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Carl Anthony Maresca of Ridgefield, Conn., died suddenly June 4, 2015. He was 66.
The son of Giuseppe Maresca and Anita Paradiso, he was born in Port Chester, baptized at Resurrection Church, and grew up on Palisade Road in Rye. He graduated from Iona Prep, Class of 1966, and Hofstra University, Class of 1970.
For over 40 years, Mr. Maresca worked in corporate sales, most recently at New Page.
An avid athlete, he played football in high school and college. He went on to play competitive rugby for over 25 years, while traveling the world. This season he helped coach the Iona College and New Rochelle High School teams.
Mr. Maresca will be remembered as a loving and loyal man who possessed a tremendous sense of humor.
He is survived by his son, Stephen Maresca, daughter, Amy Maresca LoBoen, and four grandchildren, Vincent, Stella, Dominic, and Matthias. He was previously married, for 29 years, to Maureen O’Brien Maresca of Rye.
A funeral mass was held June 9 at Resurrection Church. Donations in his memory may be made to Rye Youth Rugby (ryerugbyny.org).
John Guy Carolin, a World War II veteran and longtime Rye resident who was active in government activities and civic organizations, died June 30 after a brief bout with cancer. He was 99.
Born October 1, 1915, in New York City, he was the son of Louis and Kathryn Reid Carolin. He attended Loyola School in Manhattan and graduated from Fordham University in 1938.
He was a member of the 107th Infantry of the New York National Guard from 1935 to 1941, and from 1942 to 1946 he served in the European Theater. A communications officer of the 44th AAA Brigade on the staff of Brig. Gen. Ralph C. Tobin through the North African and Mediterranean campaign, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for distinguished service.
After returning from service, Mr. Carolin worked for Long Island Lighting Co. He then joined B. Altman & Co., managing the store until his retirement in 1985.
He grew up in Manhattan and in Amityville, N.Y., where as a youth he became an avid sailor and fisherman. After marrying Dorothy Hare in 1947, the couple lived in Larchmont briefly. They moved to Rye in 1949 and lived there until 1986, when they moved to the Byram area of Greenwich. They moved back to Rye in 2005.
Mr. Carolin was active in White Plains and Westchester County organizations, serving as chairman of the board and trustee of St. Agnes Hospital, trustee of Pace University, and a director of the Westchester County Association and the White Plains Chamber of Commerce.
In Rye, he was an active parishioner of Resurrection Church, where he attended morning mass daily. During his many years of volunteer engagement in Rye life, he chaired the Planning Commission, was a trustee of the Village Savings Bank, and was a longtime, active member of Rye Post 128 of the American Legion. A past commander of the post, he received its outstanding citizenship award in 1983, and continued to organize and lead activities in the post until very recently.
For many years, he was a member of Coveleigh Club and Rye Fish & Game Club.
In the words of friend and neighbor Donna Hogben, “John Carolin was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, always mindful of service to God, his beloved country, and fellow man. And he had a great run.”
In addition to his wife Dorothy, he is survived by five children: Kathy Carolin Larsen of Washington, D.C., Beth Carolin Martin and her husband Rob of Southport, N.C.; Christopher Reid Carolin and his wife Cathie of Lake Forest, Ill.; Jeffrey Hare Carolin of Stamford; and Valentine Mott Carolin and his wife Ann of Atlanta; and eight grandchildren: Tara Martin, Joshua Martin, Reid Carolin, Christopher Carolin, Sally Larsen, Noah Larsen, John Carolin, and Retta Carolin. He was predeceased by his son, John Guy Carolin Jr. in 2004.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Resurrection Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m.
Kenneth Leal Cook, formerly of Rye, passed away at home in Landrum, S.C., on May 5, 2015, a few weeks short of his 85th birthday. He and his late wife Anne moved to Landrum in February 2013 for the care she needed in the final months of her long battle with Alzheimer’s, which ended that May.
Born on June 28, 1930, he was one of five children of Nellie (Leal) and Harold Cook Sr. He married Anne, his high school sweetheart, on March 17, 1951. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served most of his enlistment aboard the USS Midway.
