John Cleary, Esq.
John P. Cleary, of Locust Valley, a prominent attorney who dedicated the last decade of his life to the development of Long Island as a scientific center, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado, where he had recently undergone bypass surgery. He was 76.
Mr. Cleary was a founding partner of the law firm now known as Farrell Fritz in Uniondale. Mr. Cleary formed his first firm, Pratt, Caemmerer & Cleary, in 1968 with George Pratt, former U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the late John Caemmerer, former NY State senator. In 1976, Pratt, Caemmerer & Cleary merged with Farrell Fritz in anticipation of the U.S. senate confirmation of Pratt's appointment by President Ford to the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of NY. The firm then became Farrell, Fritz, Caemmerer & Cleary.
Mr. Cleary was a noted expert in the areas of tax certiorari and real estate law, and represented a wide range of corporations, banks, and other businesses, as well as individuals, in challenges to real property tax assessments on Long Island, in New York City, and upstate New York.
After retiring from Farrell Fritz in 2001, Mr. Cleary focused on bringing biotech companies to Long Island to develop the region as a research and development center. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1994 through 1997, and an honorary trustee from 2001. He also contributed to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association as director from 1989 through 1997, as president from 1995-1997; and as honorary director from 2000.
He was instrumental in the development of the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, a business incubator at SUNY Farmingdale. He served as chairman of the board of the bioscience park, a collaborative effort between the university and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to encourage start-up biotech businesses.
In 1995, Mr. Cleary was the first investor for Mirus Bio, Madison, WI, and also served on its Board of Trustees until the company was sold to Roche Pharmaceuticals in 2008. He also dedicated significant time and financial support to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy.
From 1979-1997, Mr. Cleary was a trustee of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, chairman 1985-1988, and Chairman Emeritus from 2000. In 1998, Molloy awarded him an honorary L.L.D. He served on the planning board of the Village of Oyster Bay Cove from 1978-1981 and served as its chair in 1981 when he resigned to become trustee of the Village, a position he held from 1981 to 1988.
A lifelong Long Island resident, Mr. Cleary was born in Brooklyn in 1932 and raised in Freeport in a family of 11 children. He attended Freeport High School, where he developed a love for running as a member of the school's cross country and track teams.
His swift feet took him to Yale University, where Mr. Cleary ran for the cross-country team and became its captain for his senior year. He graduated from Yale University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Mr. Cleary remained active with Yale throughout his life. In 2000, he co-chaired the committee to create an endowment in the memory of coach Robert Giegengack. He received a law degree from New York University Law School in 1961.
He is survived by his wife, Rita; two sons, Mark and James; and a daughter, Sharon; as well as eight brothers and sisters and their children.
Viewings were held at the Francis P. Devine Funeral Home in Oyster Bay, on Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6. Service was held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at St Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay. Internment at Cemetery of Holy Rood, Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations to Molloy College, The John P. Cleary Scholarship fund, Attn: Cynthia Metzgar, Office of Advancement, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY, 11571 (http://www.molloy.edu/) or Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Development Department, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 11724 (http://www.cshl.edu).
Victor DeBellis died on February 4, 2009. He was the devoted husband of Lona; his beloved brother John and his wife Lorraine.
He was the dear nephew of Sr. Daria McGinn; the loving son of the late Victor and Ellen. Cherished uncle of Christopher (Nicole) Mahon, Ryan, and Katie Mahon, Robert and Abby Morris, Ryan and Kristen Caponera, and Greg Morris. Son-in-law of Judy Ann Morris Binzen, and her husband Willard. Brother-in-law of Eric B. (Lisa) Morris, Laura J. (Victor) Caponera, and William J. (Judy) Morris.
Victor DeBellis was born in Syosset on December 8, 1953. He grew up in East Norwich, where he attended St. Dominic's . From 1972-1977 Victor was a member of the East Norwich Fire Department. In 1975 he moved to Saratoga Springs where he later became director of racing at Saratoga Harness Raceway until 1986.
Victor moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in 1997 where he started his General Contractor company InCom Restorations, Inc. Uncle "Dicker" was a devoted uncle who left a legacy of his kind and generous heart to his nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his two beagles Casey and Ginger.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home Inc., 293 South Street, Oyster Bay. Saturday Feb. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers please, donations may be made to : JDRF 6 Greenwood Drive, East Greenbush, NY 12061; or Susan G. Komen North Florida Affiliate, 4446 Hendricks Ave., Suite 372, Jacksonville, FL 32207. For further information www.fpdevinefuneralhome.com.
Eleanor A. DeJesu, 69, of Enfield, Ct. formerly of Oyster Bay, died peacefully on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Manhattan, New York on November 21, 1939, Eleanor was the daughter of the late Bartholomew and Anne (McAllister) Gaynor.
Eleanor has been a resident of Enfield since 1987 and a faithful communicant of Holy Family Church. She was a teacher's aide for the Enfield Public School System. Eleanor enjoyed spending time with family and friends and had a very special love for her grandchildren.
A loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, Eleanor is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Frank A. DeJesu; her children, Laura A. (Barry) Palzewski of Oyster Bay, NY, Frank A. (Hilda) III of Arlington, TX, and James B. of Bayside, NY; her sister, Carol Robertson of Brooklyn, NY; and 10 grandchildren. Family received friends at the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home Inc. Wednesday 6-9 p.m. Interment Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury. (Family and Friends may meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m.)
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Foundation, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.