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Obituary: John T. Murray

John T. “Murph” Murray, age 84, of St. Peter, MN, formerly of Port Washington, NY, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 in St. Peter, MN. Born December 12, 1928 to Thomas and Mary (Wetko) Murray, John resided in Port Washington for 81 years before moving to St. Peter, MN to live with his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. He was a proud 62 year member of the Port Washington Fire Department, Flower Hill Hose Co. #1. John enjoyed golfing and watching the NY Mets. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy in 1991. John is survived by his daughter, Sharon, son-in-law, Bob Grygo, and granddaughter, Shawn Grygo. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. Visitation took place Thursday, April 18, 2013 at The Flower Hill Hose Co. #1, with a Firemen’s service at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The interment followed at Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in his memory to The Port Washington Fire Department, 423 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050 or The Benedictine Living Community, 1907 Klein St., St. Peter, MN 56082 will be greatly appreciated.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

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