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Obituary: Patrick Haaland James

Patrick Haaland James, 74, died peacefully at home in Highland Beach, Fla. on May 18, 2014. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Barbara “Blanid” Butler James; his three children, Valerie James Abbott, Wendy James Urquhart, Christopher Patrick James all of Richmond, Virginia; their spouses Christopher S. Abbott, Gregory Edward Urquhart, Elizabeth Blake James; his treasured granddaughters, Mary Clare Abbott, Sadie James Urquhart, Bridget Curry Abbott and Lucie Lake Urquhart; and his two sisters, Ruth James Johns of Olachua, Florida and Sigrid Valerie Henrichson of Weston, Connecticut.

Patrick was born in the Bronx in 1940 and was raised in Garden City from the age of five. He graduated from Garden City High School and Adelphi University and raised his own family in Garden City as well. He met his wife, Barbara, on a blind date in 1958 at the home of a childhood friend. When that very home went on the market after their first child was born, they bought it and lived there for over 30 years.

Patrick owned Garden City Galleries, LTD on Franklin Avenue in Garden City for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong collector of art, coins and stamps. In the early 1960s, he served as president of the Long Island Coin Club, the youngest person ever to serve in that role.

In 2001, Patrick and Barbara retired to Highland Beach, Fla. He developed a love of swimming, logging 70 laps a day for many years. His evenings were spent enjoying his incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean. His children and grandchildren were frequent visitors to Highland Beach and he loved nothing more than to swim with them in his pool. In his final days, Patrick was blessed to enjoy a few final swims with his entire family. He died peacefully with his wife and children at his side.

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation or your local hospice organization.

News

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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