Joseph “Jack” Harry Gillespy, Sr, 78, a resident of Stratford for more than 40 years, formerly of Bridgeport and always a proud “South Ender,” died August 16 at St Vincent Medical Center. He was born in Bridgeport, a son of William J. and Catherine Weide Gillespy, and was the beloved husband of Kathleen Gillespy for 57 years.
Rose Lillian Richardson Helsel, 89, formerly of Newtown, died peacefully August 18 at the Kingston, N.Y., home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Richard Wade, with whom she lived for the past ten years. She was born March 1, 1925, to Lillian (Piesker) and Blaine A. Richardson, in Syracuse, N.Y.
Dorothy Kanuck Hydeck, 86, of Trumbull, died August 22 in her home. She was born in Bridgeport, and was a longtime Trumbull resident. Survivors include her five children, Mark and Cathy Hydeck of Newtown, Lynn and David Pangburn of Oxford, Ronald and Michelle Hydeck of Milford, Michael Hydeck and Patricia Bocian of Stamford, and Robert Hydeck and Heather Bryant of Trumbull.
William Sheldon Jarrett, 87, of Heritage Village, Southbury, and former 30-year Newtown resident, died after a long affliction with Alzheimer’s disease, August 14. He was born May 25, 1927, in Livingston, N.J. He was the husband for 63 years of Francine Helen Snyder Jarrett and the son of the late LeGrand and Mary Sheldon Jarrett.
Benjamin C. Patt, Jr, 81, born October 4, 1932, lost his battle with cancer August 3, at Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla. He was a longtime resident of Connecticut, living in Fairfield County for many years.
Burton A. Corbett, 80, of Southbury, and a longtime former resident of Newtown, died at New Milford Hospital August 9 after a brief illness. He was born August 12, 1933, in Ridgefield, son of Elsie (Coulter) and Arthur E. Corbett.
Phyllis A. “Pat” (Murphy) Wrinn of Newtown died peacefully August 11. She was born in Meriden, April 6, 1931, the daughter of Marion and Joseph Murphy. Mrs Wrinn was a retired registered nurse with a bachelor's degree from Western Connecticut State University (1978).
Dr Fredric K. Baff, 75, of Newtown died August 8 at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1963. Dr Baff was the owner of Plumtrees Animal Hospital in Danbury for more than 30 years.