Christopher Charles Holmes, 28

Christopher Charles Holmes, 28, passed unexpectedly on September 17, 2018. Chris was the beloved son of Charles Holmes III of New Canaan and Michelle McNerney of Norwalk. In his youth, Christopher most enjoyed acting in the Crystal Theater and perfecting his downhill skiing abilities while growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He went through the Norwalk school system, graduating from Norwalk High School in 2008. While he started his college career at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he graduated from Cornell University School of Labor and Industrial Relations in 2012. Chris was passionate about writing, and he was a voracious reader. He was extremely knowledgeable about media relations and politics. His interests led him to 4 years of employment at Penguin Random House in New York City, and he recently moved to Washington DC for a job opportunity at POLITICO magazine.

Archie Stewart, 89, Longtime Resident and Prolific Home Builder

Archie Stewart, 89, of New Canaan, CT passed away on September 1, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side.  He was born on January 17, 1929 in Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland to the late William and Mary Jane Heatrick Stewart. Archie, the 11th of 13 children, was born and raised on Gartenane Farm. At the age of 18 he immigrated to Connecticut and worked as a stonemason and house builder. His work ethic was legendary, and more than 100 homes in New Canaan, Wilton, and Stamford were built by his hands. More important to him was the number of people he was able to help with his skills.

Richard T. Carroll, Longtime New Canaan Resident

Richard T. Carroll of New Canaan, Conn. and Harwich, Mass., died unexpectedly on July 20. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Susan Carroll, his daughter Molly, son-in-law Bill and granddaughter Elizabeth Grace Cole of Hingham, Massachusetts, and his sister Ruth Ryan of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Mr. Carroll was the President of American Transit Insurance Company in Brooklyn, New York, where he had worked for 34 years. Mr. Carroll was a 27-year resident of New Canaan and coached youth soccer and basketball.

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.