2006-10-13 / Obits

Obituaries

Lillian Seabrook Griffin

Director of Nursing,

Rockaway Care Center

Lillian Seabrook Griffin, who worked in the Rockaways for three decades, died October 1.

Griffin retired in January 2006 after working for 30 years as the Director of Nursing at the Rockaway Care Center. Prior to coming to the Rockaways, she headed the neo-natal unit of Bellevue Hospital for many years. Her first degree in nursing was from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, the other in Science from the New York Institute of Technology. At the height of her career, she pursued a graduate degree in Health Science Management. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Director of Nursing of the Year by her peers.

Griffin also enjoyed a long life of church service that started with her baptism in Edisto, South Carolina and continued to Brooklyn, New York. She was a committed member of the First Calvary Baptist Church and served as Pastor's Aide. Griffin was also a member of both the Senior and Mass Choirs. She was always willing to lend a helping hand in the church, according to family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter, Carole; son-in-law, Darrell McNealy; grandchildren, Shaquale Robinson and Kenya and Emanuel McNealy; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were kept private.

John Henry Laccorn

Elevator Mechanic

John Henry Laccorn, a Broad Channel resident for 25 years and a Rockaway Park resident for the past four years, died October 7. He was 50.

Laccorn, an elevator mechanic, was born on June 16, 1956 in Brooklyn. An avid fisherman, he built and repaired custom fishing rods. He was considered a great friend and brother who touched the hearts of many with his kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his sister, Judy, and his dog, Radar.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cassese Funeral Home in Ozone Park. Interment was kept private.

Mario Rene Young Martinez

Student

Mario Rene Young Martinez, a lifetime Far Rockaway resident, died September 25. He was 16.

Young Martinez, a student, was born on January 11, 1990 in Queens. He was an aspiring rapper and writer who loved to play basketball, sing and hang out with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jake Young; aunt, Tanya Reid; and uncle, Paul Young.

Young Martinez is survived by his parents, Juanita Young and Mario Martinez; sister, Justine; brother, Shakeem; grandparents, Annie Young, Maxima Martinez, and Eduardo Martinez; nephew, Shaquay; aunts, Loretta, Sharon, Kim, Connie, Anna, Doris, Gladys, Amanda and Valerie; uncles, Jerome, Charles, Artie, Warren, Jay, Richard, George, Carlos, Raymond, Jose and Michael; girlfriend, Clarissa Thomas; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation and funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Disposition was held at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.

Ulysses Grant Newson Sr.

Chef

Ulysses Grant Newson Sr., a longtime resident of Rockaway, died September 17. He was 49.

Newson, a chef, was born on July 14, 1957 in Coldwater, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Newson and James Shawty; wife, Joyce Newson; and brother, Marvin Newson.

Newson is survived by his daughters, Mylsses and Vernitia Newson; son, Ulysses Newson Jr.; grandchildren, Aysomi, Kaezar and Isorene Jones, AyHonor Newson, Brian, Kashiem and TanAsia Streetman, and Sommer Prassor; grandmother, Lillie Boyd Newson of Memphis, Tennessee; sisters, Alice Newson, Margie Newson and Shirley Newson; brothers, A.D. Newson, Tommy Newson, Willie Newson and Eddie Newson; five aunts; one uncle; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

James Petersen

Machinist

James Petersen, a longtime Far Rockaway resident, died September 26. He was 68.

Petersen, a machinist, was born on September 22, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey. He served his country in the United States Army after graduating from high school and later served in Germany. He enjoyed living in Germany and always reminisced about moving back someday. Petersen was also a member of the Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet C. Tyrrell.

Petersen is survived by his children, Elizabeth, Simone, Raquel and Howard; grandchildren, Ashley, Giovanni, Tyler, Samantha, Laura, Michael, Miyah, Aniyah, Tracey, Jah River and James; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Laverne Petersen; nephews, Marvin and Sadiyq; nieces, Yolanda and Tanya; grandnephews, Dorian and Quarell; grandnieces, Surayyah, Jeneyah, Tasmere, Adeena and Avonia; special friend, Larry; Strawberry, his pet; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory.

Stansbury Smith

Carpenter

Stansbury Smith, a longtime Rockaway resident, died September 24. He was 73.

Smith, a carpenter, was born on November 18, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a seasonal worker for Hammels Housing Projects and became well known as "Stan, the Handy Man," working under the Construction of Wolf & Sons Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Smith and Frances Brinkly.

Smith is survived by his wife, Ada Plush Richardson; daughters, Lillian Plush Hampton (Jerome) and Glenda Plush Beckles from Far Rockaway, Margaret and Louise Plush from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Willieann Johnson (Max) from Saint Matthews, South Carolina; sons, Willie James Plush from Manhattan and Walter Plush (Anna) from Columbia, South Carolina; sister, Frances Gantt from Camden, New Jersey; grandchildren, Shamel, Sharika, Shakisa, Katrina, Priscilla, Monta, Kirtrell, Shawanna, Laniqua, Zory, Jerome Jr., Jazmine, Aliena, and Shavoney; eight great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation and funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Disposition was held at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.

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