02/29/12 7:00pm

Robert Kennedy Stenard, 89, of Shelter Island and Garden City, died on February 13, 2012 in Huntington, New York.

Born on November 17, 1922 in Brooklyn, Bob was a resident of Shelter Island for more than 30 years and concurrently a resident of Garden City.

Bob passionately enjoyed life and will be forever loved and long remembered for his smile, his readiness to help and his wide range of interests and expertise. He was a world traveler; he loved photography, boating, woodworking and gourmet cooking. He pursued his many interests with pleasure and was delighted to share them with his friends and family.

Bob was a veteran of World War II, having served with distinction in the 345th Squadron, 98th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Force, as an armorer gunner aboard B-24 Liberator aircraft. He flew more than 50 missions, logging more than 1,000 combat hours, and received seven medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and the Purple Heart.

Bob received his bachelor of civil engineering degree in 1952 from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, his license to practice professional engineering in 1956 and an M.B.A. in 1961 from The City College of New York.

Among Bob’s accomplishments, he was former president of Chicago Heater Company; owner of Whitney Antiques; holder of a captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard; collector of 18th-century American furniture, Sandwich glass, 17th- and 18th-century clocks, books, maps and silver. He was a member of a wide range of service groups such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Professional Antique Dealers Association and the U.S. Power Squadron.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Ethel Stenard; his brothers, Joseph and Seaton Stenard, and sister, Lorraine Armstrong; and by his first wife, Helen Stenard.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann Stenard and the children of his first wife: daughter Jean Stenard of New York City and son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Lora Stenard, and their daughters Sara and Emily Stenard, of Ross, California. He is also survived by stepdaughter Lauren San Miguel, her husband Mark Langley and their children Michael, Jack and Anna Langley of Garden City; stepdaughter Susan Joslyn, her husband Lenny Joslyn and their son Greg Joslyn; and stepson Peter San Miguel and his wife Dawn San Miguel; his nephew Peter Vernam and niece Charlene Holbrook and their family members.

A private burial ceremony was held on February 17 with interment in the family plot in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 12 noon at the Garden City Community Church. Reverend James W. Adelmann will officiate.

Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Nature Conservancy, Mashomack Preserve, P.O. Box 850, Shelter Island, New York 11964 or the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10011.

02/22/12 5:32pm

FILE PHOTO | Mrs. Gloria M. DeSanctis and her son, Father Peter, at Our Lady of the Hamptons School in Southampton.

Gloria M. DeSanctis of Shelter Island died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 on the Island.

Born, raised, educated and married in Manhattan, Mrs. DeSanctis was one of five generations who knew the East End of Long Island as home — in Hampton Bays, East Hampton, Amagansett and, since the 1970s, on Shelter Island.

Formerly a member of The Montauk Club, the Garden City Country Club and Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, Mrs. DeSanctis and family were associated with the Cardinal Cooke Guild and the Sisters of Life. Mrs. DeSanctis also was a friend of Our Lady of the Hamptons School in Southampton.

Mrs. DeSanctis brought her mathematical, accounting and business skills to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company prior to her marriage. Those skills made her a gin rummy master player; she attributed her intense level of concentration to sips of Baileys.

Sixty-one years ago, she married her girlhood sweetheart, Peter L. DeSanctis, a World War II veteran of the European theatre, who predeceased her in 2005.

After his retirement in 1986, the couple enjoyed stays in Saratoga Springs and Palm Beach. Mrs. DeSanctis’s last journey, the day after Christmas, 2011, was to the recently designated Parish Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Church in Southampton to pray, followed by lunch at Barrister’s.

For seven years, Mrs. DeSanctis cared for her husband after he was stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her infant son, Vincent Michael. She is survived by her sons, Father Peter and Michael V. (Elizabeth G.), both of Shelter Island; grandchildren Jessica Frances, Sarah Isabel and David Peter; and great-grandson Trey Thomas.

Mrs. DeSanctis expressed gratitude in recent weeks for the respect and care she was given by Eastern Long Island Hospital, East End Hospice, Prime Care Services and Dr. Scott Kolsin.

A wake was held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Our Lady of the Isle Church and the Funeral Mass followed on Monday. She was buried next to her husband at Our Lady of the Isle cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Shelter Island Food Pantry are suggested by the family.

02/22/12 5:28pm

Shelter Island resident George Chester Seward, the honorary life president of the International Bar Association in London and former partner at Seward & Kissel LLP, a New York City law firm, died on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at his home in Scarsdale, New York. He was 101.

Mr. Seward joined Meyer, Kidder, Matz & Kissel, the law firm that would later become Seward & Kissel, in 1953.

Born August 4, 1910 in Omaha, Nebraska, his parents were Frank G. Seward and Ada L. Rugh Seward. He had one brother, Leslie Rugh Seward, who died at age eight in a swimming accident.

He transferred frequently among schools in Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana as required by his father’s business. He graduated from Louisville (Kentucky) Male High School, cum laude, and the University of Virginia, where he received a B.A. degree and an LL.B. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and was a member of the University’s Raven Society.

He devoted himself principally to his law practice and was well-known as a business lawyer and director of a number of companies.

Under his leadership, Seward & Kissel was recognized world-wide for its work with clients in the private investment/hedge fund, banking and shipping industries. He was a partner at Seward & Kissel until December 1983 and had been senior counsel to the firm since that date, working three or four days a week through the end of 2011.

