Raymond Michael Brennan Manager
Brennan, a manager, was born on October 16, 1943 in Queens. One of his favorite pastimes was hanging out at the corner of Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard with her German Shepherd Dog, Cindy. Brennan left the Rockaways in the early 1980s and moved upstate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Brennan; and his brother, Thomas.
Brennan is survived by his son, Michael; ex-wife, Eileen McGill; sisters, Margaret Coughlin, Brenda Brennan, and Cathy Graham (Robert); brother, Patrick Brennan; nieces, Margaret (Burke) Gongoleski, Tara Burke, Alisha Gimlick, Maggie Coughlin, Terry Graham, Lisa Brennan, and Karen Graham; nephews, Gene Coughlin, Gene Burke, Thomas Graham, Robert Graham, and Anthony Coughlin; and his German Shepherd dog, Moses.
Visitation was held in Rochester, New York. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.
New York State Parole Officer
Samuel Caban, a former Edgemere resident, died December 4. He was 48.
Caban was born in Manhattan on January 11, 1957. He lived in Edgemere and attended Far Rockaway High School. Caban married Kathryn Morris on May 1, 1981 at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Edgemere. He served in the United States Navy from 1975 until his honorable discharge in 1978. Caban attended Queensboro Community College and graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor of Arts.
Caban enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, boating and collecting boat and ship memorabilia, carpentry, cooking, bowling, caring for his aquariums and paddleball. He also enjoyed flying and had almost completed his requirements for his license.
He and his wife cared for foster children for more than 10 years.
Caban was preceded in death by his father, Manuel; a daughter, Samantha J. Caban; three brothers, Elihu, Hector who was known by many as Danny Caban and Angel who was known by many as Chuck Caban; and a sister, Jenny Caban.
He is survived by his mother, Veneranda Quiles Caban of San Bernardino, California; his ex-wife and her husband that cared for him during his illness, Kathryn and Brian Mulverhill of Malone; two sons, Manuel and Christopher Caban, both of Malone; a niece and nephew that he raised, Danielle Bilow of Malone and Jason Caban of Queens; four brothers, Arturo Caban of Chicago, Illinois; Milton Caban of Inwood; Joel Caban of Orlando, Florida; and Michael Caban of Flushing; five sisters, Maria, Elba, Noemi Caban of San Bernardino, Debra Maffia of San Bernardno and Elizabeth Caban of Arecibo, Puerto Rico; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Home in Malone. A military burial was being planned.
Memorial donations may be made to either the Make A Wish Foundation or Child Life at Fletcher Allen Health Car Facility in Burlington Vermont.
Jules “Jule” Chavanne
Oil Truck Driver
Jules “Jule” Chavanne, a Broad Channel resident for 50 years, died December 2. He was 76.
Chavanne, an oil truck driver, was born in Brooklyn. He was involved with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; and was a member of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and the Broad Channel Athletic Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Chavanne (nee Monahan); his son, Julie Chavanne Jr.; and his parents, Edna and Harry.
He is survived by his children, Jimmy, Jeanne “Sis”, Nancy, and Leo; 11 grandchildren, Kevin, John Jr., Lori and Rosemary Harnisher, Leo Jr., Brian, Ed, and James Chavanne, Jeanine and Jeremy Luchi, and Sharif and Nancy Soliman; and great-grandchildren, Jordan and Joshua Harnisher, Cayle and Kristen Chavanne, and Jacob and Eric Harnisher.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home in Broad Channel. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Virgilius Church. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Long Island.
Any donations in memory of Jules Chavanne may be sent to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Ruth Davey, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died December 7. She was 90.
Davey, a homemaker, was born in Rockaway Beach.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael.
Davey is survived by her son, Michael W. Davey; daughters, Ruth Mosca and Maureen Ward; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
John W. Fallon
DEA Regional Director
John W. Fallon, a Rockaway resident for 35 years, died December 5.
Fallon was born in the Bronx, and was a retired Regional Director for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, and was a retired General Manager of the Breezy Point Co-op.
Fallon was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Fallon; and sisters, Marge Linen, Mary Green, and Patsy Ewen.
He is survived by his wife, Joan L. DeFina Fallon; son, John W. Fallon III; daughters, Annemarie Kambeitz, Helen Hallinan, and Moira McDonough; brother, Gerard Fallon; sister, Helen Krienik; and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Breezy Point. Interment was private.
Charles Joseph Morgan
Charles Joseph Morgan, a Rockaway resident for over 35 years, died November 22. He was 73.
Morgan, an environmental supervisor, was born on December 21, 1931 in Emerald Isle, Montserrat, West Indies. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; son, Everton; daughters, Linda, Brenda, and Beverly; son-in-law, Joseph; granddaughter, Kahyi Oroda Henrietta; brothers, Alvin and Ralston; sisters, Elsa and Valerie; stepmother, Jane; brothers-in-law, William, Joseph, James and George; sisters-in-law, Lucille, Irene, Ave-Maria, Helen, Rose, Roslyn, Mary, and Catherine; two special aunts, Mae Morgan Fenton and Sister Joanna Morgan; godchildren, Alice Charles, Michael, and Mia; special nieces, Edna, Eleanor, Cordelia and Diedre; special cousin, Joseph; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Springfield Gardens. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.
