01-13-09 Detective Elwood M. “Red” Smith – Retired Rochester Police
01-15-09 Captain Anthony J. Volonino – Retired Monroe County Sheriff
01-29-09 Detective Joel C. Rotunno – Retired East Rochester Police
03-12-09 Robert S. Wetmore – Retired Brighton Police
03-18-09 Detective George Cooper – Retired Rochester Police
03-18-09 Lieutenant George Reiss Jr. – Retired Rochester Police
04-23-09 John C. “Jack” Slattery – Retired Rochester Fire Department
04-27-09 Major Norman H. Doe – Retired Monroe County Sherriff
05-17-09 Officer Victor Barauskis – Retired Rochester Police
06-12009 Officer Raymond T. Cleary “Red” – Retired Rochester Police
07-09-09 Detective Donald J. Bunce – Retired Rochester Police
07-17-09 Detective Raymond P. Ciufo – Retired Rochester & Holley Police
07-30-09 Major William D. Mayer – Retired Rochester Police
08-27-09 Officer Anthony Arena – Retired Rochester Police
10-25-09 Captain Charles Sorochty – Retired Rochester Police
11-12-09 Major John G. McGurn – Retired Rochester Police
12-11-09 Lieutenant Louis M. Genovese – Retired Rochester Police
Detective Elwood “Red” Smith passed on January 13th 2009 at the age of 82 years. Red was a 30 year veteran of the Rochester Police Department and served in the Patrol Section, K-9 Unit, Special Criminal Investigation Unit, and the Homicide Squad. Red is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret, his daughter Marie, and sister in law Ursla Favata.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in W.W. II. during which time he fought in three major battles, receiving the Purple Heart for his injuries. After his discharge from the Navy, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps for four years, and after his discharge from the Army, he became a police officer in 1955, retiring as a Grade B Detective in 1985. He is a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, Rochester PBA, and long time member of the ARPALER.
His Funeral service was held at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral home 1411 Vintage Lane (near Long Pond Road in Greece) on Thursday January 15th. His Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Friday January 16th. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Health Foundation, c/o Park Ridge Living Center, 1555 Long Pond Rd., Rochester, NY 14626.
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Anthony J. Volonino passed on Thursday, January 15, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Parnofiello Volonino; children, Louis (Kelly), Alice of CA, Daniel & Michael; grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Nicholas, Andrew, Marissa & Kyle; sisters, Mary Volonino, Genevieve (Robert) Doran; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Tony was a graduate of R.B.I. He was a WWII Air Force Veteran and a member of American Legion Post 1182. He served 3 years with the Rochester Police Department and 31 years with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept. He retired in 1985 with the rank of captain and had the responsibility of the department’s records section. He was a past president of the Sheriff’s Retirement Assoc. and was a member of the Association of Rochester Police Area Law Enforcement Retirees. He also had chaired the Sheriff’s Department United Way Drive for 20 years. He served for 10 years with the Catholic Youth Organization and was a member of the Men’s Club of St. Helen’s Church. He was a member of the Gates Republican Club and Town & County Committee. He was an active member (since 1982) of the Gates Lions Club, where he was past President, past Vice President, past Secretary, and was currently in charge of Public Relations. Tony was awarded the Dandy Lion Award in 1989 and 1996, and the Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2000.
His service was on Sunday January 18th, 2009 at DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., 219 Spencerport Rd., Gates. His Funeral Mass was held on Monday, January 19th at 10:00 AM in St. Helen’s Church, 310 Hinchey Rd. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery.
A special thank you to the staff at Hildebrandt Hospice Center for their wonderful care
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Joel C. Rotunno passed on January 29, 2009. Joel is predeceased by his parents, Charles & Carmella Rotunno; nieces, Susan Taddeo & Lori Fico-Roberts. He is survived by his wife Marsha Hook Rotunno; daughters, Kathleen (Peter) Giacovelli & Karen Rotunno; grandchildren, Matthew Giacovelli & Jacqueline Giacovelli; sisters and brother, Annette Taddeo, Louis (Valerie) Rotunno & Terri Fico; several nieces and nephews. For more information about Joel visit http://www.aliferemembered.com
Joel retired from the City of Rochester Police Department and from the East Rochester Police Department, where he served as its Police Chief. Joel was an investigator for the Monroe County Welfare Department. He served as director of Safety & Security for 22 years at Park Ridge Hospital and he was Director of Security for Monroe County.
BARTOLOMEO & PEROTTO Funeral Home, Inc., 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.), where Joel’s visitation will be Monday, 2-4 & 7-9. Joel’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 9:30 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Rd., followed by his interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
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Pittsford: March 12, 2009, at age 84, after a long battle with emphysema. Predeceased by his brother, Eugene S. Wetmore. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Laura; sons, William and Richard; loving grandfather of Tyler and Riley Wetmore; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Philip and Donna Coene; a niece and nephew. Bob served in the 6th US Marine Division of the Pacific Theater during WWII, 1943-1946, and was wounded in Okinawa. He served 2 ½ years with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and 22 ½ years with the Brighton Police Department and The ARPELER. Bob served as an off ice official for the Rochester Americans Hockey Team for over 42 years. His warmth and love for people will be sorely missed by friends and family.
