By UZO AKUJUO
Southeast Queens lost a popular community activist and the creator of a
local community website, when Donald Richard Daly passed away on March 1. He was 69.
Don Daly created a website where Hollis is the focus.
"Don Daly was always very active in
the community," said Dr. Michael Kurtz a Hollis neighbor of Daly for nearly 30 years.
"He had the idea to have a website
dedicated to the Hollis community. There were no papers circulating in the area. We were
kind of overlooked," Kurtz said.
Daly was born on April 24, 1931 in Brooklyn,
but he grew up in Southeast Queens, living in Queens Village and attending Jamaica High
According to his wife, Conswella, "He
earned an undergraduate degree in Social Studies, with a minor in English at Hofstra
University and a graduate degree from Adelphi University."
Daly engaged in a number of endeavors. Being a
veteran of the Korean war and a history teacher in the New York City public school system
were among them.
"He was a master landscaper. He was
trained in the art of English landscaping. He really knew his stuff. He was also
knowledgeable in botany. He liked the outdoors. He was not the type of person who could be
locked up somewhere."
This week, Dalys passing was the lead
story on the websites he created at www.hollisny.com or www.hollisnewyork.com.
"It is a living tribute to him,"
Kurtz said. "He always felt the 103rd Precinct Communtiy Council was a terrific
"Last year the 103rd Precinct had an
outdoor activity in September, the Safety First Fair. He supported and participated in the
fair. He donated, at his cost, use of his electricity. Participants where able to plug in
to the electricity in his home," he continued.
"He was very supportive of the
organzation," said Donna Clopton, the 103rd Precinct Community Council president.
His wife said of Daly, "He was very
friendly. He was very happy, very frank. He told you just what he thought. You either
liked him or you didnt, and a majority liked him."
In December, after living in Hollis for 30
years, Daly moved to Manchester, Vermont with his wife to retire. He died there three
months later of a heart attack.
On Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m., Kurtz said he
will plant a tree in his yard in Dalys memory in a ceremony at 88-34 195th Pl.
In addition to his wife, Daly is survived by
his sons, Daren and Donald, Jr.; his daughters, Gregoriann Rollins and Courtney; his
grandchildren, Bailey and Andrew Rollins; and his brothers, Kenneth and Kevin.