Douglas B. Evans died Jan. 23, 1999 at his ancestral home "Windyheath," Thompson Park, Glen Cove; the same home he was born in 87 years ago.
A longtime follower of thoroughbred racing, Doug saved his beloved home from foreclosure, betting his last $5 on a long shot in 1936. After paying the bookie's share, he gave the balance to his mother to cover the mortgage payment. Doug, years later, successfully lobbied in Albany for approval of licensed off-track betting.
An 8 a.m. Tuesday morning wedding to Alice Skinner of Glen Cove in 1953 allowed enough time to drive to Kentucky for the annual "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs.
A graduate of Sea Cliff High School, Doug was accepted at Princeton, but declined admittance in order to allow available funds to send his younger sister, the late Mary Evans Fox, to college at Wellesley.
A fine golfer, Doug became caddy master at the Women's National Golf and Tennis Club, currently the Glen Head Country Club.
Doug enlisted in the Navy during WWII but he was sent to Pine Street in lower Manhattan as a Naval assistant. Wanting to help the effort, asked for and received a transfer to a landing ship in the Pacific Ocean from 1944-1945.
Doug campaigned to help elect Joseph A. Suozzi Mayor of Glen Cove in 1955 and then joined the city as acting deputy commissioner of public safety, making local headlines when he contracted to widen the intersection of Sea Cliff Ave. and Glen Cove Rd. in 1956 with no authority or approval. Oh well, it was too late, the work was completed.
During the '50s and '60s, Doug escorted his mother, the late newspaper woman Ruby Douglas Evans, to daily luncheons at Caminari's, Wall's Beach, the original Chas. Rothman's and the Swan Club, in order for Ruby to stay current with local society events of the Gold Coast for her column in Newsday ("Lynn Sands") and the Glen Cove Record Pilot ("Diane").
Doug leaves his son and daughter-in-law, Churchill and Patricia Ann of Glen Cove; granddaughters Heathermarie, Barbaranne and Jennifer; brothers, Brian of Townshend, VT and the Rev. John of Traverse City, MI; along with 11 nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering was held at the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove.
Karl Posch, of Laurel Park, NC, died on Jan. 21, 1999. Husband of 54 years to Sheila. He was the father of John of Cleveland Heights, OH, Catherine Reinhard of Burke, VA and Teresa O'Neill of New Orleans. Father-in-law of Bette Posch, Don Reinhard and Brian O'Neill. Grandfather of Marisa and Andrew Posch, Karen, David and Christina Reinhard, Matthew, Timothy and Gwyneth O'Neill.
Mr. Posch grew up in Middle Village, Queens, and was a graduate of NYU where he was captain of the rifle team that won the NYC championship in 1940 and 1941. He served in the 92nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in the Army Air Corps during WWII in England. The 92nd Bomb Group had the distinction of being the first bomber unit to fly nonstop across the Atlantic. Mr. Posch attained the rank of major and served as squadron engineer and later group executive office. It was during his service in England that he met his wife Sheila who was serving in the Women's Royal Navy. During the Korean War, Mr. Posch served in the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Col.
He retired after 36 years of employment at Fairchild Republic Aviation in Farmingdale where he was manager of contracts responsible for the development and production of the F105 Fighter.
Serving in Southern France in 1945 with William Neafsey of Glen Cove at the end of WWII, Mr. Posch learned of Glen Cove. Mr. Neafsey's description of the city's charms led him to investigate it after his discharge. When his wife and infant son John arrived from England in 1946, they bought a house on St. James Pl. in Glen Cove; later moving to Glengariff Dr. in 1963. After residing in Glen Cove for over 37 years, Karl and Sheila retired to Laurel Park in 1984.
During his years in Glen Cove, Mr. Posch maintained an active role as a parishioner of St. Patrick's Church. He was a member of the James Naughton Council of the Knights of Columbus and held the rank of 4th Degree Knight.
Though living a full and productive life, Mr. Posch will be greatly missed by his family friends, sister Viola and brother-in-law Ted Krebbach of Hempstead; sister-in-law Maryrose Posch (the late Robert Posch). A Funeral Mass of Resurrection was held Jan. 25 at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville, NC. Burial was in Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in memory of Karl Posch are requested to be sent to St. Habré Indian Mission, Ashland, MT 59004.
