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POSTED 7/16/22

      Francis Xavier (Frank) Carnese, Jr., a retired Administrator from Brentwood Ross High School, passed away peacefully in Florida on July 9, 2022. During his career in Brentwood he taught English at East Jr. High, was a Guidance Counselor and eventually the Vice Principal of Ross High School.
     Frank was a very accomplished gentleman. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers ... May his Memory be a Blessing and May He Rest in Peace!

     Visitation will be held at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home in Babylon on Monday, July 18th from 6 - 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 19th from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 9:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Babylon on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m
     The following Death Notice appeared in Newsday, Friday July 15, 2022. It is a lengthy synopsis of his personal life and career

     View Obituary in Dignity Memorial Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home

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POSTED 7/31/22

     Connie (Constance) Gennaro, who retired from Southwest Elementary School in 2014, passed away in Florida. She was living in Florida with her son Joe and his wife Jennifer at the time of her passing. We have no details yet about any wake services or burial. Connie was a faithful member of ROBS who came to meetings and both she and her husband Tony always enjoyed attending our luncheons and get-togethers. She will be missed. May her Memory be a Blessing and May She Rest in Peace!

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Why did we do it?
     What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; for which we evolved a script of questions and got answers from over 150 subjects for two decades?
     We couldn’t answer the question in 1994 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational purposes we had to document our record now or lose the chance to preserve so many poignant accounts, funny stories and touching tales told by exemplary educators. We knew these dedicated public servants might shortly, for reasons yet unknown, be leaving Brentwood for good.
     So, we decided to let time sort out the details. We began scheduling appointments. W
e asked questions and listened saving for generations the essence of what it meant to have been an educator or employed, in this large public school system during the second half of the 20th century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all others; a diverse microcosm of America reflecting 124 districts on Long Island while simultaneously resembling thousands across the U.S. We’ve accomplished something here to be proud of. Whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few professionals in the State of New York or elsewhere have positioned themselves to share in the way we have.
     INITIALLY the practice of sitting with a subject for an hour and giving them a hundred percent focused attention seemed somewhat daunting to a number of friends and colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined our repeated invitations to speak with us as they left careers or retired from full employment. Despite all assurances that we were not about investigative journalism or invading privacy, they deferred. Now, twenty years after we began, some are saying they may be ready. “Better late than never” we say. However, to all among you who were willing to share not only your classroom experiences and personal stories, but precious memories from your lives along with your fondest hopes for the future, we say “Thanks”. Thanks for allowing us to continue the process by paying it forward as we share these interviews with the Brentwood community and countless professionals and researchers near and far. Through an acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with Archivist Dr. Geri Solomon and The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University our History Project lives on in academia as well as in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library, thanks to Director, Thomas A. Tarantowicz.
   You can enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org where you can watch and listen to segments from featured Interviews in the ROBS History Project Section on our Announcements Page each month. Return here to listen and learn again and again.

Diane Neesham
August 29, 2006
Elementary School Teacher

Click on the image above to read Diane Neesham's Biography

   You can also view any of the past interviews by visiting History Project Interview Archives

View May 8, 2015 History Project Celebration Photo Album

View History Project Slide Show on YouTube


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