2002-08-24 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

The Gwirtzman's: Making A Major
Positive Difference
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

The Gwirtzman's: Making A Major
Positive Difference

Our community has been immeasurably enhanced through the strong leadership provided by Leroy H. Gwirtzman (deceased on September 1, 1992) and his wife Sally Heller Gwirtzman.

I am very pleased that I have been able to work with Sally Gwirtzman to help to bring to fruition the establishment of the Gwirtzman triangle. It is dedicated to her beloved husband Leroy. The Gwirtzman triangle is an everlasting memorial to a man who made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people. He and Sally shared a special love for each other. They had a dedication and passion, which branched out to their extended family and our community.

The Gwirtzman triangle is a beautiful tranquil spot where one can step away from our frantic pace and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the flowers
while contemplating the vastness of Jamaica Bay and our New York City
skyline. It is an opportunity to commune with nature.

Roy and Sally Gwirtzman shared a passion for their professions, which complimented each other. Roy Gwirtzman was a highly respected certified Public Accountant that served with distinction on the federal, state and local level. Roy Gwirtzman received numerous honors and awards including national honors from President George Bush and commendations from the Democratic National Committee. He was elected to the National Society of Public Accountants, a charter member of the New York Society of Independent Accountants and an exalted member of the Knights of Pythias.  He was honored on several occasions in recognition of his continuous, unselfish contributions to the care and welfare of Hospitalized Veterans. Roy Gwirtzman served as an outstanding Commander of the Jewish War Veterans and of the American Legion. On the local level, Roy Gwirtzman loved his community. He exhibited this by lending his talent and time to serve as the President of the Neponsit Property Owners Association and as an outspoken advocate for our community on Community Planning Board 14. The Queens Borough President in recognition of his untiring efforts and conspicuous service on behalf of the community honored him.

Roy Gwirtzman loved his home. He and Sally created a magnificent warm and welcoming home. Sally's special artistic gifts flourished in their domicile. The many facets of her unique, creative abilities are evident all over the house.

My family and I were fortunate to have been invited by Roy and Sally Gwirtzman to spend time with them in their home. Sally's creative and artistic talents even extend to her fabulous culinary skills. My particular favorites were the beautifully and creatively presented desserts. All culinary critics would attest to the superiority of her creations.

Sally's academic and creative talents were shared with her students at PS 204 in Long Island City. She has had a distinguished career where she has achieved numerous accolades and awards. Through her teaching career Sally was able to share her inborn gifted ability. She nurtured and encouraged youngsters to develop their creative talents. Through her emotional support, her academic preparation and her natural artistic aptitude she helped children to grow and fulfill their potential. 

Sally was a very special teacher who encouraged her students to pursue the unconventional route. She praised and encouraged original ideas. She concentrated on enriching each child's talent and experience. She was able to encourage enrichment by helping children to challenge and develop their individual talent.

Today, Sally continues her artistic and creative pursuits. Through her professional knowledge and innate creative talent she serves as a valued
member of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. She continues to encourage creativity in all aspects of our community.

It is a delight and a privilege to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Leroy Gwirtzman and the continuing contributions of Sally Heller Gwirtzman.

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