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Victor William Yakkey Jr.

“Mister” Victor William Yakkey Jr. (Billy) formally of Port Washington 26.

He passed peacefully in his sleep at the home of his youngest daughter Mary in Algood, TN.

He was a truck driver most of his life, along with being an United States Army Veteran.

He is survived by his eight daughters; Caroline, Victoria, Donna, Kathleen, Helen, Diana, Tammy and Mary. He also had two sons: Victor III (Billy) and Joseph. [Read more...]

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Arnold Jay “A.J.” Gober

ajA Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Flower Hill Hose Company Fire House on Haven Avenue in Port Washington to celebrate the life of A.J. Gober.

You are blessed if you have had one special teacher whom you remember fondly; who made learning fun, made you feel special, and made a difference in your intellectual life. For thousands of students passing through the Port Washington schools, AJ Gober was that teacher. When news of his passing on Feb. 13 appeared on Facebook, the tributes began immediately. Some of the examples follow:

“Mr. Gober’s English class was one of the few I looked forward to in high school.” [Read more...]

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Shari Beth Rosenthal

shariYou may think that you didn’t know Shari, but if you ever saw a cute, little curly haired brunette on her scooter with Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals hanging off the basket, then you knew Shari.

Shari lived a full and exuberant life, every moment counted for her. On March 19, Shari took her last breath. We already miss her.

She is survived by her loving family and friends: Her ever present mom, Gloria Rosenthal. Sister and brother-in-law Lisa Rosenthal and Bill Kahan. Sister and brother-in-law Laura Rosenthal and Stephen Green. As well as her nieces Rosie, Gili and Miya Kahan. [Read more...]

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John G. Pupa, Jr.

johnJohn G. Pupa, Jr., 78, of Tiffin, died on Thursday, March 20, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital Emergency Room.

He was born Sept. 9, 1935 in Port Washington to John G. and Stephanie Pupa, Sr. He married Patricia Buckowski, Aug 21, 1960, in St. Peter’s Church in, Port Washington and she survives.

Other survivors include five sons, Michael Pupa, Delaware, Ohio; Christopher Pupa, Tiffin; Caleb Pupa, Willard; Jordan Pupa and Mackenzie Pupa both of Tiffin; three daughters, Tina Pupa, Mansfield; Robin Tennis, Columbus; Rebecca Moberly, Somerset, Ohio; many grandchildren, and several great grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Markland, Sebring, FL.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Pupa, and a sister, Stella Keane. [Read more...]

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Catherine V. Salerno

Catherine V. Salerno passed away on March 2, at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Albert C. Loving mother of Albert, Catherine Duffy (John), and James (Jean).

Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Ashley, and Robert. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Catherine was a lifelong Port Washington resident and a longtime Port Washington School District employee. She loved her job, especially the children. [Read more...]

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Emanuel “Manny” Mandelkern

Emanuel “Manny” Mandelkern, father of Sands Point resident Peter Mandelkern and wife Joyce, and grandfather of Port Washington resident Kenny Mandelkern and wife Annie died on Saturday, March 1, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old.

As an executive with Amicale Industries, a company that imported and processed cashmere and camel’s hair, Manny was among the first businessmen to visit the People’s Republic of China in the early 1970s, negotiating the exportation of raw materials from that country to the U.S. for the first time since the revolution in 1949.

His business travels, often with his wife Bernice were extensive and included places most non-military Americans had never seen such as pre-revolutionary Iran, Afghanistan and the U.S.S.R. While in the Soviet Union, Manny located and met his first cousins who, with his help, emigrated to the U.S. soon after.

Manny was born in the Bronx, NY, on May 16, 1922, and attended DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in active duty during WWII. Manny rose to the rank of Sergeant in the 335th Company of the 84th Infantry Division, “The Railsplitters,” a division that traced its roots to Abraham Lincoln. He served in the European theater, most notably the Battle of the Bulge. The impact of the war on his life was evident through his reluctance to speak of it. [Read more...]

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Kate Thompson

pwKate Thompson, 70, formerly of Port Washington, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 13, ending her seven month battle with cancer.

In her final weeks, Kate was cared for by her adoring family and visited by life-long friends, passing at the end with Art, her beloved husband of 48 years, by her side.

Kate was born in Brooklyn July 2, 1943. In childhood, she moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, and she attended the Academy of Mount St. Vincent’s High School, graduating in 1961. Kate studied psychology at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, receiving her degree in 1965. An exceptional athlete, Kate was a star player on the women’s basketball teams in both high school and college.

While still at Rosemont, Kate was set up on a blind date with Art, with whom she would spend the next 50 years. Together, Kate and Art built successful careers, traveled widely, enjoyed tennis and golf, and developed treasured friendships in the many places they called home.

From coaching youth basketball and teaching aerobic dancing in Port Washington, to serving on the board that built the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory, NC, Kate was actively involved in every community in which she lived. She was happiest on a tennis court, reading a good book, or in a garden. [Read more...]

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William J. Brunola

billFormer lifelong Port Washington resident William J. Brunola passed away peacefully on March 1, in Jupiter, FL. He was 86 years old.

Bill was born on Aug. 19, 1927, to Sam and Jennie Brunola, who immigrated to Port Washington from Italy. He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1945. He had musical talents, playing the French horn and the trumpet, but sports were his true love. He was a star baseball and basketball player, but Bill will always be remembered for being an excellent golfer. It truly was his life’s passion.

Bill met and married Esther Mayberry of Glasgow, Scotland in 1958.

Together they raised three children in the home they shared on Willowdale Ave. for over 50 years. Bill had a long career as a Superintendent for JD Posillico, Inc., managing the asphalt division. After their retirement, Bill and Esther settled in Jupiter, FL, in 2006. [Read more...]

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Maryjane Grant Ford Shirreffs

mjsMaryjane Grant Ford Shirreffs passed away on the Feb. 25.

Her mother was Dorothy Grant Ford, owner of the Port Washington Reporter and her father was James P. Ford, owner of the Sands Point Shipyard and a decorated WW1 soldier.
She is survived by her children, relatives and husband John Shirreffs.

Maryjane was a lady and a beautiful person inside and out. She died at home with family, and she will be terribly missed. She will be buried in her family’s plot at Nassau Knolls.

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Victor E. Abate

Victor Emmanuel Abate passed away on Jan. 20, after a long illness.

He was born and raised in Locust Valley and was a member of the first graduating class of the new Locust Valley High School in 1963. He played quarterback for LVHS football as well as basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Grenville Baker Boys Club and spent much of his youth involved in sports at that facility as a player and coach.

After graduation he attended Hofstra University until entering the Army where he served his country with distinction as a Sergeant with the Third Armored Division in Germany. [Read more...]

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