Obituary: Marilyn ‘Lynn’ Slavin

Mrs. Slavin was a Reiki master and quantum touch practitioner. She was a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. In 2010, Mrs. Slavin was awarded the Light of Fire Award for being an “outstanding health advocate’ by Moffly Media for her work in Reiki healing and her advocacy on behalf of hospice caregivers.

Obituary: Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, long-time Darien resident and Darien Arts Center board member


05-14-darien-obt-sherwood-0Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Darien on Friday, May 11, with his adoring wife at his side. Born in Stamford, Jon was a lifelong resident of Darien. His greatest joys in life were family gatherings, afternoons on the golf course, tag sales, record collecting, dancing, and travels with his wife and daughters. He also loved reading and discussing anything related to politics, history, music, and travel.

Jon worked for many years as public access director at Cablevision of Connecticut, where he enjoyed working with an eclectic mix of Connecticut characters on the production of local television programs. Jon was a long time supporter of the arts as a board member of the Darien Arts Center. In retirement, Jon traveled the world with his wife, visited friends and family near and far, celebrated the marriage of his eldest daughter, and welcomed his first grandchild to the world.

Jon graduated from Northfield Mount Herman High School, Northfield, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1960-62 in Japan, which inspired him to pursue studies in international relations. He earned a BA and MA at George Washington University, and completed doctoral studies in government and politics at the University of Maryland.

Jon is survived by his wife and companion of 50 years, Sheila Sherwood; daughters, Melissa Sherwood of Detroit Mich., Emily Sherwood Staub and her husband Rob and their son Dylan of Fairfield. He will be dearly missed by a loving circle of extended family and close friends.

Relatives and friends may visit the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, from 6-8, on Wednesday, May 16. There will be a celebration of Jon’s life at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, at 3 on Thursday, May 17. Special memories and condolences can be sent via the Leo P. Gallagher website at

Obituary: Davis L. Baker Jr., 99, investment banker, Country Club of Darien charter member

Davis L. Baker Jr., a former longtime Darien resident, died a year ago, on May 5, 2011, in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a long period of failing health. He was 99.

He was born in Clifton, N.J., on Aug. 23, 1911, raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Yale University and Harvard Business School. He retired from the First Boston Corporation in 1975 after a long career in investment banking that included setting up and running the first foreign offices of that company in London and Zurich, 1965-68.

Mr. Baker lived in Darien from 1948-2007, except for the period in London. He read everything and remembered most of it.  He had lifelong interests in antiques, art, architecture, astronomy, golf,  history, economics, geography, medicine, music, sports and unsolved mysteries.  He was a  lifelong member of the St. Elmo Society, charter member of the Country Club of Darien, longtime member of the Noroton Presbyterian Church and the Darien Historical Society.

His wife, Dorothy Maulsby Baker, and his son, Davis L. Baker, III (Skip), predeceased him and he is survived by his daughter, Deborah M. Baker, granddaughters Elizabeth Baker McMillan and Margo Baker Thompson and four great grandsons.

Obituary: Nancy Tota, 87, Darien native, worked for Stamford Police

Nancy Tota, formerly Nancy Jane Curtis, who grew up in Darien and later worked for the Stamford Police, died Wednesday, May 2, in Middletown. She was 87.

Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Stamford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Mable Curtis. Mrs. Tota graduated from Darien High School in 1943.

She worked for the St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Stamford Police Department until she retired.

Mrs. Tota is survived by a daughter, Nancy Dugan of Clinton; four sons, Ryan Dugan, Keith Dugan, Colin Dugan and his wife Elizabeth, and Curt Tota of Old Lyme; and a brother, Harold Curtis of Darien.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law, John Dugan of Clinton; a sister, Beverly McElwee; and a brother, Robert Curtis, both of Darien.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 11, at 2 at High Ridge Cemetery in Stamford.

Edward Lawrence Funeral Home of Darien handled the arrangements.

Obituary: Elizabeth Hooper, 83, former longtime Darien resident, soprano

Elizabeth Nichol Hooper, 83, formerly of Damariscotta, Maine, passed away Sunday, April 29, in Norwalk. She was born May 26, 1929, in Hawick, Scotland, the daughter of Hector Law and Agnes Cairns Law.

While still young her family moved to Cheltenham, England, where she learned to play the piano, enjoyed going to concerts, and gained what was to be a lifelong love of classical music. On Aug. 21, 1954, she married James F. Hooper who was serving with the United States Air Force in England. Following his tour of duty, Elizabeth immigrated to the United States with her husband.

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Obituary: Tish Flemma, 72, Darien resident worked in advertising

Tish Flemma, a long-time Darien resident, died Saturday, April 14, at her home, with her family by her side. Mrs. Flemma, 72, was the wife of John Rowley Borise of Norwalk.A Middlebury College graduate, she had a long career in advertising sales.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Jean Epifanio, Julia Humphries and Ben Flemma. A memorial will be held Saturday, May 12, at 11, at St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien.