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Obituary: Richard Hamber

Richard “Dick” Hamber, 78, of Port Charlotte, FL, and Sagaponack, NY, passed away April 30, 2010 after his courageous battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). He was born in Jamaica, Queens, on Oct. 13, 1931. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in 1950. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953. He married Dionne in 1951. She passed away after 50 years of marriage.

At one time, Dick was known as “Mr. Garden City.” Even though he lived in East Meadow, he supported numerous Garden City civic organizations and worked hard for Garden City. Dick began his career in banking at First National City Bank (now Citicorp) and retired as senior vice president of Long Island Trust Company and North Fork Bank, both in Garden City. He held many civic positions during his business career such as president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce and president of Garden City Kiwanis. He was a member of the board of directors for AAA of New York and the Nassau County Chapter of the Girl Scouts where he was honored for his fund raising abilities. He was also honored for his role in organizing the Special Olympics of Nassau County and the Mercy Ball benefiting Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre.

He leaves behind his wife of six years, Pat; three children, Denise Hayes of Flemington, NJ, Richard M. Hamber Jr. of Greensboro, NC, and Jeanine Campbell of Patchogue; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial Donations may be made in Dick’s name to: Tidewell Hospice of Port Charlotte, 12034 North Access Rd., Port Charlotte, FL 33981; Residents Fund at Douglas T. Jacobson Florida State Nursing Home, 21281 Grayton Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL 33954 or Cure PSP, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormack Rd., Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

A celebration of his life will be held at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, 2515 N. Jerusalem Rd., East Meadow, on May 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Brigid’s R.C. Church, 75 Post Ave, Westbury, on May 14 at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Holy Rood Cemetery.