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Charles “Bones” Jones Jr. – Rockland Special Olympics Founder & Champion Passes Away

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Charles, who was affectionately known to everyone as Bones for his tall lean appearance, passed away on April 22, 2021 at the age of 72 after an incredibly courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

In 1972 Charles moved to Rockland County to start a job which would become his career, a Recreational Therapist at Letchworth Village Developmental Center. It was the beginning a 49-year professional career where he eventually became the Chief Recreational Therapist passionately supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He would began a Scout program (Boys & Girls) for developmentally disabled residents at Letchworth.

During his career at Letchworth Bones founded another one of his life’s passions, Rockland County Special Olympics. His work with Special Olympics would add to his legacy of leadership and volunteerism that touched thousands of lives over the years, all across New York State. Connected to his affinity for golf, he advocated for adding the sport of Golf at the National level. He helped to coordinate the first national tournament at PGA National in Port St. Lucie, FL. He received numerous awards, recognitions and honors for his volunteerism with Special Olympics including the Dorothy Buehring Phillips Award, named after the founder of New York State Special Olympics – the highest honor given to a volunteer. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Special Olympics as well as the

Hudson Valley Region and in 2019, the Rockland County Special Olympics Golf Tournament was renamed in Bones’ honor as the Bones Jones Rockland Golf Classic, a tournament which he started over 35 years ago to benefit the athletes in the county. At the heart of Bones’ dedication to Special Olympics was his boundless belief in the value of sports training and athletic competition can have for those among us who may be differently abled. Add to all this, he was a gentleman who dedicated his entire adult life to improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and to bring greater acceptance for them in our society.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Charles “Bones” Jones. We can say without a doubt, Jones made Rockland a better place.

Link to donate to the NY Special Olympics HERE.

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Services for Clarkstown North Student Crash Victim Wednesday & Thursday

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NEW CITY, NY – Today, family and friends are gathering to say a final goodbye to Clarkstown North High School junior Vlad Hvalyk.

Visiting hours are today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Michael J Higgins Funeral Home in New City. The funeral is Thursday in Spring Valley.

The 16-year-old died last Thursday after he was a passenger in car that crashed on Congers Road in New City.
The alleged drunk driver, 18-year-old Alan Mendoza, is facing a handful of felonies, including aggravated vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

 

GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses and medical costs has raised more than $55,000.

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New City Crash Victim Identified, GoFundMe Created to Support Family

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New City, NY –  In a letter to the school district, Superintendent Marty Cox released the identify of the Clarkstown North High School student who passed following Thursday’s accident in New City. Vlad Hvalyk was in his year at Junior at Clarkstown North High School and just a month shy of his 17th birthday. A GoFundMe has been created to support the family of Clarkstown North High School Junior Vlad Hvalyk who tragically passed away on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 in a car accident on Congers Road in New City.

LINK TO THE GOFUNDME HERE.

Vlad was only 16 years old when he was the passenger in a car to a drunk driver on the night of May 6, 2021. He suffered many injuries and experienced an immense amount of trauma. He had undergone a surgery that sadly could not save him. Unfortunately, Vlad passed away on May 7, 2021 just a month before his 17th birthday.

Vlad’s memory and life will be survived by his parents, sister, brother and friends. Vlad was extremely loved and no words can explain the hurt we are all feeling. All donations and proceeds will go to Vlad’s medical bills and funeral costs. Thank you.

We have been told that this is a verified GoFundMe account with all funds raised going directly to the family.

(Information and photos via GoFundMe)

GOFUNDME LINK HERE

You can read more details about the accident here.

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