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Obituary: James D. Neillands Sr.

James D. “Spyder” Neillands Sr., of Glen Cove, died on Dec. 13, 2009 in his 95th year. Husband of the late Sally (nee Slater). Father of Gary, Sandy (Mike McCloskey) and the late James D. Jr. Brother of the late Richard G. Grandfather of two oldest granddaughters, Kimberly (Neillands) LoMedico of North Miami, FL, and Karen Neillands Jr. of Huntington, NY, and also Keely (Tom) and Ian McCloskey. Great-grandfather of Jake and James.

He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran serving on the 20th USAAF in the Pacific Theatre. He was an Exempt member of the Glen Cove Fire Dept. Hook & Ladder, a member of American Legion Young Simmons Post 1765 and member of the Glen Cove Hall of Fame.

He worked for many years, along with his son, as an international transport of thoroughbred fine equine. He worked for F.B. Pratt and was considered a true Gold Coast survivor.

A graveside service was held at St. Paul’s Churchyard Cemetery on Dec. 21. Arrangements under the direction of Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Donations may be made to Young Simmons Post, PO Box 337, Glen Cove, NY 11542.