William M. Stocker Jr.

William M. Stocker Jr. a resident of Port Washington since 1959, died Jan. 7, 2009 at the age of 88. Bill was born Dec. 1, 1920 in Baltimore, MD, but moved to the New York area at age five. Bill graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. When the U.S. entered the Second World War, he quit his draft exempt job at Wright Aeronautical so that he could serve in the Army Air Corps, which he did with the Ninth Air Force in Europe. He served as a staff sergeant and technical inspector with the 488th Air Service Group which supported the 474th Fighter Group of the Ninth Air Force in England, France, Belgium and Germany. The 474th flew P-38 Lightning fighter-bombers in ground support of the First Army and sometimes Patton's Third Army on its flank. Bill landed in France 11 days after D-Day, almost being involved in ground combat in the Bulge and following the ground forces into what later became East Germany. This experience included seeing Buchenwald a few days after liberation.

After the war he studied industrial engineering and management at Pratt Institute on the GI Bill and continued to serve in the Air Corps/Air Force reserves until 1952. In January 1946, recently returned from Europe, Bill married Theresa Zinghini. The couple moved to Beacon Hill in Port Washington in 1959 and there raised son William III and daughter Susan (now Sturman). Terry and Bill were active leaders in the community, participating with Port Singers, St. Stephen's Church, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, the public schools and the Music Study Club of Port Washington. Bill was an active member of the Romeos, an octogenarian luncheon group of retired writers and editors. Both children went through the Port Washington school system and currently reside in Port Washington. Sturman is a trustee of the Port Washington School Board.

Bill spent 39 years with McGraw-Hill, primarily with American Machinist magazine as a writer, editor and director of market development and circulation, retiring in 1988. While at American Machinist he wrote extensively about the then-fledging numerical control (the automated control of machine tools by programmed commands) and disaster control. He also was a founder and president of the Numerical Control Society, winning its highest honor, the Joseph Marie Jacquard Award in 1973. He also won a Jesse H. Neal Award for outstanding journalism in 1957 for his writing about "Automation."

Bill had a burning curiosity and lifelong love of learning, always being fascinated with books, articles and television programs that would expand his knowledge. He had an insatiable appetite for travel to new places and had traveled as far as Japan, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, across most of the United States, including Hawaii and in just the last three and a half years, Cambodia and Central America. He was an avid photographer: he always had the latest camera, still or movie, and was often recruited to record local events and his travels.

In addition to his son and daughter, Bill is survived by granddaughter Sarah Sturman; grandson Nicholas Sturman; son-in-law David Sturman; sister Jeanne Scammon of Laurel, MD; nieces, Jeannette and Pamela; and nephews, Burliegh and Andrew. Memorial services were held at St. Stephen's Church. He was laid to rest with Terry at Locust Valley Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Port Washington Public Schools for the Terry Stocker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Klara Witting, 94, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 19, 2009. She was the devoted wife of the late Hermann and the loving mother of Karen Caprariello (Anthony) and Peter (Veronica). Klara is also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A religious service was held at the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Helen Marie Lewis, 84, died on Feb. 21, 2009 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Marie is survived by her husband Edwin; children, Edwin, Susan, JenAnn and John; and seven grandchildren. Marie was a devoted member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church where she received Long Island's Bishop's Award in 1985. She was a former employee of St. Francis Hospital. Marie always remained dedicated to her family.
Paul Gallo

Paul Gallo, age 64, of Jonesboro, IN, passed away March 4, 2009 at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN. Originally from Port Washington, Paul attended Ball State University, Muncie, IN, where he played football and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Paul met his wife, Carol Ann, when they were both students at Ball State. Paul never returned to New York. Graduating from Ball State in 1966, he went on to coach football and wrestling at New Castle High School. In 1970, Paul began coaching and teaching at Madison-Grant High School. Following his retirement from teaching industrial arts in 1980, he served as a board member for the Madison-Grant United School Corporation. In 1995, Paul started Paul Gallo Log Export, conducting business throughout the Midwest, earning a reputation as a highly respected walnut and white oak producer.

Paul enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, being outdoors, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was the son of the late Cataldo Gallo and the late Angelina Gallo. He was born on May 25, 1944. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol Ann (Hazelbaker) Gallo. Father of Matthew A. (Amy) Gallo, Indianapolis, IN; brother of Anna Deriu of Port Washington. Also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Zell and Wanda Hazelbaker of Fairmount; brother-in-law Duane (Janna) Hale; nephews, Joe (Colleen) Deriu, Peter (Donna) Deriu, James (Sara) Deriu, Danen Hazelbaker; and niece Darci Hazelbaker.

Arrangements are being handled by Armes-Hunt Funeral, Fairmount, IN. Funeral service held at the funeral home with Rev. Amy Covington officiating. Interment will be at Park Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairmount United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Francis X. Coleman Jr., of Glen Head, formerly of Port Washington, died on March 6, 2009. He was a retired partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., director and founder of Clever Devices, DPC Data. He served on the boards of Fordham Preparatory School and Friends Academy for several years. He was the best friend and husband of Agnes. Father of Janice (Jeff) Graham, Ellen (Bill) VanHerwarde, Denys (Jeff) Gross, Francis X. III (Buddy) (Christine) and the late Neil Coleman (Hilda). Grandpa of 11. Arrangements were made by the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Hyacinth. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to Fordham Prep, East Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458 or Hospice Care Network, Woodbury, NY 11797. Logo
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