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Rochester/Wolcott: On January 26, 2015 at age 91. Predeceased by his son, Stephen Myhers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Grace; children, James F. (Maureen) Myhers, Sandra (Francis) McColl, Richard (Mechelle) Myhers; daughter-in-law, Nancy Myhers; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Leatrice Brutsman; many nieces and nephews. Eldred was a WWII Navy Veteran and served with the Rochester Fire Dept. for 30 years.
Gates: February 7, 2015. Predeceased by his wife, Palma Coriddi; parents, Maria & Luigi; sister, Leona (Angelo) LaVilla; brothers, Ferdinand, William, Patrick & Sam; brother-in-law, Anthony (Jean) Crispino; sisters-in-law, Mafalda Crispino & MaryAnn Crispino. He is survived by children, Michael Jr., Paul (Janet) & Rosemary (Dan) Cook; former daughter-in-law, Leslie (Chris) Hoyng; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jenna (Chris), Tina (Matt) Bachman & Paul (Jay), Brittany & Daniel Cook; great-grandchildren, Maci & Chase; brothers, Frank (Jane) & Phil (Lois); sisters-in-law, Josephine, Fern, Elsie & Laura; brothers-in-law, Steve, Joe (Jean) & Tom Crispino; many nieces & nephews. Michael's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Chili Ave. Unity Dialysis Unit for their loving care. Michael's visitation will be held 4-8 PM on Thursday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Ln. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Friday at Holy Ghost Church, 220 Coldwater Rd. Interment will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery.
With open arms, we welcome our new RFBA President, Fred DeNunzio, and in the same breathe, we say thank you for all the years of great service to Wil Jackson. Along with this, Jim Johnstone has stepped out of his Rep spot, and has been elected into Fred's old Asst. Treasurer position. Also welcome Neel Yau and Devon Monin into the freshly vacated Rep positions! Congrats again!
Bristol/Canandaigua, NY: Ray went to be with the lord after a brave battle with melanoma and a very courageous and valiant battle with COPD on December 12, 2014 surrounded by family at the age of 78. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Elane Steidle "Fluffie" Barend, his son Raymond J., and his parents Bernard and Rose Barend. He will be sadly missed by his children Linda Barend, Penny (Tim) Hensler, and Heidi (Skip) Guerrie and 73 foster children. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Steven, Jason, Alyssa, RaeLyn, Bryce, Noelle, Brynne, Clarissa, Sabryna and Owen and three great grandchildren. He will also be sadly missed by his brother Harold (Dorothy) Barend, his sister Alberta Austin, his sister-in-law Patty Steidle who was very helpful in his later years, his sisters and brothers in law, many dear nieces, nephews and devoted dear friends. Raymond "a Christmas baby" lived a very full life. He and Fluffie were married on April 16, 1955. He worked for E. J. Dupont Company before starting a career as a Rochester Firefighter. Being a firefighter was Ray's dream job, but early in his career he received a serious firefighting injury and was assigned to the Fire Alarm Office. It was here that Ray would become best known and make the most impact in the fire service, becoming an Emergency Communications Instructor for Monroe County's 39 fire districts. During the evolution of the Office of Emergency Communications (9-1-1 Center) Ray developed and trained all the new Fire and EMS dispatchers that would be needed before turning on the 9-1-1 system. Ray loved his time working with his family of firefighters. After retiring from the Rochester Fire Department, Ray became Bristol Town Supervisor and later became Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Ontario County. Ray was an active member of the Bristol Fire Department, the East Rochester Fire Department's Exempt Club, an Honorary Life member of the Lake-shore Fire District and a member of the Bristol Historical Society. Ray spent his life serving people. His favorite quote was: "The Power of the People, we did it together and we did it our way!" Ray will be remembered as being a very caring, honest, hardworking, funny, courageous and strong person. Ray always fought for what he thought was right and fair. Friends may call Friday, December 19, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Fuller Funeral Home Inc., 190 Buffalo St., Canandaigua. Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass Saturday, December 20, at 9:30 am at St. Mary's Church in Canandaigua. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Library, 6750 County Rd 32, Canandaigua, NY 14424 or to the Levi Corser Memorial Park c/o Bristol Town Hall 6740 County Rd 32, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
