2003-06-13 / Obits



John L. Brennan
Computer Programmer

John L. Brennan, lifelong resident of Rockaway Point, died on June 4. .

A veteran of the United States Navy, he worked as a computer programmer for Chase Manhattan Bank.

He is preceded in death by his parents Francis and Rita Brennan, and survived by his brother, Francis Brennan Jr. and sister Rita A. Brennan.

Visitation was at Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on June 10, with a private burial after.

Timothy M. Brewi

Timothy M. Brewi, a Rockaway Park resident and St. Francis de Sales parishioner for over 20 years, passed away April 24.. He was 45.

Brewi lived and worked in California as a licensed nutritionist and personal exercise trainer to people afflicted with HIV/AIDS. He was on the Worldwide Web with more than 1000 clients, who he counseled over the net. Known as a humanitarian, by the ASA Foundation, a scholarship fund has been initiated in Brewi's name.

Burial took place at Mount St. Mary cemetery in Flushing NY. It was a family service. There will be a celebration of Tim's life in Califonia will be on June 21.

Brewi leaves his mom, Claire, his brother Matthew; two sisters Monica and Michelle; a niece Brielle and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Any donations in his name may be sent to the Timothy M. Brewi Memorial Fund, care of and w/checks payable to the ADA Foundation 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606.

Lillian Ducker

Lillian Ducker, long time resident of Neponsit, died at her home on June 1. She was 92.

Ducker was born in Boston in 1911. She and her husband Allen, a lawyer and civic leader, moved to Rockaway in 1937, and rented homes in Belle Harbor and Neponsit before purchasing the Beach 144th street residence in 1945.

She was a Red Cross gray lady during World War II, when artillery emplacements sat on the beaches and an Army battalion was bivouacked in the Riis Park ballfield. She served as president of ORT, the service wing of Hadassah, from Temple Beth-El, and was a life member of West End Temple. In the 60's, she worked as a volunteer for Parents Anonymous, a Manhattan non-profit that served parents with abusive tendencies.

She is survived by her children Susan Mauk of Boise ID, Steven Ducker, Hemnet, CA, Bruce Ducker, Denver CO, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests contributions in her name to the New York Visiting Nurses Society, 1250 Broadway #2, New York NY 10001.

Michael Fennelly

Michael Fennelly, of Rockaway Park, died on June 4.

An electrician and construction worker, Fennelly was a member of Local #3 I.B.E.W. and St. Francis de Sales Church.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda, his son Francis, his mother Joyce O'Connell, and brother Brian Fennelly. He is preceded in death by his father Francis.

Visitation was at O'Connor Funeral Home on June 6, with interment at Calvary Cemetery on June 7.

Arthur Haynes

Arthur Haynes Sr., well known as "Pat" died on June 3.

Haynes was born to the late Estelle Dantzler and Hercules Pinkney on October 8, 1940 in Calhoun County, S.C.

He came to New York at an early age, where he met and married childhood sweetheart Burnell Haynes, with whom he had six children.

Haynes worked a pressman in the printing industry for several years until the onset of his illness.

Art was his passion; he was a very talented, creative and inventive artist. he spent many hours sculpting and painting up until his departure.

He leaves his wife, Burnell Haynes, their children Katrina, Regina, Patricia, Arthur, Monique and Vicki; two sons-in-law, Arnold Saunders, Parnell Augustine; daughter-in-law Luanne Haynes; eleven grandchildren, stepmother Earther Bell Pinkney; nine brothers and sisters in South Carolina and a host of family and friends.

Harvey Antonio Hughes

Harvey Antonio Hughes, who worked for many people in Rockaway over the years, died on May 31. He was 41.

Hughes, born in Charlotte, VA, was a mason. He is survived by his wife Rachel; his son Eric Harris;daughter Tameka Gilmore; stepsons Joseph Harris and Tyquan and Tamar Gilmore; stepdaughters Taquana and Tenisha Gilmore; brothers James P. Womack, Donals Hughes and Kenny Hughes; sisters Phillis H. Fowlkes and Samantha Hughes and a host of family and friends.

Mass was held at Jeremiah Gaffney's Friendship Chapel in Inwood with a creamation at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, NY.

Cleveland Johnson
Longtime Resident

Cleveland Johnson, resident of Rockaway for forty years, died on June 2. He was 70.

He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa and Renee; grandchildren Clevon, Tyjuan, Deleslie, Lashelle, Crystal, Deon, and Daja; sisters Inez Cross, Anna Rodriquez, and Liz Mungro; brothers Lonnie, Tommy and Willie; brothers in law Elliot, Robert and Billy; sisters in law Ruth, Juanita and Betty and a host of family and friends.

Mass was at Jeremiah Gaffney's Friendship Chapel in Inwood. Interment at Amityville Cemetery.

Michael Wiggins

Michael Wiggins, an electrician who lived in Rockaway from childhood, died on May 31. He was 50.

He is survived by his mother Marianne Wiggins; his wife Janice Wiggins; daughters Linda and Toya Wiggins; sons Michael Pearson, Michael Jr., Darnell and Shamel Wiggins; grandchildren Modesty, Miana, Vanaisa, Diamond, Sariah, Micca, Lanicia, and Michael Wiggins; brothers Butch Harris, Albert and Anthony Wiggins; sisters Nadine, Patricia and Marianne Wiggins.

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