Obituaries – July & August 2018

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Charles Elliott, Jr., 85

Charles Kindred Elliott, Jr., formerly of Dobbs Ferry and Irvington, and a summer resident of Madison, Connecticut, died July 15. He was 85.

Mr. Elliott was a graduate of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, Williams College, and Harvard Business School. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the U. S. Army. He spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring from CIBA-Geigy (now Novartis) in 1983. Locational consulting comprised his second career.

He served on the Dobbs Ferry School Board for six years, winning two elections and was instrumental in the building of a new Middle School there. He also served on the Board of Directors of Family Service of Westchester, Junior Achievement of Westchester, and the Hudson Valley Day Care Center in Dobbs Ferry.

Elizabeth Harkins, 88

Elizabeth McDougall Dalrymple Harkins, a longtime resident of Irvington, died August 19. She was 88.

Born and raised in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire Scotland, she was the daughter of the late Thomas John and Elizabeth Dalrymple. On March 22, 1955, she married her beloved Edward Harkins in Glasgow. That year they moved to Irvington and started their family. Mrs. Harkins worked for 35 years as a teacher’s aide at Dows Lane Elementary School in Irvington, where she was proud to have taught multiple generations of families.

Pamela Hawkins Firmin, 91

Pamela Hawkins Firmin, a resident of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow for more than 40 years, died August 22 at Crosslands Continuing Care Retirement Community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She was 91.

She was born June 26, 1927 in Yorkshire, England. She received her School Certificate (Joint Matriculation Board) from Normanton Girls High School in July 1945 and went on to Avery Hill Training College, University of London, receiving a Teacher’s Certificate. She took teaching positions at several local schools in Castleford before going on to teach at the Royal Naval School, Verdala, Malta, where she spent some of the happiest years of her life.

In 1960, she married Ray Firmin in Essex, England, came to the United States in 1963, and became a citizen in 1993.

While living in Tarrytown, Mrs. Firmin was director of the Sunday School at Christ Church and she worked as an assistant in the Children’s Room at the Warner Library.

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