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Charles F. Vachris

Manhasset resObitVachris_101714Aident Charles F. Vachris, PE passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. He suffered a heart attack while playing basketball, a sport he loved. He was 75.
Charlie was born February 19, 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Anthony and Helen Vachris. A graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, he attended Yale University where he graduated from the Engineering School with honors in 1961. Following his graduation from Yale, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was honorably discharged from the service as a Captain. [Read more...]

Mary L. Sergi

Mary L. Sergi, 74, of Beaver Falls, Penn. passed away the morning of Oct. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley. Born in Manhattan, N.Y. on Jan. 26, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Josephine Sabatino Ramirez.
In 1966, she married her beloved husband, Lawrence Sergi, and the two spent over 46 wonderful years together until he preceded her in death on April 9, 2013. Mary grew up in Washington Heights, N.Y. and eventually settled in Manhasset, N.Y. to raise her family. She retired as an administrative assistant for the Nassau County Police Department Detective Unit for the 6th Precinct.
Mary had a keen eye for fashion and had been employed at Macy’s Department Store where she won Salesperson of the Year in Manhasset. She belonged to St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset.
Known as a wonderful cook and hostess, Mary loved to entertain. She also loved music, art, dancing, and traveling.
Mary is survived by her children, Christine Gillow and husband Jeff of Castle Pines, Colorado and Andrea Piccione and husband Tom Jr. of Chippewa Township, Penn.; grandchildren Thomas Michael Piccione III and Christopher Lawrence Piccione; sister-in-law Beatrice Ramirez; and niece Leonora of Staten Island, N.Y.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother, Michael Ramirez. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers and honoring Mary’s love of elderly dogs, memorial contributions may be made to Arrangements have been entrusted to Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory 941 S Mill St New Castle Penn. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

William George Gross III

William George Gross  lll, age 60   of Manhasset, died October 3, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, and two beautiful children Brian (18) and Katie (15) whom he loved so dearly and was so proud of.

He is also survived by two sisters: Jane Miller of Clinton, N..Y and Diane Kingsley of Mashpee, Mass. as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A brief service is planned at the Congregational Church 1845 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset on Monday, October 13 At 4 p.m.. Reception to follow.

Michael Caswell Adams

ObitAdams_101014AMichael Caswell Adams, 81, of Jupiter, Fla, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 23, 1933, and attended Portsmouth Abbey School and Cornell University.

His wife of 50 years, Mary Lioba, predeceased him in 2009. Mike spent a long career in liquor sales. He gave freely of his time to his family, friends, and community, including many years in civic service. On Long Island, he was Commodore of Port Washington Yacht Club and served as Commissioner of the Manhasset Park District.

In 2004, he moved to Florida, where he served as President of Tequesta Country Club, volunteered at the Jupiter Medical Center, and was President of the Jupiter Harbor property owners association. [Read more...]

Attilio Casella

Attilio Casella, age 80, of Port Washington, died on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife Jean, his children Peter (Gina), Tom (Virgie), Debra Rybecky (Phil) and Michael (Fabiana), thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his siblings Michael and Phyllis, and many nieces and nephews. Attilio was predeceased by his brother Mariano. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. The entombment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Barbara Swain

This accomplished and beloved woman, who died last Sunday at North Hill in Needham, Massachusetts at the age of 102, grew up in Newton Highlands and attended Smith College, where she graduated in 1932. During summers at her family’s seasonal home in Scituate, she met and later married Philip Richardson, in 1933. Barbara gave birth to her daughter Gail a year later, and soon thereafter the family moved to Wellesley, where Barbara gave birth to a son Donald, named after Phil Richardson’s twin brother. The family remained there until the late 1960’s.

Barbara became active in volunteer and club work with the Junior Service League, League of Women Voters, Family Service Association, Wellesley Unitarian Church, and Wellesley Smith College Club. She annually attended Boston Symphony concerts, Theater Guild productions, was an active bridge player, and curled in winter months. Barbara was an avid golfer at the Wellesley Country Club with her husband Phil, who became president of the Club in the early 1960’s. Barbara and Phil were founding members of the Broomstones Curling Club, in Wayland, Mass.

Her husband Phil passed away in 1966. Several years later, in 1970, Barbara married Richard Swain and together they lived the following 25 years at Wellesley Green, and later moved nearby to North Hill in August of 1996. They wintered during this time on Siesta Key, in Sarasota, Florida. Dick passed away in late 1996.

