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.