William Patrick Mulvihill
William Patrick Mulvihill died in Glen Cove on September 17 at the age of 81 following a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. His family was at his bedside during his last days. Bill was born in Sag Harbor on June 25, 1923, the youngest son of Anna McDonough and Lieutenant Commander Daniel F. Mulvihill. He attended St. Andrew's Catholic School, which in those days was a one-room schoolhouse and Pierson High School. He went on to graduate from Cornell University with a bachelor's in German literature, a masters in education from Columbia University and continued with post-masters studies at C W Post.
He was the author of numerous novels including Fire Mission, Night of the Axe, The Mantrackers, God Is Blind, The Tiger Heart, Sagaponack, Wrackline and Boyfriend. He was perhaps most well-known for his novel The Sands of Kalahari, a New York Times bestseller, which won the first Putnam Award and was made into a Paramount Picture in 1965. He still wrote every day up until the time of his illness and had just completed a novel. He owned Brickiln Press which publishes, among other works, his popular South Fork Place Names and deals in rare books with a focus on Africana.
A member of the Enlisted Reserve while a student at Cornell in 1942, Cpl. Mulvihill was called to active duty and received field artillery training at Fort Bragg, NC. He joined the 78th Division and served as a Forward Observer with both the division and the 2nd Ranger Battalion in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Following the cessation of hostilities he served as an interpreter and completed a term in advanced German at the American University in Biarritz, France. He held a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater, Victory and European Theater of Operations ribbons with three Combat Stars.
Bill taught history for 32 years at Glen Cove High School, becoming chairman of the history department. He especially enjoyed teaching his passion, African history. He taught creative writing at Nassau Community and CW Post Colleges as an adjunct professor. He enjoyed helping young writers with their manuscripts and had served as a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Glen Cove Library. He was a contributing editor to the Long Island Forum, a magazine which explores Long Island's history, natural history and traditions as well as a regular contributor to The Sag Harbor Express.
Proud of his Irish heritage he held dual citizenship and loved to travel in Ireland. He also traveled extensively through Africa during the 1960s and 70s.
A lifelong environmentalist he had recently, with his sister Dolores Zebrowski, worked with Peconic Land Trust and Southampton Town to preserve 75 acres of woodland named the Anna and Daniel Mulvihill Preserve in honor of their parents.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Marceau, two daughters, Nancy Mulvihill and MaryAnn Mulvihill-Decker, sister Dolores Zebrowski and sons-in-law Charles Tongren and Daniel Mulvihill-Decker, plus numerous nieces and nephews and his chocolate Labrador retriever Lady.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew's Church in Sag Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 25 followed by interment in St. Andrew's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to The South Fork Natural History Society, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, P.O. Box 455, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (www.sofo.org) or to the African Wildlife Foundation, 1400 Sixteenth Street NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20036 (http://www.awf.org).
People who knew Bill are encouraged to write their memories of him and email them to Irememberbill@mulvihillpreserve.org . They will be compiled for a future article and memorial website.
A memorial service will be held in Glen Cove at a later date as well as a William Mulvihill Memorial Hike through Great Swamp and Mulvihill Preserve in Bill's memory.
Ira Raim of Glen Cove died on Sept 16, 2004. Beloved father of Ellen and Marsha Raim. Arrangements under the direction of the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home, LTD of Glen Cove. Interment private.
Frank Peterson of Babylon NY died on Sept 16, 2004. Beloved son of Harold and Helen Peterson. Brother of Lois Murray (Joseph) of Glen Cove. Arrangements under the direction of Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home, LTD, Glen Cove. Interment private.
Dominick DiGesu of Bethpage, formerly of Glen Cove, died in his 74th year surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Julie (nee Zangari). Devoted father of Catherine (Matt) Sullivan, Deborah Cocchiola and Robert (Susan) DiGesu. Cherished grandfather of Joseph, Jaime, Keri, Michael, Lianna and Dominic Maximus. Cherished great grandfather of Mia Alexa. Dear brother of Ignazio, Basilio and Giuseppe. Also many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Known and loved by many for 49 years as Nick the Barber at Carl's Barber Shop in Glen Head. Arrangements under the direction of the Marcus L. Bianconi Funeral Home LTD, Glen Cove. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Winifred Graney of Yorktown, VA, formerly of Port Washington, died on Sept. 21, 2004. Beloved wife of the late Gerald. Loving mother of Robert (Susan) Graney, Brian (Doreen) Graney, Marilyn (George) Lehmuller and the late Gerald (Karin) Graney, Jr. Dear sister of Eugene Prentice, Maxine Tonn and John Prentice. Cherished grandmother of Heidi, James, Katherine, Elizabeth, Victoria, Peter, Brian, Sean, Kirsten, Jeryl, Louise and Marilyn. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington.
