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Obituary - Richard Francis Walsh III

Richard Francis Walsh III, who was fondly known as Dick, passed away at his home at the age of 80 in New Bern, NC on November 30, 2012. Dick was born in Glen Cove in 1932 and grew up in Oyster Bay. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1954 where he met and married his wife, Carol Gazin. Upon graduation Dick served during the Korean War in the United States Navy as Lieutenant JG aboard the USS Shasta. He raised his family in Oakdale, Long Island and worked for Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage.

Upon retirement, Dick and Carol fulfilled their dream to live aboard a 42-foot Katy Krogan trawler Bride of the Waves, where they traveled the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf and inland waters for 14 beautiful years. Their journey together has become the subject of countless stories of remote beaches, interesting ports of call and wonderful new friendships.

Dick inherited his father’s love of saltwater fishing and he was never more at peace than when attempting to hook a bluefish. He was an avid gardener, bird watcher and had an artistic flair for painting lighthouses and old wooden boats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Gladys, and his sister Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 58-years, Carol; his son Scott and wife, Siobhan, and their three children Patrick, Kathleen and Molly of Vienna, VA; son Rick and wife Meg and their two children Emily and Susan of Charlotte, NC; daughter Janet of Manchester, VT and nine nieces and nephews. 

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date in New Bern, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: The International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, N . Hollywood, CA 91607 or online at myeloma.org.   

Online condolences may be made to the Walsh family at cottenfuneralhome.com; the 

Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory, 
2201 Neuse Blvd., 
New Bern, NC 28560
. 

News

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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