Vincent Natale Jr., 62, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on Aug. 2, 2005. Vincent was a member of the Port Washington Fire Dept., Atlantic Hook and Ladder Co. and the Manhasset Bay Sportsmen's Club. He is survived by his wife Yvonne; his children, Vincent III and Lisa Portoro (Angelo); his father Vincent Sr.; and his sisters, Pamela Helder and Patricia von Holt. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Eleanor Hilda Collins (nee Harvey), born Feb. 24, 1924, passed away on Aug. 6, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. She came to Port Washington on Dec. 21, 2001, to celebrate with her son and she made it her home.After receiving a pacemaker at St. Francis Hospital, Eleanor enjoyed trying the area's foodfare and riding around to yard sales.
Those she leaves behind: son Francis and daughter-in-law Brenda; daughter Eileen; sister Louise; brother Paul; niece Florence (Martin); three grandchildren, Francis (Amy), Shawn (Tammy) and Shannon; great-grandmother of Krystal, Melony, Shawn, Matthew, Samantha, Michael; many nieces and nephews; and Freckles, her canine companion.
Sincere appreciation to Good Shepherd Hospice for their compassionate assistance enabling her to pass peacefully.
James B. Rather III
James B. Rather III, a former federal prosecutor and a board member of the ALS Association of Greater New York Chapter, died on Aug. 6, 2005 at his home in Port Washington. He was 65. Born Aug. 19, 1939 in Brooklyn, he grew up in Plandome, attended Manhasset public schools and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1957. He graduated from Cornell University in 1962 with a BS in geology and served as a 2nd lieutenant in the 173rd Airborne Division in Okinawa from 1963 to 1965.
Following an honorable discharge, he married Amalia Kousathana of Mykonos, Greece on May 23, 1965 in a ceremony on Mykonos, where the two met when he visited the island during a break from college in 1959 and 1960. After teaching science at Manhasset High School and working as a legal assistant in Manhattan, he earned a law degree at Fordham University Law School in 1972 and was an associate at White and Case from 1972 until 1980.
From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Manhattan involved in prosecuting organized crime figures. He left in 1987 to join the law firm of Rivkin Radler Dunne & Bayh in Uniondale. In 1991 he was a founder of a new law firm McMillan, Rather Bennett and Rigano with offices in Melville. After being diagnosed in the early 1990s with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gerhig's Disease and by the acronym ALS, he became active in the ALS Greater NY Chapter and in seeking a cure for the degenerative neurological disease. In 1994 he received the MDA Achievement Award for his efforts.
He was an athlete, traveler, marathoner, sailor and a member of the Port Washington Yacht Club. As a long-term survivor of ALS, he showed extraordinary courage in the face of great adversity and was an inspiration to his loving family and all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Amalia; three children, James B. Rather IV or Martinsville, IN, Evgenia Rather Kousathana of Mykonos and John N. Rather of Avon, CT; a sister, Jane Rather Thiebaud of Arvada, CO; a brother, John T. Rather of Riverhead; and four grandchildren. He was the son of James B. Rather Jr., who died in 1995 and Lillian Townsend Rather, who died in 1987.
Viewing was at Fairchild Sons, Manhasset. A memorial service will be held Thursday at the Congregational Church of Manhasset, 1845 Northern Blvd. Interment will follow at Nassau Knolls Cemetery and Memorial Park, 500 Port Washington Blvd. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association Greater NY Chapter, Suite 1304, 116 John St., New York, NY 10038 or at www.als-ny.org.