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William L. Ricketts, a longtime Rye resident, died peacefully on November 2, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was 87.
Born on April 9, 1927 in New York City to Michael and Francis Ricketts, he was the youngest of nine children.
During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. On November 23, 1950 he married Margaret T. Carey in New York City. She predeceased him in 1994.
He was a proud member of Iron Workers Local 40 in New York City for 65 years. He retired in 1989. Mr. Ricketts enjoyed a long retirement tending to his gardens and traveling the world extensively with his daughters.
A devoted father and loving husband, he is survived by his four daughters: Maureen Angerame of Old Chatham, N.Y, Jean Marie Ricketts (Lawrence Appel, MD) of Ellicott City, Md., Margaret Ann Ricketts of Rye, and Jennifer Ricketts of Harrison; and three grandchildren: Christopher, Laura, and Katherine Appel. He is also survived by his sister, Rita Byers, and his beloved Bichon Frisé, Binky.
His six brothers, James, Vincent, John, Raymond, Norman, and Frederick, and his sister, Gertrude Evans, predeceased him.
William wished to thank the staff on S2 at United Hebrew, New Rochelle for their compassion and care during his final days.
A Mass of Christian burial was held November 7 at the Church of the Resurrection. Donations in Mr. Ricketts’ memory may be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (bbrfoundation.org).
Ellen DePauw passed away peacefully of natural causes on December 14, 2014, at the age of 93. She was being visited and comforted by family members at Hospice of the Palm Beaches at the time of her passing.
Polly, as she was known, who was born at home in Greenwich, on January 10, 1921, was the youngest of Aaron and Ella Adams’ eleven children.
She married George W. DePauw, who was the Rye harbormaster for many years. They enjoyed living across from the City marina and the boating community. Mrs. DePauw worked for Avon at the Rye headquarters.
After the couple retired, they moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. DePauw predeceased his wife.
While family was her greatest love, she also enjoyed ceramics and gardening. Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’ was her favorite flower, according to her granddaughter Mary Ellen Lehman.
Mrs. DePauw is survived by her three children and their spouses: Carol (Jerry) Turcan, Georgette (Chuck) Reilley, and Bill (Carol) DePauw; eight grandchildren: MaryEllen Lehman and husband Michael, Karen Reichert and husband Jeff, Jennifer Lyons and husband Hank, Allison Turcan, Shannon Reilley LaRocque Baas and husband Koos, Melissa Shea and husband Darryl, Lisa DePauw, and G.W. DePauw. She is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren: Michael De Filippo, Lyric Lehman, Nicole Reichert, Ryanne Reichert, Maggie Lyons, Jason Lyons, Lauren LaRocque, Renee LaRocque, Reilley Shea, Meghan Shea, Mackenzie Wright, Coral De Pauw, and Caylee DePauw; and a great-great grandson, Lukas Lehman.
A private family service was held in West Palm Beach. Donations can be made in Polly DePauw’s memory to Trust Bridge Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
Nils E. Benson died December 4, 2014, at the age of 91.
Born in Rye, on October 12, 1923, he was the son of Emma and Nils Benson. After graduating from Rye High School, he attended Syracuse University. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific.
Mr. Benson was President of the Penn Elastic Company in New York City, a subsidiary of Courtaulds, a UK-based manufacturer of fabric, clothing, and chemicals.
A past President of Coveleigh Club in Rye, he was also a member of the Union League Club in New York City, and the Board of Governors of the Continental Can Company.
In addition to his wife, Audrey Adamson Benson of Darien, he is survived by his son, Andrew N. Benson of Purdys, N.Y., and daughters, Nancy McKittrick of Darien, and Diane Cummings of New York City; eight granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Karl Benson, and sisters, Anna Austin and Bertha Bixby.
A private interment was held at Greenwood Union Cemetery.