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Recent Obituaries

Thomas J. Solazzo of Mamaroneck passed away on March 9, 2024.  He was 67.  Born in Queens on February 11, 1957 to the late Santo and Mary Solazzo (nee Peri).  Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He went on to work as a loader for Waste Innovations in Stamford, CT.  He was also a member of the Village of Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department, Halstead Manor. 


Tommy loved playing basketball with his brothers, was an avid golfer, diehard Los Angeles Rams football fan and a doting grandfather.


Tommy is survived by his loving daughters, Danielle Solazzo and Meghan Solazzo, cherished grandchildren, Zachary, Jackson, Erik and James and dear siblings, Santo Solazzo (Kathy), Andrew Solazzo, Dennis Solazzo (Maria), Phillip Solazzo (Sonia) and Rose Solazzo (James Doring).  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital


Susan Louise Gaffney, 68, passed away peacefully at home on March 7th, 2024.

Susan was born on September 30th, 1955, in Yonkers, New York to the late Ernest Della Greca and Inez Della Greca.  Susan was raised in Mamaroneck, New York, with her siblings, Dennis, Johnny, Ellen, and Diane.  In 1974, Susan met her future husband, James P. Gaffney, and they were married on August 2nd, 1980.  The pair settled in Mamaroneck to raise their three children, Ryan, Erin, and Jay, before retiring to Myrtle Beach in 2017.


Susan was known for her baking skills. In her retirement, she spent time trying new recipes and perfecting her go to treats.  You could often find her resting on the patio with a book, cozying up to watch her favorite game show, Jeopardy, or enjoying the company of friends and family. She enjoyed strolling street fairs, antiquing, and finding new places to explore.  One of her greatest joys was travelling back to Connecticut/New York to spend time with her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.


In addition to her father, Susan was predeceased by her beloved brother, John Della Greca. Susan is survived by many loving family and friends who will cherish her memory.  Survivors include her husband of 43 years, James Gaffney; her son Ryan Gaffney; daughter Erin Tascher and her husband, Daniel Tascher; son Jay Gaffney and his fiancé Maria Diego; her grandchildren Mila Tascher, Shay Tascher, Maddy Avila; her mother, Inez Della Greca, her brother Dennis Della Greca and his wife, Mary Della Greca, sisters Ellen Della Greca and Diane LaBarbera as well as many nephews, nieces, and extended family.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.


Nicolas Barreto of Mamaroneck passed away March 5, 2024.  Nicolas was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba on September 10, 1938 to Jesus and Maria Barreto. He emigrated to the U.S on July 2, 1969 with his wife and son.


Nicolas worked as a painter for Derecktor’s shipyards until 2020.  He was their first employee to reach 50 years of service.


Nicolas was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons.  He also loved spending time with his family at Sunday dinners.  He was also so proud of his granddaughter Bryana for attending medical school and on her way to becoming a doctor.  Nicolas would give you the shirt off his back without hesitation, he would help anyone who needed it.  We will dearly miss the laughs, smiles, and happiness he brought to so many.


Nicolas leaves behind his wife Manuela of 65 years, his son Jose (Marlo), grandchildren Nicolas (Veronika), Bryana and Jesse, as well as his brothers, sisters, many nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss him greatly.  Nicolas is now reunited with his parents.


Aniello Fusco of Mamaroneck passed away March 1, 2024, at age 84.  He was born in Sarna, Italy on August 12, 1939.  He worked for many years as a laborer for Pavers & Road Builders District.  In earlier years, Aniello enjoyed his weekly trips to Arthur Avenue.  He enjoyed being surrounded by his family.  Aniello is predeceased by his beloved wife, Merinda, and dear son, Carmine.  He is survived by his devoted son, Agostino and his wife Carmela, and loving grandsons, Michael, Francesco & Aniello.   Memorial donations can be sent to The ALS Foundation,


Anthony M. Manera of Mamaroneck passed away on February 29, 2024.  He was 78 years old. Born In the Bronx, NY on November 22, 1945, to the late Dominick and Angelina Manera (nee Pischera).


Anthony was a self-employed General Contractor based in Mamaroneck.  He was most passionate about his NY sports teams.  He loved to watch the Yankees, Giants & Rangers.  Tony also loved to follow and watch his three grandsons play sports.  He was their biggest fan.


Anthony is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Kathleen Manera (nee Motta), loving children Lisa Umbro (Anthony) and Michael Manera (Jessica), cherished grandchildren, Mark, Christian and Cayden and his dear sister Victoria Crowell (Dennis).  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,


Jose Rafael Elias-Liñero (61), called Rafa by his loved ones, Aita by his children, and Aitite by his grandchildren, left our world of the living on Monday, February 26, 2024.  His loss came suddenly, dealing a terrible blow to his family and loved ones.


Rafael was born to Rafael Elias and Rosario Liñero in Mexico City on December 10, 1962.  He fell in love with and married the love of his life, Carla Nava, with whom he raised three children, Andoni, Carla, and Maite.  He moved to the United States with his family at thirty years old and received his master’s degree in Private and Public Management from Yale University.  After graduating, he moved his family to Rye Neck, where they lived until last year, when they moved to Greenwich, CT.  While his children were in school, he worked as a financial and political analyst of high regard for over 25 years.


In 2008, Rafael became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States, an accomplishment that he was immensely proud of.  He was fiercely passionate about politics, having volunteered or worked for several major campaigns in both the US and Mexico.  He was highly regarded by the people he spoke to, for his intelligence, wit, humor, and sensitivity.  In 2011, he ran for a seat on the Rye City Council, fulfilling a lifelong dream of running for office.


Over the last two years, Rafael lent his perspective to several online political commentary programs in Mexico and was able to build a considerable following of loyal fans and friends, people who found value and comfort in his words and ideas.  He was a dreamer, in the truest sense of the word, and he loved to share his vision for the future with others.


Rafael was a massive fan of Athletic Club Bilbao, his favorite soccer team, which he followed and supported with that same passion all of his life.  In his adulthood, he was able to befriend his childhood idol from that team, and they continued to stay in touch until his last days.  Rafael was charming, charismatic, and funny, and he loved with a passion and strength that is rare to find.


Rafael is survived by his beloved wife Carla, his children Andoni, Carla, and Maite, his grandchildren Tommy and Ana, his sister Rosario, and his brother Gubrielito.  He is gone too soon, but he will be missed, and the memory of his love and affection will live on in the hearts of his family.  For those hoping to pay their respects, a memorial will be held at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 10am.


Giuseppe Molle of Mamaroneck passed away on February 23, 2024.  He was 65 years old.  Born in Roccasecca, Frosinone, Italy on September 30,1958 to the late Venanzio and Anna Molle. Giuseppe is the loving father of Vincent Molle and Michelle Molle, cherished grandfather of Jayda, dear brother of Giovanni Molle, Antonietta Manstream (Mitch) and the late Giampiero Molle.


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