February 7, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. LT. LEON LEIBOFF SGT. JOSEPH SICLARI and RET. P.O. WILLIAM RUHE (late postings)
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. LEON LEIBOFF 11/26/1923 - 2/4/2016
Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. Leon Leiboff passed away on February 4th, 2016. Leon was appointed to the Transit Police on January 9, 1950 and retired on December 10, 1980.
Funeral services take place Sunday, February 7th at Star of David Memorial Chapel, 1236 Wellwood Ave., West Babylon NY 11793 at 2:00 PM with burial in Beth Moses Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Shirley, at 168 TARDY LANE, WANTAGH, NY 11793
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOSEPH SICLARI 10/18/1928 - 2/2/2016
Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Joseph Siclari passed away on February 2, 2016. Joseph, affectionately known as "Cheech" by his fellow officers in the Operations Unit, was appointed to the Transit Police on April 5, 1955 and retired July 4, 1986. Joseph worked in the O/U for many years on various desks.
Funeral services took place on February 6th.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Joanne Russo, at 1151 80th Street, Brooklyn NY 11228
RET. PO WILLIAM RUHE 11/1/1938 – 2/5/2016
Obituary information received from Don Wisotsky Nypd1507@aol.com . William had been in a nursing home for a number of years. I am told he will be cremated with no viewing. He was appointed to NYCTPD 5/7/68 and retired 9/16/81.
Funeral arrangements: February 9th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fives Patchogue Funeral Home
326 East Main Street
Patchogue, NY, US, 11772
May all 3 departed Rest In Peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Leiboff, Siclari and Ruhe families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
January 31, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. STEPHEN FULGIERI and RET. P.O. JAMES GOODE (late notices)
With the return of yet another letter, we sadly received notice from Ret. Sgt. Bill McMillen of the loss of another fellow retiree.
RET. DET STEPHEN FULGIERI
09-03-1917 TO 01-18-2004
We sadly report the passing of Ret. Det. Stephen Fulgieri on January 18, 2004. Stephen was appointed to the Transit Police on April 15, 1955 and retired May 10, 1976. His wife, Lillian, is listed in the database but we have no further information as to her current address or if she is still alive. May he rest in peace.
Our editor, Frank Crisa, received the following notice from Ret. P.O. John Goode:
Dear Brother and Sister Retirees:
It is with a very heavy heart that I report the death of my brother James L. Goode born July 22, 1943 and passed away on February 18, 2015, due to a long and difficult battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
My brother James and I were the first brothers to join the NYC transit Police Department on May 3, 1965. He was later assigned to District 32 and I went to District 35.
James was one of the founders of the Transit Police Anchor Club (Knights of Columbus) along with Bill Gallagher and Chief Calby.
He left behind his wife Patricia and five children: Patricia, James Jr., Timothy, Denise and Kristen.
Rest in peace my brother
Our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Goode and Fulgieri families. May Steve and Jim rest in peace.
January 30, 2016 WARM TRIBUTE TO RET. DET. VINCENT ROMEO
“Damn! I knew this wasn’t right! But she said it was cool.”
Detective Vincent Romeo died recently at sixty years of age from natural causes.
Detective Sqd. rooms don’t get much sunlight but the detectives therein provide a good deal of light themselves:
Did you ever watch someone so fully engrossed in a task, so consumed that it becomes not work but…fantastic fun?
An example stands out in Det. Vinnie Romeo’s Warrant Sqd. scheme.
Vinnie and I were detectives in the Transit Police Warrant Sqd in 1991; his desk was across from mine. Vinnie had a humor about him that was all his own, a sly humor. He liked being a bit impish in the arrest of warrant absconders. It brought some fun, some light moments to him and those around him in a game that can be deadly serious.
So when he presented his personal plan for a Christmas-season ruse to capture many subjects en-masse, I wasn’t surprised.
His plan was similar to one used in the Bronx when I worked in that borough’s Warrant Sqd and Vinnie worked in Brooklyn Warrants. The Bronx ruse was a lottery “win” to join the NY Yankees for breakfast at Yankee stadium. That police scam was featured in the movie, Sea of Love, starring Al Pacino. Similar scams have been used across America since then but when Vinnie concocted his it was still new. Vinnie called his scam, Casino Club Tours. Notifications were sent out to various warrant subjects informing them that they won a free trip to Atlantic City with all expenses paid. The “winners” only had to appear at the Casino Club Tours office in the Port Authority bus station at 40th St. and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
Vinnie secured an office there and decorated it like a movie set with travel posters, brochures and various items one might find in a travel office. A detective sat at the reception desk and several more posed as waiting travel customers. Santa, also a detective, rang his bell merrily outside. Winners, some totally gullible, some wary, entered…but didn’t exit.
As each winner presented ID to the receptionist he’d be escorted through a rear door to the bus that would take him to Atlantic City’s new, “Seizure’s Palace” at Manhattan Central Booking. Great holiday mirth was enjoyed by all…well almost all. What was most memorable to me was witnessing Vinnie’s day-by-day progress as he sat across from me putting the scam together. I had a front row seat to the perfect confluence of circumstances. The right person was at the right place at the right time: Vinnie was an Atlantic City aficionado himself. The Port Authority Bus terminal was right across the street from our Warrant Sqd office. The new Transit Police Warrant Sqd. was commanded by ballsy Det. Lt. Jack Maple, who true to his inimitable style, blessed Vinnie’s endeavor.
The NYC Transit Police had a few standard phrases to cover any situation. One that stands out was used in snow storms, like the blizzard we just survived. Officers living in the outlying areas of the city might not be able to get to work. Admonishments that included the phrase, “failure to anticipate”, as it related to road conditions and getting to work was in common use. So when I mentioned to Vinnie that he’d better make sure he didn’t “fail to anticipate” he roared and said, “Yeah, that’s it, failure to anticipate, don’t want to do that.”
So like a movie producer, Vinnie put together, with devilish grin, all the moving parts. He obtained a list of credible addresses of wanted people, had the flyers and “winner” letters prepared and mailed, obtained permission to use the Port Authority’s property to establish a “travel office”, cast detectives as actors, and procured a bus to stand by behind the office for winner “travel accommodations.”
I don’t recall how many busts were made that day but I do remember seeing a rush-hour- full bus of sad winners. One came with his girlfriend. When he was arrested, he said, “Damn, I knew this wasn’t right, but she said it was cool. Damn!” Maybe it was “cool”…for her. Vinnie, ya made some good collars protecting and serving on this planet but you made a lot of us laugh along the way too. Thanks for the fun and may you rest now, my Brother.
January 26, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. HARRY McCAUGHAN and RET. DET. VINCENT ROMEO
We received the following sad news after mail we sent was returned and further investigation by Ret. Sgt. Bill McMillan revealed Harry had passed away last year. I contacted Harry's daughter, Susan, who informed us that Harry had been ill for a number of years and was last living in a nursing home in North Carolina.
Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Harry McCaughan, passed away on March 28, 2015, at the age of 89 years. He was appointed to the Transit Police on January 2, 1955 and retired January 1, 1970. We have no further information as to where he worked. May he rest in peace.
Vinnie was appointed to the Transit Police on September 5, 1980 and retired sometime after the merge. He worked as a Detective in District 34 and Warrants in NYPD. May Vinny rest in peace.
Louie, I am sorry to be the one to forward this, but I just got off the phone with Charlie Papio who informed me that Ret. Det. Vinny Romeo has passed. Details are as follows: date of death,January 22nd and a one day wake on January 27th. I had the pleasure of working with both Charlie and Vinny in D30 in the early 8o's. Cause of death was cancer. No info on place of internment. I appreciate you notifying the group. Fraternally, John Colgan
Andrew Torregrossa & Son Funeral Home 1305 79th St.
I have been informed that Sandra Topper, Susan’s mother, had passed away on Wednesday 1/20/2016. Condolences can be sent to Susan at 83 3rd Ave East Rockaway, NY 11518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org My most sincere condolences to Susan and her family. May she rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Topper family. Susan has always been a member of the "Transit Family." May her mother rest in peace.
