Obituaries Tessie Bendo
Tessie Bendo, a resident of Neponsit for nearly 50 years, passed away on June 4, 2002.
Tessie demonstrated a strong sense of community. She was a past president of the Belle Harbor Garden Club for more than 30 years. She also volunteered at Peninsula Hospital Center, and served as the recording secretary for the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Alexander Bendo; children, Katherine Wright, Areta Bendo, and John A. Bendo, MD; grandchildren, Lauren, Stephanie, Christina, Alexis, Alexander and Andrew.
Samuel E. Boynton III
Samuel E. Boynton III, of Far Rockaway, died on June 16, 2002.
Samuel was employed as a printer throughout most of his life.
He is survived by his mother, Birthel; father, Samuel II; and loving brothers, sisters, nieces, and other family members.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at All Saints Cemetery.
David E. Debetham
Grumman Air Craft Tech
David E. Debetham, who took up residence in Rockaway Beach back in 1939, passed away in San Diego, California on June 26, 2002 at the age of 73.
David attended P.S. 42 and Far Rockaway High School, and received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. He was employed, until his retirement, with Grumman Air Craft as a technician.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Leake; mother, Leotta, father, Wilfred, and brother Bunny.
He is survived by his wife, Meryellen; sons, Bruce (Shirley) and Michael (Jackie); grandchildren, Brandon, Derrick, and Deondra; brothers, Alfred (Francine), Rudolph (Gertie), Leroy (Bess); sister-in-law, Joann; sister, Catherine Sinclair; stepmother, Mildred; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Maureen T. Douglass
Maureen Theresa Douglass (nee Kelly), a life long resident of Belle Harbor, passed away on June 30, 2002 at the age of 64.
Maureen spent the majority of her life as a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her children Matthew and Kerry-Ann Touhey.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Walter; children, Michael, Kelly-Marie Cosgrove, and Kathleen Rigaut; grandchildren, Matthew and Beth Anne Cosgrove, Thomas J., Jake and Kaitlyn Touhey, and Sean and Ryan Douglass; sisters, Shelia Swift, Alanna Kelly; and brother, Edward Kelly.
A Memorial Mass will be held on July 9, 9:45 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 1-800-Fight CF.
Dolly Armstead Horn
Dolly Armstead Horn, born in Suggsville, Alabama, died on June 26, 2002.
Dolly was an entrepreneur and a member of the Assembly of the Body of Christ and the Godian Fellowship Church.
She is preceded in death by her children, Wilford and Everage.
She is survived by her husband, Roosevelt Horn; children, Roosevelt Jr., Veronica, and Thomas; brothers, George and Norman Armstead; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.
Loved By Many
Faith Lee, a 53-year resident of Breezy Point coming from Brooklyn, passed away on June 29, 2002.
Faith worshipped at St. Thomas More Church and was a homemaker. She also spent time as a volunteer at Peninsula Hospital Center and taught English as a second language at elementary schools in Brooklyn.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Lee.
She is survived by her sons, Joseph A. Lee III and Thomas E. Lee; daughters, Diane Lynch and Linda Taylor; daughter-in-law, Jayne Lee; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery.
Roosevelt McBride, born in Mayesville, South Carolina, died on June 17, 2002.
Roosevelt was employed as a maintenance supervisor.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie; son, James; daughters, Rosemary and Nola; five grandchildren; brothers, Moultre, James Leroy, and Levan; sisters, Martha, Minnie, Berdie, Frances and Cynthia; and a host of other loving family members.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Peter's AME Church Cemetery in Mayesville, South Carolina.
James Mintz, born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, passed away on May 25, 2002.
James was a farmer for most of his life.
He is survived by his sister, Fannie Mae Thomason; wife, Vernita Livingston; three sons; three daughters; and a host of other family members and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Evergreen Cemetery.
Demetrios G. Moschatos
Demetrios G. Moschatos, born in Symi, Greece, was a long time resident of the Inwood and Far Rockaway community who died on June 27, 2002.
Demetrios came to the United States at the age of 25, and was the founder of Argo Boat Manufacturing Company, Inc. During World War II, he built P.T. boats in New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary (nee Mastorides); daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Andrew Vrahnas; son and daughter-in-law, George and Margaret Moschastos; two grandchildren, Peter (Donna) Vrahhas and Merri Vrahnas; and one great-grandson, Demetrios Vrahnas
Interment under the direction of the Meserole Funeral Home Inc. was held at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, Long Island.
Mattie Mercer Seabrook
Mattie Mercer Seabrook, born in Durham County, North Carolina, died on June 25, 2002.
Mattie lived in New York City for a number of years, as she honed and polished her skills in sewing and playing the piano and organ in various churches. She became increasingly active in the community through her church connections, one of which was the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where she was a member. Mattie served as the church organist for over 30 years.
Mattie donated much of her time to local branches of the NAACP and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Lorenza Vaughn; great grandchildren, Joseph, Janine and Maurice West; niece, Alice Jones (husband Clarence), nephews, Paul (Bud) Mercer (wife Elsie) and Tyrone Mercer (wife Sheryl); and a host of other family members.
Interment under the direction of Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Amityville Cemetery in Amityville, Long Island.
Harold K. Wishropp
Harold Kerr Wishropp, born in Essequibo, Guyana, passed away on June 5, 2002.
Harold as lived in the Rockaway community for over 30 years, and he spent most of his life employed as an Engineer.
He is survived by his sons, Herman, Jake, Robert and Anthony; daughters, Eveth and Salina; 16 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and other loving family members.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Fresh Pond Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.