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Obituary - Richard Francis Walsh III

Richard Francis Walsh III, who was fondly known as Dick, passed away at his home at the age of 80 in New Bern, NC on November 30, 2012. Dick was born in Glen Cove in 1932 and grew up in Oyster Bay. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1954 where he met and married his wife, Carol Gazin. Upon graduation Dick served during the Korean War in the United States Navy as Lieutenant JG aboard the USS Shasta. He raised his family in Oakdale, Long Island and worked for Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage.

Upon retirement, Dick and Carol fulfilled their dream to live aboard a 42-foot Katy Krogan trawler Bride of the Waves, where they traveled the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf and inland waters for 14 beautiful years. Their journey together has become the subject of countless stories of remote beaches, interesting ports of call and wonderful new friendships.

Dick inherited his father’s love of saltwater fishing and he was never more at peace than when attempting to hook a bluefish. He was an avid gardener, bird watcher and had an artistic flair for painting lighthouses and old wooden boats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Gladys, and his sister Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 58-years, Carol; his son Scott and wife, Siobhan, and their three children Patrick, Kathleen and Molly of Vienna, VA; son Rick and wife Meg and their two children Emily and Susan of Charlotte, NC; daughter Janet of Manchester, VT and nine nieces and nephews. 

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date in New Bern, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: The International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, N . Hollywood, CA 91607 or online at myeloma.org.   

Online condolences may be made to the Walsh family at cottenfuneralhome.com; the 

Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory, 
2201 Neuse Blvd., 
New Bern, NC 28560
. 

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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