January 22, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. WILLIAM MERZ (late notice)
We just learned that Lifetime Member Ret. Det. William Merz passed away on April 2, 2012. We found out when the membership cards sent to him were returned by the Post Office as "Unknown." With the help of Ret. Sgt. Bill McMillan, information was available that he may have moved back to NY. I was able to contact his son, Bill, Jr. who told us that his dad had passed away four years ago. Notifications may have been made either to the line organizations or the City, but never passed on to the association.
Bill Merz was appointed to the Transit Police on October 23, 1961 and retired October 23, 1981.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Merz family. May Bill rest in peace.
January 18, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. MARINO (MARIO) DEL CORE (UPDATE)
RET. LT. MARINO “MARIO” DEL CORE 3/9/1926 – 1/14/2016
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Lt. Mario Del Core. I had the honor and pleasure of working for Mario for many years. He was a gentleman, a cop's cop, and a terrific boss. The funeral details have not been finalized as of yet and don’t expect it to be finalized until Wednesday. From what I have been told by the funeral home that they are awaiting family members to arrive from out of town. They did say they think the viewing will be Friday 1/22 and a Saturday 1/23 funeral mass.
Mario will be waked at Scarpaci Funeral Home 1401 86 St. Brooklyn NY 11228, telephone number 718-331-8000. You can call the funeral home Wednesday for details.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Lee at 40 Bay 11th St Brooklyn NY 11228. May Mario rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the DelCore family. May he rest in peace.
January 15, 2016 RET. P.O. RICHARD MANCO and RET. P.O. GERALD COX (update)
We received the following information from Steven Manco, son of the late Ret. P.O. Richard Manco:
Association member, Ret. P.O. Richard Manco, passed away today, January 15th, at the age of 74 years after a long battle with cancer. Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired on ordinary disability on December 1, 1976. He worked in Districts 20A and 20.
Funeral services took place on Sunday, January 17th followed by a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 18th.with burial in Calverton National Cemetery.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Manco family. Richie assisted me on a gun weapon arrest while I was on train patrol on the 'RR' and he had been assigned to the 59th St. station on the 'RR.' May he rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. P.O. Jerry Cox. I became aware of his passing on Face Book but unable to obtain any funeral details. I called his home and left a message with his domestic partner but not received and call back. I contacted NYPD and they have not received any notification of his passing. Jerry contacted me many times to let me know he was hospitalized for one thing or another. I did get to see him at the NY reunion in 2012. He told me we wanted to make one of the Florida reunions, but it seemed every time there was a reunion he was sick or hospitalized.. Below is what I found on face book, it was posted by someone named Patrick Mackin. I am not sure if that is the correct date of death. “ May Jerry Rest in peace”
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Jerry Cox. I became aware of his passing on Face Book but unable to obtain any funeral details. I called his home and left a message with his domestic partner but did not receive any call back. I contacted NYPD and they have not received any notification of his passing. Jerry contacted me many times to let me know he was hospitalized for one thing or another. I did get to see him at the NY reunion in 2012. He told me we wanted to make one of the Florida reunions, but it seemed every time there was a reunion he was sick or hospitalized.. Below is what I found on face book, it was posted by someone named Patrick Mackin. I am not sure if that is the correct date of death. “ May Jerry Rest in peace”
Jerry was one of the first guys I met when I joined GOALNY 15 years ago. Always the first person to introduce himself to new members He genuinely cared when he asked how you were doing. He will be missed by many. Posted by GOAL NY ... "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of GOAL Life Member Jerry Cox. Jerry was the first openly gay member of the New York City Transit Police Department to join GOAL and a friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis, his partner of over 24 years, and Jerry's entire family."
Due to unexpected complications, the Wake for Jerry Cox originally scheduled for Friday, January 22nd and the Funeral scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd have been postponed until Monday, February 1st and Tuesday February 2nd respectively.
Viewing. Monday 2/1 from 2-5 & 7-10
Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home
149-20 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
Cremation Tuesday 2/2
Fresh Pond Crematory
January 12, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. LT. WALTER OELERICH and RET. SGT. KENNETH WARNER (late notification)
Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. Walter Oelerich passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 9th at the age of 89 years. Walter was appointed to the Transit Police on January 5, 1950 and retired on July 7, 1981. He was featured in an article in our last newsletter about his experiences as a U.S. Marine during the battle on Iwo Jima, a story that appeared in Newsday about the WW II veterans.
Funeral services took place on Thursday, January 14th. A Funeral Mass took place on Friday, January 15th at St. Killian R.C. Church with internment in Holy Rood Cemetery
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Mary, at 118 Plitt Ave., Farmingdale NY 11735
We recently received an email from Thomas Warner, son of Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Kenneth Warner shortly after the 2016 membership cards were sent out. He informed us that his father had passed away in December, 2014. Sgt. Warner was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired August 10, 1987.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Joanne, at 612 Texas Dr., Toms River NJ 08753
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Oelerich and Warner families. May Walter and Kenneth rest in peace.
January 2, 2016 RET. P.O. JAMES FOLEY (late posting)
Thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information.
Ret. P.O. James Foley passed away on December 25th at the age of 74 years. Jim was appointed to the Transit Police on December 3, 1968 and retired on February 16, 1989.
Funeral services took place on December 29th.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Barbara, at 455 Lucille Ave., Elmont NY 11003-3326
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Foley family. May Jim rest in peace.
January 1, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER, RET. DET. SGT. MORRIS BITCHATCHI and WIFE OF RET. P.O. RICHARD MILLER
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information below as received from Louie Cruz email@example.com
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Det.Sgt Morris Bitchatchi.
Morris was appointed to the NYCTP Department October 23, 1961 and retired July 2, 1993. May he rest in peace. The above photo was provided by Lou Cruz which was taken around 2005.
Ret. Det. Sgt. Morris Bitchatchi (NYC TPD), passed away last night, December 30th.
Ailing, Morris was well looked after by family, in-laws & friend Carol. I met TPO Morris in '63 (2-yrs. before joining the TPD) via his sisters, Molly & Esther, old Astoria neighbors. He said: "TPD's a great job."
Morris will be sorely missed by family and pals on/off "The Job," like Ret. Dets. Lucille Datthyn, Izzy Sterling, et al. Rest in Peace, Morris; you left a great legacy in family & friends; and, thanks for being you.
SBA notified, but doesn't provide pallbearers in NJ. So, anyone with contacts for NJ uniformed pallbearers, please do your thing for Morris.
Services followed by burial took place on January 3rd.
Condolences may be sent to Morris' family at his home: 33 Dorchester Drive, E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 732-432-0850
WIFE OF RET. PO RICHARD MILLER
Lou, This is Richard Miller. I retired from RRP1, I worked with Sgt. Vulpis and Vinnie Cupo. I am saddened to inform you that my wife, Janet passed away on Christmas Day. We were married for 38 years and have 5 children. I would appreciate you posting it on your website so other members will know. Who else should I notify? I am a member of RTPOA. Do you have the number so that I can call them, at this time I don't know where any of the contact information is. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciate. God Bless you. Regards, Richard Miller
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Bitchatchi and Miller families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
December 14, 2015 RET. DET. SGT. JOHN (JACK) HERBST
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
RET. DET. / SGT. JOHN ( JACK) HERBST
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Jack Herbst. He had been fighting Pulmonary Fibrosis & Pulmonary Hypertension for many years and recently suffered a stroke. Jack was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. June 21, 1965 and retired July 2, 1992. The above photo was taken the last time I was with Jack at the 2012 NY Reunion. Jack was a good man and had a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
My condolences to his wife Laraine at 3806 Amen Corner Riverhead, NY 11906. See funeral details below
Services took place on December 16th and a Funeral Mass on the 17th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Herbst family. May Jack rest in peace.
