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The Mamaroneck Vietnam Memorial Ceremony!

On April 25, 2012, a Memorial was dedicated to those who "GAVE ALL" in Vietnam. These 12, from the Mamaroneck/Larchomont Communities are now honored in the Halls of MHS and Rye Neck High School! This Memorial Ceremony can be viewed on utube by simple writing Sal Tcil. It is 38 minutes long and in 3 parts.These Showcases and the 12TH MAN TRADITION can be seen by simply going to Google and writing in the 12TH MAN TRADITION. All of this started because I wanted to honor my friend Dave Porterfield and it grew to 12. Please take the time to watch it as LMC-TV televised it quite often. It has been an honor to Remember the Forgotten and bring them Home at last! I dedicated these showcases to MHS last year. The Greater Generations Foundation Honored David with this Ceremony in Vietnam where he laid down his life to save the Marines in his Unit 3/4 Marines. There are over 500 shirts of the 12TH MAN sold from coast to coast, border to border and now rests where it all began, Vietnam!

Sal Ticli
More Sad News -- James Cosgrave Dey

Obituary: James Cosgrave Dey

James Cosgrave Dey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded with love, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the age of 73. Jim was a mentor to many and is remembered as a person with character, creativity, adventure, compassion and devotion to family.

Jim was born in Pasadena, Calif. on Nov. 29, 1944, to Grace and Harry Dey, and was raised in New York. He developed his love of the outdoors during the summers as he attended the Boy Scouts’ Camp Siwanoy, first as a scout and then as a staff member. There, he also met the love of his life, Lois Louise Weiglein, whom he married on May 20, 1973.

Jim shared his sense of adventure with his wife and later with his sons. He raced sports cars with the Sports Car Club of America (C Production 240z and Formula V), and drove at national tracks, such as Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Bridgehampton, Loudon, Pocono, and Summit Point. Jim’s wife and friends worked as his pit-crew as his sons played racecar. In 1975, he was the North Atlantic Road Racing Champion for C Production and set a lap record for his class at Watkins Glen.

He also had a life-long interest in rock climbing, starting in the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz, N.Y. He was an experienced mountain climber and was trained in mountain rescue as well as a licensed New York State Tier I Rock Guide. He shared his knowledge and love of climbing as an instructor in the advanced climbing director program at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and various climbing programs through the Boy Scouts of America. Jim climbed with friends, and later his sons, as he completed numerous climbs in Yosemite, Calif., such as El Capitan and Half Dome. In addition to climbing Mont Blanc in France, The Matterhorn in Switzerland and, in 2010, Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya.

Jim’s sense of adventure and devotion to duty culminated in his service as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1967. He was stationed in Danang, Vietnam and also taught at the USMC Combat Engineering School at Camp LeJeune, N.C. He then continued to focus on teaching and graduated from Oswego University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial arts in technology, and later earned a Master of Science in audio visual communication from Western Connecticut State University in 1981.

In 1974, Jim began teaching at Wilton High School as a power mechanics instructor, encouraging the curiosity and problem solving of his students both during his classes and outside of school. In 1980, Jim created and advised the Wilton High School Mountaineering Club, combining his talents to teach many others how to seek adventure in a safe and supportive environment.

He was the Teacher of the Year for Wilton High School in 1985, and in 1989, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Connecticut State Council on Vocational Technical Education. In 1993, Jim was asked to help guide the entire Wilton Public Schools district as he became the district technology coordinator. He continued to share his passion, sense of adventure, and kindness as he enriched the lives of students and staff over his 34-year career, eventually retiring in 2008. After his retirement, Jim then focused on teaching his children, grandchildren and scouts, all of the strengths that he developed during his life.

Left to cherish Jim’s memory is his wife, Lois Dey; four sons and their spouses, Mark Dey and AmyMarie Accardi-Dey, Sean and Jessie Dey, Erik and Megan Dey, and Peter and Lynn Dey; four grandchildren, Ryan, Karen, Amelia, and Charles; step-grandson Kaidiyn; brother and sister-in-law, George and Sherry Dey; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Grace Dey Schell and Harry Everett Dey, and granddaughter, Loreli Grace Dey.

Donations can be made to The Access Fund or The New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.

