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William A. Stefan, Retired Westport Police Chief

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former Westport Police Chief William A. Stefan, who served as chief from 1974 to 1984, died Thursday. He was 75.

Born Aug. 11, 1936, in Lynn, Mass., Stefan was a Westport resident for the past 54 years. Husband of Janet Rogers Stefan, he joined the police department as a patrol officer Sept. 15, 1957. He was appointed chief March 6, 1974, and retired Feb. 1, 1984. After retiring, he served as head of security for Westport Bank and Trust as well as TD Bank North.

Stefan graduated from Norwalk Community College with an associate's degree and later from the FBI Academy in 1974. He was a member of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association and the New England Police Chiefs Association.

Stefan was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and golf. He was a member and past president of the Westport Striped Bass Club and was a member of the Longshore Men's Golf Association. He also served on the town's Parks and Recreation Commission.

In addition to his wife of 28 years, Stefan is survived by two daughters, Lori Torrano and her husband Peter of Norwalk, and Helen Stefan Moreau and her husband Francois of Chevy Chase, Md.; three sons, Christopher W. Stefan of Norwalk, David W. Stefan of Arlington, Va., and Benjamin A. Stefan of Westport; and two grandchildren, Victoria Moreau and William Moreau. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a brother, Charles Stefan.

Calling hours will be held Monday at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Westport's Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897 or to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, 761 Main Ave., Suite 114, Norwalk, CT 06851. Online condolences may be left on the Harding Funeral website .

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