Yvonne Grace Adams
Yvonne Grace Adams, who worked as a nurse's aide and lived in Rockaway for nearly 40 years, died February 5.
Adams was preceded in death by her husband Irvin.
She is survived by many family members and friends.A mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Oxford Hills, in Chester, N.Y. is providing the crematory services.
Desiree Ann Gomes-Applewhaite, born in Georgetown, Guyana and a former childcare provider, died March 16.
Applewhaite is survived by her mother Doreen, husband Roderick, siblings Veronica, Michael, Leslie, Rita, Wilfred, Andre, Angela, Oscar, Karen, Nikki, and Michelle. Also survived by aunt Olive Winter, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Restoration Temple in Brooklyn. Oxford Hills, in Chester, N.Y. is providing the crematory services.
Robert W. Barclay
Robert W. Barclay, who raised his family in Rockaway, died of cancer on March 24. He was 76.
Born in Manhattan, Barclay also lived in Watchung, N.J., and later in Bedminster N.J., for 21 years.
For 50 years he was a photographer working in high fashion. He also shot for retail and catalog companies. Barclay, an avid gardener, retired in 1997.
He is preceded in death by his wife Helen Marie.
He is survived by son Robert Francis, daughters Michelle, Linda Zambelli, Patricia Farrell, and Allison Refalo. Also by his brother Arthur Cashin Barclay, sisters Irene Eckhardt and Valerie Barclay. He had six grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at the Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, Basking Ridge, N.J. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Basking Ridge.
Josephine Roman-Benitez, a Far Rockaway Resident for 10 years, died at St. Johns Episcopal Hospital on March 14. She was 59.
Benitez came to the U.S. from Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico, at age seven. She lived in Brooklyn and worked as a resident therapist.
She is preceded in death by her husband Carlos Roman, Sr.
She is survived by her mother Eusebia Gonzalez, sons Carlos Roman, Jr., and Joseph Roman, and daughters Edelyn Lopez-Roman and Marilyn Toledo-Roman, all from Far Rockaway. She had six grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday.
John D. Cannon, Sr.
Active Community Member
John D. Cannon, Sr. a Rockaway Resident since 1965, passed away at home on March 21.
Cannon was born in 1935 in West Point, Mississippi. He was the second oldest in a family of 10 children, all of whom would follow Cannon to N.Y. to raise their families.
In 1956 he married Doris Lee Cox. They would have two sons, Norris and John, Jr.
Cannon belonged to the Brotherhood of Masons and served for 45 years to the Criterion Lodge #14 AF&AM. He was active in the Rockaway Beach Democratic Club and the Rockaway Senior Citizen Center. He also sang in the choir at Maranatha Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Jennie.
He is survived by Doris, Norris and John, daughter-in-law Teri, and grandchildren Spencer and Suzetta. His surviving siblings are Ernest, Elijah, Jr., Dessie Miller, Lillie Hale, Willie, Alice Jenkins, George, Minnie Windley-Cannon, Martha Jean Mc-Clinton and their spouses. He also had many other family and friends.
Visitation was held March 26 at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Burial was the following day at Mount Holmes Cemetery, N.J.
The family asks that plants and flowers be planted in Cannon's memory.
Telephone Company Worker
Pearlie Victoria Collins, who worked as an assistant manager for the New York Telephone Company, died February 5.
Collins was born in Portland, Tenn. She is survived by her husband John Collins, brother Hubert M. Brewer, aunt Eva Goines, stepfather Sinclair A. Trotman. Collins had two nieces, Deborah A. Daniels and Regina Brewer, also three nephews, Kenneth, David and Yves Brewer.
A mass of Christian burial was held at Battalion Pentecostal Church in Arverne. Burial at St. Michael Ceme-tery, East Elmhurst, N.Y.
Korean War Veteran
Charles Frost, a stereotyper for the New York Times and a Korean War Veteran died on March 24.
Frost, a 35-year resident of the Rockaway Park, is predeceased by his wife, Loretta McGowan Frost and by his daughter, Joan Morris.
He is survived by his daughters, Lori Frost and Eileen O'Hare and Jane Lee and by his sons-in-law, Joseph O'Hare and James Lee, by his sons, Charles Frost and John Frost and his daughters-in-law, Elizabeth and Nicole, by two brothers, Tommy and Frankie and by a sister, Dolores Lutz. His is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Frost, a long-time parishioner at St. Camillus, was interred at Calverton National Cemetery under the direction of the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.
