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Obituaries

THOMAS P. CORACI, 64, of Mastic Beach, died after a long battle with his illness at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on March 17, 2017. Thomas was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was a Supervisor with the William Floyd School District where is worked for the past thirty-seven years. He loved fishing, camping, traveling, going on cruises. He was a good cook, enjoyed making birdhouses, playing games, gambling, cards, and playing Candy Crush. He was a fan of the Beatles, Aerosmith, Elvis, Naked & Afraid, Duck Dynasty, Alaskan Bush People, Walking Dead and 48 Hours. He was a good natured jokester/prankster and gave the thumbs up sign in every photo he took. He was a big man with a heart of gold. He is survived by his loving wife of ten years Donna. He was the beloved father of Thomas, Niamarie, Brittani and Jeana and grandfather of Gia. He was the cherished brother of Paul (Kristine), Louise (George) Lorme, Pauline (Jerry) Wallace, Mary Buckley and Judith Coraci. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Tuesday. A Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church on Wednesday and interment took place at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

ROBERT G. BAIST, SR., 62, of Shirley, died suddenly at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown on March 20, 2017. He was born in Queens, New York and was the Director of Environmental Services at the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation. He enjoyed playing pool, riding motorcycles, loved the beach and going to the Beach Hut, boating and listening to Jazz. He was a true family man and loved his children and grandson very much. He is survived by his children Robert, Brian and Melissa (Joe) Fratto and his grandson Marcus. He was the loving brother of William, Lorraine and Gregory. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley and wake prayers were conducted by Fr. John Ryan of St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic Beach on Saturday. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Monday.

Teddy Bear

By Barbara Guarino Kruk

Every child wants a Teddy Bear. The history behind the famous stuffed bear is interesting. As it turns out the invention of the cuddly creature came about by accident. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt was in Mississippi in 1902 to settle a boundary dispute. He, as we all know, was a big game hunter. When he was having an unsuccessful hunt, his staff found a black bear cub and tied it to a tree for the President to shoot. Appalled at the idea of shooting a defenseless cub he set it free and a cartoonist for the Washington Post who was in his entourage drew a picture of the President, gun in hand walking away from the cub. A toy maker from New York saw the cartoon in 1902 and created the Teddy Bear, thus began the storied history and the world’s love affair with the Teddy Bear.
Why do we love this stuffed bear? It captures the heart with both the fear of a ferocious wild animal and a cute and cuddly friend. The bear will protect you and love you all at once.
Thomas P. Coraci was everybody’s Teddy Bear. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. He fiercely protected his family and friends and gave them all his love. He was a playful man who enjoyed being the prankster. He loved being outdoors and going camping, fishing and going on cruises. His favorite shows were Duck Dynasty and Alaskan Bush People.
Thomas was a pleasant man, always friendly and giving the ‘thumbs up’ in every photo he took. He was kind and honorable and a dedicated hard worker. He served the William Floyd School District for thirty-seven years and was loved and respected by all his coworkers and staff.
Tom was a devoted husband to Donna for the past ten years, loving father to Thomas, Niamarie, Brittani and Jeana and the proud and cherished grandfather to Gia. He came from a big loving family and was one of six children. He is survived by his brother Paul (Kristine), and sisters Louise (George) Lorme, Pauline (Jerry) Wallace, Mary Buckley and Judith Coraci and many nieces and nephews.
On March 17, 2017 Thomas P. Coraci was called home to Heaven. The big Teddy Bear will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

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