01-03-2022 Officer Philip Caramante – Retired Rochester Police Department
01-05-2022 Officer Johnny Smith – Retired Rochester Police Department
01-11-2022 Deputy Chief Charles Richardson – Retired Rochester Police Department
01-12-2022 Honorable Edmund Calvaruso
Officer Philip Caramante
Rochester – January 3, 2022, at age 94. Predeceased by 1 brother & 3 sisters. Survived by 7 nieces and nephews.
Philip was a proud Army veteran, an RPD officer for over 27 years, and a member of Arpaler.
Services and interment held privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Arpaler- 1425 Lexington Ave. Rochester, NY 14606.
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Officer Johnny Smith
Johnny L. Smith was the sixth child born to the late A. R. and Bertha Lee Fletcher Smith on July 28, 1948 in Brandon, MS.
Johnny was baptized at Sylvarena M. B. Church and remained a member there until he moved from Mississippi. He began his formal education at Sylvarena Church School. After completing school at Sylvarena he attended McLaurin High School where he served as senior class president. He graduated from McLaurin High School in 1967.
After graduation, Johnny worked for J. W. Underwood & Companies in Jackson for several years. He left Mississippi and moved to Kansas City, MO for a short time before moving to Rochester, NY. Once in New York, he worked for Bausch and Lomb for five years before joining the Rochester Police Department where he served for 20 years. During his time on the police force he served as a uniform officer, DARE officer and recruiter for the police department. After retiring from Rochester Police Department, Johnny returned to Mississippi in 1995 and began working with his brother, Charlie, at Smith Funeral Supply and Monument Company, which later became Smith Mortuary. Once the brothers opened the funeral home, Johnny became a Licensed Funeral Director. After the death of Charlie, Johnny became the owner of Smith Mortuary.
Johnny was active in his church and in the community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Clinton Community Christian Corporation in various capacities for more than 20 years and was the recipient of the Liz Payne Top Volunteer award. Additionally, Johnny was the recipient of the Clinton (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Beacons Blaze Award for his many contributions to the Clinton community. As a member of Sylvarena M. B. Church, he served as a trustee and a member of the cemetery committee. In his leisure time, Johnny could be found on a fishing bank. He was a friendly person with an easy-going personality, and others enjoyed being around him.
On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Johnny traded his time on earth for his heavenly home. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie Smith and R. T. Smith; and sisters, Inez Smith Green and Verlean Smith.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his sisters, Willie E. Smith and Lou Vatta Mayers of Brandon, MS; daughter, JoAnn (Taures) Jackson of Marietta, GA; grandchildren, Asia Smith Johnson and Jeremiah Jackson of Marietta, GA; nieces, Joyce Kersh of Brandon, MS, Sherri Smith of Jackson, MS, Paula (Neil) Lawson of Brandon, MS, and Connie Kersh of Baton Rouge, LA; nephews, Robert (Helen) Smith of Jackson, MS Dedrick Mayers of Roy, Utah and Cedric Smith of Clinton, MS; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Deputy Chief Charles Richardson
Charles Joseph Richardson (“Chuck”), age 93, of 466 Front St., Jamestown, died on January 11, 2022, at the Salamanca Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Chuck was born in West Bloomfield, New York, to Oliver Lysle and Berniece Jenkins Richardson. He was a member of the class of 1945 at Honeoye Falls High School. After leaving high school, he served briefly in the United States Maritime Service, then enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1946. He was honorably discharged in 1949.
After leaving the military, he moved around working various jobs until joining the Rochester Police Department in 1953. He had a long and distinguished career with the RPD rising through the ranks until retiring in 1985 as Deputy Chief – Administration. Early in his service with the Police Department, he was instrumental in developing the RPD Motorcycle Squad. As he rose through the ranks, he implemented many policy and procedural updates, some of which are still in place today.
While serving the City of Rochester, he attended numerous law enforcement education institutes including Indiana State at Bloomington, Indiana, Washington University, St. Louis, and the FBI National Academy. In 1964 Chuck was awarded a diploma in Police Administration from the Traffic Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He was a member of the NYS Association of Retired Chiefs of Police, the Association of Rochester Police & Area Law Enforcement Retirees (ARPALER), and the Rochester Chapter of ASIS International.
Among his personal memberships were the American Motorcycle Association, the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, the Chautauqua County Historical Society, and the Jamestown Rifle Club. He served on the boards of Daybreak Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Center, the John L. Norris Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, and on the Chautauqua County Substance Abuse Council in Jamestown. He was a long-time member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Chuck’s greatest pastimes included riding motorcycles, a lifelong favorite, and playing his Allen organ. Two of his more memorable later life adventures include making a solo 4,000-mile round trip on his Kawasaki Vulcan to Albuquerque, NM at the age of 80 to visit family, and a year later taking a ten-day sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands with his sons. He had an all-encompassing sense of adventure and was patriotic.
When he moved to the Southern Tier in 1989, he immersed himself in volunteer service through RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, especially at the Chautauqua County Probation Department. Chuck was very spiritual, and he and his wife, Ginny, were involved with and embraced by members of the Seneca Nation of the Allegany area.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Alexander Richardson, whom he married August 5, 1989; sons, David (Wendy), Hemlock, NY, and Karl, Rio Rancho, NM; stepsons, Quentin Yeager, Jamestown, NY, and Eric Yeager (Sharon Daugherty), Palmyra, PA; grandchildren: Kenneth Charles Johnson (Abigail), Zachary Johnson, and granddaughter-in-law Larissa Vogel-Johnson, all of Portland, OR; Caleb Johnson (Hannah), Albuquerque, NM, Joshua Richardson, Rochester, NY, Matthew Richardson, Denver, CO, and Jade Richardson and Evan Richardson of Rio Rancho, NM; great-grandson, Skylar Johnson, Portland, OR; sisters-in-law, Mary Richardson, Warsaw, NY, and Agnes Richardson, Bergen, NY; and goddaughter, Gail Craig, Churchville, NY. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and by his adoptive Seneca Beaver Clan brother, Mark Printup, Steamburg, NY.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Hedy Guse Richardson; his daughter, Karen Jean Johnson; a grandson, Granger Johnson; his four brothers, Oliver Lysle, James Andrew, Thomas, and Donald William; and three sisters, Virginia Eygabroat, Margaret Besse Ayers, and Ida Grace Favata.
In lieu of flowers, Chuck requests that donations be made to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring Street, Jamestown, NY 14701, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Visiting hours will be held at the Lind Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 19th from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a short slideshow of Chuck’s life and an open mic period for brief sharing.
A celebration of life will be announced for a later date at First Congregational Church in West Bloomfield, NY.
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Honorable Edmund Calvaruso
Greece: Passed away January 12, 2022. Retired NYS Supreme Court Judge and Monroe County Surrogate Court Judge. He was a graduate of Aquinas Institute (’62), St. John Fisher College (’66) and St. John’s University Law School (’69).
The true measure of a man is not the treasure he has accrued not the awards he has received, but the footprints he has left in people’s lives. Ed walked through life leaving positive imprints on everyone he met. He looked to help others by lifting them up through mentoring, coaching, teaching and encouraging them to reach beyond what they thought they could do. Ed achieved this through volunteering in numerous community organizations, youth sports leagues, Italian community groups, church committees and political groups. He welcomed people with his engaging personality and took joy in his daily encounters with peers, family, friends and even strangers. Everyone was equal in his eyes.
During his celebrated legal career, Ed was responsible for digitizing the case management system for the Monroe County Surrogate Courts, a change that was later adopted statewide and greatly contributed to the efficiency and transparency of the court system. Ed also served his community as a Justice of Supreme Court for the 7th Judicial District of New York, working to expedite the disposition of cases and streamline proceedings of the court. In his time outside of work, Ed acted as an active member, lecturer, and board member for numerous organizations pertaining to the legal profession, educational institutions, and Italian cultural tradition.
Ed is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Angela Calvaruso; brother Francis (Annette) Calvaruso Esq.; father-in-law John Wheeler and infant nephew Aiden Wheeler. He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne (Wheeler) Calvaruso; children Andrea Esq. and Matthew Perron, Dr. Francine Calvaruso, Todd and Stephanie Calvaruso; grandchildren, TJ, Cody and Savannah Calvaruso; mother-in-law Carole Wheeler; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, beloved cousins and friends. A special thank you to the staff of ICU at Unity Hospital. Even while working under grueling conditions you took the time to offer compassionate care to Ed and his family. True heroes.
Ed’s life story will be shared during visitation, 2:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 16th at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. ***His Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 18th at Holy Cross Church, 4492 Lake Avenue. Please remember that masks are required for all services. The service will be live streamed at https://holycrossrochester.org/. Contributions in his memory can be made to Holy Cross School, 4488 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612 or Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Ave, Rochester, NY 14613
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