Elio Betty Jr.
Elio Betty Jr., of Old Saybrook, formerly of Darien, died Friday, Jan. 29, at home surrounded by his family, after a brave battle with cancer. He was 72.
Mr. Betty began his career with Triangle Publications television stations including WTNH Channel 8 in New Haven. He enjoyed many years as a successful television executive with more than a decade at ABC in Chicago, Detroit and New York City, and helped launch the Financial News Network (now CNBC). Later, he purchased WTXL-Channel 27 in Tallahassee, Fla.
He was an avid boater and golfer and he belonged to the Essex Yacht Club and the Darien Country Club. Mr. Betty was a recipient of a cochlear implant -- a life-changing event after which he mentored other hearing-impaired adults and children.
Survivors include his wife Judith Barrett Betty; his son, Elio Michael Betty, of Madison; his daughters, Lisa Cline of Gaithersburg, Md., and Alison Betty of Washington, D.C.; his daughter-in-law, Alicia Betty; son-in-law, Jack Cline; and three grandsons, Mason, Carter and Harris. He is also survived by Joy Betty Lupoletti and her husband Richard, as well as his nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
Friends and family celebrated his life at the Essex Yacht Club on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook
Frank L. Infante
Frank L. Infante of Stamford, formerly of Darien, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 30, at St. Camillus in Stamford.
The only son of Quintino Infante and Eleanora Cetrangelo Infante,
He later opened the Stamford Tire Company, which he ran until his retirement at age 82. When he wasn't working, he spent his time playing tennis at Weed Beach.
Survivors include his three children, Michelle "Missy" Infante of Milford; Steven L. Infante of Danbury; and Judee Beardsly of Wilton; his grandson, Jeremy Erik Infante; his two great grandchildren, Elle and Jeremy; five sisters, Lena Derkach of New Rochelle, N.Y., Josephine Cooke and Julia Infante, both of Stamford, Rita Suthard of Burlington, Mass., and Theresa Gill of Riverside; as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 6, at noon at the St. Mary's RC Church 566 Elm St., Stamford.
For online condolences pleased visit www.cognetta.com
James F. Kelly, a 34-year Darien resident, died Sunday, Jan. 31, at home. He was 70.
Born in 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dorothy Murphy Kelly and John C. Kelly. James graduated from Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinecliff, N.Y., and Villanova University. He served with the U.S. Army National Guard. He was also a member of Wee Burn Country Club in Darien.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy S. Kelly, of Darien; three sons, James C. Kelly, and his wife, Susan C. Kelly, of London, England; Mark J. Kelly of Vancouver, British Columbia; and Brian M. Kelly of Greenwich; one grandchild, Ian Frederick Kelly; one sister, Mary K. Hughes of Millbrook, N.Y., and one brother, John C. Kelly, of Boynton Beach, Fla.
Friends may call at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, on Friday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Thomas More R.C. Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien, on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. with Father Robert Henry of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale, N.Y. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma Research, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.