ARPALER Members Last Roll Call 2020

01-01-2020 Officer Robert Burns- Retired Rochester Police Department
01-12-2020 Sergeant David Druzynski – Retired Rochester Police Department
01-17-2020 SAFIS Manager P. Scott Campbell – Retired Rochester Police Department & Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
01-30-2020 Sergeant Michael Lancer – Retired Rochester Police Department
02-10-2020 Investigator John Nicolosi – Retired Rochester Police Department
03-18-2020 Deputy Ronald Moody – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
03-31-2020 Lieutenant Charles “Buzz” Guyer – Retired Brighton Police Department
04-01-2020 Officer Joseph Rozzi – Retired Brockport Police Department
04-03-2020 Officer Charles Yannello – Retired Rochester Police Department
04-08-2020 Trooper Thomas DePrez – Retired New York State Trooper
05-15-2020 Officer Liborio “Bud” Ventimiglia – Retired Irondequoit Police Department
05-16-2020 Sergeant John Grande – Retired Rochester Police Department
06-04-2020 Sergeant Robert Verdehem – Retired Geneva Police Department
06-14-2020 Investigator Joseph Simeone – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
06-22-2020 Officer Jack Ippolito – Retired Rochester Police Department
07-12-2020 Firefighter Richard D’Imperio – Retired Rochester Fire Department
08-04-2020 Detective M. Dominick DiFante – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-2020 Deputy Sylvio “Sam” Tovar – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
09-06-2020 Officer John Newcomb – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-12-2020 Officer Michael Giannavola – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-19-2020 Deputy William Armbruster – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
09-21-2020 Officer Robert Keeley – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-22-2020 Lieutenant Charles Laffin – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-26-2020 Clerk Gail Stinauer – Retired Rochester Police Department
10-04-2020 Investigator Peter Snyder – Retired Rochester Police Department
11-2020 Detective Emily Manzler – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
11-10-2020 Deputy Samuel Gattelaro – Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
11-14-2020 Officer Carmine Borelli- Retired Rochester Police Department
11-16-2020 Lieutenant John “Jack” Murphy – Retired Rochester Fire Department
12-15-2020 Officer William “Bill” Nolan – Retired Rochester Police Department
12-15-2020 Detective Joseph O’Connor – Retired Rochester Police Department


Robert Burns

Officer Robert Burns

Robert W. Burns Jr, 74, of Bonita Springs, FL, formerly of Rochester, NY, passed away at home on January 1, 2020 after a brief fight against pancreatic cancer. He was born on October 20, 1945 in Newark, NY, a son of Robert W. and Muriel (Norton) Burns.

Bob retired from the Rochester Police Department. He spent the majority of his 24 years on the force with the Evidence Technicians Unit, a job that he loved and took pride in. He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Following his retirement from RPD, he began his own business of Accident Reconstruction. He also developed a gift for photography and enjoyed capturing the beauty of the birds and nature of Florida.

Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jo Ann Gifford Burns; his daughter, Tiffany Colleen Burns; his sister Linda Burns Santino and her husband Joseph. Bob was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Steven Gifford.

Services will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Those wishing may contribute in memory of Bob to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306 or

Online condolences may be offered by visiting

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.

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David Druzynski

Sergeant David Druzynski

Chili: Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 66. Predeceased by his parents, Leonard Druzynski and Helen Hellis. Dru is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judy; his amazing children, Christy, David, Jr (Danielle), Michael (Daina); his beautiful grandchildren, Riley, Reagan; siblings, Rick (Sandy), Steve, Ronnie (Dawn), Gary (Tilly), Donna (Martin) and Sue (Ken); brother-in-law, Larry (Georgiann); numerous nieces, nephews, many close friends and his RPD family. Dru was a dedicated Sergeant with the RPD for 32 years before retiring, and loved his job. He also ran a successful remodeling business for over 40 years where he met many of his close friends. His family wishes to thank the amazing Doctors at RGH, especially the incredible nurses, techs and staff of 5500. His family will receive friends Friday, January 17th, 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.). Friends are invited to join the family Saturday, January 18th, 9:30 am at St. Stanislaus Church for his funeral mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226. The family also requests that you honor Dru’s memory by donating blood and platelets to those in need and signing up for the National Marrow Donor Program.

