UPDATED: New City Community And Business Leader Dorie McMaster Passed Away Wednesday Night

Her many contributions focused on children and the New City business community. Visitation hours are set for Sunday at Higgins Funeral Home in New City.


New City resident Dorie McMaster unexpectedly passed away in her home Wednesday night at the age of 77. She was active in the New City business community as a restaurant owner, president of the Downtown New City Corp., member of the New City Rotary and New City Chamber of Commerce. She was committed to helping to children as a longtime member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters and vice president and president-elect of the Clarkstown Education Foundation. 

“She’ll be missed,” said Mike Aglialoro, who served on the Clarkstown Education Foundation with McMaster for five years. “She had a good heart and was always there to help. Her intentions were always good.”

Aglialoro said she was very active in the foundation, helped raise funds and contributed her time and money. 

Aglialoro knew McMaster for about 20 years; she was a relative by marriage. He described her as a terrific person and a terrific friend. 

Gillian Ballard, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, recalled McMaster fondly.

“She was a gem,” Ballard said. “She was a jewel in the crown.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Vice Chairman Robert Barilli shared his feelings about McMaster, who served as a board member for at least 15 years. 

“We lost an icon. The lady was honorable and the most big-hearted lady I’ve met in my life,” he said. “She was the heart and soul of this board.”

Barilli said her dedication to children and the New City community was evident.

“She was that much of an advocate for the youth,” said Barilli. She loved the town. She loved her family. She loved her friends.”

Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack recalled meeting McMaster when he became town supervisor and she approached him about the need to revitalize Main Street.

"She was very involved sometimes in a very vocal way and sometimes in a very behind the scenes way," he said. "She was very involved as a businessperson."

Gromack said she expressed the need to improve the look and spirit of New City.

"I don't think the general public knew how committed she felt to Clarkstown and New City," he said.

She was a member of the Pride of Clarkstown Committee, which recognized commercial property owners whose properties were well maintained.

A son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren survive McMaster.

Higgins Funeral Home at 321 South Main Street in New City is handling the service arrangements. On Sunday, June 24, calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. On Monday, June 25, there will be a service at Higgins at 11 a.m. which will be followed by burial at Laurel Grove Cemetery, 295 Totowa Road in Totowa, NJ.

The Clarkstown Central School District posted the following remembrance of her.

Longtime Clarkstown community member and former owner of A Matter of Taste, Dorie McMaster passed away suddenly in her home late last evening. Dorie was a tremendous supporter of the Clarkstown community and most significantly, children in need. It was her spirit of generosity, kind heart, and loving manner towards children that prompted her five years of selfless service to the Clarkstown Education Foundation. She was instrumental in organizing and running the majority of fundraising events. She gave of her time, resources and passion in a way that truly improved the lives of others. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and community.

Watchdog June 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
May you rest in peace, Dori . May God bless you.
Mike Hirsch June 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It was never boring being around Dorie. She had that rare gift of being young at heart and gave of herself wholeheartedly. A big loss for our community.
Robin Traum (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Mike I think many will echo those sentiments. Robin
Tammy Schwartz June 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Dorie had the biggest heart. I will never forget at a Rotary lunch at Boces after enjoying a particular dessert asked the Boces students who made the dessert. When one student stepped forward she proceeded to offer that student money towards her college education! Right there on the spot! The young lady was so touched as was everyone else in the room! She will be sorely missed!
Sarah Arras June 21, 2012 at 05:41 PM
From all of your friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County. Thank you for all you have done for us. Goodnight dear friend.
Kerri Allen June 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM
She was such a wonderful person, friend and neighbor...no doubt she's already running things up in heaven! She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Michael Finelli June 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
A great Mom and Grandmother, A great business woman, A great benefactor, A great lifetime friend to my parents, a great adopted grandmother to my children.I will always treasure the years spent with her. She challenged me whenever I got off track and rewarded me when I didn't. The world needs more Dorie's. Rest in Peace "Crazy lady"!
Bill Ciapka June 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
A true Lady of the Old School who got things done, but did it the right way. When you think back to people like her you realize that there are few or her wit and wisdom in the modern community scene
Phil Costa June 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I was shocked to hear of Dorie's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Her for over 40 years. She was a great friend of education in Clarkstown; children always were first to Her. Dorie was a rare breed of person who "told it like it is". Rest in Peace; You shall be missed!
Sandra Leylegian June 22, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Dorie was a very special lady, I feel lucky to have known her. I will always remember her as passionate and feisty! Dorie asked hard questions and took people to task to get the very BEST out of them. We could all learn something from this amazing lady.
Jorie Sear June 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
A true icon who touched many lives, but mostly loved her family so very much. I affectionally thought of her as " the mayor of our neighborhood". She was one of a kind! Dorie, I will miss you seeing you drive up & down our street- always stopping for a quick chat. Jorie Sear
betty carle June 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Dorie told it like it was...and hit the nail on the head all the time! I also remember fondly, in the early years of living in "New City Estates", Dorie organizing Easter Egg hunts. All the kids were invited. She would put really good treats and prizes in the eggs...My girls were always happy to attend. She made them all feel special. Dorie was a unique individual. She will be sorely missed! Betty Carle
Jeremy Rodriguez June 23, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I can not say enough good things about Dorie. I can happily say, that I am proud to be a part of her family. I still remember, like it was yesterday, the first time we met. I was enjoying a dinner at her first restaurant, A Matter of Taste, and she came up to my table to ask me a question... "Are you Chinese?", she asked and the rest was history. She will be missed by all of us. George Mandarin
denise June 23, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Not only do have I the pleasure to know such an admirable, loving women for the past 19 years, but my children have been fortunate to have Grandma Dorie be a part of their lives. We lost one of the best....Dorie, we will miss you everyday. Denise Finelli


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