Robert A. Martin, 82, of Manhasset, died peacefully on Sept. 8, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana on Oct. 20, 1926.
He was the beloved husband of Alvina and cherished father of Robert, Jamie, Christopher and Timothy, the loving and proud grandfather of Robert, Jeffrey, Andrew, Gregory, Michael, Ryan, Blake and Casey, and the loving great grandfather of Andrew, Addison, Cullen, Robert and Emma. Martin was a proud veteran of WWII. Well respected and truly loved by all who knew him, he will be dearly missed and remain in our hearts forever.
There was a private family gathering and celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050 or the American Stroke Assoc., 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.
Edward M. Devlin of Manhasset passed away on Aug. 30, 2009. He was born in Flushing, New York to Rosemary Carlin Devlin and Albert J. Devlin on March 11, 1934. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ann Pecht Devlin, daughters Louise M. Devlin of New York City, and Lauren A. Boylan and his granddaughters Julia and Caroline of Manhasset, and brothers Albert J. of Florida and Robert M. of Manhasset. He was predeceased by his son-in-law John Boylan in 2008.
Dr. Joseph R. Valinoti Jr., of Manhasset and Port Washington, passed away from sudden illness on Aug. 10, 2009 in his daughter’s Westhampton residence at the age of 85. He died peacefully while under the care of his immediate family. Dr. Valinoti was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Virginia Valinoti, in June 2000.
Joseph R. Valinoti Jr. was born to Katherine and Joseph R. Valinoti Sr. on May 22, 1924 in Brooklyn. He was home schooled by his physician father through his elementary grades and entered Brooklyn Preparatory High School two years ahead of schedule. He graduated from Brooklyn Prep in 1940 and entered the Fordham University pre-med curriculum at the age of 16. Because of the war time need for physicians and dentists, he entered an accelerated program at Fordham and then Columbia University College of Dentistry, and obtained a DDS and dental license in 1946 at the age of 22. He practiced in Manhasset while matriculating at the Columbia School of Orthodontics. He maintained an active private practice on Park Avenue in Manhasset until his retirement in 1999.
Thomas J. Connors of Manhasset, NY, died on July 29, 2009. Thomas was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 29, 1924. After graduating from St. Francis Prep he attended The College of the Holy Cross. His tenure was interrupted by his service to his country as a lieutenant on the USS Sirona. Tom graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1947. He then attended Fordham Law School and upon graduation began his 37-year career at Pfizer Inc. He began as an attorney and rose to general counsel, retiring as executive vice president. During his retirement Tom continued to serve on the board of directors of Pfizer, Porta Systems, Irish-American Business Council and was a member of the President’s Council of The College of the Holy Cross. He will be dearly missed by his wife Helen and his children: Doreen Barry (Jack), Gail Stevenson (Lee), Thomas (Karen), Nancy Carey (Kevin), Ronald (Sue), Lisa Roche (William), Keith (Mary-Kay). He was also blessed with 22 grandchildren; Jay and Melissa Barry, Lauren and Megan Stevenson, Thomas, Brendan, and Kevin Connors, Caitlin, Jaclyn, and Connor Carey, Michael, Brian, Laura, and Sean Connors, Kristen, Kelsey, Caroline and Kendall Roche, Erin, Katie, Courtney, and Ryan Connors. Arrangements were made by Fairchild and Son Funeral Home, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church, Manhasset, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Testaverde Foundation/Michael Caddigan Fund, 3445 Edgerton Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793.
Josephine Pinzino, beloved wife of Joseph T. Pinzino, loving mother of Stephen D. Pinzino and Christine Cali, beloved grandmother of Stephen, Stephanie, Lindsay, Nicole, great-grandmother of Kayla, Samantha, Christopher Stephen and Christopher James, and beloved sister of Margaret, Mamie and Chris, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2009, surrounded by four generations of her loving family. “Nanny” brought sweet joy, kindness and love to everyone she met. “Josie,” a Manhasset resident since 1955, worked in New York City and Manhasset for many years, then graciously kept her son and grandson’s Manhasset law office functioning smoothly though her 88th birthday. Josephine will be deeply missed but eternally loved by those who had the good fortune to know her. Reposing at Fairchild’s Funeral Home, Manhasset, Wednesday and Thursday, Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Friday Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m.
