Toni Recchia Allende, 61

Toni Recchia Allende, 61, of Vista, NY passed away peacefully with family at her side on January 6, 2021 after a heroic two-and-a-half-year battle with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive brain cancer. She was a courageous fighter who far outlived her diagnosis. Formerly of New Canaan, CT, Toni was born September 28, 1959 in Settefrati, Italy. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1965 where they settled in New Canaan. Toni attended East School and was a 1978 graduate of New Canaan High School. In addition to working full time and raising her family, she studied marketing and economics at Norwalk Community College. Before her illness, Toni enjoyed a successful career in publishing and was a highly accomplished, multi-faceted leader, recognized for her keen business insights and her unbelievable energy, focus and drive. Generous, kind and unselfish, the feelings and needs of others were always first on Toni’s mind. She had a wonderful way of bringing out the best in others. She would always enter a room with her beautiful dimple smile and immediately transformed the atmosphere.

Betty (Paglialunga) Geriak, 60

Betty (Paglialunga), Geriak, 60, formerly of New Canaan, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Betty was born on September 24, 1960 in Norwalk, CT to the late Louis and Anna Paglialunga. Betty grew up in New Canaan, the youngest of eight children. She attended New Canaan Schools and danced for Walter Schalk. When Betty was a sophomore in high school she moved to Norwalk and lived with Chi Chi and Danny Futi.

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.

Estill ‘John’ Bowling, 77

Estill “John” Bowling passed away with loved ones at his side in Bowling Green, Kentucky on December 28, 2020 after a courageous battle against COVID-19. 

After graduating high school where #25 was a star basketball player, he received a basketball scholarship to a junior college in Kentucky, but later left school to join the Air Force during which time he eventually worked with NASA and the space program. After military service, Estill became a nationally recognized leader in sales and marketing while leading a team of over 100. He was also a sought-after motivational speaker often called upon to give inspirational talks and retell his “rags to riches” story of growing up poor as the son of a sharecropper, never taking no for answer, and working hard. He always said that despite the poverty in which he grew up, he was surrounded by loving parents and close-knit siblings, something he would not have changed for any amount of money. Even though encountering numerous challenges later in life, he remained positive and always tried to highlight the good in people and life in general.