Notable Deaths in 2012

Notable deaths and obituaries of community leaders, activists and service members throughout 2012.

Throughout the year news broke of several shocking and saddening deaths. We followed their stories, reported on their contributions and mourned their loss.

Patch has compiled a list of notable deaths from across Nassau County.

While ATF agent John Capano was slain on Dec. 31, 2011, we mourned his death in 2012.
Capano was fatally shot while attempting to thwart a pharmacy burglary in Seaford.

A Hempstead Town audio-video specialist and long-time Atlantic Beach parks commissioner, Arnold Levey died of heart disease in February.

Long-time educator and Lynbrook Schools Superintendent Dr. Santo Barbarino died suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack in August.

Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., an Oceanside native, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in August.

American Cancer Society activist and Relay for Life organizer Bill Holzapfel of Malverne suffered a massive heart attack in July while on an upstate fishing trip.

Former Democratic leader and political adviser Larry Elovich lost his battled to cancer in September.

Legislative Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died in early October after suffering a fatal heart attack in the office of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez was fatally shot during a traffic stop in October. Lopez was also a member of the Emergency Services Unit.

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, was serving in Logar Province in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he died on Dec. 14

As you look through this list, you're might think of others we lost this year. Please post a comment below about who else should be remembered and why.

Beachguy December 28, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Sally Bauer loved the beach like few others. Everyday. Sadly she left us a short time after Sandy due to illness brought on by the disaster. I'll miss her walking to and fro from her days by the ocean.
Mr Dunes December 28, 2012 at 09:38 AM
(My Uncle) "Joseph Hazan, 96, artist whose building abutted radical's blast," http://www.thevillager.com/?p=8709
Bob Campbell December 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Joseph P. Saitta, a significant street railway historian, and a resident of Merrick, died this year. Some of his books are listed at: http://www.librarything.com/author/saittajosephp .
Dave Paone December 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM


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