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Obituary: Anthony Caserta

Anthony (Tony) L. Caserta of Lloyd Harbor, NY, died June 10, 2013 at Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, NY of heart failure. He was 74.

Born in Mineola, NY June 22, 1938 to P. Charles and Antonia Marra Caserta,  Mr. Caserta was raised in Manhasset, NY. He graduated from Manhasset H.S. (1956), received a B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts  Institute of Technology (MIT, 1960), earned his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at The Polytechnic Institute  of  Brooklyn (1963), and was licensed subsequently as a Professional Engineer in NY and NJ.

During his 35 years at Grumman Aerospace Corp., Mr. Caserta worked on various projects, including: designing the OAO Satellite Thermal Monitoring System; setting up/managing the company’s Metrology Lab; co-authoring the Instrumentation part of the winning proposal for the LEM/LM Lunar Module contract; managing LEM Support  Instrumentation engineers; Advanced Systems Test Manager for numerous Navy aircraft, Air Force satellite, USCG and DOT programs; managing classified and non-classified programs;  creating and building the first Fiber Optic Data Bus, connecting airbourne computers via light; and receiving several patents for the corporation. During these years he belonged to a number of engineering societies and was active in the MIT Club of LI.

Learning the real estate business in his youth, at age 16 Mr. Caserta was the youngest person licensed in NYS as a salesperson. He worked at his father’s firm, Roslyn Realty. At MIT he was largely responsible for the  purchase of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house , still the chapter’s residence. He was active in leadership for his fraternity and represented various Boston colleges and universities at the Boston City Council.

In 1970 Mr. Caserta formed Inspecto, Inc., originally a sideline business specializing in the inspection of residential homes, primarily for potential buyers, realtors, and attorneys. At that time it was the only company chartered by NYS to perform home inspections. He also rendered architectural plans for new construction, renovations, additions, etc. for residential and commercial applications. He was instrumental in developing property subdivisions in NJ.

Following early retirement from Grumman in 1994, Mr. Caserta ventured into automotive and marine engineering. Based on work he and his son, Charles, did during the latter’s school  years, he decided to develop amphibious land and sea vehicles for commercial and private use. Upon his son’s college graduation in 1996 they began full time work designing, constructing, obtaining patents and licensing, etc., under Inspecto’s Pontiphian Division, later adding  Amphijet  and relocating to Syosset, NY in 2006 after receiving grants from NYS and NYSERDA. He remained President and CEO of Inspecto, Inc. Anthony and Charles received the Innovator of the Year Award from LI Business News  in 2002 and PTAP Award of the Year from LI Development Corp. in 2006. Their work was featured in The New York Times, Newsday, local newspapers, national boating and yachting publications. They were also active members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Northport, NY.

Mr. Caserta was a Huntington Republican Committeeman from the 1970s until his passing. Since the early 1980s, he headed the Van Wyck Lane road association in Lloyd Harbor. Known to some as a Renaissance man, an engineer’s engineer, a genius, the Button Man, he was mostly a true patriot. A man of math, science, and music, he was an innovator, as well as a philosophical and creative thinker.  Son of a pianist, he was an avocational pianist and composer who contrived new scales and modalities. He was in the process of writing a book about music from a mathematical approach. He loved astronomy, boating, fishing, gardening, and, in earlier years, participated on baseball, soccer, crew, and bowling teams and enjoyed playing tennis. He is enrolled in the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale, NY and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA for his achievements in aerospace.

In 1969, Tony married Elizabeth (Betty) Cella of Manhasset and Huntington Bay. They established a home in Huntington. When their daughter, Andrea, and son, Charles, were a few years old, they moved to their present home in Lloyd Harbor, Huntington. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son, sister, Rosemary Caserta Uhle, and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.

A wake was held at the M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington June 12 and 13, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of St. Patrick in Huntington and interment at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY June 14. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



Columns

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