NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Tanya Anne Bickley, a lifelong resident of New Canaan, died Sunday, Sept. 8. She was 71.
Bickley was born Dec. 11, 1941, in New York City, daughter of Samuel Felton and Anna Clark Bickley. She graduated from New Canaan Country School and went on to Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass., earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Bridgeport, and a Masters Degree in Remedial Reading also from the University of Bridgeport. Bickley was active in the public sphere since 1974, as president of Classical Radio for Connecticut. She had her own agency, TBE, Inc., representing entertainers, authors, musicians and other professional speakers. She was instrumental in saving the Clark property, a 22-acre woodland preserve in New Canaan, and promoting the use of the flexi -pave path in Irwin Park. She was a member of the Congregational Church and taught fourth and seventh grade Sunday school for 30 years. She was a lifelong member of the Town Players of New Canaan as well as publicist and box office manager.
Bickley is survived by her sister, Sheri Bickley Dean of New Canaan; niece and nephew, and grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St., New Canaan, CT 06840. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (http://www.visitingnurse.net/) or The Town Players of New Canaan (P.O. Box 201, New Canaan, CT 06840).
For more information, please visit: http://www.hoytfuneralhome.com/
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