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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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