Ronald Elvis Amey, a Far Rockaway resident for 25 years, died January 3. He was 59.
Amey was born on January 14, 1947 in Flushing, New York. He spent his early childhood in New York before relocating to Cleveland, Ohio, and finally settling in Far Rockaway. He held positions in various companies as a bus driver, truck driver and instructor. Amey also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was recently employed as a tour bus driver for Harran and Circle Line Bus Tour Lines.
Amey was honorably discharged after serving his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a cook who enjoyed his culinary creations, and was also an active grandparent and member of the PS 253Q family.
Amey was preceded in death by his brothers, Pupa, Gregory and Carlton.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; children, Kimberly Dawn and Courtney Jetaun; grandchildren, David Edward and Kazia Tanee; parents, James and Betty Filmore; sisters, Susa, Darlene, Rose, Monica, Zabrina, Colette and Jetaun; and brothers, Norman and James.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the David Williams Funeral Home in Queens. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
Earnest Blackwell, a longtime Rockaway resident, died January 16.
Blackwell, a construction worker, was born in Lautenberg, Virginia on October 26, 1926. He enjoyed watching television, reading newspapers and magazines, housekeeping and cooking. He also loved the outdoors, his family said.
Blackwell is survived by his wife, Carrie Blackwell; step-daughter, Eartha Smith; step-son, Samuel Smith; and many step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation and a service held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Donald J. Dillon
Donald J. Dillon, a Rockaway resident from 1961 to 1987 who moved to Sarasota, Florida, died January 7. He was 74.
Dillon, a banker, was born on July 24, 1932 in Brooklyn. He was a Korean War veteran. Dillon was also a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Church and a member of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Sarasota, Florida; sons, Sean of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Scott of Newton Square, Pennsylvania and Donald of Ridgewood, New Jersey; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Longtime Rockaway Resident
Miguel Feria, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died January 4. He was 56.
Feria was born on June 14, 1950 in Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Feria; and niece, Eileen Feria.
Feria is survived by his children, Angelica and Miguel Feria; mother, Francesca Ramirez; sister, Nilda Suarez; niece, Wilberline Torres; and nephew, Dario Torres.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. All other arrangements were kept private.
Norah E. Gillespie
Norah E. Gillespie, a Rockaway resident for 42 years coming from Manhattan, died January 11.
Gillespie, a homemaker and the former owner of the Little Art Shop on Beach 116 Street, was born in Manhattan.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John Gorman.
Gillespie is survived by her husband, Martin L.; son, Martin L. Jr.; daughter, Margaret Gillespie White; sisters, Margaret Doody, Kathleen Fleming and Patricia Egan; and grandchildren, Margaret Gillespie, Tracy Gillespie, Martin L. Gillespie and Sean Gillespie.
Funeral arrangements and visitation 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.
John F. O'Brien
Former Far Rockaway Resident
John Francis O'Brien, a former Far Rockaway resident, died January 12 at Abington Manor Nursing Home in Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.
O'Brien was born in Far Rockaway on November 21, 1924, living there for many years before recently moving closer to his niece in Waldwick, New Jersey. O'Brien, known by his family as "Swanee," was a longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Queens. He was a fan of the New York Mets, and loved cars, ice cream and Werther's candies.
O'Brien was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nora O'Brien; and sisters, Mary Ballard and Theresa DeVivio.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret Schueneman (Martin) of Newfoundland, Pennsylvania; brother, Joseph (Ann) of Lloyd Harbor, New York; nieces and nephews, Karen and Patricia Ballard, Christine and John O'Brien, Jeanne White, Susan Berman, and Timmy and Carol DeVivio; and numerous cousins in New York and County Galway, Ireland.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home in South Sterling, Pennsylvania. A memorial service and interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in New York.
Jeremiah C. O'Sullivan
Retired Forklift Operator
Jeremiah C. O'Sullivan, a Rockaway resident for 30 years coming from Washington Heights and the Bronx, died January 14.
