Rajinder P. Anand
B. 116 Street Store Manager
Raninder P. Anand, known to many as Raj, passed away on November 4.
Anand, who was born in India, lost his father at an early age and assumed the role as patriarch of his family. He lived in Rockaway Beach for the past 10 years, and managed a variety store on Beach 116 Street.
Anand is survived by his wife, Sneh P. Anand; a son, Rajes; a daughter, Tripita; his brothers Ash (Manta), and Prem (Veena); sisters Santosh, Shakti, and Pushpa; and a nephew, Abishak; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.
Peter F. Bagley, who lived in Belle Harbor for 35 years, passed away on November 6.
Bagley, who was born in Manhattan, was a parishioner at St. Camillus and worked as a marine underwriter in the insurance industry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa (nee Basta) Bagley; father, Peter Bagley; mother, Marie Bagley; and sister, Patricia Bagley.
He was survived by a daughter, Christina Bagley; a son, Stephen Bagley; a brother, Francis Bagley; and by sisters Veronica Bagley, Margaret Ann Kulish, and Marie Lynch.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 7, at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Camillus on Saturday, November 8, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Rood Cemetery following the mass.
Kenneth Hilton Dehaney died on October 19.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Dahaney lived in Rockaway for more than 15 years.
A Baker, Dahaney is preceded by his wife, Frederica (Vicky) Dehaney.
He is survived by his sons, Winston and Paul, by his sisters, Ethlon, Lucille, and Cynthia, by his brothers, Derrick and Arthur, nine nieces and nephews, two stepdaughters, Annette and Minett, two stepsons, Alfred and Donald, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Interment was at the Forest Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey, under the direction of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Chapel.
Thomas Harell, who worked at Willow Brook Psychiatric Center, died on October 26.
Born in North Carolina, Harrell lived for more than 30 years in Ocean Village in Arverne.
He was a member of the St. John Baptist Church in Arverne.
Harrell is predeceased by his parents, Deacon Ollie Harrell and Daisy Virginia Harrell.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Louise Harrell, by his sons, Thomas, Robert, Ollie and Travis, by his daughters, Doris, Debra, Willie Mae, Shanta and Pastor Maggie Banks, fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
In addition, he is survived by his stepmother, Mabel Harrell, sisters Mary Harrell, Pastor Daisy Barnes, Pastor Willie Mae Williams, Mother Golena Ledbetter, Jean Long, Roberta Groenwald and Evelyn Johnson, by his brothers, James and Ray, and by numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.
Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey, under the direction of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Chapel.
Marcia S. Harvey, a lifelong resident of Rockaway, died at the age of 45 on October 26.
A computer programmer, she was a member of the First Congregational Church.
She is survived by her mother, Sylvia Hamilton, her father, Noel Harvey, Sydney Hamilton, a son, Jose A. Gautier, nieces, nephews, step-brothers Leon, Lawrence, Michael, Neil, Xavier, Dean and Troy and step-sisters Veronica and Marva.
Interment is a Plainlawn Cemetery under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Chapel.
Sheahan Johnny, an 8-year Rockaway resident, passed away on October 25. She was 34.
She was born in Mahaicony, Guyana, and worked as a health and human resourced supervisor.
Johnny is survived by her parents, Enoch and Sygna Johnny; son, Omadelly Beahram; brothers, Ricky, Earle, and Troy; four aunts; three uncles; nieces Iesha and Nadina Johnny; godmother Minerva Browne; two sisters in law; best friends June Anne, Jackie, Ebonee, and Gay. Also survived by other friends and family.
Funeral arrangements entrusted with the Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Services will be held at Shiloh Church, Brooklyn, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery, also in Brooklyn.
Husband and Father
Christopher Keegan of Broad Channel died on October 30 with his wife and sons at his side. He was 49 years old.
Keegan, who moved to Broad Channel when he was a child, was employed by the New York City Department of Sanitation for nearly 19 years.
He was an active member of the Broad Channel Athletic Club, having served as a hockey, T-ball, and baseball coach for many years. He served as an assistant coach in football as well. He was instrumental in the building of the BCAC's hockey rink and was a coach for the Rockaway Rockies for many years.
Keegan was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Adrian Keegan and by a brother, James.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen, his two sons, Christopher and Ryan and a daughter, Meghan.
He is survived as well by his in-laws, Eugene and Margaret O'Sullivan, his siblings, Annie (Padron) Thomas, Kevin, Mary Cutrone, Barbara Chavanne, John, Karen Guttieri and Richard; his brothers-in-law, Eugene, Michael, Kevin, Patrick and the Reverend Timothy O'Sullivan, as well as a sister-in-law, Erin Steiner.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel on Monday, November 3. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, New York, under the direction of the Hillebrand Funeral Home.
