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Obituaries

Craig Dwight Ford

NORTH CANAAN — Craig Dwight Ford died peacefully at home on Sept. 16, 2018.  

Craig was born in North Canaan on April 9, 1945, to Barbara (Osborne) Ford Gailes and Kenneth C. Ford. He lived through high school in Clayton, Mass., North Canaan and Madison, Conn.  

He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Thomas Gailes; and his younger sister, Cheryl Ford.  

Vincent James DiMartino

LAKEVILLE — Vincent James DiMartino, 74, of New York City and Lakeville, died Sept. 27, 2018, at Mount Sinai West Hospital. He was the partner of Emily Comstock DiMartino.

Vincent was born on Aug. 17, 1944, in New York City, the son of the late Marianina and Salvatore DiMartino.  A lifelong New Yorker, Vincent loved the vibrancy of New York City.  

Sidney Sellers Van Leer

COLEBROOK — Sidney Sellers Van Leer, 93, of Old Colebrook Road, died unexpectedly on Sept. 25, 2018. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Hein) Van Leer for 27 years. 

Born Feb. 7, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Charlotte B. (Dubbs) and Joseph W. Van Leer. 

His military service in World War II was served “with distinction” as a member of the U.S. Naval Armed Guard Gun Crew Unit, assigned to protect merchant vessels in combat situations in the European Theater of Operations. 

Vincent Selino

SHARON — Vincent Selino, 82, passed away at Vassar Brother’s Hospital on Sept. 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.  

Vince was born on July 1, 1936, in the town of Oyster Bay, N.Y., the son of Nancy (Collins) and Peter Selino.  

He was a longtime resident of Sharon, a town in which he was an active member of his community. 

Gustav Haller Jr.

CORNWALL BRIDGE —Gustav Haller Jr., 86, died Sept. 25, 2018, at Candlewood Valley Health Care Center in New Milford. 

Gustav was born March 28, 1932, in Greenwich, Conn., the son of the late Ida (Lind) and Gustav Haller Sr. 

After graduating high school, Gustav served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier. He was a stationary engineer for the Taconic DDSO for many years. He was a Master Mason for many years and was a longtime member and past commander of the VFW Post 9856. 

Ida (Currao) Kain

AMENIA — Ida (Currao) Kain, 89, formerly of Amenia, passed away on Sept. 18, 2018, at Pinebrook Center in Venice, Fla.

Ida was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Middletown, N.Y. Her parents were the late Edna and Joseph Currao of Goshen, N.Y.

Ida retired from Webutuck Central School District in Amenia, New York in June 1987 and from GNC Nutrition in 2007.

William Kevin McGrath

SALISBURY — William Kevin McGrath, affectionately known as Kevin to all that had the pleasure to know him, passed away last Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, 2018, in his home surrounded by his family after a very brief illness. He was 78. 

Kevin was born on June 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late William Harold McGrath and the late Marguerite (Dowd) McGrath. He attended Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., The Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., and Institut Dr. Schmidt in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was a graduate of Georgetown University. 

Thomas J. Killawee

NORTH CANAAN — Thomas J. Killawee, 89, passed away at The Wesley nursing home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2018.

Thomas was born July 9,1929, to Mary and Bartholomew Killawee in North Canaan. 

He attended local schools and worked for the Canaan  Oil Co. for many years. Then he worked as a caretaker and as security personnel for the Salisbury School. He worked  as maintenance personnel for an apartment complex in Fishkill, N.Y. 

Carroll L. Woodward Sr.

WEST CORNWALL — Carroll L. Woodward Sr., 88, died peacefully at his home Sept.18, 2018, surrounded by his children.  

Carroll was born July 20, 1930, in Hardwick, Vt., son of the late Flora (Generess) and Percy Woodward.  

He resided in Canaan, N.H., until joining the United States Air Force, serving in Greenland as an airplane mechanic. Upon discharge he returned to Canaan to work on the family farm, where he met and married Margaret Mansur, also of Canaan.  

John Austin Flint

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. — John Austin Flint, 78, passed away on the morning of Sept. 18, 2018, at the Grand Nursing Home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

John was born with cerebral palsy and lived with his parents, Gilbert A. Flint and Catherine W. Bockée Flint, on Flint Hill Farm in Amenia until the death of his mother in 1965, when he then became institutionalized at Wassaic State School.