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Waldo B. Jones, 88, former Cisqua School teacher

Waldo Brighton Jones, who held positions at Rippowam Cisqua School over more than 30 years, including as a teacher and head of the lower school, died May 18 at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut.

She was born Feb. 25, 1929, the second child of Dr. George R. and Dorothy Brighton. Growing up in Rye, she attended the Rye Country Day School and graduated from the Putney School in Vermont in 1946. She later attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she pursued skiing and hiking. She graduated from Bennington College in 1950.

Immediately following graduation, she married James E. Jones, whom she had met at Reed College. She began her career in the executive training program at Bonwit Teller, the specialty department store, in Manhattan. She and her husband moved to Mount Kisco in 1952 to raise their children.

She began working part time as an assistant teacher at the Cisqua School in 1958. Her hallmark was starting each day greeting hundreds of children by name, always with a firm handshake, her family said. After serving in that capacity in each school prior to their merger, she retired in 1991 as the head of the lower school at Rippowam Cisqua School.

Among other activities, she led a summer program for lower school heads of independent schools, held at Wellesley College.

In retirement she spent summers in Whitingham, Vermont, and winters in Pass-A-Grille, Florida.

Her survivors include her children, Kinnon Williamson (Peter) of Dedham, Massachusetts, Hutton Cole (John) of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Britton Jones (Laurie) of Wilson Point, Connecticut, and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband; her brother, Renfrew Brighton; and her sister, Burns Brighton Vitzthum.

Contributions in her name may be made to the Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church at pagchurch.org.


Alice Reilly, long associated with St. Matthew’s Church

Alice M. Reilly, a longtime resident of Bedford and Bedford Hills, died Sunday, May 28, at the Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Purdys. She was 89.

She was predeceased in 2006 by her husband of 52 years, Thomas F. Reilly, who served as sexton of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford for 36 years. During that time, she was equally involved in the care of the church.

Survivors include five children, Eileen Searles, Robert and Leonard Sitchenko, Marilyn Dodge and Marie Cunningham, and the late Thomas Sitchenko and Alice Reid. She is also survived by her brother, Walter Sitchenko, 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 12, at St. Mary’s of the Assumption, located at 117 Valley Road in Katonah, at 11:30 a.m., with a reception following at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 382 Cantitoe St. in Bedford.


Architect Bruce Helmes, 95, changed the face of Katonah

By JESS FASANO

Architect Bruce Philip Helmes, a Katonah native, died Monday, May 8, at 95 years old. A glimpse of his legacy can be seen in the custom homes and commercial buildings in northern Westchester and Fairfield counties that he designed over the course of a career spanning more than six decades. 

Born on a kitchen table in a second-floor apartment over a woodwork shop at 223 Katonah Ave., Mr. Helmes had an early introduction to the trade that would become his life’s work. Fifty years later, he went on to renovate the building where he was born into offices now known as the Courtyard. 

Before serving three years overseas with the United States Army during World War II, Mr. Helmes started college in September 1940 at Cooper Union in New York City with ambitions of becoming an architect. After his return from the war, he attended the Yale Graduate School of Architecture on the GI Bill.

After college, Mr. Helmes worked with architectural offices in New York City and White Plains, and studied Land Planning and Structural Engineering at Columbia University and New York Structural Institute. He was member emeritus and past finance officer of the America Institute of Architecture. 

In 1952, Mr. Helmes received his architectural license and started his own practice in downtown Katonah. His sons, Peter, Steven and Kevin, joined him at the practice in 1985. The three sons continue to run the business, The Helmes Group, Architecture, Engineering and Project Management, from offices at 184 Katonah Ave. The senior Mr. Helmes retired when he was 88.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Helmes’ company led numerous signature projects in the town of Bedford, including the restoration of the rectory at St. Mary’s Church, Katonah Commons, the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps building, and the addition of the town’s courtroom to the Bedford Town House in Bedford Hills. 

Mr. Helmes remained dedicated to serving his community in other capacities throughout his life. He spent 70 years as the finance officer for the American Legion as well as the Katonah Fire Department. Mr. Helmes held the role of president of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce, Katonah Rotary and Katonah Memorial Park Association. 

He served on several town committees as chairman of District 8 Republicans, and board member of the Low Cost Housing Committee, County Trust Bank, New York Federal Savings Bank and the Katonah Village Improvement Society. 

