2016-07-13 / Features

We Will Miss Lily

Lily Gavin will be missed by thousands of friends throughout Queens. The moving obituaries and touching remembrances serve to highlight her image as a pillar of our community. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church was packed with friends and family and as she herself probably would have said, her funeral was a celebration of her life. Past and present elected officials and dignitaries at the church services included Congressmembers Joseph Crowley and Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemlymembers Cathy Nolan and Jeff Aubry, former City Council Member Mark Weprin, former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, NYPD Assistant Chief Queens North Diana Pizzuti, former Queens Chamber of Commerce President Carol Conslato, and Joe Conley, former Chair of Community Board 2, to name a few who came to pay their respects. Everyone had a Lily story to share, each one inevitably resulting in an homage to the highly respected community leader and ultimately bringing a smile to everyone’s face as they remembered Lily’s own smile.—Tony Barsamian, Publisher Queens Gazette

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