I must agree with Lou that Jack had a wild sense of humor, having worked with him in District 34 when he worked Anti Crime. A few of us at St. Francis had the opportunity to see and talk to Jack recently while he was a patient at the hospital. A good man who will be missed by many of his friends in the Transit Family. He was also a longtime and loyal member of the Retirees Association and only recently told Insp. Jack McCarthy that he wanted to send in his 2016 dues while he still was able to. Sad to say, I received his dues application and check in today's mail pick-up. That check and the death benefit will be sent to Laraine shortly. - Tony
December 12, 2015 RET. P.O. DOUGLAS CRAWFORD
Our editor, Frank Crisa, received the following sad news from Ret. P.O. Tony Licciardello:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Douglas Crawford, on December 10th at the age of 72 years. Douglas was appointed to the Transit Police on November 28, 1967 and retired on 3/4 disability on November 3, 1983. Doug had been assigned to District 34 for many years and after retirement, worked as a Marshall in the NYC courts.
Condolences may be sent to Doug's wife, Barbara, at 280 Getz Ave., Staten Island NY 10312
The following appeared in the Staten Island Advance:
Douglas T. Crawford, 72 of Eltingville, Staten Island, NY died on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Staten Island University Hospital North in Staten Island, New York.
Born Thursday, March 25, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late James Crawford and the late Agnes Morgan Crawford.
Beloved husband of Barbara Crawford. Loving father of Tracy Downey, Michael Crawford and Daniel Crawford. Devoted grandfather of Amanda and Ryan
Funeral services took place on December 13th with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 14th.
Contributions in Douglas' memory to the NYPD Widows and Children's Fund would be greatly appreciated.
Douglas Crawford, the longest serving court security officer in the metropolitan area and retired NYPD transit cop, died Dec. 10, 2015 at the age of 72.
Douglas Crawford, the longest-serving federal court security officer in the metropolitan area and a retired NYPD cop, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 72. Crawford was sworn in as an officer at Brooklyn Federal Court in 1983, shortly after retiring from the New York City Transit Police. He stood watch in his blue blazer sport coat, protecting the courthouse during some of the biggest gangster trials in the history of the Eastern District, including Gambino boss John Gotti, the Abner Louima torture case and more recently, would-be terrorists. "He had a very colorful career in the police department and the court," said his son Daniel Crawford.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Crawford family. May Doug rest in peace.
December 5, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. MARTIN SANDERS
The following information was sent by Lt. Sanders' son, Michael Sanders and received by President Ed Russo:
Lifetime Member, Ret. Lt. Martin Sanders was appointed to the Transit Police on April 5, 1955 and retired April 5, 1977
This is to advise the Association of the passing of our father, Retired Transit Police Officer Martin N. Sanders, on November 14th, 2015 at the age of 84. Services were held on November 21st in Richmond VA with interment at the Signal Hill Memorial Park in Hanover VA. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Theresa , at 7479 Meadow Haven Circle, Mechanicsville, VA . 23111
Martin was born October 2, 1931, in Chester, SC. At a young age, Martin moved to New York City where he attended NYC schools graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and received an honorary discharge. At the prompting of a friend, Martin successfully tested and became a Patrolman in the New York City Transit Police joining the force in April 1955. He had a decorated 22 year career moving up in rank from Detective, to Sergeant, and finally Lieutenant, before retiring in April 1977. Martin moved to Richmond, VA and began employment with the IRS until his “second” retirement in 1993. Left to celebrate Martin’s life is his wife of 60 years, Theresa F. Sanders of Mechanicsville VA; daughter Maresa and husband Carl Driver.; daughter Mavis Sanders; son Michael and wife Dr. Deadra Sanders; a sister Barbara Keith; Brother-in-law Walter Taylor and 5 grandchildren; Ronald Brewer, Ashley Brewer, Imani Sanders, Nathan Sanders, and Noah Sanders.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Sanders family. May Martin rest in peace.
December 1, 2015 RET. P.O. JEFF WORTMANN (late posting) and RET. P.O. DONALD ROTHSCHILD (late notice)
From Lou Hollander:
Please be advised, I have been notified that Jeff Wortmann, formerly of District One passed away on November 22nd.
Services were held on November 24th with burial at Calverton National Cemetary. No further information is available..
The following information was received by President Ed Russo:
This is to advise the Association of the passing of my father, Retired Transit Police Officer Donald J Rothschild Sr, on November 17th, 2015 at the age of 87. Dad served the NYCTP from 1961 to 1981 and retired from Transit District 34. Services were held on November 22 in Whiting, NJ with interment on November 23 at the Brig. General Wm. C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Mary, at 225B Columbine Avenue, Whiting, NJ 08759.
Donald J Rothschild Jr.
Don was appointed October 23, 1961 and retired February 22, 1981. He had been a "fixture" as the midnight HomePost officer in District 34 for many years when it was located at 7th Avenue on the "F" line.
November 21, 2015 SISTER OF HONORARY MEMBER NYPD DET. PAUL DI GIACOMO and DAUGHTER OF LATE P.O. PAUL DI GIACOMO
Information received from Recording Secretary Bob Valentino:
I am saddened to inform you that Diane DiGiacomo,Sister of Honoray MemberPaul DiGiacomo (Vice President of the Detective's Endowment Association) passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The funeral arrangements took place on Staten Island on November 22nd & 23rd with a Funeral Mass on the 24th.
Condolences to Paul and the entire DiGiacomo family.
May Diane rest in peace and Perpetual Light shine upon her.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies go to Paul and the DiGiacomo family. May she rest in peace.
November 15, 2015 RET. P.O. TIMOTHY MURPHY and MOTHER OF RET. CAPT. ARNOLD FISHER
We received the following sad news from Ret. Capt. Arnold Fisher: This is just a line to let you know that my mother passed away this past Friday. She was 96 and was living in a nursing home in PA. Her quality of life was nil in that she spent the last couple of years in bed or in a wheel chair. Every day she wished she was dead. So, for her, death was a blessing. The only service will be a private grave site service on Sunday and while my mother will be missed believe it or not it is comforting to know she is finally at peace.
The following was sent to us by Timothy J. Murphy, Jr.
Ret. P.O. Timothy J. Murphy, passed away on October 2nd, 2015, at the age of 74 years, while in Virginia. Tim was appointed to the Transit Police on November 11, 1967 and retired July 6, 1988. Services were held in Astoria, Queens with burial in Hawthorne, NY.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Mary, at 2520 78th St., Elmhurst NY 11370, and son, Timothy Jr., at 6125 Martins Landing Ct., Burke VA 22015 - 703-801-3640
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Fisher and Murphy families. May the deceased rest in peace.
October 5, 2015
We received this from Lou Hollander:
DAUGHTER/STEPDAUGHTER OF DIANE & BILL MCKECHNIE
I received this DIF from Bill. May Paula rest in peace.
Dear Family, friends and colleagues, Iit is with much distress and remorse that we write to inform you of the passing of our daughter/step-daughter, Paula McGrath. Paula, who was 46 years old and the mother of two adorable boys, Dylan 12 and Leo 10, put up a valiant fight against breast cancer for eight long years. She passed peacefully in a London hospice yesterday (October 4th) at around 7:00PM London time.
Condolences may be sent to our home at 8129 SE Double Tree Drive Hobe Sound, Fl 33455 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org We request that you do not call because it is too soon and too painful to chat about it.
We would like to thank everyone for their words of encouragement and prayers during this most difficult of times we can't tell you how much it's meant to us.
In closing the hospice that Paula was in was a beautiful caring institution that functions mainly on contributions. If you would like to make a contribution in Paula's name you may do so by mailing a check to Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapman Common, North Side, SW4-ORN London UK.
We received this sad news from Ret. P.O. Mike Lenahan:
My wife, Barbara, had been sick for the past 5 years with physical problems and they came to a head in the past few months. She passed away on the 22nd of September of this year. We had a wake for her and she was cremated.
