Burial: Burial will be private. Service: A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Donations: In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to:  The Columbia College, Temple Israel of Westport, CT, and Connecticut Hospice

Joseph I. Kesselman


July 12, 2011

Joseph I. Kesselman, 86, beloved husband of Estelle Kesselman of Westport, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 with his family at his side.

Mr. Kesselman, son of Leo and Jane Kesselman, was born in Brooklyn, New York.  A graduate of The Townsend-Harris School of New York City, and Columbia College, he received a law degree from The Columbia School of Law.  Mr. Kesselman served as a navigator in the US Air Force during WWII, in the Pacific Theatre.  He was a member of the New York State and Federal Bar Associations and a prominent corporate executive with Pan Am, Kinney (now known as Time-Warner), Federal Pacific Electric, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Mr. Kesselman additionally served as a Director on the Board of several Fortune 500 companies, and held a European Board position with Perrot Duval Holding Corporation.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Estelle, and his three daughters:  Jane Biagini and her husband Larry, of Redding, CT; Dr. Amy Kesselman Fingerhut and her husband Herbert, of McLean, VA; and Nancy Roodberg and her husband David, of Vienna, VA.  In addition, Mr Kesselman is survived by seven grandchildren:  Jonathan, Jennifer, Kaitlin, Alexandra, Zachary, Benjamin, and Madeleine, and two great-grandchildren:  Ashlee and Lainey.

  1. To Estelle and your family. We are sorry for your loss of such an interesting man, husband, father, grand & great Grandfather. I always liked that picture of Joe and Mr. Kentuky Fried Chicken in the basement. He was a good man. The best to you all. Thom & Judy Burrows, in the Adirondack Mountains.

    September 27, 2011
    Thom & Judy Burrows -
  • We were very sorry to hear of Joseph’s death. I remember that he had connections in Switzerland, and I very much enjoyed talking with him. Our best wishes to you, Estelle. Kurt Rosenfeld

    September 27, 2011
    Kurt & Lynn Rosenfeld -
  • He will be missed. Our sympathies to Estelle and the family. Al and Janet

    September 27, 2011
    Dr. Albert and Janet Beasley -
  • Dear Estelle, I am sorry to hear that your husband died.

    September 27, 2011
    Ellen Hannes -
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