Westbury native Damon “Dave” Mock who, for more than two decades, was best known as the “voice” of the Green Dragons, passed away suddenly Dec. 26 from a heart attack. Mr. Mock, who had suffered a mild stroke in September 2009 that hindered his ability to communicate, was just 41 years old.
Mr. Mock had a varied media background that began some 26 years ago as a writer. In 1983, at the age of 15, Mr. Mock received his first paycheck for writing; it was at this time that he had an article published in Advertising Age magazine. Later that same year, while a sophomore at Westbury High School, Mr. Mock became a staff writer for The Westbury Times. His relationship with the newspaper would last for 10 years, including four years as editor of the Times, and earn him several state and Long Island region journalism awards. He was also the recipient of a New York Press Association Writer of the Year award during a 1997 editorship of Anton Community Newspaper’s Levittown Tribune.
Dr. Murray Postal, known as “a man for all seasons,” died at his home in Delray Beach, FL, on Dec. 2, 2009. He was 89 years old.
Dr. Postal was born in Brooklyn on May 20, 1920. He received his BS from Brooklyn College where he was a five-letter athlete. After his service in the U.S. Army during WWII, he received his D.D.S. from New York University in 1945. He was a much-loved dentist in Queens for 57 years. He was a WWII veteran and a Catskill mountain band leader. He continued entertaining many with his trumpet for 60-odd years. Dr. Postal had a lifelong passion for sports, winning numerous club championships in tennis and handball and multiple gold medals in NASTAR ski racing. He played tennis through his 89th year. He lived his life with great enthusiasm and joy.
He and Barbara, his wife of 56 years, were residents of New Hyde Park for 14 years and Roslyn for 37 years before finally retiring to south Florida.
An exceptionally loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, he is survived by his wife Barbara; children, Linda Postal of Queens, Nancy Postal Meadow and her husband Douglas Meadow of New York City, and Dr. William Postal and his wife Dr. Karen Postal of Andover, MA. He also is survived by his five grandchildren, Maxwell and Georgia Meadow and Andrew, Robbie and Caroline Postal; his sister and brother-in-law, Jodi Taylor and Alex Ben Block; and niece Hayley Taylor Block; as well as a loving extended family and wonderful friends.
Arrangements were made by Gutterman’s Funeral Home, Woodbury. Donations can be made in his memory to Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Gertrude (Happy) Kelly of New Hyde Park, beloved wife of the late James Kelly passed away Aug. 9, 2009 at the age of 90. She is survived by three daughters, Maureen Charley, wife of deceased Robert Charley, Kathleen Neu, wife of Albert Neu and Ginny Suckle, wife of Mark Suckle. She had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was fortunate to live a long and healthy life and we will miss her dearly.
Robert W. Krachenfels Jr. died suddenly on July 16, 2009 at the age of 51. Loving son of the late Rosemary and Robert. Devoted grandson of Margaret Nadon. Cherished brother of Annmarie, John, Joan (Peter), Anthony, Mary and David (Sue). Beloved uncle of 14 nieces and nephews. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Floral Park. Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Victory RC Church on July 21. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 3550 N. Central Ave., Suite 300, Phoenix, AZX 85012.
Kenneth A. Brooker, 69, of Lincoln, NE, died on July 6, 2009. He was born in Astoria, NY, on Oct. 27, 1939 to George and Rita (Dougherty) Brooker. Kenny was a U.S. Marine veteran, member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Leslie Brooker of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Maria Brooker of New Hyde Park; grandchildren, Lindsey, Brandon, Audrey and Hailey; brother and sister-in-law, Gerard and Sheila Brooker of Bethel, CT; sister: Eileen Olm of Dingmans Ferry, PA; brother-in-law Jim Stauffer of Lincoln; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, Wallace, Joan and Robert.
A Celebration of Life service was held July 10 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to Capital Humane Society, 2320 Park Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502. Condolences: www.lincolnfh.com.
Thomas Maher was a caring, patient, and friendly guidance counselor who began working as the department chairperson for New Hyde Park Memorial High School’s Pupil Personnel Services in 2001.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Marylin C. Donovan, of New Hyde Park, died on June 26, 2009. Wife of Richard. Mother of Michael, Kenny (the late Patty), Billy (Stella), Ricky (Ann) and Matty (Cathy). Grandmother of 12. Sister of Irene (Frank), George and the late Rosemarie. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, New Hyde Park. Funeral Mass was held June 19 at Notre Dame RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
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