Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00
Former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Nassau Illustrated News James DeGraff Carr died at age 84 at The North Shore University Rehabilitation Facility in Manhasset.
Carr started his publishing career in 1970 when he first bought and published The Queens Illustrated News. His editorial and production office was on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park.
From there he acquired The Nassau Illustrated News and centered it around the news in New Hyde Park, a place he loved,
He then went on to publish the Manhasset Mail and The Port Washington Mail and Reporter, with an office in Manhasset, two papers that were absorbed when he sold the papers to Island Media, who in turn sold the chain to the late Karl V. Anton of Anton Community Newspapers, who retained only the Illustrated News.
Carr, a Hofstra graduate, was married in 1977 to the former Marie McCabe and they settled in New Hyde Park where he lived until his death.
She survives along with his brother Robert, of New Hampshire. He was predeceased by his brothers Father Frank Carr and Dr. John Wesley Carr, who was associated with Massachusetts General Hospital.
Carr was a member of the New Hyde Park American Legion, Masonic War Vets, New Hyde Park Kiwanis, Scotch Rite of Rockville Centre, Floral Park Masonic Lodge, Williston Masonic Club, New Hyde Park Elks Club, AARP and the Shriner’s Club, formerly of New Hyde Park. Carr was also a former president of the Hillside Chamber of Commerce.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 31 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of The New Hyde Park Funeral Home.