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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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