Vincent J. Ressa Jr.
Vincent J. Ressa Jr., lifelong resident of Port Washington and Manhasset, died suddenly on April 18 in his home. He was 57. For over 30 years "Vinny," as he was known to his many family and friends, owned and operated Terrain Home Construction, a general contracting company.
In addition to his many artistic contributions as a builder, Vinny immersed himself as an active member of the Port Washington Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society; he served as president of this organization until his death. His love for Port Washington and its architectural and genealogical history came to fruition each September when he chaired the society's Country Fair at the Sands-Willets house on Port Washington Boulevard.
Vinny will be remembered for bringing laughter and joy into the hearts of everyone who knew him. His legacy of kindness and generosity will live on in the memory of his spirit.
Vinny attended St. Peter's School and graduated from Paul D. Schreiber High School in 1969. He earned a bachelor in fine arts degree from Hofstra University in 1973.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Suzanne Vogt Ressa and his children Morgan and Vincent III. He is also survived by his parents, Vincent and Theresa Ressa of Birch Street, his sisters Barbara Ressa Padula and Jayne Ressa Benisatto, as well as numerous sisters/brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gary Thomson, 66, died of respiratory failure on Feb. 26, 2009.
Gary, the son of Sam and Evelyn Thomson, grew up in Manhasset and graduated from Manhasset High School in 1961. He earned degrees from Wesleyan University in 1965 and Columbia Business School in 1967. After working at Smith-Barney in New York City, Gary moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he owned the Tivoli Gardens Restaurant. For the next 32 years Gary owned and operated the restaurant, which he sold in 2007.
His college band, Gary and the Wombats, played throughout the Northeast in the '60s, including some memorable performances at Publicans Pub in Manhasset. The band continued to play from time-to-time, and, more recently, Gary played nightly at his Tivoli Gardens Restaurant.
Gary is survived by his wife, Martha, of St. Croix; his sister, Jeanne, of Somers, NY; and his cousin, John B. Thomson Jr. of Sands Point. A reception in memory of Gary will be held at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on April 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome.