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51 Long Islanders who died in 2017

As we close out another year, let's remember some of the Long Islanders we lost in 2017. From firefighters, entertainers, restaurant owners, politicians and educators, and even some young people whose lives were cut short, here are 51 notable residents who died this year. To see our full gallery of notable LIers who have died recently, click here.

Robert W. Alexander

Robert W. Alexander, a third-generation firefighter who lived
Photo Credit: FDNY

Robert W. Alexander, a third-generation firefighter who lived on Long Island as a child, died Aug. 14, 2017, of cancer linked to his work at Ground Zero -- eight months after the death of his father who also worked on the pile. He was 43. Read Newsday's obituary for Alexander.

Diane Aluska

Diane Aluska, of Lindenhurst, gave her own life
Photo Credit: Facebook / Diane Aluska

Diane Aluska, of Lindenhurst, gave her own life to save her daughter's on Mother's Day this year when she was hit by an out-of-control car just after pushing the teenager from the path of the vehicle, Suffolk police said. Aluska is pictured here with her 16-year-old daughter, Jenna, in a Jan. 8, 2016 photo. Read the story here.

Gerard Barbosa

Gerard Barbosa, a gunner's mate who survived Japan's
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Gerard Barbosa, a gunner's mate who survived Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that pulled the United States into World War II and later served during the Normandy invasion that helped bring the war to a close, died Sept. 15, 2017, of natural causes. He was 93. He is seen on Nov. 24, 2016. Read Newsday's obituary for Barbosa.

John E. Batkiewicz

John E. Batkiewicz, who was born with multiple
Photo Credit: Batkiewicz family

John E. Batkiewicz, who was born with multiple congenital heart defects and who was so moved by the suffering of others that he founded a charity to help hospitalized children, died April 3, 2017 of suspected heart failure. He was 26. Read Newsday's obituary for Batkiewicz.

Clarence H. Beavers

Clarence H. Beavers, the last survivor of the
Photo Credit: Newsday /Karen Wiles Stabile

Clarence H. Beavers, the last survivor of the test platoon that formed the "Triple Nickels" -- or the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion -- died Dec. 4, 2017, of natural causes. The longtime Huntington resident, seen on Feb. 16, 2004, was 96. Read Newsday's obituary for Beavers.

Miriam Brown

Miriam Brown, an advocate for children with autism,
Photo Credit: Brown family

Miriam Brown, an advocate for children with autism, a cosmetics patent holder, a four-time ''Jeopardy!'' champion and a speaker of five languages, died of heart failure May 19, 2017. She was 86. Read Newsday's obituary for Brown.

Rev. Hugh Cannon

Suffolk County Police Department chaplain, the Rev. Hugh
Photo Credit: SCPD

Suffolk County Police Department chaplain, the Rev. Hugh Cannon, died Oct. 23, 2017, after a fall. He was 78. Read Newsday's obituary for Rev. Cannon.

William Carney

Former U.S. Rep. William Carney, the House's first
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Former U.S. Rep. William Carney, the House's first and sole Conservative member who walked away from seeking a fifth term in 1986 when local Republicans balked at his backing of the $4.5 billion Shoreham nuclear power plant, died May 22, 2017. Carney, seen here on March 20, 1985, was 74. Read Newsday's obituary for Carney.

Maurice 'Mickey' Carroll

Former Newsday reporter Maurice
Photo Credit: Lee Romero

Former Newsday reporter Maurice "Mickey" Carroll, who competed with giants of New York journalism and witnessed the shooting of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, died of colon cancer Dec. 6, 2017. Carroll, seen here in 1989, was 86. Read Newsday's obituary for Carroll.

Gerald 'Jerry' Chiano

Gerald
Photo Credit: Chiano family

Gerald "Jerry" Chiano, a Vietnam War veteran who battled to raise awareness about a rare cancer linked to a waterborne parasite endemic in Southeast Asia, died Nov. 19, 2017. Chiano, a Valley Stream resident, was 68. Read Newsday's obituary for Chiano.

John Ciotti

John Ciotti, seen on June 17, 2005, who
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

John Ciotti, seen on June 17, 2005, who served Nassau as a Republican legislator for 16 years and became an executive vice president at Nassau University Medical Center, suffered a fatal heart attack Jan. 7, 2017. He was 66. Read Newsday's obituary for Ciotti.

Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes, the Fox News Channel radio and
Photo Credit: Fox News

Alan Colmes, the Fox News Channel radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity, died Feb. 23, 2017. He was 66. Read Newsday's obituary for Colmes.

