John Francis Murray, Jr., 87

John Francis Murray, Jr., known as “Jack”, age 87, died peacefully at his home with his wife Ceci by his side on February 10, 2021. 

Jack was born June 5, 1933 in New York City to the late John Francis Murray and Agnes O’Connell Murray. He grew up in Yonkers, NY at 85 Bronx River Road, fondly known by Jack and his many relatives as “85”. Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Cecilia Sullivan Murray, daughter Megan Steele and her husband Jim of New Canaan, son John Francis Murray III of Jackson, WY, daughter Michele Sloan and her husband Rob of New Canaan, and daughter Meredith Landino and her husband Marcus of Jackson, WY. He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren: Sarah and Catherine Steele, Jake and Luke Landino, and Meredith, Peter, John Prentice (JP), Emily and the late Robert Sloan, III.

Michael Louis Rucci, 67

Michael Louis Rucci, age 67, of Bridgeport, Ct died peacefully January 31, 2021 in St Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport, CT

Born in Norwalk on March 12, 1953 he was the son of the late Joseph and Ida Mazza Rucci. He grew up in New Canaan, and graduated from New Canaan High School in 1971. He was a gentle, kind and loving father, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend. Michael worked as a barber, carpenter, builder, and most recently a landlord and handyman for the multi-family building he owned in Bridgeport. There he became a favorite babysitter and honorary grandfather to his neighbors’ children, as well as a soft touch for all the four-legged strays in the neighborhood.

Richard Suner Thomas, 75

Richard Suner Thomas, 75, a longtime resident of New Canaan, CT, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021. Richard was born on February 5, 1945 in Mineola, New York to the late Charles Rafter and Irma Suner Thomas. He was the beloved husband to Marianne Gregory Thomas of New Canaan. Richard graduated from New York University- Stern School of Business with an MBA. He also attended Pratt institute and graduated B. Arch a Bachelor of Architecture.

Rupert FitzAllan Chisholm III, 51

Rupert FitzAllan Chisholm III, extraordinary husband and father, passed away on January 5th after an almost 8 year valiant and continuous fight against cancer. Rupert was born on March 13, 1969 in Brussels, Belgium to Rupert F. and Kathleen Slagel Chisholm.  Rupert spent most of his childhood in central Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1991 where he played football and went on to get a Master’s degree at the University of Rochester. Rupert made his way to New York City and started his career as a journalist including time as a writer for the Wall Street Journal.  While in New York he met and married his wife, Kiki.  He went on to a career in finance working for Moody’s Investors Service and Lehman Brothers for many years which brought his family to London for a time. He settled back in New Canaan where he has lived since 2009 while continuing to work in finance at One William Street Capital in New York City.  While Rupe loved his work, nothing took priority over his family. His love for his boys Charlie and Miles and for his wife Kiki was boundless.

George H. Megrue, 84

George H. Megrue, age 84, passed away at home on December 27, 2020, in New Canaan, CT. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Suzanne J. Megrue of New Canaan, his son and daughter-in-law George R. and Kathleen Megrue of Milford, CT and daughters, Katherine Megrue-Smith and her husband Allen of New Canaan and Karen Megrue Feringa and her husband Dave of Basking Ridge, NJ and his brother John F. Megrue of Dataw Island, SC. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin and his mother, Mildred K. Baehr. He was very proud of his 14 grandchildren and one great grandson. George graduated from Amherst College in 1957 and received an MA in 1960 and a PhD in 1962 in Geology from Columbia University. His education continued as a postdoctoral student and Junior Research Scientist in the Chemistry Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory. He pioneered the development of laser mass spectrometry and received a patent for the development of this apparatus in 1971. His system and technique enabled him to be a Principal Investigator for NASA to analyze soil and rock samples returned from the Apollo 12, 14 and 15 lunar landing missions.