Morgan Hickman Boston, 29

Morgan Hickman Boston, 29, of New Canaan, passed away on August 8, 2022, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, after a courageous battle against cancer. Born on July 1, 1993, Morgan was the beloved daughter of Loren and Susan (Burnap) Boston, and is survived by them and her siblings, Alex, Tyler, and Sydney. She passed away with her family at her side, full of grace and peace.  

Morgan was a lifelong New Canaanite. She spent her childhood figure skating at the Winter Club, swimming at the Country Club, dancing at Walter Schalk, and serving the community through Girl Scouts and the National Charity League.

H. Norman Ricker, 81

Our beloved husband, father, and friend passed away peacefully on July 2, 2022 after a long and difficult journey dealing with a stroke that gradually took him away from his family. H. Norman Ricker was born on March 11, 1941 in Maine. The family moved to New Canaan where Norm attended NCHS and moved on to the University of Connecticut. This is where he met his wife Janet, and soon after graduating from UConn married Janet in 1964. He returned to New Canaan to work as a math teacher at the high school and later on became the math department chair.

Patricia G. Stewart, 79

Patricia “Pat” (Griffin) Stewart passed away peacefully with family by her side on the morning of July 27th, 2022 at the age of 79 after a short illness. Prior to her passing, she was comforted by family and friends at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, CT. The daughter of Evelyn Savage Griffin and George Wortham Griffin, Jr., Pat was born Patricia Evelyn Griffin on July 1st, 1943 in New York City, NY, and spent her early years in Schenectady, NY and Stamford, CT before moving with her family to New Canaan in 1954. During her years at New Canaan High School where she graduated with the class of 1961 and was voted Prom Queen, Pat or “Patty” as she was affectionately known, excelled as a student and divided her time among numerous extracurriculars. Pat attended Hollins University, where she studied literature, made life-long friends and graduated with Honors.

Gloria Ann Calise Franco, 95

Gloria Ann Calise Franco, 95, of New Canaan died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on July 13, 2022. 

She was born in New York City on November 9, 1926 to her parents Michael and Catherine Calise.  The family moved to Westport, CT where her father established The Westport Game and Poultry Farm on the Post Road.  She attended Greens Farms School and was a graduate of Staples High School, Class of 1944. Following her graduation, she attended Berkeley Secretarial School in NYC.  

The game farm became what is now known as Calise’s Market.  Her father established a liquor store next to the market.  A young salesman wearing a snazzy bow tie caught Gloria’s attention when he walked into the store.  His name was Dick Franco.   A little matchmaking by Gloria’s sister Susie ensued.  On October 12, 1949, Gloria and Dick married.        

They soon moved to Elm Place in New Canaan where they started their family.

Marvin, 8, The Little Bruiser

Marvin, our beloved Rottweiler mix, died June 28 at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, two weeks after a diagnosis of end-stage liver disease. 

He was eight. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother Dexter. He was predeceased by brothers Wilbur, Russell and Louis. Born in Alabama around December 2013, he was rescued from a kill shelter there by Amber’s Angels Rescue of Goldens Bridge, N.Y. We adopted him at eight weeks. Handsome, irrepressible, curious and with little sense of personal space, Marv was a force of nature who made himself at home straightaway, dragging boots, mail and other household items into oversized dog beds.