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First Selectman Marpe On Death Of Westport's Sidney Kramer

First Selectman Jim Marpe
First Selectman Jim Marpe Photo Credit: File Photo

WESTPORT, Conn. – First Selectman Jim Marpe has issued a statement regarding the death of Westport resident Sidney Kramer.

“In addition to his impressive professional accolades and accomplishments, Sidney was a fierce believer in honoring history and preserving the character of his beloved Westport. He was instrumental in affecting change in a myriad of ways. From his original endeavors in maintaining the Remarkable Book Store to establishing a third political party in Westport and until recently when, despite failing health, he remained active in Save Westport Now. All the while, Sidney provided guidance and a history lesson for us all.

“I truly admired his resolve and steadfast nature. His vocal and passionate support for this close-knit town was infectious. When Sidney established Save Westport Now in the early 1980s, he provided an outlet for those with a distinct and admirable vision for Westport – a vision which remains focused on planning, development and preservation discussions to this day. Because of Sidney’s progressive foresight and dedication, members of Save Westport Now will be involved in town government for years to come.”

Kramer, who died on Dec. 10 at the age of 99, was an attorney, literary agent and co-founder of Bantam Books, according to Westport Now . He co-founded Save Westport Now to preserve Gorham Island, which lies across from Remarkable Books, the book store he owned. SWN eventually became a political party.

“On behalf of the Town of Westport, I wish only heartfelt peace to Sidney’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Marpe said in a press release. “Like so many others in our community, I am grateful to have known this remarkable man.”

According to Westport Now , a memorial service is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road.

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