Published 1:09 am, Friday, October 30, 2009
DENNIS GRAY MAXWELL III
Dennis Maxwell III, a long-time resident of Westport, died Oct. 27, 2009, in Washington, D.C., from complications related to Parkinsons Disease. He was 81.
Maxwell, who had moved to Washington earlier this year to be near family, was born in New York City on Oct. 17, 1928. He and his parents moved to Westport in 1934.
He attended public schools in Westport from 1934 to 1941, went to Unquowa School in Fairfield in 1941 and 1942 and attended Phillips Academy Andover from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from Yale University in 1950 with a B.E. in industrial administration.
Maxwell started his business career in 1950 at Celanese Corp., plastics division, in New York City, as a sales correspondent.
He served in the U.S. Army as a special agent in the 112th CIC Detachment, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from 1950 to 1952, and then rejoined Celanese Plastics in New York City as a sales representative.
In 1958, he became sales manager of Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte, Mich. He left Aluminum Extrusions as general manager, OMNI Products, and returned to Connecticut in 1966 to join Scoville Manufacturing Co. in Waterbury, as planning manager, metals group. He was appointed general manager of the forgings and screw machine products division.
In 1972 he left Scoville to join NL Industries in New York as director of strategic planning for the metals group, and was subsequently appointed general manager of the nuclear division, which made spent fuel shipping casks in Wilmington, Del., and depleted uranium products in Albany, N.Y.
In 1983, Maxwell purchased Lindsay Water Conditioning Company in Newtown, a whole-house water treatment company, where he served as president until retiring in 2005.
While at Aluminum Extrusions, he was an active member of the Aluminum Association and while at Scovill he chaired the Building Products Committee of the Copper Development Association.
His leisure activities, about which he was passionate, included golf, wood-working and fishing.
His wife, Robin (nee) Tucker, also a Westport resident, to whom he was married for 46 years, died in 1997. He and Robin owned a house on Dionis Beach in Nantucket, Mass., where the family spent summers from 1962 to 1986.
He is survived by three daughters, Anne Maxwell Dewez of Monaco and Nantucket, Linda Maxwell Robertson of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Elizabeth Maxwell Newall of Hastings-on-Hudson and Shelter Island, N.Y.; a son, Gray Maxwell of Washington, D.C; granddaughter, Charlotte Robertson, a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; and three grandsons, Max Dewez, a junior at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Theo Dewez, a sophomore at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Lake Wolosker, a junior at Hastings on Hudson High School.
A memorial service for Maxwell will be held at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 33 Myrtle Ave., Westport, on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
David Dizbrow Squires, 86, known to many as "Diz," died Oct. 8, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz., with his family nearby.
Born at home in Norwalk on New Years Day 1923, he spent most of his life in Norwalk and Westport.
Squire graduated from Norwalk High School in 1940 and then attended the University of Connecticut, where he swam on the swim team, coached by his brother John, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.
His lifelong love of trains and railroading suited him well in the U.S. Army, with which he served in the 728th Railway Battalion in the U.S., France, Belgium, England and Germany. He was responsible for moving troops and supplies throughout Europe. His passion for trains continued throughout his life.
Squire`s entire career was spent working in Connecticut for New York New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Penn Central, Conrail and Metro-North.
He traveled throughout the country exclusively by rail, from the early days of steam engines, on to today`s modern rail service.
After having four children, the family moved to Greens Farms in 1968. He was an active, lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of South Norwalk and West Norwalk Congregational Church, where he was awarded Deacon Emeritus.
He was a 50-plus-year member with the Stamford Model Railroad Club, National Railway Historical Society, the Connecticut Blood Bank and his church choir. He loved the Westport Weston Family Y for swimming and aqua fitness, as well as the Westport Center for Senior Activities for the food and friendships.
He was a lover of the great outdoors, the National Park System, and was an avid camper in his earlier years. Squires traveled to 48 of the 50 states. He will be remembered by his family and many friends for his constant smile and insatiable appetite.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Jan, and his brother, John.
He is survived by his wife, Kay, of Augusta, Maine; son, Scott and his wife, Vera, and their boys, Owen and Wyatt, of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, David, and his wife, Arlene, and her children, Leah, Matt and Daniel, of Westport; a daughter, Martha and her husband, Tom, and their children, Dan and Katy, of Winsor, Maine.
The family held a service to celebrate the joy of his life in Arizona. Donations may be made in his name to the Family Y.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Best Funeral Services, 501 East Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.