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Obituaries

DOLCE
by Barbara Guarino Kruk

My grandmother Lucia, who lived to be ninety-eight years old, believed that a good meal must be followed by something sweet. In Italian we call it dolce. Grandma Lucia had a sweet tooth. She enjoyed a piece of chocolate every night. She always told me that chocolate is very important for women. I am certain she did not have any scientific evidence for this sage advice, but she was beautiful, with flawless skin until her passing. My money is on the chocolate.
Thomas F. Clifford was a simple man who loved family and nature. He would spend countless hours watching birds, listening to music and spending quality time with his wife and children. He was born in Richmond Hills and entered the military and served honorably during World War II. He was a hard worker and the type of man who could fix anything. Thomas had a big heart and a gentle soul. His one true indulgence was his love of chocolate. He, like my grandmother, had a sweet tooth.
For sixty-one years, Thomas found love and comfort with his beloved wife Vaughne. She was the love of his life. She was his dolce.
Together they raised six children. Sadly, their son James predeceased them. Thomas loved being with his children Eileen, Stephen, Raymond, Jere and Thomas. Eventually, he became the proud and loving grandfather of Melissa, Mary and Jaclyn.
Thomas F. Clifford died surrounded by the family he loved so much at his residence on July 9, 2016. Thomas was eighty-eight years old when God called him home.
He was a loving and gentle soul who treasured his family and friends and was as sweet as the chocolate he loved.
Margaret Bruyette, age 62, of Eastport, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband Ronald, her loving daughters; Katie and Mandy D’Amico, Sunshine Daly, and Christina Corcoran, her brothers; Roy Lesson, James Lesson and Christopher Lesson and her sisters Elizabeth Dixon, Ellen Lesson, and Laura Lesson. She is predeceased by her sister Maureen Lesson. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren. Arrangements were entrusted to Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Thomas F. Clifford, age 88, of Shirley, died peacefully at his residence on July 9, 2016. Thomas was born in Richmond Hill and served honorably in the United States Military during World War II. He was a retired mechanic from the Long Island Lighting Company. He was a nature lover, and bird watcher. He enjoyed all types of music and being with the family. He was a hard worker, had a gentle soul and was a simple man who loved to eat chocolate. Thomas was predeceased by his beloved son James. His wife Vaughne of sixty-one years survives him. He was the beloved father to Eileen (Peter) Walker, Stephan (Audrey), Raymond, Jere, and Thomas and cherished grandfather to Melissa, Mary and Jaclyn. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Interment with military honors took place at Calverton National Cemetery.

Ann Hawkins, age 100 of Eastport, passed away on July 13, 2016. A cherished member of the community, Mrs. Hawkins worked for many years in the Eastport School District. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Reginald. She is survived by her loving son Richard and his wife Debra. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. The Eastport Ladies Auxiliary and other members of the fire department performed services during the evening hours. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s RC Church and interment followed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Philip J. Militano, age 84 of Manorville passed away on July 13, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel, his son James (Leticia), his daughters, Diane (Darren) Schultz-Confessore, Deborah Militano, and Caroline (John) Wood, and his brothers Frank and Steven. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Daniel and Michael Schultz, Jacquelyn and Johnnie Wood, Steven, Cassandra and Taylor Ostvatics. He is predeceased by his brothers Casper and John, his sisters, Katherine and Caroline and granchild Desire Osvatics. Visitation was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home. The United States Army held military honors and the Greenwood Village Veteran’s performed a service. A funeral Mass was held at St John’s RC Church in Center Moriches and interment followed to Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

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