Richard ‘Rip’ Peters Munger, 91, Longtime Resident and Former Fire Commissioner

Richard “Rip” Peters Munger, 91, passed away Sept. 12, 2018 at his home in New Canaan. At his side were his wife, son and daughter. Rip died from complications caused by Inclusion Body Myositis and heart disease after enduring four months of hospitalizations, rehab facilities, and home nursing, all with grace and lack of complaint. His optimism, signature wink and the twinkle in his eye never left him throughout. Born May 18, 1927 in Cincinnati to Evalyn Peters Munger and Herschel Munger, Rip knew from his first ride in an old barnstormer biplane at the age of 10 that he wanted to be a pilot. After retiring from United Airlines in 2001 at the age of 74, he was fond of saying that he had never worked a day in his life.

Angelo John Gesualdi, 75, Longtime New Canaan Firefighter

Angelo John Gesualdi, 75, a lifetime resident of New Canaan, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 22, 2018, with his loving family by his side. 

Angelo was born May 16, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut, son of the late Vito and Vera Coco Gesualdi. He died of a heart attack, and is survived by his faithful and beloved wife Cecilia Gesualdi, his son Don (Valerie) Gesualdi, and granddaughter Ava of New Canaan, two step-daughters Clare Eelman of Stamford, Elizabeth (Scott) Davidson and their daughter Brady of Guilford, stepson Ray (Linda) Alfson and their children Amy and Joe of Norwalk. He was a firefighter of New Canaan for 34 years and was ranked as a captain of the department. In his retirement, Angelo loved to start his mornings with his firehouse family and greeting each day “uptown,” seeing friends and keeping up with the community.

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.