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Larry Selman, ‘Collector of Bedford St.,’ dies at 70

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Larry Selman, the Greenwich Village legend who collected more than $300,000 for various charities over the years, although he lived at the edge of poverty himself, died Jan. 20 in Beth Israel Hospital at age 70. He was the subject of an Oscar-nominated 2002 documentary, “The Collector of Bedford Street,” by read more here »

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Harold Kent, 86, founder  of Economy Best Vision shop

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Harold Kent, founder of Economy Best Vision and Hearing on W. 14th St., died last September at age 86, but his son, Edward, who learned the business from his father, is carrying on the family tradition at the store between Seventh and Eighth Aves. The tradition goes back nearly six decades. read more here »

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Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Sophie Gerson, a beloved Greenwich Village neighbor and Democratic Party activist who served two terms on the local school board after retiring from a teaching career, died Saturday in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 88. The cause of death was an infection. More than 200 mourners, including city councilmembers, read more here »

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Marie Rose Doria, 94; Wed scion of princely Italian family

Marie Rose Doria died at Beth Israel Hospital after a brief illness on Dec. 20. She was 94 years old. She had lived on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village since 1956. She was born Marie Rose Stoisits in Buffalo on Dec. 6, 1918. The Stoisits family were of Croatian descent. They moved back read more here »

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Howard Moody, a visionary activist — and my friend

BY REV. DONNA SCHAPER  |  Howard Moody was my friend, before he was my colleague, my mentor and my predecessor at Judson. No one follows Howard, even though Reverend Peter Laarman did for the first 10 years after Howard retired and I have for the next eight. We just plow along in the field that read more here »

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Joseph Hazan, 96, artist whose building abutted radicals’ blast

Joseph Hazan, a longtime Village resident, died at home on Oct. 27. He was 96. Born in 1916 in Thessaloniki, Greece (known as Salonica to the Spanish Jewish community there), he came to New York at 4 months old with his mother Delicia and older brother. The family, which would grow to six children, lived read more here »

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Maura Prince Sharman, 61, peace activist, social worker

BY SHARON WOOLUMS  |  For 30 years, Maura Prince Sharman has been one of my dearest friends. She knew how to be a friend, always looking for the joy and humor in situations, but was always present for the dilemmas too. I always came away with something beautiful, something from her heart. She had a read more here »

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Irving Bender, who was married to Mollie Bender, sister of William Gottlieb, the late Village real estate magnate, died Oct. 17 in Highland Beach, Florida. He was 91. At the time of his death in 1999, Bill Gottlieb owned 148 buildings and three restaurants, spread largely over the West Village and read more here »

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Dominick Danzo, the Mayor of Thompson St., dies at 97

OBITUARIES  |  Dominick Danzo, known as the Mayor of Thompson St., died at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, on Oct. 11. He was being held by his daughter and son-in-law and passed into the arms of his beloved spouse, Carmella.-He was 97. He was born in New York City to Angelina and Rocco Danzo. read more here »

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John Evans, 79, artist whose collages were a diary

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  John Evans, an East Village artist who created a collage every day for nearly 40 years, died on Oct. 5. According to Pavel Zoubok, who represented him at his Chelsea gallery, Evans died of a sudden heart attack, following an extended battle with hydrocephalus. He was 79. Evans was born read more here »

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