Evelyn Close (1918-2017)

Evelyn (Doyen) Close

Evelyn Close, physical education teacher at MHS and the mother of classmate Bob Close, passed away in Deland, Florida on Thursday, Dec 4, 2017. She had just celebrated her 100th Christmas.
Evelyn was born Nancy Gill in New York City on September 28, 1918, and adopted at birth by George and Sally Doyen of Larchmont, NY.  George Doyen, a Harvard graduate, was a Civil Engineer who helped design major buildings on Manhattan and State Hospitals around New York State. Sally T (Crary) Doyen was active in the NYC Red Cross Save the Children Fund and the Guild of St John’s Church.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Richard Close, an Electrical Engineer who grew up in Mount Vernon, NY, and attended School at Northeastern University. Richard and Evelyn were married in 1943 at St. John's Church in Larchmont, where they lived for 30 years prior to moving to Ormond Beach Florida and eventually Deland, FL.
Evelyn attended Chatsworth Avenue Elementary School and graduated from Mamaroneck High School, Class of 1936. She was active in sports and attended Sargent College of Boston University, where she obtained a BA in Physical Education. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance from Columbia University in the 1960s.
As a Physical Education teacher in the Mamaroneck School System, she was active in developing women’s sports, and coached field hockey, swimming, and gymnastics at many of the local Elementary, Junior High, and Middle schools as well as Mamaroneck High School. In her personal life, she was an avid swimmer and enjoyed sailing on Long Island Sound.
Evelyn is succeeded by three sons: Stuart Close of Easthampton, NY; Robert Close of Carlsbad, CA; and Richard Close of Tampa, FL. She had four grandchildren: Christopher, Jennifer, Graham and Maya, and 2 greatgrandchildren: Kristina Larochelle and Faith Close.
Evelyn and Richard Close were the latest generation of Closes who had settled in the US in the early 1600s and were among the founders of the town of Greenwich, CT.


Sad News-- Tommy Spitzer

Thomas 'Tom' Neil Spitzer

April 2, 1946 - Jan. 5, 2018

Thomas "Tom" Neil Spitzer, 71, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 5, 2018, surrounded by his beloved family. Tom was a successful businessman, but the number of family and friends on whose lives he made an indelible impact was his greatest success. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mardi; daughter, Ashley (Graham) Petersen; his brother, Jim (Sheri); his stepsons, Marc and David (Alicia) Lippman; and his grandchildren, Cameron and Ellinor; and a large extended family.

Tom was born and raised in New York, but called Portland home. He and Mardi loved spending winters in Indian Wells, Calif., because of their incredible group of friends.
Tom's genuine smile and hearty laugh lit up every room. He embraced all that life offered, and enjoyed traveling the world with his family and many close friends. He was a gifted athlete, and the determination and competitiveness that propelled him in tennis and golf allowed him to live with multiple myeloma for nearly seven years. 

All who knew Tom considered him a close friend. He had a heart of gold that inspired many, and lifted lives to places they never would have otherwise gone. He was a true friend with wise advice, a visionary with quiet leadership, a catalyst for good, an inspiration no matter the obstacle, and a kind soul who genuinely wrung the last ounce out of each day and was grateful for every blessing. While the golf course may be less joyous without him, those fortunate enough to know him will carry on his personal and professional wisdom as a beacon.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 8, 2018, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders Street in Portland. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research in Tom's memory.

Memorial Service for Lynn Flowers Wilson

Lynn's husband, Dana Wilson, has planned a memorial service for her this Sunday, Oct. 1, at the home of Lynn's oldest brother, Woody Flowers, at 412 West. 20th Street, from 2 pm to 4 pm.  It is an open house, and all Lynn's friends from school are welcome to come help celebrate her life.  

Remembering Gene Warrington

Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family of Gene Warrington, who died August 26th.  Gene was the uncle of classmate Fran Abbate DeMarco, and, of course, the heart and soul of Walter's Hot Dog stand for the past 65-plus years. 

The photo shows several of us dedicating our class gift, the Hot Dog Bench, in 1999. Top, from L to r: Beth McAleer, Dori Lee Reiley, Sherry Moore, the late Bobbi McLaggen Bushue. Seated, l to r: Lana Barrett Owens, Gene Warrington, and Lauren O'Neill. 

The original Hot Dog Bench
Replacement Hot Dog Bench

The original Hot Dog Bench was vandalized a year or so aftr we installed it.  We replaced it with another, sturdier one, and a new inscription.  This photo shows the bench in 2016, during the Class of 66 reunion weekend.  A little weathered, but still standing.

The Mamaroneck Vietnam Memorial!

