(Submitted by the Martone family)
Some believe that when we pass on in this lifetime, the most important accomplishment is the legacy we leave behind during our brief tenure here on earth. This legacy is measured by the meaningful and deep relationship we nurture with friends, family and others who join us in our Walk in Life.
In the wake of her recent death, scores of Port Washington residents, teachers and students will agree that the legacy left by lifelong Port Washington resident Virginia (Jean) Mastrocinque is laced with compassion, sincerity, joy, laughter and meaning. As an educator for 30+ years in the Port Washington schools (now retired), she mentored hundreds of students and positively affected the lives of everyone she met through her warmth, kindness and ability to make people feel "special" and "loved."
Animated, upbeat and perpetually joyful, she will be remembered most for the many stories and adventures she shared with students, teachers, family and friends of all ages - stories that spanned ancient histories and cultures (she was a social studies teacher) to personal, comical anecdotes about her large and fiercely close Italian family.
Virginia passed away on Aug. 19, 2006 at her home in Kings Park at the age of 74. She left this world having made a profound impact on those who knew and loved her. Her torch will be carried by her daughter, Andrea Martone; her sons, Nicholas, Mark and Joseph Mastrocinque; and grandchildren, Gina and Ali Martone, Jackie, Andrew and Thomas Mastrocinque - all of whom are dedicated to sharing the gift she taught them: respect and compassions for all, and living a joyful and spiritually abundant purposeful life to the fullest.
A Christian Mass was held at St. Joseph's Church in Kings Park on Aug. 25 followed by interment at Calverton. In her memory, the family asks that you open a bottle of Chianti, play an Andrea Bocelli CD and hug your children and loved ones and remind them that you love them.
William Thomas "Bill" Ward, 81, of Sebastian, FL, died on Aug. 23, 2006 at Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach, FL, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 28, 1924 in Port Washington and moved to Sebastian 12 years ago from Ballston Lake, NY.
Mr. Ward was a telephone engineer for New York Phone Company in New York City for 36 years. He was also a National Park Ranger for 12 years at the Saratoga National Battlefield.
He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII having served in the US Navy with the Seabees. He was a member of American Legion Post #189 and VFW Post #10210, both of Sebastian, a member of the Friends of Saratoga National Battlefield, the Seabee Historical Foundation, the Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans Association and the Sebastian Volunteer's Police Auxiliary. He was a former director of the Sebastian Museum, a former commissioner of the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Deparment, former captain of the Flower Hill Hose Co. volunteer fire department and a member of the Little Neck Power Bay Squadron both of Port Washington and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Ward of Sebastian; son William T. (Janice) Ward of Melbourne, FL; daughter Kathleen S. (John) Buying of Middletown, NY; son Kevin M. (Louise) Ward of East Haven, CT; daughters, Joanne S. (Dan) Kinnally of Scotia, NY, Maryellen J. (John) Sheridan of Melbourne; and 11 grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 28 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Full military honors followed conducted by the Sebastian River Area Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield, 255 N. Broad St., Schuylerville, NY 12871 (contact Marie Burch 518-695-3322). Arrangements were made by the Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian.