Our Condolences: Bob Dugan

posted Sep 20, 2018, 11:22 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 11:22 AM ]

Robert Dennis “Brud” Dugan Sr. entered into eternal peace surrounded by his loving family on Monday, September 17, 2018. Brud was born on September 29, 1926 in Yonkers, NY to the late Eugene and Sarah (Kelly) Dugan. He received his education in Yonkers schools. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Amsterdam in the Pacific Ocean theatre during WWII. After proudly serving his country he returned to Yonkers and in 1948 married C. Theresa Romano. Brud joined the Yonkers Fire Department in 1954 and retired in 1981. In 1969, he moved to New Fairfield, CT. Upon his retirement from the YFD, Brud began a successful career in real estate.  Brud became a widower in 1980 after losing his loving wife Terry to cancer. In 1983, he was blessed to begin a new love story with his devoted wife Carol (Beland) Banning who survives him. 


Also left to cherish his memory, are his children, Robert D. Dugan Jr., Heather Carswell, Scott and Glenn Banning. A beloved Pop-Pop, he will be missed by his 20 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. His brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Patricia Dugan and sister Mary Fernandes, brother and sister-in-law Robert and Beverly Pietrzkiewicz, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his constant and most loyal companion, Lucky.  Brud was predeceased by his daughter Diane T. Dugan, grandson William M. Barnaby Jr. and brothers, Eugene, Thomas, John, Lawrence, and Raymond, Dugan. 


An avid golfer, Brud and Carol spent their winters in Florida. His strong work ethic, mechanical genius, and willingness to share his gift of fixing anything, made him the go to man for many.  Brud was always quick with a joke and with his wit, humor and Irish charm he would captivate any and all with grand stories of his adventures. His family will treasure the time spent celebrating all of life’s milestones with him and will continue to live by the example he set for us. He was a devout man, who lived his life loving God, country, and family.


A Visitation will be held at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00 – 5:00 PM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 24th at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 21 Brush Hollow Road, New Fairfield at 10:00 AM


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to St. Edward the Confessor church, 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield, CT  06812. 

Our Condolences: Pat Fleischmann

posted Aug 28, 2018, 1:12 PM by CK Webmaster

Pat Fleischmann, one of our favorite long term CK residents, died peacefully on August 21, 2018.  Pat started coming to Candlewood Knolls with her husband Dennis in 1968. Pat and Dennis bought their home on Summerhill Road in 1984 and she had spent over 30 years creating the perfect lake house for her family.  Each of their four children attended camp and went on to become counselors. Everyone who knew Pat knows that she loved to sing, dance, entertain her friends and put her entire heart and soul into her beautiful garden.  Over the years, Pat was involved in countless community events including everything from the Family Picnic to tennis tournaments, and the President’s Day dance. Pat is survived by her husband, Dennis, her four children, Laura, Dennis, Colleen, and Kevin and her granddaughters, Ayla and Emerson.

A memorial mass in honor of Pat will take place at St. Edward the Confessor on Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow immediately at the Knolls Clubhouse.  All community members are invited to come celebrate Pat’s life.

Memorial donations in honor of Pat may be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center in Norwalk or the Norwalk Hospital ICU.

Dan Hamilton's 25th Anniversary

posted Jul 3, 2018, 12:20 PM by CK Webmaster

For those attending the Clam Bake on Saturday, Dan Hamilton and his wife Beth will be attending as invited guests to recognize and thank Dan on his 25th anniversary year of service to Candlewood Knolls.  If you see them, please stop by to give your personal thanks to him and Beth.

Our Condolensces: Joseph Brakl

posted Jun 26, 2018, 10:53 AM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 12:55 PM ]

Joseph Brakl, a long-term CK resident, died in late November 2017. Born in Vienna and educated in Shanghai during WWII, he later served in the US army during the Korean War. After obtaining masters' degrees from Columbia University and NY University in geology and geophysics, Joe worked extensively with Columbia University's Hudson Laboratories developing the undersea Artemis Tower (Bermuda trench area) and mapping the mid-Atlantic ridge. He ended his career heading a small technology company in Dobbs Ferry NY.


Joe was an avid water skier and spent 45 years enjoying CK and Candlewood Lake. He is sorely missed by his wife of 50 years, Mary Jane Brakl, daughter Vicki Brakl and grandaugher, Collette Brakl Carlson.

Spirit … of Candlewood Knolls

posted Dec 22, 2017, 10:40 AM by CK Webmaster

It’s cold. Freezing in fact. But it’s mid-December in the Knolls and the frosty air is to be expected. The lake cottages are all buttoned up for the winter … slumbering after a busy Summer and Fall of boisterous families enjoying our beautiful Candlewood Lake! But there is still work to be done … water to be turned off, leaves to be picked up and docks to be secured … which leads us to our story. 

Early one morning Dan, with ruddy cheeks, sporting a jaunty red cap and his helper Sean set off to North Beach to check on the docks one last time and to move the big, yellow tractor back to the clubhouse for the winter. To their surprise, a swan timidly approached them. Sean tried to stroke her … but she backed away … and that was that. Both Dan and Sean thought it was odd, but they had work to do and soon thoughts of the lone swan were replaced by the “Things To Do” checklist. The next day, curious, not knowing what to expect … they stopped by North Beach and saw the swan again. 

She was alone. Battered and abandoned by her bevy, she lay on the dock … hungry, thirsty and cold. She was forgotten. Her feathers were torn, her slim legs scraped raw by ice and her normally bright eyes dulled by pain and loneliness. She had given up hope. But Sean and Dan saw her … and now the story becomes one of hope, kindness and the goodness of one small gesture. 

Seeing her distress, Dan and Sean quickly called the Sharon Audubon Society, and after receiving some careful instructions on how to rescue the swan, they swaddled her in a blanket and flew like the wind to Sharon where help waited. Sean named her Spirit … and their actions are the embodiment of Candlewood Knolls … where caring for each other is our way of life. 

Thanks to the kindness of our own Santa and his helper as well as the expertise of Sunny at Audubon, Spirit is doing well … and in the Spring will be returned to Candlewood Lake. 

Sunny tells us we can adopt Spirit … and in doing so insure her complete rehabilitation as well as other creatures in their care. So those of you who have been touched by this story, and want to participate in Spirit’s care, please visit and contribute … make sure you reference Spirit and Candlewood Knolls! We look forward to seeing all of you, including our beautiful Spirit, when we return to the Knolls in the Spring! 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

Tennis Courts - resurfaced and ready!

posted Aug 22, 2017, 3:54 PM by CK Webmaster   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

Our tennis courts are looking great!  We recently had them resurfaced (no more bird baths or cracks!) and re-painted.  We also added pickleball lines, so try your hand at that too!)  Please come out to enjoy the court!

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