John Fasano

John Fasano, who in 1946 won Newsday's Thorp
Photo Credit: Fasano Family

John Fasano, who in 1946 won Newsday's Thorp Award as Nassau's most outstanding player, died of renal failure July 31, 2017. He was 88. Read Newsday's obituary for Fasano.

Mario Ghini

Mario Ghini, who established Pappagallo restaurant in Glen
Photo Credit: Ghini family

Mario Ghini, who established Pappagallo restaurant in Glen Cove and Glen Head, died Oct. 4, 2017. He was 83. Read Newsday's obituary for Ghini.

Alexander Gardega

Alexander Gardega, the eccentric Locust Valley artist who
Photo Credit: Newsday / Don Jacobsen

Alexander Gardega, the eccentric Locust Valley artist who caused a national stir this year after erecting a statue of a urinating dog on Wall Street, died Oct. 12, 2017, after being struck by a train in Manhattan. Gardega, shown in a Jan. 11, 1994, photo, was 48. Read Newsday's obituary for Gardega.

Stan Green

Stan Green, a longtime Newsday editor recognized for
Photo Credit: Green family

Stan Green, a longtime Newsday editor recognized for his graceful writing and known as a mentor to young reporters, died Dec. 7, 2017. He was 93. Read Newsday's obituary for Green.

Bill Greiner

Bill Greiner, untiring co-founder and president of industrial
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Bill Greiner, untiring co-founder and president of industrial brokerage Greiner-Maltz Co. of Long Island, died Nov. 7, 2017, after a short illness. Greiner, seen here on June 7, 2016, was 93. Read Newsday's obituary for Greiner.

Dr. Michael Guttenberg

Dr. Michael Guttenberg, who was assigned to the
Photo Credit: Northwell Health

Dr. Michael Guttenberg, who was assigned to the World Trade Center site on 9/11 when terrorists attacked and worked in the debris from the towers afterward, died Oct. 17, 2017 of pancreatic cancer linked to airborne toxins at Ground Zero. Guttenberg, of Jericho, was 50. Read Newsday's obituary for Dr. Guttenberg.

Michael Hance

NYPD Officer Michael Hance, of Bethpage, died March
Photo Credit: Hance family

NYPD Officer Michael Hance, of Bethpage, died March 11, 2017, of brain cancer at the age of 44. He's pictured at the 2015 NYC Pride Parade, where a video of him dancing went viral. Read Newsday's obituary for Hance.

Todd Harris

Longtime NBA executive Todd Harris, who grew up
Photo Credit: NBA

Longtime NBA executive Todd Harris, who grew up in Woodmere and was a beloved figure within the league and among its broadcast partners over the course of a 22-year career, died unexpectedly June 6, 2017. He was 47. Read Newsday's obituary for Harris.

William J. Hendrick

William J. Hendrick, who was appointed mayor of
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

William J. Hendrick, who was appointed mayor of Lynbrook in 2011, died Oct. 11, 2017 after complications from a heart attack. Hendrick, seen here on Dec. 21, 2016, was 64. Read Newsday's obituary for Hendrick.

Lauren Henkel

Lauren Henkel, born and raised in Rockville Centre,
Photo Credit: Henkel family

Lauren Henkel, born and raised in Rockville Centre, died on July 29, 2017, at age 35, just a few weeks after being named head coach of the Molloy women's cross country and track and field teams. Read Newsday's obituary for Henkel.

Artie Hoerning

Artie Hoerning, owner of Artie's South Shore Fish
Photo Credit: Timothy Fadek

Artie Hoerning, owner of Artie's South Shore Fish & Grill in Island Park, died Feb. 20, 2017 at the age of 70. Read Newsday's obituary for Hoerning.

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard, who at 15 rode a bus
Photo Credit: Howard family

Sarah Howard, who at 15 rode a bus from her Alabama hometown to New York in search of a professional education and later pressed the Huntington school district to hire black educators in support of its African-American students during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, died July 20, 2017. She was 88. Read Newsday's obituary for Howard.

Frederick Ippolito

Frederick Ippolito, the former Town of Oyster Bay
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Frederick Ippolito, the former Town of Oyster Bay planning commissioner who pleaded guilty to federal tax charges last year, died June 4, 2017, at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts. He was 78. He is shown in a Sept. 21, 2011, photo. Read Newsday's obituary for Ippolito.

