Gerald N. Bergeron
Gerald N. Bergeron, a Rockaway resident for nearly 15 years, died on November 19.
Bergeron, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was a retired member of the New York Stock Exchange, past Commander, Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post, Past Vice Commander Queens County American Legion and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bergeron was preceded in death by his son, Richard Bergeron.
He is survived by his fiancée, Suzanne Green; daughters, Rose Corcione and Rachel Baez; grandchildren, Georgette, Richie, Emily, Jimmy, Brian, Linda, Teresa and Cherie.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Francis J. Duffy
Retired Proprietor, Duffy’s Tavern
Francis J. Duffy, a Rockaway resident for 45 years, died on November 22.
Duffy, who was born in Brooklyn, was the proprietor of Duffy’s Tavern on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his mother, Bridget Duffy; sons, Patrick (Joann) and Brian Duffy; daughters, Elizabeth Duffy, Mary Moran (John) and Tara Duffy; brothers, Edward and Jeremiah; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Jennifer Duffy, and Ryan, John-John and Nicole Moran.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 26 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
Reverend Richard William Dye
U.S. Army Retired, Baritone Soloist
Reverend Richard William Dye, a Rockaway resident, died on November 10. He was 75.
Dye, who was born in Winston-Salem North Carolina, served in the United States Army. He completed his military service as a platoon sergeant in Vietnam and spent years in Germany and Kansas. He was honorably discharged after 25 years of service.
Dye was licensed to preach the gospel by the Community Baptist Church and later was ordained as a minister in 1993. North Carolina College awarded him with a dual college scholarship in football and music; Dye was a baritone soloist in the male chorus.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Dye-Rochford; brother, New York Supreme Court Justice Luther V. Dye; cousin, Carrie Lou Matthews of Baltimore, Maryland; special friend, Ernestine Magwood of Memphis, Tennessee; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Community Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens. Disposition was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Certified Nurse’s Aide
Alice Eans, a Far Rockaway resident for nearly 25 years, died on November 10. She was 77.
Eans, who was born in Ridgeville, South Carolina, was a certified nurse’s aide. She was also an active member of the Community Baptist Church and served on the Pastoral Aide and the Women’s Ministry.
Eans is survived by her children, Deloras Eans and Staff Sergeant Ernest Eans Jr.; grandchildren, Jeanette E. Crosby, Gia and Dante Gilliard, and Debra, Saleemah and Shakimba Eans; great grandchildren, Star, Jalyn and Gavin Eans and Destiny Hargrove; adopted grandchildren, Shayna and Tenayna Tomblin, William, Amber and Jaret Perry; grandson in law, Delenzo A. Crosby; daughters in law, Gilda Gilliard and Denise Eans; sisters, Adan Doctor and Lucille Smith; brother, Lawrence Gilliard; sisters in law, Evalina Gilliard and Esther Gilliard; brother in law, Rufus Doctor; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Community Baptist Church in Lakeview, Long Island. Disposition was at Fairview Cemetery in Staten Island.
McKlinley William Williams Jr.
McKlinley William Williams Jr., a Rockaway resident for more than 40 years, died on November 11. He was 79.
Williams, who was born in Williston, South Carolina, was a restaurant salesman. He was also a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Arverne, where he served on the Senior Choir.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Williams; sons, David of California and Bruce of New York; daughters, Helaine Ray of Savannah, Georgia and Lenore of New York; stepdaughter, Jackie of Savannah, Shally and Ashley; a son in law, two daughters in law, seven grandchildren, two sisters in law, a brother in law; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Bethel A.M.E. Church. Disposition was at All Saints Cemetery.
Joseph F. Valenti
Retired LILCO Foreman
Joseph F. Valenti, who was born in Rockaway, died on November 23.
Valenti served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was retired from his work as a foreman for the Long Island Lighting Company, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a past American Legion Commander.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian (nee Stewart); and daughter, Janet Purack.
Valenti is survived by his sons, Anthony (Eileen), John (Candy); long time companion, Cissy Bennett; brother, Frank; sisters, Rose Vernice, Mary Varrone, Anna Whalen; grandchildren, Thomas Purack, Christopher Purack, Meghan Valenti, Paige Valenti; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 27 from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 28 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9:45 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside will follow.