Obituary: Anthony Widmann
Anthony Widmann died at his home in Stratford, CT on Friday, October 11th at the age of 86. The son of Oscar Otto Widmann and Marian Meyers Widmann he was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 1, 1927 followed shortly by a move to Darien, CT. Tony graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1945 and after Naval service graduated from Princeton University in the class of 1949. Called up for the Korean conflict, Tony served as a Lieutenant JG on the Destroyer Escort USS Liddle.
In a career that spanned 40 years, Tony worked for several Madison Avenue agencies before starting his own agency in 1972. Following his retirement from advertising in 1994, Tony started a yacht brokerage that he ran until his death.
Tony was a passionate sailor, competed in offshore racing most notably owning and skippering a series of handicap racing boats named “Freebooter.” His last racing boat was the Mull designed 6-Meter, “Ranger” His last racing boat was the Mull designed 6-meter, “Ranger” for which he put together a team for the 2009 6-Meter Worlds in Newport, RI. Tony was a member of The New York Yacht Club and The Housatonic Boat Club.
He is survived by his wife Anne Morgan Widmann, three children: Alison Widmann Kinney of Westport, CT, James Cowden Widmann of Newtown, CT and Sabina Widmann Hernandez of San Diego, CA, four grandchildren, and by his sisters Susan Widmann Sinclair of Darien, CT and Alexandra Falconer Austin of Rowayton, CT.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 26th at Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT. at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to Princeton University/Friends of Sailing, Princeton University, PO Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543, 518-431-1943.
- by the Family