The Manhasset Press wishes to remember all those who were lost in the Sept. 11 attack. We welcome submissions of stories and photos from families and friends for future publication.
The Robson family suffered a devastating loss on Sept. 11 (as did the rest of the Manhasset community), when Don Robson was at his office at Two World Trade Center when tragedy struck. Toronto born and bred, Don never forgot his Canadian roots, even though he had been in the US for over 18 years. He would celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving every October with his friends and neighbors at his Plandome home.
Don, 52, was a senior vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. He attended school in Toronto and came to New York in 1985. He was an avid golfer, a fanatic Blue Jay fan (to the chagrin of his friends who loved the Mets and Yankees), a Jimmy Buffett aficionado, but most of all a true family man.
His wife of 22 years, Kathy, is a teacher; his son, Geoffrey, a senior at Delaware University; and Scott, 17, a senior at Manhasset High.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Mary's RC Church where a grieving crowd of family, friends and neighbors spilled onto the streets and onto the sidewalks. Don was eloquently eulogized by his good friend, Don Ross, who said, "We all know guys who are fun, but he was different; always on an even keel. Unflappable. No matter what their lot in life, Don Robson made everyone comfortable. To sum him up in one word: Style." (Well said, Mr. Ross, and a huge understatement.)
In addition to his wife, Kathy, and his sons, Geoffrey and Scott, he is survived by his brother, John Robson of Toronto; his sister, Nancy Hamm of Toronto; and his mother Joan, also of Toronto.
Tim Kelly, 37, a lifelong resident of Manhasset and Port Washington died suddenly and heroically while working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
Tim was a 1981 graduate of St. Mary's High School and a 1985 graduate of Quinnipiac College of Hamden, CT. After graduation Tim worked on Wall Street as a municipal bonds broker.
In 1990 he married Julie Barry of Port Washington and together they had three wondrous children, Kevin (5), Mary Kate (3) and Caroline Elizabeth born Sept. 4, only seven days before her young father's tragic death.
Tim had numerous friends and colleagues in Manhasset and Port Washington and will always be remembered for his unwavering devotion to his bride, Julie, and his three young children. His friends will forever cherish his wit, his warmth and his unique sense of humor. "Either you like Tim or you didn't know him." Recalled his oldest brother John of Oakton, VA.
Over 1,200 family members and friends remembered Tim at a special remembrance gathering held last week at the St. Ignatius Retreat House on Searingtown Road, Manhasset and some 600 jammed St. Peter's Catholic Church in Port Washington for a memorial Mass.
Tim left this world at a much too young age but left behind a powerful legacy, which will be enriched by his family.
In addition to his wife Julie and his three children, Tim is survived by his mother, Kathleen M. Kelly of Manhasset, brothers John of Oakton, VA, Shawn and Brian of Manhasset and by his sister, Christine Fabbri of Fairfield, CT. Tim's father, the late John D. Kelly, passed on last year. Additionally, Tim will be richly remembered by some 28 young nephews and nieces.
Donations for an education fund established for Tim's children can be made to the Timothy C. Kelly Memorial Fund and mailed to 29 Lowell Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Jeffrey Earle LeVeen, age 55 of Manhasset, NY was tragically lost in the attack on the World Trade Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Jeff is the beloved husband of Christine, and father to Jeff Jr. (26), Betsy (25), Andrew (23) Katie (21) and Meg (20).
Jeff was a partner and senior vice president of equity sales at Cantor, Fitzgerald Co., Inc. from 1993 until the present. Jeff was loved and widely respected by his colleagues and clients in the brokerage business. He was most devoted to his family and friends. Known by all for his infectious enthusiasm for life, Jeff was raised in Sands Point, Port Washington, son of the late William and Virginia LeVeen, brother to Judy, Janice and the late Jerry. He graduated from Schreiber High School in 1964 and from Dartmouth College in 1968, where he was captain of the golf team and a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Jeff also served as Spc5 in the US Armed Services from October 1968 until October 1970.
Jeff will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his loving attention to his family and friends. Jeff's memory is being honored by an overwhelming show of love and support by his friends and business associates.
A celebration of Jeff's life was held at St. Mary's Church in Manhasset, Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at 11 a.m. Donations in lieu of gifts or flowers may be made to the Cantor, Fitzgerald Co., Inc. relief fund.
Kevin M. Cosgrove died tragically at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Kevin grew up in Manhasset, part of a large family. He is remembered by many as "the kid with the black curly hair who used to work at Phil's." A resident of Islip at the time he died, he is survived by his wife, Wendy (nee Rosser), his children, Brian, Claire and Elizabeth and by his mother, Mary, of Manhasset. His father, Edward, predeceased him. He is also survived by his siblings: Maryjane Jones, Edward, Patricia Schlosser, Christine Brooks, Susan Janssen and Joseph Cosgrove, and by many nieces and nephews. A celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Lourdes R. C. Church in West Islip on Sept. 22. Contributions in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, 85 Marcus Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY, 11788, would be appreciated.
James Lee Connor with his son.
Jim was born in Manhasset and attended St. Mary's Elementary School and Chaminade High School. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1985. It was there that he met his future wife, Jamie DiBona. They were married in 1992. After graduation, he began his career at Bear Stearns and left in 1989 to join the start-up investment banking firm of Sandler O'Neil. He was made a partner in 2000 and was proud of how the firm had grown and the quality of people he worked with. For the past six years Jim and Jamie made their home in Summit, NJ.
Jimmy's greatest joy was being with his wife Jamie and their two sons, Jimmy age 7, and Jack age 4. He loved watching the boys grow and was constantly amazed and entertained by their endless energy. He was an avid hockey fan and was thrilled when the boys showed an interest in the sport. One of his prized possessions was a picture of young Jimmy standing next to the Stanley Cup after the Devils had won the championship. His second greatest love was the game of golf. He began playing at the age of seven at North Fork Country Club. He soon found that he enjoyed the competition of local tournaments and won such titles as the Long Island Boys and Long Island Junior Championships. He was club champion of North Fork Country Club in 1987. Playing golf with Jimmy was always a pleasure; he was modest about his abilities and always a gentleman on the course. It didn't matter how badly you may have been playing, Jimmy always made the round enjoyable.
Jimmy was the kind of person who always left you with a smile on your face. He had a quick wit and an engaging sense of humor. Those who knew him well will remember the endearing nicknames he had for his friends and family. He was a loyal friend and kept in contact with many of his childhood and college friends. He was truly blessed with the gift of friendship. One of his closest friends said after learning of his death, "My life will never be the same without him in it." Anyone who was close to Jimmy shares that sentiment. His life was cut short on this earth, yet he packed a lot of living into his 38 years. He will be missed beyond words but we were blessed to have known him at all.
Jim leaves his wife Jamie, his sons Jimmy and Jack, his parents Ruth Ann and Jim Connor of Cutchogue, his sister Cathy Dodge, his brother-in-law Tod Dodge, nephew and nieces Tommy, Laura and Tara of Manhasset, his uncles, Reverend Robert Connor of Manhattan and Tom Murphy of Brooklyn Heights. A golf scholarship at William and Mary will be established in his name.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 13 at St. Teresa, Summit, NJ, at noon.