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Obituary: Robert Alexander Studwell

Veteran Realtor Passes

Robert Alexander Studwell passed away on March 13, two months before his 90th Birthday. He was born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1923 and moved to Garden City when he was three months old. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1940 where he excelled in athletics and was awarded a football scholarship to Colgate University. A leg injury after his freshman year ended his days of playing football so he transferred to the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Schuyler, New York where he graduated with an engineering degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served as a second engineer during World War II on oil tankers crossing the Atlantic Ocean.  

After the war, he worked as an engineer for the Plaza Hotel in New York City and joined the Naval Reserves. He served his country again during the Korean War. Studwell’s father had founded a real estate company, JKC Studwell, soon after his son was born.  After his father passed away, the younger Studwell ran the family real estate business for 40 years.

During his real estate career, he had many accomplishments, assisting countless families to purchase homes, organizing the first condominium complex in Garden City, and constructing the Mineola Medical Center. Studwell was a New York real estate broker, a Charter Realty Investor (CRI), and a Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI).

Studwell was a member of the Kiwanis club for 30 years, served as its  president in 1959 and was also the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers from 1963 to 1964.

He was very proud to call Garden City his home - the place he lived and worked almost his entire life. Studwell loved everything about the town and the residents. He was known by many and was easy to spot driving around town in his convertible with the top down.

Studwell and his wife Joyce retired to Amelia Island, Florida in 1993. They first lived on the Amelia Island Plantation and then moved to Summer Beach, Golfside South in 1995.  During his retirement, this naval veteran loved taking cruises to see different parts of the world and enjoyed playing golf. He was very proud to have hit a hole in one on April 6, 2002.  He attended the gym at the Amelia Island Plantation often and loved driving his 1982 Buick Riviera Convertible with the top down.

Robert Studwell is survived by his wife Joyce, a daughter Sondra Whitmeyer of Katy, TX, a daughter Jacquelynne Hurst of Dallas, TX, two grandsons Kyle and Bryce, a son Robert Studwell of Long Beach, Long Island, granddaughter Courtney, and sister Carol Irwin of Hartford, CT. He is also survived by four stepsons, Craig Thoet, Roger Thoet, Bruce Thoet (Missy), Lance Thoet (Debra), 7 step-granddaughters and 2 step-grandsons, as well as his best friend Rexx, a rescued Tyrolean Hound dog. A private memorial service will be held in Garden City at a later date. Donations can be made to the Nassau Humane Society, Fernandina Beach, FL.

News

Garden City’s Gregory Burke recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative.

“A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.”

The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.

Michael Stano named to Master Teacher program

Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.


Sports

Registration For The Community Garden Begins

If you are interested in obtaining a plot in Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Community Garden, it is now time to register. Applications will be accepted until May 1. Plots will then be assigned for planting around May 10. If more applications are received than the number of plots available, all applications will be put in a lottery and winners will be notified.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


Calendar

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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