Herbert A. Granath, 91

Herbert A. Granath of Darien, CT, passed away peacefully on November 26th, 2019 in Stamford, CT.  He was 91 years old. Herb was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.  He studied physics at Fordham University while working nights as a page at NBC, and, with his interest in media thus sparked, went on to do graduate work at Fordham in communication arts.  In 1993 he was elected to Fordham’s Board of Trustees, a position in which he served with great affection and pride.

Tyler Michael Reeb, 34

Tyler Michael Reeb, age 34, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 14, 2019 at his home in Richmond, VA. Tyler grew up in New Canaan, CT and was an avid sportsman involved with baseball, wrestling, lacrosse, and football. He approached life with a contagious sense of humor that came easy to him, sincere sensitivity towards others, a strong work ethic, and a powerful will. Tyler was always fond of the outdoors, happy to play alongside his sister in the woods and pastures of the family farm in Vermont and enjoy winter sports. He earned a BS in Psychology from Widener University in PA and worked with underprivileged youth in that area during college and after graduation. Tyler had been drawn to the military at a young age and ultimately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on November 26th, 2007, attending recruit training at Paris Island, SC.

Jennifer L. Moe, 90

Jennifer L. Moe, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to so many, died on November 1st in Stamford Hospital, surrounded by her adoring family. She was ninety years old. Jennifer was known as Jenny by family and friends alike until she became a grandmother. After that, she was Nana to all. To her grandchildren, of course, but spontaneously, to everyone else as well; her children, her friends, her neighbors and casual acquaintances, even the occasional postman and waitress would call her Nana.

Kathleen Ward Knox, 50

Kathy Knox, age 50, called San Francisco her hometown and she lived there longer than any other place but she returned to New Canaan two years ago to live with her family for health reasons. Due to a genetic condition she passed away peacefully at home October 30th of a ruptured aneurysm of her aorta. 

Kathy was raised in more or less equal parts on Long Island, Hong Kong, and New Canaan and graduated from the Low-Heywood Thomas School and Amherst College before receiving a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Following her graduation from Michigan she lived in San Francisco for twenty three years and worked professionally for non-profits in a fund-raising and public-relations capacity. In the broader community she served for five years on the Public Transportation Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, which was the policy-making body that oversaw the light-rail, bus, and cable car system known as Muni. She was also a Trustee of the San Francisco Lighthouse.

James Alan MacKenzie, 93

“None of us are deities,” James Alan MacKenzie reminded his loving family who surrounded him when he made the decision himself to live his remaining time on Earth as peacefully as possible. That he was able to live his entire life at the helm of all decision-making proved a hallmark of his life before he left us to be with the love of his life, Joan—known to those who cherished her as Joansie. Jim, or Poppa as his 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren adoringly called him, was a force of both compassion and strong will. The first baby born in the new hospital in Quincy, Mass. on June 4th in 1926, James Alan MacKenzie was the third child of Margaret McHale and James Barton MacKenzie.