YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Funeral arrangement have been set for the elderly couple who perished during a fire at their Yorktown Heights home on Monday.
Jeffrey and Helen Ginman died after being trapped in the early-morning fire.
Jeffrey would have been 75 on April 30, Helen was 70. They both were longtime residents of Yorktown, having lived for there almost 50 years.
Jeffrey Ginman worked as the national account manager for Energizer Batteries, working his way up from salesman. His career spanned almost 45 years. He was born in Yonkers in 1942 to Rolf and Marjorie Ginman. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University.
He also served in the Naval Reserve receiving an honorable discharge in 1968. As a young adult, he was the lead singer in a rock band called the Esquires, playing with numerous greats like Fats Domino and Chuck Berry and headlining popular places like CBGB and the Cheetah. He also enjoyed rooting for the Mets and Giants.
Helen Ginman was a homemaker and devoted mother to her children. She was born in Manhattan in 1947 to Matthew and Helen Campbell. She earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Marquette University.
She enjoyed a number of hobbies in the arts including jewelry making, painting, and sketching. She was an avid animal lover and cared for numerous pets over the years.
The couple met randomly at a concert where Jeff was playing, the first concert Helen had ever attended. According to Helen when he passed by and said “hi” she thought he was awfully hot and sweaty and wasn’t impressed. Nevertheless, she agreed to go on a date, and the two never separated for the next 50 plus years.
They are survived by their children Bryan and Craig and their spouses; his sister Janice, and five grandchildren.
There will be a public Mass of Christian Burial at New St. Patrick’s Church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, followed by a funeral procession leading to Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.