Donations are asked in Chris' memory to the Keegan Scholarship Fund, PO Box 140129, Howard Beach, New York 11414.
Longtime Arverne Resident
Willie "Bill" Stokes, who lived in Inwood/Arverne for more than 50 years, passed away on October 27. He was 93.
Stokes, who was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was affiliated with Bethel AME in Arverne and Allen AME Church, in Jamaica, New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie Coulter and Jessie Stokes; wives Earline Suqick and Carey Dunn Stokes; siblings Merle, Hamilton, Johnny, and Dorothy.
He is survived by a daughter, Dianne Stokes-Tapley (George), of Orangeburg, S.C.; sons Willie J. Stokes (Janet), of Orangeburg, S.C., Joseph Billingsley (Sondra), of Rosedale; grandchildren Bridgette Tapley-Sanders (Jerome), Vickie Stokes-Brown (Michael), Kim Stokes, Regina Snell-Baxter (Charlie), Sharon Shelton (Carl), Alisha, Imani, and Joseph Billingsley; special granddaughter Barbara Ann McDaniel (Steve); son in law, Stokes Turner; 16 great grandchildren; special niece Betty Jean Slaughter, brother in law Eugene Hildebrand; and the Allen AME Cathedral Family.
Funeral arrangements entrusted with Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A service was held at the Allen AME Church, Shekinah Youth Chapel. Disposition was at Orangeburg Cemetery, in S.C.
A Homegoing Celebration was held for Senior Warrior Ethel Wallace, who died on October 28, on November 3 at the St. John Baptist Church in Arverne.
Wallace was an active member of the church's mass choir, missionary ministry, adult Sunday school, and former member of the Choralite Choir.
Wallace was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Pearline Gadson.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Wallace, her children, Gary, Alvin, Cheryl and Baron, sisters, Ernestine Green and Thelma Gadson, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Interment was under the direction of the Gilmore Funeral Home in Jamaica.
Violet Wright, who lived in Rockaway for 15 years and whose children and grandchildren reside here, passed away on October 28. She was 66.
Wright was affiliated with the Perpetual Praise of Queens.
She was preceded in death at age 14 by her mother, and later by her son, Osburne.
Wright is survived by her daughter, Joan "Jewel" Grant; sons Ronald, "Raymond" Percival, Donovan "Geddies," Oswald "Peter;" grandchildren, Wayne, Sheldon, Greg, Whitley, Camille, Roxanne, Kaydian; great grandchildren Jonetta, DaiShaun, Dantai, Julian "Desi," Devan, Shanya; cousin, Shirley; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services entrusted with Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home with services held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Meadow Rest Cemetery, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies.
Emmaline Preston Edmonds
Former Peninsula Worker
Emmaline Preston Edmonds Young, who has family ties to Rockaway, passed away on September 27. She was 60.
Young, who was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina formerly worked at Peninsula.
She was preceded in death by her father, Deacon Preston "Mr. Buster" Williams, Sr.; and brothers Preston Williams, Jr. and Milton Preston.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Young, Sr., of Columbia, South Carolina; sons Henry Young, Jr. and Andre Young, of Charleston, S.C.; daughters Bernadette "Shanay" Starks (Gregory, Sr), and Sheila Jones (Tony), both of Columbia, S.C., grandsons Gregory and Brandon Starks, and Steven Jones, one granddaughter, Shakena Jones; her mother, Pearl Williams, of Hammels; brothers Rudy Williams, of Far Rockaway, Michael Williams (Evelyn), of Gainesville Florida, Master Sergeant Willie Williams USAF retired (Jeanette), of Uniondale, New York, the Honorable Larry Williams (Kim), of Seattle Washington; sisters Thelma Preston, St. Matthew, S.C. Emma Chambers (Andre), Charleston, S.C., Dr. Brenda Jackson-Williams, of Uniondale; brothers in law Earthly Young (Mary), Dennis Young (Willodean), of Columbia, S.C., Charlie Young (Bonnie), of Staten Island; sister in law Alferia Young, Estelle Bowan, Deidre Williams, Brenda Jackson-Williams; and by other family members and friends.
Funeral services entrusted with Bostic-Tompkins Funeral Home, with services at Mozell Tompkins Memorial Chapel, and disposition at Serenity Memorial Garden, both in Columbia, S.C.