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Obituary: Donald E. Jarvis

Donald E. Jarvis passed away at age 88, on November 22, 2012 in Kennesaw, Georgia, with his loving daughter Laurie and her husband Tom, at his side. He was a lifelong resident of East Norwich until December 2006, when he moved to Georgia.

On August 1, 1948 Donald wed Vivian Elizabeth Gossett they were married for 64 years. They had four children: Brenda Downing of Dallas; Donny Jarvis of Bayville; Laurie and Tom Larson of Kennesaw, Georgia; Hewlett Reed Jarvis of Oyster Bay.

He had nine grandchildren. He was “Popie” to: Corey (Crystal), Tiffany, Brandon (Kelli), Aaron, Ashley and Wesleigh Larson; Kyle Copeland; John and Ryan Jarvis. His two great-grandchildren are: Kaleb and Noah Larson.

He is survived by his sister Jane Pettengill of Hagaman, NY, plus a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jarvis was a retired policeman, a general contractor, and a 67-year member of the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and vegetable gardener. He won the Oyster Bay Rotary Club tomato growing contest many times, coming in with two and three pound tomatoes. 

Mr. Jarvis’ will be interred in the Brookville Cemetery. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory of Donald E. Jarvis to: East Norwich Fire Company Juniors, 900 Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich NY 11732.


News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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