Mr. Seward was an active member of the American Bar Association as chairman of a committee that developed a model corporation act to govern the creation and operation of business corporations. It is used as a model by more than half of the American states. He was chairman of the ABA’s business law section and a member for 14 years of its governing body, the House of Delegates.

He became involved in the International Bar Association in the early 1960s and became its honorary life president.  Three heads of state — Rajiv Gandhi of India, Dr. Mario Soares of Portugal and Arpad Goncz of Hungary — have given “George Seward” lectures at the invitation of the IBA.

Mr. Seward was an officer or trustee of the University of Virginia Arts & Sciences Council (president); Phi Beta Kappa Associates, a fundraising arm of the United Chapters (president); Edwin Gould Foundation for Children (trustee); New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (trustee); and the American Bar Foundation Special Committee on Model Corporation Acts (chairman).

He was the author of “Basic Corporate Practice” and co-author of “Model Business Corporation Act Annotated.”

Mr. Seward was a member of a number of social clubs, including  New York Yacht Club, the Knickerbocker Club and the Down Town Association in New York City; Scarsdale Golf Club in Scarsdale; Gardiner’s Bay Country Club and Shelter Island Yacht Club on Shelter Island; Greencroft of Charlottesville, Virginia; Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C.; University Club of Chicago; and the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.

Mr. Seward’s wife of 54 years, Carroll Frances McKay Seward of Suffolk, Virginia, died in 1991.

He is survived by four children: Gordon Day Seward, Patricia McKay Seward (Mrs. Dryden Grant Liddle), Dr. James Pickett Seward and Deborah Carroll Seward (Mrs. Roy Thomas Coleman); five grandchildren:  Andrew Gordon Seward, Dryden Jonathan Liddle, Ashley Shiona Liddle (Mrs. Andrew James Cole), Eric Thomas Coleman and Paige Carroll Coleman; and seven great-grandchildren: Nichole (“Nikki”) Elizabeth Seward, Thomas (“TJ”) Joseph Seward, Connor Stephen Seward, Thea Patricia Emily Cole, Sofie Shiona Isobel Cole, Beatrice Jennifer McKay Cole and Alastair William Dryden Liddle.

Family members and the partners of Seward & Kissel are planning a celebration of his life to be held this spring at the Down Town Association.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to the donor’s own charity or to the University of Virginia to be added to the George and Carroll Seward Fund for scholarships, University of Virginia Development Office, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400220, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904.

02/15/12 6:54pm

John Chobor Jr.

Shelter Island resident John Chobor Jr. passed away on February 1, 2012 in Southampton Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born December 31, 1932 to John Chobor Sr. and Theresa Kovalchuk in New York City; his friends and family loved to say the whole world celebrated his birthday on New Year’s Eve.

For the last 79 years, John showed those who knew him that compassion, love, faith and kindness could be lived out in one’s daily life, his family said. Though he was a builder by trade, he will be remembered not for the structures that he has left behind but the lives he has touched and the honorable and gentle mark he left on this earth, according to his family.

John attended Brooklyn College before joining the U.S. military. He was proud of his time in the service, having honorably served in the Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy. His love of the water and desire to be involved with his community led him to serve as rear commodore of the Chelsea Yacht Club in New Hamburg, New York; president of the Shelter Island Lions Club and a member of the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club.

He and his wife, Mary Catherine Chobor, made their home on Shelter Island after having lived in Ulster and Dutchess counties for many years. John was “the wholly dedicated and unconditionally loving” father of four children and five grandchildren, his family said.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of 56 years, and his children: Anna Chobor of Sag Harbor, Karen Lawson of New York City, John Chobor of Madison, Connecticut and Christopher Chobor of Shelter Island.

John was father-in-law to Jennifer Chobor and the late Bartholomew Lawson. He was the proud grandfather of Bartholomew, Nicholas, Mackenzie, Isabel and Katia. John was the loving brother of Olga Rosina and the late Mary Strenk.

John’s church was extremely important to him. He was a founding member of the St. Gregory Russian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, New York and member of the church counsel at Kmisis Tis Teotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton.

His funeral was held at Kmisis Tis Teotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton on Friday, February 3, 2012.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in John’s memory to St. Gregory Orthodox Church or Kmisis Tis Teotokou Greek Orthodox Church, c/o RG, 575 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor, Room 64, New York, NY 10022.

02/15/12 6:51pm

The family of Rino Cugliani announced his passing on February 13, 2012 at New York Hospital.

Born in 1922, Rino was truly a man of the elements, his family said. It was a quality he brought with him from his childhood home on the Adriatic Island of Cres to Smith Cove on Shelter Island where, in 1961, he was fortunate to discover his own ideal sanctuary.

The family encourages a gift to the Nature Conservancy in the memory of Rino Cugliani “as an affirmation of the mutual dependency, awesome respect and love that propels us all forward; a dedication towards our care of natural sanctuaries coming from the understanding that we are both one and the same.”

“The Mashomack Preserve is a pristine environment of forest, wetland, shoreline, animal and bird habitat essential to keeping us all in balance,” the family wrote.

“These were the convictions of our father, who wrote an important chapter of his life living, befriending Hareleggers, fishing, sailing, gardening and hunting on Shelter Island.”

He is survived by his wife Anne, sons Tom and Alan, Justin Reed, Ying-Ying Cugliani and his adored grandchildren Michelle and Kiva.