(L to R): Brothers, Donald and Norton; John; sister Ruth; and their mother "Mary Hutch"
John Van Deventer Hutchinson passed suddenly and without suffering on April 13, 2009 at the age of 83. His father, Irving Norton Hutchinson Sr. owned the Chandlery shop down at the docks in Oyster Bay where the ferry docked. His mother was Mary Van Deventer Talmage, daughter of the Rev. Dr. George Edwin Talmage, rector of Christ Church in Oyster Bay for 25 years.
Born in Oyster Bay. John, a.k.a. Jack, graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy toward the end of WWII. While on active duty, he served our country in locations all over the world. He spent much of his Navy career with the Seabees (Navy Construction Battalion). His assignments included tours in Greenland and in Antarctica where he was part of the team that built a 6,000 foot ice runway on McMurdo Sound. After 23 years of service and adventure, he retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Upon retirement, he briefly lived in Rhode Island before moving back to his home town - Oyster Bay - to spend the rest of his life.
During summer seasons through 2008, he sailed weekly with the Seawanhaka Place Yacht Squadron (aka SPYS). SPYS is a group of ladies and gentlemen who love to race their Sunfish around the eastern end of Oyster Bay Harbor on summer Sunday afternoons. A 25-year life member of the American Legion (15 years with OB Post 4) he could always be seen marching with them in the Oyster Bay and East Norwich parades. Also representing the legion in helping to honor countless fallen veterans. He was an active member of the Doubleday Babcock Senior Center in Oyster Bay and was described by the staff as a contributing "Pillar" of the organization. A kind, gentle, and generous soul he was always willing to help anyone who needed it.
Jack was predeceased by his sister Ruth Talmage Hutchinson Miller of St. Louis, MO, and his brother Irving Norton Hutchinson Jr. of Oyster Bay. He is survived by his brother Donald Godee Hutchinson of Fayetteville, PA; and eight nephews and nieces, Helen Judith Hutchinson (Lou) Catalfo of Bel Air, MD, George Errickson (Melissa) Hutchinson of Oyster Bay, Mark Talmage (Lisa) Hutchinson of Syosset, David Kerkham (Claudia) Hutchinson of State College, PA, Amy Talmage Hutchinson (David) Noji of Baltimore, MD, Jennie Norton Hutchinson (Don) Shanks of Southern MD, John Charles (Virginia) Miller of Siera Vista, AZ, and Bradley Potter (Mary) Hutchinson of East Norwich. Jack is also survived by 19 great-nephews and nieces, along with 18 great-great-nephews and nieces.
Services will be under the direction of the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, 293 South St., Oyster Bay, from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 7, with a memorial service honoring Jack by the American Legion at about 8 p.m. The Navy Honor Guard will also attend in honor of Jack.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to Doubleday Babcock Senior Center at 45 E. Main St., Oyster Bay and/or Quentin Roosevelt Post 4 American Legion, Box 411, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
William Wark, of Cary, NC, formerly of Upper Brookville, passed away on April 14, 2009 at the age of 79. Husband of Joan Brell. Father of four and grandfather of five. William had a full life on Long Island with his family growing up in Rockville Centre and his life with his own family in Brookville. A Bucknell graduate and a long career as an investment banker Vice President for Merrill Lynch. In retirement they moved to Cary. He will be missed by his family and friends as he always had a big smile and laugh to share with everyone. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Religious services were held at Brookville Reformed Church. Interment Greenfield Cemetery.
Mary Vidinha (nee DeLucia), lifelong resident of Oyster Bay, passed away on April 18, 2009, at the age of 94. Wife of the late Frank. Mother of Rose Marie Leite, Arlene Rothenhausen (Spencer), and Linda Vidinha. Grandmother of Brian Leite (Toni),Vicki Rothenhausen-Shand (Robert), Lynn Dambeck (John), Stacy Saavedra (Frank), and the late Darren Scott Leite. Great-grandmother of Melanie, Meghan, and Franky. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic's RC Chapel. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Mabel E. Thompson, of Syosset, formerly of Lynbrook, died on April 19, 2009. Wife of the late Dr. Gordon C. Thompson. Mother of Gordon L. Thompson and Jane T. (Michael) McDermott. Grandmother of Holly and Michael. Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Paige and Kate. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Interment Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead.
Renee A. Greenspan (nee Leibowitz), of East Norwich, passed away on April 21, 2009 at the age of 78. Wife of Elliott S. Greenspan. Mother of Stephen (Stephanie), Michael (Ellyn) and Charles (Susan). Grandmother of Samantha, Lesley, Zachary and Maxwell. Sister of Roberta. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
Anthony J. Muscianisi (Amato) passed away on April 23, 2009, at the age of 88, of Bayville and Naples, FL. Husband of Virginia for 60 years. Father of Virginia Zorbo, John Lynn Gambarelli (John), Peter J. and the late Thomas. Grandfather of Justin, Christopher, Peter, and Janna. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and relatives. He was a devoted member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5314, and the American Legion Robert H. Spittell Post 1285 in Bayville. He was president of Thomas A. Amato Company, Inc. for over 50 years. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to St. Gertrude RC Church, 28 School St., Bayville, NY 11709.