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09/01/15 2:16pm
Edmund Ging Dennis

Edmund Ging Dennis

On Aug. 20, aerospace engineer, businessman and sailing enthusiast Edmund “Ed” Ging Dennis died peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Keswick, Va. His death was due to complications related to emphysema.

Ed was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Greenport, to Alfred Halsey Dennis and Edna Estelle Ging Dennis.

Ed was known for his initiative, determination and intelligence — a classic “self-made man.” After Army service during World War II in General Patton’s 3rd Army (Europe), he took advantage of the GI Bill to earn a degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in engineering from Stephens Institute of Technology. He also attended New York and Rutgers universities to study mechanical engineering and accounting, respectively. He was a member of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Ed began his career in aerospace engineering, specializing in jet engine design for Curtiss-Wright Corporation. When the aerospace industry declined, he redirected his business and engineering talents to serve as president of Cashin Systems Corporation. Mr. Dennis transformed this struggling equipment company — housed in a converted candy store — into the highly respected and profitable Cashin organization, which attracted the successful acquisition efforts of Sweden’s international Alpha Laval Corporation. Mr. Dennis joined Alpha Laval Corporation as vice president and was responsible for numerous and varied subsidiaries, currently located in 35 countries worldwide. His leisure interests included music (jazz), travel and his greatest passion — sailing. Ed was also a voracious reader until his final days.

Ed Dennis was preceded in death by sisters Jean and Myrne Dennis; brothers Donald and Robert Dennis; and his beloved and devoted wife of 34 years, Sarah Brown Dennis. He is survived by his children, Patricia, Neil, Keith and James Dennis, as well as his beloved and devoted wife of the past 33 years, Florence O’Brien Dennis, and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Dennis will be remembered at a Mass at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, to be followed by private interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

09/01/15 11:23am

John Walter Toepfert of Jamesport died at his home Aug. 25, 2015. He was 82.

He was born in Flushing on Sept. 17, 1932, to John and Josephine (Lavendowski) Toepfert.

He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army (European Occupational Force) as a corporal during the Korean conflict.

On Nov. 5, 1955, he married the former Carmela Guido.

In 1957, he joined the Fire Department of New York, for which he served as a firefighter until 1977. He later worked at a Nassau County post office.

Formerly of Garden City South, Mr. Toepfert lived in Jamesport for the past 16 years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck and a member of the FDNY Holy Name Society.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Toepfert; three children, John Toepfert of Melbourne, Fla., Connie Cuddeback of Wayne, Pa., and James Toepfert of Andes, N.Y.; a brother, Robert Toepfert of Palmyra, Va.; and four grandchildren, Lauren Cuddeback, Lindsey Cuddeback, Phillip Cuddeback and Valens Toepfert.

The family received friends Aug. 27 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where prayer services were conducted by Deacon Jeff Sykes. Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt celebrated the Liturgy of Christian Burial Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church. Interment, with U.S. Army honors, followed at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Jamesport Fire Department, P.O. Box 54, Jamesport, NY 11947 would be appreciated.


This is a paid notice.