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Obituary: J. Fred Sparke

(Editor’s note: This obituary was submitted by the Island Trees School District in response to Susan Reckling’s request for more information about J. Fred Sparke, which printed in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition of the Levittown Tribune. This obituary was written on May 10, 1955 by the Island Trees School District Clerk.) 

 

J. Fred Sparke, treasurer of school district #26 in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, New York, for the past 43 years, passed away last night. 

 

Mr. Sparke started as a collector of taxes for the school district in 1912. This position was changed to treasurer when the county started to collect taxes for the school districts in 1915. 

 

He was a son of Henry Sparke, one of the founders of the school district, which was created on September 20, 1902. He was a member of the Nassau County Farm Bureau since 1918 and a committeeman for the Nassau County Farm Bureau for over 20 years. 

 

The Sparke family has been located in this area for over 200 years. Mr. Sparke is survived by his wife, the former Helen Graham; a daughter, Helen; and two sins, Edgar and William; also four grandchildren. 

 

Services are to be held on Wednesday, May 11, 1955 at 8:00 a.m. at Schmitt’s Funeral Home, Merrick Road, Seaford. Interment at St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery, Wantagh Avenue on Thursday, May 12, 1955 at 10:00 a.m. 


News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


Columns

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