Donald Thompson, resident of Sea Cliff since 1947, died June 25, 2009 at age 94. He was a math teacher and track coach at North Shore High School until his retirement in 1975. Donald grew up in Valhalla, NY. He attended Furman University and Columbia University where he majored in education. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII; he was a sergeant working in enlistment and classification of recruits.
Margaret P. Palmer, of Mill Neck, died on June 19, 2009 at age 91. Wife of the late Edward L. Mother of Edward P. of Bainbridge Island, WA, and Jane Palmer Morrison of Boulder, CO. Grandmother of Edward L. II, Alexandra P. and Benjamin Edward Morrison. Born in Brooklyn in 1917, Peggy graduated from Pembroke College in 1938. She and her husband, Ed, moved to Glen Cove in 1947, built a house in Brookville in 1953 and relocated to Mill Neck in 1963. Peggy volunteered at Glen Cove Community Hospital, participated annually at the St. John’s of Lattingtown fair and loved her weekly tennis games. She raised two wonderful children and was a loving partner to Ed for 66 years until he died in 2006. Much of her time was spent traveling worldwide with Ed, an executive of Citibank, meeting dignitaries and hosting parties. She will be fondly remembered for her loving nature and radiant smile. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service at St. John’s of Lattingtown on July 28 at 11 a.m. Interment private.
Frederick B. Spencer passed away peacefully on May 4, 2009 in Rexford, NY, at the age 92. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Kathleen (Kay); two children, Gail Chase (Larry) and Frederick Jr. (Darlene); and four grandchildren. He was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, served in WWII with the Army Air Corps, then moved to Glen Head (and later Old Brookville) to raise his family. He worked as a stock specialist and owned a seat on the American Stock Exchange. He retired in 1979 and moved to Whispering Pines, NC, where he and Kay spent 25 active, healthy, and happy years. His final years were spent in upstate New York. Like his father, he loved the ocean and golf, which he continued to play up to age 91. He will be interred in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Samuel J. Barr, Jr., 91 years old, died peacefully at home on June 24, 2009 in Marion, MA. Born Sept. 3, 1917 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of Margaret and Samuel Barr. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and also served in the Korean Conflict. He began his professional career as a systems administrator installing and maintaining the first computer system for American Broadcasting Company in New York City. He served as comptroller of Queens College until his retirement in 1974.
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.
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