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Rochester: March 18, 2009. WWII Veteran of the U. S. Navy, Retired from the Rochester Police Department. George is survived by his devoted wife: Jessica Cooper; 3 stepchildren, Thomas (Maxine), Raynald and Samantha Davidson; 8 grand and 3 great-grandchildren 1 brother, Moses M. (Juanita) Cooper, all of Rochester, NY; 1 Aunt; Carrie Marsh of Georgetown, SC; nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends. George initially served with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, then transferred to RPD and served in the Patrol Section until he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the License Squad and Homicide.
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Raleigh N.C. – Passed on March 18, 2009. He was predeceased by his mother, Lois C. Reiss in 2001. He is survived by his father George P. Reiss (RPD-Retired Captain) of Raleigh; sons, G. Ryan & Shawn M. Reiss both of Fairport; daughter Kathryn M. Reiss of Rochester; brother Edward Reiss of California; sister Alice (Steve) Fisher of Watertown and Elizabeth (Mark) Siver of Raleigh N.C. numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends.
George held several positions in Law Enforcement in Monroe County over 24-year career including Rochester Police Investigator – Rochester Scuba Squad – Sergeant and retired at the rank of Lieutenant. He was an active member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, The ARPALER and Moose Lodge #1318 of Raleigh N.C.
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Rochester: April 23, 2009. Predeceased by father Raymond Slattery, survived by beloved mother Vera Slattery; children Lynne (James) Ciufo, Kevin (Jill) Slattery, John (Terri) Slattery, Timothy Slattery; brothers Raymond (Myra) Slattery, Dr. Thomas (Nancy) Slattery, Kevin (Sue) Slattery; sister Kathy (John) Thyroff, Karen (Roy) Liddicott; 7 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jack was a retired Rochester City Firefighter and licensed funeral director. Jack was very instrumental assisting the Alliance with our 20-year fight to obtain a work COLA for police and fire retirees.
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Webster: April 27, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vie; sons, Reid (Elaine) and Rick (Gale); daughter, Sue Mele (Gary Geldorf); grandchildren, Macey and Jason Doe, Amy (Pete) Novack; Stephanie and Stephen Doe; Rachel (Steve) Schubert, Brian (Sandy) and Brad Mele; 8 great-grandchildren.
Norm served as a B25 Pilot during WWII and as a Deputy Monroe County Sheriff for 28 years including service with the Sheriff’s Patrol Boat and Helicopter Patrol.
Donations in memory of Norm may be directed to the Geriatric Pilots Assoc., PO Box 27, East Rochester, NY 1445-0027 or Monroe County Sheriff Foundation, 99 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, NY 14614.
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West Irondequoit: May 17, 2009 after a courageous battle with an extended illness. Predeceased by his wife Esther. He is survived by his children, Judy (John) Corin, Thomas (Sharon) Barauskis, Joan (Michael) Lischak, Jean (Anthony) Gaudio; Grandchildren, Tom Johnna, Brian, Victor, Jodie, Anthony, Tommy, Christina; and 8 Great-Grandchildren.
A WWII Veteran, Vic joined the RPD in 1941 and after serving a short time with the RPD, he entered the Army Air Corps. He served in France, “Normandy” Germany and England. When he returned home in 1945, he regained his position with the RPD and was known as “Big Vic of Charlie 12” Vic retired after 38 years of service to our community. He was one of the few remaining members of the 60 club. Actually, Vic never worked a day in his life because he spent his whole career working night.
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Raymond Cleary passed on June 20, 2009. A man of courage, loyalty, and love of family. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary; brother, James, and sister-in-law, Hildreth “Sis”. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Helene Thompson Cleary; children, Matthew, Daniel (Kristen), Colleen (Peter) Leach, and Susan (David) Damelio; sisters, Mary Catherine Parshall and Helen Rogers; grandchildren, Sean, Harley, and Danielle Cleary, Mitchell, Quinn, and Jack Leach, Davis and Sabrina Damelio; several nieces and nephews. Ray was a proud Marine Korean War veteran, City of Rochester Police Officer for 36 years, and owner of Cleary Escorting Service for 36 years. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider contributions to Advent House, or McQuaid Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund.
