Jacklyn Farrell, veteran Port Washington newsgal, died August 3, 1998.
She had been a Manorhaven village resident for more than 60 years.
Born in The Bronx, where she attended Morris High School, she was an alumna of Hunter College where she was awarded a bachelor of science degree in journalism. She joined MacFadden Publications while in her senior college year and was assigned to the now defunct Evening Graphic, where she conducted several feature columns, including Advice to the Lovelorn, and Charity Smythe."
She gave up full-time journalism for secretarial work, but became a "stringer" with the former Long Island Nassau-Review Star, which later became known as the Long Island Press, remaining with it until it, too, folded.
She joined the Port Washington News, a local weekly newspaper, as a society editor in the early '50s, working closely with the late Ernest P. Simon. When he became managing editor, she was named the paper's editor, a position she held for 15 years until the paper was sold.
In 1964, she became associated with the late Dorothy Grand Ford's Port Washington Reporter, until October of 1970 when the paper merged with the Port Mail and became the Port Washington Mail and Reporter. She remained with the paper through various ownerships and was named a contributing editor when the paper was taken over by James DeGraff Carr. She became known particularly for her "Jackie's Jots" and "From the Police Blotter" columns, as well as various feature articles on local villages and school activities. She was awarded a plaque for school news articles in 1972 from the New York Press Association.
Active in social, fraternal and civic organizations, she served on various committees in parent-teacher associations in Port Washington schools her daughter attended and also served as a Girl Scout leader. A member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she carried a Grand Cross of Color for her work with the Order of the Rainbow For Girls. She had been a member of the Marguerite Rebekah Lodge and active with its Theta Rho Girls, another youth group. In February of 1973, she was appointed a trustee of the Jones Fund, established in 1836 by the late Samuel Jones, to operate a home for the poor and indigent. She served for 15 years, including her role as historian, from 1973 to 1988.
A former member of the New York State Press Association and the Nassau County Press Association, she had been the director of public relations of the Port Washington Police District and was also employed as a secretary for the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District.
Her husband, the late William Farrell, an entomologist, was appointed Health Commissioner of the Incorporated Village of Manorhaven in 1959 and held that post until his death in December of 1969. He had established his own pest control firm in 1934.
Their daughter, Frances, a native of Port Washington, was married to Paul Jurkowski in October of 1972.
Besides her daughter and son-in-law, she is survived by their two sons, David William Jurkowski and Jason Scott Jurkowski and a great-granddaughter Sarah Rebekah and daughter in law Amy Jurkowski.
Lawrence Lapidus, a 33-year resident of Port Washington, died on July 16 after a long illness. He was 72.
Mr. Lapidus' early years were spent in Pennsylvania. He was born on September 26, 1926 in Pittsburgh, and he attended Pennsylvania State College.
He spent all of his career in the motion picture business, primarily as a film exhibitor, working in various positions for Loewes Corporation, General Cinema, RKO Warner, and Creative Entertainment Consultants, which he founded. Lapidus was recently honored for his contributions to the industry at the Essex Hotel in NYC, then again with a full-page memorial in both the East and West Coast versions of Variety.
Lapidus was also well-known for his private philanthropy and for his dedication to the state of Israel. Larry served as mentor to help many individuals develop their careers in the film industry. He raised many funds for the United Jewish Appeal and also contributed generously to the Community Synagogue. His many loyal friends remember him as a selfless person who went out of is way to help others.
A funeral service was held at Community Synagogue on July 19. Larry Lapidus is survived by his wife Lois, daughters Laura (and husband Martin) Kaufman, Saundra (and husband Robert) Lefcovich, his brother Sheldon (and wife Maribeth) Lawrence, and his grandchildren Jessica and Eric Kaufman, and Jaime and Michael Lefcovich.
Contributions in Lawrence Lapidus memory can be made to the UJA Federation of NY, 130 E. 59 Street, Suite 525, NY, NY 10022; or Variety, the Children's Charity, 244 West 49 Street, NY, NY 10036.
Marian F. Conroy, 77, of Port Washington, died on July 28, 1998. Wife of the late Thomas. Mother of Marian Crooker of Port Washington, Patricia Carpenter of Smithtown and Anthony Conroy of Muttontown. Grandmother of 10. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Lung Assocition, 225 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788-9869.
Rose McMorrow, 98, fomerly of Port Washington, died on July 31, 1998. Wife of the late John. Mother of John and the late Charles. Mother-in-law of Marilyn. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of nine. Arrangements were made by the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, Hicksville. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church. Intermnet Mount St. Mary's Cemetery.
Jack O'Grady, of Port Washington, died on July 31, 1998. He was 87 years old. Jack was involved with his church St. Peter of Alcantara as an usher and former lector. He was a past Grand Knight and 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He leaves his wife, Catherine; his daughter, Erin; and his grandchildren, Karen, Terry and James. He was predeceased by his wife Mary and sons Kevin and John (Jack). Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass at St. Peter's on Aug. 4. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Susan Marie McCue, of Port Washington, died on Aug. 1, 1998. Ms. McCue was a teacher at the Middle School in Valhalla, NY. She was the daughter of the late Julia M. and Mathew F. McCue and the sister of Matthew F. and Jeremy T. McCue. She is also survived by seven nephews and one niece; two grandnephews and two grandnieces. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.