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John F. "Jack" Britton, Jr., 75, of Vallejo, CA, died on April 9, 2004. Born on July 30, 1928 in Rockville Center, he grew up in Manhasset where he met Patricia Faldi, his beautiful wife of 55 years who passed away recently on Nov. 26, 2003. Jack, Pat and their family resided many happy years in Port Washington.

Jack was a gregarious and multi-faceted character who enjoyed life to the fullest. A prominent member and registered principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Jack was a marketing pioneer in the mutual fund industry. He used a prolific IBM sales background along with invaluable Madison Avenue copywriting experience as the first National Sales Manager kicking off the original Dreyfus & Putnam Funds. Jack was vice president of marketing for Supervised Investors Services and a vice president and national sales manager/partner for Hayden Stone, a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. He was later president and chief executive officer of Metro-Dyne Securities Corporation, a member firm of the National Association of Securities Dealers Inc.

Jack "Red" Britton served in the U.S. Navy and was a graduate of Syracuse University. He was an All American Lacrosse player and was a passionate devotee to the sport. He helped found and coach the original Long Island Lacrosse Club and the Port Washington Youth Athletic League. Jack coached the 1977 Albemarle High School Virginia State Lacrosse Champions and the Charlottesville Lacrosse Club.

Jack will be remembered as a generous man who cared passionately for his wife, children, pets and friends. His sense of humor, quick wit, implausible memory and far-reaching vocabulary were unmatched. He loved music, dancing, good food, red wine, vigorous debate and heart-felt laughter. His larger-than-life persona touched many.

Jack is survived by children Britt, Michele and Cassie and his two grandchildren Sophia and Rosalyn Lemmo. He will be greatly missed.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to your local SPCA.

Katharine Lott Marbut, a resident of Sands Point for more than 50 years, passed away on April 13, 2004 at age 95. She was born April 9, 1909 in Waycross, GA. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1929 and soon thereafter began teaching elementary school students in the Waycross Public School System. In the early '30s she enrolled in a course of study in social work at the University of Chicago. Upon completion, she found a job in Atlanta as a social worker and loved it.

Katharine married Terrell Clifford Marbut of Lithonia, GA in 1935 and lived in Atlanta for several years where their first child, Katharine Laura, was born in 1939.

War broke out and her husband, who worked for General Motors for 46 years, was transferred to Detroit to help in General Motors' wartime production of trucks and tanks. While living in Detroit and later Grosse Point Shores, MI, Katharine became very involved with a Latvian refugee program, helping many newly arrived Latvians find jobs, schools and homes in the area. Their son, Clifford Daniel, was born in 1948.

In 1951 her husband was transferred to New York and the family bought a new house on Bridle Path in Sands Point. Katharine soon became involved in the local PTA and joined the local chapters of the American Association of University Women and the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving at various times on their executive boards. She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends, and sewing and crocheting. Each year she would donate several crocheted blankets to the Northport Veterans Hospital. She and her husband also loved to travel, making several trips around the world.

Katharine Lott Marbut is survived by her daughter Katharine Marbut Ullman of Sands Point and Clifford Daniel Marbut of NYC; and by four grandchildren, Laura Ullman Schwartz, Valerie Ullman Taylor and Frank Clifford Ullman of Port Washington and Susan Katharine Ullman of Washington, DC. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren, Ryan and Scott Schwartz and Brittany, Leah and Kevin Taylor of Port Washington and Kira Ullman and Derek Levinson of Washington, DC.

A memorial service was held on April 18. Katharine will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Thelma Martley, 80, died on April 14. 2004. She had been ill for several years. She was a Manhasset resident for 30 years and lived in Port Washington a few years before the onset of her illness.

Born in Kulpmont, PA, on Nov. 13, 1923, Thelma was the daughter of the late John F. Sr. and Frances (Zarkoski) Miles. She attended elementary and high school in Kulpmont and was a graduate of Barnard College, NYC. She worked as an interior decorator and lived in various parts of the country with her husband, the late William Martley, who was a career U.S. Army officer.

Surviving are two daughters and son-in-law, Lynne and Richard Forgham of Ellicott City, Maryland and Joni and Bill Simon of Port Washington; four grandchildren, R.J. Forgham of California, Carly Anderson of Ohio and Samantha and Ellen Simon, both of Port Washington; a great-grandchild, Maya Anderson; a sister, June Collins of New Jersey; and a brother, Robert Miles of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by a brother, John. F. Miles.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 17 at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg, PA. Burial was held at the All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap, PA.

Donations in Thelma's memory may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, 5286 S. Park Ave., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075.

Elizabeth Susan Weinberg, 56, of Louisville, KY, died on April 15, 2004 at Audubon Hospital Inpatient Hospice Unit. Beth was a homemaker and dedicated her life to her family. Her favorite way to spend a day was walking in a park and sharing time with those she loved. Her compassion and love for her family and friends was endless.

Beth was born on June 15, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA, to the late James and Helen Ferguson. She spent her childhood in Port Washington and in 1969 graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin Wallace College. She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for 21 years and also a long time volunteer at St. Matthews Elementary and Waggener High School. She was named JCPS volunteer of the year in 1990.

She was preceded in death by her father James Ferguson. Beth is survived by her husband, William, of 35 years of marriage; a daughter, Lynn (Bret) Riegel of Springfield, MO; a son, Bobby Weinberg of Columbus, OH; mother Helen Ferguson of Ocean City, NJ; a brother James (Carol) Ferguson of Ocean City; special niece and nephew Grace and Tom Ferguson and the light of her life, her two grandchildren, Ella and Bennett Riegel.

Her service was held on April 19 at St .Matthews Episcopal Church. Burial private. Arrangements were made by the Pearson Funeral Home, Louisville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church Children's Program, 330 Hubbards Ln., Louisville, KY 40207.


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