Mark J. Thomas Sr.
N.Y.S. Racing Steward (Ret.)
Mark J. Thomas Sr. of Carle Place, originally from New Haven, CT, passed away on June 13, 2010. He was the son of Mary Carroll (Tipperary, IRL) and Mark Thomas Gagliardi; brother of Joseph and Thomas; equestrian polo pony trainer (Yale, New Haven, CT – circa 1930s), polo player, highly decorated WWII veteran (75th and 83rd Division) E.T.O. – England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Normandy, Battle of the Bulge; horse transportation pioneer, N.Y.S. Racing Inspector - New York State Racing Association (NYRA); and N.Y.S. Racing Steward - NYRA (Ret.). He was the most loved and respected father and friend of Mary Anne, Mark Jr., Regina, Frances, James, and Margaret. He was the beloved father-in-law and friend of Jimmy, Ed, and Tina. He was the gratefully blessed grandfather (pop-pop) of 36, with 14 great-grandchildren.
Rita A. Driscoll
Rita A. Driscoll, of Westbury, born May 2, 1935, passed away April 25, 2010. She was retired from NYS Taxation and Finance and was a 16-year member of the Carle Place School Board. Beloved mother of Robert (Ellen) and Susan Krynicki (Steven) of Ashburn, VA. Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Meagan, Daniel, Alissa and Benjamin. Arrangements were made by the Weigand Bros. Funeral Home, Williston Park. Funeral Mass at St. Brigid’s RC Church. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Rita’s memory to Old Westbury Gardens, PO Box 430, Old Westbury, NY 11568.
Anne P. Croce
Anne P. Croce, 84, passed away on April 22, 2010. Born in Staten Island, NY, on March 7, Anne Croce lived most of her life in the New York area. A resident of Roslyn for over 50 years, Mrs. Croce spent most of her adult life as a community activist who was deeply involved in philanthropic endeavors. If there was an event to be organized, a parade to be run, or a charity in need of fundraising, Anne Croce would be there leading the charge. She was personally involved with myriad organizations in the Roslyn area and throughout the Town of North Hempstead, including: the American Heart Association; Roslyn Little League; the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program; the Village of East Hills; the Ronald McDonald House; St. Mary’s CYO and so many others.
Mildred Trawick Rice, age 94, died on Feb. 28, 2010 at home following a brief illness.
A journalism graduate of the University of Georgia, she enjoyed an early career in the field of advertising in Atlanta. After years as a dedicated parent and homemaker, she returned to school, earned a master’s degree in education, and, with two colleagues, pioneered in team teaching for the Carle Place School District.
On Jan. 28 2010, Alex Eliassof, an original founding member of A & D Offset Printers, Ltd., which opened in the early ‘80s, passed away. Coincidentally, it was on his 89th birthday. Alex was a very well-known, liked and respected man. He will be missed very dearly by family and friends and will forever remain in their hearts and minds. Alex was also a member of many clubs and organizations.
Alex was a WWII veteran in the United States Navy.
Alex is survived by his wife Nina (Sarah) Eliassof; his son Mark Eliassof; grandson Adam Eliassof; and granddaughter Tara Eliassoff.
Known as the ultimate caregiver, Mr. Harnett shepherded the care of thousands of Long Islanders in his role as president/CEO of Family & Children’s Association, a human care agency serving Long Island’s neediest population. Mr. Harnett passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 23, 2010.
In addition to his role at Family & Children’s, Mr. Harnett served as advisor to The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, member (formerly, Secretary of the Board and member of the Executive Committee); The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation, Inc., member, Board of Directors; Long Island Federally Qualified Health Center, Chair, Board of Directors; New York State Association of Family Service Agencies, Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee; New York State Health Foundation, Special Opportunity Grants, Peer Review Committee; United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Consultant, Management Training; The United Way of Long Island, Vice President, Agency Executives Council; Anna and Philip Kimmel Foundation, Advisor and Community Advocates, Board member.
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