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Published 1:04 am, Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Peter A. Cantavero

Peter A. Cantavero, a resident of Darien for 38 years and former resident of Greenwich, died May 28 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 21, 1926 in Greenwich, he was the son of the late Agostiano Cantavero and Susan Ginese Cantavero.

Mr. Cantavero graduated from Greenwich High School and worked as a mason during his younger years. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He then started his own business called Environmental Enterprises.

Survivors include his wife, Carmella DiNapoli Cantavero of Darien; one son, Agostiano (Gus) and wife, Elena Cantavero, of Greenwich; three step-daughters, Donna Davis of Darien, Bernadette Napolitano of Redding and Camille Andriunas of Darien; one step-son Nicholas Tarzia of Darien; four grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was pre-deceased by five sisters, Conchetta, Ada, Lillian, Laura and Lorita.

A calling hour will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, on Thursday, June 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.

John `Jack' Charles Faulkner, III

John "Jack" Charles Faulkner, III, longtime Darien resident, died Sunday, May 30. He was 87.

Born in Keene, N.H., on June 30, 1922, to the late John C. and Hazel Ford Faulkner, Mr. Faulkner grew up in Keene, attended Loomis School in Windsor and graduated as part of Harvard College's Class of 1944.

His education was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Force's 93rd Bomb Group as a pilot of a B-24 Liberator in World War II. Serving as a lieutenant, Mr. Faulkner flew 32 missions over Germany, including providing air support in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Air Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters, and three Battle Stars.

After his release from active duty, he completed Harvard College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, Class of 1948. A loyal alumni, Mr. Faulkner maintained strong connections with his Harvard classmates throughout his life.

From 1948 to 1954 Mr. Faulkner worked for the family woolen mill, the Faulkner & Colony Manufacturing Company, in Keene, serving as its president 1953-1954. Despite being the second largest woolen mill in the country, the plummeting market for wool after the war forced the mill's closing in 1954.

He married Susan Ott in 1954 and they moved to New York City where he began his management consulting career with George H. Elliott & Associates. His career path in New York and Stamford included Stuart, Dougall & Associates; Cresap, McCormick & Paget; Case & Company; and The Alternative Board (TAB). Mr. Faulkner was a founding member and leader of the Institute for Management Consultants. He was a member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City where he served as vice president of career counseling for more than 25 years. He published numerous articles and book chapters on marketing and strategic planning in his career.

Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner moved to Darien in 1958, where they raised their three children at "No. 27." During his 52 years in Darien, Mr. Faulkner volunteered for and held leadership positions in the Noroton Yacht Club; Darien Audubon Society; Audubon Council of CT; Darien Senior Men's Association; Darien Chamber of Commerce; Darien Representative Town Meeting; Harvard Clubs of NYC, Boston, and Fairfield County; Noroton Manor Association; Boy Scouts; Mercara Committee; and the Darien Schools Sex Education Committee (a big surprise to his children). He established a philanthropic alliance between Darien and Panama to develop sustainable economic efforts to protect the rainforest of Panama. Twice he received a Certificate of Environmental Activism from the Town of Darien for his leadership.

Mr. Faulkner's vitality and zest for life carried him to all corners of the globe. From a safari in Africa, early morning birding hikes in Central America, and wildlife excursions in Alaska, to river cruises in Europe, seeking the mountains in Nepal, and a flight around the world, he never lost his excitement for investigating the world's natural and historic treasures. He inspired this love of learning and traveling in his children and grandchildren. He was a committed environmentalist and championed the conservation of our land and species. He was an avid sailor, birder, golfer, tennis player and, in recent years, bowle. At home in Darien, he loved his gardens, cats and racing his sailboat "Whisper."

Survivors include his wife of more than 55 years, Susan Ott Faulkner; his daughter Sarah Faulkner of Canton; daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and David Callahan of Darien; his son J. Barrett Faulkner of Stamford; two grandchildren, Rebekah "Tiki" Leff and Joshua Leff of Canton; countless valued relatives and friends, and his cats Sabrina and Precious.

