Jason Cooper, 52, Former Resident, NCHS Graduate and Standout Athlete 

Jason Richard Cooper, 52, died unexpectedly at home in Darien, on Saturday, July 7. Jason was born January 16, 1966, in Nyack, N.Y., to Kay and Thomas Cooper of Oxford, England. Jason was raised in New Canaan and attended West School, Saxe Junior High and graduated from New Canaan High School with the Class of 1984. He graduated from Duke University in 1988. Jason, better known as “Coop” to friends, was one of New Canaan’s most decorated athletes in both football and lacrosse.

Giuseppe Colella, 77, Founder of ‘Joe’s Pizza’ in New Canaan

Giuseppe “Joe” Colella, age 77, a resident of New Canaan for over 45 years died Tuesday May 22nd, 2018. Born in Marcanise, Province of Caserta, Italy October 30, 1940, he was the son of the late Lorenzo Colella and Annuziata Iuliana. He was the husband of the late Annunziata Gaudino Colella. Giuseppe, or Joe as he was best known, was the founder and longtime proprietor of New Canaan’s first Pizzeria, the eponymously named, “Joe’s Pizzeria” on Locust Avenue. As a new immigrant to the United States, Joe pursued a number of jobs including working in a fireworks factory in Pennsylvania and painting a number of iconic Stamford landmarks upon moving to Connecticut. A fateful job at Roma Pizza in Stamford, CT led to a passion for food service and the opening of his own business in nearby New Canaan. Joe and his wife, Nancy, soon became fixtures of New Canaan as they grew their business and raised their 4 children in town. His dedication to hospitality and caring expressed through the sharing of food made Joe’s Pizza one of the top restaurants in Fairfield County. His generosity and larger than life personality is still fondly recalled by his family and many customers.

Louise Grace Holland, 73, Longtime New Canaan Resident 

Louise Grace Holland, a New Canaan resident for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully on Friday evening May 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New York City on March 3, 1945, the second daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette Pizzuto. Louise married her college sweetheart, Michael Francis Holland, and shared the next 52 years together as husband and wife. Louise was a woman who lived her life as the gift God meant it to be. She was devoted to her husband and sons who cherished and adored her.

Jean DiPanni, 90, Longtime New Canaan Resident

Jean DiPanni, age 90, of New Canaan, died peacefully Saturday evening April 28, 2018 with her loving sons by her side. She was born in Panni, Italy on August 7, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Maria DeCotiis. She was predeceased by her husband Michael DiPanni who died in 1994. Jean met her husband (Michael) in Panni, Italy while he was on military leave from Germany.

Amanda Dawn ‘Mandy’ Montanaro, 41, New Canaan Resident

Born July 29, 1976, Amanda Dawn Montanaro (Mandy) died March 12, 2018 in her apartment in New Canaan. Growing up in Westport and New Canaan, Mandy attended New Canaan Country School, St. Luke’s, and The New School. She is survived by her mother, Judy Larson of New Canaan, her father Richard Montanaro of Easton, her brother Christopher Montanaro and his wife, Kristi Montanaro and their little daughter, Stella, of Westport, and her brother Nicolas Montanaro of Norwalk, CT. Mandy was open, kind, friendly, generous and highly intelligent, with a warm and ready laugh and a brilliant sense of humor. Her passions included art, acting, music, and spirituality. She was especially interested in teaching and helping children through the arts. Mandy touched the lives of all who knew her, and had a wide network of friends who will always be united by her memory and spirit.