Charles H. Thieriot, 85, of Locust Valley, died on May 24, 2000. Husband of the late Edna T. Father of Charles H. Thieriot of Los Angeles, CA, Julia D. Thieriot of Round Hill, VA, and Frances T. Thieriot of Santa Monica, CA. Stepfather of Jeff Carpenter and Katherine Carpenter Schulte, both of NYC, C. Nicholas Potter of Mill Neck and Mary Carpenter Zagorin of Washington, DC. Grandfather of Cary Potter, Christopher Potter, Jennifer Potter, Revell Schulte, Dashiell Schulte, Edmund Zagorin amd Oliver Zagorin. Great-grandfather of Macy Potter, Nina Potter and Nicholas Potter.
After graduating from Harvard College in 1937 he joined R.H. Macy and Co. From 1941 to 1943, he was in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Amarillo, TX where he served as a flight instructor. From 1943 to 1945 he was first lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps. His service included flying "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theatre. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Chinese War Memorial Medal. In 1945 he joined the securities firm of Carlisle & Jacquelin. He served as senior partner of its successor frim, Carlisle, DeCoppet & Co., until its sale in 1976. In his retirement he was with his late wife, an enthusiastic owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses. He was a trustee of the NY Racing Association and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, NY. He also served for many years as a fire commissioner in Locust Valley and a trustee of the Incorporated Village of Matinecock, Locust Valley. Of his many charitable and community interests, he was particularly devoted to St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA and the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, both of which he served as trustee for many years.
Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral service at St. John's of Lattingtown on May 31. Contributions can be made to the Church of the St. Sacrament, Box 1185, Bolton's Landing, NY 12184.
Mary Parente, 90, of Oyster Bay, died on May 29, 2000. Wife of the late Eugene Sr. Mother of the late Eugene Jr. Grandmother of Joseph, John, Monica and Paul. Proud great-grandmother. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral service at St. Dominic's RC Chapel. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Robert E. Van Velsor passed away on March 30, 2000 in Cooperstown, NY. He is survived by his second wife Helen Martin Van Velsor and two sons Robert Van Velsor Jr. and Rick Van Velsor. Grandfather of three, Robert, Kyle and Brian Van Velsor. Robert was the beloved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lester Van Velsor. Brother of the late Bert Van Velsor and brother of Kenneth Van Velsor; sisters, Peggy Golden and Barbara Eydeler. Bob Van Velsor retired from the Oyster Bay Highway Dept. and served for many years in the Atlantic Steamer Fire Co. #1 of Oyster Bay and was former chief of that company.
The Rev. Paul Bowles officiated at a memorial service that was held on April 8 at the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company. Bob's ashes were taken by fire company marine boat for interment in the harbor at Oyster Bay. Donations can be made to the Atlantic Steamer Fire Co. Firemen's Fund, PO Box 148, E. Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
Mr. Van Velsor was remembered along with other members of the two Oyster Bay Fire Companies who died during the year, at a service held at the Atlantic Steamer Fire House on May 29, at 8:45 a.m. Father Malcolm Burns officiated. Carmen DeLucia sang the four verses of the Firemen's Prayer acapella and Dennis Moller played taps. Atlantic Steamer Chief Chris Mercadante introduced the program and read the names of their departed. Chief William Ferris of Oyster Bay Fire Company No. 1 gave the closing remarks.
On a black draped table, arrangements of red, white and blue flowers, each with a white candle, were placed before the hat and gloves of the former member. As the names were read, a member of their company saluted and took away the hat and gloves in a symbolic gesture.
The five members who died this year are, from the Atlantic Steamer company: Thomas Gilroy, Walter Higgins, Walter "Tex" Ryan, and Robert Van Velsor; and from Oyster Bay Company No. 1, Pat Myrato.
The fire companies also remembered Ralph Walston who died April 20, 1928 in the line of duty; and Staff Sgt. Edward Osborn Jr., died September 1945; Ensign John McCourt, died November 1945; PFC. Gerard Agostinello, died April 1945 all of whom died in the service of their country.