John Frederick Amport, 69, of Madison, Conn., formerly of Wilton, died July 10, 2015, after a long illness.
He was born Jan. 30, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John (Jack) Amport and Lillian Lamberg Amport. Raised in Essex Fells, N.J., he spent many happy hours on the local skating pond playing ice hockey and was eventually inducted into the West Essex High School Hall of Fame as a championship goalie.
After four years in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War, Amport graduated from the University of Connecticut and began his career with IBM, which led him to the computer leasing business. His real talent for design and home renovation led him to restore three antique homes with his wife Meredith in Madison, Wilton and Killingworth. A summer resident of Madison since childhood, he was able to realize his dream to live there full-time after retirement. He was a former member of the Madison Country Club and Madison Beach Club.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Meredith; a daughter Caroline Piper and her husband Nathanael Piper of Exeter, N.H.; a son John Christian Amport and his wife Stephanie Buia Amport of Madison; and three grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters, Karin Peterson of Madison, and Judy Cook of Wilton.
There will be no services. A gathering of family and friends is planned for September.
Donations may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford.