In Memoriam


Tony Marsella

Tony passed away on
August 6th, 2018

The Mamaroneck community has lost a great citizen and World War II veteran: Tony Marsella died on August 6th. He was a supporter of Kemper Memorial Park for many decades and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund.

Tony was arguably the human face of the fight to preserve the Richard M. Kemper Memorial Park, as his brother John perished in the War and is one of the 101 honorees on the memorial stone. Tony was able to spend time in the Park to grieve for his brother Pvt. John J. Marsella, US Army, who was killed in action on the Anzio beachhead in Italy on May 26, 1944. A graduate of Mamaroneck High School, John was only 21 when he died and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Tony's decades-long advocacy for the preservation of the Park was tremendously effective. May he rest in peace and may we who cared for him be comforted by fond memories of him.

On the eve of Tony's funeral--the night before he was laid to rest--his daughter Donna lovingly delivered his eulog.  Click here to view it.

 

 

 


Melvyn Kaufman

Melvin Kaufman passed away on
March 18, 2012.

Melvin supported our efforts to preserve Kemper Memorial Park from the outset, but his passion for honoring the memory of his fellow veterans had much to do with his own experiences during World War II. Melvin himself was a combat infantryman, wounded on two occasions and returned to duty each time. His service awards include the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He fought in several major engagements, including the battle at the Remagen Bridge. As a twenty-year old PFC, he wrote a letter home from a bombed-out German town that had just been captured. His letter was published in the local newspaper at the time and can be read in full on our website. Thank you, Melvin, for your support, your military service and your enduring loyalty to your fellow veterans.

Click here to view his profile

 


Phyllis Young

Phyllis Young passed away on
February 28, 2012.

When we asked Phyllis if we could commission her to create a water color painting of the monument in Kemper Memorial Park, she readily agreed. Shortly thereafter, she presented us with her beautiful work. When we attempted to pay her for the painting, she graciously donated it to us, along with her permission to reproduce it as note cards to sell as one of our fund-raising activities. We are eternally grateful to Phyllis for her spirit, her talent, her support and her generosity. We will always remember her fondly.