John F. Ball, a longtime Rockaway resident, died October 21.
Ball, who served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, worked in document security for the Army.
He is survived by his cousins, William F. Ball and Kevin Ball.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Cynthia Wolfe Bernard
Cynthia Wolfe Bernard, a longtime Far Rockaway resident, died October 20. She was 71.
Bernard, a retired nurse, was born on November 6, 1934 in Jamaica, West Indies. While attending an all girls high school in the West Indies, Bernard was the first to receive and win the Bustamante Scholarship, which allowed her the opportunity to migrate to England. It was there that she obtained a nursing degree, specializing in infectious diseases and midwifery.
Bernard was preceded in death by her son, Cliff; and father, Joseph Bernard.
She is survived by her mother, Doris Bernard; brother, Allen; daughters, Kay, Sonia, Sharon and Rana; stepson, Courtney; sons-in-law, Harry, Gary and Patrick; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 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. Interment was at Plainlawn Cemetery in Hicksville, New York.
John M. Gavin Sr.
John M. Gavin Sr., a Rockaway resident for 45 years coming from Brooklyn, died October 31.
Gavin, a firefighter for the FDNY, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was a member of the St. Thomas More-St. Edmund Holy Name Society, St. Thomas More-St. Edmund Nocturnal Adoration Society, the Breezy Point Catholic Club and founded the Century Club. He was a past Grand Knight and 4th Degree Sherican of the Council of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Mildred Gavin (nee Harris); grandson, Kevin; brothers, Thomas, Eugene, Francis and Robert; and sisters, May Faughnan, Kathleen Lee and Helen Mullaney.
Gavin is survived by his children, Arlene Crane (Paul), Janet Kenny (Ned), Carol Murray (Peter) and John M. Jr. (Susan); dear friend, Vera Lynch; sister, Joan Gregory; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Friday, November 3, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church. Interment will be held at Holy Rood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Anthony M. Grottano
Anthony M. Grottano, a Rockaway resident for 46 years coming from Manhattan, died October 30.
Grottano, a stationary engineer, partner and co-founder of "Beach Car Service," was born in Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gertrude Wiley.
Grottano is survived by his wife, Patricia Haggerty Grottano; sons, Anthony, William and Daniel; daughters, Cathy Hallady (George), Donna Weisel (Robert), Nancy Ruiz (Rudy), Victoria Schweiger (Jerry) and Teresa Bossler (Rick); sister, Frances Loccrichio; 27 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
David Richard Hinson
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David Richard Hinson, a longtime Arverne resident, died October 17. He was 54.
Hinson, a video editor and the personnel director at WABC, was born on October 11, 1952 in Brooklyn. He was a member of the Christian Cultural Center, where he was a member of the vocal arts ministry.
Hinson was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Hinson.
He is survived by his father, David L. Hinson Sr.; sister, Jacquelyn Cheryl Johnson; and brother, Donald Sydney Hinson.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home.
Lola Holland, a longtime Far Rockaway resident, died October 23. She was 50.
Holland was born on September 7, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee. She adored children and was a provider for the community.
Holland was preceded in death by her siblings, Booker T. White, Eddie White and Rosie Johnson; and her mother, Martha Mae White.
She is survived by her father, Dave Holland of Far Rockaway; children, Latoya Woodard (Augustus) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kasseine Holland (Daphney) of Far Rockaway and Okeesha Holland of Beauville, North Carolina; grandchildren, Equan, Babatund'e, Dwayne Jr., Kaliyah, who will be born soon, Shaniqua, Damon and Desmond, who will be born soon; siblings, Joe and Mary White of Far Rockaway, Angie and Dan Faulkner of Lakeland, Tennessee, James and Marsha Holland of Far Rockaway, Freddie Holland of Far Rockaway, Daisy Holland of Memphis, Tennessee, Reginald Holland of Memphis, Tennessee, Dariton and Larry Stephens of New York City and Anthony and Shalima Holland of Queens, New York; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Far Rockaway Cathedral Church of God In Christ. Interment was at Forest Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Dorothy Rose O'Connor Hue
Dorothy Rose O'Connor Hue, a longtime Rockaway resident, died October 19. She was 63.
Hue, a factory worker, was born on December 28, 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. While not a member of any particular church, she attended many churches to worship in.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Hue Sr.; son, Samuel Hue Jr.; brother, Owen O'Connor; sister, Mavis O'Connor; aunt, Agatta Brown; sister-in-law, Shirley Hue; brother-in-law, Joseph Hue; the Hue Family; 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 in Chester, New York.
Curtis 'Buster' Martin
Curtis "Buster" Martin, a longtime Inwood resident, died October 23. He was 57.
Martin, a delivery person, was born on October 31, 1949 in Queens. He excelled academically throughout elementary school and high school, and joined the First Baptist Church in 1963.
Martin is survived by his mother, Eunice; brothers, Marvin, Richard and Joseph; sons, Curtis Jr., Quan and Jamel; daughter, Tasha; aunts, Ada and Lillian; 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. Interment was at Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, New York.
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