Train derailment victim, James Ferrari, laid to rest

Roses are handed to mourners before the casket of James Ferrari is lowered into his grave plot, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Montrose, N.Y. Ferrari, 59, was killed along with three others when a speeding Metro-North Railroad train on the Hudson Line derailed in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

December 6, 2013 7:01:48 PM PST
The brother of a man killed in the derailment of a New York commuter train said at his funeral Thursday that the accident was "just not fair."

Charlie Ferrari said James Ferrari was a happy man who had found what he wanted.

"He hoped to find someone who loved him and someone he could love back. He found that in Francie," his wife, the brother said. "He was a man who actually got all he ever wished for. ... This accident was just not fair."

James Ferrari, a building superintendent, was killed Sunday on his way to work in Manhattan when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx. Three others also died. An investigation is focusing on the train's high speed as it entered a curve.

A heavy fog blanketed mourners as they embraced outside the Church of the Divine Love in Montrose and walked behind the hearse with a priest to a nearby graveyard for Ferrari's burial. Several carried roses.

A friend, Doug Armusewicz, said Ferrari, 59, worked six days a week "so he could live the dream, have a house in the suburbs, provide for his family." Besides his wife, Ferrari is survived by a 20-year-old daughter.

Earlier in the week, Francie Ferrari told The Journal News her husband gave her a wonderful life.

"Nobody can understand this," she said of the accident.

A funeral was held Friday for Jim Lovell, a sound and lighting expert who was heading into Manhattan to help set up the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center when the accident occurred.