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Francis F. Doran

Francis F. Doran, a former town attorney for the Town of North Hempstead, whose professional career was given to public service, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 23 at the age of 92 at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. He and his late wife, Libby, were residents of Port Washington from 1952 to 1983.

Libby and Frank Doran

Libby and Frank Doran

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Martin Aloysius Cavanagh

Martin A. Cavanagh, a resident of Manhasset, NY, died in his home on May 23, 2015. He was preceded by his beloved wife, Carol Marie (McCarthy) Cavanagh. One of 10 children and the son of John Joseph (Tipperary, Ireland) and Sabina (Keeley) Cavanagh (County Clare, Ireland). Martin graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, Rice High School, Fordham University and John Jay Criminal College. After high school, Martin enlisted in the service. From 1946 through 1947, Martin proudly served his country as part of the United States Army occupation force in Oitia, Japan, receiving Veteran status for his service. After the service, while attending Fordham, Martin joined the police force in 1953. He graduated from Fordham University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Martin also earned his Masters in Criminology. Martin retired from the New York City Police Department as a Detective First Grade in 1977, and subsequently retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York in 1994. A devoted member of St. Mary’s Parish in Manhasset, Martin was an active member of the community, with volunteer service to the American Legion Post 304 (Vice Commander & Secretary), the Holy Name Society, former member of the Emerald Society, the Manhasset Men’s Club, the Bayview Civic Association and a past member of Port Washington Yacht Club.ObitCavanagh_060315A

Martin and Carol had 5 children; Carol-Anne Condon (Edward R.); Mary-Jean Wasley (Bradford); Ellen J. Cavanagh McNulty (Thomas F.); Kathleen Joy Ross (Peter R.); Martin Robert (Bob) Cavanagh (Tara). He is survived by his 5 children, 4 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 8 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, his brother Edward F. Cavanagh (Catherine), brother-in-law Edwin H. Walsh and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Please visit Mr. Cavanagh’s memorial page

Flowers and condolences can be sent to Fairchild Sons, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030, with viewings between the hours of 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28. There will be a funeral mass held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary’s RC Church, 1300 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030. Interment will be at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206, in memory of Martin A. Cavanagh or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City – Southern New York, 733 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10017.


Glenn P. McDonald

Glenn P. McDonald, a 1978 Paul D. Schreiber High School graduate, passed away on March 7, 2015 from complications suffered after surgery. A proud former resident of Port Washington, Glenn lived in Holtsville, NY with his beloved wife Barbara and devoted teenage sons Zachary and Scott. After earning his B.A. degree from Hofstra University in 1982, Glenn quickly embarked on a highly successful career in the technology industry. Beginning locally with Port Washington companies Aristo and Publisher’s Clearing House, Glenn then joined King Kullen Grocery Company, Pan American World Airways, On-Line Software International, Computer Associates International and finally CA Technologies in Islandia, NY. For 24 years, Glenn was an extremely well-liked, highly regarded and deeply respected associate at CA, serving most recently as Senior Principal Product Manager.ObitMcDonald_060315A [Read more…]

Betty Pliskin Davenport

Betty Pliskin Davenport, 86, longtime resident of Port Washington, died on May 8 at her home in Port Crane, N.Y.. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Davenport, brothers Leon and Paul Pliskin. She is survived by her sister Norma Raboud of Deland, Fla., daughters, Debra Davenport, of Port Crane, N.Y., Dany Davenport-Frigerio (Stephen) of St. Augustine, Fla., Dale Davenport-O’Connor of Port Crane, N.Y., six grandchildren, Elaine (Bill) Lawton of Cape Coral, Fla., Maya (Brice) Randall of Virginia Beach, Va., Nicolas Frigerio of St. Augustine, Fla., Shannon (Ivan) Shurtygin of Tallahassee, Fla., Alex O’Connor (Katie Hogan) of Somersworth, N.H., Charles O’Connor of Woodstock, N.Y., 5 beautiful great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and good friends.ObitDavenport_052015A [Read more…]

Isabel (Libby) Doran

Isabel (Libby) Doran, formally of Port Washington and Sands Point, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015 (Little Christmas) in Silverhill, Alabama at the age of 91.ObitDoran_051315A [Read more…]

