Willmott, Alfred D.
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Alfred D. Willmott, age 83, a 50-year resident of Westport, died at home of complications from melanoma on Saturday, April 29, 2006. Born as the youngest of seven children on September 25, 1922, Mr. Willmott was the son of Harold Willmott and Minnie Shout Willmott, who operated a poultry farm in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. A 1939 graduate of Huntington High School, Mr. Willmott flew in the Air Transport Command and the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II and later worked as a navigator for American Overseas Airlines, based out of New York's LaGuardia Airport. After marrying Helenanne Frederick Willmott in 1952, graduating from the Whitney School of Art, and moving to Westport in 1956, he set up Al Willmott Associates, an independent commercial art agency, which he ran for more than 40 years. An accomplished fine artist, he was best known locally for his pen-and-ink scenes of Westport, which he drew and distributed as Christmas cards for three decades and which today decorate the homes of many Westport families. Mr. Willmott was a member of the Westport Y's Men and was a member of both the Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk and The Patterson Club in Fairfield. He also served on The Patterson Club's Board of Directors. An avid gardener and amateur landscape architect, he created his own small golf course at home, and in winter he often crafted large snow sculptures to the delight of friends and neighbors. They were pictured many times in the pages of local newspapers. Mr Willmott is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helenanne Frederick Willmott; his three children, Ellen Willmott of New Canaan, Don Willmott of New York City, and Andrew Willmott of Bridgeport; two brothers, John Willmott of Florida and Walter Willmott of New York; one sister, Alice Grange of New Jersey.
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Willmott, Alfred D. , “Saugatuck Railroad,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed August 8, 2022, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/153.