He was also a longtime member of the board of managers for Lincoln Hall Boys’ Haven and the recipient of a Schaeffer Award as well as the 2009 Civic Award by the Sisqua Council 1862 of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Helmes attended grades one through 12 at Katonah Public School, when it was a two-story building on Bedford Road that now houses the Katonah Fire Department. He graduated as president of the senior class of 1940. 

Mr. Helmes and his classmates raised money to create a yearbook, which they titled “John Jay” after receiving permission to use the name from Eleanor Jay, the wife of Arthur Iselin and a descendant of Mr. Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States. Upon consolidation of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, the newly-created high school also took the justice’s moniker. 

Mr. Helmes served as a sergeant in the 968th AAR Air Engineering Squad of the United States Army, seeing action in the Battle of Tunis. His company was subsequently deployed to Caserta, Italy, then dispatched to the English 8th Army on the Adriatic Coast and traveled up through the coast into the Po River Campaign. Mr. Helmes was honorably discharged with two Campaign Battle Stars upon his return to the U.S. in October 1945.

He was the third child of Charles Helmes, a wire chief for New York Telephone Co. in Mount Kisco, and Louise Tucker Helmes, a homemaker.

Mr. Helmes is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret; six sons, Philip (Kathi) of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Peter (Marjie) of New Fairfield, Connecticut; Bruce (Andrea) of Cedartown, Georgia, Steven (Rosa) of Katonah, Kevin (Digna) of White Plains, and David (Yummy) of South Salem; a daughter, Barbara (Van Muller) of Pound Ridge; and 24 grandchildren. Another daughter, Peggy, died in 2010. 

Mr. Helmes was predeceased by his sister, Marion Covey and brother, Charles T. Helmes, former superintendent of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.  

According to his family, Mr. Helmes and his wife enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with their children and grandchildren, as well as many years sailing on the Long Island Sound. 

In his retirement, Mr. Helmes spent time painting land and seascapes. His family said he would give his children and grandchildren paintings of their choosing, inscribing the back of his work with a special message just for them. 

The Helmes family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home, located at 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah, today, Friday, May 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption RC Church, located at 55 Valley Road, also in Katonah. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Katonah Fire Department, the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps or St. Mary’s Church.


Steven Bathrick, 66, son of Felice Joaquim

Steven Bathrick, 66, a former Pound Ridge resident, died May 2. He was most recently a resident of Concord, California.

He was born July 7, 1950, at Northern Westchester Hospital to the late Paul Bathrick and Felice Joaquim.

He grew up in Pound Ridge. He was a graduate of St Patrick’s School and Fox Lane High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and spent two years as a radio operator in Vietnam. After he completed his six-year tour of duty, he returned to Pound Ridge, where he met Barbara Healy of Norwalk, Connecticut. They moved to California, married and had two sons,

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Andrew and Tom; and his sister, Laurie, of Pound Ridge. He was predeceased by his brother, Dan, also of Pound Ridge.

Interment will be at Pound Ridge Cemetery, located at 15 West Lane in Pound Ridge, Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the SETI Institute at seti.org/donate.

Mary Eileen Sinnott, 76, raised family in Pound Ridge

Mary Eileen Sinnott, a former longtime Pound Ridge resident, died after a long illness April 26.

She is survived by her husband of over 55 years, John (Jack) Sinnott; her children, Jack  (Heather Long) Sinnott Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts; Beth (Chris ) Schreiber of Pound Ridge; Cindy (Dan) Offermann, of Pound Ridge; and Tim (Liz) Sinnott, of Encinitas, California; and 13 grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Kathy (Jack) Daley of Salt Lake City, Utah, and her brother, Peter (Ina) Kiernan of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

She was born Jan. 28, 1941, to Thomas and Dorothy Kiernan, and grew up in Pleasantville. In her 40s she began a career in publishing, working at Crown Publishing.

In 1974 Ms. Sinnott and her husband moved to Pound Ridge where they raised their family They retired to their home in Kiawah, South Carolina, in 2015.

She volunteered in the community and was active in the Pound Ridge Garden Club, the Pound Ridge Library, the Junior League of Northern Westchester and the Burden Center of New York. She also served on parent committees in the Bedford Central School District and Rippowam Cisqua School. 

There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Church located at 7 Pound Ridge Road in Bedford tomorrow, Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club.