I Sal Ticli, who put these Showcases together and started the 12TH MAN TRADITION recently gave everything in these showcases to MHS! It has been my honor to have brought these 12 Vietnam Vets who "GAVE ALL" from the Mamaroneck/Larchmont Communities back home where they belong. I hope every Reunion will remember them on the Saturday of their respected reunions! There is also a Memorial at Rye Neck for the two alumni who died in Nam! I want to thank the many people who bought this beautiful 12TH MAN shirt all around the whole USA! A $2500 Scholarship was awarded to Joey Spano of MHS and he is a scholar student! Simply said, "THEY LIVE WITHIN OUR SOUL BECAUSE WE REMEMBER THEM!"


Just saying hello from France! 

Martin Schreiber
Sad News...Lynn Flowers

With great sorrow, I want to let classmates know that our dear friend Lynn Flowers Wilson died Saturday afternoon after a long bout with cancer.  She had been doing fairly well until a couple of months ago.

Here is a link to the obituary:



Lauren O'Neill
Sad News

June 5, 2015

Richard (Richie) Baumgart passed away on May 12, 2015.  I don’t have many details.  Richard lived in a small house in New Hampshire for many years. He was an artist, working in various media (see his work at www.whiteoyster1111.com). I believe he spent some early years painting in France and later in Amsterdam. His daughter Sarah lives and works in Japan. 

Richard made a special effort to come to the 50th Reunion. I know it made him really happy to reconnect with so many friends. Right after the reunion he sent me a note. Here is some of what he wrote:

Allow me to share with you something I know a little about.... Achievement in art is not about the creation of beauty but rather the realization that you have done so. We, the class of '64, created that beauty, it was so evident in so many ways last Friday night. … you and 'your team' brought us together so we could all see and hear and touch and then realize the beauty we had created among us and for ourselves.

The memories of Friday night continue cascading through me… Once I got a little acclimated and started to talk to and recognize people there were so so many delightful and unanticipated feelings, remembrances.  And looking back on all those years it wasn't so much that we were young and innocent (which of course we were) but we were a decent lot, good people, which was still alive in the present and surely illuminating what was there also way back when. 

Living up here (in the woods) is somewhat of an isolated existence, especially with my daughter living 7000 miles away in Tokyo. It was comforting the other night to be amidst so many friends and so many 'cosmopolitan thoughts'. Actually made it through an evening without talking about if I had enough wood split and ready or what studded tires were going on my truck...(a nice Jewish boy from New York and Larchmont drives a truck...)

Whew! What quality times those were!

(Submitted by Lauren O'Neill)

MHS Class of '65 Reunion Oct. 16-17

We're invited!

The Class of 1965 is having its 50th Reunion October 16th and 17th.  If you would like to see old friends from that class, you are welcome to attend. Friday night it's at the same place we had ours--Westchester Burger Co. in Rye Brook, and the Saturday night buffet dinner dance is at Hampshire Country Club.  Interested?  Sign up on their website (which looks a lot like ours) at mamaroneck1965.classquest.com.

Reunion MAHISCAN Supplements

June 5, 2015

We want to be sure everyone has a chance to see the Reunion MAHISCAN Supplement.  (In fact, there is now a supplement to the supplement--some pix that came in later.) We will be sending an email with attached PDF files of these supplements.  Please let us know if you want one but haven't receievd the email, and/or if you weren't able to view or download the files.  

If you would like a supplment printed on quality paper (same as the Reunion Mahiscan), you can order one by clicking on the Reunion MAHSICAN button. Of course, you can also order the Reunion MAHSICAN itself. 

MHS 64 Donations

June 1, 2015

Thanks to your generous contributions to our MHS 64 Class Reserve Fun, we were able to make two donations to worthy MHS-related programs: the MHS Athletic Fund ($750), and the Student Aid Fund ($500). In so doing, we conveyed our appreciation to the people who made the high school tours so outstanding duing our reunion weekend: Mike Chiapparelli, MHS Coach, who offered his MHS tour expertise to us (before we even asked); Elizabeth Clain, MHS Principal, who arranged for a number of vounteer student tour guides; and George McNally, the Director of school Facilities and Operations and his staff, who keep the school looking great and running smoothly.

One mo' time!

Just got back from the farewell dinner of the MHS '64 50th Reunion Committee. We had such a great time working on this event, and were so gratified to watch everyone enjoy it, we just had to have another meeting. This one was to raise a glass with a group of new/old friends, and to thank the lovely Lauren O'Neill for her sterling work chairing the group. Lauren, of course, brought gifts for US! Luckily, thanks to the generosity of a few of you, we were able to see her and raise her. She's leaving shortly for a much-deserved vacation. We pledged to keep meeting over drinks and dinner on a regular basis, so the reunion is a gift that will keep on giving.



Mike Luftman
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