John M. Murphy
John M. Murphy, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died December 4.
Murphy, an independent businessman, was born in Brooklyn and formerly lived in Rockville Center and Brooklyn. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in Europe, and was a decorated veteran. He was a retired president of East America, Inc. and Commodity Trading Company.
Murphy was preceded in death by his son, Charles.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Haffey Murphy; sons, Michael, James John, and Robert; daughter, Kathleen Spangler; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Breezy Point. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village.
Marie V. O’Grady
Marie V. O’Grady, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died December 1. She was 93.
O’Grady, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; son, Joseph; brothers, Jack, Thomas and Edward Keough; and sister, Madeline Quinlan.
O’Grady is survived by her sons, Stephen and Robert; daughter, Ann Marie Nelson; grandchildren, Kristin, JoJo, Nicole, Brittainy, Conor, Kierstin, Hannah and Daniel; and great-grandchild, James.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Israel Port, a Rockaway resident for 28 years, died November 6. He was 76.
Port, known as “Izzy,” was born March 2, 1929 in Brooklyn. He worked in television and air conditioner sales and service, and was the owner of Port TV on Cornaga Avenue. He later owned the Electronic Clinic in Rockaway Park before retiring to Florida in 1985. Port also served his country in the U.S. Army as a radio technician stationed in Panama during the Korean War. He was a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 348 in Far Rockaway during the 1960s; was a commodore of the Mill Beach Yacht Club in the early 1980s; and was an avid camper and boater.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edith, of Boca Raton, Florida; sons, Stewart of Oakland, California and Michael of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Jayne, of Newfield, New York; and three grandsons, Rowan, William and Salmon.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Michele M. Rodriguez
Longtime Rockaway Resident
Michele M. Rodriguez, a longtime Rockaway resident, died November 27. She was 35.
Rodriguez was born on January 1, 1970 in Manhattan. She was baptized at Corpus Christi Church; attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Church, where she received Holy Communion and Penance; and made her Confirmation at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Pius V.
Rodriguez was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Valdez.
She is survived by her mother, Paula Caris; sisters, Margie and Erica; grandparents, Grace and Al; nieces and nephews, Kalik, Clint Jr., Robert, and Kamiya; aunts, Nany, Ceci, Victoria, Carryann, Linda (Nunu), Eileen, Yvette, and Carmen; uncles, Luis, Al, Derick, Junior, and Ivan; brothers-in-law, Clint and Earl; cousin, Christie; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel.
Daniel C. Ryan
Born And Raised In Rockaway
Daniel C. Ryan, a former Rockaway resident, died November 25.
Ryan, a postal worker, was born in Rockaway Beach. He was raised in Rockaway Park before moving to the Boston area in 1975.
Ryan was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; and parents, Annabelle and William Ryan.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (nee Dimotsis); children, Whitney and James of Revere, Massachusetts; and brothers, William, of Falmouth, Maine, and Richard and Joseph of Belle Harbor.
A memorial service was held on November 28 in Revere, Massachusetts.
Contributions in Ryan’s memory can be made to: KASPAR, Inc., 240 Albany Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139; or North Shore ARC Artworks, 6 Southside Road, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923.
Audrian C. Smith
Audrian C. Smith, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died November 28. She was 81.
Smith, a cosmetologist, was born on April 20, 1924 in Far Rockaway. She was baptized in the First Church of God in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur “Pop” Louis; and son, William “Skipper” Nunn.
Smith is survived by her children, Nina and Greg; stepchildren, Harold, Robert (Anna), Michael, and Lois (Samuel); daughter-in-law, Geri; grandchildren, Larry, Cass, Teena (Michael Brownlee), Bryon, Adrienne, Shawnie, Warren, Sheldon, Karen, Jeffrey, Gregory, Jeanette, Diane, Robin, Zaid and William; great-grandchildren; niece, Veta; great-niece and nephew, Dawn and Eddie; goddaughter and namesake, Audrian Gray; special friends, Linda, Doris, Lorraine, Georgia, Valorie, William Swann and Nelson Greene; caretaker, Rosie; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.
Donna Toney, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 3. She was 42.
Toney, an accountant for the NYC Board of Education, was born in Manhattan on October 15, 1963. She was a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Parish.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Toney; brother, Feirman Joshua; and sisters, Denise, Michele and Jacqueline Toney.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church on Monday, December 12 at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be held at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.
Alfred L. Whelan
Alfred L. Whelan, a Rockaway resident for three years coming from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, died December 4.
Whelan, a retired project manager for Turtle & Hughes, was born in Manhattan. He was a deacon and moderator of the Teen Club at St. Gertrude’s Church in Edgemere.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eugene.
Whelan is survived by his wife, Joan Bray Whelan; sons, Alfred, William, John, Christopher, Thomas, and Robert; daughters, Barbara Arthur, Donna McEwan, and Denise Whelan; brother, Kenneth Whelan; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gertrude’s in Edgemere. Interment was private.