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James Blayney Rice, 78, a 50-year resident of Port Washington and Plandome Manor, and devoted husband of the late Bernadette Hanley Rice, passed away Jan. 22, 2005. Born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, he was the son of Irish immigrants Laurence J. Rice and Mary Rice (nee Convey) and grandson of James Blayney Rice of Monaghan, Ireland, great patriarch of the Irish Republic.

After graduating from Regis High School, Class of 1944, Jim joined the Long Gray Line of graduates from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1949. Upon graduation he entered the US Air Force and served honorably for eight years as a captain before joining the family business at Daniel J. Rice, Inc., ultimately becoming president of the company, serving dutifully as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association for several terms. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Peter of Alcantara, long-time member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Nassau Country Club where he served on the Board of Governors. He was an avid golfer and loved a day on the water boating or in the air flying as licensed pilot. He left no crossword puzzle unchallenged.

James Blayney Rice was honor manifest in human form, a friend to all, and a model of integrity. He set an outstanding example for not only his own children, but for all members of his community, living out the West Point motto of "Duty, Honor, Country."

He is survived by his children, Mary, James, Thomas, Lillian, Bernadette and Brigid, 12 grandchildren, his brothers, Charles and Laurence; and sister Maura Rice Murphy. He is greatly loved and will be forever missed.

Mass of Christian burial took place at St. Peter of Alcantara Church and funeral services were arranged by Fairchild and Sons in Manhasset. Burial with military honors at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

William C. Gibbs, 86, died on Jan. 24, 2005 after a long illness. Mr. Gibbs had been a resident in Port Washington since 1966. He served in the Armed Forces during WWII in the Air Force as a radar instructor and on the Liberty ships from Le Harve to the US. He also resided in Westbury for a number of years. Mr. Gibbs was a member and past president of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus in St. Brigid's Parish. He served on the Westbury School District School Board during which time the new high school was completed. His sales career was in the printing industry and he worked for Miehle, Goss and Dexter and Heidelberg International companies. He served as a sales manager and vice president respectively. He served as president of the Printers Supply Salesman's Guild and the International Printer's Supply Salesman's Guild.

He was predeceased by his wives, Alice M. and Lucy C. and also by his son-in-law, James Ryan. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Maureen Ryan, Susan and Russell Budd, Cathy Ann and Anthony Skibicki. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel and Alicia Ryan, John Kowchefski III and Jill L. Kowchefski. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Anthony Romano, 69, of Port Washington, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 30, 2005. Anthony was a Brooklyn native and for the last 34 years had been a resident of Port Washington. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Jeffrey, Lisa, Christopher, Matthew, Katherine; his grandchildren, Ari, Ethan, Alden, Isabella and Ava.; sister and brother, Esther and Larry. He was a successful businessman who worked his way up from pushing a rack to owning his own company, Katherine Lindsay Fashions. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Pediatrics Hematology Research Fund, Schneider Children's Hospital, Attn: Dr. Philip Lanzkiowsky, 269-01 76th Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

One of the oldest chapters of Amnesty International in the US, group #17 which meets monthly in Great Neck, has lost a devoted and long-time member, Milton Sutton, formerly of Roslyn, who relocated at the beginning of January to Cambridge, MA, to live near his daughters and their families.

A former advertising executive, Milton brought all his creative powers to his work with Amnesty. He did not merely write letters to officials in foreign countries, but thought of ways to catch their attention. Once he brought a poster-sized letter to a group meeting to be signed by all present. No petition could ever be more eye-catching than that letter which was then folded and refolded to fit into a regular envelope. Another time, Milton photocopied old maps and had members write their letters on the reverse side. This unique stationery was also eye catching.

Milton worked with Amnesty members from all over Nassau County for over 25 years. His efforts, together with that of his colleagues, helped bring attention to the plight of people who had been deprived of their civil rights in many countries of Eastern Europe, China and Africa. Some people, unjustly imprisoned, were freed due to Milton's work. He will be sorely missed by his friends who had come to look forward to his ingenuity, humor and hard work.

For information on the local group call 482-0725.


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