James Dempsey

James Dempsey died on Oct. 15, 2008 after a long bout with Parkinson's disease, having lived in Port Washington for 50 years. He is survived by his wife Bernadette; five children and their spouses, Anne and Kjeld Baxter, Joseph and Kyoung Ae Dempsey, Pamela and Richard DeFabrizio, Ethna and Lester Lay and Aileen and Frank McGuire. Jim was also blessed with 11 grandchildren, Xavier Baxter, Mia Dempsey, Adam, Richard and Alanna DeFabrizio, Julia, Katie and Madeline Lay, and Frank, Margaret and James McGuire.

On June 12, 1997, Jim was honored by the Port News as Father of the Year, nominated by a young friend Pablo Lezcano, who is currently serving in the US. Navy. Pablo, a fifth-grader at the time called Jim his special friend, a beautiful testimony of his generosity of spirit. We know how proud he was of Pablo and his brother, Arnold's successes and how he celebrated their bravery and their personal victories.

In the weeks since his passing, the family has received quite a few testimonials from many people who Jim reached with his unflagging generosity; Cub Scouts, Community Chest, gallons for the blood drive, years of service and editor of St. Peter's Church magazine, the Gargoyle, just to mention a few.

Jim was buried in Calverton National Cemetery. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.

Christopher A. "Topher" Jackson

Christopher A. "Topher" Jackson, 39, of South Paris, Maine, died on Nov. 15, 2008. A former resident of Port Washington, he is survived by his wife Teresa of South Paris; his mother Betty of South Paris; his father Ken of St. Petersburg, FL; and his brother Jeffrey of Sea Cliff.

Toph's unique outlook on life and wonderful sense of humor will sorely be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society.

John S. Royston

John S. Royston, longtime resident of Port Washington and more recently of Somers, NY, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 19, 2008 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was 68.

John spent most of his career as an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School, work that was very important in his life. He initiated media studies and was a mentor to his students and his fellow teachers.

Throughout his life, he was involved in community theater, as an actor and director, mainly for Play Troupe of Port Washington. Favorite roles included Van Helsing in Dracula, Macduff in Macbeth, the third priest in Murder in the Cathedral, and both Detective Rough and Mr. Manningham in Angel Street. He enjoyed directing Our Town, among other plays. As an actor he was noted for his character portrayals; as a director, he was praised for his patience and vision.

After retiring from teaching, John gained his license as a New York City walking tour guide, using his love of Broadway lore to regale groups from around the world on NYC theater, its legends and history. In Port Washington, John served on the Board for several years.

John and his family spent many summers traveling all over the world, and for the last few years they were regulars at weekly campfires in Rhinebeck, NY, with much friendly discussion of politics and the news of the day.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his sons, Peter and Michael; daughters-in-law, Ann and Sheila; and his five grandchildren, William, Timothy, Samuel, Claire and Spencer.

Memorial services will be at the Sacred Heart Church, Dobbs Ferry, NY, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. John will be interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10592, Attention Lauren Malone. To view or sign an online guestbook, visit Logo
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