Forced out as airport manager a few years ago by then-Mayor Bill Finch, Public Facilities Director John Ricci must now pay more attention to the municipally owned Sikorsky Memorial Airport in the short term following the death of operations superintendent Steve Ford who suffered injuries from a fall over the weekend at his home in Shelton. It was the second death involving airport leadership in less than a year. The airport comes under the umbrella of Public Facilities, a super agency also managing public works, parks and engineering.
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It was the second time in less than a year that the Stratford-based airport lost a key staffer.
Pauline Mize, hired to run Sikorsky in 2013, died last June after a battle with cancer. Ford, 60, had temporarily assumed her duties for a few months.
“Another big loss for the airport,” said John Ricci, a former Sikorsky manager who now helps oversee the airport as Bridgeport’s director of public facilities.
The exact details of Ford’s death were not immediately available Monday. But people who worked with him said he was hospitalized at Griffin Hospital Friday after he slipped and fell at his home in Shelton.
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