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Obituaries August 20, 2009

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Marion B. Leonard

Marion B. Leonard, of Rochester, Vt., a lifelong advocate for the Earth, peace, healthy food and environmental sustainability, died on August 14 at Gifford Hospital in Randolph, Vt. after suffering a fall at the age of 100.

Marion Boettiger Leonard was born in New York City on May 24, 1909, the daughter of Dr. Carl Boettiger, a physician, and Alice Banker Boettiger of Plattsburgh, NY. Mrs. Leonard grew up in Forest Hills, NY attending local grammar schools before graduating from Penn Hall preparatory school in Chambersburg, Pa and Pembroke College, then the sister college to Brown University in Providence, RI, in 1931. She met her future husband, Warren, while at college. Marion and Warren were married in Seattle, Washington and after Mr. Leonard lost his job during the Depression they drove back east to Providence, RI. During the trip they saw first hand the devastating collapse of our economic system and its effect on working people.

Mrs. Leonard felt that a different type of education could secure a just and healthy planet for all humankind. In 1934 she attended a lecture in Providence and heard about a new school being formed in Putney, Vt. by a protégé of John Dewey, Carmelita Hinton. In 1939 Warren and Marion moved to Vermont and joined the staff of the Putney School where Mrs. Leonard worked as a librarian. In 1941, along with Carol Brown, Mrs. Leonard was a founding member of the Putney Co-op, acknowledged as being one of the oldest food co-operatives in the country. She enjoyed the exciting process of education at a school where work, jobs, art and music were as important as English and mathematics. They remained in Putney for 17 years.

In 1956 Warren and Marion were hired as headmaster and librarian at the Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. In 1962 Con Edison, the electrical utility for New York City, proposed to build a power generating facility that would have destroyed much of the environment of Storm King Mountain. Mrs. Leonard teamed up with attorney Stephen Duggan, then president of the board of trustees of the Storm King School, to fight Con Edison and its proposed facility. After a 17-year legal battle, a U. S. Court of Appeals decided that protection of environmental resources was as important as economic gain and the facility was never built. Stephen Duggan became the founding chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the organization that grew out of this initial environmental battle. The Con Edison legal case is considered to have launched environmental activism in the United States and has prompted the passing of the National Environmental Policy Act. This legislation requires an environmental impact statement for major projects approved by the federal government.

In 1966 Mr. Leonard became the first director of the Hampton Day School, a new progressive private school in Bridgehampton. Mrs. Leonard was enthusiastic to return to Long Island, her childhood home, and worked to create a library for the new school. After five years Mr. Leonard was offered a one year sabbatical in Rome, Italy at St. Stephens School. One year turned into nearly a decade and sparked Mrs. Leonard’s love affair with Italy and traveling in Europe. Returning to eastern Long Island she was horrified by the overdevelopment of the once pristine farmland. She was also confronted with another potential environmental disaster, the Long Island Power Authority‘s desire to build a nuclear power plant in Shoreham, NY. This prompted Mrs. Leonard to co-found the environmental organization Save Our World to fight the plant. The Shoreham power plant was built but never went online. Having more time to devote to her projects, Mrs. Leonard formed a letter writing group to address local as well as national issues. She believed that the foundation of democracy resided in the people and she frequently called her representatives in Washington to inform them of her opinion on political issues. Save Our World sponsored the largest environmental conference until that time featuring Miriam McGillis a Dominican nun and founder of the Earth learning center Genesis Farm, and an interpreter of theologian Thomas Berry. A growing concern for the environment and her dislike of consumption and the degradation of Long Island led Marion to return with her husband to the beloved hills of Vermont.

In 1997 Marion and Warren discovered Rochester, Vt. and moved into Park House, a senior residential housing facility. Mrs. Leonard’s environmental concerns were reenergized by the like-minded people she met in Vermont and she soon found herself back on the track of environmental activism. She founded Save Our World-VT as an offshoot of her Long Island organization and it thrived. Her organization sponsored teach-ins, environmental seminars in local libraries and schools, video presentations and a lecture series. She became known throughout the state as the woman who wrote more letters to the editor than anyone else on many topics but mostly centering on environmental and political issues. Weekly she also called her representatives in Washington and the White House. “I think it is important in a democracy to be part of the community . . . the only way to do that is to communicate with your representatives,” she said. “You elect people to represent you, but you have no guarantee that they will represent the choices that you want made. So you have to keep your eye on them.” One of her letters printed in the Randolph Herald following 9/11 regarding the displaying of the American flag occasioned such a backlash that the paper ran an editorial supporting that the right to freely express her views was one of the founding principles of our democracy.