Kelly Andre George, a longtime Rockaway Resident, died January 28. He was 29.
George, born in Brooklyn, worked as a maintenance engineer.
He is survived by his mother Renee Gaffney-George, children Michelle, Gizzel and Brianna, by his brothers Kenny, Keith, Hassan, JT, and Paul, and sisters Shennika and Dawn. Also by sister-in-laws Charlene and Tasha and special cousin Denise Gaffney.
The funeral mass was held in February at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Oxford Hills Crema-tory is providing cremation.
Thomas M. Haugh
World War II Veteran
Thomas M. Haugh, a retired driver for the New York City Transit Authority and a World War II veteran, died on March 23.
Haugh, a ten-year resident of Belle Harbor, was a parishioner at St. Thomas More, a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and of the Breezy Point Catholic Club.
He is predeceased by his wife, Florence Crosson Haugh, his son, Kevin, his sister, Marion Farrell, his brothers, Francis Haugh and Mike Haugh and by his sister, Hoan McNichol.
His is survived by his son John and wife Linda, his son, Thomas, his brothers, Edward, James and Joseph and by his good friend, Peggy Harvey. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christina, Melissa, Thomas and John.
Interment was at the Resurrection Cemetery under the direction of the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.
Robert Hector, born in Baltimore, Md., died February 15.
Hector, who worked as a furniture maker, also served in the U.S. Mili-tary.
He is preceded in death by sons Robert, Jr., James and Anthony.
Hector is survived by his brother Dewey Hector, children Janie Alston, Nathaniel Hector, Carol Hector-Tharrington, Tillie Wood, Alice Smith and Phyllis Allen. Also by nieces and nephews Goenia Hector Johnson, Janet Hector, Gregory and James Hector, and others.
The mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Intern-ment is at Calverton National Ceme-tery in Calverton, N.Y.
Joseph M. Murphy
Joseph M. Murphy, a retired firefighter with Ladder 119 and a World War II veteran of the Eight Air Force, died on March 25 in Dunedin, Florida.
The 29-year Breezy Point resident is predeceased by his wife, Marie Bantel Murphy. He was a long-time parishioner at St. Thomas More Church.
His is survived by his sons, Dennis, Joseph, Michael, Robert and Timothy, by a sister, Margie Cappolini and by a brother, Timothy. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.
Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Homes.
Delano Omar Samuels, born in Far Rockaway where he lived until age 16, died March 1.
Delano was a student at Far Rockaway High School.
He is survived by his parents Carol and Winston Samuels, brothers Damian Brown, Andre and David Samuels, grandmothers Isoline Burgess and Rosetta Maitland.
His funeral mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Burial was at Amityville Cemetery, in Amityville, N.Y.
Ruth M. Shenton
Ruth M. Shenton, who was born in Queens, and worked as a nurse's assistant, died on February 11.
She was preceded in death by husbands Joseph Commisso and William Shenton.
She is survived by children Gloria Commisso, William Shenton, Patricia and Mary Ann Shenton, brother Paul Ashford, sister Carol Quarles, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, sister-in-law Frances Ashford, god-daughters Malinda Jones and Linda Sutphin, and friend Laura Sutphin.
The funeral mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Burial was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Irving B. Silberfarb
Irving B. Silberfarb, a 35-year Rockaway resident, died on March 25. He was 82.
Silberfarb, born in Brooklyn, was a retired lawyer, administrative NYC law judge with the Transit Authority and Parking Violations Bureau. He was a member of the NYC Bar Association. He served in the U.S. Army.
Silberfarb was preceded in death by his wife Roberta M. Silberfarb.
He is survived by daughter Hilary, sister Gladys Gotkin and other family.
A graveside service was performed by Rabbi Allan Blaine at Knollwood Park Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens.
The family will be sitting shiva at 247 Beach 128 Street until Tuesday April 1.
William "Sonny" Stevens, a Rock-away resident for 65 years, died on March 18.
Born in Queens, Stevens was a factory worker.
He is preceded in death by parents Geneva and William Stevens, brother Claude M. Stevens, sisters Marion C. Stevens and Selena L. Lloyd.
Stevens is survived by his wife Nuris Stevens, daughter Yolanda Stevens-Williams, stepmother Nora Stevens, sisters Shirley Stevens, Emmajane Scott and Lozra Lanord. Also by brothers Tamneil and Larry Lanord and Edward Stevens and seven stepchildren.
The funeral mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Burial was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, N.Y.