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Farewell to Some North Salem Neighbors

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - It is always sad at the end of the year to take account of those who are no longer with us. All of them were loved and admired by their families and friends. Here are just a few of the North Salem notables to whom we said farewell since our site launched in June, 2011.

Christopher Brink, 24, a graduate of North Salem High School, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 22. He was a volunteer with the Croton Falls and Brewster Fire Departments and an Emergency Medical Technician for Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Douglas Barrett, 90, was a veteran of World War II and continued in his career as a captain in the United States Merchant Marine until the age of 75.

Jeanette McNamara, 89, was the first female Town Clerk in North Salem and later the first female Town Supervisor. She was also a driving force in revitalizing the North Salem Police Department.

Jean Morgan, 74, “an institution around town,” was deeply involved in activities at St. James Episcopal Church and served as president of the North Salem Library, assisting in its move from Town Hall to the Ruth Keeler Building.

Linda Murphy, founder and director of the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, dedicated her life to the education of special needs children and their families.

Stephen Pogozelski, who after a stint as a U. S. Army medic, had a lifelong career delivering mail to the neighborhoods of North Salem.

Belle Ryder, 100, spent some years helping to run Ryder Farm and developed her own line of preserves knows as Cousin Belle’s Jams. She was a devoted Mets fan, who finally went to her first game at the age of 97.

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