Gurney's Inn
October 17, 2007


J. Ronald Morgan Jr., 69

J. Ronald Morgan Jr., retired CEO of Pershing Limited in London and former CEO of Thomson McKinnon Securities in New York, died on October 6 at his home in East Hampton. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Carol, daughters Kelly and Kim, sons Ron, Ted, Chris and Scott, sister Joan and sister-in-law Marilyn.

The cause was cancer. Mr. Morgan had been battling melanoma for 10 months.

Born on April 25, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late J. Ronald and Irene Morgan. He received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1960.

Mr. Morgan began his career in 1966 as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in New York. From 1966 to 1989 he worked for the retail brokerage firm Thomson McKinnon Securities, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 1984 and then Chairman and CEO in 1987. During that time, he was Trustee for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Chairman of the National Securities Clearing Corp, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Regulatory Committee, and Director of the Securities Industry Association.

In 1990, Mr. Morgan moved to London as CEO of Pershing's UK operation, a post he held until 2004 when he retired. During his 15 years in London, he was Director of Pershing Limited, CREST Co., DLJ Direct UK, DLJ International, CSFB Europe, and London Clearing House. In April of 2006, he was named a non-executive director for iimia Investment Group plc.

In his spare time, Mr. Morgan was Treasurer and Board member of the Huntington Crescent Club, Board Member of the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut and most recently Treasurer of the East Hampton Rotary Club.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his loving wife, Carol, his two daughters, Kelly Morgan and Kim Wieland, his four sons, J. Ronald III, Edward, Christopher and Scott, and his 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Joan Flatley and brother Thomas Morgan.

A wake was held on October 10 at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Avenue in New York. Funeral services were held at the Church of St. Patrick on October 11 in Huntington, New York.

Steven G. Cooper, 37

Cutchogue resident Steven G. Cooper died at his home on October 5.

Mr. Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1970 to Barbara A. (née Jordan) and Sherwood M. Cooper. He was a graduate of Southold High School, Class of 1988, and a United States Navy veteran who served during Desert Storm.

Mr. Cooper was a self-employed mechanic, a member of the Cutchogue United Methodist Church and a volunteer with the Cutchogue Fire Department.

Surviving are his parents, Sherwood and Barbara Cooper of New Suffolk; his siblings, William C. Cooper of Mattituck, Sherwood M. Cooper, Jr. of Florida, Timothy C. Cooper of California, Laura M. Goy of Cutchogue and Jason R. Cooper of New Suffolk.

The family received friends at the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck where firematic and funeral services were held. Reverend Mary Helen Crump and Reverend Warren Beaven presided. Interment was private at the Cutchogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Helen F. Rosko, 86

East Hampton resident Helen F. Rosko died on September 12 at Stony Brook Hospital.

Mrs. Rosko was born in Riverhead on December 17, 1920 to John and Alice (née Sepenoski) Kruszeski. She worked in retail.

She was predeceased by her two husbands, Joseph Balnis and Louis Rosko. She was also predeceased by her children, Constance Balnis, Joseph Balnis and Richard Balnis.

Mrs. Rosko is survived by her sisters, Alice Krupski of Riverhead, Jeanette Swotkewicz of Mattituck, and Barbara Dickerson of Laurel. She was predeceased by a brother.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Rich Balnis, Jr., Jennifer Fenelon, Ryan Balnis and Robert Balnis, all of East Hampton; six great-grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews.

Services were private. Interment was at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Southampton.

Anne Miner St. Phillip, 88

East Hampton resident Anne Miner St. Phillip died at Southampton Hospital on October 5.

Mrs. St. Phillip was born in New York City on September 1, 1919 to Charles and Mary (née Woodin) Miner.

She attended Brearley School for Girls in New York City. She was a housewife and was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Arthur St. Phillip. She was a member of the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.

Mrs. St. Phillip is survived by her children, Suzanne Phipps Hyatt of East Hampton, Alma Mary Phipps of New York, William Louis Phipps of New Jersey, and Jay Eugene Phipps of Idaho. She is also survived by her brother Charles Miner, Jr. of Florida, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three nieces and nephews.

Presbyterian prayers were given by Rev. T. Schacher. Interment was at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.

Kenneth H. Yardley, 87

Longtime Sag Harbor resident Kenneth H. Yardley died at home on October 9.

Mr. Yardley was born on March 6, 1920 in Sag Harbor to Fred and Jessie (née Shaw) Yardley and attended Pierson High School and Roosevelt Aviation School.

He worked as a florist and as a mechanic for Pan Am.

He was predeceased by his wife Willie Mae (née Hutchinson) Yardley.

Mr. Yardley was a former trustee of the Village of Sag Harbor and the Town of East Hampton. He was a former trustee of Sag Harbor Savings Bank and a current trustee of Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor and served on the vestry of Christ Church in Sag Harbor.

He also served as secretary/treasurer of the Sag Harbor Yacht Club and on their board of directors from 1960 to 1994.

Mr. Yardley is survived by his son, Timothy Yardley of Sag Harbor, and his stepson, Brian Moore of Poughkeepsie.

He was predeceased by his siblings Deering Yardley, Fred Yardley and Winifred Wikander.

Interment was at Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church of Sag Harbor and East End Hospice.

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