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Our Memoriam

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Keith Allison

Executive Committee Member At-Large and Silver Life Member

December 24, 1967 - December 17, 2020

Keith S. Allison was born to Kenneth S. Allison II and Cheryl Rogers on December 24, 1967 at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, New York. He grew up in the Regis Park area of Brentwood, NY where he graduated form Brentwood Ross High School and met the love of his life Brenda. Keith learned the art of carpentry and later went on the become the superintendent at Fairfield Properties. During his time at Fairfield, Keith attended the Suffolk County Sheriff's Academy where he later became a Suffolk County Corrections Officer in Riverhead, NY. With just over 25 years of service, Keith reached his goal of Investigator Sergeant after wearing many hats within the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. Keith served as the President of the SCCOIA and most recently was appointed to be an instructor training sensitivity classes for many officers. Keith was a man dedicated to his family and job and equally dedicated to his community. He volunteered with the Islip Town Branch of the NAACP, served as the President of Brentwood Youth Activities (BYA) for many years as well as holding the seats of Trustee and First Vice President of the Brentwood School Board. His relationship with the Lord grew deeper as he became a Deacon at Faith Alive Ministries in Central Islip, NY before he left his earthly vessel on December 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth S. Allison II, Cheryl A. Wilson, brothers Leonardo S. Wilson and Karl S. Allison. Keith S. Allison is survived by his loving wife Brenda Allison, daughter Alicea Allison, son Darius Allison, granddaughter Avaleigh McCoy along with a host of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and huge extended family.

Keith S. Allison is the only Suffolk County employee to pass due to complications of COVID-19. We salute Keith Allison, truly a fallen hero in the 2019-2021 battle against the COVID-19 virus.


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 Jerry Wolkoff

Philanthropic Supporter and Silver Life Member

November 8, 1936 - July 17, 2020

Real Estate Visionary, dead at 83. Jerry Wolkoff was a remarkable person. He meant so much to so many people. He was kind, and generous. He was passionate and intense. He was the embodiment of the American Dream. Born in extreme poverty in Brooklyn, NY he took every advantage of hard work and innate intelligence (which he called "street smarts"), to create a very full, happy and successful life for himself and his family. But he would never describe his success in terms of all the property he developed and buildings he built. Those were just to keep score, as he was the ultimate competitor. He would tell you he was successful because he had the best wife, Michele, who understood his "crazy" personality. He was successful because he loved his kids, Adam and David, his daughter-in-law Stephanie, and his grandchildren Zachary, Tyler, and Alexi. And they loved him! He was successful because he loved his mother Bertha, brothers Morty and Stephen and all of their kids (Sammy, Illyssa, Sabrina, Seth, Eric, Greg) and their grandchildren. He was successful because he loved his in-laws Caryl and Mickey Palin and their kids (Dorothy, Andrea, Dean) and all of their children. He was successful because he had friends he loved and enjoyed; and they enjoyed him. He loved life. He lived it to its fullest without regrets and always with respect. He was truly one of a kind and will forever be missed but never forgotten.



 Gail Kirkham

Secretary and Silver Life Member

December 10, 1953 - January 1, 2017

Gail Elaine Kirkham was a trustee of the Washington Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC), and president of the Washington Temple COGIC, Christian & Secular Education Department. She was an elected trustee of the Brentwood Public Library, and served as trustee and vice-president of the Brentwood Board of Education. Gail was an active parent serving as the Brentwood Council of PTSAs, President, Former Brentwood High School PTSA, President, Brentwood East Middle School PTA, President,  Newsletter Chair for Suffolk District PTA. Because of her dedication to family, community and her God, Gail was received numerous awards throughout her life: New York State PTA Outstanding Newsletter Award ♦ National Negro Women, Suffolk Chapter Honoree ♦ Special Recognition from Assemblyman for Service to Community ♦ Residents for Better Schools Community Service Award ♦ Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Honoree ♦ NAACP Coalition of Branches Service Award ♦ Islip Town Black History Month Award ♦ Islip Town Branch NAACP Women’s History Month Award ♦ and the Nassau/Suffolk School Board’s Association Special Recognition. Gail Elaine Kirkham, our treasured secretary, is survived by her children and grandchildren.


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