Doris Antoinette Bryan, 87, a recent resident of Avery Heights in Hartford, CT, died peacefully on Jan. 19, 2004. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Bryan, in 2003. Doris and Charles were longtime residents of Port Washington.
Doris was born on Nov. 6, 1916 in New York City, the daughter of Antonio Bonamassa and Eva Bruckheimer. Her father, who was born in Stigliano, Italy and emigrated to the US at the age of 17, worked as a jeweler and became president of the NY Jewelry Workers Union. Her mother had musical training and performed in chorales.
Doris attended New York City public schools , beginning with P.S. 10 in Morningside Heights and then in Astoria, Queens. She attended Hunter College High School and graduated from Hunter College at the age of 19. She was proud of the fact that she had been employed by the New York Daily News during the 1940s and wrote a column for its "information bureau."
Doris was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed reading The New York Times and New Yorker magazine. She was a pacifist and idealist, with great hopes that through education, all Americans would have access to a better life. Her love of flowers has been passed on to her daughter. Doris was most appreciative of the work done by many people who helped her, especially during the last few months of her life.
Doris is survived by her brother, Frank Bonamassa and his wife, Lois Day Bonamassa of San Diego, CA; her daughter, Valerie J. Bryan of Hartford, CT, her husband, John Tyner and their three children; and nephews and grand-nieces.
A private memorial service will be held at a later time. Contributions in Doris Bryan's memory may be made to the Port Washington Public Library, One Library Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Ave atque vale.
Salvatore T. Achenza, 72, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 19, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Debbie Steadman (John) and grandson, John. Salvatore is also survived by his sisters, Theresa Ressa (Vincent) and Mary Papasidero. He was predeceased by his sister, Josephine Trebing. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Robert (Bob) McLean died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 23, 2004. Bob was a longtime resident of Port Washington. He lived here with his wife Mary for 42 years, along with their five children.
Bob and his wife Mary, parishioners of St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church, were very involved in CYO, especially when their children were growing up. Bob, along with the late John Fitzgerald, ran St. Peter's CYO's Booster Club and basketball. Besides co-running St. Peter's CYO, he also took time to coach basketball for the parish in the 1970s. In the late 1990s, he was awarded Man of the Year, an award he cherished and took pride in showing you.
Bob was a veteran of the Korean War. When he returned he opened his own butcher shop in Queens Village and in 1956 married Mary. In the early 1970s, after he closed his business, he joined Local 342. Prior to his retirement in 1998 he worked in Port Washington's King Kullen.
He is survived by his wife Mary; five children, Bobby (Lisa), Maureen, Anne Marie, Theresa and Thomas; two grandchildren, Julia and Tom; sister Joan Reilly; and cousin Lorraine Strockbine. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas.
Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. The family asks that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 (1-800-342-2383) (http://www.diabetes.org/support-the-cause/make-a-donation.jsp.