Obituaries

  • Richard Sementa, 57, Antiques Dealer

    Richard “Rick” Sementa, Jr., 57, of Salem, Mass., and formerly of Vernon, Conn., passed away peacefully January 27 at Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. Born in Hartford, Conn., the son of Richard and Frances (Celino) Sementa of Vernon, Conn., Rick grew up and li...

  • Antiques, Car Friends Will Miss Donald O. Baumann, 78

    Donald O. Baumann, 78, who died January 12, is missed sorely by the many friends he made from his twin passions of antiques and racing. A devotee of early mid-Atlantic American furniture and schoolgirl needlework, Don saw many pi...

  • Donald O. Baumann, 78, Early American Furniture Specialist

    Donald O. Baumann, 78, died January 12. Son of the late Mae Emma (nee Capuret) and Otto Faustin Baumann, Don was passionate about early mid-Atlantic American furniture and schoolgirl needlework. Many items from his inventory over the years are now in collections of several ...

  • George Bernheimer, 80, Antiques Dealer

    George Bernheimer died on January 10, after a relatively brief battle with cancer, with his wife, sons and close friends at his bedside. With his wife Jackie, George was an antiques dealer doing business as Moonstone Antiques, specializing in antique and estate jewelry, A...

  • John J. Snyder Jr, 67; Noted Pennsylvania Antiquarian

    John J. Snyder Jr, 67, of Landisville, died Saturday, December 28. John was a noted antiquarian, particularly with respect to late Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century furniture, clocks and architecture of the central and eastern counties in Penn...

  • Keith Meissner, Longtime Auctioneer

    Keith R. Meissner Sr, 60 of Thais Road, died Friday, December 13, at his home as a result of trying to save his horses during a barn fire. Through his efforts, he was able to save six of his cherished horses. Born in Albany...

  • Martin Jacobs, 86, The Splendid Peasant

    Martin Jacobs, aka The Splendid Peasant, died December 11 from complications from open heart surgery. He was 86. As the Splendid Peasant, he operated a gallery in South Egremont, Mass., where museum quality folk art and painted furniture were displayed with skill and a disti...

  • John Whitmore, Antiques Restorer, Steward

    John Whitmore died peacefully on September 21 at Cobalt Lodge, after a brief illness. He was born in Middletown in 1925 and was a lifelong resident of Middlesex County. John and his wife Doris lived in Haddam for more than 50 years before moving to ...

  • Philip C. Shute, 80, Auctioneer

    Philip C. Shute, 80, of Brockton, Mass., died Tuesday, December 3, at the Beth Israel Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Corinne L. (Duffy) Shute for more than 50 years. Until 2001 when he retired, he was owner of Shute Auction...

  • William James Roth; Antiques Dealer, Craftsman

    William James Roth died unexpectedly on October 26. He was 67 and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandra K. Roth, mother, Gertrude Roth of Yarmouth Port, stepchildren Jay Creamer of Alton Bay, N.H., and Lauren Soponis of Wilmington, N.C., and t...