Joseph La Motta, former Wall Street executive and philanthropist

Joseph Michael La Motta, 84, of Bedford, died Tuesday in Sleepy Hollow. Mr. La Motta was a former Wall Street executive and philanthropist who supported education, medical research and Italian-American causes.

He was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Brooklyn, to Dominick and Christine La Motta. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree, graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration from Seton Hall University. He received his MBA, with honors, from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

He had a successful career on Wall Street, leading Oppenheimer Capital, an investment management firm, for 17 years. During his 43-year career in the industry, he authored articles on investment management which appeared in leading industry publications.

From 1991 to 1999, Mr. La Motta was chairman of the board of directors of the Glaucoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the detection, treatment and identification of the causes of glaucoma, a degenerative eye disease. He was most recently chairman emeritus.

Mr. La Motta was a supporter of Italian-American culture, most notably through his work with the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves to foster the improvement of the art, culture and education of Italian-Americans. For three years, he was a member of their organization’s board of governors; he also served on its philanthropic committee. He was also a member of the National Italian American Foundation.

In 1994, Mr. La Motta and his wife, Geraldine (Deena), established the Joseph and Geraldine C. La Motta chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University, honoring Mr. La Motta’s parents. With his family, he also funded a scholarship endowment at Colgate University, the alma mater of his three children; a scholarship through the Columbus Citizens Foundation at Seton Hall Prep for qualified students of Italian descent; and a scholarship at his high school, Good Counsel, in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. and Ms. La Motta also established an endowment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for innovative cancer research.

Mr. La Motta served his local community chiefly through his involvement with the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation, where he served on the board. Both a state-of-the-art operating suite and an emergency room “Fast Track” at Northern Westchester Hospital are named for him and his wife. Mr. La Motta has also served on the board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Foundation for the Blind. Among his other charitable interests were the New York Glaucoma Research Institute and the Cornea Research Foundation.

In addition to his wife, Deena, of 57 years, he is survived by a daughter, Jodee Novak (Ed) of Yorktown Heights; two sons, Dr. Joseph La Motta (Yvonne) of Mount Laurel, New Jersey; Clifford La Motta (Renata) of Ridgefield, Connecticut; a sister, Claire Tihasek; grandchildren and other family members.

Friends may call at Clark Associates Funeral Home, located at 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah, today, Friday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, located at 7 Pound Ridge Road in Bedford, tomorrow, Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, located at 4 Bedford Banksville Road in Bedford.

At the family’s request, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to: The Joseph M. & Geraldine C. La Motta Cancer Research Endowment Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, c/o Jane Weyl, 885 Second Ave., 8th Floor New York, NY 10017, or online at tinyurl.com/lamottamskcc; and The Glaucoma Foundation, 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700 New York, NY 10038, or online at tinyurl.com/lamottatgf.

Edmund Kelly, retired attorney, was former Bedford resident

Edmund J. Kelly, a retired attorney and investment banker who lived in Bedford from 1996 to 2015, died May 10. He was 79.

A son of Hugh and Catherine Rice Kelly, he was born and raised in Mount Vernon.  He graduated in 1959 cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross and in 1962 from Columbia University Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review. 

After serving in the Office of General Counsel for the Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., he returned to New York in 1965 as an associate in the firm of White & Case, becoming a partner in 1971. He left the firm in 1984 to become vice chairman of the investment banking firm Dominick & Dominick Co., later the Eighteen Seventy Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of Federal Paper Board, the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company and Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle.

A leader in mergers and acquisitions law, Mr. Kelly devoted much of his career to advising corporations on warding off hostile takeovers. In 1967, he co-authored an influential article on takeover defense tactics. He was a principal strategist in several high-profile takeover bids involving BF Goodrich and Babcock & Wilcox. Aspects of his legal work was later enacted as the corporate law in approximately 30 states, and recommended by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, he advised many major companies, including Prudential Insurance, Union Pacific, Nabisco Brands, United States Steel and the American Broadcasting Company.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Fee Kelly of Armonk; two daughters, Kathleen Kelly Broomer of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Mary Kelly Mehr of Bedford; three sons, Edmund Murphy of New York City, Thomas More of New York City, and Michael McNaboe of Ridgefield, Connecticut; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers, Neill and Christopher Kelly, and is survived by Sister Agnes Kelly and two brothers, Hugh Jr. and Daniel. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, located at 7 Pound Ridge Road in Bedford, Monday, May 15, at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggests contributions in his memory be made to the Christopher J. Kelly Scholarship Fund, Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, New York 10804.

