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Sugarman memorial planned May 26

Published 4:30 pm, Thursday, March 14, 2013
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A memorial service to honor the late Westport artist and author Tracy Sugarman is planned on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Road.

Sugarman died Jan. 20 at age 91, shortly after publishing his fifth book and first novel, "Nobody Said Amen."

A Westport resident for more than 60 years, Sugarman was one of the nation's most prolific illustrators for more than a half century, documenting major news events with his sketch pad and drawing illustrations for hundreds of magazines, books and record covers.

He also was a civil rights activist, and three of his five books -- including the recent novel -- are about the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s South.

As a naval officer in World War II, Sugarman led troops in the amphibious D-Day assault on Normandy. From his war experiences, Sugarman wrote the memoir "My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings."

The text of that book was an anthology of love letters Sugarman wrote to his young bride, June (Feldman) Sugarman. The couple was married 55 years until her death in 1998.

He is survived by his second wife, Gloria Cole Sugarman; a son, Richard Sugarman, and his wife, Linda, of Niantic, a daughter, Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, and her husband, David Whittier, of Framingham, Mass.; a brother, Robert Sugarman and his wife, Sally, of Shaftsbury, Vt.; and several grand children.