Two months after Bellmore resident Roy Weinman’s passing the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and the Town Of Hempstead have renamed Bedford Avenue as Roy Weinman Avenue in honor of the man who was born, raised, lived and spent his entire working life in Bellmore.
Roy and Bellmore attorney David Weiss helped build Bellmore Village
Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino remarked to many community members on hand for the dedication prior to the opening of the annual Bellmore Street Fair and Festival that Roy was born and raised on Frederick Avenue and was a member of Mepham High School’s first graduating class.
After graduating, Roy joined the Army Corps of Engineers four years, during World War II.
Meanwhile, in 1922, when Roy was still in elementary in the old wooden schoolhouse on Bedford Avenue, where the Winthrop School field now sits, his father had opened Weinman Hardware. Roy worked in the store, receiving farmers from as far away as Levittown that needed seed and grain, and farming implements with which to farm.
Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and county Legislator Steve Rhoads helped get the honorary street name. Here they flank Myrna Weinman
The hardware store also stocked plentiful supplies for the baymen who trolled the waters of the bays to the south.
After returning from the war, Roy was eventually admitted to the Wharton School of Business, where he received a degree in business administration. It served him well, enabling him to help run the family hardware business on Bedford Avenue.
Supervisor Santino noted with some interest that when Weinman’s Hardware store closed in 2014, it had been open for 92 years – and Roy passed this year at the age of 92.
Roy was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, and served as its treasurer for a period. His father was instrumental in developing a merchant’s organization similar to the chamber. He was also a member of the Bellmore Memorial Library Board, when it oversaw expansion of the library. Roy once told a reporter that the Bellmore library actually evolved from the old wooden schoolhouse library on Bedford Avenue.
But the Bellmore Lions may have been closest to his heart, where he remained active for decades, and was last year received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award for service to the Lions. Roy also developed the bi-weekly Lions Club flea market that now thrives.
The new street signage for Roy Weinman Avenue can be seen at the corner of Bedford and Pettit Avenues.