Sherman R. Betts, 89, of Westport, husband of the late Helen Starbuck Betts, died Oct. 31, 2009.

Born March 7, 1920, in Norwalk, son of the late Arthur S. and Gertrude (Fable) Betts, he had been a lifelong resident of Westport.

Prior to retiring in 1975, Betts was employed as the business manager for the Westport Board of Education. A former member and past president of the Westport Rotary Club, he served as the Westport town treasurer from 1952 to 1959, and was a former member and past president of the Young Republicans Club and a former member of the Vestry at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Betts was also a former member of the Westport Family Y Board of Directors, and an avid golfer who loved to read, especially books about history.

Survivors include one son, Sherman R. Betts Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters, Lynne Baker of Fairfield, and Pamela Wirth and her husband, Lewis, of Westport; one sister, Virginia Bosco and her husband, David, of Redding; five grandchildren, Samuel Wirth, Tina Saunders, Russell and Terry Betts and Dylan Baker; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one brother, Willis F. Betts.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.


Miriam P. Brightman, 95, of Southport, died Nov. 2, 2009, in Southport.

The wife of the late Jay Brightman, she was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Benjamin and Fanny Greenstone.

Brightman had been an elementary school teacher in the Albany, N.Y., public school system. She was an accomplished pianist and was a lifelong learner of all subjects. Most recently, she enjoyed playing bridge at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Brightman took great interest and showed great pride in all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving her are her children, Judith Koffsky of Westport, Joan (Jay) Mendell of Florida and Leonard Brightman of Southport; her grandchildren, Marcea Koffsky of Norwalk, Bruce and Paula Koffsky of Weston, Dan and Laura Koffsky, Risa and Larry Silverman and Eden and Steve Thomas, all of Florida; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services took place Tuesday from the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield. Interment followed at the Conservative Synagogue Cemetery in Fairfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport, CT 06880; UJA, 431 Post Road, E. Suite 17, Westport, CT 06880; or STAR, 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.


George W. Kelley, 93, of Westport, husband of Marion Kelley, died Oct. 29, 2009, after a long illness.

Kelley was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 4, 1916. He was a resident of Westport for the past 27 years, and prior to that he lived in Darien.

A graduate of Tufts University with a degree in electrical engineering, he worked for in the international division of General Electric for nearly for 40 years. He was a member of the Westport Y's Men, an avid bridge and tennis player and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Zane Parker of Cedar Park, Texas, and Richard Kelley and his wife, Maria, of Oceanside, Calif.; two step-daughters, Alicia Shearer and her husband, Scott, of Sparta, N.J., and Vanessa Bradford and her husband, David, of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Lillian Parker and Trevor Bradford; one sister, Thelma Treacy of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and gran-nephews.

A memorial service in memory of Kelley will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Contributions in memory of George Kelley may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018 Des Moines, IA. 50340-2018.


Robert Joseph Kelley, 54, of Texas, formerly of Fairfield, died Oct. 28, 2009.

Born in Bridgeport, the son of Robert Eugene and Elizabeth Jane Kelley, he was a long-time Fairfield resident, prior to moving to Texas.

Kelley attended Roger Ludlowe High School and graduated in the class of 1974. He worked at Torno Lumber in Westport, which was his father's business, and for several years at the Patterson Club. He was always an environmentally active member of the community. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who will be remembered as a kind and loving son, brother, uncle and a dear friend to many.

Survivors include his mother, Betty; his sisters, Mary Elizabeth Kelley and Kathy Bleier; his brother-in-law, Ralph Bleier; his sister-in-law, Debra Kelley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Kevin Paul Kelley, and his niece, Lauren Kelley.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced in the near future.