03/04/08 Captain William K. Dillon – Retired New York State Police
04/10/08 Major Howard C. “Howie” Rooksby – Retired Monroe County Sheriff
05/08/08 Officer Edmund T. Reid – Retired Rochester Police Department
05/24/08 Officer Frank Fazzina – Retired Rochester Police Department
08-26-08 Detective Thomas M. Erdle – Retired Greece Police Department
09-01-08 Deputy Joseph R. Robortella Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
09-04-08 Deputy Chief Clarence DePrez – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-14-08 Officer Roger F. Roach – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-14-08 Officer Edward R. Hayflinger – Retired Rochester Police Department
09-18-08 Officer William P. Coast – Retired Irondequoit Police Department
09-30-08 Officer Anthony Day – Retired Rochester Police Department
10-20-08 Investigator William J. Barnes – Retired Rochester Police Department
12-17-08 Sergeant Anthony J. Donofrio – Retired Rochester Police Department
12-30-08 Detective John R. “Jack” Hunt – Retired Rochester Police Department
Passed on March 4, 2008. Predeceased by his son Michael & parents Ann and Edward Dillon. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Peg. 2 Daughters, Jo-Ann (Joe) Palma, Nancy (Steve) Howatt; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-granddaughters.
Bill was a graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, He served 4 years in the Navy, and after his Navel service, he became a NYS Trooper. He retired as a Captain after 21 years of service. After his retirement, Bill became Director of Security at RG&E.
His service was conducted by Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home and his Funeral Mass was held at the Church of the Assumption. Donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association.
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Howie was a retired Major of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and retired after 25 years of dedicated service. His survived by his mother, Evelyn Rooksby, Bonnie Rooksby, Son Michael (Michelle) Rooksby. sister Carol (James) Weidlich; brother, George (Susan) Rooksby; aunt Patricia Mavity; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Predeceased by his father, Robert C. Rooksby. Survived by his mother, Evelyn M. Rooksby; Bonnie Rooksby; son, Michael (Michelle) Rooksby and their children Michael Jr., Madison & Montana; daughter, Michelle (Michael) LaFranca and their children, Allison & Jonathan; sister Carol (James) Weidlich; brother, George (Susan) Rooksby; aunt, Patricia Mavity; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. The family received those that shared Howard’s life on Tuesday, April 15th at the Diplomat Party House.
The family requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation, c/o 130 S. Plymouth Ave. Rochester, NY 14614.
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Ed passed on May 8th, 2008. He is survived by his sons, David (Mary), Duane (Valeriya) Reid, daughters, Dawn (William) Briggs, Robin (David) Kepler: and many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Edmund was a Rochester Police Officer for over 30 years, a member of the ARPALER, Rochester Police Locust Club, Rochester PBA, VFW #134, and also a retiree from Eastman Kodak.
His service was held at the JOHN M. HEDGES FUNERAL HOME – 1717 Portland Avenue and Ridge Road. His Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday 11:a.m. in the Chapel of St. Ann’s Home – Contributions can be made to Special Olympics or the Golisano Children’s Hospital.
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n May 24th, 2008, retired RPD Officer Frank Fazzina passed on. Frank was predeceased by his wife Jennie. He is survived by his children: Frank (Jenny) Fazzina, Robert Fazzina, Sandy Fazzina, Mary Frances (Arthur) Yockel; many grandchildren and nieces & nephews.
Frank was a veteran of the RPD, and many of you remember his as the Court Officer and also assigned to Headquarters. He is the uncle of retired Detective Albert Brunette.
His wake was held on Wednesday May 28th at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home 1411 Vintage Lane. His Mass was held at St. Ann’s Home Chapel 1500 Portland Avenue. Frank was a long time member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, Rochester Police Benevolent, and the ARPALER.
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Detective Thomas M. Erdle passed on Tuesday August 26, 2008 at the age of 63. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Erdle; son, Timothy Erdle; daughter, Cindy (Pete) VanSteen; grandchildren, Devin and Josh; brothers, Fred (Anna) Erdle and Jim (Sherry) Erdle; honorary sister and brother, Debbie (Steve) Wolford; dear friend and partner-in-crime, Brian (Penny) Martin; brother in law, Jack; sister in law, Judy; several nieces and nephews; many dear friend.
Tom’s service was held at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home and his Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The interment was held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association – Memorial Processing Center – PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049
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n September 1, 2008, retired Deputy Sheriff Joseph R. Robortella passed on. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Carol (Bruno) Robortella; daughter Lisa (Frank) D’Agostino; granddaughter Adriana; mother-in-law, Michelle Bruno; brother Robert Robortella of Florida: Marie Robortella; many loving cousins & friends.
Joe retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Gates-Chili School District and he was a Travel Agent for 41 years. He was currently working for Bishop Kearney High School Transportation Department.
Joe’s Funeral Mass was held on Friday September 5, at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Ghost Church. – Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the American Heart Association – P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
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Deputy Chief Clarence “Jerry” DePrez passed on September 4, 2008 at the age of 95. He was predeceased by his wife, Clara (Bowe) DePrez and parents, Joseph & Mary (Frisch) DePrez; brothers, Joseph, Jean, Thomas; sister, Jane. He is survived by his children, David (Judith) DePrez, Michael (Claudette) DePrez, Elizabeth DePrez, Mary Jane (Daniel) Moran, Lawrence (Mary) DePrez and Suzane 9 William) Stekl; brother Robert (Marion) DePrez; sister, Dorthea Lynd; sister in law, Barbara DePrez; grandchildren, John, Michael, Jeffery, Scott, Megan, Kimberly, Margeaux, Diane and Andrea; along with many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Jerry played Box Lacrosse at the old Main Street Armory with among others, Jay (Tonto) Silverheels. He was a Championship wrestler in the 175lb weight class at Edison Tech., where he graduated Valedictorian of his class. He joined the Rochester Police Department on April 1, 1940 and retired as Deputy Chief in 1964. During his career he headed the Special Squad (Vice), helped start the Youth Bureau and Police Athletic League, created the Stardust Club for Teens and built the Model Railroad at Edgerton Park. He was an early Superintendent at the then new Police Training Academy on Scottsville Road. He was a pistol champion winning many medals at National Competitions, held at Camp Perry in Ohio, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1952.
