Goldie M. Maple
Goldie M. Maple, long-time Rockaway activist, particularly in the field of education, died on June 6 at the age of 65.
Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Maple moved to Rockaway more than 45 years ago. She first became involved in her community in 1961, when she became a member of the Tenant's Association at the Arverne-Edgemere Houses.
She began her school activities in 1973, when, as a parent, she became involved with PS 105 and its parent association. She is also a lifetime member of the NAACP and a founding member of the New Democratic Coalition, an organization that she had served as president since 1982.
Maple was also a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church as a member of the choir and as the editor of its newsletter.
From 1974 to 1976, Maple served as the chairperson of District 27's Title I Advisory Committee.
In 1980, Maple was elected to Community School Board 27 and she served on that board for more than 10 years. At the same time, she was an member of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC).
In 1984, Maple helped to develop the Parents Action Program and its David Dinkins Center for Physical Culture.
She is survived by her brother, William Douglas Perry, two daughters, Yolanda and Desiree, two sons, Jomo and Chris, her daughter-in-law, Uche Maple, two grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Denham O'Rielly Bennett, resident of Rockaway for 10 years, died on May 30. He was a mason.
Bennett is survived by his son Cayol; brothers Winston and Royston; sister Dawn; nwphews Marvin, Clement, Clive, Leon, and Larry; nieces Marva and Denise and others.
Mass was said at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Burial was held at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Robert M. Boyle, lifetime resident of Rockaway Park, died on June 17. He was an elevator repairman with the NYC Housing Authority.
He is survived by his wife, Denise (Shurman) Boyle; son Jarrett, Robert and Michael; daughters Kaitlyn and Michele; parents Bernard and Elizabeth Boyle; brothers Bernard Jr., Brian, Kevin, Richard, and Christopher; sisters Geraldine, Julia, Nancy, Carol Cholakis, and Margaret Di Iorio and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was at Denis O'Connor Funeral Home on June 19, 2-10 p.m., with a private burial on June 20.
Antionette DePasquale, resident of Rockaway Point for 10 years, died on June 16.
She is survived by daughters Lucille Dwyer and Michelle Gregoretti; grandchildren Thomas Gregoretti and Gerald Dwyer; and sister Lucy Corso.
Visitation was at The Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on June 16. Burial was at Calverton Cemetary on June 18.
James F. Mulvey, resident of Rockaway for 30 years, died on June 14. He was a retired loan officer who spent two decades in the U.S. Navy, and belonged to the St. Camillus Church.
Mulvey is survived by his son James F. Mulvey, Jr., and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Catherine and son Thomas P. Mulvey.
Visitation will be at The Denis O'Connor Funeral Home on June 20, followed by his cremation.
Carol J. Lettieri, nee Patryo, a lifelong resident of Rockaway Beach and member of the Rock Church, died on June 14.
She is survived by her husband, John; their daughter Robin Lettieri Colon; and brothers Charles, Dennis, Garry, and John; and grandson Justin Perez.
Willie Lewis, Jr., was born January 11, 1937, to the late Marnie Lewis Kelly in Cottageville, SC. He was educated in the Coulton County school system. Lewis came to New York in the mid 1950s, where he met and married Bertha Christian in 1959.
Lewis mastered his craft as a wood refinisher during the thirty-five years he worked for the Woodmere Woodworking Company. Since then he has operated his own business in Far Rockaway, NY.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Bertha; their three children, Michael, Chineda and Kevin (Lisa); four grandchildren, Shava, Brittany, Ryann and Raveen; niece Kalethia; two brothers, Willie (Ida), and Vander (Mary Lou); sister Rosea Johnson of Springfield Gardens; mother in law Dorotha Christian of Albany GA; sisters-I-lawFlossie and Carolyn; nieces, nephews and a host of cousins.
Earl Raiford was born in Rockaway Beach Hospital on July 14, 1958 to Bertha and Earl J. Raiford. He attended PS 105, JHS 198, and graduated from Beach Channel High School.
He joined the U.S. Air Force, followed by working in Manhattan as an analyst.
He is survived by his parents, Bertha and Earl Raiford, his grandmother, Mrs. Ada Tucker; Aunt Mae Dennis and her husband Robert; two brothers, Larry and Mark; four sisters, Brenda, Roxanne, Linda and Hilivi, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Chief Police Surgeon
Dr. Robert Thomas, Chief Police Surgeon for the NYPD and Long Beach Police Department, died of a heart attack on May 19. He was 70.
Thomas was a graduate of P.S. 39 and Far Rockaway High School. He graduated Brooklyn College with a degree in Biology in 1960. He earned his medical degree from the University of Brussels in Belgium
Thomas served as Chief Medical Director of Community Health Centers in Red Hook and Bedford-Stuyvasant. He started with both Police Departments in 1982 and saw them through many hard times including September 11.
He is survived by his wife Catherine; son Michael; daughters Judith Thomas (Dr. Sami Daoud), Dr. Diane Thomas; grandchildren Noah, Mariaam and Byane; mother Mae E. Thomas of Rockaway; sisters Syandra F. Turrentine, Renee Johnson of San Antonio TX. Marcia Demos of Inwood; nephews Anthony Turrentine, Kevin Turrentine of NC, James Griffen of Inwood; nieces Syandra Turrentine, Renee Hand, and Cheryl Turrentine.