Sidney Butler, 92, died on July 29, 2009 at the home of his daughter Ruth Butler Harper in Dorchester, NH. Mr. Butler was born May 12, 1917 in Lady Frere in South Africa, the son of Sidney Evan Gordon Butler and Laura Turner Butler. He resided in Oyster Bay for almost 40 years (1947-1986).
He attended St. Andrews College in Grahamstown, South Africa and began his international banking career with Barclays Bank in 1934. During WWII he served as a captain in the 8th British Army in North Africa. Captured at Tobruk, he spent 1,000 days as a prisoner of war. After demobilization in 1945, he resumed his banking career and was an officer of JP Morgan and Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York. In 1969 he opened an office in Hong Kong for Morgan Guaranty and he also headed the Sterling area division for the bank. In 1972 he returned to New York as an international liaison officer for the bank, working with the United Nations.
While living in New York, he was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor where he served on the Vestry. An avid tennis player, he played every weekend at the Cove Neck Tennis Court where he was on the board and later its chairman. He supported Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, becoming president of its board of trustees. His sets of bird paintings and prints were extensive as was his collection of sea shells from all over the world. After he retired, he discovered an interest in genealogy and became president of the Butler Society of North America, attending several Butler rallies in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Most of all he valued family. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, the former Aileen Sedgwick Taylor of New York, by his sister, Joan Viedge and by his son-in-law Robert Ferrier. He is survived by two sons, Thorne Butler and Colin Butler, two daughters, Laura Butler Ferrier and Ruth Butler Harper, Thorne’s wife Kelly, Colin’s wife Eileen, Ruth’s husband Daniel, 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great, great-grandchildren, his brother Dr. Pieter Butler, his sister, Ruth Hoogenhout and the Rowley family.
A memorial service will be conducted by The Rev. Angela Rowley, whom Aileen and Sidney considered a daughter, and The Rev. David Ware, Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor, at St. John’s on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Ministries, PO Box 976, White River Junction, VT 05001.
Edward M. Fogarty, of Oyster Bay, died on Aug. 1, 2009. Beloved husband of Anne B. Devoted father of Edward Jr. (Lauren), John (Christine), Pat (Josie), Marianne, Christopher (Kelly), MaryEllen (Christian) Schwarzbek. He was predeceased by his daughter Maureen. Cherished grandfather of 14. Son of the late Patrick and Helen. Dear brother of Mary Woods, Patrick, Helen Donohue, Kathleen and the late Thomas. Dear brother-in-law of Peggy Fogarty and John (Lucille) and Joseph Luksic. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was a former partner of Fogarty & Fogarty, PC; formerly mayor, trustee, police commissioner and Village Planning Board member for the Village of Upper Brookville. He was a member of the First Parish Council of St. Dominic’s RC Church, member of numerous religious, civic, legal and other professional organizations.
The family will receive friends at the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic’s RC Chapel. Interment to follow Locust Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers make donations to North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove, Medical Respiratory Unit, 101 St. Andrews Ln., Glen Cove, NY 11542. For further information www.fpdevinefuneralhome.com.
Melford J. Placilla, 81, of Bayville, died on July 27, 2009. A Nassau County Police Sergeant for many years, he was a retired chief of the Cove Neck Police Dept., past president of Bayville Fire Company and a member of the Robert H. Spittel American Legion Post 1285.
Husband of the late Therese. Father of Melford (Kathleen), William (Debra), Charlotte and Timothy (Margaret). Grandfather of Christina Peller (Ryan), Kelly, Justin, Sarah Harris (Chris), Benjamin (Kelly), Mario Ransdell (Joel), Clint Edwards, Stephanie Lane, Caroline Lane, Kevin and Thomas. Great-grandfather of Brooke, Jack, Max, Hailey, Joel and Josh. Brother or Richard (Margie), Trudy and the late Donald, and Betty Horn. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 5950 La Place Court, Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008 would be appreciated.
James F. Giunta, 83, of Oyster Bay, died on July 21, 2009. Husband of the late Catherine. Father of Denise Kronimus (William), Valerie Kamin (Marc), Frank Giunta and James Giunta (Elizabeth). Grandfather of Michael Kronimus (Jennifer), Erin Marinaro (Robert), Leah and Sara Kamin, Matthew, Eric and Marybeth Giunta. Great-grandfather of McKenzie and Morgan Kronimus, Ryan, Park and Connor Marinaro. Brother of Frances Porretta. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Arrangements were made by Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic’s RC Chapel. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
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