Most did not know his name.  Many remembered his smile and wave.  A memorial has been set up at the intersection at Chopsey Hill and Summit Street where James Cleary would sell copies of the Connecticut Post to those on their way to work each morning.  Everyone soon learned his name when he was stabbed near his home on Benham Avenue early Tuesday Evening.  His wife Mary Cleary sells papers on State Street near Lafayette.  The Connecticut Post had nice tribute page with Tweets and interviews with those that knew James.   In that tribute his wife Mary had the most appropriate comment about him  :”He waved good morning to everybody,” Mary Cleary said. “If he could make one person’s day, it was worth it to him. He would always wave and smile.”  When I was taking photos of the tribute quite a few  people drove by me and shouted from their car what a great guy he was.    It was one of our Facebook friends Michele Brewster let us know about the tribute, thank you Michele!  Many are going to miss your smile and wave James!


By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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