Kenneth D. Johnstone, 59, of Montrose, Colo., formerly of Fairfield, died Oct. 10, 2009, in the U.S. Veterans Medical Center in Denver, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Stamford on Dec. 7, 1959, he was the son of Helen Donegan Johnstone and the late Thomas (Tim) Johnstone.

Johnstone graduated Roger Ludlowe High School in 1967, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During the Vietnam War, he served his country aboard the USS Enterprise as a jet mechanic. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his education at the JFK college in Nebraska.

Growing up near the ocean and living in the mountains, Johnstone called himself a landlocked sailor who hoped to return to the tides one day for good. He enjoyed travel, reading and sailing. He was a self taught, humble guitar player. He was fortunate to have played along side many greats in music venues of the west.

Johnstone is survived by his wife and life partner, Susan Renner Towne; her children, Ashley Towne and her husband, Alain Park, Courtney and Scott Nunes; his daughter, Jennifer Johnstone; three grandchildren, Eloise, Mathilde and Adian; one brother, Bob Johnstone; his sister and her husband, Kelly and Warren Davis; one niece, Stacey Johnstone Henry; and two nephews, Chris Johnstone and Warren Davis; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephew.

A memorial service will be held today, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, with Monsignor Lawrence Carroll officiating. Friends may greet his family one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, with full military honors.

Contributions may be made to purchase a replacement van for the VA-DAV Chapter No. 17, in care of Wes Bush, 1312 Bristol Drive, Montrose, CO 81481; or to the Second Chance Humane Society, P.O. Box 2096 Ridgeway, CO 81432.

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Walter P. Sych, 87, of Fairfield, husband of Mary Ann Patti Sych, died Nov. 9, 2009, at St. Vincent's Medical Center, with his wife by his side.

Born in Fairfield, the son of the late Konstanty and Pauline Sych, he had been a lifelong town resident.

Sych served in the Pacific theater with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired following 56 years of service from the Sturm Ruger Co., where he specialized in police firearms sales. He loved spending time maintaining his garden and also enjoyed furniture refinishing.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Mary Ann, include a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gregory P. and Audrey Patti of Fairfield; two nieces, Suzanne Patti of San Diego, Calif., and Patricia Meyers of Shelton; a nephew, Gregory P. Patti Jr. of New York, N.Y.; a brother, John Sych of Westport; and a niece, Elaine Sych of Essex.

Friends may call today, Nov. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. Ann's Church in Bridgeport. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

To offer an online condolence, visit www.Spear