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  • Kenneth Ayles

    Kenneth Gregory Ayles, 50, of Sandy Hook died Thursday, August 21, with his family by his side. There will be a gathering of friends on Thursday, August 28, at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street in Newtown, where friends can share stories of Ken. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown, Friday, August 29, at 11 am. Interment will follow.

  • Hugh Alexander Dignon

    Hugh Alexander Dignon, 78, of Newtown, and formerly of Brookfield, died August 20 at Danbury Hospital after complications arising from a stroke. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, May 16, 1936, to Jean (Kinloch) and Hugh Dignon, and moved to the United States in the early 1960s.

  • Stephen John Dawson

    Stephen John Dawson, 56, of Stormville, N.Y., died August 22. He was born in Flushing, N.Y., December 18, 1957 to Geraldine (Rehmann) and John W. Dawson. He worked for the Newtown Public School System for 18 years, as an IT Technician.

  • James Bassett

    James “Jimmy” Bassett, 57, of Barefoot Bay, Fla. and formerly of Danbury, died August 20, after fighting end stage heart disease for over 14 years. He was born in Danbury, September 20, 1956.In addition to his wife of 25 years, Sue Sheehan Bassett, his sister Lori Hubina and her husband, Paul, of Newtown, his brother Glen and his wife, Beth, of Brewster, Mass., his sisters Wendy Weyer of Danbury and Allison Sagnelli of Brookfield; his sisters-in-law Maureen Hoock and Eileen McCann; and brother-in-law Terry Sheehan of Trumbull survive Mr Bassett.

  • Joseph Harry Gillespy, Sr

    Joseph “Jack” Harry Gillespy, Sr, 78, a resident of Stratford for more than 40 years, formerly of Bridgeport and always a proud “South Ender,” died August 16 at St Vincent Medical Center. He was born in Bridgeport, a son of William J. and Catherine Weide Gillespy, and was the beloved husband of Kathleen Gillespy for 57 years.

  • Rose Lillian Richardson Helsel

    Rose Lillian Richardson Helsel, 89, formerly of Newtown, died peacefully August 18 at the Kingston, N.Y., home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Richard Wade, with whom she lived for the past ten years. She was born March 1, 1925, to Lillian (Piesker) and Blaine A. Richardson, in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Dorothy Kanuck Hydeck

    Dorothy Kanuck Hydeck, 86, of Trumbull, died August 22 in her home. She was born in Bridgeport, and was a longtime Trumbull resident. Survivors include her five children, Mark and Cathy Hydeck of Newtown, Lynn and David Pangburn of Oxford, Ronald and Michelle Hydeck of Milford, Michael Hydeck and Patricia Bocian of Stamford, and Robert Hydeck and Heather Bryant of Trumbull.

  • Ernest Perigyi

    Ernest “Bob” Perigyi, 86, a lifelong resident of Newtown, and a loving and dedicated husband to Maryann Csvihinka Perigyi for 65 years, died August 20 at his home. He was born in Bridgeport to Susan and Charles Pirigyi.

  • Arlene Stanley

    Arlene Stanley, 76, of Fairfield died peacefully August 20. Born in Camden, N.J., to Ann (Walsh) and Arthur Stanley, she was a longtime area resident.

  • Clarence F. Schneider

    Clarence F. Schneider, 82, of Newtown died August 18 at his home. Born December 21, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the only son of Edith and Clarence Schneider.