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P Scott Campbell

P. Scott Campbell

Passed away on Friday, January 17th 2020 with some family at his side. He was predeceased by his wife and soulmate of more than 41 years, Sandy Campbell; parents Anita and Pierre (Pete) Campbell; Aunt Marion Carpenter and mother-in-law, Anne Dolinic. Scott is survived by his daughter Kimberly (Daniel) Sile, son Scott (Liane) Knapp; grandchildren, Aaron Sile and Taylor (Luke) Trowbridge, Riley Knapp; also by many cousins, god-children and hundreds of friends, that he dearly loved and wanted to be closer to.

Scott loved music and enjoyed playing his keyboards or the organ for others, until hand tremors and arthritis prevented him from doing so. He would say that playing music relaxed his soul. “P. Scott” was well known in the law enforcement community of New York State for his expertise in the world of latent and known fingerprint examinations, comparison and expert testimony. He worked on many high profile and serious cases in Rochester and Monroe Co.

Per P. Scott’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Services.


Michael Lancer



Sergeant Michael Lancer

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend passed away peacefully on January 30, 2020 at the age of 78, after a long illness. Mike was born in Rochester’s 19th Ward on February 2, 1941, the son of William and Madeline Lancer and brother to Kathy (Dan) Cholish, Timothy (Mary Jo), Patrick (Marge) and Ellen (Jim) Reitter. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. In 1965, Mike joined the Rochester Police Department, where he proudly served for 31 years. In 1965, he married the love of his life and best friend, Mary Lou Richardson and together raised their three children, Patricia (Kenneth) Duarte, Michelle (Daniel) Bryson and Michael (Melissa LeBlanc). He adored his grandchildren, Annie and Addie Bryson and Caroline and Jack Duarte. Throughout his life, Mike was a member of the Rochester Locust Club and the Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees (ARPALER), St. Thomas the Apostle Church and Lakeshore Country Club. Mike loved his Rochester Police Department brothers and sisters, the City of Rochester, the Town of Irondequoit, his street, his porch, the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Cubs. More than anything else, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, preferably over a good meal, and following their pursuits and interests as they make their way in the world. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, February 3 at 9:30 am at St. Kateri at St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd. Interment Holy Sepulchre. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rochester Locust Club, ARPALER or Hildebrandt Hospice Center.


John Nicolosi



Investigator John Nicolosi

John Nicolosi of Port Saint Lucie, FL (formerly Rochester, New York) passed away February 10, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. John was born July 12, 1944 to John and Stella Nicolosi in Buffalo, New York.

John was living out his dream with family and friends as a retired Police Investigator of the Rochester Police Department.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia A. Nicolosi; sister Josie Ralleo; daughters Michele (Dominick) Satterlee, Melissa (Michael) Perkowski, Kelly (Paul) Harrer. Loving Papa of Rachele, Alexis, Samantha, Nicholas, Ryan, Stella and Delilah. Loving Great-Grandfather of Chantelle and Hailey. John loved all of his family and friends greatly. Honoring John’s wishes, a funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:30am at Holy Family Catholic Church, at 2330 SE Mariposa Avenue, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Blessed Sacrament Supper Program in Rochester, New York or The Pregnancy Care Center in Fort Pierce, Florida may be made in honor of John.

A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held in Rochester, New York by the family at a later date.

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Ronald Moody
Deputy Ronald Moody
Passed away on March 18th, 2020 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Linda F. Moody; sons, Eric L. (Andrea) Moody, Erin R. (Michelle) Moody; 3, grandsons and 1, granddaughter, brother, Tim Moody along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Charles F. Guyer



Lieutenant Charles “Buzz” Guyer

Charles “Buzz” Guyer Jr. passed away on March 31st at home with his family by his side. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his wife Randi, daughter Lindsay and her husband Ignacio, sons Charles F. Guyer III, Brett, and Christian, his sister Nancy, and brother Bill, 7 grandchildren, other extended family, and many friends.

Buzz retired as a Lieutenant from Brighton Police Department in New York. After moving to Florida, he continued his career at Melbourne Police Department as a Training Coordinator and Crime Analyst for 20 more years before retiring.

Family first, sailing second. Per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in the ocean. No services planned at this time.

“Live your life in such a way that when you leave it, earth will cry and heaven will smile.”


