Betty Gregory, 80, formerly of Roslyn, died on Oct. 19, 2010 at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, FL, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Victor J. Carbonaro of Roslyn, died Jan. 2, 2011 after a brief illness. Born in Brooklyn, Victor graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1937. He received a BS in mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1941 and then worked at Lehman Brothers in New York City. He served in the Army in WWII and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. After the war, he began a 43-year career in the law. He acted as village justice for East Hills for a number of years.
Roslyn resident Michael C. Axelrod, a prominent labor law attorney and partner at the Long Island law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP who represented numerous public sector labor unions in the New York metropolitan area including the New York City Firefighters and police and correction labor organizations on Long Island and in New York City, died on Jan. 7 in Roslyn. He was 63.
Bill Grossman, 62, a highly regarded musician, a Broadway conductor and music editor, died at his family home in Roslyn on Oct. 16, 2010. The cause was brain cancer.
The oldest son of Irwin and the late Sylvia Grossman of Roslyn Estates, he attended Roslyn High School where he excelled in math and music. A certificate from those years attests to his innate perfect pitch. As a teenager, he helped form and played with his brother Ed in the Long Island Stage Band that cut a record and performed at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing.
Irving P. Graeb Jr., of Roslyn, passed away on Sept. 10, 2010 in the Bronx, where he was born on Sept. 19, 1922, the son of Irving and Frances Graeb. Irving attended Great Neck schools. He was valedictorian of Great Neck High School. He attended Dartmouth and earned his B.S. and M.B.A. at New York University. During WWII, he served in the U.S. military in England.
Former Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, a resident of Rockville Centre, died on Sunday, Aug. 15. He had lymphoma and was 76 years old. His career as District Attorney spanned 31 years, one of the longest terms in New York State. In the 2005 election, Dillon lost to current Nassau County DA, Kathleen Rice.
“Today we mourn the loss of a friend and top crime fighter Denis Dillon. Serving Nassau families for eight terms as District Attorney, Dillon protected the way of life we’ve all come to expect in Nassau County. We extend our hearts and prayers to the Dillon family and wish Denis Godspeed,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement issued Aug. 15.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice also issued a statement: “It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of District Attorney Dillon’s passing. There exists no doubt that he was a man of integrity, of principle and of tireless commitment to our community. His service was never about him, but about advocacy that he believed would help others. That selflessness spanned the length of his lifelong public service and will remain an inspirational pillar of our office long after his passing. Our community is less today because of this loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Dillon family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace knowing that his memory and his influence have left an indelible mark on a community that will forever be grateful for his service.”
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