Charles Hyde "Buckie" Walker, a well known businessman in Port Washington, passed away on January 1, 2002 due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Buckie was known for his love of family, work, friends, golf, music, brightly colored clothes and helping others. People remember seeing his car parked in front of his office, the Charles E. Hyde Agency, a real estate and for many years also an insurance company at 277 Main Street, early in the morning every day of the week. And if his car wasn't there, he was most likely at the golf course because he was an avid golfer.
Buckie's maternal grandfather and grandmother were both raised and educated in Port Washington. His grandfather was Charles E. "Buck" Hyde, good friend of John Philip Sousa and the founder of the Charles E. Hyde Agency. His mother was Lauretta Lewis Hyde Walker. Buckie was born April 4, 1925, graduated from Port Washington High School, class of 1942, and attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for a short period prior to service at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.
He became president of the Charles E. Hyde Agency on January 1, 1948. He was a former chairman of the board and president of the Port Washington Savings and Loan. He was the youngest bank president in the state of New York when he was appointed to that bank. He continued as director when that bank merged with Pioneer Savings Bank.
Buckie acted as an insurance broker and advisor to thousands of local residents and businesses over the years. He served as an appraiser for hundreds of estates; as an expert in condemnation representing Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead on many properties including underwater leases; negotiated as broke in the sale of thousands of acres of land and hundreds of improved parcels in various areas of Nassau, Suffolk and other local counties.
Some other affiliations included past President and Charter Organizer of the Port Washington Republican Recruits; member of the Port Washington Republican Club; member of the Port Washington Masonic Lodge No. 1010 F. & A.M.; Past President of the Port Washington Kiwanis Club; Past Secretary for the Nassau County Insurance Agents Association; first President of the Port Washington Real Estate Board; member of the Long Island Real Estate Board; President of North Hempstead Country Club; Treasurer of the Long Island Golf Association; and member of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Besides his talent as a banker, appraiser, realtor and an insurer, Buckie was an amateur golfer and known as an orchestra leader of some renown. He played many instruments but his love was the clarinet. He started his own band when he was in high school and continued to play jazz and the big band sounds all of his life, professionally and for fun.
Some of the accomplishments that Buckie was most proud of were the rewarding results of being affiliated with the Harvey B. Lewis Foundation, where he served as a scholarship chairman, and creating the Charles and Ethel Walker Foundation. Working with these groups he was able to help hundreds of students to get scholarships to further their education and to help fund other local events and organizations.
Charles Hyde "Buckie" Walker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ethel, his son Charles Hyde "Chuck" Walker, Jr., his daughter, Susan DeLuca, son-in-law Larry DeLuca and his four granddaughters, Kristin, Lauren, Karen and Katie DeLuca. A private funeral service was held on Jan. 3 at the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home in Roslyn Heights, followed by a burial at Knowles Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, 15 Homestead Drive, Wheatley Hills, New York 11798.
Mary V. Ciminera, 92, died on Dec. 25, 2001. A lifelong resident of Port Washington, she lived for 70 years in the house her father purchased here. A true matriarch, she is remembered by her family for her strength. Mary loved Pavarotti and enjoyed singing along to his music. She is survived by her son Michael; three grandchildren: Victoria Burke, Perry Forgione and Christopher Forgione; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Vincenzo and her daughter Grace Forgione. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Entombment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. The Ciminera family is deeply appreciative of St. Stephen's Senior Center and St. Peter of Alcantara Church for their love and care of Mary in recent years.
Florence DeMeo, 90, of Port Washington, died in Roslyn on Dec. 26, 2001. She was the sister of Arthur DeMeo and aunt of Martha, Joseph, Harry and Dennis McBee. Florence also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Irene DeMeo and many nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara. Interment Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing.
Lynne Giagu, 56, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 28, 2001. She was the wife of the late John. Mother of John, Dirk (Sarah) Giagu and Ganell (Galen) Criqui. Daughter of Johanna and the late Stanley Durkee. Lynne is also survived by her sister Joanne Coddington; her brother Bruce Durkee; and two grandchildren, Sabrina Criqui and Giovanni Giagu. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Interment private.