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Ervin Drake Dies At 95


Irvin Drake

Truly a legend in his own time, well known songwriter and long time Great Neck resident Ervin Drake died l wtwp weeks ago at this Great Neck home. He was 95 years old. For years he was married to Edith Bermaine, the owner of the legendary, long gone Middle Neck Road beauty and nail salon, Bermaine’s. [Read more...]

Great Neck Teacher Dies

Deborah Arkus, beloved community member and retired Great Neck teacher, died peacefully at home on Oct. 8, 2014 at age 85.  ArkusDies_102414A

Born on April 26, 1929 in Astoria, Debbie graduated from Julia Richman High School in Manhattan and received her BA and MS degrees in Early Childhood Education from Queens College.  On July 20, 1950, she married Albert Arkus, who predeceased her in 2001.  A resident of Great Neck for over 50 years, she retired from the Great Neck School District after 25 years as a highly esteemed and influential Kindergarten teacher.   [Read more...]

Ivar Segalowitz Dies At 83

When Ivar Segalowitz died last week, the Great Neck community lost much more than just one really lovely neighbor. Segalowitz died on Tuesday, June 24, following a long illness. He was 83 years old.
A longtime Great Neck resident, he treasured his family and extended his sincere kindness and his dedication to working hard for others. In earlier years he had served as president of the Allenwood Civic Association, and until just a few years ago he was a commissioner for the Great Neck Park District.
Ivar_070414ASegalowitz and his wife, Bernice, married for 60 years, moved to Great Neck in 1964 and raised their children Ralph and Eugenie in the community. A Holocaust survivor, Ivar was born in Lithuania and lived through the horrors of World War II. A child survivor of Dachau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald, he was eventually liberated by Patton’s Army.
In 1947 he emigrated to the United States, living in New York City and working as a tool and die-maker, machine designer and manufacturing executive. A U.S. veteran of the Korean War, he married Bernice and went on to study (nights at CUNY), attaining a BS in Physics. He then began a career in engineering and manufacturing, serving as vice president of two firms. He has six patents to his name.
His son Ralph told the Great Neck Record that his dad “rarely talked about the concentration camp.” It was only in later years that Segalowitz began to “tell his story,” occasionally opening up to others, including an interview with the Record many years ago. Working quietly, he was a board member of the Tietz Nursing Home in Queens, a facility dedicated to serving Holocaust survivors and he also served on the board of the National Association of Child Holocaust Survivors. During that interview with the Record, Segalowitz spoke of his bitterness towards other survivors who would not use their talents or their names to help raise funds for fellow survivors.
And while Ralph lovingly spoke of how he and his father spent so much time together, sailing and biking, he said that his father was the one always planning special family times with Ralph and his children and Eugenie and her children.
“He was a one-of-a-kind guy,” said Ralph Segalowitz. “We had a very good childhood.”
Ivar was an active community participant, first as a strong Allenwood advocate and then as park commissioner, a post he held from 2003 to 2011. Park District friends will remember him as a very active participant in all Park District facilities and programs. As an avid sailor, he was often at Steppingstone Marina. You would have been likely to have spotted him bike riding through Great Neck or perhaps you would have seen him speed-skating at the ice rink. He also loved hiking and cross-country skiing in Kings Point Park.
With his strong mandate for this park position, fellow commissioners said that he “helped bring a tremendous engineer’s perspective, leading the district into undertaking a major co-generation project at Parkwood,” which resulted in great energy-saving costs.
Segalowitz served as grand marshal for the annual Great Neck Memorial Day Parade in May 2011. He was indeed a “grand man.”

Margaret Werber Gilman

Great Neck native Margaret Werber Gilman, a World War II pilot, died on May 29, at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. She was 90 years old. Most recently she lived in North Hills.
Gilman had flown planes with the Women Air Force Service Pilots during WWII and these women were called the WASP fliers
She became a pilot when American pilots were in short supply when the war began. Women applicants applied to the Army Air Corps and those chosen were then trained and assigned specific duties. Gilman was one of the final pilots in the program before it was disbanded.
Gilman was married to veterinarian Manny Gilman, who died in 2011. She is survived by their daughter, Jane Gilman of Garden City, and son, Charles Gilman of Manhasset.

