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LI notable deaths of 2018

Long Island lost several notable people in 2018, including activists, first responders, teachers and students. Here’s a look back at the lives and legacy of some notable Long Islanders who died this year.

Paige Keely, 6, of Nissequogue Village and Kismet
Credit: The Keely Family

Paige Keely, a first-grader who danced in St. James Elementary School’s Christmas production of “The Nutcracker,” died on Jan. 8 of an undetected and rare condition. She was 6. Newsday's obituary for Paige Keely.

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2007, file photo,
Credit: AP/Seth Wenig

Mathilde Krim, a Kings Point resident who co-founded an AIDS research foundation and spent years fighting the stigma that confronted people with the disease, died on Jan. 15. She was 91. Newsday’s obituary for Mathilde Krim.

Long Island architect Michael Harris Spector, designer of
Credit: Ben Gancsos

Michael Harris Spector, an award-winning designer and architect who has worked on the landscape of Long Island, died on Jan. 21. He was 79. Newsday's obituary for Michael Harris Spector.

Brian Vickers who starred at Babylon High School
Credit: Family

Brian Vickers, who was a star on the Babylon High School basketball team in the 1970s and went on to play basketball for legendary coach Jim Valvano at Iona, died Jan. 29. He was 58. Newsday's obituary for Brian Vickers

Walter Degen died Feb. 1, 2018, of complications

Walter Degen, who became a community fixture as the Mister Softee ice cream man around the streets of North Massapequa and Plainedge, died Feb. 1 in Florida, where he moved after he retired. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Walter Degen.

Portrait of Bernard Kennedy, Co-Chairman of the Executive
Credit: Newsday/Ken Spencer

Bernard D. Kennedy, co-chairman and former president of the family-owned King Kullen chain of grocery stores, died Feb. 17 at his home in Point Lookout. He was 92. Newsday's obituary for Bernard D. Kennedy.

Photo from Facebook showing Haley Anderson. Haley Anderson,
Credit: Anderson Family

Haley Anderson of Westbury, who attended Binghamton University and was a passionate nursing student, was found dead March 9 in her off-campus residence. She was 22. Newsday's obituary of Haley Anderson.

Capt. Andreas B. O'Keeffe, of Center Moriches, Master
Credit: Department of Defense / Stuart F. Hughes; Commack Fire Department; New York Air National Guard

Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, and Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, were all assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing and were killed on March 15 when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. Newsday’s obituaries for the three airmen.


Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, Photo of Newsday's Les
Credit: Newsday/Alan Raia

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist for Newsday who fiercely championed racial equality, died on March 19. He was 76. Newsday's obituary for Les Payne.

Michael Davidson, 37, of FDNY Engine Co. 69,
Credit: FDNY

Michael Davidson, an FDNY firefighter, died March 22 while battling a Harlem fire on the set of a movie written, directed and starring Edward Norton. He was 37. Newsday's obituary for Michael Davidson.

Hofstra University No. 3 Zeke Upshaw reacts after
Credit: James Escher

Zeke Upshaw, whose basketball career at Hofstra was brief but impactful, died March 26, after collapsing during the final minute of an NBA G League game in Michigan. He was 26. Newsday's obituary for Zeke Upshaw.

.Garden City physician Dr. Filippo Balboni, shown here
Credit: Pablo Corradi

Dr. Filippo Balboni, who escaped a Nazi death squad in Italy when he was 16 and later became a Garden City pediatric cardiologist, died March 29. He was 90. Newsday’s obituary for Dr. Filippo Balboni.

Denise A. Cicione, of Nesconset, died March 30
Credit: Family Photo

Denise A. Cicione of Nesconset, a seventh-grade science teacher at Great Hollow Middle School in Smithtown, died on March 30. She was 53. Newsday's obituary for Denise A. Cicione.

Judge Leonard Wexler in Federal Court in Central
Credit: Ed Betz

Leonard Wexler, a senior judge in Central Islip’s Eastern District federal court who presided over some of Long Island’s biggest cases during his 34 years on the bench, died on March 31. He was 93. Newsday's obituary for Leonard Wexler

Vincent Altebrando of Miller Place, Walt Whitman HS
Credit: Altebrando family

Vincent Altebrando, a longtime wrestling coach and physical education teacher at Walt Whitman High School, died on April 20. He was 51. Newsday's obituary for Vincent Altebrando.

Shelley LaFauci
Credit: Larry Levenberg

Shelley LaFauci, a retired elementary school teacher who taught for 31 years in the Rockville Centre district, died of unknown causes on April 20. She was 69. Newsday's obituary for Shelley LaFauci.

