Gary Arquilla

Arquilla, Gary Joseph of Beacon, entered into rest Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. He was 61.
Born April 7, 1955 in Beacon, he was the son of the late Augustine J. and Marion E. Pomarico Arquilla.
Gary was retired from New York State Department of Transportation, he was a life member of Tompkins Hose, Chandler’s Drum and Bugle Corp. and St. Joachim’s Church.
Survivors include: his companion, Michelle Brickley of Beacon, a daughter Arika Arquilla of Pine Bush, aunts, Gerry Arquilla, Deanna Arquilla, Jean Arquilla and Rosalie Pomarico, all of Beacon, cousins, Valerie Arquilla Newman, Vincent Arquilla, Joseph Penzetta, Kathy Curtin, Cindy Pomarico, John Pomarico, Thomas Pomarico and Michael Pomarico. Many other cousins to numerous too list.
He was predeceased by, his uncle’s, Vincent Arquilla, Joseph Arquilla, Bill Fischer, Raymond Macdonald, Donald Pomarico and Charles Pomarico his aunt’s, Mary Fischer, Ann Penzetta, Barbara Pomarico,and Laura Kudzia.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church 51 Leonard St. Beacon, NY.
Interment will follow in St. Joachim’s Cemetery, 325 Washington Ave. Beacon, NY.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joachim’s Catholic Church 51 Leonard St. Beacon, NY 12508.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845)831-0179
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Date Of Service
Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY

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  1. Cathy Vinall Tompkins says:

    Arika and the entire Arquilla family ,I am deeply sorry for your loss of Gary. I will keep the family in my prayers and hope that God gives you all the strength to deal with this sad time.May he have a peaceful journey home. RIP in Gary

  2. Chris Olson says:

    I\’m very sad to hear of Gary\’s passing. We have been friends for over 40 yeas. Gary, Doug Zeyak, Chris Hoffman and myself were The Good Time Drifters Band. We went on the road together back in 1975. We had many, great and fun times together. We were all like brothers to each other… that brotherhood never really ends even though the paths of our lives may take us in many, different directions over the years.

    I pray to The Lord for Gary and all his family and friends. May The Lord take Gary into His loving embrace now, and bring comfort to the rest of us in dealing with the loss.

    Chris Olson

  3. Kerri Nielsen says:

    My family and I are very sorry to hear of Gary\’s passing. My husband, Father, Mother and Gary worked together at DOT. It is with heartfelt condolences we wish Gary God speed to Heaven. Say hello to Foc for us. We will miss you! To the family we were honored to have known him and call him a friend.
    The Nielsen and Lee Families

  4. Lee Ann (Mitchell) Bida says:

    I was so sad to hear this news. I have so many memories of Gary, especially all the great times with Chanlers Drum and Bugles Corp. He always made everyone laugh (even when he was grumpy). I will keep the family in my prayers. God Bless.

  5. Mary Lennon (Mac Donald) says:

    I was so sad to hear of Gary\’s passing. We had so many fun times with the Drum Corps. I will also always remember the time in the row boat on Lake Champlain with our cousin Janet (Kudzia) and how we all almost fell out of the boat that Gary was rowing !!! He may not have been such a great boat rower, but what a drun player !!! You\’re in heaven now and they\’re all there waiting to welcome you. RIP Gary. (Just 1 correction…Aunt Marion was Marion Mac Donald, not Marion Pomarico).

  6. Wayne Freeman says:

    Gary was a great man and even better step father! I am going to miss him always. And miss the times he would try and tell me he could beat me in his cobalt!!! I am never going to forget the things that he did for my and my mother. May you rest easy my friend!!

  7. Kathy & Dave says:

    Arika and Michelle,

    Sorry to hear of Gary passing. He was a funny guy always making someone laugh and also to drive us crazy when he wanted to . Michelle you took good care of Gary and my Uncle Augie for years and I thank you for that. Arika your a good daughter . He now is with Aunt Marion and Uncle Augie as the drum corp regroups up in heaven. Love you all and may Gary rest in peace now as he is an angel above.

  8. Paul Montalvo says:

    Gary was a dear friend to me as I was growing up a person of color he never let no one bother me and was protective of me and I\’ll never forget that Rest in peace my friend

  9. Doug Zeyak says:

    I am very sad to hear my good friend, who I called a brother passed away. Gary was a drummer for me in my band The Goodtime Drifters playing country music for several years. He will be sadly missed by all. May the lord bring him peace.

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