2005-03-04 / Obits

Jarvis L. Jackson Food Service Worker

  • Jarvis L. Jackson, a Rockaway resident for 18 years, died on February 18.
  • Jackson, who was born in Savannah, Georgia, was a worker in the food service industry.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Carrie and Johnnie Jackson.

    Jackson is survived by his brother, David Jackson; sisters, Rebecca Williams and Ethel Hardwick; wife, Ernestine Jackson; sons, Anthony and Herman Jackson; daughter, Gwendolyn Jackson; granddaughters, Lynette Rawlins and Lisa Jackson; grandson, Lonnel Rawlins; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter, one nephew, Johnnie Hardwick; nieces, Carrie Hardwick and Lashonda Echols; three grand nieces, Lisa Hardwick, Dyshana Patton, and Melinda Rodriquez; brother-in-law, Laseem; cousin, Stephanie Echols; nephew-in-law, Manuel Rodriquez; and his friends and co-workers at Keyfood Supermarket.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Oxford Hills Crematory.

    Arthur Ira Levokove

    Locksmith, Car Service Driver

    Arthur Ira Levokove, a longtime Rockaway resident also known as “Doctor Lock,” died on October 30.

    He was 65.

    Levokove, who was born in Rockaway on July 11, 1939, lived on the peninsula for more than 60 years. He also lived upstate, at Bard College, for four years.

    In his teens, Levokove was the captain of the Far Rockaway High School basketball team and a member of the diving team, but he struggled with mental illness from his mid 20s on.

    “He had a difficult road to take but always loved Rockaway and his community here. He had many friends who were willing to lend him a hand when needed and he tried to reciprocate,” his sister Mindy Levokove recalled. “At different times he attended some of the many wonderful local churches and synagogues… He was drawn to spiritual places and understood, and had sympathies towards many religious persons and practices,” she added.

    Levokove was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel and Lydia Levokove, and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Jacofs.

    He is survived by his sister, Lyne Jacofs; niece and nephew, Debra and Norman Jacofs; sister, Mindy Levokove; brother-in-law, William Hohauser; and nephew, Nate Hohauser.

    Interment was at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale.

    Catherine (nee Coughlin)



    Catherine (nee Coughlin) O’Gorman, who had lived in Rockaway for years, died on February 16 at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She was 79.

    O’Gorman resided in Rockaway for 30 years and in Pennsylvania for 7 before moving to the Parlin section of Sayreville, New Jersey, six months ago. She was a homemaker and a communicant of the St. Francis de Sales Altar Rosary Society.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Ann Coughlin; husband, Francis in 2002; daughter, Grace Anna Ferrantello; three brothers; and two sisters.

    O’Gorman is survived by her daughters, Mary Oliva-Kavanagh (Billy) of Parlin; Ann Marie Bufalino (Tony) of Long Island; son Charlie (Kay) of Rockaway Beach; grandchildren, Michelle, Steven, Katelyn Grace, Kathleen, Jacqueline, Gene, Anthony, Christopher, Cherie, Robert, Nannette, Frankie; great- grandchildren, Anthony and Alexis; and brother, Joseph of Melborne Beach, Florida.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home in Parlin. A Mass at St. Bernadette RC Church in Parlin followed. Burial was at New Calvary Cemetery, also in Parlin.

    Desmond Smyth


    Desmond Smyth, a Rockaway resident for more than 30 years, died on March 1.

    Smyth, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, lived in Richmond Hill before coming to Rockaway. He was a carpenter.

    Smyth was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Smyth.

    He is survived by his sons, Desmond (Patricia), Patrick (Debra); daughters, Maureen McBride (Danny), Philomena Gaffney (Scott); 12 grandchildren, Nicole, Kimberly, Jamie, Michelle, Alexandra, Dana, Catherine, Daniel, Shannon, Lauren, Paige, and Jacqueline.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday, March 4 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More in Rockaway Point on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

    William Keith Pollard

    NYC Housing Authority Employee

    William Keith Pollard, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died on February 22. He was 39.

    Pollard, who was born in Brooklyn on February 15, 1966, worked for the New York City Housing Authority.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Grandell Pollard Sr.; brothers, Warren Jamel and Grandell Pollard Jr.; and sister, Bernell Earle.

    He is survived by his mother, Marie Pollard; children, Lil Keith, Shaqira, Tamika, and William Jr.; stepsons, Shy’meke, Kraig, and Khalil; girlfriend, Tiffany Bryant, who cared for him during his illness; sisters, Lavinia Barkley of Baltimore, Maryland, LaTanya Pollard of Inwood, and Detra Pollard of Far Rockaway; brother, Nathaniel Pollard of Inwood, brother-in-law, Alfonzo Barkley of Baltimore; goddaughter Tomya Johnson; special nephew, Jermaine; friend Tameika Hinckson; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Amityville Cemetery.

    Mary E. Walsh

    Raised In Rockaway

    Mary E. Walsh, a resident of Austin Hill Road in Bennington, Vermont formerly of Rockaway, died at her residence after a battle with cancer. She was 73.

    Walsh was born in Rockaway Beach on February 14, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Julius and Marion (nee Porter) Fries. Walsh graduated from Far Rockaway High School and later attended the Washington School for Secretaries in Manhattan.

    In earlier years Walsh was employed as a secretary at a chemical company in Rockefeller Plaza. After moving to Bennington she spent most of her time raising her four children. She later worked at the Quiet Valley Food Coop and for several years at Nichols Department store in Bennington.

    Walsh was preceded in death by a nephew, Thomas Bailey.

    She is survived by her husband, Michael G. Walsh of Bennington; children, Michael J. Walsh, Robert C. Walsh (Lynne), Patricia Walsh Howe; Peter G. Walsh (Penny); grandsons, Nolen, Avery, Corbin, Michael, and Charles; one step-granddaughter; a sister, Marion Bailey; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington.

    Contributions in her memory may be made to either Hospice of Bennington County, Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont 05201.

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