Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad today dedicated Bedford Avenue in Bellmore in honor of beloved hardware store owner, World War II Veteran and community leader Roy Weinman, who died in July. They were joined by members of Roy’s family, local businesspeople and the Bellmore community.
Roy Weinman was born and raised on Frederick Avenue in Bellmore and was a member of Mepham High School’s first graduating class. After graduation, Roy entered the military and served with the Army Corps of Engineers for four years during World War II. When he returned from the war, he got his business administration degree from Wharton School of Business and returned home to help his father with the family hardware store, which had opened in 1922. Roy and his wife Myrna settled in Bellmore, raised their four children in the community and also fostered children from Vietnam and Cambodia. When his father retired, Roy took over the business.
“Roy Weinman, helped ‘build’ the Bellmore community,” said Santino. “Weinman’s Hardware was a staple in this community, and Roy was known and loved by all those who walked through his door.”
When Weinman’s Hardware closed on September 15, 2014, it had been in business for 92 years. When Roy passed away, he too was 92 years old.
Roy was an active member of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce, where he once served as treasurer. He was also a President of the Bellmore Memorial Library Board and oversaw the library’s expansion project. An organization that was very close to Roy’s heart was the Bellmore Lions Club, in which he served as vice president and secretary. Roy proposed and organized a bi-weekly flea market for the organization at the LIRR parking lot. The flea market is still going strong, raising funds for this important charitable organization.
Santino and Roy’s family and friends stood together to unveil the sign for “Roy Weinman Avenue,” dedicated at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Pettit Avenue, the heart of the business commmunity where Weinman’s Hardware stood for nearly a century.
“Roy Weinman ‘nailed’ the meaning of community and truly made a positive and enduring impact here in the Bellmore community,” concluded Santino.