Remembering Angela Cockfield And Joel Zabin

Two people who contributed greatly to Westport life died earlier this month.

Angela Cockfield had battled cancer. She was a passionate, dedicated librarian in the Westport school system for many years, and a lifelong advocate of education.

Her Staples High School colleagues remembered her as “dedicated, and committed to many causes…. a lovely lady who did great things when no one was looking.”

The daughter of a college English professor, Angela and her husband Raiford Cockfield — an IBM vice president — had 3 children (with a pair of Stanford MBAs).

Angela Cockfield, with her family.


Joel Zabin was well known to generation of Westport children and teenagers. He died at 86.

For years, Paul Zabin’s — his family’s store in Colonial Green — was the go-to place for back-to-school clothes.

Besides that iconic shop, he also worked at The Campus Shop, Macy’s and Brooks Brothers.

Joel is survived by his sons, Joshua Zabin (Valerie) of Monroe, Jonathan (Tracy) of Hamden, and 3 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Senior Services,

5 responses to “Remembering Angela Cockfield And Joel Zabin

  1. I worked for the Zabins for awhile way back when.
    They were a lovely family and treated their employees well. I loved that they sold everything from baby clothes to Tuxedoes in their store.
    My condolences to the Zabin family

  2. Vivianne Pommier

    My condolences to the Zabins. I grew up in clothes from Zabin’s. and they were all wonderful.

  3. Karyn Schwartz

    I still remember Angela Cockfield’s visits to my classrooms to talk about books. Her love of reading was infectious! This must be such a difficult time to lose a loved one given all the social distancing restrictions. May her memory be for a blessing.

  4. Angela had a true generosity of spirit and was one of the most accomplished bakers I have ever known. Celia, Natalie and “little Rai” were the source of her ongoing maternal pride and she was the epitome of kindness to everyone.

  5. Paul Zabins was a great place. Back in 1978 they outfitted about 20 of us Coleytown boys in full tails for the ballroom scene in our production of “My Fair Lady.” We looked good!

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