Robert Louis Smith, formerly of Port Washington, died on March 21, 2005. He was 82. A WWII Naval officer, Bob served on destroyers in the Atlantic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific.
Bob was raised in a family that valued community responsibilities and social justice. He witnessed Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism first hand while bicycling through Europe as a teenager. Enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, Bob enlisted in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program. He graduated three years later wearing ensign's bars and volunteered for destroyer duty. His combat experiences began with anitsubmarine warfare and continued with the liberations of Southern France, North Africa, Italy and numerous countries in the Pacific. One of his favorite Navy stories involved his attempted integration of crew quarters on board ship. Using a fleet order requiring crew to be berthed near their battle stations as cover, he assigned white and black crew members to share living space. His orders were quickly countermanded.
Bob's delight in "fighting the good fight" kept him active in charities and progressive causes throughout his life. Friends and family received countless newspaper clippings marked "thought this would interest you!" while politicians regularly got an earful. Taking in little more than his Social Security check of late, he still managed to send a hundred dollars each month to tsunami survivors.
A lover of classical music and the visual arts, he'd often listen to favorite composers and favorite outings were trips to galleries or museums. At family birthday times he wasn't interested to hear that a book of Chagall or Picasso paintings might not be exactly what a grandchild had in mind. Lucky them.
Family and friends honor a unique man who enriched our lives.
Henry Frappaolo, 87, of Port Washington, died on April 2, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wives, Grace and Nikki. He is survived by his daughter Maureen Nelsen (Arthur); and his grandchildren, Arthur, Lori and Bradley. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.