Obituaries

After a four month battle against multiple illnesses, George Arthur O'Dowd passed away May 17, 2007 at North Shore/LIJ Hospital in Manhasset. George was born in 1925 in Liverpool, England, and came to the US when he was nine. From 1943 to 1945 he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.

Upon his return he enrolled in Seton Hall University, then transferred to Columbia University, where he received his MBA in 1950. He went to work for Manhattan Life Insurance Company in 1950 as a Charter Life Underwriter. He married his Astoria sweetheart Alice Mulhall in 1952. In 1957, Manhattan Life sent him to Minnesota to establish and cultivate a western regional office. In 1961 he and Alice returned to New York. They settled in Port Washington and raised six children. Active in Port youth activities, George served a term as director of the 8- to 9-year-old baseball league. He eventually departed Manhattan Life in order to form his own highly successful Insurance Agency.

In the 1970's he became an adjunct professor at the College of Insurance in downtown NYC. George joined the local chapter of the VFW after his retirement and was eventually appointed Chaplain. He was co-Grand Marshal of the 2003 Memorial Day Parade. He and Alice have served the community with Meals on Wheels throughout the 90s to the present. (Alice continues to serve with Meals on Wheels.) He loved the classics and the sound of bagpipes...he viewed them as a call to arms.

"Pop" O'Dowd is survived and deeply missed by his wife, six children and 11 grandchildren. To his wife, he was a faithful friend and partner...to his children, he was a mentor and a role model...and to his grandchildren and the community at large, he was a vital link to what has become known as the greatest generation.

George H. Nogle III died on May 17, 2007 after a long illness. He was 90 years old. Mr. Nogle was born in Brooklyn on June 12, 1916 to George H. Nogle Jr. and Clara Lofstrom Nogle. His younger sisters, Evelyn Bahrenberg and Audrey Uitto predeceased him.

He chose to follow a career in commercial printing and engraving. In the late 1930s he joined H.K. Brewer & Co., Inc., a printing, engraving and commercial stationery firm located at 22 E. 41st St. in Manhattan, a firm he later owned. H. K. Brewer Co., Inc., founded in 1835, was one of the oldest commercial stationery establishments in New York State. Mr. Nogle was a born salesman with a prodigious memory for detail. He was referred to affectionately by his customers as "Mr. Brewer" and was unofficially known at "the mayor of 41st Street."

George met Jane DeBevoise in 1938 and they were married in February 1939. They moved to Port Washington in 1946. As a couple, both loved to entertain a wide variety of friends, family and even some customers. Dinner parties and celebrations had a reputation for good food and lots of laughter and song, especially those from his personal repertoire. The couple were active members of the Port Washington United Methodist Church and Mr. Nogle served as Sunday School teacher as well as member of what was then called the Official Board.

In the 1940s he served in Germany during WWII. He was also a 50-plus year Mason (as was his father and grandfather) and always maintained his membership at his original Masonic Lodge in Brooklyn.

Mr. Nogle was born with a "green thumb" and loved gardening. He always looked forward to the many hours spent in his garden. He was a voracious reader of newspapers and other periodicals and maintained a keen interest in politics, international events and current events until the day he died.

He is survived by his daughter Judy of Port Washington; his niece Carol Wiley Helmle (Gerald) of Port Washington; his nephew Bruce J. Wiley, also of Port Washington, and Evelyn Olsen (Gary) of Anacortes, WA; and many great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church. Donations can be made to the United Methodist Church, 1515 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY, or the Fire Medics, 65 Harbor Rd., Port Washington, NY, Attn: Captain or President.

Joseph M. Forgione, 82, died on May 21, 2007. He was born and raised in Port Washington and attended Port Washington schools. He was active in sports particularly football, as a lifetime member of the Port Washington Fire Department as well as the Port Washington Exempt Fireman's Benevolent Association. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Son of the late Joseph Forgione and Mary Forgione, he is survived by his first wife Mova Ann; children, Joseph, Steven, Christopher and Patti; grandchildren, Christopher and Eric; and great-granddaughter Sofia. Brother of Theresa, Nettie, Helen, Virginia and Anthony. He was predeceased by his sister Sally.

Mr. Forgione resided in Bayport for the past 38 years. He is survived by his second wife Alma; stepchildren, Lynn and Stephen. He was predeceased by stepson Thomas.

In lieu of other remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the Port Washington Fire Department, 423 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050 and would be appreciated by the family.

Stuart J. Morrissey Sr., a longtime Port Washington resident for over 65 years, died on May 27, 2007. He was 94 years old. He was born in Yonkers on Dec. 19, 1913. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Meta Morrissey, originally from Mt. Vernon; his two grandchildren, Clifford Jameson Morrissey of Ohio and Todd Everett Morrissey of West Point; his cousin Dr. William Seeliger of Leonia, NJ; and his daughter-in-law Deborah Zvir Morrissey of Port Washington. He was preceded in death by his son Stuart J. Morrissey Jr., his parents John and Mary Finnegan Morrissey and his brother Jack and sister Mary.

Soon after Stuart and Meta became residents of Port Washington, Stuart set up his business Morrissey Displays and Models on Manhasset Isle where he invented, patented, designed and built trade show displays and exhibits for over 55 years. Some of his many clients over the years were the N.Y. Coliseum, McCormack Place in Chicago, the Smithsonian Institute, the U.S. Navy and IBM, his longest customer for over 20 years. At one point he constructed a fleet of ship models used in the training aids for the Sands Point Special Devices Center.

Prior to starting his own business, he worked for Gibbs and Cox, a Naval architect firm in NYC for eight years, where he assisted in constructing many different types of boat models for the U.S. Navy.

Most Port residents remember him launching the Puffin steamboat that he built as he had a great affection for anything that was steam powered. Articles had been written about the Puffin as it had been the first steamboat in the Harbor for over 50 eras. On the Town Dock today, all can enjoy the red and white steam tug that he helped construct, which stands as a public museum. He owned many motor boats as well as Herreshoff Pilot and Bullseye sailboats and seemed to schedule his days around the tide. His favorite expression was "I come and go with the tide."

He was no doubt a loving husband, a devoted father and his grandsons thought he was the best grandfather that ever lived. He showed his humanity in the way that he always had time for his family, neighbors and community. Above all, he was well-known for his quick wit and humor and the glisten in his eye.

Funeral services were held at the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington and he was laid to rest at Knolls Cemetery. His memorial service was held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington. It was led by Pastor Charles Vogeley, a longtime family friend.

Gloria Corinaldes, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on May 27, 2007. Loving wife of Matthew. Devoted mother of Robert and Annalia. Cherished grandmother of Alexandra, Kristen, Madelyn, Chrissy, Alexi and Matthew. Dear sister of Antoinette. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183.

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