Rev. Paul M. Ritter, pastor and activist

The Hartford Courant reports that Paul Ritter, leader of the Warburton Community Congregational Church on Brookfield Street for 25 years until his retirement in 1997, died last week at age 82. Ritter, a North Carolina native who came to Hartford in 1969, may be best known outside the city for his three unsuccessful runs for […]

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Joe Marfuggi, riverfront visionary

Joe Marfuggi, the man who led Riverfront Recapture for 29 years, died last week at age 77. It’s hard to think of anyone who did more to revitalize Hartford in the past half-century. The Hartford Courant summed up his impact nicely: Marfuggi, energized by a vision of reconnecting residents with the Connecticut River waterfront in […]

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David Ransom, Hartford historian

Hartford lost one of its best historians with the recent death of David Ransom, at age 100. Visitors to HartfordHistory.net may recognize Dave as the co-author, with Gregory Andrews, of  “Structures and Styles: Guided Tours of Hartford Architecture,” an indispensable (though, sadly, out-of-print) book that gave thumb-nail sketches of every significant building in the city, […]

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