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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

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



Columns

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