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
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 www.tunnel2towers.org
Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.
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Sergeant David Druzynski
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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.
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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.
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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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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.”
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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.
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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)
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.
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Officer Liborio “Bud” Ventimiglia
He is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of sixty-four years Elizabeth, and brother, Leonard.
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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.
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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.
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Investigator 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 (www.dav.org). To share a memory of Joseph or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
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Officer Jack Ippolito
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
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 (www.vaa20.org) or Lollypop Farm (www.lollypop.org) in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com.
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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.
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Deputy 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.
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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.
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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 www.sjcpenfield.com/video 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.
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