William Francis King, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away June 29, 2009 in his home in New Port Richey, FL, at 77 years of age. He leaves behind his wife Deborah Kwaak King; his brother Robert King (Patricia); his sister Mary Clark (George); his three children, William M. King (Dawn), Florence Nowlin (James) and Ina Simeone (Thomas); his former wife and friend Ina Nodine; nine grandchildren, William, Robert and Samantha King, Thomas (Serena), Travis and Tyler Baar, Ashley, Nichole and Timothy Simeone; and three great-grandchildren, Kenyon, Riley and Trinity Baar; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John King.
Birdhouse Bill as he’s known to his many friends was a carpenter by trade. When he retired he could never stop building so the houses just got smaller. He could always be found building birdhouses, fishing, or socializing with friends.
We all love him and will miss him dearly.
Ellin Louise Dowden (nee Sorensen) of Glen Cove, died on June 21, 2009. Wife of the late Joseph L. Mother of Paula, Holly Gartmayer, Joseph (Lillian), John and Marjorie. Sister of the late Arnold, Norman, Martin, John and May. Nana of Matthew (JoAnna), Julie, Eric, Hanna, Joe and Bob. Great-nana of Alexander and Joseph. Also survived by a niece and nephews. Visiting and service at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment private. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Gary Gray, of Oyster Bay and formerly of Glen Cove, died on June 19, 2009 at age 54. Father of Gary Jr. and the late Omeka. Son of Samuel and Martha. Brother of Bobby, Yvonne, Kevin and the late Samuel Jr. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Reposed at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service officiated by Rev. Roger Williams. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
John T. Fitzpatrick, of Glen Cove, died on June 18, 2009. Husband of Theresa. Son of the late Kieran and Agnes Loftus Fitzpatrick. Father of Maryanne Fitzpatrick, Catherine (Martin) Cook, Stephen (Renee) and the late John J. Jr. Brother of Katherine (Donald) O’Sullivan, Keiran (Bud) (Georgina) Fitzpatrick, James (Rosemary), Agnes (Michael) Kolor, Margaret (Arthur) Hoar and Johanna (Guy) DeMarco and the late Thomas and Mary. Grandfather of Gary, Brandon, Pat and Ruth. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Harold Van Alen Wait Jr., of Cranford, NJ, and Saltaire NY, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, on June 18, 2009 following complications from pneumonia. Born in Glen Cove on Jan. 2, 1927, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator from 1944 to 1946 and graduated from Adelphi University in 1949. He worked at Chevron Oil Company in Perth Amboy, NJ, in accounting, personnel and labor relations from 1949 until his retirement.
A resourceful man, Harold always said that building their summer home in Saltaire, a family effort, was his happiest memory. There he enjoyed fishing, crabbing and calming and active participation in the Saltaire Citizens’ Advisory Association.
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