Raymond Garczynski, age 87, a longtime resident of Great Neck and a member of the Great Neck Estates Police Department for 32 years, died peacefully on Oct. 28, 2011 after a long illness. Ray was a WWII Army veteran who served in the Philippines and Japan. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne, son Dr. Douglas Garczynski (Dr. Suzy Schneider), and grandchildren David, Matthew and Bradley. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Kenneth, who died on Dec. 21, 1988 in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Robert Raith, 77, formerly of Great Neck, died Sept. 5, 2011. Robert worked for the United States Post Office for over 30 years before retiring in 1998. He also served his country by serving in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing and going to the beach. He loved caring for his animals. He had a great spirit and a wonderful attitude. He will be missed by many.
Martin Weis died on Sept. 11, 2011. Most loving husband and best friend of Anne (Zupnick), wonderful father of Philip (Irene), Richard (Shawna) and Bill (Sherin), adoring grandpa of Rachel, loving brother of Helen Moss and caring uncle to his nieces and nephews. Services were held on Sept. 14 at the Plaza Community Center.
City College Professor, Expert on Chemical Process Design and Control, Israeli Defense Industry Pioneer.
Dr. Reuel Shinnar, distinguished professor emeritus of chemical engineering at the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York and a founder of the Israeli munitions industry, died Aug. 19, 2011. He was 87.
Vivian Gloria (Meyer), lifelong resident of Great Neck, died peacefully at home on Aug. 16, 2011 surrounded by her family. She was a honorary chief and past president of the Vigilant Fire Co. of Great Neck. She was a member for 27 years. Beloved wife of Timothy McGrath and the late Robert Meyer. Loving mother of Vivienne (Danny) Moorehead. Devoted grandmother of Kelly and Brian. Cherished sister of Genevieve Munnelly, Maurice Jackie (Linda) Sulla and the late AnnMarie and aunt of Brian (Terry), Alexandra, Laura (Gary) and Kayla. Adored friend for life to anyone she met. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nassau County Fire Fighters Burn Center Foundation.
His love of science began early. He falsified his birth date in order to enlist in the Coast Guard where he served for three years, ending in 1949. While on Arctic duty, his ship achieved “farthest north” and then was trapped in the ice for an extended period. During this experience the ship circumnavigated Baffin Island- the first time that had been done.
Dr. Warren Henry Hecht died suddenly at home on Aug. 9, 2011. Warren is survived by Gilda, his wife of 52 years and the light of his life; his children, Dr. Helen Hecht (Cathy Brown), Erica Ebbets (Steve), Steven Hecht (Gary Seis) and Maura Hecht (Joanne Burdish); and his grandchildren, Heather Ebbets, Lily Brown and Ryan Brown. Warren was a captain in the Air Force, received his degree in dentistry from NYU and practiced for more than 60 years in New York City and Great Neck. He served as a volunteer fireman in the Vigilant Hook and Ladder Company of Great Neck for more than 40 years and was a life member. He participated in search and rescue during 9/11. Warren lived a unique life and marched to his own drumbeat. He loved life and lived every minute of it to the fullest. He will be missed.
Pearl Malcus, 88 years young, widow of William Malcus, died July 30, 2011 while visiting her daughter in Connecticut. Pearl grew up in the Bronx but had lived in Great Neck for more than 50 years.
Great Neck lost one of its longtime residents last week when Dr. Robert S. Breakstone, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on July 23, 2011 as a result of complications following open-heart surgery. Survived by his wife, Myra, his children Judy, Diane, David and Amy, and 11grandchildren, Dr. Breakstone had been active in the community since moving here in 1955. Among his most notable contributions to the local scene was his work as a founding member of the Great Neck Human Rights Committee. An ardent supporter of Israel, Dr. Breakstone also established American Dental Volunteers for Israel (ADVI), an organization that would eventually send more than 1,500 dentists and dental hygienists to Israel's kibbutzim. After spending several summers there as a volunteer himself, he and his wife settled on Kibbutz Tzora in 1983, where they would spend half of their time for the next 25 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Breakstone served as a captain in the Coast Guard during the Korean War.
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