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Dorothy Dotty Murphy Angevine

Dorothy “Dotty” (Murphy) Angevine, 85, of Windsor Locks, CT, loving wife of the late Charles N. Angevine, passed away peacefully after being visited by her family on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Dorothy was born February 28, 1930, in Westbury, NY the daughter of the late Walter and Anna (VanWickler) Murphy. She was a graduate of the Westbury High School Class of 1948. Dorothy was employed with Northern CT Bank and Trust as a teller for over 10 years and later held various office positions until her retirement. Dorothy and Charles were married 57 years and the marriage was a “match made in heaven”. Together they moved to Lake City, FL in 1994 and she moved back to Windsor Locks in 2012 after Charles passed to be closer to family. Dorothy was an avid painter, voracious reader and letter-writer. [Read more…]

Thomas Myers

ObitMyers_032515AThomas J. Myers longtime resident of Westbury for over 60 years was laid to rest on Monday, March 16 at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton NY. Thomas will be remembered by his loving, inspirational, stern and caring ways.

He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed immensely. [Read more…]

Anthony (Tony) Iovino Jr.

ObitIovino_032515AFortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 surrounded by family. Devoted husband of Barbara Joan (nee Albert) for 56 years; dear father of Lisa Ellen Iovino (John Schalda), Anthony III (Cara) and Leslie Anne Banks (Dale); dear grandfather of Monica, Michael and Emily Howald and Anthony IV, Nicholas and Anne Iovino; dear brother to Josephine Romano; beloved uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend; predeceased by his parents, Anna (nee Vecchione) and Anthony Sr. [Read more…]

Carolyn J. Beardsley

Carolyn J. Beardsley passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 15, 2014 due to lung cancer after a full, happy and blessed life. She is survived by her children Nancy (Tom) Lyon of North Babylon, NY, Ruth (Tom Sansone) Beardsley of Bethany, CT, James (Karen) Beardsley of Bethesda, MD and Susan (Marcell) Easter of Charleston, SC, and by her brother C. William (Gail) Jones of Frisco, TX, and their families. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Herbert. 

Beardsley was born on July 17, 1935 in Schenectady, NY and graduated from St. Agnes School (now Doane Stuart School) in Albany, NY. She and her husband began life together at the Church of the Advent in Westbury, NY where he was the curate, moving to Trinity Episcopal Church in Gulph Mills, PA when Herb became rector there, and returning to Advent when he became rector in 1965. For the next 30 years they raised their family in Westbury. She worked as a secretary for several organizations. Upon their retirement in 1995, they moved to eastern Long Island where she indulged her passion for knitting and socializing with friends and family. She was active in the Episcopal Church throughout her life. Her greatest pride and joy was as a loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother.

Remembering A Cartoon Legacy

The community of Westbury recently lost one of its most famed and groundbreaking members. Brumsic Brandon Jr., the political cartoonist of “Luther,” one of the first African American cartoons to be nationally syndicated in the mainstream press, died on Nov. 28 at the age of 87.

Family members say Brandon Jr. passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease in Cocoa Beach, FL where he had retired.

Brumsic Brandon Jr.

Brumsic Brandon Jr.

Brandon Jr. and his wife of 64 years, Rita, together raised their three children in Westbury. In fact much of his syndicated cartoon, which ran from 1968 to 1986, was created right inside of his Westbury home.

“Everyone loved being around my father,” said his son Brumsic Brandon III, who is a teacher at his alma mater, Westbury High School. “I would come home from school and find my friends already there sitting and talking with my dad.” [Read more…]

Edna Keifer Gallardo

Edna Keifer Gallardo was born Aug. 5, 1931 in Mineola, NY. She died peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014, at the home she shared with her husband Leo Gallardo in Westbury. She was 83-years-old. [Read more…]

A Plum Tree For Joseph Cascio

People remember Joseph Cascio for many things—his outgoing personality, the love he had for his wife and four kids, the motivational talks he would share at the beginning of every meeting of the Carle Place Senior Center. And though he passed away in April, Cascio will not be forgotten; generations to come will get a glimpse into Cascio’s legacy every time they see the purple plum tree planted in his honor at the entrance of Charles J. Fuschillo Park in Carle Place. [Read more…]

The Man Behind The Lens

When Claire Kelly was 8 years old, she became one of the first girls in Westbury to join the Little League team. The addition of girls to the all-boys team was a huge deal; not everyone was ecstatic about the change and Kelly received several negative comments about her participation. The Westbury Times included coverage of the team, coverage that included photos by Alphonse “Al” Posillico.

