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Obituary: John L. Schaefer, Jr.

John L. Schaefer, Jr. of Bayville died on Sep. 30, 2012, at age 28. Favorite son of John and Susan Schaefer. Beloved brother of Michele. Loving Fiancé of Meghan Mitchell. Cherished grandson of Claire and Jim Jarman. He was born in Queens, on Feb. 20, 1984.

He is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

John L. Schaefer, Jr. was a devoted and proud Marine who served his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was a member of both American Legion Robert H. Spittell Post 1285 and Oyster Bay V.F.W. Post 8033.

Visiting was at the Oyster Bay Funeral Home, on Oct. 2 and 3. The wake was attended by the Marine Corps league. The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), a motorcycle group with the Marines came. PGR Assistant State Captain Jim McElroy said, “We had been asked by the Leathernecks on behalf of his father, who is also a Marine, and the family, to stand for this brave man who saw things and had to deal with things that most of us can never begin to understand,” he said. LCPL John L. Schaefer, Jr. served honorably in Fallujah, Iraq in the war on terror and served his country proudly, he added.

Three local fire companies, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay and Bayville attended and raised two flags in his honor. There was a long line of mourners waiting to visit.

Funeral Mass St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville, on Thursday 10 a.m. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, c/o Locust Valley Fire Dept., 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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