Herby’ Schaus, 59, longtime Katonah resident

Herbert Schaus III, 59, of Bedford Hills and a longtime resident of Katonah, died Monday, April 10. He was born in the Bronx, Jan. 5, 1958.

Survivors include his parents, Herbert and Catherine (Eirish) Schaus, Jr.; a son, Herbert IV; and three brothers, William, Donald and John. He was predeceased by his sister, Carin Crimmins.

Known as “Herby,” Mr. Schaus enjoyed fishing, his family said.

A graveside service and burial was scheduled to be held at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla on April 13.

Leslie Pollack of Bedford, former Wall Street executive

Leslie Pollack died at his home in Bedford on April 9. He was 83.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; his children, Jonathan Pollack, Jennifer Reiner and Fredrica Ford; and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Pollack, who was born in 1933, was an active leader in Jewish, humanitarian, and artistic causes. After attending Harvard Business School, he pursued a long career on Wall Street, where he made his mark writing a weekly newsletter as head of research and became the director of Shearson Management. Later, he was appointed partner at Neuberger Berman, an investment firm.

He was a competitively ranked tennis player, starting with his days playing on the Yale University tennis team, continuing to senior tennis and winning a national USTA gold ball trophy for father and daughter tennis.

A service will be held Sunday, April 16, at noon, at Clark Associates Funeral Home, located at 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah. The family will receive friends at his home in Bedford on Sunday, April 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Monday, April 17, Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Donations in his honor can be made to HIAS, an nonprofit organization that works to sustain immigrants, at 411 Fifth Ave., Suite 1006 New York, NY 10016.


‘Buff’ Lovell, former D&B general counsel, 80

Arnold Buffum Lovell, a lawyer and former senior vice president and general counsel for Dun & Bradstreet, died April 1 at Westchester Medical Center of complications from a fall. He was 80 years old and lived in Pound Ridge.

Before joining Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Lovell, who went by “Buff,” was a corporate litigation partner in the New York City law firm Botein, Hays, Sklar & Herzberg. He also was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Thacher, Proffitt, Prizer, Crawley & Wood.

He graduated from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1962. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University.

Mr. Lovell was a member of the Knickerbocker Club and the Mayflower Society.

An ardent fisherman and skilled bridge player, he was also an accomplished archer, and in his youth was a junior archery champion in the state of Florida, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; two sons, Jonathan of Carmel and William of Brooklyn; a brother, Malcolm Read Lovell Jr., of Washington, D.C.; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m., at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, located at 382 Cantitoe St. in Bedford.


James Rosenquist, 83, pop art pioneer

By LISE SHARFIN

James Rosenquist, a titan of postwar American art and a pioneer of the pop art movement, died at 83 at his home in New York City, March 31.

Mr. Rosenquist was a longtime Bedford resident and a passionate supporter of the Katonah Museum of Art. Those who knew him described the artist as part of the fabric of the museum community.

KMA Executive Director Darsie Alexander reminisced, “I showed James’ work as a highlight of last year’s traveling exhibition, ‘International Pop.’ Rosenquist was one of the forerunners of the pop (art) era. Extracting imagery from the news media and advertising to dazzling effect, he was a master colorist, escalating his imagery to the scale of room-sized murals, at times completely overwhelming the space. Yet his smaller works are just as riveting. He was an amazing painter, and a leader of his generation.”

Born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota — “where the land is totally flat,” he once wrote, “like a screen on which you can project whatever you imagine” — Mr. Rosenquist began his career as a commercial artist, painting billboards on a monumental scale. Upon moving to New York City in 1955, he continued his work as a billboard painter to supplement his income. “I painted billboards above every candy store in Brooklyn,” he wrote in his autobiography, “Painting Below Zero,” published in 2009.

Mr. Rosenquist studied at the Art Students League, arriving in New York at a time when abstract expressionism was on the wane, and the vernacular of “pop art” was ascending. He began to create visual cocktails, exuberantly juxtaposing imagery within the context of the commercial billboards, on a staggeringly grand scale. “My chromatic alphabet came from Franco-American spaghetti and Kentucky bourbon,” he explained.

Frequenting the legendary Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s, along with his artist comrades Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning, painting billboards by day and producing paintings at night, Mr. Rosenquist emerged as an undeniable tour-de-force in the art world.

