Francis T. O'Grady passed away on Sept. 14, 2007 of natural causes. Mr. O'Grady was born in Queens on Aug. 22, 1927. He graduated high school early and enlisted in the Army in 1944. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he initiated his undergraduate studies in engineering at NYU. He completed his degree in mathematics at Queens College and joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1950 as an actuary. Over a 40-year career, he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a senior officer of Met Life, authored a book on Actuarial Science and contributed to a number of other publications.
He married Maria Lamanda in 1956. They moved to Port Washington in 1958 where they raised five children.
He was a charter member of the Port Washington Fire Medics and, as an AMT and assistant chaplain, was an active member of the Port Washington Fire Department for 25 years. Owing to his fatherly demeanor and role as a chaplain, he was referred to affectionately as "Father Frank." In honor of his contributions, an ambulance was dedicated to him in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter, Mary; sons, Kevin, Francis T, Jr., Peter and Mark; and twelve grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was planned for Sept. 17 at St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Port Washington Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association, Inc, 423 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, NY 11050.
Jacqueline Clemente Spielman
Jacqueline Clemente Spielman, passed away on Sept. 14, 2007 after a 14-year battle with breast cancer. Jackie was very active in the Port Washington community and was the driving force in establishing the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society that has since become an annual event. Over the last six years, close to $700,000 has been raised for cancer research through Relay. It has also become a major Port Washington event and inspired extensive community and student participation.
Jackie's volunteer work also extended to the difficult task of counseling individuals recently diagnosed with cancer, a service for which she several times was recognized with the American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition, she sat for some years on the ACS Eastern Region Advisory Board.
She had attended Hofstra University and worked as a researcher and writer at the famous advertising agency Wells, Rich and Greene. Eventually she went on to establish her own company (JCS Research) and for many years was a consultant to J. Walter Thompson Advertising, advertising on future trends and products.
In Port she had been on the board of the Child Guidance Center and the Sands Point Garden Club as well as working as a mentor in the Manhasset Schools.
One of her fondest activities was editing the award-winning PTA newsletter of the Manhorhaven Elementary School. She produced 60 issues over the six-year period her son was a student there, each of which ran 24 pages and contained her original articles on parenting.
Jackie is survived by her husband Harold; her son Douglas; her stepchildren, Robert, Steven and Sandra; and two grandsons, Brian and Mathew. She was predeceased by one brother, Armand Clemente, and is survived by her devoted sisters, Rita Polito, Constance Barbieri, Elenor Melville, Marion and Nick Vissichelli; brother Rudolph Clemente; sister-in-law Theresa Clemente; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral services are private for the family but a public memorial service will be held on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater on Main St.