Detective William Maldonado died on Monday after a
Credit: SCPD

William Maldonado, a Suffolk police detective of 31 years who helped to prosecute dozens of MS-13 gang members, died on April 23 after a battle with colon cancer. He was 53. Newsday's obiutary for William Maldonado

NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Artist Gerson Leiber
Credit: Getty Images/Amy Sussman

Judith Leiber, a legendary handbag designer, died on April 28 at her home in Springs. Her husband of 72 years, Gerson Leiber, an abstract painter, died the same day. She was 97 and he was 96. Read Newsday's obituary for her here.

Joan P. Yale, a trailblazer in Nassau policing
Credit: NCPD

Joan P. Yale, a trailblazer in Nassau policing who became the highest-ranking woman to serve in any Long Island law enforcement agency, died May 24 at an assisted living facility in Sayville. She was 72. Newsday's obituary for Joan P. Yale.

Photo of Sharon Korbel died on May 30,
Credit: Bill Korbel

Sharon Korbel, the wife of longtime News 12 Long Island chief meteorologist Bill Korbel, died on May 30. She was 70. Newsday's obituary for Sharon Korbel.

The Rev. Marvin Dozier, a longtime pastor and
Credit: Andrea L. Dozier

The Rev. Marvin Dozier, the first black president of the Southampton Board of Education, who was dedicated to his church ministry and social and racial justice, died on June 17. He was 66. Newsday’s obituary for Rev. Marvin Dozier.

Frank Jones, a former Islip supervisor and chief
Credit: Jones Family

Frank Jones, a former Islip Town supervisor and chief deputy county executive who cut through a web of scandal to open the $1 billion Southwest Sewer District, died on June 22. He was 88. Newsday’s obituary for Frank Jones.

Suffolk County District Attorney Patrick Henry. Suffolk Criminal
Credit: John Paraskevas

Patrick Henry, a dominant figure in Suffolk’s criminal justice system for three decades as the county’s Republican district attorney, a state Supreme Court justice and mentor, died on July 22. He was 88. Newsday’s obituary for Patrick Henry.

Eddie Weinstein (right) and Annie Bleiberg who is
Credit: Uli Seit

Annie Bleiberg, left, an Auschwitz survivor who regularly spoke to visitors at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove, died on Aug. 1. She was 97. She is pictured here with Eddie Weinstein. Newsday’s obituary of Annie Bleiberg.

Evelyn Rodriguez, the mother of 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas,
Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Evelyn Rodriguez, who became a national voice against MS-13 gang violence after her teenage daughter was beaten to death in 2016, died on Sept. 14 after being struck by an SUV in Brentwood. She was 50. Newsday's obituary for Evelyn Rodriguez.

Andrew McMorris, who was killed on Sept 30
Credit: Family of Andrew McMorris

Andrew McMorris, a seventh-grader at Albert Prodell Middle School in Shoreham and a Wading River Boy Scout, died on Oct. 1 after being struck by an alleged drunken driver. He was 12. Newsday’s obituary for Andrew McMorris.

Madelyn Bowen of Massapequa Park died Oct. 6
Credit: Amelia Cariddi

Madelyn Bowen of Massapequa Park, a SUNY Old Westbury student and softball player, died on Oct. 6 after a battle with cancer. She was 21. Newsday's obituary of Madelyn Bowen

Gabriella Pellicani, of Rockville Centre, died last month
Credit: Sweet Jojo Photography

Gabriella Pellicani, a kindergartner who loved to dance, died on Oct. 16 in her Rockville Centre home after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. She was 5. Newsday's obituary for Gabriella Pellicani

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang speaks to
Credit: Jim McIsaac

Former Islanders owner Charles Wang, also the founder of CA Technologies who donated millions to charities and higher education, died on Oct. 21 due to lung cancer. He was 74. Newsday's obituary for Charles Wang.

Joseph L. Pidoto, a New York City detective
Credit: NYPD

Joseph L. Pidoto, an NYPD detective who aided in the relief effort following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died on Oct. 26. He was 51. Newsday's obituary for Joseph L. Pidoto

Richard Henry Robertson Sr., a World War II
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Richard Henry Robertson Sr., a World War II veteran who went on to become Huntington Town's first black police officer, died Nov. 1. He was 95. Newsday's obituary for Richard Henry Robertson Sr. 

Peter Collins led the Long Island Junior Soccer
Credit: Jack McCoy

Peter Collins, who is credited with expanding the Long Island Junior Soccer League, died on Dec. 1. He was 87. Newsday's obituary for Peter Collins.

Michael LoGrande, seen on Nov. 3, 1987, served
Credit: Newsday / Don Jacobsen

Michael LoGrande, who served Long Island for decades as Islip planning director, Islip Town supervisor, Suffolk County executive and head of Suffolk's Water Authority, died Dec. 18. He was 80. Newsday's obituary for Michael LoGrande.

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