Marion and Warren took many trips attending conferences and visited libraries throughout the state to give them an Earth literacy reading list entitled A Collection of Educational Material to Help Institute a New Cosmology for the Twenty-First Centruy. They also accumulated postal stamps from local post offices to add to her list of the 251 Club. Mrs. Leonard was active in the Rochester community attending the select board meetings, talking to community members, establishing a collection of environmental advocacy literature for the library, creating a vegetable garden at the school, and building a year round greenhouse in memory of her husband Warren so that students could have fresh vegetables all year long. Among her many citations and awards she was most proud to have been named Person of the Year by the National Organic Farmers Association of Vermont at the age of 96.

Mrs. Leonard is survived by her two sons, William of New York, N.Y. and Christopher of Sag Harbor, and her brother Edward of Rochester, VT.

She had numerous friends in the Rochester community whose support and friendship were a source of energy and delight to her. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to People for the Planet, P O Box 83, Rochester, VT., 05767.

Dr. Robert Kennedy

Robert R. Kennedy, M.D., formerly of Sag Harbor, passed away on May 29, 2009. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1920, and after serving as a naval officer in World War II, he began his medical practice in Sag Harbor in 1948 where he remained until joining the Old Town Medical Center in Southampton until his retirement in 1985. He graduated from Bishop Laughlin High School in Brooklyn, St. John’s University in Queens, and completed his medical internships at St. Catherine’s Hospital and Long Island College Hospital, both in Brooklyn.

Dr. Kennedy is pre-deceased by his former wife, Florence (Fuller) Kennedy, and his oldest son, Robert, Jr. He leaves behind his sons Edward of Miami, Fla., Kevin of East Granby, Conn., and daughter Maureen of Olney, Md., along with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A round of golf always brought him joy and he was a member of the Southampton Golf Club and continued to play during his retirement in Maine. Nothing, however, gave him greater joy than serving his patients in Sag Harbor throughout his almost 40 years of service to these communities, according to the family. Known for his compassionate and caring manner, he developed many friendships on the East End and his legacy will be one of dedication and concern for anyone who required his services, said the family.

John C. Glowacki

John C. Glowacki, a 39-year resident of Sag Harbor, died at his home here on August 18. He was 82.

Born in Poland on November 3, 1926, he was the son of Henry and Marianna (Wisniewski) Glowacki.

Mr. Glowacki, who was a master plumber by trade, served in the US Marines in 1951 and was a member of the Sag Harbor Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Lanta Babson, and stepdaughter Nancy Louise Wishone of North Carolina.

His remains were to be donated to science.

Obituaries December 4

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Stan Bubka

Stan Bubka, longtime member of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, former president of the Sag Harbor Golf Club and proprietor of the Madison Meat Market who would greet both friends and strangers with “Ah Right,” died at Southampton Hospital on Saturday, November 29. He was 91.

Mr. Bubka was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on April 18, 1917 the son of Charles and Alice (Tabachiewich) Bubka.

He moved east and worked at the Bulova Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor, and upon retiring, ran the Madison Meat Market with his wife Ann, to whom he was married for 67 years. Ann predeceased her husband this past May 18.

Mr. Bubka was active in the community, as a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Sag Harbor Lions Club and as an usher at St. Andrew Church.

He was also a member for 59 years of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and was a longtime member of the Sag Harbor Golf Club.

“A cup of coffee and a ride through the village were two things Stan really enjoyed,” said his son, Bob.

Mr. Bubka is survived by his children, Bob of East Hampton, Thomas of East Hampton and Nancy Jossely of Norton, Mass.

He is also survived by a sister, Jenny Niegocki of Miller Place, L.I. and a brother, Chester, of Center Moriches.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Robin, Robert, Todd, Jennifer and Lane; and two great-grandchildren Jarrett and Mia.

Visiting was at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 2. A funeral Mass was said on Wednesday, December 3, at St. Andrew R.C. Church, with interment following at St. Andrew Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department or the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


Dorothy Espach

Dorothy Espach of Sag Harbor died at her home here on Tuesday, December 2. Born on  May 6, 1930 in Lynbrook, L.I., she was the daughter of W. Russell and Helen (Stenman) Collins.

Mrs. Espach was a teacher at Sag Harbor Elementary School until her retirement.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Espach, and son Steven Espach.

Arrangements are being handled by Yardley and Pino Funeral Home.

A full obituary will appear next week.


Peggy Irene Field

Peggy Irene Field, a resident of Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, died at her home here on Friday, November 28. She was 86 years old.

Born in Westbury, L.I. on August 23, 1922, she was the daughter of Jack and Tekla (Hamstrom) Twist.

Mrs. Field was predeceased by her husband, William B. Field, in 1996. She is survived by daughters Susan VanKovics and Adele O’Connell, both of Sag Harbor. She is also survived by step-daughters Frances Hand, Wilma Schaefer, Alice Rozzi and Tekla James, and was pre-deceased by a stepdaughter, Peggy Baranowski.

She is also survived by grandchildren Zacharia O’Connell and Jacob O’Connell.

