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Obituary: Mary “Pat” Bartkowski

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Mary “Pat” Bartkowski (nee Lockwood) of North Haverhill N.H., formerly of Glen Cove on August 30. Beloved wife of the late Henry F., formerly of Port Washington. Funeral Mass was at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery. Arrangements by McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home.


Obituary: Edward E. Shorin

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

LIU Trustee and Retired Topps Executive Edward Shorin

Edward E. Shorin, the genial Topps Chewing Gum executive who became a champion for continuing education on Long Island, died last week. He was 86.

The Manhasset resident “was the quintessential gentleman,” said Edward Travaglianti, chairman of Long Island University’s board of trustees. “He blessed us with 13 years of trusteeship, sharing his prodigious intellectual gifts, business acumen and passion for student-centered education with our community. He was a generous benefactor whose wisdom, creativity and commitment to our students knew no bounds.”


Obituary: Marian McPartland

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Port Jazz Luminary Passes

Marian McPartland pianist, composer and host of Public Television’s longest running show, “Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” died at her home in Port Washington last week at the age of 95.  National Public Radio (NPR) made the announcement saying that McPartland died of natural causes.

McPartland was a pioneer in the world of jazz musicians. She was able to breach the walls and negotiate the obstacles of a musical genre which was dominated by men in the 1950s, breaking the “glass ceiling” long before the term was coined. In one essay, included in McPartland’s collected works, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” (1975), she wrote about her experiences as a woman trying to break into the jazz scene in the 50s, striving to be taken seriously by male musicians unaccustomed to playing with women.


Obituary: Richard G. (Jerry) Trabulsi

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Former Port Washington resident Richard G. (Jerry) Trabulsi passed away on August 13, 2013. He was the greatest husband and best friend of Carol Breslin Trabulsi and terrific father of John, Richard and Christine and David and Jennifer Trabulsi.

His proudest moments were as a grandfather to Michael, Brian, Lauren, Emily, Robert, and Matthew. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:45 am at Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, Malverne, N.Y. Arrangements entrusted to Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc. Lynbrook. NY. For further details please visit


Obituary: Joel Joseph

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Reflections on My Grandfather’s Life: Joel Joseph

My grandfather, Joel Joseph, started to read the New York Times from cover to cover when he was 10 years old. Over the next 70 years, he tracked the Allied Forces’ progress during World War II, the increasing tensions of the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the assassinations of JFK and MLK, the influential Supreme Court decisions, the space race, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, Watergate, middle east politics, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and perhaps most importantly, the ebbs and flows of the New York Mets.

He often marveled aloud about how the Times did it, putting together so many articles from so many different places, putting together a masterpiece every single day. He couldn’t believe that one company could write it every day; I still can’t believe that one person read it every single day.


Obituary: Robert Earl Devere Sr.

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Robert Earl Devere Sr., 85, a long time resident of Port Washington, passed away on Saturday, July 20. Born in Woonsocket, RI. on October 11, 1927, he was the son of Earl Devere M.D. and Gabriel Sutton Devere.

Bob’s passion in life was music and after playing in the band for the United States Army, he took off to New York to pursue a career in the music industry.


Obituary: Paula Florentino (Tierney)

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Paula Florentino (Tierney), 84, of Jamestown, RI, formerly of Port Washington, died peacefully on July 31 at home with her family after living gracefully with cancer for two years. She was the wife of Robert J. Florentino; they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary in October. She was the daughter of the late Paul A. and Rita (Donohue) Tierney, and the sister of Margaret M. Tierney and the late Paul T. Tierney.


Obituary: Danny Rankin

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Danny Rankin, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, passed away on July 18 at the young age of 61 from complications of ALS. He was the loving husband of the late Janie Corrigan Rankin, son of Mary and “Rab” Rankin, brother of Bobby, nephew, cousin and uncle of the Rankin, Minehan and Corrigan families. Most of all, Danny was an adored friend by so many. His passion of telling stories and jokes was witnessed by countless individuals and will be missed by all.

Danny was an avid supporter of the many different types of hops and barley, the New York State Lottery, and most pools of chance for the different major sporting events, especially the Super Bowl, March Madness and the World Series. He took pride in winning and would never admit defeat!


Obituary: Jerome J. Weinstein

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Plastic Film Products Pioneer,

Three-Term North Hempstead,

New York Councilman

A trailblazer in the implementation of flexible plastics technology and a 16-year North Hempstead Town Councilman, Jerome J. Weinstein died on June 13 in Manhattan. Weinstein, a long-time resident and former mayor the Village in of Sands Point, succumbed to complications from pneumonia.

Weinstein was a man who moved successfully between the challenges of growing a company founded by his father, Robert, in 1926, and the demands of elective public office. He entered the business in the 1940s. By the 1950s, Weinstein had the fortunate foresight to embrace the new technological advances emerging from Japan in flexible plastic. Robert Weinstein’s Apex Coated Fabrics soon became his son’s benchmark-setting Apex Plastic Industries, Inc.


Obituary: Samuel Schiff

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Samuel Schiff passed peacefully in his sleep on July 11 in Catonsville, Maryland at the age of 93. Sam was a long term residence of Soundview Drive, Port Washington, for over 55 years. He is survived by his loving wife Ursula of 70 years and by his children; son, Dennis, daughter, Diane and son-in-law Bob Kramer.

Sam was born on May 3, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended PS 54, in Brooklyn, showed early school ability, and skipped three grades. In those days, children who showed school talent were allowed to skip grades. He went to Boys High School, Brooklyn (today it is Boys & Girls High School). On graduation, he applied for and was accepted at City College of New York, NYC, and a tuition free State University for able students. He traveled by subway to uptown CCNY, a 2 hour daily journey. “He used to say the subway was his campus”; he managed to do much homework while traveling. He received a B.S. degree at CCNY and entered military service for World War II in 1942.


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