Obituaries

Rose DeRancy died Jan. 23, 2009 of complications from cancer. She was 53 years old. She grew up in Port Washington and attended Paul D. Schreiber High School. She went on to become a professional cook, and worked for 17 years at a senior living facility on Long Island. She was the daughter of Elizabeth and the late William P. Santoli.

In 1973 she married Jack DeRancy of Sea Cliff. They had two daughters. Her second partner of 20 years, Robert DiPol, predeceased her in 2008.

Rose enjoyed cooking, gardening, the beach and spending time with family and friends. She was known for her fabulous sense of humor, which lasted throughout her illness.

She leaves her mother Elizabeth Santoli of Port Washington; daughters, Heather Moser and husband Jonathan of Columbia, IL, Samantha DeRancy and partner Jared of Manor Park, NY; sisters, Carol Franck and husband Joe of Denver, NC, Georgene Dixon and husband Dennis of Redlands, CA, Connie Sanderson and husband Lee of Westminster, VT, Barbara Kayen and husband David of Mineola, Irene Dunn and husband Pat of Pine Bush, NY; brothers, John Santoli and wife Lucille of Hauppauge and Peter Santoli and wife Donna of Port Washington; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 27 in Centereach.

Eugene D. Seraphine, of Hampton Bays passed away early Jan. 28, 2009 from complications due to a recent stroke. Born in New York City, his family moved "Out to Long Island" in 1919, when Gene was 2 years old. They chose Port Washington for its waterfront and took up boating, fishing and commuting to the city.

In the 1920s, young Gene held the record for most wins on the greased flag-pole climb to snatch the $5 bill at 4th of July picnics. He liked to do cannonballs off the dock, splashing the ladies in their white summer dresses and parasols. In the tough economic times of the '30s, he was very enterprising-he trapped muskrats, skinned them and mailed them to Sears Roebuck and Co. for 50 cents a pelt. As a teenager, Gene started playing the tenor saxophone, riding horses and becoming immensely popular with the girls in town, (East Egg) and, especially the very exclusive girls in Great Neck (West Egg), across the Bay. Young Gene groomed and exercised horses at stables in the great Gold Coast mansions of Old Westbury so that he could ride for free. Oh, and he got to teach the girls riding classes. Young Gene had a talent for entrepreneurship.

After high school he sailed onboard a freighter to ports such as Bombay and Port Said, where he cooked eggs on board ship in the Gulf of Aden one morning for King Farook of Egypt when the KP staff was off duty. His British shipmates initiated him with his first gin and tonic at the bar of the historic Taj Hotel in Bombay. That fall, he returned and headed to Virginia as a freshmen at Washington & Lee University, following in the family tradition, majoring in journalism and pledging with Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Summers between semesters he played tenor sax, part of the entertainment aboard the Cunard cruise ships. Gene learned early how to get paid for doing what you love.

Journalism degree in hand, Gene was drawn to the great emerging aviation industry - Lycoming Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney. There, in Pennsylvania he met and courted the stunning, smart, artistic, athletic Marion Scopelitti - to eventually marry her and return to Port Washington. WWII was in full swing. The Navy found him. His Naval officer, a former fraternity brother by chance, assigned him projects such as editor of the base's newspaper. This experience helped, as post-war, Gene's dad got him a job on Long Island's fledgling paper called Newsday. No wonder Gene used to say, "I never really worked a day in my life."

His "doing what you love" career went on to include: writing a book on target shooting, (Young Sportsmen's Guide To Target Shooting) public relations counsel for characters such as Mayor John Lindsay, American Airlines, Yoo Hoo and Yogi Berra and much more. In his spare time, he helped found the Manhasset Bay Sportsman's Club, hunted, fished with his kids and friends and enjoyed the great hip and cool music spots of NYC with his elegant young bride, Marion. For decades, he wrote the column Waterfront Reflections in the Port Washington News. Working on this column required study and research, such as flounder fishing, clamming and waterskiing behind very nice boats.

Gene and Marion moved to Hampton Bays in 1985. Active on the East End for the last 24 years, Gene helped out with PR for Southampton town, wrote Suffolk Life's column The Outdoor Corner, promoted and played gigs with his band The Seraph Quartet, joined the Eastern Long Island Executives, The Peconic River Club, fished off his boat and hunted with his beagles.

Gene was predeceased by his wife Marion. He is survived by his son, Gene Seraphine Jr. and wife Nancy of Hampton Bays; daughter Ann and husband Anthony Lombardo of Water Mill; daughter Nancy and Bill Plunkett of Barrington, RI; his beloved grandchildren, Hilary, Madeline, Sara, Erin, Maggie and Phillip.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps would be greatly appreciated.

Martin L. Haiken, 78, died at his home on Jan. 28, 2009. He is survived by Lee, his wife of 53 years; his son Matthew S. Haiken and wife Cindy; his daughter Sue Parmet and husband David; and five grandchildren, Samantha, Charlotte, Jeremy, Sara and Lucy.

Mr. Haiken received his BA in business administration from Long Island University. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He applied his business skills to establish and grow several companies, and for the past 20 years was CEO of SelectCare, a home health care agency in New York. He was past commodore of Knickerbocker Yacht Club, Port Washington, and a member of Temple Shearith Israel of Ridgefield, CT.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 30 with Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer officiating. Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org).

Albert Edwin "Ed" Hylas, 88, died on Jan. 27, 2009 after a brief illness. During WWII, Captain Hylas pioneered the maintenance and training of the first "Bombing through Overcast" radars at the US Air Force 2nd Bomb Group at Hethel Air Force Base in England. Captain Hylas was awarded the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre with a Silver Star. After WWII, Ed worked at Sperry and later Unisys in Lake Success. At Sperry he designed US Air Force Defense ground search radars including the DEW Line AN/FPS-124 electronic scan gap filler radar and the SAGE AN/FP-35 frequency diversity radar. Ed author 12 technical papers and was awarded five patents.

Ed receive his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his masters in electrical engineering from the Steven's Institute of Technology.

He was married to his wife of 56 years, the former Kathleen Higgins until she predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by his son Robert E. Hylas of Allendale, NJ; his daughter Jane Hylas Lewis of Leesburg, VA; his son James A. Hylas of Westwood, NJ; and eight grandchildren.


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