Jack O’Donnell, 81, passed away peacefully on October 15. He was a longtime resident of Sag Harbor where he owned several businesses including Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, White-O’Donnell Real Estate and most recently Spots General Store.
Prior to moving to the East End he co-produced, with Gus Schirmer, several theatre works in New York City including a revival of “The Boyfriend” and “A Party With Comden and Green” at the Cherry Lane Theatre. And for those who can remember, he was a popular bartender at Out of This World in Wainscott.
He is survived by his partner Carl Casman, and his two nieces, Catherine Soderqist and Mary Ann Sullivan, and nephew Frank Walsh.
A memorial service is being planned for spring 2010.
Anthony J. Ryder
Anthony Ryder, 95, of Basking Ridge, NJ, formerly of Massillon, Ohio and Sag Harbor, NY, passed away after a short illness on October 26, during a visit at the home of his son in Naperville, IL.
Born of Polish immigrants in Sag Harbor on December 28, 1913, Mr. Ryder was one of six children raised in the farm house on North Haven which is situated next to what is now known as Ryder’s Pond. He attended Pierson High School and graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1935.
Mr. Ryder relocated to Massillon, Ohio shortly after graduation where he found employment with the Griscom Russell Company for whom he worked for many years as a welding engineer and factory manager. He received several patents and contributed to the war effort through the production of torpedo tubes and special systems (desalination units) for submarines. Later in his career he worked for Babcock & Wilcox and played an important role in the manufacture of nuclear power systems for the US Navy.
In 1943 he married Beatrix Bates, a native of Massillon. Together they raised three sons.
In 2002 Beatrix passed away after a lengthy illness during which time she was devotedly cared for by her husband.
Hobbies included reading, photography, golf and gardening. Although Mr. Ryder had only one hole-in-one, he scored his age or lower several times while in his late 80’s and early 90’s. His gardening activities provided neighbors with tomatoes wherever he lived. His photography chronicled the growth of his extended family on Long Island throughout his frequent visits to North Haven.
Mr. Ryder’s quiet strength, unfailing common sense, and loving spirit will remain an inspiration to his family.
Mr. Ryder is lovingly remembered by his sister Regina Melton, of North Haven, his brother Joseph Ryder of Roanoke, Va., his three sons and their spouses, Michael and Nonie Ryder of Naperville, Ill., Joseph and Jonni Marie Ryder of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Steven and Shirley Ryder, of Madison, AL, as well as seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ryder’s life was celebrated at a funeral mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville on October 27, followed by interment on October 29 in Massillon, Ohio.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Thomas OSJ (Haiti Twinning), 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL, 60563.
Elsie King, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at her home on Tuesday, October 27. She was 91 years old.
Born in in Sag Harnor on December 29, 1917, she was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Welk) Baer. She was a graduate of Pierson High School and had worked at the Bulova Watchcase Company.
Mrs. King loved knitting and crocheting and had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sag Harbor chapter of the AARP.
Mrs. King was predeceased by her husband, Charles J. King, and a sibling, Kosty King.
She is survived by children Patricia Eckey of Sag Harbor and Elilzabeth Sullivan of East Quogue.
She is also survived by grandchildren Michelle Dutcher, Thomas Everett, Tara Farrell and Meghan Sullivan; three great-grandchildren Danielle Bennett, Keri Dutcher and Seth Farrell, Jr.; one niece and four nephews.
Legion Auxiiary services were held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Friday, October 30. Mass was said at St. Andrew R.C. Church on Saturday.
Interment followed at St. Andrew Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY , 11978, or the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 2725, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.