Manhasset Bay and members of her surrounding communities lost a dear friend on Tuesday, April 25, when Louise Haney died at the age of 87, after a year and a half battle with cancer.
A photo taken of Louise Haney in the Summer of 1989.
Known since the early '80s as the Port News' "On the Bay" columnist, Louise had a long and fulfilling life. She cherished her roles as journalist and local personality who, because of her love of people, enjoyed the socializing involved with writing her well-read column. But she also derived a real bonus because the column integrated her so well into the community she loved since she moved here 55 years ago.
Many Louise lovers paid tribute to her last week. Here's what they had to say about this charming, intelligent and interesting woman who will be sorely missed.
Larry Shields- Louise was a gracious lady who was always sincerely interested in other people and always had something positive to say. She greatly appreciated her family and friends and the relationships that she developed through her love of the water, sailing, editing and gardening. We will all remember her with fond regard. She was an example for all of us.
Ed Du Moulin- (from a previous interview in 1998, prior to Louise's death)- Louise has a zest for life and anything to do with sailing and marine activities. She doesn't miss a trick --- still sails her own boat in the summertime, Always right in there on the spot when anything is happening on the bay.
Penny Knight- "She did more for the sport of sailing in Manhasset Bay than anyone I know. She was a great lady."
Kathie Gauld- "Louise was a real inspiration to my family because she was so full of life. She left an enormous mark in the hearts and minds of those she touched."
Jeanne Miller (Mrs. Harry Miller)- "Louise enjoyed many things during her very active and involved life --- people, her roses, following the market, and the sunsets over Manhasset Bay. The two things dearest to her heart, however, were home and her boat. Her happiest times were abroad the Lew-Lou with friends and at her memory-filled residence of 55 years."
Kathy Wuerth- "Louise was insatiably curious. She observed life very closely and constantly tried to measure the good. She was also a dear friend and mentor, though she never believed herself worthy of the latter. To know her was to be part of her family and I will miss her very much."
Lynda Lees Adams- "Louise to me was love, lovely, life. She sincerely cared for most of the people she knew, regardless of their age or background (even if they weren't sailors), and she made the effort to help most of them in both little and big ways. And oh how she loved the sea and sailing.
She appeared to be happiest when participating in or recalling a sailing experience or social interaction connected to sailing.
Louise wrote "On the Bay" for the Port Washington News and the Manhasset Press for almost 20 years---without pay---and usually stayed up all Sunday night preparing. But she never complained of being burdened because she loved it, felt privileged to have the opportunity to do something that sailors appreciated and enjoyed.
And it's because she so appreciated life and us that so appreciated her and loved her back. Without the sight of that bright little woman roaming the docks, a void is going to be felt on Manhasset Bay for a long time."
Mrs. Haney's interment is private. A memorial service will be held some time in early June.
A special fund is being created in Louise's name to enable young people who otherwise could not afford it, to participate in high school sailing and attend colleges with competition sailing programs. To make a tax deductible donation to this fund in lieu of flowers, make check out to the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation/Louise T. Haney Fund. Send it to MBSF, 12 Emerson Road, Glen Head, NY 11545.
(In February of 1998, Scotty Lee interviewed Louise, much against this modest woman's protestations we might add. We decided it would be appropriate to reprint that interview. Here it is.)