Ruth Kossover passed away at home on June 24, 2006 surrounded by her loved ones. Wife of the late Harold. Mother of Steven (Amy) of Great Neck and Andrew (Vicki) of New Paltz. Grandmother of Noah, Lindsey, Jacqueline, Lauren and Jared. She was former president of the Julia Bernstein League of Free Nurses, former board members of Parker Jewish Geriatrics at Long Island Jewish Hospital, former board member of North Shore League for Parent Education and retired NYC school teacher. Arrangements were made by the Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck.
Joseph Morris, formerly of Great Neck, and Palm Beach, FL, died on June 13, 2006 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He was married for 50 years to Ethel Morris, who died on 2002. He grew up in Bay Shore and Schenectady and spent most of his adult life in West Islip.
An attorney, he served as am administrative law judge for the NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles for 10 years and for the Village of Ocean Beach on Fire Island for six years. He served in the US Air Force in Iceland during WWII. During basic training, he was assigned to the Special Services section in Amarillo, TX, where he entertained the troops. He was a graduate of Union College and NYU Law School.
Active in Republican politics for many years, he helped to found both the Young Republican Club of Bay Shore and the West Islip Republican Club, serving as president of each. He was also president and a trustee of the Bay Shore Jewish Center, which had been founded by his family. In Woodbury, he helped to found the Cold Spring Harbor Tennis Club with the Dunn family. He also served as a tennis umpire for the Eastern Tennis Umpires Association. As a player, he won the LI doubles tournament at Hempstead Lake State Park. In addition, he was a regional master in the US Contract Bridge League and taught bridge in Florida.
He was a lifetime member of the US Tennis Association, the Jewish War Veterans, B'Nai Brith, Temple Emanu-el of Palm Beach and the Bay Shore Jewish Center.
He leaves two sons in Manhattan. Bob Morris, a columnist for the New York Times Sunday Styles section, is an author of one children's book and several off-Broadway plays. Jeffrey Morris is president of Insight Media, a worldwide distributor of educational videos and DVDs. He also leaves behind a sister, Sylvia Kesman of Rutland, VT and two grandchildren, Madeleine and Ian.