Frederick W. Read Jr., a longtime resident of Port Washington, died on May 20, 2001, at the age of 92 at a nursing home in Hadley, MA. Mr. Read, the son of Frederick W. Read Sr., and Ariminta B. Read, moved to Port Washington in 1914 when he was four years old. He lived almost his entire life in Port Washington, except while serving in the US Navy during WWII. He attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the old Main Street School. He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1925. Mr. Read graduated from Columbia College in 1930 and from Columbia Law School in 1932.
After his wartime service, Mr. Read joined the Home Life Insurance Company as an attorney, eventually rising to the position of vice president and general counsel. Mr. Read served a chairman of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel and was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He was also a Captain in the US Naval Reserves and served for nine years as commanding officer of a Judge Advocate General (JAG) unit of military lawyers.
Civic affairs in the town of Port Washington were a life-long passion for Mr. Read. He served two terms as a member and then president of the Port Washington Board of Education. The Paul D. Schreiber High school was built during his tenure as president of the board. He was a trustee emeritus of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and a member of the board of directors of the J.P. Sousa Memorial Band Shell Corporation. He was also active in the local Masons, Lions and American Legion.
Mr. Read was a parishioner and licensed Eucharistic Minister at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington. He and his late wife, Evelyn A. Read, were married at St. Stephen's in 1942. He is survived by a son, Frederick W. Read III, an attorney in Greenfield, MA; a daughter, Cynthia A. Read, an executive editor with Oxford University Press in NYC; and a grandson, Matthew B. Read, a student at the University of Masssachusetts. A religious service was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on May 24. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.
Mary Palasek, 76, of Port Washington, died on May 22, 2001. Mary was a teacher's aide at the C.P. Weber Jr. high School. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley Sr. She is survived by her children, Stanley Jr. (Joyce), Sherwood (Debbie) and Mark (Irene). She is also survived by her sisters, Evelyn Tyma, Sophie Holick and Joan Marie Shotts; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.