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Saturday, August 26, 2023
10:45 - 11:45 am (Eastern time)
Albany, NY — Dolores A. (Collins) Garry passed away on July 24, 2023 from sudden and severe heart arrhythmia followed by acute organ failure. Dolores died one month before what would have been her 90th birthday.
Dolores was the daughter of Robert and Gertrude Collins, and was predeceased by her husband John R. Garry, all of Brooklyn, New York. She is survived by her sister Trudy Collins Frank (husband John) of Lexington, NC, with whom she shared an extraordinarily close and beautiful lifelong sisterly-relationship and deep friendship. Dolores spent her childhood and much of her adult life in Brooklyn, New York, before retiring to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she spent many years with her now-deceased longtime companion Carl Ruggeri, before moving to Peregrine Senior Living in Albany, New York, for the last year of her life.
Dolores was predeceased by her three daughters, Nancy Scarpa, Dolores Garry, and Susan Garry Mooney, and is survived by Maria Scalese, longtime partner of her daughter Dolores and as much a daughter to her as her own, and her son John R. Garry, Jr., who both cared for her devotedly and faithfully throughout the last years of her life. Dolores is also survived by her daughter Nancy’s son Jason Nance (wife Kim, children Collin, Andrew and Emily), her son John Garry’s children (James and John), and her daughter Susan’s daughter, now formally adopted by Maria as her daughter, Meghan Behan (husband Peter, children Savannah, Lorelei, PJ and Raymond James). Dolores was very close to and deeply loved, and was in turn dearly loved by all of the foregoing family members, whose heart’s ache at her passing.
Dolores worked for many years as a waitress at the Midwood Lounge, a well-known Brooklyn Italian restaraunt, where many of her customers and colleagues became close friends. She was particularly proud of her years working in Florida for SIRS Research Company, and her years of volunteer-service as an “Airport Ambassador“ at West Palm Beach Airport.
But the hallmarks of Dolores’ life were her love of family, and her generosity, her good humor and her kindness and amiability to all. She quickly made fast and lasting friends wherever she travelled, and was beloved by many. She never uttered an unkind word about anyone, and in turn was spoken of and held in only the highest regard by all her family, and beloved friends and acquaintances, those who remain and those who have gone before her. She will be sorely missed by many and warmly welcomed by those who preceded her.
A Funeral and Memorial Service for Dolores will be celebrated by the Reverend Edward Kachurka on Saturday, August 26th at 10:45 am in St. Anthony’s Church, 88 Anchor Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572. Family and friends are most welcome to attend.