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Jean-Pierre Bigotte, formerly of Rye, N.Y. and Weston, Conn., died peacefully in Ridgefield, Conn., on January 7, 2018. He was 91.

He was born on November 30, 1926 in Paris, France. 

He was co-founder and partner of Bingham-Bigotte Shipping in New York City, and he served as a governor of the American Shipbrokers Association.  

An avid sportsman, “JP” as he was called, enjoyed his time and friends at the Camp Fire Club of America in Chappaqua, where he served as the president of the Camp Fire Conservation Fund. He also served as president of Manursing Island Club. In addition to fishing and hunting, he enjoyed tennis, squash, and spending time with his family, friends, and dogs. He had an unparalleled collection of pipes whose wafted fragrance always preceded his arrival.

As his friends and family reflected, “JP was the embodiment of a man’s man, yet also a consummate gentlemen, a combination almost impossible to replicate these days.”

He was married to Eva Pierot for 41 years. She predeceased him, as did their daughter, Irene Bigotte-Steckler, and his brother, Georges. He is survived by his daughters, Annique Bigotte-Link (Tom) and Diane Bigotte Kendall (Jeff); his sisters, Marie Lou Baillon and Anne Marie Simon; and his brother, Francois Bigotte.

Mr. Bigotte’s legacy and “bon vivant” approach to life will live on in his grandchildren, Alexandra and Lindsey Kendall and Sydney and Alexander Link.  

Memorial donations in Mr. Bigotte’s name may be made to the Rye Nature Center 873 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580 (ryenaturecenter.org).

 

Linnea Dagmar Aberg passed away on January 4, 2018 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. She was a resident of Covenant Village in Cromwell, Connecticut. She was 95.

She was born on December 19, 1922 near Göteborg, Sweden, in the parish of Finnerödja, an area renowned for the cultivation of world-class strawberries. She was the daughter of Anna (Eriksson) and Anders Persson.

After completing her education, which included business school, she took a bookkeeping position in Stockholm. In 1947 she immigrated to the United States, where she met her future husband, Helmer Aberg, who had emigrated from Sweden a few years earlier. They were married in 1948.

The Abergs owned a landscaping business, Aberg’s Nursery, which thrived in Rye, for more than 40 years. They built a house on the six-acre Old Post Road property, where they raised their two sons. Mrs. Aberg served as both bookkeeper and salesperson, augmenting her gardening knowledge by taking landscaping classes at the New York Botanical Garden.

The couple were active members of the VASA Order of New York, a Swedish-American fraternal organization, where they enjoyed an active social life with the greater Swedish community, and of Rye Presbyterian Church.

In 2001, after half a century in Rye, the Abergs moved to a retirement community in Cromwell. Mr. Aberg died in 2013, at the age of 103.

Linnea Aberg is survived by her two sons, Lennart Aberg of Bristol, R.I., and Roland Aberg of Long Lake, Minn.; four grandchildren: Christy, Erika, Lorentz, and Yvonne; two great-grandchildren, Judah and Zoe; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, most of whom live in Sweden. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters.

A celebration of her life will be conducted privately. To share memories or send condolences to the family, visit <www.doolittlefuneralservice.com>.

 

Alan Choate Davis of Port Chester, N.Y., died on December 9, 2017. The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage, but he died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.

Born in New Hampshire, on April 20, 1930 he was the son of Ann and Kenneth Davis. His childhood home was the source of many wonderful memories. He and his sister Margery and their parents especially enjoyed climbing and skiing in the nearby White Mountains. He was one of 12 Boy Scouts selected to serve as Messengers during the International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods in 1944.

In 1947, he graduated from Manchester Central High, where he served as class president all four years. He spent one year at Exeter Academy, where he anchored the line in the defeat of football rival Andover.

He graduated in 1952 from Dartmouth College, where he was on the Track and Field team, specializing in the hammer throw, a member of the Casque and Gauntlet Honor Society, and president of his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi.

Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army for three years, graduated from Officer Candidate School, and served as Commanding Officer of his Ordnance unit. He won the Fifth Army hammer championship and was a double winner in the Mid-American AAU Championships in the hammer and 56-pound weight throw.

In 1958, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he met his future wife, Mary Davidson. He then embarked on a successful career as a corporate lawyer. He was General Counsel of the Tank Car Comp Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, a corporate lawyer at Gulf Oil Corp and ITT Continental Baking Company, and Assistant General Counsel of Boehringer Ingelheim Corp.

He and his family lived in Rye for 35 years. He loved Rye Presbyterian Church, where he was a trustee; Manursing Island Club, where he served on the Board of Governors; and the Rye Youth Council, where he served as Counsel. He also served as chair of the Westchester Coalition of Business and Industry. Among his many civic and community undertakings was being part of the leadership effort that prevented the building of the Rye-Oyster Bay Bridge.

Alan Davis was known for his sense of humor, love of sports, in-depth knowledge of history (he was writing a book on the American Revolution), and his complete sacrifice and devotion to his entire family.