WIFE OF RET. PO LEE COLON
I have been informed by Helmut Ruppe that he ran into Lee Colon who informed him that his wife, Fran, passed away. I sent out a sick desk noticed awhile back that Fran was diagnosed with bone cancer. She originally had cancer in her lungs that spread to her bones. Lee had been fighting cancer for about 20 years. If you want to call Lee his phone numbers are (h) 631-228-4771 (cell) 917-697-3715 .
May Fran Rest in peace.
RET P.O. STEVEN PEZANOWSKI 8/22/1946 – 9/25/2015
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Association Member, Ret. P.O. Steve Pezanowski. Steve was appointed to the NYCTP Department on 12/3/68 and retired 6/30/86. I know he worked in District 30 at one time. I was speaking with Steve a number of weeks ago when he informed me of the passing of his wife Carol, who had been ill for a number of years. I sent out the DIF at that time. I was speaking with Steve’s son Steve Jr. today who has been a Hampton VA P.O. for 23 years who informed me that Steve had not been in good health for a number of years. John Colgan had informed me via the FOP Yahoo Group the Steve’s daughter called him and told him that she wasn’t able to contact him by phone for a couple of days. When she went to his home to check on him she found him on the floor. He died of a heart attack. I am told by Steve Jr. that there will be a private service for family only. Condolences can be sent to Steve Jr. Steve Pezanowski 661 Village Green Pkway, New Port News VA 23602. Email address Just_pez@hotmail.com The above photo was taken at the 2004 Florida Reunion. May Steve Rest in peace.
A THANK YOU FROM THE STEWART FAMILY
Words cannot express how grateful we are for your kind words and sympathy. It is through the support of friends and the Transit Police Family that has helped our family get through this difficult time. Thank you for your love and prayers.
The Association sends deep condolences and sympathies to the families of the loved ones who passed away. May they rest in peace.
September 22, 2015 RET. SGT. JAMES STEWART (late posting)
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this sad news:
Ret. Sgt. James C. Stewart passed away on Sweptember 19th at the age of62 years. Jimmy was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. 5/20/1974 and retired after the merge from NYPD in October 1998. He worked in District #31, 32, and Firearms Training Section.
Jimmy was the twin brother of Ret. PO Paul Stewart, District 4, and brother-in-law of PO Maureen (Luginsland) Stewart, District 4.
Condolences can be sent to Paul Stewart at 1921 Haring St. Brooklyn, NY 11229 email PSCOP1@AOL.COM
Funeral services took place on September 19th and 20th with a Funeral Mass and burial on September 21st
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Stewart families. May James rest in peace.
September 6, 2015 RET. P.O. JOSEPH RYAN (late posting)
From Lou Hollander:
Joe was appointed to NYCTP Dept. 2/29/68 and retired 7/24/89. Family requests Memorial contributions to Wounded Warriors Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ “ May Joe Rest in Peace”
LATE OBITUARY RET. PO JOSEPH RYAN 10/13/1938 – 9/1/2015
Joseph G. Ryan, Sr. formerly of Wurtsboro and Washingtonville, NY, a retired New York City Transit Police Officer, District 3 Anti-Crime Unit and retired Police Officer at Montrose Veteran's Hospital, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Liberty, NY. He was 76. The son of the late Joseph and Ita Hogan Ryan, He was born October 13, 1938 in Limerick City, Ireland, the youngest of nine children. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was proud to be an American Citizen. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Ryan in 1997. Dad was one of the hardest working men that ever walked this earth. He loved his family and provided for them the best way he possibly could. Joseph is survived by his children, Mary Ryan Buchholz and her husband, Scott, Joseph Ryan and his wife Marlene, James Ryan & his fiancé Macbeth, Catherine Egenes and her husband Glenn, Eileen Fata and her husband Dominick, John Ryan and his wife Kara. Grandchildren Michele Buchholz and her fiancé Daniel Friedman, Tyler Buchholz, Faith and Liam Ryan, Jimmy, Robert and Donald Ryan and his wife Kate, Bjorn Egenes and his fiancé Kara King and Christopher Egenes and his fiancé Hajriji Sinonaj, Nicholas Fata, Michael and Daniel Ryan and soon to be born great grandson. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, especially Maureen Ryan Onorato. He is also survived by his beloved sisters Carrie Ryan and Imelda Levine, brothers Joachim and Clement Ryan. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brother Thomas and sisters Maura, Theresa and Phyllis. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, September 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 4 at 10:30am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 180 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro. Memorial contributions can be made to The Wounded Warriors www.woundedwarriorproject.org Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://www.kennyfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/816/Joseph_G_Ryan_Sr/obituary.html#tribute-start
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ryan family. May he rest in peace.
September 3, 2015 WIFE OF RET. P.O. STEVE PEZANOWSKI (late posting)
From Lou Hollander:
I have been informed by Steve that his wife, Carol Pezanowski, passed away on August 6, 2015, Carol had been suffering from COPD for many years. Condolences can be sent to Steve at his work email address ( He only works 2 days a week) email@example.com Home address 128 Roland Dr. Hampton VA, 32669 tele # 757-722-9288
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Steve and the Pezanowski family. May Carol rest in peace.
August 18, 2015
LATE OBITUARY RET. P.O. JOSEPH PUWALSKI 1/29/1956 – 7/21/2015
Lou Hollander received this obituary information from Gail Imhauser.
Ret. P.O. Joseph Puwalski was appointed to NYCTP Dept. 1/29/82 (on his birthday) and retired from NYPD sometime in 1999 on a disability.
I am beyond saddened to announce the passing of Joe Puwalski on July 21, 2015. He worked in D2 from 1982 till 1999 and was forced to retire (I believe he had some kind of heart condition). He was the ADO and looked out for EVERYONE! He was kind, funny and loved dearly by all who knew him. I am at a loss for words
Joseph F. Puwalski (NYPD Ret.) of Glendale; passed away on July 21st at 59 years of age. Born in Brooklyn, Joseph worked as a NYC Police Officer and was the beloved husband of Barbara (nee Finn) and devoted father of Cheryl and Kelly. Mr. Puwalski was the dearest grandfather of 2 and loving brother of Barbara, Cathy and John. A Mass of Christian burial took place on Monday, July 27th at Saint Pancras R.C. Church. Interment was in Saint Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, LI.
August 13, 2015 RET. SGT. FRANK PISCANI RET. DET. PETER DEVINE LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. EDWARD CAPPOLA (late postings)
From Lou Hollander:
LATE OBITUARY RET. SGT. FRANK PISCANI 9/30/1941 – 6/22/2015
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. Sgt. Frank Piscani on June 22nd. Frank was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired July 3, 1986.
RET. DET. PETER DEVINE 7/19/1943 – 8/9/2015
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Det. Pete Devine. Pete was appointed to NYCTP Dept. December 1, 1965 and retired January 11, 1988. The above photo was taken at the 2013 Florida Reunion. Condolences can be sent to Pete’s wife Kathy at 44 Shadow Lane, Staten Island NY 10306.
Services were held on Staten Island on August 12th with a Funeral Mass on August 13th
May Pete Rest in Peace!
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. EDWARD CAPPOLA 3/26/1926 - 8/7/2015
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Edward Capola on August 7th. Ed was appointed to the Transit Police on October 23, 1961 and retired July 8, 1980.
