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Long Island notable deaths of 2019

Long Island lost many beloved individuals in 2019, including first responders, community activists, educators, chefs and students. 

Junior middleweight Patrick Day, of Freeport, weighs in
Credit: Jeffrey Basinger

Patrick Day, a Freeport boxer who was a world-rated junior middleweight, died Oct. 16 in Chicago after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a fight. He was 27. Read Newsday's story about Patrick Day.

Victoria Ruvolo, who was injured in 2004 when
Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

Victoria Ruvolo, the Lake Ronkonkoma resident who publicly forgave a teenager after he tossed a 20-pound turkey through her windshield that shattered every bone in her face, died March 25. She was 59. Read Newsday's story about Victoria Ruvolo.

Vecchio holds a photo of himself, lower left,
Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Patrick Vecchio, who served as Smithtown town supervisor for 40 years, a Long Island record, died  April 6. He was 88. Read Newsday's obituary for Patrick Vecchio

Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD officer with 9/11
Credit: Steve Pfost

Luis Alvarez, the Oceanside resident who came into the national spotlight alongside Jon Stewart during a televised appearance on Capitol Hill about the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, died June 29 of cancer linked to his work at Ground Zero. He was 53. Read Newsday's obituary for Luis Alvarez

Khaseen Morris, 16, of Oceanside, was stabbed in
Credit: Keyanna Morris

Khaseen Morris, the Oceanside High School student who loved to skateboard, died Sept. 16 after being stabbed at an Oceanside strip mall. He was 16. Read Newsday's story on Khaseen Morris.

Judge Barbara Kahn at court in Riverhead on
Credit: James Carbone

Barbara Kahn, a Lloyd Harbor resident and retired Suffolk County Family Court judge who presided over many high-profile criminal cases, died March 14. She was 71. Read Newsday's obituary for Barbara Kahn. 

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, of Locust Valley, died
Credit: US MARINES

Marine Sgt. Robert Hendriks, a Locust Valley Marine reservist, was killed April 8 when his armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb near Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, the U.S. military's main base in Afghanistan. He was 25. Read Newsday's story about Sgt. Robert Hendriks.

Ashley Massaro attends the "Big Event" at the
Credit: MediaPunch / IPx / George Napolitano

Ashley Massaro, a Smithtown resident and former WWE star who was a "Survivor" contestant, magazine cover model and a Long Island disc jockey, died May 16. She was 39. Read Newsday's obituary of Ashley Massaro.

New York City detective Brian Simonsen was killed
Credit: NYPD Twitter

Det. Brian Simonsen, of Calverton, a 19-year veteran of the NYPD, died Feb. 12 after being shot while responding to an attempted armed robbery in Queens. He was 42. Read Newsday's story about Det. Brian Simonsen.

Melissa Marchese in 2017.
Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Melissa Marchese, of Shoreham, was a standout softball and basketball player and a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School. She died June 14 from injuries suffered in a car accident on her way to a school ceremony. She was 18. Read Newsday's story of Melissa Marchese

Stony Brook University Professor David L. Ferguson, department
Credit: Stony Brook University

David Ferguson, of Port Jefferson, a professor who pioneered programs and initiatives for marginalized communities at Stony Brook University, died July 12. He was 69. Read Newsday's obituary of David Ferguson.

Joan Johnson at Town Hall in Central Islip
Credit: Julia Xanthos

Joan B. Johnson, a Great River resident who served 16 years as Islip Town clerk, was the first African American official in town history and ran as Suffolk Republicans' first black congressional candidate, died Aug. 10. She was 85. Read Newsday's obituary for Joan B. Johnson.

Thomas Gulotta , Republican Incumbent Candidate for Nassau
Credit: Newsday/Dick Kraus

Thomas Gulotta, the lifelong resident of North Merrick who served as Nassau County executive for 14 years, died Aug 4. He was 75. Read Newsday's obituary for Thomas Gulotta

Maria Hartman in 1966 signing papers to launch
Credit: Hartman family

Maria Hartman, who co-founded what's now the Association for Children with Down Syndrome in Plainview, died April 14 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was 83. Read Newsday's obituary of Maria Hartman

Chef and owner Michael Maroni, 57, died of
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Michael Maroni, the Northport resident and chef-owner of Northport's Maroni Cuisine, died March 8 after suffering an apparent medical event while swimming in an indoor pool. He was 57. Read Newsday's story about Michael Maroni.

Mary Galterio, pictured in Rockville Centre on Oct.
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Former Army Capt. Mary Ann Galterio, who treated gravely wounded soldiers as a captain with the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, died Jan. 5 at a Southampton nursing home. She was 101. Read Newsday's obituary for Mary Ann Galterio.

Principal Robert Grable at Mount Sinai High School
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Robert Grable, the principal of Mount Sinai High School and former professional baseball player who nearly made it to the big leagues before devoting himself to teaching, died July 19. He was 49. Read Newsday's obituary of Robert Grable.

