Obituaries – July 2018

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Bernardo Navarro, 79

Bernardo Navarro, a resident of Tarrytown, died July 2. He was 79.

Born in Cuba in 1939, he was a graduate of the Cuban Naval Academy and a proud officer in the Cuban merchant marine until his opposition to the Castro regime forced him to leave his beloved homeland. He worked tirelessly at an assortment of jobs, saving every dime to secure the passage of his family to the United States. After a two-year separation, he was reunited with his fiancée, Rosa Lopez, and they were married at St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan. He and Rosa began their married life in Jackson Heights, before moving to Tarrytown, where they raised three daughters.

Mr. Navarro spent 33 years working as an engineer at General Motors. After his retirement from GM, he worked as a building inspector for the Village of Tarrytown. Through it all he was a devoted husband, dutiful son, loving father, and adoring grandfather, whose first passion was always his family. He was also a kind and generous neighbor, and a proud citizen of his adopted country. He was a man of dignity, courage, conviction, and warmth, who left an indelible mark on those who knew him.

Gaetano Magro, 99

Gaetano L. Magro, a longtime resident of Irvington, died July 7. He was 99.

Raised on East 187th Street in the Bronx, Mr. Gaetano was the youngest of three. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon returning, he married his beloved Ann and they started their family. He was an avid photographer for Charles Studio in Mt. Vernon. He later became the owner and operator of the Irvington Laundry and Dry Cleaners. He was a strong-willed gentleman who had a deep love for his family and community.

James Paolantonio, 89

James P. Paolantonio, a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow, died July 21. He was 89. He had moved to Ashland, PA a few years ago to be near his daughter.

Born on June 29, 1929 in North Tarrytown, he served proudly in the United States Air Force. He then continued his education, earning a Master’s Degree from NYU. He had a long career as an officer with the Internal Revenue Service in White Plains.

On October 24, 1959, he married Dorothy F. Galick in Holy Cross Church. He was a Life Active member and past secretary of Columbia Hose of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department.

Margaret Honan, 96

Margaret Rose Honan, a long-time Irvington resident, died peacefully July 21, surrounded by her loving family. She was 96.

She was born in Brooklyn, and met Joseph Patrick Honan on a Catholic tour. On November 26, 1955, they married at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills.

She began her career at First National City Bank in Manhattan. She later held several part-time local positions working with the elderly and children while raising her family. For many years she worked in the Irvington School District as a bus monitor and as an aide. However, her most cherished and rewarding opportunity came when she worked with school children in the arts and crafts room at the Irvington Children’s Center, a position she loved and held dear until she retired in her mid-80’s.

In addition to working with children, Mrs. Honan enjoyed family gatherings, living in the Village of Irvington, walking Main Street and talking with the local residents. She also enjoyed many summers in the Catskills and at the Jersey Shore, particularly, swimming in the Spring Lake salt water pool. She had a beautiful smile many years after winning a local teenage beauty pageant.

She was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington. She was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Irvington Senior Center.

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