, died on Jan. 6, 2010, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Major was born October 5, 1940 in Newton Heath, Manchester, England, son of the late Joseph and Eliza (Walsh) Major. In 1956 he and his family moved to the U.S., where they moved to Port Chester and later settled in Greenwich.
In the early 60s Major served in both the Army and Air Force National Guard achieving rank of staff sergeant.
He was very active in the Boys Scouts of America and helped organize the Port Chester Volunteer Ambulance Service.
In 1969 Major became a trooper for the Connecticut state police and served as treasurer for the State Police Union. After retiring in 1983, he coached children's soccer in Oxford, drove coach buses, managed several department stores and returned to school to receive his realtor's license. He moved to Oxford in 1976.
He is survived by Alice Eileen Yade Major, his wife of 45 years; his son, Kevin Major and wife, Holly, and children Megan and Kali of Naugatuck; his daughter, Kimberly DuBois and husband, Kyle, and their children Keith, Morgan and Amanda of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Clifford Major, and a sister, Audrey Galvin.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 11. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Diane Sandor Oestmann, 56, Greenwich native and resident of Stamford, died on Jan. 9, 2010.
She was born in Greenwich on Sept. 15, 1953 to Edward and Mary Sandor. She was the wife of William Oestmann for 18 years.
Oestmann worked as a bookkeeper for Empire and Cats Transportation of Stamford as well as the Stamford Wrecking Company as an administrative assistant.
Oestmann is survived by a nephew, Patrick Fox of Glenville; a niece, Dawn Fox; and her best friend, Shirley Flynn. She was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Fox.
The family has requested that funeral services remain private.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Connecticut, 45 Ash St. East Hartford, CT 06108-3272. You may also leave an online condolence at www.castiglionefh.com.
Helen Morrison Thompson, 92, died on Jan. 3, 2010.
She was born on Sept. 26, 1917, to Roger and Alys Morrison of Cincinnati, Ohio. On May 30, 1941, she married Grant McMillan Thompson, also of Cincinnati, and embarked with him on a 63-year marriage full of travel, adventure, family and a multitude of friends from Cincinnati to Old Greenwich to Vero Beach, Fla.
Thompson, who gave up a career in graphic art to become a full-time homemaker, loved all kinds of crafts, from needlework and decoupage to, later in life and with the help of her husband, miniature replicas of the rooms of her Connecticut house.
She was a member of the Junior League, a Candy Striper, and Brownie leader who instilled in the girls of Troop 42 the importance of the perfect hospital corner, a skill which earned them their housekeeping badges.
She is survived by her three children: Geoffrey Scott Thompson and his wife, Karyn Planett of Bradley, Calif.; Christie Thompson Sumner of Lincoln, Vt.; and Anne McMillan Thompson and her husband, Daniel Stannard of Burlington, Vt.
She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Whitman Thompson and Shannon Cleverley-Thompson of Rochester, N.Y., Christine Sumner and Dan Moran of Montpelier, Vt., Chad and Emily Sumner of South Hamilton, Mass., Travis and Sarah Sumner of Newburyport, Mass., Annie and Ryan Rossier of Vt. and Geoffrey and Dwight Stannard of Burlington, Vt.; and six great-grandchildren: Spencer and Ramsey Thompson, Will, Henry and Clara Sumner, and Lila Sumner. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and by her close friend Muffy Hensley of St. Louis, Mo.
She was predeceased by her husband, Grant; her sister, Laura Ann Baldwin of Cincinnati; and her son-in-law, William Sumner.
There are no formal visiting hours and the family will hold a private memorial at a later date.
Contributions in Thompson's name may be made, with her family's thanks, to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or at 800-272-3900.
Herbert Terrell Vaningen Jr., 85, of Greenwich, died Jan. 8, 2010 at home.
He was born in Manhattan on Nov. 17, 1924 to Herbert and Jessica Bishop VanIngen.
VanIngen served in the U. S. Marine Corps and was a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1945.
He was also a member of the 1948 U. S. Olympic hockey team and an All American athlete in soccer and lacrosse.
VanIngen spent his career in advertising at The New York Times and Curtis Publishing.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet Judson VanIngen; four sons: Judson VanIngen of Greenwich, Scribner VanIngen, Terrell VanIngen III, and Langdon VanIngen, all of Darien. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ann Turner Black and Jane Turner.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 14 at Christ Church in Greenwich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or to Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.