Longtime Strathmore Vanderbilt resident Helen “Pat” Cooper, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and good friend to many, died peacefully with her family at her side on July 29, 2009. Born in New York City to Helen and Paul McCanna, raised in Forest Hills, NY, Pat was a graduate of The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, NY, and Trinity College, Washington, DC.
Pat’s kind, gentle way was an inspiration to her family and friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. She derived joy from the moments shared and memories created with family and friends. There is no question that Pat was a wonderful wife and mother. She was whole-heartedly committed to her husband and children’s well-being and active lifestyles. She spent much of her time supporting their pursuits, along with her own.
Pat will be fondly remembered by her loving husband, Ed; her daughter Pam and her husband Vincent Angiolillo of Mendham, NJ; her son Dan and his wife Rosemarie of Stormville, NY; her daughter Courtney of Harrison, NY; her son Doug and Martina of Milford, CT; and her five grandchildren, Carolyn and Paul Angiolillo and Andrew, McKenzie and Sarah Cooper. She was a faithful Catholic and attended daily services. Her funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset.
Former Bayside, NY resident Jean Claire King, 82, died June 27, 2009 at North Shore Extended Care Unit in Manhasset.
Jean Claire Lappin was born July 30, 1926, in Elmhurst, NY to Catherine and Thomas Lappin.
She graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, NY and soon after married Joseph Charles King (Charlie) on May 22, 1948 at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church. Mr. and Mrs. King went on to have five children. Jean was a homemaker and started raising her family in Bayside, NY before moving to Manhasset. Once her children were full-grown, she entered the workforce as an administrator in admitting at North Shore University Hospital where she was employed for 25 years prior to her retirement in 1996.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Philip E. Becker of Jupiter, FL passed away Monday, June 22, 2009 at Jupiter Medical Center. Mr. Becker was born in Brooklyn, NY on Aug. 16, 1937 and raised in Manhasset.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Anne Gay (Fitzpatrick); one daughter, Eileen Gay Weiler of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; and one brother, Daniel B. Becker, Jr. of Sarasota, FL; and was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Marie.
A visitation was held June 25 at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home. A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated 10 a.m., Friday, June 26 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta, FL. Entombment followed at Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, FL.
In lieu of flowers, Masses preferred, or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Spencer L. Davidson, a former associate editor at Time Magazine and longtime resident of Manhasset, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.
Mr. Davidson was a writer for Time’s Nation and Business sections and served as the magazine’s Atlanta bureau chief from 1959 through 1961. He went on to be one of Time’s most experienced Middle East specialists and spent six months as the bureau chief in Beirut in 1973. He wrote many of Time’s cover stories on that and other subjects. He also wrote for the international edition before his retirement in the early 1980s.
The recent death, on May 15, 2009, of Donald A. Taylor, 66, local attorney and long-term resident of Manhasset and Sea Cliff, has created a void in lives of his many family members, friends and colleagues. His wit and humor were legendary, and will be sorely missed as evidenced by the packed memorial service held on Sunday, May 24, at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home in Williston Park.
Don was well respected for his ongoing service to the community. Among leadership posts, he was a current director and past president of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, former president of the North Shore Kiwanis Association as well as former president and founding member of the Sea Cliff Ecology Club. He was always a willing volunteer, whether it was for Sea Cliff Mini-Mart, playing the part of Santa Claus for the NS Kiwanis family holiday party, contributing brooms for Manhasset’s “Sidewalk Sweep,” or his many years of managing the registration process for the annual Peter Speranza Memorial Run for St. Christopher Ottilie in Sea Cliff.
Emil “Jerry” Difede of Port Washington passed away on April 23, 2009 at the age of 85. The cause was cancer.
Jerry was born in Astoria, NY of two Italian immigrants, James and Gemma Difede. Raised in the apartment above his father’s barber shop and dry goods store, he began a life of achievement beyond what he could have foreseen.
Joan Dorothy Hopkins Whipple, 88, of Manhasset and Norwalk, CT peacefully passed away on March 11, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.
Joan was born March 18, 1920 in Maidenhead, England. She was the daughter of Frank and Beatrice Hopkins. Frank was the equine director to the royal family at Windsor castle.
Joan came over to America in 1940 to avoid the German blitz that threatened Britain during WWII and lived with a local Long Island family. It was during this stay that she met and then later married Dr. Ralph U. Whipple (urologist) in 1948. They settled in Manhasset where Ralph headed the Urology Department at the Manhasset Medical Center while Joan raised five children. They remained in their original home in Manhasset for 48 years before moving to a condominium overlooking the Norwalk River in Connecticut. They both enjoyed their retirement years living by the water with frequent visits from children (two daughters live close by) and grandchildren.
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