Final Passages

John “Jack” Towne, 91

John “Jack” Towne, 91

April 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

South Portland, Maine John “Jack” Towne, died on April 17, 2020, of COVID-19 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough, Maine. Jack was born on September 18, 1928 in Providence, R.I., and spent his very early years in coastal Upper Port La Tour, Nova Scotia. His family moved back toRead More

Sheila Marie (Cross) Upchurch, 85

Sheila Marie (Cross) Upchurch, 85

April 12, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Warren, R.I. Sheila (Cross) Upchurch, 85, of Warren, R.I., died April 12, 2020. She was the wife of Edward F. Upchurch. Sheila Marie was born in Norwalk, Conn., on Feb. 28, 1935 to the late Celeste and Richard Cross. She was the oldest of 11. Sheila married Russell Smith inRead More

Matilda “Tillie” Thompson, 74

Matilda “Tillie” Thompson, 74

April 11, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Newport, R.I. Matilda “Tillie” West Thompson passed away on April 11, 2020 in Newport, R.I., from complications of COVID-19 with her beloved daughters by her side and her cherished son’s voice on the phone. Tillie exuded joy in life and brought it to everyone she met with a smile thatRead More

Dayton Carr, 78

Dayton Carr, 78

April 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm

New York City The sailing community lost a great friend, sailor and champion as Dayton Thomas Carr passed peacefully at his New York City home on April 7, 2020. He was 78 years old. Dayton established the Venture Capital Fund of America Group (VCFA Group) in 1982, and is creditedRead More

Clinton J. Pearson, 91

Clinton J. Pearson, 91

April 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Bristol, R.I. Clinton J. Pearson, 91, of Bristol, R.I., passed away on April 4, 2020, at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Carolyn (Broomhead) Pearson for 60 years and the son of the late Lillian and Carl Pearson. Born in Pawtucket, R.I., on March 6, 1929, he attended schoolRead More

Oliver Lee Pitts, 103

Oliver Lee Pitts, 103

March 19, 2020 at 12:00 am

Fort Worth, Texas Oliver Lee “O.L.” Pitts passed away peacefully at his home on March 19, four days before his 104 birthday, in Fort Worth, Texas. A longtime Fort Worth businessman and internationally known sailor, Pitts was in the nursing home business for many years. He had also been inRead More

Martin J. Denny-Brown, 79

Martin J. Denny-Brown, 79

February 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

Warwick, R.I. Martin J. Denny-Brown, 79, passed away on Feb. 10 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Katharine S. Denny-Brown. He was born in Oxford, England, in 1940. His parents moved to Cambridge, Mass., in 1947 where he grew up.Read More

Cynthia Buffinton Mason, 96

Cynthia Buffinton Mason, 96

January 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

Groton, Conn. Cynthia Allman Buffinton Mason, of Mystic and Groton Long Point, Conn., died Jan. 28 in New London at the age of 96, after a battle with pneumonia. Born in Norwood, Mass., in 1923, Mason was the daughter of Hazel Dell Sargent and Fred Grosvenor Allman of Sharon. MasonRead More

Arthur Baer, Jr., 86

Arthur Baer, Jr., 86

January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

Hamden, Conn. Arthur “Bugs” Baer, Jr., sailor and friend, died of a heart attack at age 86 on Jan. 9 in New Haven, Conn. After graduating from Harvard, Bugs served in the Navy as navigator aboard an aircraft carrier, and after his military service he became an investment manager andRead More

Richard Kilborn, 74

Richard Kilborn, 74

December 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

South Hampton N.H. Richard “Rick” Kilborn, 74, of South Hampton N.H., died Saturday Dec. 28, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was born on July 14, 1945, in Webster, Mass. to the late Richard L. and Ruth Marie (Stevens) Kilborn. Rick enlisted in the U.S. Navy after highRead More