2002-09-25 / Political Page

Pays Tribute To Youth Sports Leaders


Attending September 28 dedication ceremonies for the late Lew Suber at Joe Austin Field were (l. to r.) Cathay Suber, niece, Tony Macaluso, member Joe Austin Association, city Councilmember Gennaro, Juanita Suber, sister-in-law and (front) Alvin Suber, great nephew.Attending September 28 dedication ceremonies for the late Lew Suber at Joe Austin Field were (l. to r.) Cathay Suber, niece, Tony Macaluso, member Joe Austin Association, city Councilmember Gennaro, Juanita Suber, sister-in-law and (front) Alvin Suber, great nephew.

Earlier this month, Councilmember James Gennaro (D–Jamaica Estates) paid tribute to two youth sports leaders of different generations, Joe Austin and Lew Suber, in whose honor the Annual Old Timers’ Game was played at Austin Field in Jamaica.

The field, near Jamaica H.S., is named in Austin’s honor for the many hours he donated to local youths perhaps as far back as a half century ago, helping them to develop into productive citizens. Among those youths was former Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

Suber, Gennaro recounted, was "a great community leader who had a heart for serving children." Suber was chairman of the Joe Austin association and spent his free time coaching the Rochdale Village Little League.

Suber passed away this summer after suffering a heart attack. Before the Old Timers’ Game recently, Suber’s ashes were spread over Joe Austin Field.


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