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Sunday, July 6, 2014
Greece: Richard "Dick" Gangale (Retired Lt. Rochester Fire Department) passed away July 2, 2014. Born May 21, 1936 in Rochester, NY. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Nancy, parents, Mike and Grace, brother, Louis, sisters, Wanda and Adelaide, stepson, Russell Thurston. He is survived by son Michael (Donna) Gangale of Las Vegas and stepson Richard Thurston of Milwaukee; 6 grandchildren, Andrea, Kayla & Jeffrey Thurston, Ricky, Jonathan & Elizabeth Gangale. Also survived by several loving nieces & nephews, along with many other relatives and many very special friends. Dick graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1954 and MCC in 1977. He married the love of his life, Nancy in 1962 and they shared 42 wonderful years together. Dick was a retired Lieutenant of the Rochester Fire Department after over 40 years of service. He also served as the Vice President of Rochester Firefighters Union, Local 1071. Dick enjoyed life to the fullest. Both he and Nancy were avid NY Yankees and Buffalo Bills fans and enjoyed watching the games on TV together. He and Nancy loved to travel. They went to Europe, took cruises and after retiring, spent their winters in Las Vegas, a place they both loved to be. Dick eventually made his permanent residence there, where he enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards, and enjoying everything that Las Vegas has to offer. He also was a published author, loved taking flying lessons and volunteered his time coaching Little League baseball when his sons were young. Aside from all this, Dick's true love was his family, first and foremost. He was the consummate husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all in his life. He taught by example the importance of family throughout his life. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. His legacy of love will live on through them, as well as his extended family. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, July 10, from 5-8 PM at the DiPonzio Funeral Home, 219 Spencerport Rd., Gates. His Funeral Mass will be held Friday morning at 9:30 in St. Theodore's Church, 168 Spencerport Rd. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory may be made to Villa of Hope Attn: Office of Agency Advancement, 3300 Dewey Ave. Rochester, NY 14616.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Congratulations to the following members that have recently retired: FF Grant Dunn E12 G2 with 25 years of Service FF Mike Corriddi E19 G2 with 27 years of Service Lt. Roger Moynes E12 G3 with 25 years of Service.
Battalion Chief David Bagley Retired on June 14, 2014 after joining the Rochester Fire Department on July 16, 1979. Congratulations to David Bagley and his family.
“MDA FILL THE BOOT” Rochester Public Market August 23, 2014 9:00am – Noon Meet at the N. Union St. Gate Please help us support the MDA at the Annual Local 1071 Fill the Boot day. The Uniform of the day will be your RFD Dress Blues. Thank you. Please RSVP in advance to: VP Eddie Santiago:
(April 13, 1923 - June 30, 2014) Rochester: Monday, June 30,2014 at age 91. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rose (Gangi) Zazzara; daughter,Claudia (Richard) Miller; son, Alan(Cathy) Zazzara; granddaughters,Ashley, Amy, Kimberly and Lauren; sister, Rena (Bob) Grassi; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Noto, Josephine Pilato, Louis Gangi, John (Grace) Gangi and Yolanda Arcarisi; several nieces & nephews. Al retired as a Captain with the City of Rochester Fire Department after 34 years of service. He was also a WWII Army Veteran. On THURSDAY, family and friends are welcome to gather at the Chapel of St. Ann's Home, 1500 Portland Ave., Irondequoit where AI's Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM. Entombment White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions may be directed to St. Ann's Home Foundation or the School of the Holy Childhood in AI's memory. Arrangements by Michael R. Yackiw. PROFETTA FUNERAL CHAPEL
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Tony Lambiase JR. Memorial Scramble will be held Tuesday, May 20th, RSVP please by May 13th! This will benefit a Monroe Community College Fund (as of this date 25 $500 scholarships have been awarded! VICTOR HILLS GOLF COURSE 9 AM REGISTRATION 10 AM SHOT GUN START $70 PER GOLFER COFFEE & DONUTS - LUNCH AT TURN STEAK BUFFET DINNER POP & BEER ON COURSE DOOR PRIZES - 50/50 - SKINS - RAFFLE PRIZES FOR SENIORS & LADIES CONTACT PHIL CICHETTI - 585-747-7384 GREG BOCCARDO ( T - 4 - GP 3 ) X 5664 TONY LAMBIASE 467-3843 OR RFDCAR61@YAHOO.COM MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO TONY LAMBIASE 185 ECHO ST. ROCHESTER NY, 14609 A $2500 putting contest will be held. Each golfer will be given one ticket which will be drawn for one golfer to take one putt, Extra tickets will be available 3 - $5
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Retired Firefighter Jerry Bills passed away this morning April 28, 2014. The Family has informed us that Jerry is to be cremated and that the services for Jerry will be private. There will be no calling hours or religious services. Condolences can be sent to: Mrs. Sandy & Kevin Bills 34 Daleside Road Rochester, New York 14617
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Rochester Police Department Officer Kelly O'Hara with daughter Luna Grace Kephart-O'Hara.  On her arm is her father, Captain Shaun O'Hara of the Rochester Fire Department.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yet another Tournament! Wednesday, April 30th at the St. Paul Exempt, 690 Thomas Ave. 6 p.m. shuffle up and deal. $40 Buy in! Pizza and snacks provided. Bring ANYONE!
Rochester: March 11, 2014. Predeceased by his father, Samuel Montanarella, & brother, Lee Mitcheltree. Survived by his daughters, Gina (Jason McKinney) Montanarella, & Kara (Rob) Kuehne; his mother, Betty (Norm) Mitcheltree; brother, Dan Montanarella; sisters, Lynn (Eric) Farnung, Patty Montarella, Angela (Victor) Witenzen; granddaughters, Cecelia, Lila, Harper & Quinn; also nieces, nephews & cousins. Sam was an Army veteran, & served 29 years with the Rochester City Fire Department retiring as a Captain. Please join the family to share memories on SUNDAY from 1-4 PM at Crawford Funeral Home (495 N. Winton Rd., between Browncroft & Humboldt). Sam's funeral will follow calling Sunday at 4 PM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery MONDAY 10 AM - Meet at Lake Ave. Gate. Please consider honoring Sam with a donation to the Open Door Mission. Online Condolences welcomed at:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Rochester: February 4, 2014, age 66 passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Donna (Muscolo); daughters, Nija (Matt) Branca-Bilofsky, Talya (Ben) Sirianni; grandchildren, Ethan Robert, Hudson Thomas, William Matthew; brothers, Dominic Brancatisano, Nicholas (Marge) Branca, Philip (Joanne) Branca; sisters-in-law, Janice (Roy) Scalera, Sharon (Harry) Gersey, Jean (Rick) Thomas; several beloved nieces and nephews. Bob was a Vietnam Vet and a lieutenant with the Rochester Fire Dept. Calling hours Friday 4-8 at Falvo Funeral Home, Webster, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd. (Route 250). On Saturday please meet the family at Spiritus Christi Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, 14614 for his Funeral Mass at 10AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to School of the Holy Childhood in his memory. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Wilmot Cancer Center, especially Dr. Michael Becker, Laura Kassel and Mary Dibley. - See more at:



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