Virginia Granato, longtime resident of Roosevelt Island, passed away Sunday, April 30, after a long battle with cancer.
Virginia was born in New York City in 1946. She contracted polio at the age of nine, after which she began using a motorized wheelchair. She started using a portable respirator in her late twenties.
Virginia moved to Roosevelt Island in December of 1976, shortly after which she co-founded the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA). She worked in Goldwater Hospital as a secretary in the wheelchair shop, and later became a member of their community board.
Virginia was an active participant and member at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center. She loved music and always had her radio on at home. We remember Virginia at the Senior Center’s recent Valentine’s Day Party requesting oldies and dancing along to the music.
Everybody knew Virginia. She had many dear friends on and off the Island. She is survived by her sister, Marie, brother-in-law, Ronnie, and brother, Anthony. She is also survived by her nephews, Anthony Joseph and Michael; her cousins; and her many friends. She will be sorely missed, but always remembered fondly as being a loyal friend, having a great sense of humor, and for her beautiful smile.
One of her favorite poems:
I Shall Pass by Etienne de Grellet
I shall pass through
this life but once.
Any good, therefore,
that I can do,
Or any kindness I can show;
let me do it now.
Let me not defer
or neglect it.
For I shall never
pass this way again.