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Porretta II, Francis Samuel - Darien  
Porretta, II, Francis Samuel Francis Samuel Porretta II, a Darien resident since 1962, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Stamford Hospital. He was 84 years old. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years, Robbie; his dear brother George and his parents Clara and Francis Samuel I. He is survived by his wife Martha; his 5 children Frank III, Anna, Greg, Matt and Roberta; their spouses Susan, Jennifer and Michael; his 7 beautiful grandchildren Olivia, Roman, Ava, Luigi, Enzo, Sam, Ben and Franco; his loving brother Charlie and his many nieces and nephews. Frank Porretta had an extraordinary career as a lead tenor performing with major national opera companies including New York City Opera. Joan Sutherland and Beverly Sills were among his leading ladies. Frank opened both The Kennedy Center and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He also had a very extensive career in musical theater. He starred in and made recordings of "Candide", "The King and I", "The Great Waltz" and "Brigadoon" among many others. After he retired, he went on to a deeply fulfilling career as the choir director at St. John's Church in Darien for over 40 years. Frank's talent for music and teaching touched so many people's lives. He will be greatly missed. But his kindness, his compassion, his generosity and his playful spirit will live in our hearts forever. The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John's Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, on May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com
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Published in Darien News from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2015
Woods, Allan S. - Chester  
Woods, Allan S. Allan Scott Woods, 85, of Chester, CT, formerly of Rowayton, died peacefully on April 24th after a gallant battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Allan grew up in Rye, NY. He was a proud graduate of Rye Country Day, Deerfield Academy and Lafayette College and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Retiring after a 31-year marketing career with IBM/Lexmark, he focused on his long-term engagement with amateur sports, specifically men's field hockey. For the better part of six decades he was involved with field hockey as a player and administrator. As a result, he traveled to more than 30 countries across 6 continents, including attending in a variety of official capacities, every summer Olympic Games between 1976-2004 (except the boycotted Moscow Games in 1980). In addition to being a former national team player, Allan served as President of the Field Hockey Association of America, a Director of the Pan-American Hockey Federation, a Council Member and Chairman of the Equipment Committee for the International Hockey Federation and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. Allan always tried to encourage the next generation to get involved in extra curricular activities and to create opportunities for them to do so. For this reason, he was most satisfied with the work he did serving as a Past President of the New York Amateur Sports Alliance and as a Development Organizer for the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, organizations that support these endeavors. Allan is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Pamela Wallace; daughter Amanda Wasserstrom, son-in-law Eric Wasserstrom and grandsons Will and Hugo Wasserstrom of New York; and his sister Ruth Frothingham of Shelburne, Vermont. A memorial service will be held at Rye Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 6 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Allan's name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. or to the United State Field Hockey Association. Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook.
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Published in Darien News from May 1 to May 8, 2015
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