In 1964, he and his wife started their own business, Westchester Wilbert Vault Co., which became the largest, and then the only, company of its kind in Westchester County. They sold the company and entered well-deserved retirement on January 1, 2000.
For over fifty years, Mr. Cook was a volunteer member of the Rye Fire Department, serving at various times in the capacity of Assistant Chief, Chief, and Warden of the Milton Point Engine & Hose Company. He and Anne also served as EMT’s with the Port Chester-Rye–Rye Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps for many years.
From a very young age, he was an ardent outdoorsman. Even as a young boy, he supplemented his family’s income during the Great Depression by trapping, hunting, and fishing, by his extensive paper route covering all of Milton Point and beyond, and various other before-school jobs. He was an active member of the local archery club but in later years, aid down his hunting bow and picked up a camera, as he came to prefer preserving the flora and fauna around him. This was further realized by his becoming an ardent supporter of and volunteer at Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye, where he devoted countless hours cleaning up and maintaining the grounds, and even forging a trail that carries his name. Along with creating beautiful photographs, he was also an accomplished oil painter.
A great source of comfort for him after his move south was the continued contact with lifelong friends, not only from his hometown of Rye, but from those who had also moved from Rye — as far north as Buffalo and as far south as Birmingham. Those calls and visits were precious gifts from true friends and sustained him over the last two years.
Mr. Cook is survived by his three children, Michelle (Richardson) of Harpswell, Maine, James of Antrim, N.H., and Lynn (Cross) of his home address in Landrum, S.C.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his beloved sister, Winnie (Grace) of Middletown Springs, Vt.; and dear friend, Lorraine Kennery of White Plains. He was predeceased by one of his grandchildren.
Ken and Anne Cook’s ashes will be interred in the family plot at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary.
Esther Elizabeth Martensen Creasy passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn., following a lengthy illness. Formerly a resident of Ashland, Ohio, she moved to the Chattanooga area one year ago. She was 61.
Originally from Rye, Essie, as she was called, graduated from Rye High School. She went on to receive both her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Ashland College, where she was a member of the school’s field hockey team, which included the 1972 undefeated season.
For over 34 years, Ms. Creasy was a physical education teacher in the Mansfield City Schools. She was an OHSAA and USAV volleyball official and track and field official in the Ashland area and also taught swimming lessons at Brookside Park for many years.
She was a longtime member of Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland.
Ms. Creasy was predeceased by her father, Melvin Martensen. She is survived by her sons and their spouses, Kevin and Andrea Creasy of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kyle and Melissa Creasy of Chattanooga; her mother, Esther Martensen; and her sisters, Dorothy Kucharski and Sue Martensen. In addition, “Nanny” is survived by her three grandchildren: Kayla, Kevin, and Kolten Creasy.
A Memorial service will be held at a future date in Ashland, Ohio.
John D. Reilly III, 70, died peacefully in Los Angeles, on June 13, 2015.
The son of Margaret and John Reilly Jr., he was a graduate of Rye High School. After earning an MBA from Syracuse University, he spent his professional life working for General Electric, Rockwell International, and Whitaker Controls.
After leaving the corporate world, he become an established and well-respected photographer, who enjoyed and specialized in sailing and Grand Prix and Formula 1 auto events.
He and his wife Patty were married for 39 years. Their son Jack died in a tragic daycare fire, when he was 13 months old.
In addition to his wife, a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif., Mr. Reilly is survived by cousins on his father’s side of the family: Carroll and Pam Delaney of Bristol, R.I., Thomas and Linda Delaney of Mamaroneck, Mary Jane Delaney of Mill Valley, Calif., Marianne Delaney of Bedford, and John and Eileen Delaney of Bronxville. He is also survived by cousins on his mother’s side: Jack and Donna McLaughlin of Danvers, Mass., Robert and Maureen McLaughlin of Greensboro, N.C., and Maureen McLaughlin Gonsalves, also of Greensboro.