Danni Kemp

Danni Kemp, who played softball at Stony Brook
Photo Credit: Stony Brook University

Danni Kemp, who played softball at Stony Brook University, died on March 10, 2017 of a brain tumor. She was 19. Read the story here.

John Kominicki

John Kominicki, publisher of the Long Island Press,
Photo Credit: Long Island Press

John Kominicki, publisher of the Long Island Press, died Dec. 5, 2017. He was 62. Read Newsday's obituary for Kominicki.

Deena Lesser

Deena Lesser, a longtime North Hempstead Town employee,
Photo Credit: Lesser family

Deena Lesser, a longtime North Hempstead Town employee, former Great Neck Water District commissioner and ex-Thomaston village mayor, died Oct. 3, 2017. She was 87. Read Newsday's obituary for Lesser.

Lil Peep

Rapper Lil Peep, a budding star whose emotional,
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain

Rapper Lil Peep, a budding star whose emotional, downtrodden lyrics gained a cult following online, died of a suspected drug overdose Nov. 15, 2017. The rapper, shown in a June 24, 2017 photo, was 21. Read Newsday's obituary for Lil Peep.

Greg Maney

Greg Maney, a Hofstra University sociology professor and
Photo Credit: Maney family

Greg Maney, a Hofstra University sociology professor and human rights activist, died Sept. 2, 2017, of brain cancer. He was 50. Read Newsday's obituary for Maney.

Steven McDonald

NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, died Jan. 11, 2017,
Photo Credit: George Tsourovakas

NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, died Jan. 11, 2017, four days after suffering an apparent heart attack. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, was 59. Here he is pictured with his wife, Patti Ann, in their Malverne home in 2007. Read Newsday's obituary for McDonald.

Charles McGuckin

Charles McGuckin, a former South Huntington and Dix
Photo Credit: McGuckin family

Charles McGuckin, a former South Huntington and Dix Hills football and baseball coach who once played outfield in the Chicago Cubs organization and later was a scout for the New York Jets, died on Jan. 15, 2017. He was 84. Read Newsday's obituary for McGuckin.

James B. Middleton Jr.

James B. Middleton Jr., an African-American World War
Photo Credit: Middleton family

James B. Middleton Jr., an African-American World War II veteran who three years after leaving the Army Air Corps in 1946 helped establish one of the only American Legion posts in Nassau County that at that time welcomed black members, died June 6, 2017. He was 91. Read Newsday's obituary for Middleton
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Joshua Mileto

Joshua Mileto, an 11th-grader at Sachem East High
Photo Credit: Mileto Family

Joshua Mileto, an 11th-grader at Sachem East High School, was fatally injured during an offseason football practice drill on school grounds on Aug. 10, 2017, when a log fell on his head, police said. Read the story here.

Elie Mystal

Elie Mystal, the Suffolk Legislature's first elected African-American
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Elie Mystal, the Suffolk Legislature's first elected African-American and a key political operative who helped Democrats gain a legislative majority with his skill in crafting campaigns and legislative districts, died Nov. 22, 2017 of pneumonia after a battle with lymphoma. Mystal, seen here in 2010, was 71. Read Newsday's obituary for Mystal.

Diane Nelson

Diane J. Nelson, a multiple graded-stakes winning jockey
Photo Credit: AP

Diane J. Nelson, a multiple graded-stakes winning jockey from Long Island who rode more than 1,000 winners while capitalizing on her good looks with a modeling career, died July 5, 2017. She was 51. Read Newsday's obituary for Nelson.

Rita Newborn

Rita Newborn, co-founder of the Plainview Jewish Center,

Rita Newborn, co-founder of the Plainview Jewish Center, died April 16, 2017 of progressive dementia and natural causes. She was 90. Known as Rita Sorel onstage, she sang on New York City radio stations and at Catskills resorts. Read Newsday's obituary for Newborn.

Raymond Pfeifer

Retired FDNY firefighter and 9/11 first responder Raymond
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Retired FDNY firefighter and 9/11 first responder Raymond Pfeifer, who spent years lobbying Congress for health benefits for first responders like himself who fell ill after working on rescue and recovery operations in the ruins of the World Trade Center, died May 28, 2017 of cancer. Pfeifer, of Hicksville, was 59. Comedian Jon Stewart, pictured here with Pfeifer, delivered the eulogy. Read the story here.

Luis A. Palermo Jr.

