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Alan Choate Davis of Port Chester, N.Y., died on December 9, 2017. The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage, but he died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.

Born in New Hampshire, on April 20, 1930 he was the son of Ann and Kenneth Davis. His childhood home was the source of many wonderful memories. He and his sister Margery and their parents especially enjoyed climbing and skiing in the nearby White Mountains. He was one of 12 Boy Scouts selected to serve as Messengers during the International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods in 1944.

In 1947, he graduated from Manchester Central High, where he served as class president all four years. He spent one year at Exeter Academy, where he anchored the line in the defeat of football rival Andover.

He graduated in 1952 from Dartmouth College, where he was on the Track and Field team, specializing in the hammer throw, a member of the Casque and Gauntlet Honor Society, and president of his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi.

Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army for three years, graduated from Officer Candidate School, and served as Commanding Officer of his Ordnance unit. He won the Fifth Army hammer championship and was a double winner in the Mid-American AAU Championships in the hammer and 56-pound weight throw.

In 1958, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he met his future wife, Mary Davidson. He then embarked on a successful career as a corporate lawyer. He was General Counsel of the Tank Car Comp Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, a corporate lawyer at Gulf Oil Corp and ITT Continental Baking Company, and Assistant General Counsel of Boehringer Ingelheim Corp.

He and his family lived in Rye for 35 years. He loved Rye Presbyterian Church, where he was a trustee; Manursing Island Club, where he served on the Board of Governors; and the Rye Youth Council, where he served as Counsel. He also served as chair of the Westchester Coalition of Business and Industry. Among his many civic and community undertakings was being part of the leadership effort that prevented the building of the Rye-Oyster Bay Bridge.

Alan Davis was known for his sense of humor, love of sports, in-depth knowledge of history (he was writing a book on the American Revolution), and his complete sacrifice and devotion to his entire family.

In addition to his beloved wife Mary, Mr. Davis is survived by his children, Russell, Mark, and Susan; and grandchildren, Lauren, Kevin, Neil, and Andrew Davis, and Holly and Michael Trumpler.

A funeral and celebration service will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rye Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to Steer for Student Athletes (steerforstudentathletes.org).

[PLACES: Manchester NH Leader, Rye Record, NYT?, Dartmouth Alumni Mag, ’52 Newsletter, Exeter Bulletin, Harvard Law School Alumni Mag, RPC, Manursing]

 

Maguid Megalli, 75, of Rye, New York, passed away on December 3, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, after a nearly two-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Loved by all whose lives he touched, Mike, as he was known, will be remembered as a doting father, husband, brother, grandfather, uncle, doctor, and friend.

A true American patriot who believed deeply in the American dream, he emigrated from Egypt with his wife Viviane in 1969, becoming a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he served for 12 years, and receiving his American citizenship in 1976.

He was a board-certified and nationally renowned urologist for many years before becoming a hospital executive for the second half of his illustrious career.

He completed a residency and fellowship in Urology at Columbia Presbyterian in 1974 and received a Masters of Business Administration from Pace University in 1988.

From 1982 to 1988, he served as the Chief of Urology at Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, and as Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs from 1988 to 1999. In addition to founding SERVITAS, he served as its chairman, was Chief Medical Officer of the Catholic Health Care System, President of Benefice Advantage, and Chief Medical Officer of Our Lady of Mercy. He was also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

His passions were politics, travel, backgammon, history, and real estate, but nothing defined the contours of his life more than his love for family and friends.

He was a longtime contributor to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, AmeriCares, and the Republican Party. He also volunteered as the Police Surgeon for the City of Rye.

In addition to his beloved wife of nearly fifty years, Viviane Megalli, he is survived by his sons, Michael (Enrica Basilico) Megalli and Mark (Jenifer Wells) Megalli; his grandchildren, Ina, Margot, Ramzi, and Naomi Megalli; and his sisters, Myriam and Maggie. He was predeceased by his parents, Ramzi and Lydia Megalli, his brother Emad, and his sister Mona.

A memorial service was held December 17 at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home in Mamaroneck. Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders. For more information or to place an online condolence, visit www.coxeandgraziano.com.

 

James Sheehan Dineen, a 50-year resident of Rye, N.Y., passed away on December 6, 2017. He was 84. 

Born in New York City on January 3, 1933, he was the son of Francis Xavier and Edythe Sheehan Dineen. 

After attending the Loomis School, and the Wharton School of Finance, he graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Marketing in 1956.

His business career included forming JD Industries, Inc., which represented over twenty European textile mills in the United States. He retired in 2007.

Later in life, Mr. Dineen created an endowed scholarship fund for one student annually entering the teaching profession and generously supported the music department at Fordham College Lincoln Center, as well as the Fordham University Choir. 

Highbridge Voices was a cause that was near to his heart. As one of the founding trustees, he passionately supported the organization’s mission to use the performing arts to teach lessons of self-discipline, delayed gratification, and teamwork to children of the Highbridge community in the Bronx. His commitment to Highbridge Voices will have a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds of children.

He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Heminway on October 3, 1959. She survives him, as does their son, James “Chip” Dineen Jr. of Sag Harbor, and a brother, Francis Xavier Dineen of Hamden, Conn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 12 at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. 

