Written by By Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Wednesday, 20 May 2009 17:35
Great Neck’s 85th annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 will honor two lifelong residents, George and Leonard Motchkavitz, who will serve as parade grand marshals. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., along Middle Neck Road from South Middle Neck Road at Barstow Road to the Village Green in the Village of Great Neck. The parade will culminate with official Memorial Day ceremonies at the Village Green. Each year the parade is organized by the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee.
Former Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. fire department chiefs, George and Lenny Motchkavitz are twins who were born in Great Neck just about 82 years ago, on May 27, 1927. They were born in a house in the Old Village, a house built by their father, John Motchkavitz, a house where George and his wife Dorothy raised their family and still live today.
George and Lenny have spent their lives together. On March 13, 1945, during World War II, they enlisted in the United States Navy and were stationed together at the Navy airfield, Waldron Field, in Corpus Christi, Texas. They were both honorably discharged on July 31, 1946. Both were recipients of the World War II Victory Medal.
Returning to their home in Great Neck, George and Lenny joined the Alert Fire Company in September 1946 and opened a business together. The brothers partnered with George’s brother-in-law John Pothlanski to form M&P Plumbing and Heating, Inc., in Great Neck of course, which is where they worked until retirement just a few years ago.
George and Lenny not only served their country during World War II, but they continue to serve their hometown community to this day. Both remain active members of the Alert Fire Company, with each having over 62 years of service and counting. They have both attained the rank of chief and president of the Alerts, along with serving for numerous decades on the Alert’s board of trustees.
George and Dorothy raised their three children George, Diane, and John in Great Neck, with both George and John serving in their father’s footsteps as current active members of the Alert Fire Department. All three were raised in the house where their father grew up, the house that their grandfather built in the Old Village. Today George and Dorothy are the proud grandparents of Garrett, Ryan and Julia.
Lenny and his late wife Joan raised their two boys in the Old Village too. Today their sons Robert and Russell live in Florida and Atlanta. Lenny is a proud grandfather to Holland and the late Brandon.
Together George and Lenny Motchkavitz continue to be active around town while providing service to their one and only hometown, the Great Neck community. They usually can be seen having lunch together every day, and breakfast on Saturdays.
If you run into George or Lenny, be sure to say “hi” and thank them for all they have done for all of us!