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Obituary: Udell, London Jewelers Owner, Dies At 96

Mayer Udell, longtime owner of London Jewelers, with stores in both Greenvale and Manhasset, recently passed away. He was 96.

 

A resident of Glen Cove, Udell arrived in America from Poland in 1939. He worked in his family’s sweater factory business.  Udell mastered that business and opened two of his own factories in Bay Shore and the Bronx, which were great successes.

 

He met Fran London and married her in 1946.  He then sold sweater factories and took over the London Family jewelry business with Fran. Together they had two sons: Dr. Ira Udell in 1947 and Mark Udell in 1951. 

 

Inspired by Charles London, Mayer with Fran expanded the business from a small clock and watch repair shop to a watch business that included fine jewelry.  Prominence and reputation allowed them to carry world-renowned brands in their store, eventually expanding the business to multiple stores.

 

Tremendous family values and traditions were instilled at an early age not only at home, but in the family business.  Mayer’s vision for his family was to not only excel in life and business, but also to enjoy it to its fullest.    Giving back to the community was at the forefront of his values.

 

“[He] was a very kind-hearted man,” said his son, Dr. Ira Udell. “Very humble and very charitable. He did a lot for his temple and his community and his family.”

 

“He was the patriarch of the family,” added another son, Mark Udell. “We will miss his wisdom, his love and his advice dearly. He was a special man. The reception at the synagogue in Glen Cove drew

700 people. That shows the respect people have for the Udell family in the community. That means a lot. We have been in business in the community since 1926. Dad had incredible integrity and always did the right thing.”

 

Udell was a member of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Glen Cove, where he was ritual chairman, house chairman, president of the Men’s Club, president of the Temple and a member of the Board of Trustees. His philanthropic endeavors included Israel Bonds, UJA and Temple Tifereth. 

 

Udell is survived by Fran Udell; Ira Udell and daughter-in-law Allyn Udell and Mark Udell and daughter-in-law Candy Udell; grandchildren Erin and Leigh Minsky, Randi and Scott Alper, Jared and Riki Udell,  Scott and Jessica Udell and Zachary Udell; plus great-grandchildren Alexander, Avery and Austin Minsky, Sienna Alper and Blake Udell.


News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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