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Louis A. Epaminonde

Louis A. Epaminonde passed away on July 29, 2005 after a long term serious illness. He was 85. He was born and raised in Port Washington and attended the Port Washington schools until he graduated from Port Washington Senior High.

After graduation he was undecided as to what avenue to pursue for his future. A decision was soon made for him by Uncle Sam. He was drafted into the Army to take part in WWII. He was trained for the Infantry and when the training was completed he was sent to the Pacific and remained there until the war was over. With God's help he returned home safely.

After the war he decided to take courses in the field of television since that was a new field at that time. He did so well in the course that he built his first TV set and yes it worked. He took employment in Jack's TV Store and later moved to Alpeis as their TV technician.

Lou volunteered a great deal in the community. His labor of love was being a scout master for Troop #7 for which he had been part of as a youngster. He spent many hours helping young men to become better citizens. He was given a life membership of which he was very proud.

Lou married soon after the war was over to Margarite (nee Fletcher) and made his home in Westbury where he lived the rest of his life. He went on to work for Fairchild Corp and finally on to Grumman Aircraft Corp until retirement. While employed he receive many awards for his achievement in implementary ideas which benefited the corporation. He worked on the Lunar Module or the LEM which the astronauts used for their trip to the moon.

Lou was an excellent golfer and enjoyed his membership in the Westbury Chapter of the VFW of which he served as chaplain. He was also a longtime member of the John Michael Marino Lodge #1389 OSIA.

He is survived by his wife Margarite; his daughters, Jo-Ann Gilmartin, Diane Santiago, Jane Epaminonde and a son, Peter; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister Josephine Grecco; a brother Alphonse Epaminonde Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by the Donohue Cecere Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Brigid's Catholic Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.

Sally McKeige 74, formerly of Port Washington, died at her home in Montauk after a long battle with cancer. She was born Sarah Beekman in Schenectady; she graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in 1953 with a major in history. She returned to college in 1985 and earned a master's degree from Hunter College in 1994.

She was an avid sailor, participating with her husband, Bruce, in sailboat races on Manhasset Bay. The couple crossed the Atlantic with friends in a 57-foot ketch in 1974. They also cruised from Labrador to Trinidad. She also sailed with friends winning trophies. She was active in the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, working on LI issues such as local education, water resources and voter participation. Her concern was conserving the environment.

Sally and her husband spent their time between Montauk and Stuart, FL, where she founded and headed the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society. Describing the group's mission, she wrote a biography for her alma mater, Skidmore College, as "focusing on the protection and preservation of archaeological resources. Without our existence here, the archaeological remains would be ignored and destroyed as much of this important record has already disappeared."

Sally is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bruce; her son, Douglas McKeige of Rye; her daughter, Connie McKeige Localio of Tarrytown; and five grandchildren. Her body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Contributions may be made to the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society Growth Fund, PO Box 2875, Stuart, FL 34995.


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