The following was from the Staten Island Advance:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Edward P. Cappola, 89, of New Dorp, a World War II Army veteran, retired Transit Police officer and hardworking family man who loved traveling with his wife and gardening, died Friday at home. Born and raised in Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood, he graduated from Metropolitan Vocational High School in his native borough. Mr. Cappola served in the U.S. Army during World War II, assigned to the 30th Field Artillery Battalion, 12th Army Group, 7th Army, and saw duty as a gun crewman in France, Belgium and Germany. He lived in several Brooklyn communities, and in 1965 moved from Dyker Heights to New Dorp. Mr. Cappola had a 19-year career as a Transit Police officer, from 1961 to 1980. He then worked for the Coast Guard as a gardener on Governors Island, retiring in 1988. Prior to becoming a police officer, he was a clerk for the Army and Navy in Brooklyn, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Manhattan, and was a cargo handler for the U.S. Customs Service in Manhattan. He loved to travel with his wife, the former Marie Paris, and the couple had journeyed to Europe, Asia and North Africa. He also enjoyed trips to Wildwood, N.J., and Disney World in Orlando, Fla. He had a green thumb and was a skilled gardener, and was very fond of music. "He was the most amazing person, what everyone should be like in this world," said his granddaughter, Danielle D'Agosta. "He was selfless, kind and humble. He always put others first and loved everyone unconditionally. He never complained, even when he was sick, and he made everyone laugh, always joking around." Mr. Cappola was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church, New Dorp. Marie, his wife of 63 years, died in 2013. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Macula, in 2003, and his grandson, Frederick Palmer, who died in infancy. Surviving, along with his granddaughter, are his son, Edward Jr.; his daughters, Donna Palmer and Diane Hesterhagen; 10 more grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren
Funeral services took place on August 10th and 11th with a Funeral Mass on August 12th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of our fellow officers. May the departed rest in peace.
August 9, 2015 RET. LT. JACK ROONEY WIFE OF RET. P.O. HENRY MELCHIONA LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN COLEMAN SON OF RET. P.O. DEMETRIUS "JIMMY" FOTIADIS FATHER OF RET. LT. VIC MOLE' (late postings)
RET. LT JOHN (JACK) ROONEY
Received from Lou Hollander:
Ret. Lt. John (Jack) Rooney passed away on July 30th at the age of 73 years. He was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired February 2, 1993. Jack was very active and vocal on the Transit Police FOP Yahoo Group site where he will be missed by many of the members of that group.
May he Rest in peace.
Services were held on August 3rd with services and burial in Calverton National Cemetery on August 4th.
MAUREEN MELCHIONA, WIFE OF RET.P.O. HENRY MELCHIONA
I have been informed by Tom Melchiona that Hank’s wife passed away on 7/31/2015 after losing a long battle with cancer.
Funeral arrangements took place on August 2nd with a Funeral Mass and burial on August 3rd.
Condolence’s can be sent to Hank at 115 Port Ave South Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.
I am sad to share that my uncle, (Lifetime Member) Ret. P.O. John A. Coleman, died Friday, Aug 7th at the Bronx VA Hospital.
His wake is today, Sunday 8/9/15 at the Walker Funeral home: 87 Ave. & 80th St in Woodhaven, Queens.
The funeral is at 9:45 am Monday 8/10/15 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on 87 St at 88 Ave. in Woodhaven, followed by a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens.
Manny Fotiadis, son of Demetrius (Jimmy) Fotiadis, passed away on July 15th. He was only 19 years old. Jimmy came on in 1974 and retired out of DMQ in 1995. The e-mail I have is: Fotiadis@optonline.net and his address is: 8 Green Meadow Road, Florida, NY 10921
FATHER OF VIC MOLE’
For my extended family and friends. I have some very sad news. My father passed away today after a very long illness. I am told he passed quietly in his sleep. He will be missed by all his loving family and friends.
Funeral services took place on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10 with a Funeral Mass on August 11th.
Our deepest condolences to the families of the above who passed away. May the deceased rest in peace.
July 29, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. D.I. EDWARD CHALLIS and
RET. SGT. THOMAS DEMPSEY III
We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DEPUTY INSPECTOR EDWARD CHALLIS
Lou Hollander sent information thatFreddie was appointed to NYCTPD 2/29/68 and retired from NYPD at some time after the merge. May he rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Guinyard family. May he rest in peace.
July 21, 2015 RET. LT. WILLIAM NIERODA
I would like to notify the organization of the death of my brother, Ret. Lt. William F. Nieroda who passed away at home from complications of COPD and a prior stroke on Monday, July 20, 2015.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
The viewing shall take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home located at 1225 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795.
Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, Roman Catholic Church, located at 455 Hunter Avenue, West Islip, NY 11795.
Bill was appointed to the N.Y.C Transit Police Department on May 3, 1965 and retired in May, 1993. He worked in District 30, 34, 20, CSPS and Citywide Anti-crime Unit (The Flop Squad).
He was one of the founders and President of the New York City Transit Police Pulaski Association under the direction and guidance of the late Inspector Stephan Opara.
Bill is survived by his four children and ten grandchildren. Bill and I studied together and came up through the ranks together, being appointed to Sergeant in July, 1973 and Lieutenant in December, 1981.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Nieroda family. May Bill rest in peace.
July 19, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. PETER TULIPAN RET. P.O. MICHAEL TORINI P.O. MAXIMILIAN VELAZQUEZ RET. SGT. CHARLES GUNZELMAN (LATE POSTINGS)
The following were sent by Lou Hollander:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. PETER TULIPAN 6/1/1943 – 4/14/2015
I received this late obituary information from Pete’s daughter, Dawn Campo firstname.lastname@example.org I knew Pete from working with him in District 4 way back. If I am not mistaken we worked midnights together. He was a real nice guy and a pleasure to be around. I might add he was a good cop too. Peter was appointed to the Transit Police on February 29, 1968 and retired July 1, 1988.
Condolences can be emailed to his daughter Dawn at the above email address.
May Pete Rest in peace.
P.O. MAXIMILIAN VELAZQUEZ
8/19/1966 – 6/14/2015
I just was made aware of the passing of P.O. Jesus Manny Velazquez at the wake of Ret PO Joe Pagnani last night. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on Long Island. Maximilian was a Transit Cop up until the NYPD merge. May he rest in Peace!
Viewing and Funeral Services took place on Thursday & Friday, July 16-17th
Lou received this notice from the NYPD
RET. SGT. CHARLES GUNZELMAN
Ret. Sgt. Charles Gunzelman passed away on May 31st. He was appointed as a Transit Police Officer on January 29, 1982 and retired on April 30, 2002. He was assigned to DIstrict #23.
July 14, 2015 RET. P.O. WALTER URQHART and RET. P.O. JOSEPH PAGNANI
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this Obituary information received from George ButlerPOSSEPRIM@AOL.COM
RET. PO WALTER URQHART 9/16-1938 – 7/10/2015
Bentas Funeral Home 650 St. Nicholas Ave (141st St.) NY, NY 10030 212 281-8850
Viewing: Friday, July 17, 2015 1000 hrs-1100 hrs Funeral immediately after viewing.
Repast and Burial details not available at this time
Walter was appointed to NYCTPD 2/15/66 and retired 8/21/89. He worked in District 3 for many years. “May he rest in peace”
RET. P.O. JOSEPH “ SMOKIN' JOE” PAGNANI
3/10/1959 – 7/11/2015
I was informed by Bobby Hendersonrph4169@aol.com yesterday that “Somkin Joe” passed away on 7/11. He had been hospitalized since he had a massive heart attack in early April. Joe was a regular attendee of the Florida Reunions. He will be missed. “May he rest in peace”. Joe was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. 1/9/86 and retired sometime after the merge from NYPD. You can view Joe’s obituary and sign guestbook on the Funeral Home web page http://dobiesfuneralhome.com/obit.php
Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home 8825 Old County Road 54 New Port Richey, Florida 727-372-2550
Tuesday 7/14 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7/15 at 9:00 AM St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 8320 Old County Road 54 New Port Richey, Florida
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Urqhart and Pagnani familes. May Walter and Joseph rest in peace.
July 9, 2015 BROTHER OF RET. SGT. MARK ELBAUM and FATHER OF RET. P.O. TOM MARRINAN
From Lou Hollander:
Chayim Elbaum, 64, brother of Ret. Sgt. Mark Elbaum passed at home due to complications from diabetes. Viewing will be at Sherman Funeral Home 1283 Coney Island Ave Bklyn N.Y. 11230 718 377-7300
Shiva will be July 12, 13,14 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 414 Ave N Apt 3a Brooklyn, NY 11230 to reach Mark 718 288-1667
From Alan Berkowitz, Lou Hollander and JJ Sullivan.
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Thomas “Jim” Marrinan, father of Ret. P.O. Tom Marrinan - Ret. TD30. Tom started his career as a Transit Police Officer.