After his retirement he became Head of Security for Wegmans and after retiring again, he also worked for the Democrat and Chronicle.
In their large 19th ward home, Jerry and Clara raised 6 children and in the late 40’s and 50’s provided temporary housing for refugees of World War II, troubled teens and others needing help.
Jerry’s Memorial Service was celebrated September 10th in the All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a charity of their choice in his memory.
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Officer Roger “Bud” Roach passed on September 14, 2008 at the age of 84. He is predeceased by his wife Eloise Roach. He is survived by his daughter Dona (Charles) Garant; grandsons, Daniel & Eric Warren; great-grandchildren, Eric M. Warren and Alexis R. Warren; several nieces and nephews.
Bud was a Navy Veteran of World War II, and a 21 year veteran of the Rochester Police Department – Member of the Rochester Police Locust Club – Rochester Police Benevolent Association – and a long time member of the ARPALER.
Funeral services were directed by Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, and Officer’s Roach’s Funeral Service was celebrated at the Funeral Home followed by his interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
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Retired Officer Edward R. Hayflinger passed on September 14, 2008 at the age of 72. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra, three sons; Robert, Richard and Joseph; brother Bruce (Kathy) Hayflinger; sister Phyllis Sorrenti; Grandchildren, Kayla and Kelly; many nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews and life-long friend Ron Kulp.
Ed was a United States Navy Veteran and 20 year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. He was also a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, Rochester Police Benevolent Association, and a long time member of the ARPALER.
Ed’s Celebration of life was held on Sunday September 21st at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road. Memorial Contributions in his name may be directed to the Rochester Police Benevolent Association – 1425 Lexington Avenue. Rochester, NY 14606 or to Artisan Works.
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Officer William P. Coast passed on Friday September 19, 2008. Bill is survived by his wife, Teresa of 49 years; children, Billy (Mary) Coast, Colleen (Joe) DiMartino and Laura (Tom) Pelusio; Grandchildren, Michael, Stephen, & Dennis Coast, Joey, Andrew & Jackie DiMartino, Nick, Adam & Madeline Pelusio; sister Gloria Phillips; brother, James (Joanne) Coast; several nieces and nephews.His family received friends on Monday September 22 from 5-8 PM at the Funeral home, and Bill’s Mass was on Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. at St. Salome’s Church. Interment was at Irondequoit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in his name to the Association of Rochester Police & Area Law Enforcement Retirees, 1425 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606.
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Officer Anthony “Tony” Day passed on September 30th, 2008 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Carole, daughters, Leanna (Thomas) Zakariassen of Norway, Lauren day, Grandsons Xander & Vincent Zakariassen; sister Ella Romano; many nieces and nephews.
Tony was a 20 year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a long time member in good standing of the Rochester Police Locust Club, the Rochester Police Benevolent Association and the ARPALER.
Officer Day was one of the original officers assigned to the RPD “Public Safety & Education Section” and was also assigned to the RPD Accident Prevention Division.
Funeral services were held at the Miller Funeral Home -335 Winton Road, and his Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anne’s Church – 1600 Mt. Hope Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne’s Building Fund, or the Knights of Columbus Council #11411.
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William J. Barnes passed on October 20, 2008 after a heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Stone; daughters, Kelli and Tori Barnes; son, Christopher and his family; sister, Patricia (Andrew) Nye; brother, Robert Barnes; mother-in-law, Shirley Stone; brother-in-law, Thomas (Pat) Stone, sister-in-law, Patricia (Maury) Wills; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may call Wednesday, 3-8 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, 11:00 AM at St. Louis Church, 60 South Main Street, Pittsford. Interment in family plot at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be applied toward the education of Kelli and Tori, c/o T.Stone, 12 Harrison Circle, Pittsford, NY 14534.
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Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Donofrio passed on Wednesday December 17, 2008 at the age of 86. He is survived by his sisters and brothers, Sister Ann D’Assisi SSJ, Yolanda Ruggeri, Alfred Donofrio, Eleanor (Ted) Piendel, Louis (Sheila) Donofrio, Jane Passino, many nieces and nephews. Tony retired from the Rochester Police Department as a Sergeant after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Police Locust Club, Police Rosewood Club, Police Benevolent, and The ARPALER. He was also a Navy Veteran of World War II, and a member of the Italian American War Veterans.
Visitation was at the DiPonzio Funeral Home – 219 Spencerport Road, and his Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. on December 22nd at Holy Apostles Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to the; Sisters of St. Joseph – 150 French Road – Rochester, NY 14618.
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Detective John R. (Jack) Hunt) passed on unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the age 76. He is survived by his wife, Margarette Hunt; children, John (Sharon) Hunt, Donna (Alan) Traister, William Hunt, Jeannette (Marshall) Zimney, Richard Lapiana & Mark (Amy) Lapiana; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Pozzanghera; brother-in-law, Robert Hewes; sister-in-law, Else (John) Vella; several nieces and nephews; many dear friends.
Jack was a retired detective with the Rochester City Police Department. He was also a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, Rochester Police Benevolent, and a long time member of the ARPALER. Many of you will remember Jack when he was assigned to the Accident Division, and after his promotion, when he was assigned to burglary investigations in the Criminal Investigation Division.
His service was held at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Interment was held at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
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