Fran White Thanks Westport — And Westporters

Fran White is a longtime, beloved — and now former — Westporter.

As she left, the loyal “06880” reader asked me to convey a few thoughts to the community. She wrote:

The day we left Westport for a new home in southern Vermont, Elizabeth Bernstein wrote in the Wall Street Journal that one can be awed by nature, but also by people.

For the 6 months we prepared for the move, we were awed by and grateful to:

  • The staffs of Goodwill and the transfer station, whose good humor and patience always greeted our numerous trips to divest ourselves of too much stuff
  • Tom Kashetta, for responding promptly and cheerfully to any crisis involving trees
  • Grapevine, Fortuna’s, Stiles, and Genee and Jess of Herbaceous Catering. for providing sustenance
  • Nelson and Don at UPS, for expertly packing and sending box after box
  • Aela, Griffin and Sienna, who are revitalizing our neighborhood
  • Most of all to my two best friends, Cia and MarySue, who provided love, support and encouragement the whole way through (and still do).

Thanks too to Chris for giving us the time and space we needed. and to Rob and Amanda. We hope that the new residents treasure all that Westport offers, including its greatest asset: its people.

Fran White, in her new home.

4 responses to “Fran White Thanks Westport — And Westporters

  1. Irene Kniffin

    Good luck in Vermont. We moved to Dorset, Vermont in 2013 and came back to Connecticut in 2017. We missed the stores, restaurants, doctors and the beaches, nature trails and the dog park and all the smart people. We were in Westport for 26 years and now live in Southport where I can enjoy both the towns of Fairfield and Westport. Vermont is a lonely place if you don’t have friends there already.

  2. It’s easy to be prompt and cheerful when dealing with two of the nicest people I have ever met. Mrs, White and Harry have been my tree customers for many year that quickly turned into a wonderful friendship. I will miss the long talks we have had many times. I hope to stay in touch with them. They will be missed greatly. I wish them both happiness in there new home !!!!

  3. The Waxmans wish Fran much happiness in Vermont.

  4. Dear Friend. Dear Person. Dear Fran. My favorite leaver of phone messages. There is life after Westport.