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Obituary: J. Fred Sparke

(Editor’s note: This obituary was submitted by the Island Trees School District in response to Susan Reckling’s request for more information about J. Fred Sparke, which printed in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition of the Levittown Tribune. This obituary was written on May 10, 1955 by the Island Trees School District Clerk.) 

 

J. Fred Sparke, treasurer of school district #26 in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, New York, for the past 43 years, passed away last night. 

 

Mr. Sparke started as a collector of taxes for the school district in 1912. This position was changed to treasurer when the county started to collect taxes for the school districts in 1915. 

 

He was a son of Henry Sparke, one of the founders of the school district, which was created on September 20, 1902. He was a member of the Nassau County Farm Bureau since 1918 and a committeeman for the Nassau County Farm Bureau for over 20 years. 

 

The Sparke family has been located in this area for over 200 years. Mr. Sparke is survived by his wife, the former Helen Graham; a daughter, Helen; and two sins, Edgar and William; also four grandchildren. 

 

Services are to be held on Wednesday, May 11, 1955 at 8:00 a.m. at Schmitt’s Funeral Home, Merrick Road, Seaford. Interment at St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery, Wantagh Avenue on Thursday, May 12, 1955 at 10:00 a.m. 


News

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


Sports

Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


Calendar

Advent Craft Market - November 29

Rick Bailey Memorial Turkey Bowl - November 29

St. Nicholas Craft - December 5


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