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Obituary: Brian Joseph Vincent

Brian Joseph Vincent of Greenport died Friday, March 16 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. He was 92 years of age.

He was born to Catherine (Manning) and Bernard J. Vincent on March 15, 1920 in Fordham, NY. He graduated from Manhasset High School in 1937 and The NY State Merchant Marine Academy in 1940. He sailed to South America before training as an aviator in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. After serving as a US Naval Aviator in the Pacific during WWII he worked for the Federal Aviation Adminstration as Chief of Flight Standards Division after flying with American Overseas Airlines.

He married Pamela (Wakem) in 1950. They lived in Westbury and Springfield, VA for 10 years, and Plandome for 35 years where Brian served as mayor for 12 years and as a volunteer firefighter for 28 years. After retirement they moved to Peconic Landing in Greenport, where they have lived for the last 10 years.

He worked tirelessly for others, including the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Economic Opportunity Council of Manhasset and Great Neck, and the Manhasset Community Fund.

Mr. Vincent is survived by his wife and four children, Cathleen (Edward) Matthews of Port Washington, NY, Brian Jr. (Diana) of Hampstead, NC, Ellen (Edward) Murray of The Woodands, Texas and John (Sarah) of NYC, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and his siblings Robert, Joseph, Mary (Schuster) and Gerard. He was predeceased by his brother Kieran who was killed on Iwo Jima during WWII and his sister Catherine Kobell.

The family received friends at the Horton-Mathie Funeral Home, Sunday, March 18. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Agnes RC Church in Greenport with interment at St. Agnes Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Brian’s memory may contribute to the Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944 or Half the Sky Foundation, 715 Hearst Avenue, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94710.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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