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Obituary: Leo Tomei, 90

Mineola resident Leo James Tomei, 90, passed away on Jan. 17 at Winthrop-University Hospital. His graveside ceremony was March 21 at the Long Island National Cemetery.

 

This hard working ageless man was born in Manhattan on Dec. 27, 1923 (the year the first Yankee Stadium was built) but then moved to the Bronx. As a long time Yankees fan having met all the greats sports figures, he then served in the 27th General Hospital serving in Burma/India/China in WWII as a private in the U.S. Army.

 

Tomei was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal.

 

On Oct. 23, 1955, Tomei married his wife Nina A. Neri whom he adored and he moved to Brooklyn to be near her family to raise four children while working as a sanitation man in Queens. 

 

This workaholic family man finally retired and settled in Mineola. He loved driving his car around town, riding the waves at Jones Beach into his 70s, loved the horses and played OTB and visited Belmont, loved bowling with a passion and achieved 200 scores well into his 80s at Sheridan Bowling Alley on Jericho Turnpike, while boasting being the oldest on the teams. 

 

Before being devastated with losing his wife after 50 years of marriage in 2006 to breast cancer, they were both members of the Mineola Seniors Club.

 

Nicknamed Leo the Lion, he always said his secret to longevity was working hard, loving the Yankees and Jones Beach, bowling, loving his wife and his family, as well as that one glass of Merlot red wine with dinner each night and cheesecake for dessert

 

Tomei’s four children have married and led successful lives, with two still living in Mineola. He is survived by nine grandchildren (three residing in Mineola), whom he adored also.

 

Weigand Funeral home took excellent care of his cremation and military ceremony attended by St Aidan’s deacon.

 

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested donations in his memory to USO and VFW.

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.


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Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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