Funeral services were held at Church of the Divine Love on Sunset Road in Montrose for Ferrari, 59, who was one of four people killed when a Metro-North train derailed in The Bronx.
Charles Ferrari, James' brother, told stories about Ferrari's life and talked about how much he loved his wife Francine and 20-year old daughter Rebecca.
"You made him the happiest man on earth," Charles Ferrari told Francine and Rebecca. "He was a man who actually got all he ever wished for. This accident is just not fair."
Donna Walsh, a Montrose resident who was friends of the family, said she will take every day as a blessing.
"This tragedy makes you realize how blessed we are every single morning," Walsh said.
Walsh said Francine is a devoted volunteer of the church and adores children.
"I told her I don't have the patience you do," Walsh said. "I can't do what you do."
Walsh said James Ferrari was a nice man who was happy being with his family.
"He was a very nice guy," Walsh said. "His neighbors loved him. I wish everyone's family was like that."
Rebecca Ferrari is very studious, Walsh said, and she enjoyed discussing American literature with her. Rebecca Ferrari is a student at Westchester Community College.
"She is looking forward to her career and what she is going to do," Walsh said. "She is a good college student who is very easy to talk to."
A memorial fund has been set up for the Ferrari family. Musician Joe Duraes, a friend of the family, will be hosting a fundraiser for the Ferraris at the Peekskill Coffee House on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. All CD and merchandise sales will go to the family.
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