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Philip Setticase, 90, with son Paul, near a (Credit: Ed Betz)

Philip Setticase, 90, with son Paul, near a photo of his wife Teresa in his Ronkonkoma home. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the service during World War II and married her when he returned. His son Paul has written a book containing many of the letters that were sent by Setticase to Teresa. (June 12, 2011)

Honor Thy Father

As children across Long Island honor their fathers today, Newsday spoke with three people who have found special ways to express admiration for them every day, recognizing their achievements or preserving their memories in unusual ways.--Jamie Herzlich

Philip Setticase, 90, with son Paul, near a
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Philip Setticase, 90, with son Paul, near a photo of his wife Teresa in his Ronkonkoma home. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the service during World War II and married her when he returned. His son Paul has written a book containing many of the letters that were sent by Setticase to Teresa. (June 12, 2011)

Philip Setticase's first letter to Teresa, who would
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Philip Setticase's first letter to Teresa, who would become his wife. Note that the name is spelled wrong in the letter, an indication, according to his son that he really didn't know Teresa all that well when he started writing to her. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the service during World War II and then married her when he returned. His son Paul has written a book containing many of the letters that were sent by Setticase to Teresa. (June 12, 2011)

A pair of cocktail stirrers and a memento
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A pair of cocktail stirrers and a memento from the first date between Philip Setticase and his wife Teresa sit on a stack of letters at Setticase's home in Ronkonkoma. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the service during World War II and then married her when he returned. His son Paul has written a book containing many of the letters that were sent by Setticase to Teresa. (June 12, 2011)

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Philip Setticase and his wife Teresa in this
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Philip Setticase and his wife Teresa in this 1945 photo taken on their wedding day. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the serving during World War II and then married her when he returned.

A copy of a telegraph message about an
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A copy of a telegraph message about an injury received by Philip Setticase during World War II. Setticase corresponded with his wife for two years while in the service during World War II and then married her when he returned. (June 12, 2011)

Dr. Lewis Jassey, a pediatrician/rapper, also known as
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Dr. Lewis Jassey, a pediatrician/rapper, also known as Doc J, wrote a song to honor his father's memory. Hs father Marvin, also a doctor, died in 1996 after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (June 14, 2011)

Marvin Jassey, who died in 1996 after a
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Marvin Jassey, who died in 1996 after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Lewis Jassey, his son, is a pediatrician/rapper, also known as Doc J, wrote a song to honor his father's memory.

Dr. Lewis Jassey, a pediatrician/rapper, checks Miles Albert,
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Dr. Lewis Jassey, a pediatrician/rapper, checks Miles Albert, of Levittown, 6 months, during an office visit at Bellmore Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine in Bellmore. (June 14, 2011)

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For Cheryl R. Canton, shown here at a
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For Cheryl R. Canton, shown here at a SUNY facility in Hempstead, honoring her father has become part of her daily routine. In fact, she's made a 39-year career out of it. Canton, an administrator of student support services with the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at Farmingdale State College, said her father had no more than 6 years of education but insisted his children get as much education as possible. Canton has honored her father by earning undergrad and graduate degrees, helping adult learners through the EOC and most importantly through a scholarship that bears both her and her father's name, the late Willie Henry Riddick. (June 13, 2011)

Willie Henry Riddick and wife Sarah Mae Riddick,
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Willie Henry Riddick and wife Sarah Mae Riddick, the parents of Cheryl R. Canton, pose in a family photo believed to have been taken sometime during 1989 or 1990.

Willie Henry Riddick, Renee Lewis, center, and Cheryl
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Willie Henry Riddick, Renee Lewis, center, and Cheryl R. Canton (daughter of Riddick, cousin of Lewis), right, pose in a family photo believed to have been taken in the late 1970s.

Willie Henry Riddick and wife Sarah Mae Riddick,
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Willie Henry Riddick and wife Sarah Mae Riddick, the parents of Cheryl R. Canton, pose in a family photo believed to have been between the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Willie Henry Riddick, left, father of Cheryl R.
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Willie Henry Riddick, left, father of Cheryl R. Canton, with his son, Bennie C. Riddick in a family photo believed to have been taken in the late 1980s.

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