In Memory: July 25-27

Paula Jean Arbitelle Danzy, 65, Sebastian

Paula Jean Arbitelle Danzy, 65, entered the arms of her Heavenly Father on July 22, 2020. Paula, currently of Sebastian, was born on Sept. 20, 1954, in Allentown, Pa. She lived most of her life in Danbury and Waterbury, Ct.

Paula had a vibrant personality, and that showed in every aspect of her life. She loved bold colors, spunky hair styles, shoes to match every outfit, and anything Betty Boop. Her favorite flowers were red and pink long-stemmed roses.

If you knew Paula, you knew she was who she was—bold and sassy, yet loyal to those she loved. She was the type of person that loved to help people. If she could meet a need, she would. Her heart and home were always open.

She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

Paula was preceded in death by her father, Paul Arbitelle; her mother, Octavia Brill; her brothers, Mark Arbitelle, Richard (Dick) Arbitelle, Jimmy O’Hara, and David Arbitelle.

She was survived by her daughter, Karyn (Heath) Bryant; her son, Jason Danzy, former husband James Danzy; her grandchildren, Travis (Nicole), La’Kyia , Jordan , Heath, Jr., Jahun , Jaymere , Aleeya, Diamond, Cherish, Elijah, Jaydon, and Tyler; Great grandchildren; Carter and Troy; brother, Michael (Sandi) Arbitelle and Dennis O’Hara; sister-in-law, Trudy Arbitelle; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held 12 noon Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Overflow Church of Vero Beach, 1505 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

 

Elwin Wallace Davis, 93, Sebastian

Elwin Wallace Davis, 93, of Sebastian, passed away at his home, Saturday, July 25, 2020. He was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Wakefield, Mass., to parents, Lawrence and Ethel Brooks Davis.

Elwin was a United States Navy veteran, having served during WWII.

Mr. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and his MBA from Stetson University, Deland, FL.

He had been a Florida resident for many years, living in Orlando, Vero Beach, and the past 25 years in Sebastian.

Mr. Davis retired after 20 years with Piper Aircraft, Vero Beach.  He went on to work with Harris Corp., Melbourne, for several years also.

Elwin is survived by his wife of 75 years, Joann; son, Gerald Davis of Sebastian; daughter, Margo Knowles of Melbourne; grandson, Robert Davis of Orlando; granddaughters, Dr. Lynn Johnson of Sebastian, Melanie Marteney of Melbourne, and Heather Spencer of Waynesboro, Virginia; also eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Davis will be terribly missed by his loving family!

 

Francis Patrick Fagan, 86, Vero Beach

Francis “Frank” Patrick Fagan, 86, of Vero Beach, passed peacefully at home on July 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. Born June 1, 1934, in Bethlehem, Pa., to the late Stanley and Anna Fagan, Frank moved to Vero Beach in 2001. He had previously resided in Savannah, Ga., as well as Simsbury and Westbrook, Ct.

Frank earned a Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and went on to earn his Masters Degree in engineering management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His enduring association with the University of Notre Dame family was one of which he was particularly proud.

He served as an officer in the United States Navy, stationed in Groton, Connecticut, where he was part of the construction and sea trials of the first nuclear submarines. He also served at the Boston Naval Shipyard.

Later, he was employed for 38 years by Combustion Engineering and its successor companies, ultimately rising from engineer to President. Initially, he qualified as a nuclear power plant chief operator and then became operations manager. Subsequently, he managed the utility contract department, was promoted to Vice President of Construction, and later became Vice President of Production with responsibility for engineering, manufacturing, and construction. He was named President of Combustion Engineering’s successful power plant service company and concluded his career as President of ABB, Combustion Engineering’s worldwide steam generation business.

Throughout his adult life, he served on numerous boards and associations, fueled by his deeply-held belief in civic responsibility and altruism. His civic activities in Simsbury included Chairman of the Cultural and Recreation Commission with responsibility for the startup of Simsbury Farms Recreational Complex. He was active as a coach and administrator for many youth athletic programs, including those of his five children. His charitable involvements included the United Way and Habitat for Humanity, and in Vero Beach, he was a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Hope for Families Center.

Besides his extensive world travel for business and pleasure, he particularly enjoyed family trips to ski the Alps, sail and snorkel in the Caribbean Sea, raft the Grand Canyon, and safari in South Africa. He personally enjoyed playing golf and tennis and spending time sailing and boating, all activities made richer by the opportunity to share them with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Upon retiring in Vero Beach, he reveled in the time spent with friends and family at the Johns Island Club. Through six decades of challenges and triumphs, heartaches and celebrations, his constant companion and champion was his hometown sweetheart, Rosanne Spiegel. They shared an enduring love and deep respect for one another. He was a devoted husband, an encouraging father, and a proud Grandad who delighted in telling stories of past adventures or paving the way for new ones.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosanne (née Spiegel), as well as his son Michael of Clinton, Connecticut; his daughter Doreen and her husband Kurt James of St. Louis, Missouri; his daughter Donna Patterson of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his son Timothy and his wife Amanda Fagan of Waterford, Connecticut; his sister Rita and her husband Marty Adams of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and his six grandchildren: Brian, Jacob, and Sean Patterson, and Boden, Declan, and Hope Fagan. He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen E. Guida of New York, New York, his sister, MaryAnn Finger of Orange, Texas, and his son-in-law John Barnett of East Hampton, Connecticut.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hope for Families Center at 720 4th Street, Vero Beach, Florida, 32962.

A private service will be held for family at St. Helen Catholic Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

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