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.
John J. Perrell, Jr. passed away on Thursday, March 6, in Everett, Wash. He was born in New York City on Nov. 29, 1919, but raised his family in Garden City. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a decorated World War II torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific. His love of aviation continued throughout his life. John was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association. He married Irene M. Kirsch in 1945. They had three children and in 1970, after living 40 years in Garden City, he moved his family to Everett, Wash.
Born: July 24, 1932 Died: Feb. 8, 2014
Agnes DiChiara, long-term former resident of Garden City, passed away from complications after heart surgery this past Saturday.
While living in Garden City she was a very active community member, serving on the boards of Welcome Wagon, the Children’s Medical Fund of New York, as well as their Garden City chapter, and as the first two-term president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. She was a truly exceptional person and motivating force in the Garden City community.
On Aug. 25, 2013, Ann Wassmer passed away at the age of 97. She was the former president of the Garden City League and for more than 16 years, spearheaded various efforts to help raise funds primarily in support of Camp Helen Keller. The Garden City resident retired from the league in 2006 but attended all of their events as well as the annual Camp Helen Keller show in Farmingdale.The Garden City League for Helen Keller School for the Blind was the oldest and last league to raise funds for the agency. The league was formed in May 1961 and over the years raised more than $580,000 for Camp Helen Keller. It held its final meeting June 2009. Cards can be sent to Ann Wassmer’s daughter Barbara at: Mrs. Barbara Wayne, 5 Buckley Ct., Towson, MD 21280
Louise was the beloved grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of three.
Marie loved to spend time with her family and her friends. Her wonderful attitude, calming ways and sweet personality had been shared with anyone who came in contact with her. She was a woman who accepted people for who they were and she was not judgmental.
Dorothy Stanton Outlaw died on May 15 at age 94. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dorothy worked as an overseas telephone operator during World War II. She moved to Floral Park with her husband, John Marshall Outlaw, in 1952. Mother to three children, Dorothy loved reading books, was active as a Cub Scout Den mother and later in life became an accomplished oil painter. Sometime after her husband’s death in 2003, she moved to Garden City, where she much enjoyed gathering with friends at Lord & Taylor for lunch. She was also a big fan of Sweeney’s Uptown Grill, Minado’s Japanese Seafood Buffet in Carle Place and the Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn.
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.
Garden City’s Wren family has announced the death of Mary Alice Wren, a writer, teacher and journalist who died from Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 6.
Ms. Wren, a resident of Garden City for 41 years, was formerly a teacher at Adelphi University, an editor for Vantage Press and a freelance writer of essays, short stories and reviews for publications such as Ms., Newsday and The Village Voice.
Dorothy B. Fisher, 90, died May 19, a resident of Peconic Landing in Greenport.
Mrs. Fisher was born in 1922. After graduating from Ohio’s Oberlin College in 1944 with a major in physics, she accepted a position at Bell Telephone Labs in Manhattan, where she worked from 1945-1948, and volunteered at the United Nations from 1948-1952. The only female in the class, she met her husband David during a summer physics course at the University of Chicago. They were married in 1946.
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