Ella R. Podds, 91, of Valdosta, GA, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 at Langdale Hospice House. Born Sept. 10, 1916, in Manhasset, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Gabriella Albrecht Podstupka. She graduated from Manhasset High School in 1934 and the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1939. She retired from the Long Island Rail Road as a ticket agent at the Manhasset Station.
Ms. Podds was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Port Richey, FL. She is survived by her niece, Gabriella Dabbs of Valdosta. Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Langdale Hospice House or St. John's Catholic Church. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at mclanefuneralservices. com Carson McLane Funeral Home.
J. Kevin Kenny of North Palm Beach, FL passed away on Jan. 15, 2008 in New York City, on his 72nd birthday after a valiant battle against lung cancer. Mr. Kenny was born in New York City in 1936 to Margaret Connaughton Kenny and John J. Kenny and grew up in Manhasset.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha Morgan Kenny, sons, J. Kevin Kenny Jr., James M. Kenny, John J. Kenny II, daughters Christina C. Kenny, Eileen Kenny Araskog, and her husband, William Araskog, and grandchildren, Rand, Christina, Caroline and Jack; sister, Eileen Cullen, brothers Fred P. (Ted), Brian, Michael, his Aunt Rita Connaughton, and many nieces and nephews.
Kevin graduated Georgetown University in 1958 and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Air Force.
In June 1961, right out of the Air Force he joined J.J. Kenny Co., Inc., which was founded by his father in 1949. At the age of 31, he became president and CEO, and through his leadership, grew the company into the largest inter-dealer broker of municipal bonds in the United States, and established the first municipal bond database in the U.S., which was the leading provider of information, evaluation and other services to the municipal securities industry, with over 700 employees in the United States. He sold the firm in 1990 to McGraw-Hill and retired from J.J. Kenny in 1992 whereupon he relocated to North Palm Beach, FL, continuing his professional career in real estate and private investments. During his 31-year career on Wall Street he was known for his professionalism and integrity and actively participated on numerous regulatory and rule-making boards and committees for the industry in New York and Washington, DC, including the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the Securities Industry Association, Public Securities Association, the National Securities Clearing Corporation, and the Securities & Exchange Commission. In recognition of his service to the municipal industry and his outstanding career accomplishment, he received the Municipal Forum of New York award in 1994.
Philanthropy was extremely important to Kevin and during his lifetime he devoted himself to many charitable interests, always lending his time and resources to further education, Catholic charities, and medicine. Recognizing the importance of education for all children, he was a pioneer in starting and further the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in NYC, providing scholarships, classrooms, and computers for children and serving as patron when needed for rebuilding schools. In 1994 he received the Irish Man of the Year Award for his extraordinary generosity and unselfish commitment of personal and financial resources to St. Thomas Aquinas and other inner-city schools.
Georgetown University was extremely close to Kevin's heart. He served on the board of trustees and numerous other committees where he actively promoted funding for student aid, academic initiatives and sports. His contributions to the betterment of society and the nation through community service and career accomplishments were recognized in 2000 when he received the John Carroll Award.
He actively served on the board of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY and schools including the Green Vale School in New York, and The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, FL. He tirelessly volunteered his time and resources when a need presented itself. He created endowments at Georgetown University, Duke University, and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a school patron for the Catholic Inter-City Scholarship schools.
Kevin was an avid sportsman. While golf was his favorite sport, he enjoyed any activity that involved members of his large family. He was a patient instructor and fantastic coach. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband and father.
Throughout his life he believed faith, family, honesty and integrity were the cornerstones of his success.
Services: Monday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave.; Wednesday, Jan. 23, Funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 980 Park Avenue.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center, 1300 US Highway One, North Palm Beach, FL 33408.
John D. Smaidjas entered into the loving hands of the Lord on Dec. 24. 2007. He was the loving son of the late John H. and Eelen P. Smaidjas and the devoted brother of Donna Faraci, Dennis M. and Laura B. Hollenzer and beloved nephew of Abbie Smaidjas.
He was predeceased by his grandparents John A. and Martha P. Smaidja and Robert and Hazel Matthews.
He will be missed by his loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements were made by The Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset.
The Funeral Mass was Saturday, 10 a.m.. at St. Aloysius Church, Great Neck.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Firemen's Home of NY, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534 or to The Alert Firemen's Benevolent Association.
John Boylan of Manhasset passed away suddenly on Jan. 2, 2008 at the age of 49. He was born on June 7, 1958 in New York City and lived with his family in Crestwood, NY during his childhood. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, in Yonkers where he was an All-City basketball player and went on to receive a full scholarship for basketball to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he became captain of the basketball team.
Boylan worked in the brokerage business for 28 years, most recently at AG Edwards in their Huntington office as a retail broker. He loved his job and was as eager to help the small investor, as well as the established one. He was known for his integrity both in and out of business.
He still played basketball, and enjoyed coaching CYO for many years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed skiing, a big Honeymooner fan and loved a good joke, He and his family belong to SVCC where he could be seen cheering his children on during swim meets and tennis matches. His ready smile and easy-going manner will be remembered by many.
John Boylan leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Lauren, and teenaged daughters Julia and Caroline. John was the son-in-law of Ann and Ed Devlin of Manhasset. He is also survived by his siblings William, Patricia, Theresa and Michael and their spouses and eight nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Eileen and William and his brother Jimmy.
Friends and visitors paid their respects at Fairchild Funeral Home in Manhasset on Sunday, Jan. 6. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary's Church in Manhasset on Monday, Jan. 7, followed by interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, New York.
Donations in John's name may be made to the Indians Rock Community Foundation, 36 Maple Place, 2nd Floor, Manhasset, NY or 627-4850.