Mario A. Carratelli
Mario A. Carratelli, formerly of Lawrence, New York, died June 26. He was 46.
Carratelli, a produce manager, was born on April 8, 1960 in Brooklyn. He was also a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Carratelli (nee Marciano); daughter, Veronica; and son, Antonio.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Leonard A. Clarke
Leonard A. Clarke, a Rockaway resident for 10 years, died June 24. He was 64.
Clarke, a teacher, was born on August 10, 1941 in Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Green.
Clarke is survived by his wife, Clairee; brother, David; daughter, Kisha; son-in-law, Julius; niece, Akilah; and many other family and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Rosedale, New York. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Shawnay Denise Damon-Humphrey
Shawnay Denise Damon-Humphrey, a Rockaway resident for five years, died June 19. She was 33.
Damon-Humphrey, a nurse, was born on June 28, 1972 in Queens.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Ann Shaw-Damon.
Damon-Humphrey is survived by her husband, Kenneth Humphrey, Sr.; sons, Kenneth Jr. and Sean; daughter, Shanaysa; sister, Tina; brothers, Anthony, Eric and Patrick; devoted nieces, Tijeana and Sophia; devoted nephew, Larimer; sisters-in-law, Samantha, Charlene, Judy and Kellie; brothers-in-law, Lionel, Craig, Glen, Alonzo, Mike and Jean-Claude; mother-in-law, Betty Humphrey; father-in-law, Alonzo Humphrey; uncles, Ronald Thurman and Timothy Jackson; aunts, Carrie Jones and Eloise Braggs; devoted cousins, Latina Thurman and Frances Morgan; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Patricia M. Davan
Chamber of Commerce Secretary
Patricia M. Davan (nee Murtha), a Rockaway resident for 28 years coming from Inwood, died July 1.
Davan, a retired secretary for the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, was born in Manhattan. She was also an active parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Church.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Davan (Ret. Capt. FDNY); children, Robert Jr. (Ret. Capt. NYPD), Dennis (teacher), Gerard (Ret. Lt. FDNY), Cathy Thompson (R.N.), Richard (Lt. FDNY), and Brian (Lt. FDNY); brother, Thomas Murtha; sister, Anne Walsh; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Donations may be made in Patricia M. Davan's name to the St. Francis de Sales Centennial Fund.
Mary Grady (nee Rizzo), a lifelong Rockaway resident, died July 2.
Grady, a Union Delegate of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 37, was born in Rockaway Beach. She was a cocktail waitress at Marriott Corp at JFK Airport for over 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Grady; and son, Douglas Grady.
Grady is survived by her son, Richard Grady; sister, Theresa Rizzo; granddaughter, Diana Grady; nephew, John O'Neill; and nieces, Patricia Hanly and Ann Baldenko.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Other arrangements were kept private.
Hester Jarrett, a Rockaway resident for over 10 years, died June 23. She was 85.
Jarrett, an office clerk, was born on June 7, 1921 in Toccoa, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Jarrett; parents, Will and Clara Prather; and nine brothers and sisters.
Jarrett is survived by her daughter, Theresa; son-in-law, Donald; nephews, Stick (Prather), Ralph, Larry, Harry and Bobby; nieces, Annelle, Montena, Harriet, Connie, Lana and Mary; sister-in-law, Edna; Reverend Fred Hinson; and many other family and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.
Mary E. Rafferty
Mary E. Rafferty (nee Fitzpatrick), a Rockaway resident for 41 years coming from the Bronx, died July 2.
Rafferty, a retired secretary, was born in Manhattan. She was an active member of the St. Francis de Sales Sea Breeze Senior Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rafferty; sister, Elizabeth Craven; nephew James Flanagan; and grandnephew John Rooney.
Rafferty is survived by her sisters, Rosalie Smith and Julia Flanagan (Alexander); nieces and nephews, Judith Rooney, Jean Bagley, Richard Flanagan, and Marybeth Goldberg; and grandnieces and nephews, Kevin, Allison and Brian Bagley, and James, Patrick and Alexander Goldberg.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.
Larry Shoots, a longtime Rockaway resident, died June 3. He was 68.
Shoots, a teacher for 31 years who worked in several District 27 schools, including Far Rockaway High School and P.S. 215, was born on November 7, 1937 in the Bronx. He spent many summers as a child in the Rockaways with his parents, Morris and Clara Pulchalsky Schultz and brother, Milton, before permanently moving to Rockaway in 1971 with his wife.
Shoots graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in education. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Kennedy administration. He was also a freedom rider during the Civil Rights Movement.
Shoots became active in Bayswater and Rockaway politics, and helped organize the Bayswater Patrol. Shoots was a member of the 101 Street Advisory Board and Friends of the Far Rockaway Branch of Queens Library. He was also the editor of Bayswater Breeze and a vice president of the Bayswater Civic Association.
Shoots was interested in skiing, sailing, bicycling, poetry and theater; he was a member of New York's Poet Society and was a featured poet in libraries and bookstores. He sailed his Rebel in Jamaica Bay and crewed in Rebel races, leading his team to a fourth place finish in the Nationals at Lake Michigan in 2005. Shoots also led bicycle trips for American Youth Hostels and the Long Island Bicycling Society.
Shoots was involved in the Long Beach Theater Guild and was seen in the Hartman Players "Guys & Dolls," the Bayswater Jewish Center's "Damn Yankees," and played a rabbi in "Fiddler on the Roof." At JASA's 2005 Chanukah party he sang and narrated the Russian Program; he also taught computers and entertained at Roy Reuthers, JASA and young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater.
Shoots is survived by his wife, Suzan; sister, Bella; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were kept private. A memorial will be held on Sunday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Bayswater Jewish Center, 2355 Healy Avenue, Far Rockaway.