Luis A. Palermo Jr., a decorated Nassau County
Photo Credit: Palermo family

Luis A. Palermo Jr., a decorated Nassau County police officer who rushed to help at the World Trade Center, died Sept. 4, 2017 from a 9/11-related illness. He was 49. Here, he holds Brody, the son of Eric Reinhold, Palermo's longtime patrol partner and friend, on the day he was born three years ago at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Read Newsday's obituary for Palermo.

Prodigy

Prodigy, half of the hard-hitting hip-hop duo Mobb
Photo Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

Prodigy, half of the hard-hitting hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, best known for chart-topping rap albums like "Blood Money" and "Hell on Earth," was found dead in Las Vegas on June 20, 2017, due to complications from sickle cell anemia. He was 42. The rapper, born Albert Johnson, is seen on Oct. 13, 2016. Read Newsday's obituary for Prodigy.

Lou Sanders

Lou Sanders, the founder of the Mineola American
Photo Credit: Sanders family

Lou Sanders, the founder of the Mineola American weekly newspaper and a World War II veteran, seen with his wife, Grace, died Sept. 15, 2017. He was 94. Read Newsday's obituary for Sanders.

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock, the director of the Billy Joel
Photo Credit: billyjoel.com

Jeff Schock, the director of the Billy Joel Archives and the rocker's former tour manager and photographer, died at his home in Southold Nov. 15, 2017. He was 64. Read Newsday's obituary for Schock.

Murray Seeman

Former Great Neck Estates Mayor Murray Seeman, who
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Nightingale

Former Great Neck Estates Mayor Murray Seeman, who "lived every inch out of life" and maintained the vitality to keep working full time until age 95, died Oct. 14, 2017, of natural causes. He was 103. Read Newsday's obituary for Seeman.

Jake Siciliano

Jake Siciliano of Lynbrook, a NYPD recruit due
Photo Credit: Ashlee Ragusano

Jake Siciliano of Lynbrook, a NYPD recruit due to graduate in December, died Nov. 14, 2017 after a battle with leukemia. Siciliano, shown with his fiancee, Ashlee Ragusano, was 23. Read Newsday's obituary for Siciliano.

Celia Strow

Celia Strow, founder of the Long Island chapter
Photo Credit: Strow family

Celia Strow, founder of the Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, died Oct. 25, 2017 after a battle with breast and bone cancer. She was 81. Read Newsday's obituary for Strow.

Marguerite Suozzi

Marguerite Holmes Suozzi, matriarch of a Long Island
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Marguerite Holmes Suozzi, matriarch of a Long Island political family, mother of Rep. Thomas Suozzi and creator of an annual summer concert series designed to cross economic barriers, died Sept. 2, 2017. She was 93. She is seen with her husband, Joseph Suozzi, on Aug. 3, 2014. Read Newsday's obituary for Suozzi.

Robert Tilearcio

Robert Tilearcio, an FDNY firefighter from Massapequa Park
Photo Credit: Laura Yanes

Robert Tilearcio, an FDNY firefighter from Massapequa Park who pressed Congress to fund medical benefits for first responders suffering from 9/11-related illnesses, died Oct. 25, 2017 from brain cancer related to his own work on the pile after the terrorist attacks. Tilearcio, a 34-year veteran of the FDNY, was 58. Read Newsday's obituary for Tilearcio.

William Tolley

William Tolley, of Bethpage, a 14-year veteran of
Photo Credit: NYFD via AP

William Tolley, of Bethpage, a 14-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, died April 20, 2017, in a fall from a roof while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens. Read the story here.

Sister Grace Regina Wingenfeld

Sister Grace Regina Wingenfeld was considered the oldest
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Sister Grace Regina Wingenfeld was considered the oldest nun on Long Island and one of the oldest in the United States when she died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the age of 106 at the Dominican Sisters of Amityville's motherhouse in Amityville. Read Newsday's obituary for Wingenfeld.

Bob Yale

Bob Yale, of East Norwich, the founder of
Photo Credit: Yale family

Bob Yale, of East Norwich, the founder of the former Bay Fireworks of Huntington, died March 30, 2017, of pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Read Newsday's obituary for Yale.

Jerome Zwanger

Dr. Jerome Zwanger, a physician whose Long Island
Photo Credit: Zwanger family

Dr. Jerome Zwanger, a physician whose Long Island radiology group became well-known to doctors across the country, died April 29, 2017 after a long illness. He was 94. Read Newsday's obituary for Zwanger.

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