Mother of state Sen. Leroy Comrie passes away at 95

Ruby Frith Comire, the mother of state Sen. Leroy Comrie, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 95.

Frith, a 30-year breast cancer survivor, succumbed to her battle with pancreatic cancer in Florida, according to representatives from Comrie’s office.

She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1919 and moved to the United States to become a hair dresser. She met Comrie’s father, whose name is also Leroy, and moved to Queens after they had their two children, Leroy and Ronald.

The state senator took to Facebook to announce the sad news and thanked all those who offered their thoughts and prayers.

“As many of you know I had to rush to Florida as my mom’s health took a major turn for the worse,” said Comrie. “I want to thank all of you for your support and love for me and my family and to inform you that she has left us this morning to be with the Lord.”

Comrie has been in Florida to be with his mother and has set up the funeral services down there. The services will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, located at 2401 Davie Rd. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 22. The viewing will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. with the service commencing immediately after.

He has also canceled his Black History Month program on Feb. 22 and is postponing his veterans event until further notice.

Any letters of condolences for Comrie and his family can be sent to 110- 06 196th St. in St. Albans.


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