Jospeh Rozzi

Officer Joseph Rozzi

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at age 45. Predeceased by his grandparents, Andrew and Virginia Passafiume, Herman and Filomena Rozzi. He is survived by his daughters, Kylie, Makenzie and Taylor, mother, Mary Devine (Robert Christopher); father, Richard (Debbie) Rozzi; brother, Rich (Kristi) Rozzi; loving companion, Annette Lainson; nieces and nephew, Isabella, Luci and Nicholas; many uncles, aunts and cousins.

No prior calling. A Memorial Mass for Joseph will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, at a later date.


Charles Yannello


Officer Charles Yannello

Charles passed away suddenly on April 3, 2020 due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.

He is predeceased by his wife Rosemary, parents John & Frances, and his brother John.

He is survived by his beloved, wife Diana (DeeDee), his children Chuck (Chris), Lori (Mark) Alaimo, extended children Tracy Sulli, Jodee (Dan) Laganello, Joseph (Gina) Carra, and Danielle (Marty) Krentz; grandchildren Mark & Justin Alaimo; extended grandchildren Nicholas, Alyssa, Johnny, Angelo (Maddie), Diana, Michael, Tiffany (Dan) , Joey, Giana, Cooper, Victoria,Nicholas and Arica (Peter); extended great-grandchildren Dominic, Joey Cristal, Brooklyn, and Baylee.

Chuck and DeeDee had one blended family and he was loved as a father and grandfather by the whole bunch! Chuck served in the Army and traveled all over Europe. He was a 20-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department and a member of the Police Locust Club.

Chuck was an avid reader, loved to play cards, tell stories, build or fix anything and was always willing to help anyone whenever asked. The most joy Chuck had was being home with his precious DeeDee and surrounded by his family.

The family will be having a Memorial Mass to be announced at a later time.

A special Thank You to the staff and nurses at Kirkhaven Nursing Home for the great care and compassion they showed to Chuck.

Please no flowers. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Chuck’s memory (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105)

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Thomas DePrez

Trooper Thomas DePrez

April 8, 2020. Thomas is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irene; daughters, Sheri (Doug) Seitz and René (Chris) Carey; grandchildren, Jaymi Seitz, D.J. (Shauna) Seitz, Colin Carey; great-grandchildren, Rhyan, Braelyn; siblings, Gene (Patty) DePrez, Jim (Nancy) DePrez, Deb (Bruce) Campbell; many nieces and nephews.

Tom is a retired NYS Trooper. He was a driver for the Wegman’s family in retirement.

A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Private Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association (Rochester) Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005.


Liborio Ventimiglia

Officer Liborio “Bud” Ventimiglia

Liborio “Bud” J. Ventimiglia, 89, of Englewood, Florida entered into Gods Kingdom on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Born on June 26, 1930 in Rochester, New York to the late Anthony and Michlina LaNigra Ventimiglia he graduated Monroe Community College with his Associate Degree in Police Science. He retired in 1989 from the Irondequoit Police Department in New York after thirty-one years of service.
A member of the Irondequoit Police Night Stick Club, he served as President for five years and a member of the Police Conference of NY.
He is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of sixty-four years Elizabeth, and brother, Leonard.
Survivors include two sons: Anthony (Martha), Robert (Lauren) Ventimiglia and one daughter: Leeann (Russell) LeVecchi; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Jean (John) Stone.
A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Rochester with inurnment in the Irondequoit Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Liborio Ventimiglia.
Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory has been selected to handle arrangements. You may share a memory with the family at


John Grande

Sergeant John Grande

Webster – Born July 4, 1942 and passed away May 16, 2020 at age 77. Predeceased by his parents Anthony Grande and Teresa Keating. Survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Erika (Bendel) Grande, his sons Paul (Laura) Grande and Anthony (Brenda) Grande; his grandchildren Erika Grande (Eric Wright), Heather (Adrian) Tardy, John Grande, Matthew and Zachary Epolito, Samantha and Elisa Grande; great-grandchildren Lily, Aria, and Charlie; his sisters Angela Alloco, Mary Ann Grande and Patricia (David) Malta, many nieces and nephews.

John was a proud US Army veteran, a retired Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department and a Special Agent in charge of New England with the Department of Labor.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, John’s burial will be private at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and a Memorial Mass will be announced when restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hildebrandt Hospice.


Robert Verdehem

Sergeant Robert Verdehem

GENEVA- Robert A. Verdehem, age 84, of Geneva passed away peacefully at home on June 4, 2020 surrounded by his loving family, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

There will be no prior calling hours due to the limitation on gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A memorial service will be scheduled in Geneva, at a later date at a time and location to be announced by the McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Winnek Post 396 in Geneva, and the Ontario County Humane Society.

Bob was born on November 10, 1935 in Phelps, NY. He was the only son out of eight children born to Peter and Mary Verdehem of Phelps. He attended and graduated from the Phelps school district. Bob went on to serve his country proudly in the US Navy as a Combat Aircrewman during the Korean War. After the war ended, Bob continued to serve his nation in the US Navy in the Pacific theater, with lengthy deployments on Guam, Okinawa, Japan and San Diego, CA. Serving his country was one of Bob’s proudest achievements in life.

After an honorable discharge from the US Navy, Bob returned to the Geneva area and he joined the Geneva Police Department as a Patrolman in 1960. Bob’s duties on the Police force included motorcycle patrols. He would often lead the parades in Geneva on the police motorcycle. He was the Geneva Police Department’s head firearms instructor and armor for many years during his tenure with the department. In 1972, Bob was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Agency, for multiple injuries that he suffered during the heroic action of saving the life of a knife wielding, mentally ill man, from a burning building in the City of Geneva. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1975. Bob was honored by the New York Moose Club as their Police Officer of the Year in 1980. He retired from the Geneva Police Department in 1985, after 25 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Geneva. After retiring from the Police Department, Bob continued to serve his beloved nation by working security and other jobs at the Seneca Army Depot for the US Department of Defense.

Bob was an active member of the Winnek Post 396 American Legion in Geneva. He was a life member of the Geneva Fire Department, Hook and Ladder Company, where he actively marched in the areas fireman’s parades, until the final year of his life.

Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his true passion was riding motorcycle with family and friends. Over the years, he traveled much of North America by motorcycle, and he was an active member of the Finger Lakes BMW Motorcycle Club, and The Blue Knights Motorcycle club. He had countless friends throughout the Finger Lakes area, and within the nation’s motorcycling community. He touched the hearts and lives of many in positive ways during his adventurous life, always there to lend a hand to a friend in need. He will be missed dearly by his loving family and friends.

He is survived by his sisters Arlene Murphy of Rochester and Shirley Caves of Reading, PA, his children; Brenda Verdehem of Geneva, Bob (Sandy) Verdehem of Bellona, Peter (Deb) Verdehem of Phelps, Brian (Jennifer) Verdehem of Sugar Land, Texas, and Lynn (Tom) Perkovich of Tonawanda, NY; Grandchildren Tom (Brandi) Perkovich, Erica (Anthony) Nesbit, Chris (Chelsie) Verdehem, Erik Verdehem, Scott Verdehem, Alex Verdehem, Joshua Verdehem, Nicholas Verdehem, and Ella Verdehem. Additionally, he leaves behind five great grandchildren, his special friend Joyce Lorsong, and his dog Bailey.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, and his sisters; Marcia VerStraete, Carolyn Gawlik, Virginia Pasarek, Rose Adams, and Lillian Wilson.

The Verdehem family would like to thank the University of Rochester Medicine Homecare Hospice, and private nursing aides, for the comfort and care that they provided Bob during his brief illness.


Joseph SimeoneInvestigator Joseph Simeone

Penfield – July 21, 1931 – June 14, 2020 at the age of 89 after a longtime battle with Parkinson’s Disease .

Joseph was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Lena, in 2008; fiancée, Pauline Randisi in 2014; parents, Domenic and Teresa Simeone; twin brother, Anthony Simeone; sisters, Sarah Riccobene, Betty Rossi, and Giovanna -Jenny Giralico. He is survived by his devoted daughters, Judith Simeone and Patricia (Edward) Luce; grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Luce; several loving nieces and nephews.

A proud Korean War Veteran, Joseph remained an active member at his local VFW and American Legion posts. Joseph took part on the Honor Flight in the fall of 2018. He was employed by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the District Attorney’s Office for security and investigations.

Friends may call Thursday, June 18, from 5-8 PM, at the funeral home (1031 Ridge Road). COVID-19 protocols observed. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 19, 11 AM, at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1355 Hatch Rd., Webster. Donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to Disabled American Veterans ( To share a memory of Joseph or send a condolence to the family visit


Jack Ippolito

Officer Jack Ippolito

Irondequoit – June 22, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Concetta and brother Patrick. Beloved husband of Sylvia, loving father of Jacqueline (Marcus) Senise and Anthony, brother of Carol Newton. He also leaves many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was retired from the Rochester Police Department.


Calling hours will be Sunday 4-8 pm at Dierna Funeral Home 2309 Culver Rd. (near Norton). His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9 am at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

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Firefighter Richard D’Imperio

Richard Anthony D’ Imperio “Dickie D.”

Greece: Sunday, July 12, 2020 at age 76 went home to be with his parents, Anthony, and Clara.  He is survived by his sons, Timothy (Doreen) and Anthony (Heather) D’Imperio; daughter, Lenae D’Imperio; grandchildren, Nicholas, Kelsey, Claire, Dominic and Gianna; great-granddaughter, Mila; special friend, Nick Sassano; many loving family and dear friends.

Dick was a proud veteran of the United States Army and served our Country in the Vietnam War.  He retired after 36 years from the City of Rochester Fire Department and was a Rochester Police Cadet for 5 years.  After retirement, he was a member of the Gates Auxiliary Police and when in Florida during winter, he was a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept “V.O.I.C.E Unit”.  Dick was dedicated to his family, profession, his country and the community.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Dick’s services and interment be held privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 ( or Lollypop Farm ( in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit



Detective M. Dominick DiFante

GREECE – August 4, 2020. Dominick is predeceased by his parents, Mario & Marianna DiFante; siblings, Alex (Liz) DiFante & Mary Romeo. He is survived by his wife Marlies DiFante; children, Kathy DiFante, Tony DiFante, David (Gretchen) DiFante & Tom (Amy) DiFante; grandchildren, Jordan Bellamy, Nicholas, Gianna, Lauren (Gavyn) Davis, John, Nina, Elena, Ava, Marlayna & Mitchell DiFante; great-grandchild, Cambria Davis; brother-in-law, Sam Romeo; nieces, nephews & dear friends.

As per NYS regulations, all are required to wear a face mask & hand sanitize upon arrival at the funeral home, church and cemetery.

Dominick’s life story will be shared during his visitation, Friday, August 7th, 5-8PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.).  Click here to reserve your visitation time with Dominick’s family

Dominick’s funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 8, 9:30 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Rd., immediately followed by his burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Padre Pio Chapel, 141 Frank Dimino Way, Rochester, NY 14624 or to National Police Foundation, 2550 S. Clark St., Suite 1130, Arlington, VA 22202 in his memory.


Sam Tovar MCSODeputy Silvio “Sam” Tovar

ARPALER member and retired MCSO Deputy Sylvio “Sam” Tovar has passed away.  Services were private.

Sam started his law enforcement career with the Rochester Police Dept. on September 4, 1977.

 On July 19, 1978 Sam was of of 5 officers laid off due to the   Waldert Decision, requiring the City to keep its expenditures within constitutional limits. In September 1978 the officers were called back to work, but Sam had already started his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s   Office where he proudly served the remainder of his career in law enforcement.


John Newcomb

Officer John Newcomb

September 6, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. John is survived by his loving wife Pam, son Zach (Keisha), daughter Kelsey Pflumm (Kevin), and grandson Theodore Duke. His sisters Donna (Rona), Mary Jo (Dr Ruth, David Frenzel) and brother Steve (Beav). Jackie and the entire Kohls family. Many nieces and nephews and K-9 unit Winnie, Norman & Louie. He also leaves behind hundreds of cousins, many of which fell from the Screamin’ Ehmann tree!

John was predeceased by his mom Jeanne Marie Ehmann, dad Donald Haley, brothers Mike (the Barber) and Tommy (Leaf), nephew Clinton and father-in-law Ted Kohls.

John courageously battled cancer for over four years and wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, surgeons and staff at Wilmot Cancer Center. The care he received was second to none.

Duke would like to acknowledge his friends at Rochester Police Dept, Monroe County Sheriffs, and RTS. He earned his living and his psych degree from these three institutions.

Family respectfully declines flowers. Instead please consider a donation to The Human Fund, or any canine charity.

A celebration of John’s life will be held outdoors (masks encouraged) @ 3:30 pm, Saturday, September 12 at Parkview Fairways, 7100 Boughton Rd, Victor with golf after for those interested.


Mike Giannavola

Officer Michael Giannavola

Suddenly on Friday, September 12, 2020, at age 75. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Rose (Filardo) Giannavola, and brother, Anthony Giannavola. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia (Carlevatti) Giannavola; daughters, Karen (Tom) Alexander, Tracy (Frank) Lippa; adoring grandchildren, Michael and David Alexander, Matthew and Emily Lippa; sister, Rita (John) Ratkovicz, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and his brothers in RPD.

Born August 22, 1945 he was in the first graduating class of RL Thomas High School, Webster. Marrying his high school sweetheart in 1965; he proudly began his career as a Rochester city police officer. Michael said he became a police officer because he wanted to make the world a better place. Recipient of commendation awards for bravery, he graced every life he touched. Mike stayed active with retired police groups, the Locust Club and Italio (Italian American law enforcement officers of greater Rochester).

He retired from the RPD in 1988 and had careers as Vice President of Security at Kleen Brite corporation and Director of Security at Frontier. His greatest work, what he dedicated all of his love and time too, was taking care of his family. He was very proud of the family he and Patty raised, and the people they surrounded their lives with.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11 AM; St Joseph’s Church 43 Gebhardt Rd., Penfield. Those wishing may visit to participate in the mass online. Family will receive friends and relatives after mass in front of the church for a socially distant receiving line. Interment at White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mike’s name to American Diabetes Association, Rochester, 2451 Crystal Drive #900, Arlington, VA, 22202 or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 900, Rochester, NY, 14620.


William Armbruster

Deputy William Armbruster

Webster:  Passed peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, September 19, 2020, age 82.  He leaves his wife of 61 years, Sharon;  children, Scott (Sharon) and  Bill (Kim) Armbruster;  grandchildren, Chris, Nick (Denise) and Stephanie (Dylan) Armbruster, Peter (Hannah) and Nate Armbruster;  sisters, Elizabeth Neubert and Helen (David) Semple;  sister-in-law, Sandy (Larry) Lippa;  nieces and nephews;  special grandson, Cole. Bill was a retired Monroe County Deputy Sheriff.

Services at the convenience of the family. 


Robert Keeley

Officer Robert Keeley

Caledonia – Gone Home to be with the Lord, suddenly on September 21, 2020 at age 68. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard & Rita Keeley. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Catherine (Smelt) Keeley; children, Tim (Kristin) Keeley, Beth (Jonah Berman) Keeley, Martha Keeley, Bob (Jessica Wilkinson) Keeley, Paul (Alexandra) Keeley; grandchildren, Kamryn, Caleb, Micah, Hazel, Elijah Robert, Lucca; brothers, Richard (Louise) Keeley, Donald (Faith) Keeley, John (Debbie) Keeley, Bill (Lisa) Keeley; sister-in-law, Susie Smelt; nephew, Patrick Albert Smelt; nieces, nephews, cousins, the Smelt Family and a community of friends. Bob was incredibly loved by his entire family and was a father figure and support to so many people.

Bob was a graduate of McQuaid High School, class of 1970, RHEMA Bible Training Center, Tulsa, OK, 1992 and was retired from the Rochester Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriffs Office. He led ministries throughout his life, including supporting many Gospel Churches, prison ministry groups and acted as chaplain to many sports teams. He loved Jesus with all his heart.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 27th from 2-6 PM and Monday, September 28th from 4-7 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Road South. In observance of state mandated restrictions visitations are limited to 30 people inside at one time. Please visit Bob’s memorial page on the funeral homes website WWW.MILLER1889.COM to register for visitation. A Public Celebration of Bob’s Life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compass Care Rochester, 2024 W Henrietta Rd #6D, Rochester, NY 14623 or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. For directions or to leave a message of condolence, please visit:


Charles Laffin

Lieutenant Charles Laffin

8-29-1951 – 9-22-2020

Rochester Police Officer from 1971-1992

Predeceased by mother Grace (Clonan) Laffin; father, Clarence “Sparky” Laffin; brother, Clarence “Ed” Laffin; brother-in-law, Richard Sayman and sister-in-law, Jane Laffin. Survived by sons, Shawn (Joelle), Zackary, and Nicholas; grandsons, Kyle, Cole and Cameron; sister, Florence Sayman; brother, William Laffin; sister-in-law, Diane Laffin. Also survived by former wife and dear friend, Kelly Reed-Staunton; and good friends, Ted Staunton, Guy Kevin, and Carol Reed and Paul Miller, as well as, many other family members especially nieces, Marissa, Elayna, and Chelsea.

Friends may call from 3-5 PM on Friday, October 2nd at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services (3325 Winton Road S). In observance of state mandated restrictions visitations are limited to 30 people inside at one time. Please CLICK HERE to register for visitation. A private prayer service will immediately follow, which will be livestreamed here. The link will be available closer to the date of service. Interment private.


Gail Stinauer

Clerk Gail Stinauer

ARPALER member and retired RPD Clerk Gail Stinauer has passed away. ARPALER sends prayers and condolences to the Stinauer family. Rest in peace Sister.

Message from Gail’s daughter Desiree: It is with sadness that my mother Gail Stinauer passed away on Saturday 9/26/2020. She fought long and hard trying to beat stage 4 cancer but her heart just gave in. As her dying wish and her surviving husband, there will not be any services or family gathering. 


Inv. Peter SnyderInvestigator Peter Snyder

Sad to report the passing of ARPALER member and retired RPD Investigator Peter Snyder on October 4, 2020.  There will be no services at this time and ARPALER sends prayers and condolences to the Snyder family.

Pete started his career with the RPD in 1968 and retired in 1988. 

From Pete’s son Sam, posted on Facebook: “He passed in his home with my brother, my mom, and me present. He wasn’t in any pain – and his last words to me were “I love you, kiddo” from the night before, and my last words to him were “I love you” – I don’t think it really could have been a sweeter passing into the next life, despite how hard it was.”


Emilie Manzler

Detective Emily Manzler (Branson)

Predeceased by her parents, Edward and Elise Branson; brother, L. Parke Branson; husband, Henry E. Manzler (1974); long time companion, Alfred Newell, Sr. (2016); step-daughter, Nancy Crayton (2016) and step-son, Henry L. Manzler, Jr.

Survived by her step-children, Carol (Brodie) Howard and Jan Manzler; 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; special nephew, Edward (Jeannie) Nutting; niece, Barbara Baker and many friends.

Emile retired, in 1978, from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as a Detective. She was a member of SOAR, ARPALER, Genesee Valley Breeders Association and WSSCA (Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America). She graduated from Temple University in 1945 and was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church in Scottsville.

A Memorial Service will be planned for 2021.

Donations in Emilie’s memory may be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (CLICK TO VISIT WEBSITE)


Samuel Gattelaro

Deputy Samuel Gattelaro

Passed unexpectedly on 11/10/20 at the age of 78.

He is predeceased by his parents, James and Nancy

Survived by devoted son, Greg; twin sister Joanne; godson, Joe Covella special cousins, Patrick, Joe (Arlene), AJ, John (Barb), Patty H., Sharon C, & many other cousins; good friend Al DiBisceglie, & many at Honeoye Lake, & the Monroe County Sheriffs Office.

He was a diehard NY Giants fan. He enjoyed bowling, hockey, & doing scratch offs. Member of SOAR, ARPALER, & Genesee Valley Moose Club.

He ushered at the War Memorial, & did odd security work.

Thank you To Dr. Joseph Kurnath, special nurse Carrie, great office staff, & nurses on 5400 & 5500 at RGH.

Thanks to all for caring thoughts, cards sent, & good wishes. it meant a lot to him.
He was a practical joker, loved by all, & will be missed tremendously. His famous response to everything was always “Okie Dokey”.

At this time calling hours and interment with be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in his honor to Camp Good Days or National Children’s Cancer Society.

This is not goodbye, its see you later.


Carmen BorelliOfficer Carmine Borelli Sr.

Survived by wife Corrinne (Williams) Sitter Marie (Russel) LaDelfa

Children Carmine Jr (Andrea), Rosalie (Alan) Selover, Benny. 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.

He was an Electrician most of his life. And served 20 years on the Rochester Police Department.