Dari Schwartz, the former chief of the Suffolk
Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Dari Schwartz, the highly regarded former chief of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau for the Suffolk district attorney's office, died July 6. She was 62. Read Newsday's obituary for Dari Schwartz.

Then-Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer during a news
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Richard Dormer, the former Suffolk County police commissioner who oversaw a boost in anti-gang policing and decreases in crime, died April 21 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 79. Read Newsday's obituary for Richard Dormer.

Muriel Neufeld died Friday at her home in
Credit: Neufeld Family

Muriel Neufeld, of Great Neck, who fought against racial discrimination, capital punishment and gun violence for more than half a century on Long Island and elsewhere, died Jan. 25. She was 98. Read Newsday's obituary for Muriel Neufeld.

Pasfield "made everyone around him better, just
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Phil Pasfield, the Patchogue resident who was the chef-partner of The Brixton in Babylon, died unexpectedly on April 26. He was 34. Read Newsday's story about Phil Pasfield.

Myrna Taylor in Wheatley Heights in 2004.
Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

Myrna Taylor, an Amityville resident who was the first woman to lead the Central Long Island branch of the NAACP, died Nov. 17 of complications from heart and kidney problems. She was 83. Read Newsday's obituary of Myrna Taylor.

Kim Hardwick on a trip to Ghana in
Credit: Kenneth Braswell

Kim Hardwick, the Nesconset resident who served as principal of Clayton Huey Elementary School in Center Moriches, died April 15 after complications from surgery. She was 50. Read Newsday's obituary for Kim Hardwick.

Photo showing Officer Marc St. Arromand that was
Credit: NYPD Highway Department

Officer Marc St. Arromand, a veteran NYPD highway officer and married father of five from Elmont, was killed April 11 in a motorcycle crash in Queens as he rode to work. He was 42. Read Newsday's story about Officer Marc St. Arromand.

Undated photo of Robin Hopkins Amper, who died
Credit: Long Island Pine Barrens Society

Robin Hopkins Amper, the Lake Panamoka resident who was the steadying force to protect the Long Island pine barrens and their environment, died April 26. She was 72. Read Newsday's obituary for Robin Hopkins Amper.

Christine Kay, a former editor at Newsday who
Credit: Family of Christine Kay

Christine Kay, formerly of Newsday and a longtime New York Times editor who helped shape coverage of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died Feb. 5 after a long struggle with cancer. She was 54. Read Newsday's obituary of Christine Kay

Suffolk Police Officer Fadi Rafeh died unexpectedly on
Credit: SCPD

Officer Fadi Rafeh, an investigator in the Fifth Precinct for Suffolk County Police who also served as an Arabic translator, died Jan. 20. He was 38. Read Newsday's story for Fadi Rafeh.

Cathy Inglese, then the women's basketball head coach
Credit: AP / Nell Redmond

Cathy Inglese, Hofstra women's basketball associate head coach, died July 24 after suffering a brain injury in a fall. She was 60. Read Newsday's obituary for Cathy Inglese.

Cynthia Perkins-Roberts of Westbury died Jan. 1. She
Credit: Roberts family

Cynthia Perkins-Roberts, the Westbury resident who was a television executive and dedicated herself to multicultural marketing and creating diversity initiatives, died Jan. 1 of complications from colon cancer. She was 54. Read Newsday's obituary for Cynthia Perkins-Roberts.

Frances Hornberger, left, Marguerite Miller and Catherine Roth
Credit: Ed Betz

Frances Hornberger, left, the lifetime Floral Park resident believed to be one of the oldest living triplets, died  June 2. She was 98. Read Newsday's obituary for Frances Hornberger.

Mary Langhorn in Virginia last year. She died
Credit: Family photo

Mary Langhorn, a longtime Riverhead resident and the only woman in Suffolk County history whose son was granted the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War, died May 4 at a hospital in Mechanicsville, Virginia, after complications from a fall. She was 94. Read Newsday's obituary of Mary Langhorn

The Rev. T. Chacko Mammen with his wife,
Credit: Mammen family

The Rev. T. Chacko Mammen, a North Bellmore resident and retired priest, died April 19 after a crash allegedly caused by an impaired driver on the Southern State Parkway. He was 69. Read Newsday's story about the Rev. T. Chacko Mammen.

Sister Monica Kevin, who had the nickname "Lady
Credit: Mike Dames

Sister Monica Kevin, the first woman and first nun to head the Faculty Senate at Fordham University, died March 24 at the Maria Regina nursing home operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. She was 99. Read Newsday's obituary of Sister Monica Kevin.

Wayne Warsaw.
Credit: Bryan Warsaw

Wayne Warsaw, the Manor Park resident who grew up in Brentwood, was a former semi-pro football player and offensive line coach at Brentwood, died Dec. 8 after a monthlong battle with neuroendocrine cancer. He was 45. Read Newsday's obituary for Wayne Warsaw.

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