Elva Karolina Girard, 99

Elva Karolina Girard passed away peacefully, surrounded by her devoted family, on November 3, 2022 in New Canaan, Connecticut. She was a resident of our hometown for 73 years. Elva was born in Jamshog, Sweden to Emil and Tekla Svensson on January 21, 1923. She was one of fifteen children. She moved to the United States in 1939, where three of her sisters had settled in Stamford, CT.

Ronald Vincent Coughlin, 86

Born on May 28, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, Ronald Vincent Coughlin (“Ron”), died peacefully at his home in Rowayton, Connecticut on October 28, 2022 surrounded by his family. 

A devoted Brooklyn Dodgers fan, turned New York Mets enthusiast, Ron had a lifetime love and passion for New York baseball…New York National League baseball, that is. The New York baseball that happened across the East River and south into Brooklyn.  Ron’s father, Herbert Vincent Coughlin, played a significant role in creating and marketing the pre-game show Happy Felton’s “Knothole Gang”, which was broadcast live from Ebbets Field and encouraged young baseball players of Little League age to the ballpark, an inspiring mentality that Ron carried with him throughout his entire life as he mentored and coached his grandchildren right up until the very end of his life. Ron’s devoted mother, Beatrice (Lawler) Coughlin, proudly claimed that her one and only child was named for the debonair of the day, actor Ronald Colman. 
In 1950, Ron’s family relocated to Freeport, Long Island where he played catcher on the varsity baseball team at Freeport High School, a position he shared with his great-grandfather and grandfather, and one that he passed down to both of his sons, two of his grandsons and one of his granddaughters. A proud New Yorker, Ron often told stories to his children and grandchildren recalling his fond memories of the summers he spent working at Jones Beach donning a crisp, white uniform and where attention to detail was paramount! Ron graduated from Colgate University in 1958 and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and the Economics Club.

Eileen ‘Sulli’ Seger, 92

Eileen “Sulli” Seger passed away after a brief illness on October 29th, surrounded by family. Sulli was born on May 22, 1930 in Lewiston, Maine to Joseph and Ida Sullivan. She attended Edward-Little High School in Auburn, Maine. After high school she went to the Auburn Maine School of Commerce where she met Roland “Ron” Seger. They were married in 1950 and left Maine to begin their life together following Ron’s career across the country.

George Frederick Voris III, 83

George Frederick Voris III, 83, a gentle giant, died peacefully at his home in New Canaan, CT on Saturday, October 15th, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.  Born on the South Side of Chicago, he was the second of seven children and firstborn son of the late George Frederick Voris Jr. and Kathryn Fisher Voris.  Affectionately known as Mickey, he became the favorite uncle and babysitter to all. 

Prior to moving to New Canaan, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area and Potomac, MD for over 40 years.  He was an active member of the community in which he lived serving many roles in his church, children’s schools, and his beloved Notre Dame Club. He enjoyed people and always loved having his kids, family and friends close by.  His infectious smile, calm demeanor, and ability to listen made him an instant favorite.  He was smart, articulate and a lover of books, art, geography, and maps.  This is not to disregard his competitive side.  He loved sports and loved to win, and to make a deal. George graduated in 1961 from the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters where he majored in Great Books.  He received a M.B.A. in 1963 from the University of Chicago before serving in South Korea as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Intelligence.  A political appointment brought him to Washington, D.C. where he worked in government before beginning a rewarding career in commercial real estate.  He loved his work, formed lasting friendships with colleagues, and enjoyed mentoring commercial brokers starting their careers in the Washington, D.C. market. George is survived by Dorothy Daly Voris, his wife of 47 years, and twins – Meghan Tatum (James Tatum) of New Canaan, CT and Michael Voris (Alexandra Buckley) of New York City.  He is the proud Grandfather to five grandchildren, ages 2 to 12 (Meriwether and George Gray Voris and Alice, James, and Wellens Tatum).  He is survived by his brothers John, Stephen and Peter Casey Voris and his sister, Katie Campbell.  His beloved sisters Nancy Gleason and Patricia Gavin are deceased. Visitation hours will take place on Thursday, November 3rd from 4-7 p.m. at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan, CT.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 4th at 11 a.m. at St.

Katheryn Lynn Babbitt, 94

Longtime Marion, MA resident Katheryn Lynn Babbitt, 94, passed away at Waveny Care Center on October 4, 2022 in New Canaan, Connecticut. 

She was born in Princeton, West Virginia on April 27, 1928 to Francis Norton Davidson and Eva Gallaher Davidson.  Following Mr. Davidson’s work-related accidental death when Katy was but eight months old, her mother subsequently married Colonel John Clementson Key, a professor of mathematics and engineering at The Citadel, and the family lived in Charleston. Katy graduated from Meminger Girls’ High School and the College of Charleston, where she was a History major and President of her Chi Omega sorority chapter. Shortly after graduation she and Edwin (Ted) V. Babbitt were married, and they soon moved to Marion, MA where her husband joined the Babbitt Steam Specialty family business in New Bedford. During her years living in Marion, along with her husband Katy was a communicant of St. Gabriel’s Church and during the 1950s was a founding member of the Marion Art Center’s theater group called The Hornblowers.  She actively participated as a member of The Sippican Tennis Club, The Kittansett Club, the Country Club of Charleston, and The Beverly Yacht Club.