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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

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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