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Obituary: Robert Alexander Studwell

Veteran Realtor Passes

Robert Alexander Studwell passed away on March 13, two months before his 90th Birthday. He was born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1923 and moved to Garden City when he was three months old. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1940 where he excelled in athletics and was awarded a football scholarship to Colgate University. A leg injury after his freshman year ended his days of playing football so he transferred to the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Schuyler, New York where he graduated with an engineering degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served as a second engineer during World War II on oil tankers crossing the Atlantic Ocean.  

After the war, he worked as an engineer for the Plaza Hotel in New York City and joined the Naval Reserves. He served his country again during the Korean War. Studwell’s father had founded a real estate company, JKC Studwell, soon after his son was born.  After his father passed away, the younger Studwell ran the family real estate business for 40 years.

During his real estate career, he had many accomplishments, assisting countless families to purchase homes, organizing the first condominium complex in Garden City, and constructing the Mineola Medical Center. Studwell was a New York real estate broker, a Charter Realty Investor (CRI), and a Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI).

Studwell was a member of the Kiwanis club for 30 years, served as its  president in 1959 and was also the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers from 1963 to 1964.

He was very proud to call Garden City his home - the place he lived and worked almost his entire life. Studwell loved everything about the town and the residents. He was known by many and was easy to spot driving around town in his convertible with the top down.

Studwell and his wife Joyce retired to Amelia Island, Florida in 1993. They first lived on the Amelia Island Plantation and then moved to Summer Beach, Golfside South in 1995.  During his retirement, this naval veteran loved taking cruises to see different parts of the world and enjoyed playing golf. He was very proud to have hit a hole in one on April 6, 2002.  He attended the gym at the Amelia Island Plantation often and loved driving his 1982 Buick Riviera Convertible with the top down.

Robert Studwell is survived by his wife Joyce, a daughter Sondra Whitmeyer of Katy, TX, a daughter Jacquelynne Hurst of Dallas, TX, two grandsons Kyle and Bryce, a son Robert Studwell of Long Beach, Long Island, granddaughter Courtney, and sister Carol Irwin of Hartford, CT. He is also survived by four stepsons, Craig Thoet, Roger Thoet, Bruce Thoet (Missy), Lance Thoet (Debra), 7 step-granddaughters and 2 step-grandsons, as well as his best friend Rexx, a rescued Tyrolean Hound dog. A private memorial service will be held in Garden City at a later date. Donations can be made to the Nassau Humane Society, Fernandina Beach, FL.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com