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GREECE: Detective Donald Bunce passed on July 9, 2009 at the age of 86 after a long illness. Predeceased by his brothers William & Roger. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Delores Buttaro Bunce who was the love of his life; beloved children Dian (John) Holborn, Gary (Suzanne) Bunce, James (Kim) Bunce, Richard (Jaime) Bunce; beloved grandchildren, Michael (Kelly) Holborn, Anthony Bunce, Laura Bunce, Krystal Waters, Kristine Bunce, Mary Bunce, Nicholas Bunce, Jacob Bunce, Julia Bunce, Olivia Bunce, Justin Bunce; sisters-in-law, Pat Bunce, Frances Quinlan, Suzanne Buttaro; nieces, nephews and dear friend. Don was an Army Veteran of WWII and a retired Detective Supervisor with the Rochester Police Department. He retired after 34 years of dedicated community service.
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Gates: Detective Raymond Ciufo passed on July 17, 2009. Predeceased by his parents, Antonio & Stephanetta and brother Leonard Ciufo. He is survived by his wife, Louise (Restivo) Ciufo; son, Raymond (Renee) Ciufo; daughters, Gerri Grandi and Linda (George) Taylor; grandchildren, Daniel Ciufo (fiancée Rachel), Renee (Glenn) Ferrett, Eric Eklund, Britt Eklund and Melissa Taylor; 3 Great Grandchildren, brother Anthony Ciufo, sisters, Josephine Ciufo & Lucy (Dave) Forrucci; sister-in-law & brother-in-law Sue (Vince) Farruggia and many nieces and nephews. Ray was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and retired after 40 years of police service with the RPD. He was a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, The ARPALER and the Police Benevolence Association.
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Major William Mayer passed on July 30, 2009 at the age of 65. He was born in Rochester on June 26, 1944, to Franklin and Ruth Doser and had lived in this area for many years. Mr. Mayer was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of Vietnam, a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, a member of the Kendall Lions Club and the Brockport VFW. Bill was a graduate of Monroe Community College, FBI National Academy, and retired as a Major from the Rochester Police Department in 1989. He is also a former Chief of Police for the Village of Holley. Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol, daughters: Bar (Ed) Snyder of Albion, Debra Mayer of Batavia, Son: Richard (Donna) Mayer of WA.; grandsons. Andrew Krantz, Nicholas and Alec Mayer, sisters: Kathleen (Earl) Hinkson, Christine (Steve Watkins) Mannara, brother; Donald (Jody) Mayer, as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
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Officer Anthony Arena passed on August 27, 2009 at the age of 74 years. He was predeceased by parents, Rosario & Josephine; his brother, Joe and sister Annette. He is survived by his wife Grace (Davenport); children, Darla (Carl) Fragomeni, Renee (Tony) Vicari, Glen (Valerie) Farabella, Angel Trovato (Tony Vicari), Diana (Mike) Krivitza, John (Loretta) Arena & Jeff (Treasa) Arena; sixteen grandchildren and 3 brothers, Rosario, Vincent and Thomas (Don). Anthony was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, having served in Korea, and retired from the RPD after his dedicated service.
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Captain Charles Sorochty passed on October 25, 2009 at the Age 91. Devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Mary; sisters, Stella and Ann; brothers, Michael and Steven. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 66 years, Helen (Federation) Sorochty; children, Roger (Barbara), Charlene, and Carl (Rena); 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, John, Nicholas (Donna) and Harry (Margarethe); many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Charles was an Army Air Corps Veteran of WWII, a retired Captain in the Rochester Police Department (1947-1979), a member of Ukrainian American Club, St. Josaphat Seniors, John Onufryk Post, Rochester Police Benevolent Association, Police Rosewood Club, Rochester Police Locust Club and The ARPALER.
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Major John McGurn passed away Nov.12, 2009, in Largo, Florida at the age of 75. “Sandy” as he was known to many was a native of Rochester, NY, where he retired as after 30 years of service at the rank of Major of the Operations Division with the Rochester Police Department. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps and proud of his Irish heritage. Sandy is survived by his companion of 22 years, Barbara Love; children Sean McGurn, Timothy McGurn, Patrick McGurn and Kathleen (Clint) Schrider, all of Rochester; grandchildren, Jesse, Jacob, Sarah, Arianna, Dalton, Lauren, Olivia and John; sisters, Lee (Jim) Chamberlin, Terry (Leonard) Whitcraft and Lorraine Weekes and special friends Pam and Les Lambert, of Atlanta.
Major McGurn was a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, the Police Benevolent Association and The ARPALER.
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RPD Lieutenant Louis Genovese passed on December 11, 2009 at the age of 80 years. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine; his parents Samuel and Rosalie; his brother Santo and his son-in-law Robert McCartney. He is survived by his children; Louis Genovese (Kim Pfromm), Carol McCartney, and Samuel (Andrea) Genovese; grandchildren, Robert, Joseph, Samuel and Anthony, brothers Robert (Ann) and Gerard Genovese of Las Vegas. Sister, Josephine Zalcyki; many nieces & nephews. Lou served with the Military Police in Japan in 1946 guarding Segamo Prison and proudly served with the Rochester Police Department for 35 years.
He is also remembered by his friend and companion of 23 years, Jeanette Lobene.
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