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PICCIONE--Gary A. M.D., died on December 22, 2018 at his residence in Peconic Landing, Greenport, NY at age 98. He was a magnificent physician, son, father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, and philanthropist. He was kind, funny, and deeply spiritual. He understood his purpose to be to relieve the suffering of others through his service and giving. He did that with great expertise, commitment, and joy. While putting his own needs second he found time to become excellent at golf, bridge, growing roses, and appreciating opera. Gary grew up in Rockville Center, NY. He graduated from Princeton at age 20 and from Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Medical School at age 23. He served in the United States Army during WWII and, there, met his bride, Marilyn Radichel. They married in 1947 and were together for 60 years until her death. In 1954, he was a founding doctor of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and served there for 46 years. They were leaders in civic and church matters. He was physician of the year at North Shore in 1992. He was also in private practice as a general practitioner/ family practice specialist in Great Neck for 51 years during which time he delivered and otherwise served thousands of grateful patients including "courtesy (free) care" for doctors, nurses, and teachers (along with those who could not pay cash). He did not hesitate to exchange his services for payments such as duck eggs, tomatoes, spinach or a handshake. He is survived by three sons, Gary P. Barth, MD, Paul M. Piccione, PhD., and Richard P. Barth, PhD, and their spouses (Kevin, Nancy and Nancy, respectively), five grandchildren (Dylan Barth, Ann Piccione, Christopher Piccione, James Barth, and Catrina Barth), and one great-grandchild (Inaya Barth); as well as his beloved little sister, Gloria LaBarbera, and her children and grandchildren. He will be remembered by all who met him as curious, kind, twinkling, handsome, and humble. He made the world a much better place and leaves a legacy of goodness that could never be adequately described but which revolved around service to others. Gifts in memory of Gary Piccione should please be made to causes which he described, in declining the honor of an annual lecture series in his name in 1999, as "humanitarian causes - starving people, floods, fires, earthquakes, Kosovo, Honduras, and Columbia and not to well-funded institutions."

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Published in New York Times on Dec. 25, 2018.
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January 4, 2019
To the Piccione Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
December 30, 2018
Thoughts and prayers are extended to the grieving family and friends as your beloved Gary R.I.P.
December 27, 2018
I just read the Prayer Chain from my church(The Congregational Church of Manhasset) and saw the sad news. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My mother Mary Fontrier who passed away June 30,2017 worked for Dr. Piccione as his nurse in Great Neck for many years. I was a patient of his and remember him making house calls when I was sick, one of the very few doctors who still did that. I was able to take my mother out to visit him a few years back when my sister drove her up from North Carolina where she was living. They had a wonderful visit and were both very happy to see each other. He was truly a wonderful doctor and man. My Thoughts and Prayers are with his family.
Shelley Fontrier
December 26, 2018
Please accept my condolences.
My deepest condolences for your loss. May mercy and peace and love be increased to you during this sad and difficult time. Jude 2
December 26, 2018
Uncle Bobby was an exceptional and exceptionally kind man!
Damon LaBarbera
December 25, 2018
Please accept my condolences. May your Precious memories provide comfort and peace. John 14:27
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