In addition to his beloved wife Mary, Mr. Davis is survived by his children, Russell, Mark, and Susan; and grandchildren, Lauren, Kevin, Neil, and Andrew Davis, and Holly and Michael Trumpler.

A funeral and celebration service will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rye Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to Steer for Student Athletes (steerforstudentathletes.org).

[PLACES: Manchester NH Leader, Rye Record, NYT?, Dartmouth Alumni Mag, ’52 Newsletter, Exeter Bulletin, Harvard Law School Alumni Mag, RPC, Manursing]

 

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich

 

 

William W. Mauritz died peacefully on December 27, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn Russell Mauritz, and by many nieces and nephews.

A native of the Chicago area, Bill, as he was called, graduated from New Trier High School, received a BA from Williams College, and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

He began his career as a consultant at Cresap, McCormick & Paget where he was responsible for directing major consulting engagements in North America, Europe, and Australia. He was then hired as Senior Vice President and Personnel Director at Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem, N.C. From there, he went on to become Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Heublein, Inc. in Farmington, Conn.

After Heublein, he became Senior Vice President, Human Resources at McGraw-Hill in New York City and moved to Rye, where he and his wife Carolyn lived for thirty years. Three years ago the couple moved to Hidden Falls in Rye Brook. He was a member of Apawamis Club for 32 years and helped run the Interclub Seniors of Westchester.

He was active on many boards, including the Alumni Board of the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, the McGraw Foundation, and a charitable trust in Dundee, Illinois, where he was a director and former president. For over thirteen years, he served on the board of trustees, including four years as president, of The Osborn in Rye. This was a period of dynamic growth at The Osborn, and its success and importance were dear to his heart.

Bill Mauritz cherished his family and his friends. He enjoyed the many discussion groups to which he belonged. He was an ardent reader, an enthusiastic scuba diver, and an avid golfer. He loved the New York Giants, the Yankees, and all the Irish Setters that have been part of the family over the years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations in Mr. Mauritz’s memory may be made to The Osborn Foundation (www.theosborn.org) to support outstanding lifestyle opportunities and health care for area seniors.

 

Donald Christopher Cacciapaglia, 66, a longtime resident of Rye, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Born on July 1, 1951 in Yonkers, he was the son of Tina and Ralph Cacciapaglia.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, he received an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College. He went on to receive an MBA at Iona College.

Don was married for 42 years to his beloved wife Ellen (Speth), whom he met in high school. He is also survived by his four children: David (Claire) Caccipaglia of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Lauren (Christopher) Sargent of New York, N.Y., Leslie (Colin) Neville of New York, N.Y., and Emily (Sam) Calder of London, England; his mother, Tina of Somers, N.Y.; his sister, Mariann Covello; his brother, Richard Cacciapaglia; and his six cherished grandchildren: Peter, Grace, and Maggie Cacciapaglia, Noelle and Greta Sargent, and Luke Neville.

His esteemed career began in 1973 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. From 1977-1995 he held a number of senior positions at Merrill Lynch & Co., then was Chief Operating Officer at CS First Boston and Paine Webber. In 2002, he became Chairman and CEO of Channel Capital Group Inc. He joined Guggenheim Partners in 2010, where he held several senior management roles. Most recently, he was Vice Chairman of Guggenheim Investments. Throughout his career he took great pride in mentoring young professionals.

Active in his community, he coached his son’s basketball and daughters’ softball teams when they were young, and dedicated time to the Rye Historical Society. He was a member of American Yacht Club and Apawamis Club, where he served on the Board of Governors for six years. He led the reconstruction of the fitness center at Apawamis and was honored with the Governor’s Award in 2009 for his dedication to the club.

A skilled fly fisherman, wood turner, and gardener, Don especially enjoyed spending time at his home on Cape Cod with family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection January 5.

Donations in his name may be made to the Don Cacciapaglia Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College, which sponsors first-generation college students. (Manhattan College Development Office, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471.)

 

April McBroom Deen of Rye, N.Y., passed away peacefully on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her family and friends. She was 41 years old. 

Born on February 24, 1976, in Amersfoort, Netherlands, she was the daughter of John and Connie Weir McBroom. After graduating from Randolph Air Force Base High School in 1994, she went on to Radford University, where she earned a BBA in Marketing and was a member of Sigma Kappa.

She was a fashion sales executive for Guess, Marithe + Francois Girbaud, Converse, and Tokyo 5 from 1998-2010 and, until last year, worked as a sales consultant. 

In 2012, she married Adrian Deen and together they raised their two children, Alton and Elan. They survive her, as do her mother, Connie McBroom of Oakton, Va. and Rye; her father, Retired Major General John McBroom of San Antonio; her brother, Robert McBroom of Park City, Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

Recalling his wife, Mr. Adrian Dean said, “I lost my best friend. April was an amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and human being. She fought a tenacious yearlong fight exactly to the day, and while the outcome wasn’t what we all hoped for, she won. I am awed by how many hearts she touched and inspired.”

A Memorial Service was held December 11 at Rye Presbyterian Church. Donation in April Deen’s memory may be made to Soul Ryeders, (www.soulryeders.org).