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.
Antonio “Tony” Ferri died at home Dec. 12 from congestive heart failure. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Ferri was born in Broccostella, Italy on Jan. 10, 1925. He immigrated to Canada in 1950 where he worked on a farm and in construction. In 1956, Mr. Ferri married Lidia Vani, also of Broccostella, and the couple moved to New York. In 1961, he opened Tony’s Hero Shop on Old Country Road and three years later moved his family to Westbury.
Tony’s Hero Shop became a success and Mr. Ferri served hundreds of people daily. Many customers who moved away from the Westbury area made a point of stopping by Tony’s while in town, often buying trays of frozen food and flying it home with them as carry-on luggage.
Tony’s was truly a family business for nearly 40 years and a regular supporter of Little League baseball and other numerous community groups. The Ferris owned and operated Tony’s Hero Shop until 2000, at which time a long time employee took over, maintaining many of the traditional dishes and adding their own.
A funeral Mass was held Dec. 16 at St. Brigid’s Church in Westbury followed by Interment at Holy Rood Cemetery. Mr. Ferri is survived by his wife Lidia; children John (Karin) Ferri of Marlboro, NY, Maria (Paul) Cousins of Great River, NY, and Angela (John) Posatiere of Kailua, HI; five grandchildren, Christopher and Nicole Cousins, Alexander and Vincent Ferri and Lia Posatiere; a brother, Loreto Ferri in Broccostella, Italy; and a nephew, Valentino (Jane) Ferri of Babylon, NY.
Aviation pioneer and retired airline executive George Erskine Rice, 91, died on Nov. 18, 2009 at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, GA.
John H. Strada, formerly of Westbury, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lake Canadaigua, NY, on Oct. 12, 2009. He was 73 years old.
Cecil Kenneth Watkins passed away on Oct. 10, 2009 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Valerie Morgan Watkins; daughters, Kara Watkins Tillman and Keri Watkins; sisters, Caroline Townes and Ruth Ross; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Watkins, Shirley Mack and Ruby Rolle; brothers-in-law, John Mack, Anthony Rolle and John Townes; son-in-law Emmanuel Tillman; granddaughters, Amadia Tillman and Elysia Tillman; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his brother LeRoy Watkins Sr.; sister Henrietta “Mazie” Smith; and nephew Michael Velazquez.
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