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Obituary: Bill Poss, 82

Bill Poss Sr. passed away on the morning of May 25. He was born on July 22, 1920 in Brooklyn. Poss, 82, was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Millie whom he married on Dec. 7, 1941.

 

He was a proud veteran of World War II having served three years as Master Sargent in the United States Army in the Pacific and a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

 

Raising his family on Long Island, Poss was a restaurant and tavern owner. The Colonial Inn in Mineola became a family gathering spot to generations with many stories of the characters who called the Colonial a second home.  Bill and Millie retired to Daytona Beach before moving to Glenwood Springs, CO to be near family.  

 

Poss adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a father figure to them all.  “Dad” to Barbara Soho Bleich of Glenwood Springs, CO and Bill Poss, Jr.

(Jayne LaFountain Poss) of Aspen, CO, he was “Pops” to his grandchildren Nicolas Soho (Jenny Sands Soho) of Basalt, CO and William Walter Bleich of Fort Collins, CO and Page LaFountain (Christopher Parsons) of Carbondale, CO and Tate LaFountain of Aspen, CO.  Known adoringly as “Pop Pop” by his great grandchildren, Wade William Soho, Lila Jane Soho and Jack Harper Parsons. He will be remembered as a proud father, loving grandfather and a “friend” to family and customers.

 

The family requests that any donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, PO Box 3768, Basalt, CO  81621.


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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