Donations may be made in Jim Dineen’s honor to the Palliative Care Unit at Greenwich Hospital and the Outreach Program at Church of the Resurrection.

 

April McBroom Deen of Rye, N.Y., passed away peacefully on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her family and friends. She was 41 years old. 

Born on February 24, 1976, in Amersfoort, Netherlands, she was the daughter of John and Connie Weir McBroom. After graduating from Randolph Air Force Base High School in 1994, she went on to Radford University, where she earned a BBA in Marketing and was a member of Sigma Kappa.

She was a fashion sales executive for Guess, Marithe + Francois Girbaud, Converse, and Tokyo 5 from 1998-2010 and, until last year, worked as a sales consultant. 

In 2012, she married Adrian Deen and together they raised their two children, Alton and Elan. They survive her, as do her mother, Connie McBroom of Oakton, Va. and Rye; her father, Retired Major General John McBroom of San Antonio; her brother, Robert McBroom of Park City, Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

Recalling his wife, Mr. Adrian Dean said, “I lost my best friend. April was an amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and human being. She fought a tenacious yearlong fight exactly to the day, and while the outcome wasn’t what we all hoped for, she won. I am awed by how many hearts she touched and inspired.”

A Memorial Service was held December 11 at Rye Presbyterian Church. Donation in April Deen’s memory may be made to Soul Ryeders, (www.soulryeders.org).

 

Rosemary C. Sinnott, 75, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2017 at Greenwich Hospital, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Sinnott was a longtime resident of Rye, New York, where she was a dedicated parishioner at Church of the Resurrection.

Mrs. Sinnott was born on December 7, 1942 in Waterbury, Conn., the eldest of nine children of the late Dr. and Mrs. M. Carroll Culhane. She was named for her mother, Rosemary (Dowling), and was affectionately known as Romie.

She was a graduate of St. Margaret School in Waterbury, Conn., and Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa.

She met her future husband, Peter Sinnott III, on a cruise for college graduates. After traveling across the Atlantic and through Europe, they fell in love in Rome. One year later, he proposed on the dock of the cruise ship’s departure. They were married on November 27, 1965 and celebrated their 52nd anniversary last month.

They were blessed with the birth of a son, Peter, in 1966, and after raising him she reentered the workforce. The Sinnott’s marriage was a true partnership and they spent 41 years working side by side at the family business, Sinnott Management Co.

A longtime member of Apawamis Club, she loved skiing at Stratton Mountain, and enjoyed spending time on the water, in particular with her family at their childhood cottage at Bayview Beach in Milford, Conn.

Mrs. Sinnott was the first woman member of the board of trustees of Canterbury School. Along with her husband, she was a past co-chair of United Way of Rye, a recent capital campaign for the Rye Free Reading Room, and the nationally recognized Rye Invitational Paddle Tennis Tournament.

Rosemary Sinnott will be remembered as a woman of deep faith, indomitable strength of character, and extraordinary kindness. Devoted to her family, she relished her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Peter Sinnott IV and his wife Erin, and their son Michael, all of Rye; three brothers and four sisters: Michael (Mary) Culhane of Middlebury, Conn.; David Culhane of Milford, Conn.; Peter (Adrienne) Culhane of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Anne (Don) Postles of Williamsville, N.Y.; Maureen (John) Morris of Ridgewood, N.J.; Maryjane (Paul) Markey of New Canaan, Conn.; and Carroll (Peter) Kennedy of Big Horn, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Edward Culhane of Waterbury, Conn., and her niece, Corey, of Hoboken, N.J.

A mass of Christian burial will be held December 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Rye Free Reading Room.

 

Rachelle Marie Amira passed away on November 18,2017, a week before her 47th birthday, and after a long struggle with cancer, at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City.

One of twelve children born to Theodore and Carol (Moran) Longnecker, Rachelle, along with her twin sister Renee, was born on November 25, 1970 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She attended Springstead High School in Spring Hill, Fla.

She gave birth to a beautiful daughter in 1992. Ten years later, and after her divorce, she met Frank Maro on a business trip in Lyon, France. They soon welcomed two boys and raised their family in Rye.

At the age of 39, Ms. Amira was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Initially given three years to live, she survived for more than seven years with grace and courage.

Art was the other love of her life. Known for her paintings and refurbished furniture, she possessed a happy “bohemian vibe”.

Her family said, “We’re so grateful for her artwork, which serves as a beautiful reminder of the love and light Rachelle brought to everyone.”

Her strength and resilience, said her family, were remarkable. “She greeted every treatment with a smile and every setback was an inspiration to live longer. She never considered the fact that death was a possibility. Every day was a new chance to beat this disease. Rachelle taught us all to make the most of the present moment and to smile through the hard times.”

In addition to her three children, Alexis, Frank and Michael, and her partner, Frank Maro, she is survived by her brothers: Randy, John, Teddy, Steven, Daniel, Gerald, and Timothy, and her sisters: Renee, Julie, Linda, and Lynette. 

A celebration of Rachelle Amira's life was held November 22 at Rye Presbyterian Church.

For those would like to make donations in her memory, the family asks that contributions be made to the family fund set up on You Caring, www.youcaring.com/rachelleamira-1015816.