O'Sullivan, a retired forklift operator for National Cold Storage Company and a member of Local #917, was born in Gneeveguilla, County Kerry, Ireland. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Burke Council #2672; the Golden Age Society of St. Camillus; the Seabreeze Golden Age Society of St. Francis de Sales; and Young at Heart at St. Rose of Lima.
O'Sullivan is survived by his wife, Mary Kavanagh O'Sullivan; children, Anne Marshall (Timothy), Christopher O'Sullivan (Clare) and Jeremiah O'Sullivan (Maura); brothers, Patrick, Daniel and Sean; sisters, Peggy Kelly, Nora May O'Sullivan and Sheila Kelly; and grandchildren, Alison, Andrew, Aidan, Shane and Julia.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.
Maryetta A. Pearson
Maryetta A. Pearson, a Rockaway resident for 15 years coming from Brooklyn, died January 10.
Pearson, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn.
She is survived by her father, Willie Pearson; mother, Helen McCall; sons, Guy Donaldson and Kenneth Boyd; daughters, Daina Donaldson and Kenyetta Boyd; brothers, Willie, Anthony, William, Eddie and Steven Pearson; sisters, Tania Pearson, Dolores Romagaro, Michelle Pearson, Mildred Pearson, Audriana Pearson and Doris Pearson; and grandchild, Damiyah.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne. Interment was at Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Gardens, New York.
Joseph "Chino" Robinson
Joseph "Chino" Robinson, a Rockaway resident for 35 years coming from Harlem, died January 14.
Robinson was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Brown Robinson; father, Charles Robinson; sister, Elizabeth; brothers, Alfonso "Boo", Charles Jr. "Feets" and Frank "Roy"; and nephew, Kevin.
Robinson is survived by his sons, Joseph "JoJo" and Benard; sisters, Clarice Fyall, Julia "Gloria" Barron, Denise Robinson, Gardinea Robinson and Karen "Betty" Chatman; brother, Irwin Robinson; three grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lillian Anglin, Brenda Robinson and Pat Robinson; brothers-in-law, James Fyall and Leon Chatman; cousin, Deborah Brown; six aunts; two uncles; 34 nieces and nephews; 47 great-nieces and nephews; seven great-great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne. Interment was at Mt. Holiness Memorial Cemetery in Butler, New Jersey.
Frederick E. Rose
Frederick E. Rose, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died January 15.
Rose, an auto mechanic, was born in Queens. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Rose was a past member of the Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Spencer Rose.
Rose is survived by his son, Frederick; daughters, Caroline LaRocco, Linda Rose, Pauline Rose and Kathy Rose; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with a service held at the funeral home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Retired NYPD Officer
Kathleen Taggart, a retired New York City Police Officer who had lived in Rockaway and whose family members are longtime summer residents of Rockaway Park, died January 10. She was 37.
Kathleen, who was born in the Bronx, had worked in the NYPD's 110 Precinct in Elmhurst.
She is survived by her parents, Dennis and Kathleen (nee O'Malley) Taggart; siblings, Dennis, Maureen and Michael; sister-in-law, Karen; and her nieces, Kaleigh, Kaitlyn and Kelly.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home in New Hyde Park. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in New Hyde Park. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.
Colleen Rose Webster
Retired Post Office Clerk
Colleen Rose Webster, a longtime Bayswater resident who moved to Long Beach eight years ago, died January 15 at Long Beach Medical Center. She was 68.
Webster was a 38-year clerk at the Far Rockaway Post Office who retired in July 2006. She also worked as a timekeeper and headed their credit union for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Webster.
Webster is survived by her husband, Irwin Joseph; children, Robin Jordan (Tom) of Inwood, Andrew McDougall (Karen) of Indianapolis, Indiana and Joseph Webster Jr. of Rockaway Beach; grandchildren, Kristin and Thomas Jordan and Ryan McDougall; sister, MaryEllen Rella (Michael) of Howard Beach; and brother, James Watson of Manhattan.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home Inc. in Inwood. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church in Cedarhurst. Interment will be held at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York, where Webster will be buried with her first husband.