Wake on Friday, July 10th Joseph G. Duffy 255 Ninth Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 On 9th St near C/O 4th Ave
2 pm to 5 pm 7 pm to 9 pm
Funeral Mass Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 AM St. Thomas Aquinas Church 249 - 9th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 C/O 9th St & 4th Ave
Cremation at Greenwood Cemetery
Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Elbaum and Marrinan families. May their loved ones rest in peace
July 6, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. CAPT. RODNEY WARD and MOTHER-IN-LAW OF RET. DET. ALAN BERKOWITZ
From Lou Hollander:
RET. CAPT. RODNEY WARD 10/20/1939 – 7/4/2015
Obituary information was received from Frank Crisa
Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home 211 E Center St, Nazareth, PA 18064 (610) 759-1220
Tuesday, July 7th 1900-2030 Hours
Wed. July 8th Nazareth Moravian Church 4 South Main Street. Nazareth PA 18064
Rodney was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. 6/21/1965 and retired 1/7/1987. The above photo was taken at the 2008 NY Reunion. May Rodney “Rest in Peace.” You can view the obituary and sign guest book on the Funeral Home page http://www.schislerfuneralhomes.com/obituaries.htm
I had the pleasure of working with Rod both as a Patrolman in the O/U and later when he was a Lt. in District 34. He was a good person to work with and socialize when off duty. - Tony
Lou received this tragic DIF notice from Alan Berkowitz on 7/2. Alan’s email is email@example.com
I regret to inform you that my Mother in Law, Marcia Feldman, died in a tragic car accident today in Palm Beach Florida. My Mother in Law will be buried in Long Island.
Funeral arrangements: Date: Friday, July 10th at 11:00 AM Location: Wellwood Cemetery 1400 Wellwood Ave West Babylon, NY 11704 phone number 631-249-2300 Southern State Parkway to Exit 35
Location in cemetery: Brooklyn Jewish Postal Workers Block#53 Section J
Alan and Robin Berkowitz
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ward, Feldman and Berkowitz families. May they rest in peace.
June 25, 2015 FATHER OF RET. P.O. LOUIS SHANLEY and RET. P.O. HARRIS KENNER
From Lou Hollander:
While at the Florida Reunion on 6/20, Louie Shanley informed me that his father passed away in PA. Louie left the reunion immediately to go home and make plans to fly to PA. Unfortunately I do not have any information on his Dad.
You can send condolences to Louie at LOU1076P@aol.com or you can mail a card to him at 2401 Village Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409
It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of Retired Police Officer Harris Kenner on Saturday, June 20, 2015 following a long illness. Harris joined the Transit Police Department in December 1965, retired 9/6/1980 and was residing in McDonough, Georgia at the time of his passing. Harris was the father of Retired Lieutenant Marvin Kenner.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in McDonough, Georgia 30253
Expressions of sympathy and condolence can be sent to Harris' wife, Joyce Kenner at 1501 Rolling Meadows Drive, McDonough, GA 30253 Information received from Retired Lt. Marvin Kenner
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Shanley and Kenner families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
May 31, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. OSWALD LINZEY
We received the sad news from Maria Linzey, Oswald's wife.
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Oswald Linzey on May 8th at the age of 81 years. Oswald was appointed to the Transit Police on July 6, 1964 and retired July 7, 1988.
Condolences may be sent to Maria Linzey at 3422 Farragut Road, Brooklyn NY 11210-3419
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Linzey family. May Oswald rest in peace.
May 18, 2015 MOTHER OF RET. SGT. JOHN MOAKLEY
We received the following sad news from Ret. Sgt. John Moakley:
It is with regret and relief that I report the passing of my mother, Bernice Moakley, 82, of Elmont, New York. At her request, there will be no viewing. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Moakley family. May Bernice rest in peace.
May 10, 2015 WIFE OF RET. P.O. DAVID CREAN
We received the sad news from our Sgt-at-Arms P.O. Ed Wilko:
Mary Ann Crean, wife of our past Sgt-at-Arms, Ret. P.O. Dave Crean, passed away on Saturday, May 9th after a long illness.
Services took place on May 11 and 12th.
Condolences may be sent to Dave at 3619 Tonopah Street, Seaford NY 11783-3007
Our deepest condolences to Dave and the Crean family on their loss. May she rest in peace.
May 7, 2015 FATHER OF RET. SGT. RICHARD ROTTKAMP and RET. P.O. PHILIPE CARTER, son of Ret. P.O. T.C. CARTER
William Rottkamp, father of Ret. Sgt. Richard Rottkamp , passed away on Tuesday, May 5th, at the age of 85 years.
Services were held on May 7th & 8th with burial on the 9th.
My condolences go out to the Carter family. Phil’s father, Tyrone ( T.C), was in my class (3/10/69 )and worked in District 3 and Revenue. Both Tyrone and Phil were going to attend this year’s Florida Reunion. Condolences can be sent be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Tyrone Carter 511 Krystal Lane Lynn Haven FL 32444 or email TCTOY2@aol.com May Phil rest in peace.
Services took place on May 11th and 12th
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Rottkamp and Carter families. May William and Philipe rest in peace.
May 4, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOSEPH CINO (late notice)
Sent by Lou Hollander whoreceived this obituary information from Larry Latimer firstname.lastname@example.org
RET. SGT. JOSEPH CINO 1/18/1921 – 11/2/2014
I don't remember seeing anything about Joe Cino's passing in November. I happened to see it while I was reading the NYPD SBA magazine. I attached a link to his obituary. Joe was my Father's partner when they were in the mid-town squad out of the old District 1 in the 50's. Their steady post was Times Square and when Joe retired he was our Brooklyn Court Sgt. Joe was a good man and former Marine, going to his house for dinner was better than any Italian restaurant that I have ever been too. May he rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cino family. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. EDWARD DEPTUCH
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Edward Deptuch, on March 8th, 2015, at the age of 91 years. Edward was appointed to the Transit Police on April 5, 1955 and retired February 22, 1974. His last assignment was on the Revenue Train.
The following letter was sent by his wife, Mildred, and condolences may be sent to her at 9418 Camino Venado, Helotes TX, 78023-4140.
I am sorry to tell you that Ed passed away on March 8th, 2015. He had prostate cancer 24 years ago and was in remission for 20 years before it returned. We were fortunate to have been able to enjoy 20 reasonably good years together. We just celebrated our 68th wedding anniversary on February 12th, 2015.
We lost a loving and wonderful husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He thought the world of you, Tony, for all the good work you do. Many thanks for all you've done.
Sincerely, Mildred Deptuch
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Deptuch family. May Ed rest in peace,
April 16, 2015 MOTHER OF RET. CAPT. REV. JOHN ROCCO CARLO and SON OF RET. P.O. RICHARD NAPOLI
Our Editor, Frank Crisa, saw this obituary notice in the Staten Island Advance.
Caroline Carlo (nee Massa) of Sunnyside on April 10, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Frank. Loving Mother of Rev. John, Frank A., Gerald, Carol Ann Strobel and the late Frank Carlo Jr. Cherished Grandmother of ten and Great grandmother of ten and one late great granddaughter. Dear sister of the late Rev. Joseph and James DeMola, Gerald Massa Antoinette Biasucci and Margaret Di Sarro. Funeral Services were held at the Christian Pentecostal Church on Wednesday, April 15th, with interment at Silver Mount Cemetery.
Richard's son, Robert Napoli, passed away on April 14th at the age of 40 years.
Funeral services were held on April 18th in Howell, NJ
Condolences may be sent to Richard at his email above or to his home: 10 Elizabeth Court, Howell NJ 07731-2854
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Carlo and Napoli families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.
April 7, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. TOMMY COOK and RET. P.O. EDWARD HORRIGAN
From Lou Hollander:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. TOMMY COOK 4/19/1939 – 4/5/2015
I received this email from Tommy’s wife, Catherine:
Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Tommy Cook passed away (Easter Sunday) April 5, 2015 at the age of 78 years. He was buried on Wednesday, April 8th in Concord, North Carolina.