The family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (phassociation.org/ donate).
Doris Aragon, 78, a Rye business owner, passed away May 18, 2015 in White Plains. For nearly 25 years she was the proud owner of Electrolysis by Doris on Locust Avenue. She retired in April of last year due to declining health.
She was born April 6, 1937 in San Jose, Costa Rica, to Rosaura Aquilar Quesada and Eduardo Sanchez Mesen.
Mrs. Aragon is survived by her daughters, Fabiola Piperis and Jacqueline Berz, and her son, Pierre Aragon; her sister, Flor Sanchez Aquilar; and four grandchildren, Jessica and Francis Piperis and Maecy and Jack Berz.
Dr. John Gundy
John Howard Gundy, M.D, a retired physician with a lifelong dedication to helping the disadvantaged, passed away on May 26, 2015, at his home in Corinth, Vermont. He was 78.
The first of four sons of John Eveleigh and Evelyn Howard Gundy of Rye, he was born on January 9, 1937.
A skilled jazz musician who played both the clarinet and piano, some of his classmates at Rye High School dubbed him “Benny Goodman.” At Rye High, he also played football, and was active in student government. Sailing on Long Island Sound was one of his childhood joys.
He graduated in 1958 from Dartmouth College, where his love of poetry began under the tutelage of Richard Eberhart. One of his great joys was playing clarinet in the marching band. In 1962, he received his M.D. from Cornell Medical School, and became an intern pathologist there. Dr. Gundy led the medical school dance band on piano.
While in New York City, he met and married his lifelong partner, Sally Howell. Having chosen pediatrics as his field, he interned in 1964 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. A two-year residency followed at University of Pennsylvania Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-68 at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., where he also cared for indigent children in the town clinic. He returned to Philadelphia to serve on the faculty of Hanneman Hospital and coordinate care at a federal health clinic as part of the War on Poverty. In 1972, he was called back to Dartmouth to serve on the medical school pediatric faculty where he helped set up clinics in underserved areas such as Springfield, Vt. and Mascoma, N.H.
In 1978, Dr. Gundy moved with his family to Danbury, where he planned a new pediatric floor at Danbury Hospital and began teaching Yale medical students. At Yale, he authored an important pediatric text, “Assessment of the Child in Primary Health Care”. In 1983, he went into private practice and served the families of Danbury and Brookfield, until his retirement in 2008. He was school doctor for the Danbury Schools and created three in-school clinics. He had a special concern for the health needs of disabled children in his community and for the well being of patients’ families.
As a medical student in 1960, he set up a lab at Bon Samaritain Hospital in Limbe, Haiti. He returned to this hospital to care for patients after the 2010 earthquake.
In 2008, he and his wife, Sally, returned to live in the woods of Corinth, where his poetry and gardens flourished. He began a poetry group at the Blake Memorial Library, and some of his poems were published in Bloodroot and other publications.
Dr. Gundy continued his work in community health by serving on the board of Little Rivers Clinic. He was happy to be the piano accompanist for any community events.
Throughout, he shared with his wife and four children his love of music, hiking, and skiing. His family said he was “a special man and a kind soul who will be deeply missed.”
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Sally Howell Gundy, he is survived by his children, Charles Howell Gundy and his wife Haidje Rustau of London, England, Jennifer Verity Gundy and her partner Paul Brierre of Marshfield, Vt.; John Benjamin Gundy of Waterbury, Vt., and Joanna Kate Gundy of Corinth, Vt.; his grandsons, Charles Rustau Gundy and Johannes Alexander Rustau Gundy of London; his brothers, William E. and Malora Gundy of New London, N.H., David H. Gundy, M.D., of Bedford, N.H.; and Dr. Edward V. and Donna Gundy, of Rye; his cousins, Bonnie Simonson Burgess of Riverdale, and Michael and Beth Simonson of New York City; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is being planned for August. Donations may be made in his name to the Hopital Bon Samaritain (hbslimbe.org) in Limbe, Haiti.