Helen Hoinski (nee Boruta) of Bellville, NJ, formerly of Glen Cove, died September 16, 2004. Beloved wife of the late John. Survived by sisters Anna Schleicher and Stella Goode and many nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Tessie Cacenski, Mary Golon, Carmella Woicyk, Nellie Dell and brothers Peter, Vincent, Edward Sr. and Chester.
William E. Cusano
William E. Cusano has died at the age of 93.
A beloved man died on September 2, 2004 and his great granddaughter Kristen Lincks noted that with the passing of William E. Cusano at the age of 93 years, more than a few people were left with broken hearts.
Mr. Cusano was predeceased by his beloved wife Josephine. The couple had two daughters, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Poppa-Willy, as the children called him, would smile brightly at the mere mention of the names of Kristen, 24, Michael, 19, Joey, 12, and Matthew, 8. The children smiled twice as brightly at the mere sight of Poppa-Willy.
Mr. Cusano was born in San Lorenzo, Italy in 1910 and boarded the White Star Line with his family heading to Ellis Island in 1914. He would often tell young family members how he remembered hugging his grandmother goodbye on the pier. As many of his time, Willy and his family came to New York in search of opportunity. The Cusanos lived in New York City until 1919 and then relocated to a modest home in Locust Valley. The house still stands and when the family rides by, they remember stories told by a loving old man about the small red-headed boy covered with freckles who lived there years ago. He attended St. Patrick's School and in his spare time hiked the local golf courses (Nassau and The Creek) caddying for the Pratts and Morgans. Willy would make a quarter a bag and felt well paid.
At 9 years old, Willy Cusano met a 6-year-old girl named Josie. Her family summered in Locust Valley and the two instantly became friends, then sweethearts, then man and wife in 1933. Willy worked several jobs and owned local businesses to support his wife and two daughters, Mary (Cuce) and Molly (Pascucci) during economic strife. Drafted to the war in 1944, he left home, writing frequent letters to the family he adored and missed.
In 1953, the Cusano family moved to 7 Maiden Lane in Glen Head, where they lived comfortably for 51 years. Mr. Cusano gained employment with the Town of Oyster Bay and later became a regional foreman from 1956-1976. An active member of the community, he was an officer of the North Shore Republican Club for 20 years and dedication took him far beyond the Town of Oyster Bay.
Mr Cusano was the definition of a proud patriarch. His loyalty and dedication toward those he loved was remarkable. He faced many health crises including battles with cancer and open- heart surgeries and time and again doctors were far from optimistic. The more troubles slowed him down, the more his spirit soared. William Cusano's desire to live was unparalleled.
The patriach of the Cusano family brought inspiration, love and spirit to his family and has ingrained in them the idea that "those who live in the hearts of others are never truly gone." Poppa-Willy will be in the hearts of his family forever.
Richard D. McCaffery, of Rocklin, CA, formerly of Glen Cove, died on September 25, 2004. Beloved son of Ruth and the late James R. Loving brother of Jim (Catherine). Dear uncle of Lauren and Kathleen. Funeral Mass celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to National Alliance for Mental Health, Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd. Suite 33, Arlington, VA 22201.
Arrangements by McLaughlin Kramer Funeral Home.
Alice Eva Calvery died on September 26, 2004. Dear aunt of LeRoy Calvert (Catherine). Great aunt of Pamela Blank. Great great aunt of Jack Blank, Kristen Blank and Laura Perfetti (Anthony) and their children A.J. and Julia. Funeral service Thursday, 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Glen Head. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, NY. Contributions may be made to the Eye Tumor Research Foundation, PO Box 832, Philadelphia, PA 19105.