Tommy was appointed to the NYCTP Department May 3, 1965 and retired May 3, 1985. The above photo of Tommy was taken at the 2010 Florida reunion. Condolences can be sent to his wife Cathy Cook, 4370 Appaloosa LN, Charlotte NC 28215 May he rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cook and Horrigan families. May Tommy and Edward rest in peace.
April 2, 2015 RET. SGT. RICHARD McCREADY and RET. P.O. PAUL TROIANO (late postings)
From Lou Hollander:
LATE OBITUARY RET. SGT. RICHARD McCREADY September 4, 1948 – March 26, 2015
I worked with Richie is District 4 when he was a cop. He was one of the RMP Divers. I believe he went to Dist. 2 when he got promoted. He was a real nice guy. May he rest in peace.
Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on October 1, 1973 and retired January 1, 1994.
Funeral services took place on March 28th.
RET. PO PAUL TROIANO August 31, 1948 – March 27, 2015
It is with a heavy heart I inform you of the passing of my long time friend, Ret. P.O. Paul Troiano. Paul lost a long battle (14 yrs) to cancer (lung cancer due to Agent Orange). Paul was appointed to the NYCTP Dept 9/8/69 and retired on May 18,1989. Paul was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. He was a perfect gentleman who always had a smile on his face and always a kind word to say. I first met Paul after he came out of the academy and was assigned to District One. I had the honor of attending the wedding of Paul and his lovely wife Annette. Paul and I served as PBA delegates together during the last years of his career. After working in District 1, Paul worked in District 34 and then Revenue Protection.
Paul and Annette were regular attendees of the Florida Reunions up untill 2011. The above photo was taken at the 2011 reunion.
A wake took place at Gateway-Forestlawn Funeral Home in Lake City, Florida on April 1st with services on April 2nd.
Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Annette Troiano 287 SW Briarbrook PL, Lake City FL 32024. May Paul rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the McCready and Troiano families. May Richard and Paul rest in peace.
March 26, 2015 FATHER-IN-LAW OF RET. P.O. TOM GILLESPIE and FATHER-IN-LAW OF RET. P.O. TOM GORMAN
Received from Lou Hollander:
FATHER-IN-LAW OF TOM GILLESPIE
Hi Louie Just to let you know that my father-in-law, Vern Wood, passed away last night, March 24th. He had a long struggle with MS. There will be no viewing. He will be cremated. The service was held at the Frankfort Congressional Church UCC 1 Main St. Frankfort, Maine 04438
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased. May their loved ones rest in peace.
March 19, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. LAWRENCE DEERR and RET. P.O. ERNEST RAPACCIUOLO (late posting)
From Lou Hollander:
RET. PO LAWRENCE DEERR 7/7/1932 – 3/10/2015
We are sad to announce the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Lawrence Deerr on March 10th at the age of 82 years. Lawrence was appointed to the NYCTP Dept 12/1/65 and retired 6/30/84.
Funeral services were held on March 12 and 13 in Staten Island with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 14th. May he rest in peace. The above is a 1972 photo.
RET. P.O. ERNEST RAPACCIUOLO
10/15/1940 - 2/24/2015
President Russo- My name is Anthony Rapacciuolo and I am the son of Retired Transit Officer Ernest Rapacciuolo (Class of 1965). My dad passed away on February 24, 2015 and I was curious to know if there was a way for me to obtain any photographs of him in uniform when he was on the job. I am not sure if he received any awards or commendations but if so any photos or information would be helpful.
Our condolences and sympathies to the Deerr and Rapacciuolo families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
If anyone has information that Ernie Rapacciuolo's son can use, please contact him at his e-mail address.
March 9, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. DANIEL CARMODY
We received the following sad news from Dan's wife, Alberta:
Dear Tony and Transit Family,
My heart is heavy to inform you Retired Transit P.O. Daniel Carmody, badge #1126 (originally #126) left us on December 29, 2014. He was a proud Lifetime Member.
Enclosed are two pictures from 1963 training and one from graduation day, April 18, 1963. I'm also enclosing a copy of the Graduates and Order of Exercises. Hope this brings back fond memories of fellow officers Dan worked and served with.
Dan and I attended many functions through the Emerald, Gonan and Steuben Societies. We were married fifty-six years. I miss him so. Pray for us both.
Sincerely, Alberta M. Carmody Phoenix, AZ
Dan was appointed to the Transit Police on January 14, 1963 and retired January 8, 1985. May he rest in peace.
Ed informed me that Mike passed from cancer. He was appointed to the NYCTP Department 5/3/65 and retired 7/6/85. No service will be held, A Mass was celebrated at Calverton National Cemetery on Monday February 23rd. Condolences can be sent to his daughter Tricia Marsala at Trishmars@optonline.net
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. CHARLES FIORINI 3/28/1934 - 3/6/2015
Louie - It is with a sad heart I report the passing of my good friend and mentor, Retired Lt. Charles Fiorini, who passed late this afternoon at Calvary Hospice. He was a true professional and all you could ask for in a boss. Retirement did not look favorably on him; however, all through his longsuffering he always remained positive in his outlook.
Tuesday 3/10/15 Sisto Funeral home 3489 East Tremont Ave Bronx, NY 10465 718-892-2102 2 PM to 5 PM & 7PM to 9PM
RET. LT. ANTHONY (TONY) DURSO 10/11/1945 – 1/23/2015
Tony was appointed to the NYCTP DEPT. 5/7/68 and retired as a LT. sometime after the merge. I worked 8 P’s in District 1 with him. May he rest in peace.
Anthony P. Durso, 69, of Bonita Springs, FL died Friday, January 23, 2015 at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice. Formerly of Huntington, Long Island, NY he had been a resident of Bonita Springs since 1996.
Anthony was born October 11, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late Ringe and Helen (Giordano) Durso. Mr. Durso was a Vietnam Veteran, proudly serving in the United States Army.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda (Elardo) Durso; and sister, Josephine (Vincent) Piombino of Babylon, NY.
Services were held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 and burial on the 29th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of our deceased fellow officers. May they rest in peace.
February 17, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. WILLIAM SCHABLIN and RET. DET. ALBERT SAVO (late notification)
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. WILLIAM SCHABLIN 2/16/1940 – 2/13/2015
Please inform everyone that my Dad, Retired Detective William Schablin, passed away today, Friday, February 13th. He was recovering nicely after battling lymphoma but ended up with acute leukemia, pneumonia and GI bleeding which came on him suddenly.
He will be cremated in South Carolina and a small Memorial Service will be held in New York at a future date.
Thanks, Mike Schablin
Bill was appointed the NYCTP Dept. 5/3/65 and retired 2/24/87. May he rest in peace. Condolences can be sent to his son Mike at email@example.com May he rest in peace
Al was appointed to NYCTP Dept. 4/5/55 and retired 11/10/76. May he rest in peace. Above photo taken at the 2002 Florida reunion
Please inform everyone of the passing of Al Savo class of 1955. Al Savo passed away on November 25, 2014 at his home.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Schablin and Savo families. May they rest in peace.
February 17, 2015 RET. INSP. OWEN PRESCOD
Received from Lou Hollander:
RET. INSP. OWEN (EL EXCIENTE) PRESCOD
2/14/1926 – 2/17/2015
I am very saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Insp. Owen Prescod, this evening about 7 PM. I was informed by Gene Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org that he was taken off life support. He went peacefully surrounded by his 3 daughters, friends John McBarnnett, Gene Robinson and Claude Pierre. As you know Owen was hit by a car about 2 weeks ago and has been in a semi conscious state ever since. Gene had informed me that arrangements will be made to bring him up to NY where funeral services will be arranges. El Exciente was one of the best bosses I had ever worked for. I will miss seeing him at the Florida reunions, even though he would just drop by for the day. Owen was appointed to the NYCTP Department 5/19/59 and retired 2/13/89. “Rest in Peace, my friend”
Funeral services took place in Manhattan on Monday, February 16th with services and burial on the 17th.
