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Commodore Bill Brakman Passes Away

brakmanPhilanthropist, avid sailor and Port Washington resident William Henry Brakman, Jr., known to all as Bill, passed away Aug. 6. He was 86.
Bill was an avid sailor in the summer and a downhill skier in the winter. He raced various types of One-Design sailboats on the North Shore of Long Island and was a winning competitor. He started his racing career with the wooden hull Manhasset Bay One Design #11, “Tiger,” the boat named in memory of his time at Princeton.

As a dedicated member of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) for over six decades (Bill and Joan’s wedding reception was held at the club), Bill led many initiatives to develop programs to teach children and adults to sail. [Read more...]

Mayer Udell

 

ImageMayer Udell, longtime owner of London Jewelers, with stores in both Manhasset and Greenvale, recently passed away. He was 96.
A resident of Glen Cove, Udell arrived in America from Poland in 1939. He worked in his family’s sweater factory business. Udell mastered that business and opened two of his own factories in Bay Shore and the Bronx, which were great successes.
He met Fran London and married her in 1946. He then sold sweater factories and took over the London Family jewelry business with Fran. Together they had two sons: Dr. Ira Udell in 1947 and Mark Udell in 1951. [Read more...]

Andrew Duane

Andrew (Andy) Francis Duane, 51, of Port Washington passed away suddenly on July 12, in Port Washington.
He was born in Manhasset June 12, 1963, to the late golf course architect Francis J. Duane and Mary Parry Duane.
He graduated from Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington in 1981, and attended Hofstra University in Hempstead. Andrew was an entrepreneur and founder of Bristol Yacht Service, serving clients across Long Island. [Read more...]

Margaret Cole Walters

ObitMarge_072514AMargaret Elaine Cole Walters of Northport and Melbourne, FL, died peacefully on July 31, 2013, at age 101.
She was born in Clarks Harbour, Nova Scotia, and moved to Port Washington when she was 12.
At 21, she was proud to become an American citizen.
She had a full and rewarding happy life. [Read more...]

Magdalen R. Plominski

Magdalen R. Plominski passed away peacefully on June 30. She is now safely at home in the arms of God.
Magdalen was born in 1920, in the City of Manhattan and moved to Port Washington in 1952.
She was the daughter of George and Catherine Riemann. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Joseph and brother, George Riemann. [Read more...]

Eileen A. Petersen

Eileen Ann Petersen passed away on May 2, at the age of 73, at her home in Albertson.
Eileen was born on March 31, 1941, in Baldwin, the daughter of William and Eileen Muldoon.
She moved to Port Washington in 1955 and graduated from Paul D. Schreiber High School with the class of 1959. She worked for many years as a medical receptionist for Dr. William Wagner in Port Washington.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Nancy Petersen; sister Maryann McMullen and partner Douglas Roach; nephews Kevin and Todd McMullen; niece Kelly Fowler; and her children Adam, Brad, Luke and Erika; longtime devoted partner Edward Knijewski; and dear friend Doris Haragsim.
Eileen was loved and admired by her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed and always in our hearts.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in Port Washington on July 19, at 11:30 a.m.
Private burial will be at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.

Norma Skelton Blunt

Norma Skelton Blunt, a former resident of Port Washington, died on January 17, 2013, in La Jolla, California, where she had resided for ten years. She was 94. Norma was the wife of Albert C. “Bud” Blunt, III, who died in 1989. Norma and Bud, who was the President of the Port Washington Board of Education in the mid 1960’s, raised three sons in the community, and is survived by Albert C. “Chip” Blunt, IV, of Ft. Myers, Florida, Kenneth J. Blunt, M.D.(Elizabeth “Betty” Blunt nee Thornberry) of La Jolla, California, and Richard S. Blunt, of Tampa, Florida, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Norma and Bud moved to Hanover, Pennsylvania in 1968, and upon Bud’s retirement from the shoe business in 1982, they moved to the family homestead in East Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Both Norma and Bud are buried in the Newton Cemetery in Newton, Massachusetts, where they were both born and raised.

 

James A. Joyce

James A. Joyce, 79, of Port Washington, died on June 13.
James is survived by his wife Louise, his daughter Mary, his sisters Helen, Frances, and Dorothy, and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings Mary, Robert, Loretta, and Virginia.
James was a retired American Airlines employee.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home.
The funeral was private.

Barbara H. Meyer

Barbara H. Meyer passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, June 14, at her home in Port Washington.
Barbara was born Sept. 25, 1930, in Philadelphia, the daughter of William and Marjorie Hamilton. She was married to Anthony Otto Herrmann and had four children.
Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She also received a Masters in social work from Adelphia University in Garden City. She worked as a social worker for Nassau County for 19 years. [Read more...]

C. Eleanor Sewell O’Neill

C. Eleanor Sewell O’Neill (nee Erikson), former administrative assistant at the Port Washington Public Library, age 77, died April 11.
She is survived by her husband, Gilbert; her children, Christopher and Wendy Bonn (Wesley); her grandchildren, Tyler and Tommy; and a loving extended family.
She was predeceased by her daughter Lauren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home.
A religious service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15. The interment followed at Flushing Cemetery.
Donations in her memory to Peaceful Living, 99 Allentown Rd., Souderton, PA, 18964, would be greatly appreciated.