Bernette Ford, a force in children’s publishing who grew up on Long Island and brought diversity to picture books, died of cancer on June 20 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 70.
John “Senior” Koufakis, the founder of Star Auto Group of Queens, and a driving force with the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, passed away on Long Island on July 8 at the age of 94.
Joysetta Pearse, manager of the African American Museum of Nassau County, and icon of the history of the Black community on Long Island, died of cancer on June 15.
Judge Jack Weinstein, a Great Neck resident and the nation’s longest-serving federal judge, died on June 15. He was 99.
Lester Wolff, the influential retired eight-term Democratic congressman who authored the Taiwan Relations Act while representing the North Shore from 1965 through 1981, died Wednesday at Syosset Hospital. He was 102.
Veronica B. Renken, who was well known for her Long Island community service, passed away at her Garden City home on March 31. She was 88.
Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, author, educator, and human rights activist from Williston Park, has passed away. He was 91.
Bob Read, a Long Island native and managing editor and senior investigative producer for Inside Edition, died Saturday of Covid-19. He was 60.
Joseph Winters, owner of Winter Bros. Waste Systems of Long Island, died on Tuesday after a short battle with Covid-19. He was 54.
Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s former deputy commissioner for legal matters, died on Sunday at age 61.