Thomas Richard Behan, 93

Thomas Richard Behan, 93, of New Canaan, CT, died peacefully on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at the Waveny Care Center. 

He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 62 years, Molly Ford Behan, who passed away on April 12, 2019. 

Tom was born on January 22, 1927 in Binghamton, NY, the son of Dr. William A. Behan, Sr. and Emma Leary Behan. He graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1944 and entered service in the U.S. Army the following year. He later attended Georgetown University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1948, after which he enrolled in Georgetown’s Law School. He was awarded a law degree in 1952 and initially practiced law in Binghamton with the firms, Coughlin & Gerhart and Kramer Wales & Robinson. He married Molly Ford on May 11, 1957 and began a long and successful legal career at IBM, including assignments in Kingston, NY, Chicago, IL, and at IBM’s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. 

Throughout his time at IBM, Tom was regarded as a creative and able writer whose pen displayed the clarity and conciseness of an exacting legal mind.

Daniel Joseph Melillo, Jr., 93

Daniel Joseph Melillo, Jr. passed into the next life on April 28, 2020 at Danbury Hospital from natural causes. Daniel was born on February 15, 1927 at Norwalk, Connecticut to Daniel Joseph Melillo, Sr., son of Antonio Milillo and Maria Cristina Cianci, immigrants from Castelgrande, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy, and Gladys Arlene Finch, daughter of William Sylvester Finch of Stamford, Connecticut and Jennie Florence Thayer, daughter of Hiram Stetson Thayer and Elizabeth Mathews of Braintree, Massachusetts.  

In 2006, he was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Viola Gladys Wiley, daughter of James T. Wiley and Louisa Pack. They were married November 11, 1951 in the Killington neighborhood of Lexington, Kentucky. 

Daniel was also predeceased by his siblings Florence Wedge, Anna Venezia, Mary Elizabeth Parks, Anthony Daniel Melillo, Shirley Arlene Crook, and Ethel Gladys Lovelace. He is survived by his brothers Robert Felix Melillo and William Douglas Melillo of Pinellas County, Florida. He was predeceased in death by his daughter Violet Strano.

Marietta Yvonne James, 94

Our beloved Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, and friend, Marietta Yvonne James, 94 years young of New Canaan, passed away on May 3, 2020 after complications from a brief illness. Born November 11, 1925 in Drakes Branch, Virginia, to the late Marshall and Elizabeth Banks Walker. She received her elementary education at Organ Hill Elementary School in Drakes Branch and her high school education at Central High School, Charlotte Court House, Virginia. After high school, she worked for a year then joined the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps where she attended Lincoln School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina. In 1947, she moved to New Canaan to join her Mother and older brother, Marshall Walker.

Lawrence Luizzi, 79

On Sunday April 19th, 2020, Lawrence (Larry) Luizzi passed into eternal life at the age of 79. Larry was raised by his late grandparents Lawrence Luizzi and Elizabeth Luizzi in Hoboken, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stevens College, and a master’s degree in business from Western Connecticut State University. Larry spent his entire career working for General Foods, beginning with Maxwell House in Hoboken and retiring as the Director of Logistics and Information Technology in White Plains, NY. An early programmer, he often came home with pockets full of “punched cards” that he had used to upload code throughout the day.

Dorothy V. Ready, 85

Dorothy Viola (Mann) Ready of Southbury, CT and former longtime resident of New Canaan, died peacefully April 9, 2020 at the Lutheran Home in Southbury at the age of 85. Dorothy was the wife of Eugene F. Ready, former Chief of Detectives with the New Canaan Police Department. She was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on July 6, 1934, the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Poczak Mann. Dorothy met her husband while working for General Foods in White Plains, New York.