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Obituaries

Richard Thomas Flood Jr.

SALISBURY — Richard Thomas Flood Jr., 84, son of Ellen (Holdrege) and Richard T. Flood, and the husband and best friend of the late Sally (Elliot) Flood, died on Oct. 30, 2019.

Born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 10, 1935, he was a graduate of Noble and Greenough School in the Class of 1953 and Williams College in the Class of 1957.

He was a grateful Jamestown, R.I., resident for more than 50 years.

John Alexander ‘Jack’ Downey

SHARON — John Alexander “Jack” Downey, MD, BSc (Med), DPhil (Oxon), FRCP(C), born Sept. 16, 1930, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to J. Stuart and Victoria Downey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. 

Arnaldo Traverso

NORTH CANAAN —  Arnaldo Traverso passed away quietly in his home Oct. 28, 2019, two days after his 89th birthday.

Arnaldo worked for more than 30 years at Becton-Dickinson in North Canaan, and also was a landscaper and handyman for many in the area. A hardworking, loyal and dedicated man, he immigrated from the Piedmont region of Italy, devoting his life to his family. A true American success story.

Phyllis Hoecker Wojan

CORNWALL BRIDGE — Phyllis Hoecker Wojan, 95, writer, teacher, researcher and conservationist, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2019.  

Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 4, 1924, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richmond Bernard Hoecker.

Phyllis earned a degree in Library Science from Barnard College and went on to become a writer and the first female executive with Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).  

She also was a model for Bergdorf Goodman and on the Editorial Board for the Barnard Alumnae Magazine. 

Phyllis (Pulver) Ronner

PINE PLAINS — Phyllis (Pulver) Ronner passed away on Nov. 1, 2019, at Geer Village. 

Mrs. Ronner was born in Pine Plains on Aug. 29, 1923, the daughter of May Miller and Ralph Pulver. She graduated from Pine Plains High School in 1941 and Russell Sage College, with a degree in Home Economics, in 1945.

Sean Patrick VanDeusen

NORTH CANAAN — Sean Patrick VanDeusen, 34, of North Canaan, passed away suddenly on Oct. 30, 2019. 

Sean was born June 4, 1985, at Sharon Hospital to Susan Downey-Gawel and the late Peter R. VanDeusen.

Sean had resided in the area most of his life with a short stay in Santa Fe, N.M., and in Northampton, Mass.

Sean graduated from Salisbury Central School in 1999 and was a 2004 night school graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Geraldine ‘Dena’ (Kenny) Solan

SHARON — Geraldine “Dena” (Kenny) Solan, 65, of North Canaan, died Nov. 1, 2019, at home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Richard Solan. 

Dena was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Geraldine (Teefy) and William Kenny. 

She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and studied Recreational Psychology at Marist College. 

George W. Steckler

JACKSON CORNERS, NY — I was born July 18, 1942, in New Rochelle, N.Y.  A woman, Doctor Daly, facilitated delivery while most male doctors were serving this great country during World War II — frightening times. 

I came out feet first, which begs the question: Have my feet remained on the ground?

In 1954, my family moved from Germantown, N.Y., to Jackson Corners, N.Y. I later graduated from Pine Plains Central School, kind of by the skin of my teeth. 

Larkin Mead Hasbrouck

NORFOLK — Larkin Mead Hasbrouck died at age 86 on Oct. 22, 2019. He was the first-born  child of Richard and Katherine Hasbrouck of Bronxville, N.Y. He had two younger sisters, Tryntje and Jane. 

Larkin’s youth was spent between Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated from Friends Central High School, and  Norfolk, where his family had their summer home. 

Everett S. ‘Bub’ Pitcher

SHARON — Everett S. “Bub” Pitcher, 103, passed away Oct 4, 2019, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Callahan) Pitcher.

He was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Sharon, the son of the late Elizabeth and Everett F. Pitcher. He lived most of his life in Sharon.

He was a World War II Army veteran, a Sharon fireman and a member of the Sharon Legion. 

Heowned the Gulf gas station for many years, until his retirement.