Dr. Robert J. Kelley
Dr. Robert J. Kelley, 84, of Irvington, VA, died Feb. 1, 2008. He was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Queens Village, the son of John J. and Carolyn Kelley. He took his bachelor of science degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where he was a member of Zeta Psi national fraternity. During WWII, he was commissioned in the Army Air Corps where he served his country for three years. He flew single seat/single engine fighter aircraft including the P-40 Warhawk and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
Post war, he received his doctorate in dental surgery from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York City. There, he was a member of Psi Upsilon social fraternity. Upon graduation in 1955, he was elected to the William Jarvie Society (Research) and to Omicron Kappa Upsilon academic honor society. He joined the staff of Columbia Presbyterian, where he taught Prosthetics. In addition, he maintained a private practice in Queens Village. Up to the time of his death, he was continuing to work with Harvard University on a long-range health research project.
Between 1958 and 1987, he and his family resided in Port Washington. For over 30 years, he was a member of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club where he raced a Manhasset Bay One Design keel sail boat. In 1987, he retired to tidewater Virginia on Chesapeake Bay. For the past twenty years, he has been a member of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock, Va., where he served as Commodore; he cruised extensively in his power boat, Novocaine III. He was a member of The P-47 Pilots Association, The P-47 Advocates, The P-47 Alumni Association, The Cruising Association of America, the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society and the Queens County New York Dental Society.
Dr. Kelley's avocation was the design and creation of gold jewelry which he cast through a lost wax technique, resulting in one-of-a kind works of art.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Mary (Mickey), two sons Robert Caughlan Kelley and David Wright Kelley, two daughters-in-law Erin O'Neil Kelley and Catherine Maguire Kelley, four grandchildren Connor Robert Kelley, Shannon Mittase Kelley, Kristen Barbara Kelley and Carolyn Mary Kelley, all of Midlothian, Virginia, and two nieces, Virginia Kelley-Barberic of Arizona and Laura Kelley of Northport.
A Celebration of Life memorial took place Feb.15 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.
Joseph Anthony Maleno, 85, formerly of Manhasset, died March 3, 2008 after a long stay in the Long Island State Veteran's Home in Stony Brook. Joseph was a WWII veteran, member of the Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus and St. Peter's Parish in Port Washington.
He attended Dartmouth College and Notre Dame University (where he claimed his name was O'Malen) after graduating in 1940 from Greenfield High School in Massachusetts. He moved to Long Island and worked in the New York City Garment Industry creating a division of David Crystal Fashions called Stony Brook. Survived by his seven children Mark, Lisa, Jeanine, JoAnne, Anetta (Anthony), Joseph Gary, Christopher (Deidra), 10 grandchildren, former wife Virginia and his sisters Grace (Ernest) Lapointe and Mary (Frank) Benedetti of Greenfield, MA. The wake was held at Fairchild & Sons, Manhasset, on March 6. Private family burial was at Calvery Cemetery in his beloved hometown, Greenfield, MA.