Mary Head, 97

Mary Head, nee Joyce, passed away peacefully in Norwalk, CT on September 23, 2023. 

Mary was born on March 5, 1926, in Queens, NY.   Following the death of her father, Patrick, a New York City Police Officer and decorated veteran of WWI, Mary moved to Sterling Place in Brooklyn, NY, with her mother Bridget Theresa Joyce and sister Eileen.  Mary attended St. Augustine’s Elementary School and earned scholarships to Archbishop McDonnell High School and to St. John’s University. She studied English Literature and became a High School English and History Teacher in Brooklyn.  While teaching she earned a master’s degree in education Summa Cum Laude at Columbia University.  After her family had grown, Mary earned a second master’s degree teaching English as a Second Language and taught both immigrant children and adults.

Roma E. Le Blanc Sr., 80

Roma E. Le Blanc Sr. died peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, September 21, 2023. He was 80 years old. He was survived by his sons, Roma Jr (Karen), Michael (Jennifer) and his grandsons, Jake, Louis, and Mason as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was the youngest of 13 and predeceased by his siblings as well as his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Le Blanc
Roma was born in Wedgeport, Canada and has spent his adult life in New Canaan, CT. He loved both countries and recently enjoyed what he called “ a trip of a lifetime” back home to Canada, accompanied by his son, Michael.

John Kelly Burke, 71

John Kelly Burke (71), of New Canaan, Connecticut passed away at home on September 8, 2023, after a courageous five-month diagnosis with bulbar-onset ALS. John, fondly referred to as JB, JKB or Cheese to name a few appropriate-to-print nicknames, was born to Francis and Betty Burke on August 20, 1952 in Evanston, Illinois. He was a jokester, getting kicked out of his second-grade class for taunting his teacher for mistakenly saying his last name incorrectly — Fran told him, “Don’t let anyone call you Burkey.” John spent his childhood years starting his collection of jokes, drumming for his band The Junior Beatles and running around outside with kids on his block in Carpentersville, Illinois. John attended Western Illinois University, or as he and his brother Mike called it, “Harvard of the Midwest,” where his love of sales and marketing blossomed. Creating in-depth business plans for both practical and hilariously impractical ideas alike.

Gail Davidson Overbeck

Gail Davidson Overbeck passed away on August 11, 2023 at home surrounded by her family after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her fight against the disease was one of strength, courage, dignity and determination – the same qualities with which Gail lived her entire life and endeared her to all who knew her. Gail was a 65-year resident of New Canaan and left an indelible mark on the community. She and her family moved to New Canaan from Stony Brook, NY when she was 12-years old. Gail was an active member of the New Canaan High School Class of 1963 where she participated in the Glee Club, Social Committee, the Junior and Senior Play, Archery, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball and Cheerleading.

V. Donald Hersam, Jr., 92

Town Treasurer, Fire Chief and Publisher
V. Donald Hersam, Jr., a proud New Canaan resident who devoted his life to family, faith and public service, died at Norwalk Hospital August 31, 2023, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren. He was 92 years old. Mr. Hersam, better known as “Don” or “Chief” was the former owner and publisher of the New Canaan Advertiser, founded by his grandfather in 1908. He was elected New Canaan Town Treasurer in 1965 and held that position for 48 years until stepping down in 2013. He was a proud member of New Canaan Fire Company No.