Notice of Memorial Service for Eric P. Richards 

Eric P. Richards
(August 28, 1944 – January 14, 2022)

Friends and family are invited to attend Eric’s memorial service on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  The service will be at 11:30am at  The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, CT. Eric P. Richards of New Canaan, CT passed away peacefully January 14, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was 77. Eric was born on August 28, 1944 in San Francisco, CA to Roland Richards, then on a west coast assignment with the FBI, and Beatrice “Betty” Richards both of Darien, CT.  The family returned to Connecticut in 1945 and Eric was raised in Darien on the family’s waterfront property on Five Mile River Road. Enamored with the water from an early age, Eric began rowing boats almost from the time he could walk, then sailing and motoring around in runabouts at his Darien home.  He was an early racing sailor winning his first trophy at age 10 in Noroton Yacht Club’s mid-week dinghy series in 1955, sailing the Club’s lapstraked, wooden dyer dinghies.  Eric later successfully campaigned the family’s Jet 14 at Noroton, winning several more trophies.  This period of his life culminated in sailing on Bolero in 1964 and ’65 and racing in the ’66 Bermuda race aboard Mah Jong a 53’ all teak custom built yawl.  It was a trip to remember with estimated 50+ knots of wind crossing the Gulf Stream, the boat falling off square waves, much derring do, Eric’s first adventure into the open sea. Eric attended local schools in Darien through the ninth grade before enrolling at Deerfield Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 1962.  Following Deerfield, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate School of Business for a term while awaiting a commission in the US Naval Reserve.  He attended the Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI.  Upon receiving his commission in March 1968 he had refocused his efforts from ships to flight and was accepted into the Naval Aviator pilot training program in Pensacola and in jets in Meridian, MS, Pensacola, FL and Kingsville, TX.

Kevin Sullivan, Suzi Sickel Sullivan and Brigid Sullivan

With sad and tragic timing, longtime New Canaan resident Kevin Sullivan, his wife Suzi and their wonderful and special daughter Brigid all died from unrelated medical causes over a short period of eight months. Suzi died in July 2021 and Kevin in October 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, their home for many years. Kevin was 76. Brigid died in March of 2022 in Bishop, California. Kevin arrived in New Canaan in 1956 with his parents Joe and Liz and his brothers Mark, Jim and Patrick.

Paul Alex Heyman, 79

Paul Alex Heyman, 79, a 22-year resident of New Canaan, CT, passed away on May 3, 2022. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Harold Heyman and Marie Alex Heyman on June 6, 1942. Paul lived in Manhattan for many years, but his formative years were spent on Long Island, where he graduated in 1960 from Southside High School in Rockville Centre, NY. Paul attended Columbia College, graduated with a BA in English in 1964, and earned his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1971. From 1975 until 2002, he worked as an attorney and adjudicator for New York State, representing the Consumer Protection Board, the Secretary of State, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and the State Liquor Authority.

Dr. Stephen Edward Rubin, 83

Dr. Stephen Edward Rubin, 83, longtime resident of Westport,  Connecticut passed away on April  5, 2022. 

Steve was a husband,  father and educational innovator. After graduating from Brooklyn College and New York University where he earned his first PhD in Systems Theory, Dr. Rubin, became the principal of Center School in New Canaan, Connecticut. There, he made an indelible mark on education, student success and the hearts and minds of multiple generations of kids, faculty and other staff. Center School, under his direction and with the multi-talented staff, became a social-educational experiment unlike any other. It was featured in Newsweek and The New York Times for its extraordinary atmosphere and remarkable outcomes. After closing Center School in 1983, Dr. Rubin was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools in New Canaan until his retirement in 2003.

Dolores T. Van Allen, 88

Dolores T. Van Allen, 88, of New Canaan and Norwalk, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022. She was born in New Canaan on February 9, 1934 to the late John and Dorothy Ezzo (Canzoni). Dolores was the beloved wife to Charles F. Van Allen. Dolores was a dedicated, loving, energetic person. She spent over 45 years in the New

Canaan School system as an aid in charge of running the Foreign Language Lab at Saxe Middle School.