Anita Vaira Funeral


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Anita Vaira was born On February 15, 1939.
She attended Polk Strret School and St. Thomas, Nassau County NY graduating in 1953
She attended Sewanakah High School, Nassau County, NY graduating in 1957
She had a BS degree in Education from New York State Teachers College in Cortland NY
and a MS from Adelphi in Nassau County

We met on February 9, 1963 after being introduced by a computer dating service run by a team of husband-wife psycologists. We actually had 2 blind dates. During our initial phone conversation, she mentioned she liked folk music. When I heard on February 7 that the Kingston Trio was appearing at my old college on February 15, which she had mentioned was her birthday, I made a second date immediately, before we actually saw each other. At the date on the 9th, she mentioned she was going skiing in on George Washington’s Birthday. I asked if I could tag along, thus making the third date.

When I got home my mother asked how it went and I said “ring a ding ding”. I was cooked and ready to serve. It took considerably longer to say the same about Anita. She once said during the summer that “we could never mean anything to each other” but persistence paid off.

We were engaged on October 5 amid over 15 hours of buying a ring, taking a lovers’ ride through Central Park, lunch at Brass Rail, a movie at Radio City, Dinner at Top of the Sixes, ring showing to parents and friends, liquid refreshment at a favorite spot, and some private time alongside the Southern State Parkway. We actually spent more time getting engaged than getting married.

We were married on July 19, 1964 and honeymooned in Mexico City.

After we thought conception impossible and started adoption proceedings with the New York Archdiocese, God smiled upon us and sent us our fine son Edward on October 30, 1969.

We moved into our own home surburban Rockland County, NY in 1968, to Colorado Springs in 1994, San Bernardino County in 2002, and Sun City in 2010.

We have been blessed with two find grandchildren, Brian in 1994 and Katie in 1998.

My career produced enough extra money to travel extensively: east to Europe in 1994, south as far as Mexico in 1979, west as far as Hawaii in 2008 and north as far as Alaska for a dogsled ride on our Golden Anniversary this past July. I’m convinced God planned her sudden good health then considering what has happened since.

I have had just over a half-century of good fortune to have been married to this woman. I am grateful even as I hunger in sadness for more.

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