John L. Hawes, a resident of Sea Cliff for 52 years, died on Feb. 1, 1999. He was the founder of the Hawes Insurance Agency Inc., a fixture on Sea Cliff Ave. for 50 years. He was also a longtime member of the GN Power Squadron and docked his houseboat, The Seawah, at the Glen Cove Marina for about 20 years. Barely an evening went by that he and his wife Florence didn't have dinner guests while at anchor in Hempstead Harbor. They both loved Sea Cliff and its wonderful harbor.
He was passionate about his cars...he loved to switch them. Especially fond memories of his Cord, LaSalle and the Packard touring sedan which he owned as a young man. He loved Hudson's later...does anyone remember the Hudson dealer up on Glen Cove Avenue? What a wonderful driver he was, teaching each of his children to drive, using Winding Way in Sea Cliff as an ultimate test of skill (shift cars, remember?)
He had a real zest for life and enjoyed dancing and dining regularly...only slowing down when he passed his 93rd birthday. Just a few weeks before he died he was lovingly telling and illustrating stories to one of his great-grandchildren. Everyone in the family had a nickname...you were "in" when he picked one for you...Lion, Fox, Pet, Wooglebird, Rabbit, Lynnie the Lynx and all the rest.
Mr. Hawes is survived by his three loving children, Robert M. Hawes, Joan L. Kujawa and Abby W. Frank. Bob and Abby were both residents of Sea Cliff for over 50 years and both were in business with their dad. Bob now lives in Florida as does Abby, although her tax office/art gallery is still in Sea Cliff. Joan lives in Pennsylvania and provided loving care to her father for the past two years. He is also survived by the spouses of his children; ten grandchildren and their respective spouses; 11 great-grandchildren; and his faithful cat, Buffer.
Funeral services will be held at the Queen of Peace Church in Hawley, PA on March 6 at 11 a.m. The family requests that remembrances be made in his name to the Mercy Hospice Fund, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18501.
Jeanette Varrichio, of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 3, 1999. Wife of William (former owner of Bill's Stationery, Glen Head). Mother of Mary Ann Heenan, William and Lorraine Keryc. Sister of Mary Stango, Virginia McLaughlin, Michael Forgione and the late Josephine Diaso. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at St. Boniface Martyr Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Maria Carlucci, of Sea Cliff, died recently. Wife of the late Domenico. Father of Joseph, Anthony, Angela Landro, Sabrina Roach, Carmella Melley and the late Michael. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 14. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment East Hillside Cemetery.
Antonio Scappaticci, 89, of Glen Head, died on Feb. 4, 1999. Husband of the late Dorothy. Father of John (Joan), Adrienne (Lynn O'Neil) and the late Frank. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass at St. Edward's Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
John J. Midura, 31, of Glen Cove, died Feb. 5, 1999. He was a US Deputy Marshal and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Son of Joseph and Lucretia (nee Gambino). Brother of Joseph G. Grandson of the late Jan and Genowefa and John and Catherine. Nephew of Rev. Msgr. Francis Midura, Stanley and Eileen Midura, Mickey Margas, Russell Gambino, Carmen Guriere and Edward and Ginny Kelle. Also survived by his cousins, friends and co-workers. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at St. Hyacinth RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Oswald Calzolari, 84, of Locust Valley, died on Feb. 7, 1999. Retired Air France executive. Husband of Edith J. Father of Laura, Elaine and Edward. Grandfather of Katherine, Andrew, Rebecca, Christina and Miranda. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Burial Locust Valley Cemetery.
Frances Curiale (nee Pipitone), of Glen Head formerly of Brooklyn, died on Feb. 9, 1999. Wife of the late Alphonso. Mother of Raymond (Louise). Grandmother of Antoni, Gia and Louise. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Interment private. Contributions can be made to St. Christopher-Ottilie, 101 Downing Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579.
Gary Allen Grecz, of Glen Cove, died recently. Son of Stanley and the late Helen (nee Galante). Brother of the late Robert Grecz. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove.