William E. (Liam) Forde
William E. Forde, a long time Rockaway resident, died July 24.
Forde was born in Mayo, Ireland. He moved to Rockaway 35 years ago from Woodside, New York. He is a retired building maintenance worker for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. He was also a member of Local 33 Mason Tenders Union, the County Mayo Society and the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
Forde is preceded in death by his brothers, Michael (Bridie) and Patrick.
Forde is survived by his wife, Anne (nee Sammon) Forde; children, Patrick (Maria), Mary, Anne and William (Kristen); brother, Gerard (Noreen); sisters, Mary Downey (Chris), Sr. Colette, Nora McCormack (Mike), Kathleen McGrail (Jim)and Anne McGovern (Johnnie); and grandchildren, Patrick, Ava and Ashley.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Denis S. O’ Connor Funeral Home, Rockaway Beach. A funeral mass took place at St. Camillus Church, Rockaway Park. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven, Valhalla, New York.