Rochester: November 16, 2014 at the age of 90. Predeceased by sister, Doris Payne. Survived by wife, Dorothy E. (MacNally) Payne; children, Sharon (Anthony) Cammarata, Deborah (Joseph) Janowicz, & James A. (Colleen) Payne III; grandchildren, James (Rachel) Novak, Christopher (Michelle) Novak, Jennifer (Christopher) Schwab, Jason (Holly) Janowicz, James A. (Emily) Payne IV; Ryan (Shannon) Payne, Michael Cammarata, Christopher (Jennifer Wallace) Cammarata & Lindsay (Kevin Roy) Cammarata; great-grandchildren, Alexis Schwab, Ella Schwab, Kalin Novak, Alexis Novak, Emily Novak, & Elizabeth Novak. James was a Deputy Chief of the City of Rochester Fire Department and 32nd Degree Mason. For more information about James, visit No Prior Visitation. James's Funeral Service will be celebrated SATURDAY, NOV 29 at 10 AM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between 390 & Long Pond Rd). Interment White Haven Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Northeastern Boxer Rescue, PO Box 95, Sunderand, MA 01375-0095 in James's memory. - See more at:
Greece: November 18, 2014. Predeceased by his parents, Leonard & Maria Nicola Palozzi. He is survived by his wife, Pia Josephine (Baliva) Palozzi; children, Jeff (Julia) Magone, Deborah (Mark) Magone-Fragale & Sandra (Phil) Sampognaro; grandchildren, Jana Magone, Jamie Magone, Marco Magone-Fragale, Nevasse Magone-Fragale, John Sampognaro & Jamie Sampognaro; brother in-laws & sister in-laws, Francesco & Carmela Baliva, Aneia & Danna Baliva, Sergio & Rita Pozzobon, Emma Egan, Frank & Grace Astrologo, Vincenzo & Anna Digiovanni in Rome, Italy. many nieces, nephews & cousins. Leonard was a retired City Of Rochester Fire Fighter. To light a candle of remembrance, Leonard's visitation will be held 4-8PM on Friday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated 8 AM on Saturday at St. Mark's Church, 54 Kuhn Road. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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Greece: Thursday, October 30, 2014. Predeceased by his wife, Margaret M. Grace (Graham); sisters, Mary Cruttenden, Lorraine Robinson, Veronica Harrington, Anne Herzog; brother, Rev. Patrick Grace; grandson, Sean McKenzie. Survived by his children, George (Penny) Grace, Margaret McKenzie, Thomas (Deborah) Grace, Michael (Wanda) Grace, Daniel (Marianne) Grace, Gerard Grace, Joanne (John) Bonaldi; 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; special friend, Jan Smith; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Unity Cottages 100 for the special care given to George. Friends may call Monday (Nov 3rd) 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday (Nov 4th) 9:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the School of the Holy Childhood in his memory. For more information or to sign George's guestbook, please visit
Friday, September 5, 2014
The RFBA is requesting and accepting donations from RFBA members and anyone willing to contribute to the family of Officer Daryl Pierson. Feel free to contact Fred DeNunzio or any other Benevolent board member to donate. Checks can be made payable to "RFBA Events Fund". Donations will be collected now through October 10th.

Details for Officer Pierson:
Calling Hours:
Bartolomeo and Perotto Funeral Home
1411 Vintage Lane
Rochester, NY
Monday, September 8, 2014 2-4pm 7-9pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2-4 pm 7-9pm
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11am
Blue Cross Arena 100 Exchange Blvd.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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October 10, 2014
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The Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association membership is comprised of The City of Rochester NY Fire Department active and retired firefighters. This website is here to assist the RFBA membership on keeping them informed about the organization, its members, events, and pertinent topics and or information as it may relate to the RFBA, the Rochester Firefighters Retirees, the City of Rochester NY Fire Department, and its community. Please take time to visit here often to see what's happening and to stay updated of RFBA topics. Remember, all meetings are open to the general membership every month and the tenative times, dates, and locations will be posted on this website as well as the firehouses.

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Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association
P.O. Box 31764
Rochester, New York 14603-1764

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