Ada-Chase Holcombe Casswell

Ada-Chas Holcombe Casswell, formerly of Darien and Sea Island, died in her sleep on Sept. 27. She was 85.

Mrs. Casswell was born June 9, 1924 at home in Farmington to the late Marguerite Chase and John Marshall Holcombe Jr. She attended Miss Porter's School then served as a member of the Red Cross Volunteer Nurse's Aide Corps for 6,500 hours at the Hartford Hospital during the war. Her volunteer work later included more than 30 years with the Children's Aid Society as well as lifelong membership in the Junior League and Garden Club of Darien. She later served as a member of the board of the Blue Ridge School in Virginia and for years chaired and helped organized the annual New York Auxiliary Ball.

Mrs. Caswell is also remembered for the beautiful gardens she created as well as her love and skill on the tennis court and golf course. Some of the happiest stories she told revolved around her wonderful 53 years of marriage to the late Cameron Caswell and, recently, the years she considered herself "so lucky" to spend with Jay Logan and his loving family.

Survivors include her sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and brothers John Marshall Holcombe III and Allan C. Boas.

She was predeceased by her sister, Gloria H. Barlow, a few months ago, and her brothers, Robert W. Boas and Herbert A. Boas Jr., in recent years.

A celebration of the joyous life of Ada-Chase Holcombe Caswell will be held at Evergreen Woods in North Branford at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Private burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington.

Memorial donations may go to The Timothy Cowles House, Miss Porter's School, 60 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

George Thomas Murphy

George Thomas Murphy, known to his family and friends as Twidge, formerly of Darien, died Oct. 4 at the Stamford Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 82.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Stamford and was the son of the late John J. Murphy and Julia L. Mayes Murphy.

Mr. Murphy was a Range Master for the Greenwich Country Club for more than 22 years. He was a WWII and Korean War Air Force veteran.

Survivors include wife Rosemary Kearns Murphy of Stamford; two sons, Kevin K. Murphy and his wife, Molly, of Kirwood, Mo., and Stephen M. Murphy and his wife, Jill, of Vancouver, Wash.; three daughters, Ellen R. Murphy of Winthrop, Mass., Sharon M. Parry and her husband, Michael, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Lauren A. Weber and her husband, Russell, of Marietta, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Sean, Ryan and Jack Murphy, Mitchell and Sam Weber, Kristen and Thom Vet, and Kilen and Keely Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, Buddy, Robert and Francis Murphy and a sister, Patsy Farringer.

Family received relatives and friends at the Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford, on Oct. 7. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Maurice Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, Stamford. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in his memory to: The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 ( or to The First Tee of Connecticut, 525 Brook Street, Suite 206, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (

Myrtle Savory Thompson

Myrtle Savory Thompson, a Darien resident for more than 60 years, died Saturday, Aug. 22, in Trumbull after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Luther F. Thompson

Born in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 15, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ethel Edwards Savory. She attended Manchester schools and graduated from Boston University with a degree in music education. She taught public school music in Darien for a number of years. An accomplished violinist, she taught lessons to many area students. Before her illness, she had been an active member of the congregation of the Noroton Presbyterian Church. Most recently she had led a small group of ladies singing regularly in nursing homes in the area.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Seeley and her husband, Larry, of Opelousas, La., and Gail Thomas and her husband, Robert, of Ontario, Canada; and one son Bruce Thompson and his wife, Terrie, of Fairfield; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Chapel, 2011 Post Road, Darien, on Monday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, Darien, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Noroton Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 3401, Darien, CT 06820.