Erich H. Schultz

On April 3, at the age of 89, Dr. Erich H. Schultz died peacefully in his home from natural causes. He was surrounded and comforted by members of his devoted family. “Vatie” (as his children lovingly called him) had a long, happy, exciting and prosperous life.

Dr. Schultz, son of Mr. Erich Schultz and Mrs. Johanna Schultz, was born in Germany in 1924 and came to the United States at age 2. He graduated from Islip High School, received a BA from New York University, attended Bern Medical School and graduated from The University of Basel Faculty of Medicine.

In World War II he served bravely overseas with a medical detachment of the 186th infantry, 41st Division in the Southern Philippines. He was awarded Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Medal, The World War II Victory Medal & The Purple Heart.

In Switzerland he found his wife Katharina (“Kitty”) and was married in 1953. They moved to Lake Success in 1962, where they three daughters: Kathy, Erika and Heidi. [Read more...]

Leo Shear

The late Leo Shear and his wife Ruth.

The late Leo Shear and his wife Ruth.

Leo Shear was born on March 12, 1932 and died on March 25, 2014 in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was a long-time Great Neck resident, having moved into the community in April 1968.

Leo was born and raised in the Bronx and graduated from James Monroe High School. He attended Queens College and New York University before enlisting into the Army and serving in Korea as part of the Signal Corps. Upon his return, he began work as a financial analyst at Dun & Bradstreet before becoming a retail stock broker for the rest of his career. In 1970, he moved to the Great Neck office of what was then known as Shields and Company and worked there for the next 34 years. [Read more...]

Patricia L. Gilliar

Patricia L. Gilliar, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Midland Texas. Memorial services were Thursday, March 6, at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel in Merkel, Texas.

Pat was born Aug. 4, 1939 in Loraine, Texas. She wed Frank J. Gilliar, Jr. in 1959 and they raised two daughters here in Great Neck. Pat was active in the PTA and Women’s Club. She was an executive administrator for Citibank in New York City for over two decades. After retiring she moved back to Texas, settling in Midland in 2007.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Sue (Gilliar) Mage of Cypress, TX and Lori Patricia (Gilliar) Harrington of San Jose, CA; two grandchildren; her uncle, many cousins, and extended Gilliar family members. [Read more...]

Norma Zucker

Norma Zucker (nee Weisbord), 88, died peacefully at home in her sleep on Thursday, Jan. 30. She was the loving wife of Arthur C. Zucker, wonderful mother of daughters and son-in-laws, Bobbie and Rick Cohlan and Audrey and Harvey Kaplan; devoted grandmother to grand-daughters and their husbands, Tracy and Scott Sigal, Becca and Scott Behar, Hilary and Tyler Hughes, Lily Kaplan, and Abby Kaplan; and proud great-grandmother to Nathan Sigal, Oliver Hughes (predeceased) and Lucas Behar.

Norma lived in Great Neck for over 50 years. She was highly respected as an outstanding teacher for many years at the Great Neck North Shore Hebrew Academy. Following her retirement, she served for several years as the president of the Great Neck Hadassah. She was an active, lively woman who loved people, cooking, reading, knitting, and playing bridge. Her laughter and generous nature will be sorely missed by her family, her many close friends, and her former students.

Burt Sloane

sloanBurton Sloane died peacefully Jan. 4, 2014 after a brief illness. He was 92 years old and lived in Great Neck since 1952. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte, and is survived by his sons Gary (Barbara) and Steve (Melanie), daughter Louise (Don), and grandchildren Sam, Molly, Heidi and Hannah.

Born Aug. 16, 1921 in Brooklyn, he worked as a business reporter for The New York Times before and after his induction into the Army Air Corps, where he served with distinction as a B24 navigator. While posted at Yale, he was tapped by General William C. Donovan to join an elite intelligence unit, in which he served until the end of World War II. His last official rank was Lt. Colonel.

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Harold Abroff

Great Neck resident Harold Abroff died on Dec. 12, in Great Neck. He was 102 years old.

For more than 50 years Mr. Abroff was an owner of David Abroff Manufacturing Corporation in Brooklyn.

For 76 years he was the beloved husband of Gertrude Abroff, who died two years ago. He was also the devoted father of Susan and Richard Olshen and David and Patty Abroff.

Abroff was the grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of nine.

Graveside services were at Beth Moses Cemetery in Pinelawn.