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Edward F. Harrington, 86, of Port Washington, died on March 13, 2002. He is survived by his wife Betty V. An aviator since the age of 14, Ed's passion was flying. He owned and operated his own flying school and flew during WWII and Vietnam supplying ammunition to fighter planes. He was the oldest known member of the PW Yacht Club. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Memorial Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Ralph M. Faiella, 71, of Port Washington, died on April 1, 2002. He worked for Baccardi Rum, Hunts Foods and Shendly Liquors. Husband of the late Rose. Brother of Peter (Mela), Mike (Anna), Richard (Josephine) and Joseph (Annette). Father of Charles and Debbie. Also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Bay Shore. Eleanor O. Michelson, 88, of Port Washington, died on April 7, 2002. Wife of the late John A. A resident of Port Washington since 1952 she was active in community affairs and in the Lutheran Church in Port Washington. Mother of John Douglas Michelseon and Doris M. Whittemore (Reed P.). Grandmother of Scott Michelson, Lisa Bitetto and John and David Whittemore. Great-grandmother of four. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious services at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions in her name can be made to the Altar Guild of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.

Edward U. Convey, 74, a builder on LI from 50 years, died on complications following surgery on April 8, 2002. Mr. Convey, a well known general contractor, was involved in numerous projects that touched the lives of many local citizens. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from Fordham University in 1951 and went into the construction business with his father. Later he started Fillcon Construction of Mineola in partnership with his son, John, who he worked with for 25 years.

Mr. Convey built schools, libraries, health care facilities and other public work projects from East Hampton to the Bronx. Projects included the construction of South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, St. Patrick's Church, Huntington, the Cohen Pavillion at North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and the construction of St. Johnland Nursing Home in Kings Park. He completed projects at dozens of public and private schools in NYC and LI including Massapequa High School, Saxton Middle School in Medford and Columbia University. Recent projects included the renovation of Building B at Queens College and the new Police Headquarters Courthouse and Recreation Building in Lake Success. The new 3rd Precinct in Bay Shore and the Highway Dept. Headquarters in N. Bellmore were also projects he completed.

After being in business for so many years the phrase most often used to describe him was "Old School," which he accepted with pride. Always stressing honesty and integrity before financial gain he left every project with the sense of accomplishment and pride. He loved going to work everyday and he love coming home at night to his wife and family. He lived in Port Washington for over 48 years and in 1984 built a second residence in East Hampton. He was involved in local youth sport activities and was an active parishioner at St. Peter of Alcantara as well as the United Way. He was also a member of the Port Washington Yacht Club and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in NY for many years. He was an avid fisherman and an Islander season ticket holder for over 21 years.

Mr. Convey is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joann of Port Washington and East Hampton, and his children, John (Catherine) of Glen Head, Christine (Mark) and James (Louise) of White Plains, as well as five grandchilldren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Hallinan and Anne Convey of Aspen, CO. He was predeceased by his son Edward Jr.

John Cunningham Thomas, of Wilmington, DE, died on April 15, 2002. He was 83 years old. John was born in NYC and grew up in Port Washington, the eldest son of the late Harrison C. and Frances A. Thomas. He graduated from Port Washington High School, Swarthmore College and the Graduate School of Yale University. He was a research chemist and a patent liaison scientist with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, retiring in 1982.

John earned a Master of Counseling degree at the University of Delaware and was a mental health counselor in private practice and on a volunteer basis from 1978 to 1989. He was also active in the Democratic Party and in various civil rights organizations in Delaware and did extensive volunteer work in the community.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Mills Roberts of Wilmington; son Paul D. Thomas of Willow Springs, MO; and daughters, Jane T. Alford of NYC and Katherine P. Granfield of Eureka, CA. Also survived by his brother, Rev. Owen C. Thomas of Berkeley, CA.

Marjorie Biddle, 97, of Port Washington, died on April 18, 2002. Daughter of the late William and Minnie Biddle. Sister of the late Florence M. Longworth, Elizabeth Biddle, Laura S. Francis, Fred Biddle and Walter Biddle. Also survived by John F. Biddle (Audrey) and Vera Biddle. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral service at Mt. Olive AME Church. Interment Flushing Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 125 E. Bethpage Rd., Plainview, NY 11803. Anna (Dolly) D. Sigli, 91, died on April 18, 2002. To her family and her many friends and associates in Port Washington, she will be remembered as a caring mother, a good friend, an inventive cook and a woman of tireless energy and curiosity. She was born in Brooklyn and witnessed with fascination the revolutionary changes in communications and electronics that marked the 20th century. She lived through two world wars; worked to help her son and daughter get their college educations; presided as a generous hostess over countless celebrations and parties for family and friends; and survived the deaths of her husband John and her son John II. In her latter years, she worked at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Thrift Shop on Main St. She loved volunteering for this worthy cause and was loved in return for her help and her unique personality. She was a woman of warmth and quick wit, of strong passion and great compassion. She is survived by a daughter, Marieluisa Stern, who lives with her husband Richard in Manhattan; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Stigli, who also lives in Manhattan; and three grandchildren.

Rutherford (Burt) Lawrence, 76, a lifetime resident of Port Washington, died on April 24, 2002 at the home of his step-daughter, Dawn Willis-Solero in Brewster, NY, where he recently moved. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joan (Ninesling); daughter Kathie Lawrence of Woodstock, VT; stepdaughter Dawn Willis-Solero; and his mother-in-law Evelyn Ninesling of Brewster.

Burt was born in Port Washington in 1925 and attended the Port Washington schools. He served in the US Navy as a Gunner's Mate. Until suffering a stroke in 1984, Burt was the manager of the Capri Marina. He was also a 50 year-plus member of the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Company of the PW Fire Dept.

In his memory, contributions can be made to Fire Medic Co. #1, 65 Harbor Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050 or the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Co., Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050.


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