Maureen Verdon, long-time resident of Glen Cove, and a friend to many, sadly passed away last week after a serious, although mercifully short-lived illness. Many in Glen Cove knew Maureen; her lilting British accent, hearty laugh and wise-cracking good humor were unmistakable. Born and raised in London to Irish parents, she spent most of her life in Glen Cove. Some remember her from the Powers Chemco company, others knew her as the sassy waitress at the old Delicious Pizza on Forest Ave., where she waitressed for 14 years. She delighted in the innocence of children, and although childless herself, she happily watched generations of Glen Cove families as they grew up. She ingratiated herself to people of all ages, because she possessed high energy, a “can do” attitude and a youthful exuberance. Maureen also had a definite sense of right and wrong, and she was always ready to fight for anyone who had been somehow treated unjustly. One would always be glad to have Maureen on one’s side.
Maureen always had an especially soft spot for those less fortunate than herself. The past 10 years of her life had been spent caring for frail, elderly seniors as a personal aide in their homes. She became an integral and beloved part of their families, giving the caregivers much-needed respite. Maureen also spent a good deal of her working time at the Glen Cove Adult Day Program, where her cheerful personality and her willingness to pitch in contributed so much to the positive spirit of the program.
She is survived by her sister Delia and brother-in-law Dennis, and nieces and nephews in England and Australia. Her husband Werner, pre-deceased her two and a half years ago.
Maureen will be deeply missed by the many people, young and old, who had the privilege of knowing her. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas in Glen Cove.