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Obituary: Phillip Lawrence Cross

Phillip Lawrence Cross died peacefully under Hospice care in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, Feb. 18, at the age of 75. He was the proud grandfather of seven, father of four, husband of 49 years, and retired lieutenant of the Port Washington Police Department. Phil was a caring soul who loved his family, enjoyed sharing his knowledge of history and trivia with others, and had a great sense of humor. He loved to make his family laugh.

Born in Westbury, New York, in 1937 to Catherine and Francis Cross, Phil graduated from Westbury High School and later Nassau Community College. Married in 1964 to Jaqueline Wells, Phil and Jackie raised their family in Westbury.

Working his way to lieutenant in the police force, Phil retired in 1993 and soon moved to Cape Coral, Florida, with his wife Jackie. After Phil suffered a stroke in 1999, the Crosses moved to Virginia. Phil had spent the last nine years in an assisted living facility, winning trivia contests, making friends, reading voraciously, and receiving visits from his grandkids.

Phil was predeceased by his sons, Greg and Bryan. Phil is survived by his wife, Jackie Cross of Richmond, Virginia; his brother Frank Cross of Florida; his daughter Sandy Dibler, now teaching in Shanghai with her husband Jeff; his son Peter and daughter-in-law Stephanie Cross of Richmond, Virginia and their children Charlotte, Philip, Sophia, Ewan, and Theo; and Bryan’s widow, Stacey, and children Bradley and Bryan of Setauket, New York.

The family will hold a private service in Richmond and they look forward to gathering this summer in New York with family and friends to celebrate Phil’s life.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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