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After a long illness, James Phillips Devine, Jr. died at his home in Port Washington on July 24 at the age of 72.

There was a beautiful service at St. Stephen's Church. The officiant was The Reverend Ann Plummer. Gloria Huke was at the organ. Hymn 208 with the "perils of the sea" refrain was very moving. Jim's sons John and Jeremy delivered the readings. Reflections were delivered by long time friend and neighbor, Jim Wood.

Interment followed at Nassau Knolls with music added by Piper Andrew McDicken. Finally, the Devine family and their friends were able to visit at a reception at MBYC, overlooking the bay which has played an important part in their lives.

Jim and his wife Joan enjoyed lasting friendships with many nearby families. They joined MBYC in 1976 and have been involved in sailing activities, especially the Fall Series and Distance Racing of which he was chairman for several years.

Jim was born and reared in Erie, PA. He started Allegheny College at age 16. After 1 1/2 years he joined the armed forces and was shipped to Europe and served with the 138th engineering combat battalion.

After the war he returned to Allegheny where he met and married Joan. Upon graduation he re-entered the army as an officer and served in the army of occupation in Germany for four years.

They eventually settled in Port Washington. He returned a few years ago as a senior accounts agent for Allstate Insurance Company. Their four children are James, Judith, John and Jeremy. There are six grandchildren, all of whom were at the service.

Florence M. Meehan, of Port Washington, died on July 20, 1998. Wife of Arthur. Mother of Arthur (Karen) Meehan, Michael (Sara) Meehan, Mary (Michael) Nocco and Jill (James) Smith. Grandmother of seven. Sister of George Husted. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. James Phillips Devine Jr., of Port Washington, died on July 24, 1998. Husband of Joan Graeber Devine. Father of James, Judith, John and Jeremy. Grandfather of Kathryn, Kenneth, Jennifer, Julie, Holly and Margaret. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral service at St. Stephen's Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. Stephen's Church or the American Red Cross. Stanley Plominski, a resident of Port Washington, died on July 25, 1998. A veteran of WWII, he was active in the 88th Infantry Division Blue Devils as a radio operator. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Magdalen, and his children, Magdalen Lopez, Mary Ellen Dewey, Kathleen Grace, Stanley, Paul, Regina Eaton, Joseph and Thomas. His is also survived by 13 grandchildren.Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima. Intemrent Calvary Cemetery.

Charles V. Bennett, a longtime resident of Peconic, died at his home on July 25, 1998. He was 67 years old. He was born in Glen Cove on Dec. 2, 1930 to Patrick and May Mawn Bennett. A veteran of the Korean War having served in the 7th Div. of the US Army, he was the proprietor of C.V. Bennett Limousine Co. in Williston Park.

Formerly of Port Washington, he moved to Peconic in 1992 to reside full time and was a member of the Islands End Golf Course, the Peconic Bay Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America and was co-founder of the North Fork Community Supper.

He leaves his wife, Alice Cohen Bennett; his children, Scott Bennett of Southold, Charles T. Bennett of Sea Cliff, Jody Cracco and Betsy Gagne, both of Lake George; his brother, Lawrence Bennett of Hicksville; and nine grandchilden.

Arrangements were made by the DeFriest Funeral Home, Southold. Funeral services at the First Presbyterian Church of Southold with Rev. Betsy Thompson officiating. Interment Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the North Fork Community Supper, PO Box 787, Southold, NY 11971 or the American Lung Association, 225 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.




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