Virginia L. Davis, known as Ginger, 95, died on March 3, 2001, in Scarborough, ME. She was born in Brooklyn and lived in Port Washington for over 80 years. She was valedictorian '23 of Port Washington High School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of NYU '27. She was married to Ted Davis in 1927. He was a well known local architect, builder and bank president who served as the president of the Board of Education, North Hempstead Housing Authority and Library Board. He died in 1981.
Ginger enjoyed reading, acting, opera and tennis. She was accomplished in knitting, crocheting and sewing and belonged to the NC Home Bureau. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women. She played the piano and was a member of the Port Washington Music Study Club. She and her husband were founding members of the Aquarelle Club and both were artists who displayed locally. They taught matting and framing for PW Adult Education and she taught English to new Americans. They were longtime members of the Congregational Church of Manhasset and the PW Yacht Club.
Surviving are two sons, Theodore W. Jr. of Georgetown, DE, and Charles G. Davis of Portland, ME; a daughter, Anne of N. Franklin, CT; a brother, John of Houston; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland, ME. Her remains will be interred in Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Maureen M. Joyce, 71, of Port Washington, died on March 17, 2001. Predeceased by the late Gerard Sr. Mother of Madeline (Joseph) Koch, Gerard Sr. (Linda), William, Matthew (Elizabeth), Jennifer (Dr. Joseph) O'Brien and Christopher. Grandmother of nine. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Lois E. Brady, 79, a longtime resident of Port Washington, died on March 19, 2001. Lois worked for General Electric for over 27 years. She was predeceased by her parents Ebenezer and Bertha and her companion Michael Lupo. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Graveside service at the Searing Memorial Methodist Church Yard Cemetery.
Joseph Campanella, 94, of Elmira, NY, died on March 19, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Joseph, also known as "Joe Cappi," was born in Bari, Italy on Feb. 3, 1907. He emigrated to NYC at the age of five. Joe was a Big Band leader, entertainer and restauranteur who brought happiness to many throughout his life. He grew up in Manhattan where he became an entertainer an a Big Band leader known as "Joe Cappi and his Orchestra of Millionaires."
While in NYC, Joe also served as assistant to the Deputy Mayor. Subsequently he moved to Port Washington where he opened and operated a well-known restaurant called Campy's. Campy retired to Boynton Beach, FL, and then to Elmira where he continued to entertain his personal friends telling them to "Be Happy with Cappi."
Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Iacovelli Campanella; sons, Lewis J. Campanella of Syosset, Peter F. Campanella of Elmira, with wife Monica and their two children, Christopher and Jennifer. Joe was a wonderful, loving and beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and family man. In all respects, Joe was a great American.
Arrangements were made by the McInerny Funeral Home, Elmira. Prayer service at St. Margaret's Church. Interment St. John's Cemetery, Queens. Donations can be made in Joseph's memory to the Nursing Education Fund, c/o St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 555 E. Market St., Elmira, NY 14901.
Life Long Sailor, Inventor, Manufacturer
Irving Oldak, 87, of Port Washington, died on March 21, 2001 after a brief illness, at his son's home in South Hampton, NH. Mr. Oldak began sailing at the age of 14. He was part of several syndicates that designed the Hinckley 24' Souwester in 1946, the Hinckley Pilot in 1957, the Bermuda 40' in 1960 and the Brewer 42' in 1983. In 1947, Irving joined his brother, Harold, and father, Jacob, in a metal refining company, Niash. This company evolved into His Lordship Industries, which manufactured fine silver and gold jewelry, which included a nautical motif line, military and congressional medals and museum exhibit replicas. In addition, to sailing, Irving enjoyed and paticipated in the founding and operation of his son Peter's vineyard and winery, Jewell Towne Vineyards, and delighted in his son Elliott's sailing achievements. Irving was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Estelle, in 1989. He leaves a brother Harold Oldak and sister Jerry Nadler, both of Florida; two sons and their wives, Peter and Brenda of South Hampton, Elliott and Patricia of Annapolis, MD; and three grandchildren, Tenley, Trevor and Alexia; and a close friend, Ruth Trattler. A memorial service will be held at Knickerbocker Yacht Club on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be sent to the South Hampton Council on Aging, Town Hall, South Hampton, NH 03827.