Al Hormel of Weston died Dec. 8, 2009, in Norwalk Hospital, after a short illness. He was 87.

He was born in Cloquet, Minn., on Oct. 21, 1922. His father was an engineer and a bridge builder, which meant, as a child, Hormel's family moved around a lot. As a result, he attended some 18 schools before graduating first in his class from George Washington High School in New York. Hormel received a scholarship to Dartmouth College but, with the rest of the "Greatest Generation," withdrew to enlist in the service during World War II. He was assigned to the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), where he served as a sergeant in North Africa and Italy, translating/decoding messages sent from behind enemy lines. After the war, he settled in Greenwich Village in New York City and while working at -- as he referred to them -- "non-descript jobs," attended the Art Students League, where he eventually met Marilyn Miller, to whom he was married in 1952.

He and Marilyn, both commercial artists, opened their own art studio where, through their combined talents, they were able to handle a wide variety of assignments. Hormel, among other things, did a lot of cartooning work and graphic design work for textbooks and annual reports. He was the first cartoonist for the Weston Forum.

With their first son born in 1956, he and Marilyn moved to the current house in Weston in 1959. There, they raised three boys, Richard, Philip and Quentin.

Hormel became very active in the Weston Little League and eventually became its president for several years, while his wife toiled in the Little League snack bar. Among the proudest of his efforts were instituting rules guaranteeing every child adequate playing time and being the first Little League in the country to welcome female players.

In later years, he turned much of his attention from art to his other passion, writing. He became the newsletter editor for his Dartmouth College class, wrote a column for Hogan's Alley, a magazine focusing on the history of comic strips, and became a writer of Letters to the Editor. Al had numerous letters printed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Newsweek magazine as well as local Connecticut papers, including the Westport News. If there was a common thread to Hormel's letters, it was to advocate for the underdogs of society -- writing in support of homeless shelters and the rights of the underprivileged.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Miller Hormel; a brother, John Hormel of Hudson, Ohio; sons, Richard of Los Angeles, Calif., Philip of Scotts Valley, Calif., Quentin of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be planned for this coming spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions be made to the Macular Degeneration Society.


Robert Charles Kane, 77, of Westport, husband of Susan Walker Kane, died suddenly on Dec. 14, 2009, at home.

Born Aug. 23, 1932, in Norwich, son of the late Arthur and Helen Kane, he grew up in Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. He was a resident of Westport for 36 years.

Kane retired after 20 years with Xerox Corp. as regional vice president. Upon retirement, he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corp., for which he took on assignments worldwide. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Holy Cross and his MBA from the University of Southern California. Following graduation from Holy Cross, Kane entered the U.S. Navy as an officer and was stationed in San Diego, Calif. It was there that he met his wife of 48 years, Susan Walker.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Stephen Kane and his wife, Marybeth of Palos Verdes, Calif., and David Kane and his wife, Rita of Westport; one daughter, Katherine Cody and her husband, Phil of Los Angeles, Calif.; four brothers, Arthur Kane and his wife, Pauline of Plantation, Fla., John Kane and his wife, Katie of Syracuse, N.Y., Thomas Kane and his wife, Toula of Sarasota, Fla., and Richard Kane and his wife, Hanna of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Nancy Kane Donellon and her husband, Bob of Sarasota, Fla., and Judy Kane Hibbs of Sarasota, Fla. Kane was also the proud grandfather of seven, Allison, Fiona, Kevin, Cameron, Spencer, Adam and Joseph.

He was predeceased by one brother, Paul Kane.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road N., Westport. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery in Greens Farms. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492; or Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, is assisting the family with arrangements.


David G. Paris, 91, of Westport, died Dec. 8, 2009, at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born in New York City, a long-time resident of Brooklyn and Great Neck, N.Y., he played varsity basketball at City College and, in 1938, joined the predecessor league to the NBA. Paris played professionally for 10 years. He then had a long career as a coat manufacturer.

Paris was a past president of Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach in New York. He was the beloved husband of Gail, deceased.

He is survived by his children, Stuart Paris, Robin Paris and Eddie Paris; his granchildren, Jason Paris, Gail Schwartz, Asa Paris and Michael Paris; and his great-grandchildren, Jordan Paris, Sarah Schwartz, Ilana Paris and Annie Schwartz.

David is also survived by his wife, Anita Denner Paris; his children, Elizabeth Hoberman and her husband, Richard of Westport, and Danielle Lenson and her husband, Todd of Roslyn Heights, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Services took place Thursday at Temple Israel of Westport. Interment was at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, N.Y.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT; or Temple Israel of Westport or Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.