He was predeceased by his first wife of four years, Mary Anne Ross Ley of Fort Worth, Texas, in 1950.

A memorial service celebrating Mr. Faulkner's life will be held on Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road, Darien. A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held in Keene at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to benefit the birding programs of the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road, Darien, CT 06820. He asked that these words be used to remember him: "May his spirit, and the atoms from his ashes, seek out and combine with others to achieve ever better worlds, recognizing that man is part of nature, and that our natural environment should be protected and enhanced."

Martha Brier Bailey Kirk

Martha Brier Bailey Kirk died May 26 at Rosenthal Hospice of Stamford after her courageous 20 year battle against breast cancer. She was 69.

Also known fondly as "Marty," she was a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and dear friend.

Born in Cleveland Dec. 17, 1940, to Muriel Margaret Gertrude Brier Bailey and Edwin Theodore Bailey, the family soon moved to Darien where they lived on Brookside Road and later in a home designed by her father on Gorham's Pond.

A graduate of Mary Burnham School in 1958 and St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, New York, N.Y., in 1962, Mrs. Kirk was a lifelong giver as a professional trained nurse, hospice nurse and active community volunteer.

She married William A. Kirk at St. Luke's Parish in Darien, on Aug. 24, 1963. After starting their family in Newport, R.I., they moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan and then to Brooklyn Heights before returning to Darien in 1976.

She started her career as a nurse in New York City and then became a private duty nurse and active hospice nurse in Darien and Stamford. Not able to leave her gift of helping others, she then worked at Stoney Brook Court/Atria in Darien until she officially retired several years ago. Nursing was but one part of her busy life that always included caring for others.

Honoring her unending commitment to helping others, she was the recipient of the Darien Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She founded the following programs: Gallivant (shuttle service for seniors and handicapped); Operation Reassurance (visiting people living alone); and Dial-A-Book (a library program for delivering literature to at home town residents). Mrs. Kirk also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and for many years served on the Board of the Town Commission on Aging and the Salvation Army.

In recognition of her tremendous service to her community the Town of Darien proclaimed April 21, 1999, as "Martha Kirk Day." She was also twice awarded the JC Penny Golden Rule award for volunteerism. She is fondly remembered as an active member of `Women at the Well' at St Luke's Parish.

A lifelong resident of Darien, she could often be seen around town on her Vespa scooter running errands, visiting friends or patients, or in the bleachers at the Ox Ridge Horse Show. She enjoyed traveling and she and her husband enjoyed many trips: boating the Eastern Seaboard and traveling to Europe and Japan. Mrs. Kirk frequently hosted friends out on the Long Island Sound and was a member of the Darien Boat Club and Norwalk Yacht Club.

She was a lover of the arts, frequenting New York for shows, concerts or performances at the Met or opera in the park. She was also a tried and true Yankee fan.

Survivors include husband and companion of 47 years, William A. Kirk; son Andrew and his wife Yuko of San Jose, Calif.; son Christopher and wife Elizabeth of Barrington, R.I.; her four grandchildren, Kai, Hanna, Tyler and Lily; brothers Edwin "Pete" Bailey of Albuquerque, N.M., and Don Carlos Buell of Lexington, Mass.; sister Sarah Dowling of St. Simon's Island, Ga.; many friends and her black lab Moxie.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Parish, Darien, with the Rev. David R. Anderson presiding. It was her wish that all who attend wear bright colors.

Memorial gifts in Martha's memory can be made to:

"¢ St. Luke's Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

"¢ Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Center, c/o Dr. Jacqueline Bromberg, 300 E. 66th St., NY, NY 10065

"¢ Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of SW CT, 1266 E. Main Street, Stamford, CT 06902

She rests in peace in sanctuary the Columbarium at St. Luke's Parish in Darien Connecticut.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments.