Barbara is mother of Gail R. West with husband Jack, of Peabody, Mass, (formerly of Wayland), and Donald Richardson with wife Janet, of Plandome, NY; grandmother of Susan, Philip, and James West, and Kathryn Chigounis, Emily Tesio and Sarah Richardson; and great-grandmother of Gitalia and Carinna Dogan-West, and Joseph Tesio.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, Sept. 29, at Newton Cemetery Chapel, followed by inurnment in the Nichols family gravesite at the Cemetery, with her first husband Phil.

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John B. Thomson, Jr.


Former Owner/Chairman of Thomson Industries & Pillar of the sailing community passes away at 70.

The sailing community lost one of its best owner/drivers and a pillar of the sport when John B. Thomson, Jr., passed away in the evening of Wednesday, September 10, surrounded by family and loved ones after succumbing to the effects of ALS. He was 70. [Read more...]

Eugene J. Sullivan


Nov. 28, 1920 – Aug. 31, 2014 

Eugene J. Sullivan, a long-time Manhasset resident, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. He was married to the late Gloria Sullivan for over 70 years. He is survived by his children Eugene Jr., Edward, Robert, and Elizabeth, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Their daughter Ann died in infancy.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1920. His family moved to Astoria, Queens when he was four-years-old. He attended Bishop Loughlin High School and then St. John’s University in Brooklyn. Upon his graduation in 1942 he joined the Navy and attended Office Candidate School at the University of Notre Dame. After he was commissioned he served on destroyers both in the Atlantic and Pacific war zones. At the end of World War II he joined the Borden Company as a salesman. Over the next 41 years he was promoted to several executive positions eventually being named chairman and chief executive officer in 1979. He held this position until his retirement in 1987. He also served on the boards of F.W. Woolworth, Warner Lambert, The Bank of N.Y., American Standard and the Atlantic Insurance Companies.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Gloria Roesch, in 1943 at the height of WWII. In 1951 they moved to their first home in Wantagh, N.Y. While raising five children, he found time to begin a life-long commitment to volunteer service. He helped the newly created St. Francis de Chantel Parish serving as a trustee and usher.

Gene and Gloria moved to Manhasset in 1965. The family joined St. Mary’s R.C. Church upon their arrival and were active parishioners up until their deaths. Gene was introduced to the good works of St. Francis Hospital by his wife Gloria who was an active volunteer there. Over the years he served on the hospital’s board including a term as its chairman.

Eugene graduated from St. John’s in 1942 and over the next 65 years served as a trustee, secretary of the board and executive-in-residence, a teaching position he created for senior business majors. He received numerous honors recognizing his dedication to St. John’s, including an honorary doctorate and the St. Vincent de Paul medal.

He served on the Board of Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre and was a Knight of the Sovereign Order of Malta, a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and a Knight of St. Gregory.











Edith G. Egan

Obit_Egan_091214AEdith Gallatin Egan, 64 passed away suddenly at her home in Brielle, N.J. on Monday, Sept. 1.

Mrs. Egan was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., grew up in Manhasset and moved to the New Jersey Shore in 1990. She attended Buckley Country Day School and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

She is predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Ethel Gallatin, and her niece, Ashley Miller Gravelle.

Edie is survived by her beloved husband, Gerald, and loving daughter, best friend and pride and joy, Almy, of Brielle, N.J.

She is survived by her sister, Jean Scatuorchio of Sea Girt, NJ and her brother, Thomas G. Gallatin, Jr. of Greenvale, N.Y.; her nieces, Emily Snyder and Amanda Manganaro; nephews, Thomas and Patrick Scatuorchio, and great nieces, Elizabeth and Jessica Snyder. She will be dearly missed by all.

Edie’s great love of children led her to a fulfilling career in childhood development and education. Her openness and generosity with everyone, especially children, was endless. Edie was also passionate in her love of animals. She was devoted to, and believed strongly in their welfare. Edie was a great advocate and dedicated contributor to the prevention of animal cruelty.

A family memorial service will be held on Sept. 13 at Christ Episcopal Church, Manhasset.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

Manhasset Remembers 9/11

Sept11_090514AOn Thursday, Sept. 11, Manhasset will remember the thirteenth anniversary of a day residents will never forget. The day is a remembrance of those lost in the carnage of the horrific event that occurred just 20 miles away in New York City. [Read more...]