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Family Of David Rockefeller 'Grateful For Expressions Of Sympathy'

David Rockefeller
David Rockefeller Photo Credit: Rockefeller Family

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --  The family of David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist who had been the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family patriarch from 2004 to his death late last month, is thanking the public for the numerous expressions of sympathy it has received.

Rockefeller died Monday, March 20 at the family estate in Pocantico Hills. He was 101.

"The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of David Rockefeller are so grateful for the many expressions of sympathy and admiration for him which we have received in recent days," the family said in a statement. "We add our own words of fervent thanks to this amazing, gracious and loving man whom we were lucky to know during a 'dividend' of extra years.

"Since many have been asking, we suggest that instead of flowers, contributions of any size may be made to the foundation he established, the David Rockefeller Fund (475 Riverside Drive, Suite 900, New York, NY 10115) or to a charitable organization in which you and he shared an interest."

Rockefeller was the last son of world-renowned financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and grandson of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. the founder of Standard Oil.

Rockefeller served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Bank

Rockefeller and his wife, Margaret "Peggy" McGrath, who died in 1996, had six children: David Rockefeller Jr., Abigail Aldrich "Abby" Rockefeller, Neva Rockefeller, Margaret Dulany "Peggy" Rockefeller, Eileen Rockefeller and Richard Gilder Rockefeller. Five of the children survive Rockefeller, except Richard Gilder Rockefeller, who was killed when his single-engine plane crashed near Westchester County Airport in White Plains in June 2014.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino lives in Mount Pleasant as did Rockefeller.

“I had the good fortune to know and work with David Rockefeller," Astorino said. "Despite his fame and wealth, he was down to earth in our dealings, which involved several projects while I was on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, such as the conversion of Stone Barns on the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills into the world-famous restaurant that it is today.

"Among the many things he will be remembered for, he was a good neighbor and generous friend to Westchester County."

For more on the life of David Rockefeller, check this story from The New York Times.

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