John Edward Searight

John Edward Searight, 91, of Heritage Village in Southbury, a former resident of Westport and Fairfield, died Feb. 16.

Born Oct. 12, 1919, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Clarence Lee Searight and the late Amy Davidson Searight. He was raised in Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Teaneck, N.J., where he graduated from high school. A trumpet player, he trained in Manhattan and considered a career as a musician. His band was accompanied occasionally by Frank Sinatra. In 1942, he graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1942 to October 1945 as the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Andrews, PC606, in the South Pacific.

He married Jane Elizabeth Boettler of East Aurora, N.Y., on April 8, 1943. After leaving military service, he worked as the national sales manager of WearEver Aluminum Co. In 1984, he retired with his wife to Scottsdale, Ariz., and in 1998 he moved to Southbury. He was an avid golfer and member of the Pomperaug Golf Club. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, playing bridge and entertaining friends. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the United Church of Christ, Southbury.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, and his older brother, Richard Lee Searight of St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Lynne Lavieri and her husband Joseph of Harwichport, Mass., Diane Entrikin and her husband Nicholas of Notre Dame, Ind., and Richard Searight and his wife Cynthia of Southport; five grandchildren, Amy Lavieri, John Entrikin, Devin Entrikin, John Searight and Elizabeth Searight; nieces, nephews and friends at Heritage Village, especially Jean Dean.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the United Church of Christ, 283 Main St., Southbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. The Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main St. North, is in charge of arrangements. To place an online condolence, visit