Samuel (Sid) E. Friedman, 94, of Great Neck, formerly of Seagate, NY, died on Nov. 22, 2005. He was an attorney with Friedman & Moses, NYC. He is survived by his wife Reva; his sons, Mitchell (Jill) Friedman, Justin (Linda) Friedman and Bruce (Paula) Friedman; his sister Jean and brother Bernard; seven grandchildren, Pamela, Jocelyn, Jeffrey, Julian, Allison, Jordan and Ruchell ; and his great-grandson Andrew. Arrangements were made by the Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Service officiated by Rabbi Howard Stecker. Interment Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing.
Al Wesey, 89, popular owner of the Great Neck Garden Center, was dedicated to his Lithuanian heritage and the Great Neck Community. Al was born in Great Neck and died Nov. 29, 2005. He was buried in All Saints Church Cemetery in Great Neck. He attended grammar school on Arrandale Ave. and graduated from Great Neck North High School. He also attended Columbia University.
Al married and remained a life-long partner with his late wife, Starsy, for 64 years. Included among Al's multitude of contributions to the Great Neck community, for many years, was decorating the Old Village with American flags from Middle Neck Rd. through the six villages on Flag, Memorial, Veterans and Independence Days. During the holiday season, he set up Santa and his reindeer in the village park. Concurrently, he decorated the St. Aloysius Church lawn with a créche.
Because of his love of nature as a young man, Al opened his garden center business and enhanced many estates and homes by virtue of his knowledge and experience. Active in the Lithuanian community, Al was founder of the Great Neck Knights of Lithuania and was an honorary member and president for 50 years. He was also president of the K of L National Supreme Council and mid-Atlantic District. In addition, he organized the Great Neck Businessmen's Association in the 1950s and founded the St. Francis Society (men's club) and the Benevolent Society (sons and daughters club).
Al's Great Neck nursery graced the Old Village for 50 years. Anyone passing along Steamboat Rd. in Great Neck will surely remember the abundant greenery with hanging plants and geraniums that reached out to the street. The property was recently sold, redeveloped with new homes and named Wesey Court.
Al will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary of Westbury and Elizabeth Taff of California; brothers, Peter of Glen Cove and Tony of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.