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Obituary: Edson Stannard

Edson Stannard, Long Island physician, commissioned officer in WWII and devoted aficionado of the Adirondacks, died on Oct. 21, 2009. He retired to Florida but still spent his summers in North River, NY, a tiny hamlet in the heart of the mountains where the news of his passing was received with much sorrow by his many lifelong friends in that region.

Dr. Stannard was born on July 26, 1920 in Port Washington. His parents were Edson Stannard Sr. and Margaret Stannard of historic Long Island families. The Stannard family had roots in Port Washington that dated from the 17th century.

Dr. Stannard was graduated from the University of New Hampshire and New York University School of Medicine.

He was also, at one point, president of the Port Washington Lions Club and a member of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and the Port Washington Sportsmen’s Club. He enjoyed fishing for stripers in Manhasset Bay. The name of his fishing boat was the Bass Ectomy.

He is survived by his wife Carmela; two sons, Stephen and Bruce; one grandchild, Heather; and his first wife Alice Moody.