Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sad News, Roosevelt Island Resident And Former President Of RI Disabled Association Virginia Granato Passed Away Over The Weekend

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Jim Bates reports:

The Roosevelt Island community is at a loss.

Virginia Granata has passed away over the weekend.Virginia was in the hospital at the time of her passing.

Virginia has dedicated her life as an advocate for people with a Disability both on and off the Island.Virginia served as president of The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association, advocating for the many disabled people living on Roosevelt Island.. Virginia also served on the community board of Goldwater/ Cooler Hospital as well as holding board positions on other Disabled organization's

A memorial is being planned and an announcement will be made when it will occur.
In August 2015, I spoke with Virginia Granato at a ceremony marking the completion of fundraising for the FDR Hope Memorial depicting President Franklin Roosevelt sitting in a wheelchair that is planned to be located in Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park.

Ms Granato said of the FDR Hope Memorial:
... It means alot for the Disabled Community in that President Roosevelt did have polio and was able to accomplish so much at that time with the disability and it gives you hope and a good feeling.

Condolences to Virginia Granato's family, friends and neighbors.