Services will be held at St. Jeromes Church East Rochester, May 15, 2021 @ 9:30 . Arrangements by Troiano-Pusateri Funeral Home 209 West Ave. East Rochester


Jack Murphy

Lieutenant John “Jack” Murphy

Chili – Monday, November 16, 2020 at age 93. Predeceased by his loving wife, Helen; son, Daniel; daughter-in-law, Debra; and sister, Ruth Lintemoot. Survived by his children, Jackie (Bob) Weidman, Michael (Janet), Brian and Ann (Tom) Kennedy; daughter-in-law, Anna Murphy; grandchildren, Jennifer, Suzanne, Mark, Raina, Jared, Ivan, Matthew, Kristin, Tricia (Tom), Shawn, Patrick, Christopher, Nicholas and Marissa; 11 great-grandchildren; special family, Beth, Amy and Jake; sister-in-law, Joanne Walsh; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
Jack was a longtime Dutchtown resident, a WWII Navy Veteran, a retired Lieutenant of the City of Rochester Fire Department and Monroe County Fire Coordinator. For over 30 years he loved playing Santa for the special children at the School of the Holy Childhood. He will always be “The Murph”. 
Friends may call at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home Friday 4-7PM. Private funeral mass and interment at Grove Place Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the School of the Holy Childhood.
Thank you to the staff at St. John’s Home, especially Jack’s loving and compassionate caregivers on Resevoir-6, our heroes.

Bill Nolan

Officer William “Bill” Nolan

N. Chili, NY – William E. (“Bill”) Nolan, 88, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2020 after several years of declining health. Bill was pre-deceased by his parents, William J. Nolan and Emma (Veith) Nolan and his step-mother, Mary (Harrold) Nolan; his step-brother, Thomas Harrold and sister, Beverley Ann Nolan. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret (Maley) Nolan; their four children, Cathy (Rob) Elmore, Michael (Joan) Nolan, Kerry Nolan and Jennifer (Becky Rangel) Nolan; two grandchildren, Brenna and Mia Elmore; brother-in-law, Austin (Jean) Maley and sister-in-law, Patricia Maley; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Bill was born in 1932 in Schenectady, NY. As a teenager, he enjoyed playing the banjo and traveled throughout NY state honing his skills as a pool shark (thus earning the nickname “Schenectady Slim”). His pool playing was put on hold when he was drafted by the United States Army to serve during the Korean War. After the war, he landed in Rochester, NY where he worked as a recreational therapist in the children’s ward of the Rochester State Hospital (now known as Rochester Psychiatric Center). There he met Margaret Maley, an occupational therapist who hailed from Milwaukee, WI. Bill pursued Margaret. Margaret was not too impressed. The “loud” jacket he loved to wear was an issue. But, his wonderful sense of humor won her over in the end and they married in 1960.

In 1964 Bill joined the Rochester Police Department. He earned the nickname “The Wagonmaster” as his main duty, until his retirement in 1988, was driving the paddy wagon. During this time he also forged a love of antiques and opened an antique shop, Waite and Nolan Antiques, on Gardiner Park.

After his retirement, Bill was able to further pursue his love of collecting antiques and became very interested in political memorabilia. He was a dedicated member of the American Political Items Collectors (APIC) and travelled throughout the country to their annual conventions. He enjoyed American history and loved to share his knowledge and memorabilia with local libraries.

Bill was known far and wide for his keen sense of humor and quick wit. He was beloved by many and is dearly missed.

A viewing will be held on Monday, December 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Walker Brothers Funeral Home in Spencerport. Due to Covid, reservations are required.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester. Interment at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Rochester.


Joseph OConnor

Detective Joseph O’Connor

Irondequoit: Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the age of 95. Pre-deceased by his wife, Rose; brothers, David & Jack; sister, Margaret Youngman; daughter-in-law, Vivian O’Connor; sister-in-law, Julia (Jim) Cassidy. He is survived by his children, David (Lynda), Joe Jr. (Kathryn), Nancy (Jim Newman), Michael (Joanne) O’Connor; grandchildren, Kimberly (Steve) Ames, Christopher (Shannon) O’Connor, Rick (Amy) and Mark LaPaglia, Sharon (Bill) Gibbons, Judi O’Connor, Casey (Brian) Imrich, Jacob and Caroline O’Connor; 11 great grandchildren.

Joe was a WWII Army Veteran. He retired as a Detective with the RPD in 1972. After retiring, he worked as a Corporate Investigator with Kodak for 16 years. Joe loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He treasured his summer vacation time with his family in the Adirondacks.

His family will receive friends Sunday, December 27, 1-4pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.). Friends are invited to meet the family Monday, December 28, 10:00am at Peace of Christ Parish at St. James Church (109 Brockley Rd.) for his funeral mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Ann’s Community at Cherry Ridge, 900 Cherry Ridge Blvd, Webster, NY 14580.

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