2009-05-14 / Obituaries

Richard Lawrence Grasso

Richard Lawrence Grasso age 51 of Brewster, NY died suddenly on May 7, 2009 in Patterson, NY.

Mr. Grasso was born Aug. 25, 1957 in Bronx, NY son of Armand Grasso of Yorktown, NY, and the late Dorothy (McGrane) Grasso. He graduated from Mahopac High School in 1975 and received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice, from Iona College in New Rochelle. On October 17, 1987 he married Diane Pucherelli at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster. Mr. Grasso retired as a sergeant with the NY City Police Dept. In 2002 after a distinguished career saving lives with the ESU, he was an authorized Sharp shooter, an instructor at the NYPD Academy and part of the 911 Rescue Team. After the NYPD he worked for five years at MasterCard Company, then presently an Operations Manager for a Security Company. Mr. Grasso was a member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence O'Toole Council; he loved to hunt and was a big Yankee Fan.

Besides his wife Diane and father he is survived by three children; Richard, Nicholas and Gina Grasso of Brewster, NY, three brothers Vincent (Margaret) of Somers, NY, Armand Jr. (Deborah) of Yorktown, NY, Robert (Eileen) of Hopewell Jct., NY, a sister Donna (Bob) Falaguerra of Mahopac, NY and many nieces and nephews of whom he adored. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that would light up a room. He dedicated his life to his family, of whom he loved immeasurably, always supporting his children in theatre, music and sports. He will be missed by all.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tues. May 12, 2009, 11:30 AM at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Interment following at St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery, Brewster. The wake will be held at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY today from 7-9 pm and Mon. from 2-4 and 7-9PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, 31 Prospect St., Brewster, NY 10509.

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