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Published 3:27 pm, Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Nicholas J. `Nick' Florentine

Nicholas J. "Nick" Florentine Jr., 69, of East Palatka, Fla., formerly of Darien, died Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Mr. Florentine was a Darien native, and had been a resident of East Palatka for the past 23 years, coming from Newport News, Va.

While serving in the United States Navy in the early 1960s he was on the Admiral's staff as a Spanish translator in South America. While working as a mechanical engineer for Newport News Shipbuilding, he designed several ships, submarines, guided missile cruisers and air craft carriers for the U.S. Navy. He later worked for Sunship in Philadelphia where he designed oil tankers. While working for Monarch Boats in Arkansas he designed small boats for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other agencies and countries.

He wrote the instruction manual for the stealth bomber. He served as an officer with the Fire and Rescue Department in York County, Va., where he became the primary driving force to develop the Emergency Medical System for the State of Virginia. He established all aspects of the teaching system for EMTs in the state.

Mr. Florentine was formerly employed by the Atlantic Yacht Corp. in Palatka where he served as president. He was formerly employed by the University of Florida as the utilities planning engineer. He was a former member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Palatka where he served as secretary. He served on the Airport Advisory Board where he was recently recognized for his service.

Mr. Florentine started the Manatee Watch in this area. He was a volunteer for the Blue Crab Festival for many years and had been a volunteer for Fishing for Success, an organization to help disadvantaged youths in Gainesville, Fla. He also served as a volunteer with the PTA, where he served as president, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Nick was preceded in death by his first wife, Erika Florentine.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Patricia Florentine of East Palatka; one son, Nicholas J. Florentine III, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; one daughter, Heidi Egan, of Houston; two step-daughters, Wendy Baker, of Montgomery, N.Y., and Cindie Raybon, MD, of Palatka; two sisters, Ruth Blumquist of Tampa, and Leslie Fuqua of Darien; and 13 grandchildren.

Interment with military honors was held Monday, Sept. 27, at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

Messages of condolences may be sent to mastersobit@hotmail.com

Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home, Palatka.

Donald "DG" Gene Lycan III

Donald "DG" Gene Lycan III died Monday, Sept. 13.

He was born in Norwalk Aug. 9, 1981, to Laura Rowland and Donald Lycan II.

Donald graduated from Darien High School in 2000 and received a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan in 2005. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

He married Kelly Dodge on Sept. 12, 2009. Donald was a avid golfer, a music fan, and loved spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Laura Rowland; his step father, Christopher Rowland; his father, Donald Lycan II; his step mother Patricia Lycan; his grandmothers, Jean Rich and Ila Lycan; his siblings Elizabeth Lycan Martinez, Niles Rowland and Jacqueline Lycan; his brother-in-law Wilson Martinez; his niece, Annabelle Martinez; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Frank Rich Jr. of Stamford and Donald Lycan Sr. of Orlando, Fla.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 25, at Sacred Heart Church, Stamford. Interment followed in Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Shannon Dunleavy fund at mission4maureen.org.

Lacerenza Funeral Home in Stamford was in charge of arrangements.

Douglas M. Fillmore

Douglas M. Fillmore died quietly, though unexpectedly, in his home in Chester, Conn., in August from complications of lung cancer.

Born August 24, 1946, in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Mary and Granville Fillmore. He had been retired for the last several years and spent his time enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Mr. Fillmore could often be found taking long hikes in the woods or meandering across the country in his minivan to visit his favorite people and places.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Rodman, of Tolland, Conn.; and his son, Joji Fillmore, of San Diego; and daughter, Kate Benson, of Austin, Texas.

He was predeceased by his two brothers, Malcolm and Stuart Fillmore.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of Mr. Fillmore's life at his residence, 64 Wig Hill Road in Chester on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends memorial contributions be made in his name to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 South Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073, LiveStrong, c/o National Mail Processing Ctr., P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007, or to a charitable foundation of your choice.

Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.

John Paul Monahan Jr.

John Paul Monahan Jr., of New Canaan, died at Stamford Hospital on Sept. 25. He was 87.

Born on Nov. 26, 1922, in Portland Ore., he was the son of the late John Paul Sr. and Jennie McDonald Monahan.

Mr. Monahan attended Wilson Teacher's College in Washington, D.C., before being inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942, then completed a bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, on the GI Bill, then attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for graduate work in political science.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the 5th Army, 34th Division, Company K, during World War II from 1942 to 1945 in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for this service.

Mr. Monahan began his professional life working for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, then worked in the textile industry for the Henry J. Tully Co. in NYC, and retired as vice president of planning and budget. After retiring from the textile business he finished his teaching degree and taught high school history and economics. Later on in his retirement he worked in the Motion Picture and Recorded Sound Division of the US Library of Congress.

He was a member of the Rehoboth Beach, Del., chapter of Kiwanis International and also a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Rehoboth. While living in Darien for the past 11 years, he was a member of the Darien Senior Men's Association and St. John Church. He was also a member of Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society.