Our deepest condolences to the Prescod family. May he rest in peace.
February 8, 2015 MOST RECENT OBITUARIES - late postings
Received from Lou Hollander:
UNCLE OF RET. P.O. PETE AHERN
Ret. Lt. Colonel and Tuskegee Airman John Ira Mulzac, uncle of Ret. P.O. Pete Ahern email@example.com
It is with a deep sense of sadness that we announce the passing of the Mulzac family’s patriarch known through our generations as “Johnny”, “ Uncle Johnny”, “Daddy” and “Daddy John."
A wake was held on February 5th and burial on February 6th
RET. P.O. FRANK VESPOLI
Ret. P.O. Frank Vespoli passed away on January 30th at the age of 70 years. He was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired April 15, 1982. Services took place on February 4th
RET. FORMER CHIEF OF THE TRANSIT POLICE DEPARTMENT JAMES B. MEEHAN
We regret to announce the passing of Retired Chief of Transit James B. Meehan (father of retired Capt. James Meehan), formerly assigned to Transit. Chief Meehan passed away February 1, 2015. Chief Meehan was appointed February 1, 1949 and retired March 1987. He was 88 years old at the time of his passing. Viewing took place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, followed by services on Thursday, February 5, 2015,
RET. P.O. DAVE BURRELL
Lou received this obituary from George Butler POSSEPRIM@AOL.COM I do not have any other information other then he is a ret. MOS from Dist 12.
Regret to inform that Dave Burrell passed away on Sunday Feb 1st, 2015. Service is as follows from his sister in law.
Saturday Feb 14 2015 viewing 4-7 pm service 7pm at RG Ortiz Funeral Home Inc 2122 Westchester Ave Bronx New York 10462.
FATHER OF HARRY SCOTT
My father Harry passed yesterday in N. Ft. Myers FL He was 88 years old. Harry served in the Navy as a Seabee in WW2. Harry also grew up in Vinegar Hill section of Manhattan and worked for MABSTOA for 35 years. service will be held at St. Therese church N. ft. Myers on Friday at 1000 hrs. we will have a service next week in New York, details not yet finalized. I can be contacted at Harry.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Lou. Harry Scott class of 82- Black Patches. ret. Lt. DBBX.
GRANDSON OF RET. P.O. ARTIE SMITH
Hi this is Artie Smith, formerly of Dist.1. I regret informing you that my six year old Grandson died after a 4 year battle with Cancer
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the above deceased. May they rest in peace,
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Christine Morgillo, wife offormer PBA Trustee and Associationmember, Mike Morgillo. Chris lost her battle to cancer after a long fight. My condolences to Mike and his daughter Lisa. May she rest in peace.
Viewing took placeon January 28th and a Funeral Mass on January 29th in Monroe, NY:
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Christine’s name to the New York City P.B.A. Widow & Children’s Fund, 125 Broad Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Robert was appointed to the NYCTP Department 1/9/86 and retired sometime in 2000 on a disability from the NYPD. “May he rest in Peace” You can check on the Funeral Home web page on Saturday or Sunday to view the obituary http://www.shorepointfh.com/obits.htm
A viewing took place on January 26th with a Funeral Mass on January 27th
Our deepest condolences and sympahties to the Morgillo and Newell families. May Christine and Robert rest in peace.
January 16, 2015 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. FRANCIS MC NALLY, RET. CAPT. STEPHEN GARTNER (late notifications) with Eulogy MOTHER OF RET. P.O. FREDERICK SCHNEIDER
Following the mailing of the 2015 dues notices, we received the following sad news.
The mail sent to one of our Lifetime Members, Ret. Det. Francis McNally, was returned by the Post Office. Thanks to our member, Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen, it was found that Frank passed away on April 11, 2013.
We also received the news that Ret. Capt. Stephen Gartner passed away on November 28th, 2014. That information was sent by his brother, Ira Gartner.
Condolences may be sent to:
Ira Gartner 1530 E 19th St Apt 6A Brooklyn NY 11230-7235
Shortly after reading of the passing of Capt. Gartner, Ret. Det. Bernie Jacobs sent in the following euology to Lou Hollander:
I am surprised and saddened at learning of Steve's death, We were in the academy in Jamaica together where he not only qualified to win the off-duty gun for academics but the one for physical fitness. With typical Steve grace, he requested the second gun be given to the runner-up in physical. During one period. he was C.O. of Districts 23 & 35.On many occasions he would sign on in 23, handle what had to be done there, put on a bathing suit, run from the dist. to the waters edge, dive in and swim to W15 St. in Coney Island, jog up past Nathan's to the district 35 were he would finish his tour. One day when Steve was "checking" the troops and he was sitting on a platform bench out in Rockaway waiting for the iron horse, 3 "Mutts" decided to mug the "little white guy" sitting alone. Ambulances were needed to take the three perps to Peninsula hospital for bedside arraignment. Always quiet and being without an agenda, Steve was never selected to be given any appointed promotion. It never bothered him. He was a "good solder" and did as he was bid. I knew Steve for over 50 years and he will always have a place in my memories of the "job". If there is a moral in the letter, it is that we all should crowd as much enjoyment into each day as we can and try to make someone else's day a little better as we shall all cross the Rainbow Bridge much too soon.
Best Regards; Bernie
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
Amelia Schneider, mother of retired PO Freddy Schneider, passed away on January 15th. She was 95 years old.
Condolences can be sent to Freddy at email@example.com or his home 22-40 120th St Collage Point NY 11356
A viewing took place on January 16th with a Funeral Mass and burial on January 17th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the McNally, Gartner and Schneider families. May they rest in peace.
January 11, 2015 WIFE OF RET. P.O. JOHN ASKE
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
Diane Aske, wife of Retired Transit Police Officer John Aske, (District One) passed away suddenly on January 7, 2015. A memorial mass will be held at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, New Bern, North Carolina on January 12, 2015 at 11:00.
Condolences can be sent to Tony at SargeTPD582@aol.com or 133-46 114TH PL OZONE PARK NY. 11420. May she rest in peace
Our condolences and sympathies to the Fazio family. May Luisa rest in peace.
December 17, 2014 FORMER T.P.O. RICHARD PFIRRMANN, RET. P.O. ROBERT KAMINSKI and FORMER T.P.O. KENNETH CORSON (late postings)
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
FORMER PO RICHARD PFIRRMANN
I'm sorry to report that a former TPD District 3 member has died. Richard Pfirrmann (pronounced Furman) from Washington Heights came on the job in 1968. He and I hung out together as teenagers and I talked him into coming on the Job. He left after a few years and became a NY State Court Officer. I saw him many times in MCC. He contracted an untreatable form of cancer and committed suicide on November 29, 2014. He was 70 years of age. He leaves behind two daughters from his first marriage and a son from his second marriage and his second wife.
RET. P.O. ROBERT KAMINSKI
Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on July 8, 1985. He worked in Districts 33 and 1.
Robert was a retired Police Officer who proudly served with the New York City Transit Police Department, Transit District #1 and after the merger, with the New York City Police Department, Fleet Services Division. Robert suffered a lengthy illness as the result of his assignment to the World Trade Center Security Detail subsequent to the 9/11 Terrorist Attack. Robert was the brother of NYSP Captain Jamie J. Kaminski, SP Liberty. . A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 with burial at Breslau Cemetery, Lindenhurst, NY
FORMER P.O. KENNETH CORSON
Lou received the obituary below from Bob Ballard. He saw the Obit in the Staten Island Advance. Lou has no information on him in his database.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Kenneth Corson, 89, a former Transit Police officer who enjoyed sports, died Saturday, December 6th, in Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home where he had resided for a year and a half.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy and saw combat in the Pacific theater. He was wounded in battle when an explosion occurred on the deck of the ship he was aboard, and he suffered permanent hearing loss.
Mr. Corson worked as a bartender at the Riviera Chateau in Oakwood for many years. Prior to that, he was a Transit Police officer for a time.