Obituaries

Thomas Patrick Curry died on May 14, 2007 surrounded by his family. He was born in the Bronx on Sept. 21, 1932. His parents were Tom and Kathleen from County Cavan. Tom was a man of strong faith and courage through his entire life. He was an inspiration to his family through his courage and commitment. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Doberstein ) kindergarten teacher at Lakeville school. Devoted father of Rev. Thomas, O.S.B., Mary Elizabeth Williams and husband Tom and Kathleen Mangels and husband Jens. Cherished grandfather of Tommy and Colin Williams and Kaitlin, Ashley and Grace Mangels. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret of East Williston and Alice of Spokane,WA and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Jack and Marty.

Tom was a Korean veteran where he received the Bronze Star. Returning home, he joined the NYC Police Dept. He then went on to receive his B.A.and M.A. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 1972, Tom was awarded the Medal of Honor due to line of duty injuries. His love of life and deep faith gave him the strength to combat the many challenges in his life.

An active man in St. Aloysius Parish in Great Neck, Tom was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Charity Night journal committee, CYO sports program and the Bishop's Appeal Committee. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus- Daly Council where he attained honorary membership.

Tom was married to Mary Lou for 40 wonderful years. Their summers were spent at his favorite spot, Sabbath Day Point in Lake George. Tom watched his children and grandchildren thrive in the beauty and peacefulness of the mountains and waters of the Lake.

Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at St. Aloysius. Interment, Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to: PBA Widow and Children's Fund, 40 Fulton St., 17th floor, New York, NY 10038 or St. Vincent Archabbey Development Office, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.

Richard A. Cook, of New York City and Pawling, NY, died on June 5, 2007 after a long illness. He was born on Feb. 1, 1937. Dick was a 40-year resident of Port Washington, where he and his wife Virginia raised their three children. He was a member of the St. Stephen's Church where he had served on the Vestry and was a past president of the Port Washington Community Chest. Dick was a member of the board of trustees of the Seaman's Church Institute and was on the board of directors of the Oratorio Society of New York and on the board of governors of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.

Richard was born and raised in Mohawk, NY. He was an all Upstate New York football player in 1955. He attended Amherst College, graduating in 1959 with a B.A. in English, where he played football and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. After Amherst, Dick served three years in the United States Navy. After teaching English for one year at Manhasset High School, Dick worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and later for the Superintendent of Banks of New York. Subsequently, he joined East River Savings Bank from which he retired as executive vice president after 20 years.

At the time of his death, Dick was the chairman of the board of governors of the Hundred Year Association of New York, a non-profit founded in 1927 to recognize and reward dedication and service to the City of New York by businesses and organizations that have been in operation for a century or more and individuals who have devoted their lives to the city as city employees.

In later years, Dick moved into Manhattan and spent his weekends in Pawling, NY, where he had a second home. Pawling was a special place for Dick, where he spent time fishing, gardening and enjoying the solitude of the countryside.

Dick is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Port Washington, NY and Danbury, CT; their three children, Julie Cook (Clark Wiegman) and Anne Cook, both of Seattle, WA; and Peter Cook, of Washington, DC; two grandchildren, Nate and Ella Wiegman; and his companion, Rhonda Barnat of New York, NY.

A funeral service was held for Dick at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Pawling on June 9, with a memorial planned in New York City in the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Hundred Year Association of New York, 20 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036. For information on the Hundred Year Association of New York, see:

http://www.100yearassociation.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred_Year_Association_of_New_York.

Robert "Bob" Michael Olsen, 47, of Cherry Hill, NJ, died suddenly on June 9, 2007. Beloved husband Julie Christine (nee Gruber). Loving father of Thea Kristine Olsen of Cherry Hill, NJ and Sarah Marie Olsen of Cherry Hill, NJ. Dear brother of Gunnar J. Olsen of Newark, OH, Carol O'Dahl (Sheldon) of Seattle, WA, John Olsen (Amy) of Rockaway, NJ; and several nephews. Bob was born in Rockville Centre. He worked as a construction supervisor for General Dynamics in King of Prussia, PA. Arrangements were made by the Schetter Funeral Home, Cherry Hill. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated from St. Peter Celestine RC Church, Cherry Hill. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Knights of Celestine Association for St. Peter Celestine School Improvements, c/o Jim Beatty, 132 Connecticut Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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