Don Douglas Scofield

Don Douglas Scofield of Stratford, Okla., died March 31 in Ada, Okla. He was 76.

Born Jan. 20, 1934, in Norwalk, to Everett and Adeline (Brotherton) Scofield, he married Kathi (Smith) in Danbury, Conn., on July 15, 1983.

Mr. Scofield worked as an electrical engineer, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He lived most of his life in Connecticut, but moved to Stratford 12 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Kathi Scofield; three sons, Darryl and his wife, Claudia, of New Hampshire, and Joshua Scofield and Jared Scofield, both of Stratford; three daughters, Darcy Scofield of Massachusetts, Leah Scofield of Tennessee and Jessie Scarberry of Stratford; eight grandchildren; one brother, Jerry and his wife, Linda, of Connecticut; four sisters, Barbara Harkin of Tennessee, and Lois Bobletz, Linda Basso and Nancy Hill, all of Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.

Services were held Friday, April 2, at the Free Will Baptist Church in Stratford. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada.

James Joseph Salerno Jr.

James Joseph Salerno Jr. of Gerrish Lane in New Canaan died March 29 at Norwalk Hospital due to complications related to pneumonia. He was 83.

Born on Feb. 1, 1927, in Port Washington, N.Y., he was the son of James J. Salerno and Stella Lafratta Salerno.

He graduated six months early from Schreiber High School in Port Washington to enlist in the United States Navy during World War II, and served as a pharmacist's mate. After his discharge, he attended Clarkson University before earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Adelphi University. He first worked at Brookhaven Laboratories on Long Island before moving to Louisville, Ky., to work at National Carbide while earning his juris doctorate from the University of Louisville.

He then returned to Port Washington and joined Kane, Dalsimer and Kane in New York City where he was eventually named a partner. He subsequently served as senior patent counsel at American Standard Companies in New York City.

He moved from Port Washington to New Canaan in 1979 where he lived until 1991 when he retired to Lexington, Va.

Mr. Salerno was an avid gardener and golfer, enjoyed entertaining, and cooking for a crowd and, most of all, loved all things related to his family. He was also an active volunteer in the Catholic Church, and was proud of his more than 60 years of service to the Knights of Columbus where he earned Fourth Degree status. He moved back to New Canaan in 2009.

Mr. Salerno met his wife, Gertrude, or "Geret," at a church bazaar in Port Washington. They were married for almost 55 years.

In addition to his wife, he leaves four children and their spouses, Mariclair and Frank Bailey of Ocean Springs, Miss., Lisa and Daniel Carlin of New London, N.H., Susan and James Salerno of Concord, Calif., and Julie and Rowan Taylor of New Canaan; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Matthew Zittleman, Alexa, Savannah, Rive and Tessa Carlin, Callie, Mary Lena and Felicity Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Angelena Zittleman; and two sisters, Antoinette Salerno and Bernice Joslyn, both of Port Washington.

He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Salerno, also of Port Washington.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 10, at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in New Canaan. Donations in his memory may be made to Malta House of Good Counsel located at 5 Prowitt St., Norwalk, CT 06855.

Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St. New Canaan, is in charge of arrangements.

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