Perhaps the artist’s most famous painting, “F-111,” an 86-foot-long painting comprised of 23 panels, debuted at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1965 in New York City. The imagery contained the eponymous fighter jet, a mushroom cloud, a beach umbrella, light bulbs, cake, car tires, a young girl underneath a hair dryer and spaghetti — most likely a nod to his previous Franco-American spaghetti billboards.

“I wasn’t interested in ironic simulations of pop media; I wanted to make mysterious pictures,” the artist wrote, distinguishing himself from other pop artists.

This broad and mysterious mash-up of socio-cultural icons on such an unabashedly ambitious scale created a buzz in the art world that could not be silenced.

As members of the Bedford community, Mr. Rosenquist and his wife, Mimi Thompson, an artist and art writer, were both deeply committed to the Katonah Museum of Art. Ms. Thompson was a member of the KMA Board of Trustees and the Exhibitions Committee, and also helped to pioneer the Learning Center at the museum. While not a board member, she also curated several exhibitions at the museum.

Always eager to support the institution, Mr. Rosenquist in 1993 created a limited edition print, by Tyler Graphics, on the occasion of the museum’s 40th anniversary. Proceeds from the sale of the print, “Katonah Muse,” benefited the museum.

In 2004 the artist was honored by the museum at the institution’s 50th anniversary, along with former president of the Board of Trustees, Yvonne Pollock.

Ms. Pollock said of her experience working with both James and Mimi, “I am groping for words to express how important they were to the community,” Ms. Pollock said Tuesday in a phone interview.

“James was a charming, funny, wonderful man. He had a terrific spirit,” she added.


Richard Lawrence, ‘a pillar of the community,’ dies at 89

By JESS FASANO

Longtime Bedford resident and former Deputy Supervisor Richard “Dick” Hurd Lawrence died March 29 at his home. He was 89 years old. 

Mr. Lawrence devoted decades to serving his community, including taking on the role of deputy supervisor in 1979. Prior to that, Mr. Lawrence served as a member of Bedford’s planning board from 1974 to 1976 and town board from 1976 to 1979. He was part of the first group of Democratic Party members elected to the town board, according to his family. They said he was active in Democratic politics and could always be counted on to call, canvas and drum up petition support for the party.

Town Supervisor Chris Burdick said Mr. Lawrence was a good friend and mentor to him when he first ran for a seat on the town board in 2007. Mr. Lawrence endorsed him and introduced him to neighbors, the supervisor recalled. 

“Dick truly was a pillar of the community who will be sorely missed,” Mr. Burdick said at Tuesday’s town board meeting. 

Mr. Lawrence was a member of many town committees, including the Financial Planning Advisory Committee, Capital Budget Committee, Comprehensive Plan Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee, which studied the manpower needs of the town’s police department.

According to Mr. Lawrence’s family, he was passionate about community service throughout his life. He served as a longtime member of the board of A-HOME as well as chairman of the board of directors at the South Kent School in Connecticut. He helped raise capital for these institutions until the time of his death, his family said. Mr. Lawrence was also a member of St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco. 

Lee Roberts, former town supervisor and current deputy supervisor and town board member, described Mr. Lawrence as “a lovely man,” who advocated tirelessly for local issues, particularly affordable housing. In fact, Ms. Roberts said the last time she saw Mr. Lawrence was probably at a dinner for A-HOME, a nonprofit organization that helps establish affordable rental housing in northern Westchester. 

Ms. Roberts recalled in an interview Tuesday, “He used to call me up and offer to help in any way he could with the town.” She described Mr. Lawrence as exceptionally forthright, saying how greatly his contributions are appreciated.

“I know he cared a great deal about Bedford,” she said. “He’s going to be missed.”

Mr. Lawrence moved to Bedford with his wife of 63 years, Starr Oliver Lawrence, shortly after they married in 1953. The couple had a beloved second home on Block Island. 

Mr. Lawrence was born in London, England, April 20, 1927, to George Franklyn and Mary Hurd Lawrence. He attended the Eton School and Saint Bernard’s School in New York City, and graduated from the Groton School in 1945.  

He served with the United States Army in Germany during WW II. After his tour of duty, he entered Yale University and graduated in 1950. After graduation, he returned to New York, where he entered the family business, Folkard & Lawrence, New York City representatives and importers of fine wools from some of the most famous Scottish mills, according to his family. 

