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Obituaries

CAROL LILLIAN GRABOW, 56 years young, of Shirley, died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on August 7th, 2017. Carol was born in Mineola, and was a title insurance office with Equity Settlement Title Company. She loved going to the beach, taking pictures of her family and friends, baking cupcakes and was very crafty. She enjoyed entertaining. She was the beloved mistress to her canine companion Daisy. Carol is survived by her husband Edward to whom she has been married for the past thirty years. She was the loving mother to her three children Sara (Matt) Trenn, Brigette (Geoffrey) Geoghan and Lance Grabow. She was the beloved grandmother of Lilliana; devoted daughter to Sara Komulainen and sister to Brenda, Julie, Diana, Jennifer, Joan and Susan. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Wednesday and Thursday and a Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic Beach on Friday at 11:00 am. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
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LUCILLE ANN HYNES, 72, of Mastic Beach, died in Flushing Hospital in Queens, New York, on August 6th, 2017. Lucille was born in the old Bayview Hospital in Mastic Beach. She worked as an administrator for several non-profits, including director of St. Jude’s Outreach. She was the Past President of the St. George Senior Citizens, a devout Catholic and member of St. Jude’s Church. She loved going down to Smith’s Point beach, watching the New York Giants Football and was the quintessential football Mom to her two boys. She hosted an annual 4th of July party that included up to one hundred people. She was a devoted wife to her husband Edward who predeceased her. She was the loving mother to her two sons Brian and Sean (Carianne) and her four grandchildren Arista, Aidan, Ethan and Chase. She was the devoted sister to Thomas, Gerald, Ronald and Catherine as well as cherished aunt to twenty-eight nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Thursday and a Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church on Friday at 10:00 am. Interment followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram.
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THOMAS J. FARRA, 83, Mastic Beach, lost his long battle with his illness and died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on August 8th, 2017. Tom was born in the Bronx, had served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was a self-employed electrical contractor. He was the original ‘workaholic’, an active member of the VFW, loved to play cards, go to the casino, and traveled extensively with his wife and family to Aruba, Alaska, Vegas and Florida. He loved to play dominos and give domino sets to special family and friends. He was a devoted husband to his wife Florence to whom he had been married for the past sixty-four years. He was the loving father of Donna (Todd) Feibusch Cynthia (Frank) Perazzo, Thomas (Carrie) Farra and Laura (Christopher) Semlies. He was the cherished grandfather to Ashley, Elizabeth, Gabriella, Morgan, Nicole, Veronica, Charlotte, Graham and Harper. He was the loving brother to his twin Gerry, Ronald, and Catherine Barry. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley on Thursday and a Mass was offered at St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic Beach at 10:00 am. Military honors were accorded to him by the US Army. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches.

 

Dominoes

By Barbara Guarino Kruk
This is a difficult article for me to write. The person I am writing about has been an important part of my life for many years. He and his family have been an integral part of my life and that of my family. He was a man who led by example. He was stern at times, a hard worker, a respected businessman, and a devoted husband, father, family man and friend.
Dominoes is a game that originated in China in 1232. It has, over these many centuries, evolved from its origins, but is still played all over the world. It is a game of logic, strategy and patience. It teaches you to take your time and measure your opponents. It can be played with up to four people. It is a game of skill and can be played in several different formats. It was a prized game played by Emperors as well as the average man.
Thomas J. Farra, eighty-three, of Mastic Beach, was a lover of dominoes. He not only was a skilled gamer, but enjoyed giving dominoes as gifts. The last gift of dominoes he gave was to his beloved younger sister, Lucille Hynes, who died one day before his own passing.
Who was Tom Farra the businessman? Well, ask any builder on Long Island and they will tell you that he was the most dedicated electrician they ever worked with. He was smart, ambitious, and devoted to doing a great job for both the contractor as well as the homeowner. Tom built his business on his good reputation. He was a respected businessman.
Who was Tom Farra the man? I first met Tom in 1972 when my husband Connie and I bought our first home. We were the “kids” of the neighborhood. Our first Christmas in our new house, which was across from the Farra’s, caught on fire two weeks before the holiday. It was Tom who came to the rescue. It was an electrical fire, which he fixed the very next day, at no charge. From that day forward, he and his beautiful wife Florence (Flo) adopted us. It was a loving and special relationship that has lasted for over forty years.
I can’t speak of Tom without including his devoted and loving wife Florence. Tom and Flo have been married for sixty-four years. From their union came four of the best children. Their youngest, Laura, spent so much time at my house I felt like she was my third child. All four of the Farra children have grown to be outstanding men and women; they had the best teachers – Tom and Flo.
Tom and Flo’s generosity is legendary in this community. They have been part and parcel of Mastic Beach for decades. They have touched, directed, and assisted countless families; including my own.
While Tom had been bravely battling an incurable illness, his younger sister Lucille Hynes, had also been fighting her own illness. I had been blessed to know Lucille for as long as I have known Tom. She was a wonderful, gracious, and caring person. She had a devout faith and a generous heart. God decided that they had suffered enough and within twenty-four hours they each passed; leaving their pain and suffering from this world to their heavenly reward. Together, brother and sister, were called home to Jesus.
It is hard to say farewell to people that have imprinted your heart, my only consolation is that they are no longer in pain. Tom and Lucille, together in Heaven, playing dominoes; a beautiful comforting thought.
Thank you Tom, for all you have given us and this community; may God be as kind to you!

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