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Obituary: Mayer Udell

Mayer Udell, London Jewelers Owner, Dies At 96

Mayer Udell, longtime owner of London Jewelers, with stores in both Greenvale and Manhasset, recently passed away. He was 96.

A resident of Glen Cove, Udell arrived in America from Poland in 1939. He worked in his family’s sweater factory business. Udell mastered that business and opened two of his own factories in Bay Shore and the Bronx, which were great successes.

He met Fran London and married her in 1946. He then the sold sweater factories and took over the London Family jewelry business with Fran. Together they had two sons: Dr. Ira Udell in 1947 and Mark Udell in 1951.

Inspired by Charles London, Mayer with Fran expanded the business from a small clock and watch repair shop to a watch business that included fine jewelry. Prominence and reputation allowed them to carry world-renowned brands in their store, eventually expanding the business to multiple stores.

Tremendous family values and traditions were instilled at an early age not only at home, but in the family business.  Mayer’s vision for his family was to not only excel in life and business, but also to enjoy it to its fullest. Giving back to the community was at the forefront of his values.

“[He] was a very kind-hearted man,” said his son, Dr. Ira Udell. “Very humble and very charitable. He did a lot for his temple and his community and his family.”

“He was the patriarch of the family,” added another son, Mark Udell. “We will miss his wisdom, his love and his advice dearly. He was a special man. The reception at the synagogue in Glen Cove drew 700 people. That shows the respect people have for the Udell family in the community. That means a lot. We have been in business in the community since 1926. Dad had incredible integrity and always did the right thing.”

Udell was a member of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Glen Cove, where he was ritual chairman, house chairman, president of the Men’s Club, president of the Temple and a member of the Board of Trustees. His philanthropic endeavors included Israel Bonds, UJA and Temple Tifereth.

Udell is survived by Fran Udell; Ira Udell and daughter-in-law Allyn Udell and Mark Udell and daughter-in-law Candy Udell; grandchildren Erin and Leigh Minsky, Randi and Scott Alper, Jared and Riki Udell, Scott and Jessica Udell and Zachary Udell; plus great-grandchildren Alexander, Avery and Austin Minsky, Sienna Alper and Blake Udell.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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