Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
Stephen Kollisch, long-time Great Neck resident, died at age 87 in San Diego, CA, on May 10, 2011. He lived in Great Neck Village from 1952 until retiring to San Diego in 2005. An avid sailor, he raced and day-sailed his well-maintained Rhodes-19 The Loon on Long Island Sound. He served as Commodore of the Steppingstone Sailing Club and helped to promote sailing in the region. Steve was memorialized in a published essay called “The Old Man at the End of the Dock” and a functional remembrance of him will be erected next year at the Steppingstone dock. In addition to sailing, Steve was active in Boy Scouting and in Amateur (Ham) Radio. He marched regularly in the Memorial Day Parade (with either the Scouts or the sailors) and ran in the annual Great Neck UCF 5-mile Run. Steve was born in Austria and escaped from the Nazis in 1939 on the Kindertransport with his sister Eva and brother Peter. He was married for 63 years to the love of his life, Betty (Kahn) of Staten Island, whom he met on the ferry. Steve served in the Army Signal Corps in WWII, graduated from CCNY as a mechanical engineer, and worked in plastics for 55 years. A fine handyman, he was meticulous with his tools. Steve was a terrific father to Nancy Kollisch, M.D. (Jeffrey Pressman, M.D.) of San Diego and Donald Kollisch, M.D. (Patricia Glowa, M.D.) of Manhattan and New Hampshire. In addition to his wife and children, he also leaves his four beloved granddaughters; Sarah, Anya, Mindy, and Shelley.