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Last Wednesday at a meeting of the Manhasset Rotary Club, someone said, "Heavens gates must have opened wide yesterday." He was referring to the fact that Richard Koebele, principal of Shelter Rock School, had died suddenly at his desk the previous morning, and that Ken Molloy, one of Manhasset's most popular citizens, had died after a long fight with cancer, the previous evening. The outpouring of affection for the two men was demonstrated at their respective funerals which filled two churches. Although they will be mourned by their families and friends, there is surely consolation in the knowledge that their presence among us meant so much to so many.

Theodore Roosevelt once wrote: "Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy; for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one."

For both of these men, the extent and quality of the mourning for their deaths is an indication of the value of their lives. A poet has written: "Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."

Rest in peace.


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