John Theodore Mitrou passed away peacefully on Aug. 25 at the SunHarbor Nursing Home in Roslyn. John was born on Oct. 8, 1919 in New York and over the years lived in Galveston, Texas and Manhasset. He shared his life with his loving wife Mary-Jane, a native of Galveston. John fell in love with Mary-Jane while at the University of Texas and they married on June 22, 1942, in the Galvez Hotel, in Galveston. Mary-Jane and Johnny had been married for 67 years.
John loved boating, fishing, and golf and would often take cruises with Mary-Jane throughout the Caribbean. He was a successful businessman in the petroleum shipping industry, subsequently owned his own fuel oil business, and moved into retirement as a top real estate agent for Century 21. He was a patriot serving our country in World War II caring for our soldiers as a medical technician.
John is survived by his wife Mary-Jane; his daughter Olga-Anne Berest and husband Robert; his son Nicholas; his son Theodore and wife Madeline; his grandchildren David and Jeffrey Mitrou, Heather Berest, Alison Berest Busching and Krista Billard; and his great grandchildren Ryan Mitrou, Anna Mitrou, Lucas Duckstein, and Mark and Paul Billard.
A memorial Mass was held Saturday, Aug. 29 at noon at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset. John will be laid to rest in Galveston, Texas at the Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, 5 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050.
Always an educator, Ed was the director of health, physical education and recreation and the head football coach at the Manhasset School District where he began his career at Manhasset in 1948 reviving a football program that had sunk to its lowest depth in school history. He won his first league title in the 1950 season and thereafter added many titles. Four of his players went on to play professional football: Jim Thorpe, Steve Jordan, Vin Scott and Jim Brown. During Brown's three-year varsity career, Manhasset teams went 20-1 and Brown averaged 12.4 yards per carry.
John N. DeHoff, MD, age 97, 55 Roberts Grove, Orangeville, PA died at his home on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. He was in failing health for eight years.
Born on Nov. 11, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was a son of the late Leon D. and Elizabeth (Newcomer) DeHoff. He resided at his home in Orangeville since 1984 and had maintained a summer cottage there since 1950.
He was the eldest of four sons and graduated from Flushing High School, Flushing, NY. His college degrees were earned at New York University. He served his residency at Queens General Hospital in New York City.
Robert J. Wynn, a retired senior executive of J. P. Morgan, died Aug. 8, 2009 from cancer. He was a longtime resident of Manhasset and most recently of Huntington.
Robert (Bob) Wynn joined Guaranty Trust Company of New York in 1941, which merged with J. P. Morgan & Co. in 1959. He retired in 1988 at age 65 as a senior vice president and area manager for Morgan’s operations in Asia. After retirement he was retained as a senior advisor and vice chairman of J. P. Morgan (Hong Kong) Ltd. until 1990. In a career that spanned a half a century, he was directly involved in almost all of Morgan’s extensive operations in Asia. In 1961 he moved to Japan with his family to head Morgan’s first operation in the region, which was a regional office, with headquarters in Tokyo. In the years that followed, Morgan became very prominent in Japanese finance and a major advisor to many American and European companies entering the complex Japanese market. In 1965 he returned to New York headquarters to head the group responsible for all Morgan’s business in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Mrs. Grossi graduated from Wellesley College in 1936 and received a master’s degree in social work from Simmons School of Social Work in 1939. She trained at Boston Hospital in its neurology department and later worked for the State Charities Aid in New York City. During World War II, she provided volunteer services as a case worker.
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