In 1965, Mr. Lawrence joined Axe Houghton, an independent money management firm in Tarrytown, while studying investing and business at Columbia University. He founded Auchincloss & Lawrence, a money management firm in New York City, with Edward Auchincloss in 1969. The firm thrived, and it was sold 40 years later. 

Mr. Lawrence is survived by three sons, James (Jill), Philip (Jill), both of Bedford Corners, and Richard Jr. (Dee), of Kentfield, California. Also surviving are a brother, David, and eight grandchildren, with whom, his family said, he loved spending time traveling, on the beach at Block Island, and playing Parcheesi and card games.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, April 8, at St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the South Kent School or A-HOME.


Thomas Matthew Clayton, former Bedford resident

Thomas Matthew Clayton died in Greenville, South Carolina, March 27. He was 53.

He was born Jan. 21, 1964, in North Tarrytown and lived much of his life in Bedford Village. He attended Bedford public schools and graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Clayton worked locally as a civil engineer until 1989 when he became a fitness consultant and personal trainer at the Saw Mill Club. He later returned to work in engineering and eventually moved to South Carolina. He lived in Greenville since 2008 where he also worked as a math tutor.

He loved nature, according to his family, and hiked the Adirondacks and upstate South Carolina. He also was an avid cyclist and photographer.

He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Mary Clayton of Lizella, Georgia; his brothers Jeffrey (Jodi), also of Lizella, and Edward (Shahida) of Tucson, Arizona; and other family members.

His body has been donated to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville to support medical education, clinical training and research, his family said.

John Prince Floyd, attorney, former longtime Bedford resident

John Prince Floyd, 84, died March 24 at his home in Guilford, Connecticut.

He was a former longtime resident of Bedford, where he lived from 1961 to 1984.

He was born May 22, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, the eldest son of Fred and Frances Floyd. He attended and played basketball at Northwestern University and the University of Florida before graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in organic chemistry.

After earning a J.D. from Louisiana State University, Mr. Floyd became a patent attorney and was admitted to the Louisiana and New York State Bar Associations. He was a partner in the patent law firm McLean, Morton and Boustead. During his career as a patent attorney he became head patent and trademark counsel for corporations including GAF, CPC and Continental Can; he also worked for chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. Mr. Floyd was also a patent consultant and had a private legal practice in technology transfer, representing individuals and universities.

He loved the outdoors and spent summers with his family sailing on Lake George and hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. He was also a community volunteer, serving as a Boy Scout leader and Scout Master in Bedford Hills.

He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, American Patent Law Association, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

His survivors include five children, Beth of Oregon, Wisconsin; John of Arlington, Virginia; Rob of Westwood, New Jersey; Tom (Kristin) of Guilford, Connecticut; and Ray (Leigh Anne) of Wilton, Connecticut; and his former spouse of many years, Shirley Floyd Buchanan of Mendham, New Jersey. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive him.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, at noon, at Christ Episcopal Church located at 11 Park St. in Guilford, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in support of diabetes research at the Faustman Lab of Massachusetts General Hospital by visiting faustmanlab.org, or in support of preservation at the Oneita Bay Boat Club on Lake George, c/o Mr. John Lucking, 54 Elston Road, Montclair, NJ 07043.


William Kelly Simpson, 89, Katonah resident

William Kelly Simpson, a longtime Katonah resident and professor of Egyptology emeritus at Yale University, died March 24. 

Mr. Simpson was a former trustee of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Friends of John Jay Homestead, Katonah Museum of Art, Bedford Riding Lanes Assoation and Beaver Dam Sanctuary.

Mr. Simpson was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn (Milton), and a daughter, Laura Thorn. His survivors include a daughter, Abby Simpson of Pound Ridge, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 29, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford. Burial services will be private.

Memorial donations may be sent to Bedford Riding Lanes Association (BRLA), P.O. Box 178, Bedford, NY 10506, or Beaver Dam Sanctuary, 157 Beaver Dam Road, Katonah, NY 10536. Notes of condolence may be sent to the Simpson family at One Rockefeller Plaza, Room 2500, New York, NY 10020.


Margaret Manto, 96, St. Mary’s member

Margaret Manto, a member of St. Mary’s Church in Katonah, died March 24. She was 96 and lived in Mount Kisco.

She was born March 20, 1921, in Mount Vernon, New York, the daughter of Ralph and Helen Mazziotta. 

She was predeceased by her sister, Catherine Callan, and her husband, Peter Manto, who died in 2002.

