Paul Alex Heyman, 79

Paul Alex Heyman, 79, a 22-year resident of New Canaan, CT, passed away on May 3, 2022. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Harold Heyman and Marie Alex Heyman on June 6, 1942. Paul lived in Manhattan for many years, but his formative years were spent on Long Island, where he graduated in 1960 from Southside High School in Rockville Centre, NY. Paul attended Columbia College, graduated with a BA in English in 1964, and earned his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1971. From 1975 until 2002, he worked as an attorney and adjudicator for New York State, representing the Consumer Protection Board, the Secretary of State, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and the State Liquor Authority.

Dolores T. Van Allen, 88

Dolores T. Van Allen, 88, of New Canaan and Norwalk, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022. She was born in New Canaan on February 9, 1934 to the late John and Dorothy Ezzo (Canzoni). Dolores was the beloved wife to Charles F. Van Allen. Dolores was a dedicated, loving, energetic person. She spent over 45 years in the New

Canaan School system as an aid in charge of running the Foreign Language Lab at Saxe Middle School.

Jean K. Goodell, 92

Jean K. Goodell of New Canaan, Connecticut died peacefully on March 13, 2022.  She lived in New Canaan for sixty -two years.  Born in Schenectady, New York (September 30, 1929), she was the daughter of Chester and Jennie Kowobus.  She was pre-deceased by her husband of 62 years, E. Raymond Goodell Jr.

She is survived by son, Mark Goodell of Pawleys Island (Jane Dillingham Goodell), daughter Lynn Goodell Miller (William B Miller) of Ithaca, NY, and five grandsons:  Martin and Christopher Goodell and Daniel, David, and Kevin Miller, and two great-grand daughters Aurora and Rosemary Goodell. Mrs. Goodell graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta and did her graduate work at New York University.  She taught school for several years before moving to New Canaan.    Mrs. Goodell served as secretary for the New Canaan Community Council, and as Trustee of the United Methodist Church, where she was a long-time member.  She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Children’s Service Circle, and served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Mrs. Goodell was a real estate broker in New Canaan for 25 years and owned Lundy Associates Gallery of Homes, Inc. at Morse Court and South Avenue.  She was a member of the New Canaan Board of Realtors serving as secretary and treasurer, and as Director for several years.  She served as Chairman of several committees and was a member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.  Mrs. Goodell was also elected as regional representative of the of Gallery of Homes, Inc., and served as Director in Fairfield County. Jean was a kind and generous mother, wife, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly.  She loved life and treasured the many special relationships that she nurtured throughout the years. The family was scheduled to receive friends at Hoyt’s Funeral Home on Thursday March 17 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Anne R. Saunders, 88

Anne R. Saunders, 88, of New Canaan, CT passed away on March 9, 2022 at Greenwich Hospital with her loving family by her side. Anne was born on June 5, 1933 in Greenwich, CT to the late William and Frances Braunstetter Russell and graduated from Greenwich High School. She worked at AMF as a receptionist where she met her husband, Charles Saunders and also worked at Bob’s Sports in New Canaan for many years. Anne and Charles were married in 1958 at St. Mary’s of Greenwich, settled in New Canaan and had three children, Cynthia and Karen and David.  Anne took an active role with her children and as a Girl Scouts troop leader could always be seen at campouts lending a helping hand.  She entertained her son’s friends and let them use her family room for their band to practice.  Anne and Charles enjoyed spending time together and with their friends.

Eric P. Richards, 77

Eric P. Richards of New Canaan, CT passed away peacefully January 14, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was 77. Eric was born on August 28, 1944 in San Francisco, CA to Roland Richards, then on a west coast assignment with the FBI, and Beatrice “Betty” Richards both of Darien, CT.  The family returned to Connecticut in 1945 and Eric was raised in Darien on the family’s waterfront property on Five Mile River Road. Enamored with the water from an early age, Eric began rowing boats almost from the time he could walk, then sailing and motoring around in runabouts at his Darien home.  He was an early racing sailor winning his first trophy at age 10 in Noroton Yacht Club’s mid-week dinghy series in 1955, sailing the Club’s lapstraked, wooden dyer dinghies.  Eric later successfully campaigned the family’s Jet 14 at Noroton, winning several more trophies.  This period of his life culminated in sailing on Bolero in 1964 and ’65 and racing in the ’66 Bermuda race aboard Mah Jong a 53’ all teak custom built yawl.  It was a trip to remember with estimated 50+ knots of wind crossing the Gulf Stream, the boat falling off square waves, much derring do, Eric’s first adventure into the open sea. Eric attended local schools in Darien through the ninth grade before enrolling at Deerfield Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 1962.  Following Deerfield, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate School of Business for a term while awaiting a commission in the US Naval Reserve.  He attended the Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI.  Upon receiving his commission in March 1968 he had refocused his efforts from ships to flight and was accepted into the Naval Aviator pilot training program in Pensacola and in jets in Meridian, MS, Pensacola, FL and Kingsville, TX. Eric took leave to marry then Cheryle Lee Kitchen of New York City, whom he met in a French class at Columbia 2 ½ years earlier.  Following a brief honeymoon in New Orleans’ French quarter, Eric and Cheryle returned to Pensacola, then on to Texas where Eric completed his training.