Myra Gamell

ObitGamell_051315AMyra Gamell of Sands Point died on January 9, 2015 at her home on Barkers Point Road at the age of 85. Myra was an award winning actress in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Off-Broadway, live radio and television under the stage name Myra Martin. She later directed and produced equity professional dinner theatre of note in New York and New Jersey. She was also the creator of the “Crime Prevention Through Drama” program of the Queens D.A.’s office in the 1960’s. As a plaintiff in the landmark, first “brain damaged baby” case in New York, Gamell v. Mt. Sinai, Myra was a pioneer in the fight for the rights of victims of obstetric malpractice. She was also an activist and fundraiser for A.H.R.C. New York and Nassau County Chapters, and a founding member of the Auction Committee for Camp Loyaltown, an AHRC/Nassau summer facility in the Catskills for developmentally disabled children and adults. In Sands Point, Myra led the fight to preserve the landscape marvel “Grand Allee” of the Village Club of Sands Point when the club’s golf course was expanded; the “allee” was then used as the club’s official logo for many years. [Read more…]

Lisa Anne Childers

Lisa Anne Childers, age 55, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Dade City, Florida. Lisa was born in Manhasset on May 7, 1959, the daughter of Lillian Blanc Childers and Seldon Thomas Childers. She is survived by her father, daughters, and son, Lisa Adriane Ogle of San Francisco, CA, Christina Rose Childers of Gainesville, FL, and Mark Elijah Childers of Sedona, AZ. Lisa also leaves behind sister, Laura Patterson of Brooklyn, NY, and brothers Jeffery Childers and John Childers of Gainesville, FL and David Childers of Jupiter, FL.ObitChilders_050615A [Read more…]

Christine J. Cutting

Christine J. Cutting

Christine J. Cutting (“Chris”), 72, passed peacefully surrounded by family members, on Tuesday, April 21 in Manhasset, N.Y. A resident of Port Washington, and born in Flushing, N.Y., Christine retired as the Principal of Valley Stream South High School in 1998, where she taught science, rising to the Department Head of Science. Christine was also President of the Board of Directors of 1Toms Point Lane Corporation, and a cherished member of the congregation of St. Stephens Church in Port Washington, where she served with distinction in multiple leadership roles on the vestry. She was the first woman admitted to the Valley Stream Rotary and served as its first woman President. She lives in the loving memories of her brother Richard Cutting, her nephew Raymond Cutting and sister-in-law Elizabeth Cutting. A public memorial for Christine will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephens Church, 9 Carlton Avenue, Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Port Washington.ObitCutting_042915A


Jennifer Marra Cronin

Jennifer Marra Cronin died on Easter Sunday, April 5, in Atlanta, GA. Jen was the beloved wife of John A. Cronin, Jr., “Jay,” and the devoted mother of Madelynn and John A. Cronin III, “Jack.” She is also survived by her loving parents, Suzanne and Richard Marra of Port Washinton, her sister and her brother-in-law, Linda and Thomas Murphy, her brother Rich Marra of Encinitas, CA, in-laws, Maritta and John A. Cronin of Milton, MA, brothers-in-law, Brian M. Cronin of Milton, Will M. Cronin and his wife Christa of Middletown, RI. Jen was the proud aunt to Michael and Megan Murphy and Henry and Duncan Cronin. Jen was raised in Port Washington and graduated from The University of Vermont, where she captained the women’s basketball team. She had been employed by the American Cancer Society in New York City and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Georgia. Despite never smoking, Jen died of lung cancer after an 18-month courageous battle. Services were held in Georgia on April 13, and a remembrance will be held in Port Washington on June 27. Donations are requested to be sent to the Lungevity Foundation at


John Charles Osterholm

John Charles Osterholm died on March 22 from injuries that resulted from a fall. Born on September 23, 1938 to Cynthia Newman Osterholm and Eric Osterholm of Port Washington, John was a 1956 graduate of Schreiber High School and attended Hobart College. He retired after many years in sales management with Velcro, USA. He and his wife Barbara resided in Wilton, CT, for 38 years and enjoyed frequent visits to a family home in Montauk with family and friends. An avid fisherman, his travels took him to Alaska, Maine, Mexico, Canada, as well as Montauk.ObitOsterholm_041515A [Read more…]