2000-06-03 / Obits
Roy Wesley Gearring
Loved By Many
Service for Roy Wesley Gearring was held on Friday, May 26, 2000, at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, St. Albans, New York
Roy was born on October 14, 1922 in East Chicago, Indiana, to Velma Paxton Gearring and Louis Gearring. His early schooling was in Indiana where he was in the National Honor Society and excelled as an athlete. He also played the tuba in the marching band. Continuing his education at North Carolina Agricultural College (now State University) in Greensboro on an athletic scholarship, he majored in Chemistry.
Roy continued to excel in sports, especially football. He was captain of the football team and earned the nickname "Sneaky Pete" for his skillful play and deft moves in the position know today as tight end. The team was an awesome force on the field and great friends off the field.
He continued his education until World War II pulled him into the Army where he served as a dental technician.
After the military, he and his young family set roots in New York. Roy was employed for nearly 40 years at Consolidated Edison where he worked in various capacities and advanced through the ranks to the position of general manager from which he retired in 1984.
An active member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Queens for nearly 30 years, he served on the Usher Board and helped elsewhere whenever it was requested. He was also a member of the Queens Alumnae Chapter of A&T University. In 1978, Roy was enshrined into the A&T Sports Hall of Fame for his performance on the football field, and in typical fashion he never boasted about his notable honor.
Roy was a member of the Senior Bird Bowling league and served as its secretary. He was also on the Springfield Bowlers team for five years. He belonged to a pinochle and poker group. He enjoyed casino trips to Atlantic City, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun. He loved all types of music, especially jazz.
Widower of the beloved Elizabeth, Roy is survived by his daughter Betty; son-in-law Jose; dear friend Ernestine; brothers Ronald (wife, Joyce) and Rudolph (wife, Flora Jean); sister Velma; sisters-in-law Sallie and Reshall Gearring; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of loyal, dear friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at Calverton National Cemetery, Great Neck, New York.
Mass of Christian Burial for Adline Jean-Charles will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2000, at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Adline was an Arverne resident for 30 years, coming from Haiti. She worked as a registered nurse.
She is survived by her husband Georges Jean-Charles; sons Arald and Adli; daughters Danielle, Marie-Georges, Patrice Labad, and Kathie; two grandchildren; five sisters; and one brother.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Park, was held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Queens.
James P. McLeod
Rockaway Beach Resident
Mass of Christian Burial for James P. McLeod will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2000, at St. Camillus Church.
A veteran of the United States Military, James worked for the New York City Transit Department.
Robert is survived by his wife Joanne; sons Brian and Thomas; and brother Thomas.
He is predeceased by his brothers, the late Ronald and the late John.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Park, was held at Calvary Cemetery.
Robert V. Tana
Of Rockaway Point
Mass of Christian Burial for Robert V. Tana was celebrated on Thursday, June 1, 2000, at St. Thomas More Church.
A World War II Air Force veteran, Robert worked as a bus driver for the Transit Authority. He was a member of the Breezy Point and Rockaway Point Catholic Clubs and the VFW Roxbury Post.
Robert is survived by his wife Jane Gonden Tana; son William Cunningham; daughters Rosemary Scheriff and Jane Rizzi; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Park, was held at St. Charles Cemetery.
Nicholas P. Zogas
Of Rockaway Beach
Nicholas P. Zogas died on May 25, 2000. Mass was celebrated on May 26, 2000 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jamaica.
Nicholas was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He came to Rockaway Beach when he married his beloved wife Bess Carnavos Zogas. Together they remained in Rockaway for 52 years.
Nicholas was a sergeant in the Marine Corp. and served in World War II. He received many medals of honor. He was an active member of his church and volunteered much of his time. He always greeted you with a smile and left you with a joke.
He is survived by his two loving children Peter N. Zogas and Jeanne Manas; and five proud grandchildren, George, Nicholas, Valerie, Nicholas, and Jacqueline, all of whom he adored and enjoyed.
He is and always will be truly missed by those who loved and knew him.