Al Posillico

Al Posillico

“He made me such a celebrity in the newspaper, and that made it easier,” says Kelly. “It really helped people accept that I was a good baseball player and that it was a good thing to have a girl playing baseball. For an 8-year-old, that made a really big difference. Through his pictures, he said it was okay, let this little girl play.”

As the official photographer for The Westbury Times, Village of Westbury, the Westbury Fire Department, as well as numerous local societies and organizations, Posillico captured the moments that made the everyday lives of residents special for over 30 years. He passed away Oct. 30 at age 87, after a four year battle with cancer. [Read more…]

Joseph Thomas Sr.

Joseph ‘Big Joe’ Oliver Thomas Sr., 84, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Joe was born of Anguillan descent in New York City on Dec. 19, 1929 to the late John and Amelia Thomas.
After serving in the military, he met and married his late wife Ellen in September 1954. The Thomas family settled in Westbury where Joe became employed with the U.S. Post Office.

Joe also became very active in his community. He founded the Westbury Drum and Bugle Corp, was a life member of the 369th Veterans Association, Inc., where he served as President of the Long Island branch, and was an active member of the Church of the Advent in Westbury where he served six years on the Vestry board. As active as Joe was with his family and his community, he was able to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from State University of New York at Old Westbury.

Joe completed 38 years of service with the post office and he and Ellen retired to Spring Hill, Florida in 1986. There in Spring Hill, Joe co-founded and became the first president of the African American Club of Hernando, Inc., and also became a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Spring Hill, Florida.

Joseph Sr. is survived and leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his five children, Joseph Jr., Tyrone (Needa), Penny, Deborah, and Tracy (Shirley). Three grandchildren, Robert Matthew, Nicole Joellen, and Tyrone Joseph. Several nieces and a nephew and many other family and friends.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Spring Hill, Florida.

Marvin Leon Johnson, Sr.

johnsonMarvin Leon Johnson, Sr., from the Westbury High School Class of 1984 was laid to rest on Saturday May 24, 2014. His service was held at the St. John’s Baptist Church, 1025 Prospect Avenue. The two day event, which included a wake service on Friday evening and funeral service on Saturday morning, was befitting of a local music legend and entertainer who made it to the mainstream. Many came through the doors of the church saddened by his passing but left smiling at what he had done. In life he was able to “move the crowd” and make them smile with the many memories shared by his friends and family.
Reverend Dr. William A. Watson Pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church spoke of Marvin’s good qualities and his compassion towards others. He was always willing to help whether he was asked or not. If someone from the community was in need he was going to help. Bishop Lionel Harvey of The First Baptist Cathedral spoke of the early morning exchanges Marvin and he shared and how Marvin loved his family and friends, and how he wanted the best for them and his community which he loved so dearly.
In his life he was known to the music world as “Kool Marv Dee”, “The Big Father Marv”, “The Bigga”, or his latest alter ego “Lord Taylor”. If you listen to hip hop music and grew up in Westbury/New Cassel you knew his legacy crossed many generations, from old to young. His true passion in life was to make the people smile and feel good through his music. He represented his hometown and neighborhood. Whereever he went, the people knew Westbury/New Cassel was on the scene and the Maplewood Crew was in the building. We have lost our headliner but the show must go on and we must carry his legacy on. Marvin Leon Johnson, Sr. we will smile and remember you. “Can’t Hide That Dragon Pride.”
— Robin L. Garrison Bolling