Deborah (Walsh) Callan

Deborah (Walsh) Callan, 59, of Fairfield, the wife of the late Ray J. Callan, Jr. passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2012 in Bridgeport with her family and friends by her side.

Born in Bridgeport to the late James and Therese Walsh, Debbie was a lifelong Fairfield resident.

She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. Degree in Art and Textile Design.

Debbie was a gourmet cook and professional recipe tester for various cooking publications and her expertise has been acknowledged in several publications. She had been employed by the Connecticut Audubon Society as Site Manager for the past several years.

Debbie will always be remembered as a kind and gentle person who lived life to the fullest. She had the ability to connect with everyone she came in contact with and had a kind word to say about everyone.

She enjoyed spending time in Exuma with Ray and friends. She was passionate about gardening; loved Connecticut and her life in Fairfield; looked forward to watching the change of seasons; browsing through quaint shops and collecting old family photos. Along with cooking, her creativity was expressed in calligraphy and needlework.

She was a member of the Fairfield Women’s Club, The Fayerweather Yacht Club and was employed by the Fairfield Historical Society.

Debbie’s family would like to thank the wonderful network of longtime friends who have given her such support, care and comfort throughout the years. In addition, they would like to express deep gratitude to the Norma F. Pfreim Cancer Center and the entire staff at Bridgeport Hospital’s West Tower 7 for their compassion and support toward both Debbie and her extended family of friends.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Black Rock. Interment to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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