Oscar Kuver, 84
Native Staten Islander Oscar Kuver, 84, a retired U.S. Customs inspector, died June 1 in an assisted living facility near his home in Carlsbad, Calif.
Born and raised in in Clifton, he graduated from New Dorp High School, where he played baseball. Mr. Kuver was recruited by the New York Yankees.
But World War II interrupted his baseball career, and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Kuver served three years, stationed in the Pacific theater. He returned from military service to play minor league ball for four seasons, but his hopes for the majors were dashed by an injury to his pitching arm.
Thats what he was most proud of, being with the New York Yankees, said his niece, Arlene McCarthy. He was a fine athlete and a sports aficionado.
Mr. Kuver had a 35-year career as a U.S. Customs inspector, assigned to the former federal quarantine station in Rosebank and at Newark Liberty International Airport. He continued his work as an inspector for Customs after relocating to San Francisco, and retired in 2005.
He enjoyed listening to classical music and sailing.
Surviving are his former wife, Beverly Boitano, and his son, Gregory.
Burial of ashes took place in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego. Arrangements, including cremation, were handled by the Neptune Society of San Diego.