Ms. Manto is remembered as enjoying the seashore, tennis, Yankee baseball, reading on her kindle and spending quality time with her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Manto, Barbara Adams (Steve), and Diane Forte (Louis); and three grandsons. 

A Funeral Mass was held last Tuesday, March 28, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Katonah, followed by burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be sent to My Second Home, an adult day program, located at 95 Radio Circle, Mount Kisco, NY 10549.


George Bria savored action on the front and on the courts

By LUCIE COUILLARD

“What lasts is what you do,” was a belief of the late Pound Ridge resident George Bria, said his daughter, Judy Storey, on Tuesday.

Ms. Storey said her father led by example and his thorough, well-done work.

“He really believed in that the kind of job you did spoke many words about you,” Ms. Storey said.

Mr. Bria, an Associated Press foreign correspondent veteran whose dispatches informed the American public of the German surrender in Italy at the end of World War II, died Saturday, March 18, at a New York hospital. He was 101 years old.

During his journalism career, Mr. Bria bore witness to Benito Mussolini’s death in Milan, Italy, and covered the Nuremberg war crimes trial in Germany. After returning from the assignments, Mr. Bria became a senior foreign news editor at the AP’s New York headquarters before retiring in 1981, according to an excerpt from the book, “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” by Bonni Brodnick.

“He was charming and difficult,” said John Bria, Mr. Bria’s son. “He was able to get many news stories that some more ‘faint of heart’ people might not have.”

In his retirement he went on to write vegetable gardening columns for AP, the New York Times and other newspapers, Ms. Storey said.

“He wrote very eloquently about ordinary vegetables,” his son said.

Born in Italy, Mr. Bria came to the United States when he was 6 years old, and was raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, according to his daughter.

His mother was determined that he remembered his native Italian, Ms. Storey said. Once, when Mr. Bria had a school assignment to pen an essay about President George Washington, his mother also made him write an essay about the Italian hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, in Italian.

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English at Amherst College and a master’s degree in Italian at Middlebury College, Ms. Storey said.

Mr. Bria initially wanted to be a short-story writer, but became interested in journalism when a professor at Middlebury suggested the career to him, Ms. Storey said. After graduation, Mr. Bria immediately landed a reporting job with a newspaper in Waterbury, Vermont. He was hired by the AP in 1942, Ms. Storey said.

Ms. Storey said her father looked at journalism as a way to serve his country. During World War II, Mr. Bria tried to enlist as a marine but was disqualified due to a minor medical problem. Not long after, recognizing his journalistic talents and bilingual abilities, the AP promoted him to a foreign correspondent position in Italy. That gave Mr. Bria an alternative way to honor his country.

“It was a very glamorous job — highly desirable,” Ms. Storey said. “He thought it was something that would be exciting, and it was.”

After returning from his assignments overseas, Mr. Bria and his first wife, Mary Whitton, who died in 1998, moved to Pound Ridge full time. Previously, the couple would visit Ms. Whitton’s parents, who owned a summer home on Fancher Road since the 1920s.

Mr. Bria and his wife raised their two children in Pound Ridge. He derived great pleasure from the stone walls, peaceful atmosphere and, especially, vegetable gardening, his family said.

“The whole purpose of living in the country was to garden,” Ms. Storey said. “He had quite a vegetable garden.”

Mr. Bria was also an avid tennis player and president of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club from 1977 to 1978, Ms. Storey said. He played the sport until he was 97 years old.

Pound Ridge resident Joan Silbersher said he helped her found the Tennis Club in 1962. “He was a good player,” she said earlier this week. “He was a hitter.”

The younger Mr. Bria and his father often played tennis together. Mr. Bria said his father continued to sharpen his court skills once he retired, and was nationally ranked in the 85-and-over group.

Mr. Bria said his father taught him sportsmanship through tennis. “He watched every game I ever played,” Mr. Bria said.

In addition to the Pound Ridge Tennis Club, Mr. Bria was also a member of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in the 1950s and served on the Pound Ridge Library Board of Trustees.

Mr. Bria is survived by his second wife, Arlette Bria; his daughter, Judy Storey of Pound Ridge and Baltimore; his son, John Bria of Pound Ridge; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 


Barbara Frisbie-Gilleran, former St. Patrick’s teacher

Barbara Frisbie-Gilleran, a longtime Pound Ridge resident and former teacher at St. Patrick’s School, died March 9. She was 77.