Survivors include six children, Barbara Monahan of Lewes, Del; Clare Myers (Jeff) of Darien; Christopher Monahan (Kathy) of Westport and Walpole, N.H.; Kathryn Monahan of Levittown, N.Y.; Henry Monahan (Jean) of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Sally Zogry (Michael) of Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, Terrance Delano Monahan (Loretta) of Lakewood, Colo.; and two sisters, Patricia Ann Wallace of De Bary, Fla., and Maureen Monahan Maskrey (Bill) of Thiensville, Wisc.; a sister-in-law, Marian Tully Conroy, of Charlotte, N.C.; 5 grandchildren: Rachel and Julia O'Neal; Ellie and Carrie Monahan; Henry, Charlotte and Virginia Myers; Kayleigh, Owen and Jeffrey Monahan; Nancy Haas; Henry and Kate Monahan; Sophia and Daniel Zogry; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was precdeceased by his wife, Carol Tully Monahan; his son, John Paul Monahan III; and a brother, Edward Dean Monahan.

Calling hours were at the Lawrence Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held, today, Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road in Darien. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 1315 York Ave., Floor 1, New York, NY 10021.

John Francis Welsh

John Francis Welsh, a retired advertising executive and long-time Darien resident, died Sept. 19.

Born May 19, 1916, in New Haven, he was the son of Pierce Jerome and Irene Kennedy Welsh.

He graduated with honors from Yale College in the class of 1937.

During World War II, as a member of New York's Seventh Regiment, Mr. Welsh served with the U.S. Army from February 1941 until December 1945. As a combat officer he saw action in the European Theater of operations in North Africa, Corsica, Southern France and Germany. He was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star, the French Croix de Guerre and five Battle Stars. He left the service in 1945 with the rank of captain.

Mr. Welsh, known as Jack, enjoyed a long and successful advertising career with the New York advertising agency Warwick and Legler, Inc. During his 44 years there, he rose from the mail room to the vice chairman's office. In 1973, the company was renamed Warwick, Welsh and Miller, Inc. Over the years, Mr. Welsh served as a company director, chairman of the executive committee and was involved with the agency's European affiliates. He served for several years as a governor of the New York Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. He retired from Warwick, Welsh and Miller in 1981.

After retirement, Mr. Welsh began an association with the International Executive Service Corps. In 1982, he undertook an extensive IESC project in Indonesia, counseling the management of a Jakarta advertising agency. In 1984, the IESC asked him to join their organization as an executive recruiter in their Stamford world headquarters, a position he filled until 1996 when he retired. An avid tennis player, Mr. Welsh and his wife, Margaret, traveled around the world over a 10-year period with the People-to-People Tennis programs in Asia, South America and Africa.

Jack and Margaret Welsh moved from Darien to the Meadow Ridge retirement community in Redding in 2004.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, Peter, and his wife, Martha, of Sudbury, Mass.; daughter, Diana Vietor, of La Quinta, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien.

Ann N. Werner

Ann Newton Werner of Stamford, former long-time resident of Pittsburgh, died Sept. 25 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Werner was born in Niagara Falls on Feb. 10, 1930, to Charles and Violetta Gordon Newton. She grew up in Ilion, N.Y., and graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a bachelor's degree in library science in 1951.

Following her marriage to Fred Eugene Werner in June of that year, she worked at the public library in Winchester, Mass., and in 1955 she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh.

While her children were growing up, she was active in the PTA. She was also involved in the Girl Scouts for many years, serving as troop leader, neighborhood chairman, district chairman, member of the board of directors and council president of the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition, Mrs. Werner trained Girl Scout adults for administrative jobs and served on the council nominating committee.

She continued her volunteerism in later years as an adult literacy tutor. For several years, she served on the board of trustees of the Pittsburgh Memorial Society where she served as president for two terms. Mrs. Werner was active with her husband in American Field Service (AFS International) for a number of years in the 1970s, and her family hosted an exchange student from Peru in 1973 to 1974.

Mrs. Werner and her husband, Fred, shared many of the same interests and activities. They were subscription-holders for concerts and theater in Pittsburgh, and they audited classes ranging from art history to politics at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. They traveled several times a year, enjoying equally their excursions with Elderhostel to far-flung locales including the Galapagos and New Zealand, and their regular visits to their children, relatives and friends.

When she was a child, Ann's mother and stepfather, George C. Blauvelt purchased a cabin on Piseco Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, and in the early 1990s, Mr. and Mrs. Werner began spending three months of each year there, which gave them a base from which to attend summer opera at Glimmerglass near Cooperstown, and to hike and canoe in the area. After much enjoyable field research, they compiled a self-published guide of short hikes and canoe trips in the Adirondacks which they distributed to friends and neighbors as a way to share their love of the area and of the outdoors.

Mrs. Werner was also adept at identifying both birds and plants, and particularly loved the sound and sight of an owl. Although she was far too modest to speak about it, her family and friends can attest to her talents in the kitchen; she was an incredible cook.

Mrs. Werner was predeceased in 2009 by her husband of 57 years.

Survivors include three daughters and their spouses: Leslie and Kevin Lloyd of Darien; Karen and Halford House of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Susan Werner and Thomas Lyon Mills of Providence, R.I.; three grandchildren: Andrew and Brian Lloyd of New York, N.Y., and Melissa House, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a cousin, Mary Ellen Shore of Austell, Ga.; and by her AFS International daughter, Ana Maria Reinoso de Ponce of Arequipa, Peru.

The family would like to thank the staff at Brighton Gardens/Sunrise Assisted Living in Stamford, and Vitas Hospice for the compassionate care they gave Mrs. Werner.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Pittsburgh, with burial at Higgins Bay Cemetery of Piseco Lake, N.Y.

The family suggests contributions be made to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, 30 Isabella Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Arrangements were handled by the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, Darien.