Anthony Michael Messina
Anthony (Tony) Messina of Sag Harbor, died on Friday, February 11 of medical complications. He was 91 years old.
Mr. Messina was born in 1919 in the Bronx to Sicilian immigrants. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and went on to enroll in the National Guard, working as a machinist in the shipbuilding industry. Upon returning from special service in the U.S. Navy, he became on optician through the G.I. Bill and accepted leadership roles at Polytech University, Kinney Vacuum Pumps and Varian Corporation. He worked at Varian for the rest of his career, transferring to Chicago and then back to the east coast where he worked in laboratories and set up and managed 40 U.S. sales offices.
Mr. Messina met his wife, Marguerite, in 1941 on a double date. The couple married in New York City in 1942.
Mr. and Mrs. Messina settled in Sag Harbor in 1983, where Mr. Messina was a local AARP leader, census volunteer and chairman of the Noyac election board.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Messina is survived by three daughters, Christine Urbanowski, Margot Meissner and Toni Messina, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.. He is pre-deceased by his first daughter Nancy.
A memorial service will be held today, Thursday, February 17 at St. Andrews Church at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and the National Foundation for the Blind.
Bob Blossom, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, died in Davis, Calif., on Valentine’s Day, February 14. He was 87 years old.
You might have seen Bob Blossom bicycling around Sag Harbor, even though he was in his sixties and seventies. You might know the passive solar house he and his wife, Doris, built with Bill Chaleff and Paul Rogers, the first one in Sag Harbor. He offered anyone, who was interested in saving energy, a tour of it. He enjoyed keeping track of the progress of the water heating up by the solar hot water heater installed on the roof. He might have tried to convince you to buy florescent lights.
“He was tall, with an appreciative way of listening to others, and a lovely laugh,” said his daughter, Meikle Blossom. “He enjoyed watching young children interact with the world. He would have wanted to tell you stories about his children or grandchildren.”
Mr. Blossom watched the changing shapes of the clouds, reading the air currents he had soared in. He read the Science Times, and shared his delight in progress made in medicine or engineering, or politics.
“He always knew that his family came first. He taught us all to play chess, to be observant, not to do ‘too much’ and best of all how to love,” said his daughter. “He preferred to ‘look at the pretty bird’ than to have conflict. He was an ethical man who lived up to his own beliefs. We were lucky to have him as a father.”
“Please take a moment to glance up in the sky, to admire the clouds and watch how they move,” suggested his daughter. He is survived by his wife, Doris Jean Blossom; children, Meikle, Eric, Todd, Evan, Kim and Dayna; and extended family, Scott Weiss, Emily Blossom, Ginger Gauger, and Stefphan Shippley, and his many cherished grandchildren.
This Sunday some of the East Coast family will be at Friends Meeting in Wainscott at 10 a.m. Donations made to Hospice or Peconic Bay Friends Meeting would be appreciated.
Nancy Marceau Davis
Nancy Marceau Davis died of natural causes on January 20, 2011 at the age of 85 in Southampton, New York, surrounded by the love of family.
Nancy Louise Marceau was born in Orange, New Jersey, the middle daughter of Eugene Theodore Marceau and Sadie Ingram Marceau. Her early years were spent in Maplewood, New Jersey. Later, the family moved to Winchester, Massachusetts due to her father’s employment as a chemical engineer.
Mrs. Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of New Hampshire in Durham. She worked as a librarian at Columbia University where she met her husband, Allan Ray Davis, of Brookhaven, New York. They moved to Levittown and he became a Professor of English at Hofstra University.
Mrs. Davis moved to Greenwich Village in the 1970s. She made jewelry and pottery, which she sold at street fairs. She loved working in thrift shops and collecting books. Her brother-in-law, novelist William Mulvihill, often sought her editing skills and literary opinions regarding his latest works. She loved visiting the Mulvihill homestead in Sag Harbor.
Mrs. Davis loved avant-garde jazz, train travel and studying American history and politics. She adored animals, especially cats.
Mrs. Davis was buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor on January 24, following a brief service. She is survived by her sister, Mary M. Mulvihill of Sag Harbor, nieces Nancy Mulvihill Tongren of Escondido, California and Mary Ann Mulvihill-Decker of Sag Harbor and nephews Steve and John May of Florida. Preceding her in death were her husband Allan, two infant sons and her sister Jeanne Elisabeth May. Donations in her name may be made to the ASPCA.
Walter H. Bramoff
Walter H Bramoff, 101, died on February 12. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. on May 31, 1909. He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel, of 64 years.
Mr. Bramoff moved to Sag Harbor during the 1940’s and opened Walt’s Service Station on Sag Harbor Turnpike which he operated for 30 years.
He retired to Florida in the early 1970s and relocated back to Sag Harbor two years ago.
He leaves behind three children, Carol Geddie of Sag Harbor, Walter Bramoff Jr. of Dunnellon, Florida and Warren Bramoff of Sag Harbor. He also has three grandchildren, Douglas Geddie of Sag Harbor, Eric Bramoff of Cicero, New York and Robyn Mott of Sag Harbor and five great-grand children, Heather Geddie, Kevin Geddie, Ethan Bramoff, Caleb Mott and Dylan Bramoff.
Visitation was at the Yardley Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on February 15. In lieu of flowers, donations to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, West Hampton, NY, 11978 would be appreciated by the family.
Erasmo Germano died on February 14, 2011 of a brain hemorage at Stony Brook Hospital. Born in New York City on October 25, 1923 he was the son of Lino and Carolina Germano. He grew up in Corona, Queens, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was married to Florence Mongelli for 65 years. They lived in Flushing before building a summer home in East Hampton on Stephen Hands Path in the early 1960s. The moved out permanently after he retired in 1990.
Known as Ras, Mr. Germano was with the NYPD for 33 years, retiring as a captain. He then worked for Republic National Bank in New York City for eight years as vice president.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Peter of East Hampton, George of Garden City, and Robert of Syosset. A brother, George Germano, and seven grand children also survive.
Mr. Germano belonged to a bowling league and was a member of the Sag Harbor Golf Club, which gave him great pleasure. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Sag Harbor.
Visiting will be today, Thursday, February 17 at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass will be held on Friday at Most Holy Trinity RC Chuch in East Hampton at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.