Obituaries
Catherine Sheehan (nee Imperato), 100, of the Bronx, died on Sept. 23, 2007. She was predeceased by her husband Vincent. She is survived by her daughter Irene Laheney; her grandchildren, Christine Lee (Matthew) and Gerard Laheney, DVM; and her great-grandchildren, Madeline Elizabeth and Amanda Grace Lee. Also survived by her brother Joseph. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Georgette Durand Zwerlein passed away peacefully in her home Oct. 1, 2007 after a long illness. She was a longtime resident of Port Washington. She and her husband Gordon Zwerlein owned Louie's Shore restaurant with the family until it was sold in 2002. She was active in the League of Women Voters and the Lions Club of Port Washington. She was honored by the Community Chest of Port Washington as Woman of the Year in 1987. She is survived by her son Jay and daughter Cheryl Ann, her grandchilden, Kristine, Matthew, Gretchen, Morgan, Amanda and Cory and her great-granddaughter Chloe and her caregiver of six years, Maya and "Mr. Kit." She was a great friend, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all. Reposing at Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, 128 Main St., Port Washington Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held on Friday. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Ray Timothy

Ray Timothy, who died Thursday at 75 in Seattle from complications from multiple myeloma, the Port Washington experience started early but will last more than a lifetime. In the 1940s, Ray would commute from Little Neck to work in the A&P on Port Boulevard. He would deliver groceries to the Sands Point houses and wonder what it took to live in a place like this.

Raymond Joseph Timothy was born in Manhattan on March 23, 1932 and grew up in Little Neck, Queens. He graduated from Queens College with a major in political science. After serving in the Army in the military police at Fort Lewis, WA, he earned a law degree from Brooklyn College.

During law school, he started working for NBC television as a tour guide and 34 years and more than 30 jobs later retired as one of the network's top executives.

Mr. Timothy was president of the NBC Television Network and NBC's entertainment division in the early 1980s, then was promoted to group executive vice president of NBC with expanded responsibilities for business matters. After a period of low ratings and consequent dissatisfaction on the part of NBC affiliates in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was part of a team led by Grant Tinker, then the chairman, that revived the network. Programs introduced by Brandon Tartikoff, head of the network's entertainment division, had raised ratings by the mid-1980s. Until then, Mr. Timothy used patience and his experience at managing NBC stations and working with affiliates to stem defections by the company's affiliates, said a former NBC spokesman, Bud Rukeyser.

He sought a job as a tour guide on NBC's guest-relations staff in 1954 because he wanted to learn about the new business of television. He was given a job that paid $162 a month, including uniforms. He was promoted regularly, from scenery mover to accounting to sales. He managed NBC-owned stations in Washington, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

In 1975, he moved his family to Port Washington, among the homes in Sands Point where he once delivered groceries. At that time he became general manager of WNBC-TV in New York and in the late 1970s asked to be moved over to affiliate relations at the network. At the time, many NBC stations were being wooed away by ABC. In 1982, he became president of the NBC Television Network. In 1984, Mr. Timothy's role expanded to include business affairs and NBC Productions. In 1986, he was promoted to group executive president of NBC and retired from that position in 1988. He then worked for Furman Selz, a financial advisory firm. In 1997, he started Salem Partners, a media and entertainment-industry company that helped Wall Street firms raise capital.

Mr. Timothy is survived by his wife, the former Kathleen Shanahan; three sons, Luke of Forest Hills, Queens, and Matt and Pat, both of Port Washington; his brother Richard of New Orleans; and four grandchildren.

Tributes and donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation are encouraged from friends and family at www.raytimothy.com.


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