She was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Catskill, New York, to Frederick and Arlene Zindell. She worked as a kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford for approximately 14 years until retiring to Greenville, New York.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Gilleran; four children, Michael of Danbury, Connecticut; Christine Engbert of Forest Hill, Maryland; Mark Frisbie of Yorktown, and Daniel Frisbie of Bedford Corners; and four stepchildren, Kim, Tracey, Julie and Sean; her siblings, Tom, Paul, Fay, John, Mark and MaryJane; and 16 grandchildren. Her brother, Frederick Jr., predeceased her.

A funeral service was held March 15 in Greenville.

Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at giving.mskcc.org.


Rocco Bueti, retired home builder, was 83

Rocco Bueti, whose construction company built many homes in the area, died March 4. He was 83.

He was born Dec. 16, 1933, in Solano, Italy, to Francesca and Nicola Bueti. He was the third of five children. He migrated to the United States when he was 20 years old. He moved to Chappaqua, and learned the building and construction trade while working with his cousins. In 1968, he founded Carbut Building Corporation with Pasquale Carrozza and his younger brother, Antonio Bueti. The company built many custom homes in the Chappaqua and Mount Kisco vicinity over a 25-year span, and he retired in 1993.

Mr. Bueti met his future wife, Domenica (Minnie) at a cousin’s wedding, where she was the singer in the wedding band. They married May 1, 1960, and lived in North White Plains and later in Mount Kisco. They were married for 56 years and had four children.

His hobbies included watching baseball, bowling, gardening and hunting, according to his family.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Nick (Jacqui) Bueti of Syosset, Long Island; Frances (Isidoro) Albanese of Bedford Corners; John (Christine) Bueti of Katonah; and Rocco (Mireille) Bueti Jr., of Mount Kisco; three siblings, Grace Oliveri, Antonio Bueti and Maria Bueti; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Serafino Bueti. 

A Funeral Mass was held March 8 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco, followed by a burial at St. Francis Cemetery.


Nancy Finnegan, former Katonah resident, was 77

Nancy J. Finnegan, 77, a longtime former Katonah resident, died Feb. 15. She lived in Madison, Connecticut, and previously in Mount Kisco.

She was born Sept. 1, 1939, the first of six children. Raised and educated in Mount Kisco, she married Peter Van Akin. They had three daughters and lived for many years in Katonah. In 1982, she moved to the Connecticut shoreline.

She worked for the Visiting Nurse Association Community Healthcare in Madison, Connecticut, as an administrative assistant and home health aide for nearly 20 years before retiring.

Her family said that she loved nature and the outdoors.

She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Van Akin (Jeffrey) of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Diane Van Akin of Madison, Connecticut; her sisters, Marcia Mathews LaRegina of Stanhope, New Jersey, and Patty Murphy Adams of North Salem; her brothers, John A. Murphy Jr. of Venice, Florida, and Thomas J. Murphy of Stormville; her former husband, Terrence F. X. Finnegan of East Hampton, Connecticut, a grandson and many other family members.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Darcy J. Van Akin; a brother, Robert T. Murphy; and her former husband, Peter W. Van Akin. 

A memorial service was held at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home March 9. Interment followed at Saint Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore at fccns.org/donate.


Edward Saunders, 75, Community Church volunteer

Edward Nelson Saunders IV, a longtime Pound Ridge resident, died Feb. 8, at Northern Westchester Hospital.

He was born Oct. 27, 1941, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Edward Saunders III and Jean Kelley Griggs, and lived his early years in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He attended St. Paul Academy and graduated from the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He attended Hobart College and later received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. 

He worked in advertising for many years in New York City before moving to Pound Ridge with his family, which included his three sons. He remained in Pound Ridge, working as an investment broker and insurance agent.

Mr. Saunders had strong ties to his church community at the Pound Ridge Community Church, where he served in many capacities as a volunteer. 

He is survived by his three sons, Edward (Ariel) of Baltimore, Maryland, Christopher (Michelle) of Kennebunk, Maine, and James (Stephanie) of Flower Mound, Texas; two sisters, Judith Saunders and Bonnie Wetmore, and a brother, L. Kelley Saunders; and three grandchildren.

A service to celebrate his life will take place at the Pound Ridge Community Church, located at 3 Pound Ridge Road in Pound Ridge, Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m.

The family requests that donations be given in his name to the Pound Ridge Community Church and to A-Home Housing Westchester.