On Jan. 28 2010, Alex Eliassof, an original founding member of A & D Offset Printers, Ltd., which opened in the early ‘80s, passed away. Coincidentally, it was on his 89th birthday.
Alex was a very well-known, liked and respected man. He will be missed very dearly by family and friends and will forever remain in their hearts and minds. Alex was also a member of many clubs and organizations.
Alex was a WWII veteran in the United States Navy.
Alex is survived by his wife Nina (Sarah) Eliassof; his son Mark Eliassof; grandson Adam Eliassof; and granddaughter Tara Eliassoff.
Known as the ultimate caregiver, Mr. Harnett shepherded the care of thousands of Long Islanders in his role as president/CEO of Family & Children’s Association, a human care agency serving Long Island’s neediest population. Mr. Harnett passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 23, 2010.
In addition to his role at Family & Children’s, Mr. Harnett served as advisor to The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, member (formerly, Secretary of the Board and member of the Executive Committee); The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation, Inc., member, Board of Directors; Long Island Federally Qualified Health Center, Chair, Board of Directors; New York State Association of Family Service Agencies, Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee; New York State Health Foundation, Special Opportunity Grants, Peer Review Committee; United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Consultant, Management Training; The United Way of Long Island, Vice President, Agency Executives Council; Anna and Philip Kimmel Foundation, Advisor and Community Advocates, Board member.
Cornelia Macintyre Foley, widow of Rear Admiral Paul Foley, Jr., died on Jan. 18, 2010, just a few days short of her 101st birthday. Cornelia was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine arts the University of Washington in Seattle, and an extra degree at the Slade Art School in London, England, she taught art in her private studio in Honolulu for five years before her marriage to Paul.
When Paul retired from the Navy in 1959, the couple moved to Manhasset with their three children. Cornelia continued her painting and became a member of the Manhasset Art Association, serving as its president from 1965-66. She was also a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Participation in these organizations and in other Long Island art exhibitions over the years brought her many prizes and local recognition.
Donald Eugene Yelton, 52, died unexpectedly on Jan. 4, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. An Oklahoman, Don graduated from Bethany High School and University of Central Oklahoma.
Don’s career was both corporate and entrepreneurial in nature. He held various positions, most recently as a Systems Analyst-Project Lead in ADP’s Finance and Insurance Dept. He was also actively involved with two start-up companies, an Internet retail business and a technology-based imaging solutions firm.
He is survived by his wife of ten weeks, Jamie Ohler of Deerfield Beach, FL, formerly of Manhasset, MHS Class of 1975, siblings, Jean Cox of Guthrie, OK, and Dwayne Yelton of Lewisville, TX.
Don Pitti, resident of Munsey Park, Manhasset for over 43 years, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2010, at the age of 80. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, the former Grace Curtis; his children Robert Pitti and Gail Curtis Cerick, his son-in-law Richard Cerick, his daughter-in-law Anne Pitti and his beloved grandchildren: Matthew, Julie, Mark and Scott Cerick and Samantha and Joseph Pitti.
Don was active his early years in the Booster Club serving as its president in the late ’70s. He could always be found on weekends coaching football or lacrosse with the young players of the PBC. He also served on the Citizens Advisory on Finance for the board of education.
Edward Sheerin, former Manhasset Public School’s Board of Education member passed away on Dec. 28, 2009. He had been hospitalized on Dec. 23 and services were held on Dec. 31, 2009.
Mr. Sheerin was elected to the school board for six years, from 1991 through 1997. He served as vice president to the board in the 1994-95 school year. Mr. Sheerin was the ex-chief of the Plandome Fire Department.
He was predeceased in death by his wife, Marilyn, who died in December 1999. Mrs. Sheerin was an active volunteer and served as Middle School SCA Parent Council president.
While Mr. Sheerin served on the board, the district conducted a comprehensive demographic and facilities study. Following recommendations of committees, the community approved a $21.5 million bond issue that provided improvement to the basic building system, added instructional space at Shelter Rock and Munsey Park Schools, enhanced the district-wide instructional technology plan, and addressed Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
Mr. Sheerin is survived by his four children Matthew, Janine, Suzanne and Kate.
Donations may be made to Marist Brothers, 1241 Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne, NY 07002 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Submitted by the Manhasset School District.
William C. Aden, Jr., longtime Manhasset resident and avid volunteer in the lives of the community’s youth, died Dec. 30, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC, ending a struggle with muscular dystrophy. He was 76 years old.
Bill was an active, outgoing, gregarious man who never found himself in more welcome company than when surrounded by a crowd of high-spirited children. He had a natural, easy way with them and involved himself everywhere in their play. His own son led him in 1978 to Plandome’s Boy Scout troop 71, and there he found his true calling.
William D. McGuinness, of Norwalk, CT, formerly of Huntington, CT, Pittsburgh, PA, and Manhasset, died surrounded by his family on Dec 15, 2009, at the age of 87. Bill was the loving husband of Catherine (Murphy) McGuinness, who predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Kenneth D. McGuinness, and his wife, Jeanne Anne Norton of Albany and New York, NY; Monica M. McNally, and her husband, Francis of Lee, NH; Sheila M. Wall, and her husband, Richard of Norwalk, CT and William Danner McGuinness, Jr. and his wife Lorena of Albany, NY, and 11 grandchildren.
Mary L. Beier, of Manhasset, died on Dec. 30, 2009. Mrs. Beier is survived by her son Christopher Rourke Beier, who now lives in Fort Collins, and by her daughter Jean Clare Beier Murphy, and son-in-law Chuck Murphy (also of Manhasset), who now live in Chicago. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Born Mary Louise Cregan on Nov. 13, 1941 in Elmhurst, Mrs. Beier was the daughter of Patrick and Mary (O’Rourke) Cregan, immigrants to New York from Ireland. She attended St. Bartholomew School in Elmhurst and graduated in 1959 from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn.
She moved to Manhasset with her husband and mother in 1972. Until the birth of her children, she worked as an executive assistant at the FBI Offices at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Her children, Jean and Chris, graduated from Manhasset High School. She later worked for many years in the office of Dr. William Shea in Manhasset.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her sisters Kathleen C. Mallison formerly of Manhattan, and Eileen C. Twomey formerly of Port Washington.
A memorial gathering will be held at the family home on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities USA, at P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 or at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Edward F. Sheerin, formerly of Plandome, died on Dec. 28, 2009.
He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn, loving father of Matt (Jen), Janine (Joe), Suzanne (Doug) and Kate. He was the cherished grandfather of Courtney, Tommy, Kacey, Conor, Annie, Jack and the late Haley. Edward Sheerin is survived by his brothers, Larry and Michael.
Mr. Sheerin was an ex-chief of the Plandome Fire Department.
A funeral Mass is being held on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m., St Mary’s R.C. Church, Manhasset.
Donations may be made to Marist Brothers, 1241 Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne, NJ 07002 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
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