2003-05-02 / Obits


Carmine Cocomero

Carmine Cocomero

Construction Worker

Carmine "Carl" Cocomero, born in Rockaway, died April 3. He was 55.

Cocomero was raised in North Massapequa, L.I.. He served in the United States Navy for four years, before returning home to his parent's home. Years later, and married, he moved with his wife and children to Calif., where he worked in the construction business until his death.

Cocomero is survived by his son Joseph, daughter-in-law Kerry, and their son Christopher, of Islip, L.I.. He is also survived by another son, C.J.; an aunt, Marie Corrado of Port Washington, L.I. and Rockaway Beach; uncle Michael Nagliere of Rockaway; cousins Grace Buehler of Shirley, L.I.; and Michael Nagliere of Brooklyn.

Cocomero's remains were cremated, and a service was held at sea after which he was interred in the Pacific Ocean.

Thomas E. Crossan
United Nations Employee

Thomas E. Crossan, a Rockaway resident for more than 20 years, died April 28.

Crossan, who was born in Brooklyn, lived in Pocono Lake, Pa. He was a retired Lieutenant in the United Nations' Security Division. He also served in the United States Navy.

He is preceded in death by a son, Edward J. Crossan.

He is survived by his wife Alice (nee Flannery) Crossan; sons Brian K., Christopher M., Terrence M., and Thomas P. Crossan; six grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Crossan.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at the St. Charles Cemetery.

Thomas P. Mulvey
Postal Union Rep.

Thomas P. Mulvey, a Rockaway resident for three decades, died April 29.

Mulvey was born in Manhattan. He worked as a postal letter carrier and a union representative for the New York Letter Carriers Branch 36 of the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Mulvey.

Mulvey is survived by his father James Mulvey, Sr, and brother James Mulvey.

Visitation is Friday April 2, at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home with a mass on Saturday at St. Camillus Church, at 10 a.m.

Bernard P. O'Connor
Marine Surveyor

Bernard P. O'Connor, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died April 24.

O'Connor was born in Rockaway, and worked as a marine surveyor in the insurance industry. He belonged to the Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Kuhn.

O'Connor is survived by his wife Maureen (nee McMahon) O'Connor; sons Bernard and Ryan O'Connor; daughters Karen Heidt and Sheerin O'Connor; a brother, Patrick; sisters Judy Splendore and Agnes Merker. Also survived by four grandchildren: Alexis, Aidan, Ryan, and Shane O'Connor.

Richard "Big Foot" Pirog
Vietnam Vet, Painter

Richard Charles Pirog, known to many as "Big Foot," who lived in Rockaway for nearly 30 years, passed away on April 18. He was 56.

Pirog was born in Weehawken, N.J. He moved to Rockaway in 1975. Pirog served his country as a U.S. Marine during Vietnam. A member of the American Legion, he was a painter, maker of stained glass lamps, and also a surf-cast fisherman.

Pirog is preceded in death by his father Charles Pirog. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Pirog; mother Marion Pirog; daughter Andrea Cummins, sisters Pamela Haemmerle, and Penelope Mercadante; grandchildren Timothy Patrick, and Nicholas Christopher, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with the burial at Calverton National Cemetery.

David Ronald Rayside

David Ronald Rayside, a Rockaway resident for nearly 25 years, passed away April 21.

Rayside, who was born in Barbados, worked as a mechanic.

He is survived by his wife Esther; daughters Nicole, Theresa and Julia; son Earlaid; mother Violet; several siblings from Barbados: sisters Sheila, Sharmain, Brenda, and Linda; brothers Jeffrey, Steven, Hilard, Christopher, and Peter. Also survived by grandchildren Shawny, Shae, Najeer, Yona, Sual, and Nicquiera.

A mass was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment at St. John Cemetery in St. John, Barbados.

Kisha Tarnette Thomas, 26
Home Health Aide

Kisha Tarnette Thomas, a lifelong Far Rockaway resident, died April 21.

Thomas worked as a home health aide, and was a parishioner at St. John's Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter Tatianna; sisters Shawana, Letilia, Charlene, Barbara, Tanya; brothers Mike, Tyrone, Tony, Rodney, Jeff; maternal grandparents Louise and James Bailey, paternal grandparents Annie and Raymond Burns; brother-in-law Jamel Jones; special friend Lillian Mannig, and other family and friends.

Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A mass was held at St. John's Baptist Church, Inwood. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery, in Greatneck.

Kevin Patrick Wilkinson
Telephone Co. Manager

Kevin Patrick Wilkinson, a Belle Harbor resident for more than 30 years, died April 24.

Wilkinson was a retired New York Telephone Company manager. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard Reserves, and a previous Belle Harbor Property Owners Association President.

He is preceded in death by his parents Agnes O'Donohue and James Wilkinson.

Wilkinson is survived by his wife Margaret (nee Keane); son Kevin, Jr., daughters Peggy Frontera and Maureen Redden; siblings Agnes, James, Sean, Matthew, Christopher, Tara, Meg, Seamus, and Max.

A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment at Calverton National Cemetery, with military honors.

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