Services were held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home on December 1, with interment at Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


Maryann H. Power

Maryann H. Power, a resident of Sag Harbor for 25 years, died on Saturday, November 29. She was born on May 10, 1930 in New York City, and had lived in Little Neck, Queens, before moving east.

She had been a longtime employee of the New York City Board of Education before her retirement.

Mrs. Power is survived by her husband, John J. Power, and children Dianne Jamison (Chris), Jack Power (Yao Hong), and Carolyn Kirrane (John). She is also survived by grandchildren Coleen, Hugo, Christopher and Alanna; and great-grandchildren Alyssa and Brendan.

Visiting was at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home onMonday, December 1. A funeral Mass was said on Tuesday at St. Andrew R.C. Church followed by interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Maryann Power’s memory be sent to Father Flanigan’s Boys Town, Box 7000, Boys Town, NE, 68010.


Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy, a former resident of Sag Harbor, died at Flushing Hospital, Flushing, Queens, on Wednesday, November 26. He was 65 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on November 23, 1943, he was the son of Dr. Robert and Florence (Fuller) Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy was an underwriter for the State Insurance Fund of New York before his retirement. A veteran of the U. S. Army who served in Viet Nam, re was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze and Silver stars.

Mr. Kennedy attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Sag Harbor and LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale. He was a graduate of Fordham University.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his father, and children Robert, Jr. of North Babylon, L.I., Sean of Freeport, L.I., Kelly of Port Washington, L.I., and Ryan of Port Washington.

He is also survived by siblings Edward of Miami, Fla., Kevin of East Granby, Conn., Maureen of Olney,Md., and Nancy Beckerman of Mendham, N.J. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

Services were held on Sunday, November 30, at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Andrew R.C. Church on Monday, followed by interment at St. Andrew Cemetery.

Keeping Them Laughing One More Weekend

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by Raphael Odell Shapiro

 Caroline’s. The Improv. The Laugh Factory. Bay Street? For five summers now the Bay Street Theatre on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor has transformed itself into a comedy club a few nights a week. The theater has brought in major stand-up acts from around the country to perform on their stage at 11 p.m. on weekends, after their Mainstage performances, or on Monday nights at 8 p.m., a traditionally “dark” night.

The comedians are often bemused (or befuddled) by their backdrops. Naturally, the Mainstage sets remain up for the Comedy Club acts, often leading to some degree of hilarious incongruity. Lewis Black, a famously enraged comic often featured on “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” once delivered jokes from King Charlemagne’s throne on the set of “Pippin.” This summer, comedian Greg Proops was confused by the revolving set of “Beyond Therapy,” which he said looked like it might have been designed by Escher.

This weekend marks the end of Bay Street’s summer season. Three comics will round out the Comedy Club lineup, and will have to contend with the Harlem apartment set of “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

First to perform will be Jeffrey Ross. Ross is a regular at the Friar’s Club “roasts,” and was dubbed by New York Magazine the “Meanest Man in Comedy.” He is a co-host on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Possibly most impressive on Ross’s resume, however, is his role as filmmaker.

In the fall of 2003, Ross was invited by friend Drew Carey to join him on a USO tour to Iraq. Ross brought along his newly purchased camcorder, and realized quickly into his five day trip that the footage he was capturing could be more important than just a home movie. In 2005 he released and edited a movie entitled “Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie,” an honest documentary of the state of American occupation, but with still comedic commentary from Ross and the other comics on the tour. The film was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Ross will be at Bay Street this Saturday, August 30 at 11 p.m.

Next will be Jamie Kennedy, who is well known for his television series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” and for such films as “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Kickin’ It Old Skool.” He has been on tour for three weeks, promoting the DVD release of his documentary, called “Heckler,” which will come out September 9. Kennedy spoke to the Express from Iowa, where he had played a show the night before. As he roamed the streets in search of an open food vendor, he described his stand up act.

“I do characters from my show, impressions, stories from my life…you know like the first time I had sex,” he explained. “And funny things that happen to me in Hollywood.”

Kennedy went on to talk about the difficulties of stand up comedy, and the misconceptions thereof.

“It’s an indefinable thing, you know? To make someone laugh. Most people watch and think, oh, that’s not so hard,” he said. “But it’s like, I watch the Olympic gymnastics and say yeah, I can bend down and touch my toes, but I can’t do a flip.”

“I like to mix it up in my shows though. I mean in Iowa, there’s no food after five o’clock but the crowds like to have fun.” He continued, “If people want to come to have a good time, they will.” Kennedy will take the Bay Street stage on Sunday, August 31 at 11 p.m.

The final act is Brian Posehn, who has most recently been seen on Comedy Central’s show “The Sarah Silverman Program,” as well as numerous sitcoms such as “Seinfeld,” “Everbody Loves Raymond” and “Friends.” He will perform on Monday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

All Comedy Club tickets are $50. For more information call the Bay Street box office at 725-9500 or visit the website at www.baystreet.org.