Victor Z. Lumper

Victor Z. Lumper of Newtown, died unexpectedly at his home Thursday, May 13. He was 89, and a cancer survivor.

Born in Union, Ore., on Nov. 25, 1920, he was the son of the late John Harry and Ida (Greenwood) Lumper.

He lived in Darien for more than 20 years with his wife Doris Higgins and raised his family there. He later moved to Newtown, where he lived for more than 20 years.

He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in zoology and his master's degree in education from Yale University. He was a decorated lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. While in the Navy, he also served as an instructor for NROTC and while stationed in Newport, R.I., he taught at Officer's Candidate School.

He moved to Darien in 1960 and taught at Darien High School until 1992, when he retired from teaching. He also worked at PMS, Inc., based in Stamford, then in Darien, as a chemist, for many years.

He enjoyed spending time in his yard, tending to his garden, his animals and his bees. He was an avid reader, always trying to improve his own knowledge. He also enjoyed country western and ballroom dancing. He was a great dancer. He enjoyed telling interesting stories to his friends and neighbors about his life experiences.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Ide and her husband, Stephen, of Norton, Mass., and Linda Sisman and her husband, Warren Jr. (Tad), of Olive Branch, Miss.; one sister, Roberta Jean Lumper of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren, Jared and Rachel Ide of Norton and Erica and Lee Sisman of Olive Branch; many nieces and nephews; and Marjorie Costa, his long-time companion.

A future date will be set for immediate family to celebrate his life.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society or a favorite charity of your choice.

Michael J. Rizzo

Michael J. ("Chubby") Rizzo Sr., a 52-year resident of Darien, died May 30 at Stamford Hospital. He was 84.

Born on Sept. 28, 1925, in Stamford, Mr. Rizzo served as an 18-year-old rifleman during World War II with the 255th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division in the European Theatre of Operations in France from December of 1943 to April of 1946.

When away from the frontlines, he could be found in the mess hall performing the duties of a first cook, a skill he refined after his retirement from Caldor's Inc., by occasionally taking over the family kitchen and preparing tasty sauces and stews for all.

An avid N.Y. Yankees fan, Mr. Rizzo was an accomplished ball player in his younger years playing on the 63rd Division baseball team in Germany following the cessation of the war.

At the Division track meet, his accomplishments earned him the prize of a week in Brussels, Belgium; a welcome relief to the young GI.

In 1946, Mr. Rizzo played with the Visitations in the Independent League. This was followed by later joining the Paragons and attending the Washington Senators baseball camp in Orlando, Fla. He played third base and outfield with the Stamford Bombers of the Class B Colonial League.

A part of Mr. Rizzo's love for sports and team camaraderie was influenced by the leadership and mentorship of Father Norman St. Martin, head of the Sacred Heart CYO, who assisted the West Siders in wining several state baseball championships.

Mr. Rizzo's love of music ran deep with the big bands, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett counted among the idols who influenced his own love of singing; a talent that helped him to croon love songs to Carmel at their wedding in July of 1951.

Occasional live programs performed from the studios of Stamford's old AM radio stations brought his tenor voice to living rooms city-wide.

Mr. Rizzo was a member of Darien's Piedmont Club and the Stamford Old Timers' Athletic Association, which honored him in 1990 for his prominence in the field of sports.

Survivors include his children, Arlene Hlavac and her husband, Thomas, Michael Rizzo Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, Cynthia Brower and her husband, Bill, Susan Rizzo and her partner, Ron Cimineri, and Lynn Blanchard and her husband, Chris; his grandchildren Matthew Hlavac, Fred Rizzo and Carlie Rizzo, several cousins and countless friends.

He was predeceased by his cherished wife and companion Carmel Sabia Rizzo; his mother, Rose; and siblings Pat, Tommy and Rosemary.

Calling hours are Thursday, June 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St Johns RC Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, on Friday June 4, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Post 53-Ambulance, PO Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820.