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.
November 12, 2014 RET. P.O. CURTIS JOSEPH
The following was sent to us by Lou Hollander:
RET. PO CURTIS JOSEPH 4/4/1962 – 11/9/2014
Services will take place at:
O'Brien-Sheipe Funeral Home 640 Elmont Road Elmont, NY 11003 516-285-5856
VIEWING: Sunday, November 16, 2014 From 3:00-6:00 PM
There will be a brief service on Monday, November 17th at 10:00 AM: Burial to follow at All Saints Cemetery 855 Middle Neck Road Great Neck, NY 11024
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Joseph family. May Curtis rest in peace.
November 5, 2014 RET. SGT. GERARD "JERRY" CONNOLLY
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
Dear Louis. I am sad to inform you that my husband, (Ret. Sgt.)Gerard (Jerry) Connolly, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 after a six month battle with leukemia. He was appointed to the NYC Transit Police on April 1, 1965. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1981 and retired on December 2, 1985. Jerry worked in many patrol districts throughout the city and at the time of his retirement he was a law instructor/supervisor at the TPD Police Academy. Although we now live in Jupiter, FL Jerry wanted his funeral and burial to be back on Long Island. His wake will be on Thursday, 11/6 at Perry's Funeral Home in Lynbrook, NY. Funeral mass will be on Friday, 11/7 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church and burial will follow at Calverton National Cemetery. Jerry attended the last ROMEO get together in Florida and was looking forward to his 50th reunion in April. He was always proud of his career with the NYCTPD and the special bond that existed among the members of the force. Thank you. Best regards, Eileen Connolly
Perry's Funeral Home in Lynbrook, NY 118 Union Ave. Lynbrook, NY 11563 516-593-1111
Thursday 2 – 4 PM & 7 – 9 PM
Friday 10:45 AM
St Raymond’s RC Church 263 Atlantic Ave, East Rockaway, NY 11518 (516) 593-5000
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Connolly family. May Jerry rest in peace.
November 2, 2014 RET. P.O. MICHAEL "MOUSEY" DISANZA and RET. INSP. JAMES GUIDA (late postings)
From Lou Hollander:
I am very saddened to inform you of the passing on my friend, Ret. P.O. Mike "Mousey" Disanza. Mike passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 27th. Mike’s health has not been good for a number of years and it seemed to worsen over the last year. Mike was a great guy, a good cop and loved the Lord, his family and his friends. I had the privilege of being his friend for over 45 years since March 10, 1969 when we entered the Police Academy together. Mike worked in District 2 for many years and then he worked in the JFK Squad, He retired March 21,1989, and I believe he moved to Florida shortly after. As his obituary reads, he served The Lord as a missionary and traveled around the world doing the Lords work. Because of his health he had to give up his traveling and took to the Internet to spread “The Word.”
Mike and his wife, Ann, were familiar faces at the NYC Transit Police Florida reunions and I will miss his presence there greatly. At the last reunion it was iffy if Mike could attend because of his health, but when he heard Billy Eller, Stanley White, Tommy Carney. Lee Wilkinson, Rocky Mein, Mike Euell and Richie Stumpf was attending, Mike told me “ I will be there, don’t worry”. Sure enough “Mousey” and Ann were there.
The first photos of “Mousey" was when he was "on the job," and the second was taken at the last Florida Reunion. Mike, we know exactly where you are right now! Rest in peace my friend.
Condolences can be sent to Ann DiSanza 3231 South Eagle Point Inverness Fl 34450. Email email@example.com
A celebration and funeral tribute to Mike's life was held at Calvary Chapel Inverness on Wednesday, November 5th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to International Cops for Christ, c/o Ann DiSanza, 3231 South Eagle Point Inverness Fl 34450.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Insp. James Guida, on October 31st, from cancer related to 9-11. Jim was appointed to the NYCTP on October 20, 1980 and was a Lt at the time of the merger in 1995. He retired in August, 2011.
Funeral services took place on November 3-4 with a Funeral Mass and burial on November 5th
Our deepest condolences to the Disanza and Guida families. May Mike and James rest in peace.
October 19, 2014 RET. P.O. and LIFETIME MEMBER JOSEPH McDEVITT (late posting)
Received from Lou Hollander who received this obituary information from Vinny ByrneBISHOP102@aol.com Vinny had read it online in Newsday. I had the privilege of working and knowing Joe back in the early 70’s. Joe was a great guy, very funny. At that time, the watering hole for the District One and Midtown North guys was “The Horses Tail.” One of Joe’s infamous stories of the Horse’s Tail (all the guys from District One will remember this) is when he shot the clock off the wall in back of the bar. I don’t recall the incident too well, but years after that, Joe got involved in an off duty caper where he got shot. The last I heard about Joe he was working in District 20 where he retired on ¾ disability. Over the past 2 years, Joe would call me just to BS. You can tell by the way he talked that he wasn’t well. He told me he had a stroke. He had to walk with a cane because his balance was bad. The last few times he called me he wanted some phone numbers of some of the old-timers from District One. He lived alone and seemed very lonely. May Joe rest in peace!
LATE OBITUARY RET. P.O. JOSEPH McDEVITT 3/14/1943 - 9/30/2014
I spoke with Joe’s daughter, Kerryann McDevitt Pastore, today via telephone, who happens to live in my town. She told me that Joe suffered a massive stroke. It was Joe’s wishes not to have any funeral services except with the family. Condolences can be sent to Ms Kerryann McDevitt Pastore, 11033 Hidden Treasure Ct. New Port Richey, FL 34654. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Joseph was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired December 1, 1979.
MCDEVITT - Joseph P., age 71, of Williston Park, NY, passed away peacefully on September 30th 2014. Devoted father to Kerryann McDevitt Pastore and Sean McDevitt. Dear grandfather to Mia, Joey and Gianni Pastore. Loving brother of Mary McCrain, Evelyn Entenmann, John McDevitt, Nancy Donovan, and Kathy Kopetic. Proud U.S. Army veteran and retiree of the NYTPD. Private services were held by the family. Share Memories and Condolences
Joe was very generous with his donations to the Retirees Association to the point where he was made a Lifetime Member. He will be missed by his fellow retirees, especially those who worked with him. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2014 RET. P.O. RAUL TORRES and RET. P.O. FRANCIS “FRANK” HVEEN
I am saddened to inform you that my good friend, Ret. P.O. Raul Torres, shield 1904, has passed away. Raul came on the job in October 1980 and retired in 2000. He started out in Dist 11 then was a long time fixture in Dist. 12 before finishing his career in the 49 Pct. post merge. He leaves behind three sons and his longtime wife, Evelyn. Everyone who knew Raul knew him to be a decent human being. We all will miss him very much.
A wake took place on Friday, October 10th with a Funeral Mass on October 11th followed by burial in Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.
RET. P.O. FRANCIS “FRANK” HVEEN 11/21/1946 - 10/8/2014
Obituary information was received from Mike Fanninghntsgt@yahoo.com via the TP Yahoo Group.
It's been shared on Facebook that Frank Hveen passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 8th.. I worked with Frank in District One and he was a helluva guy. Good home post man, PBA delegate, always had a smile.
To all of Frank Hveen's friends I just messaged his son. Frank's wishes were to be cremated and the family will be having a memorial service in NY at a later date. If I find out the date I will post the info.
Frank was appointed to the NYCTPD January 29, 1982, and retired April 2, 2002. He worked in District One and Equipment & Supply. I believe Frank was living in Boynton Beach. FL at the time of his passing.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Torres and Hveen families. May Raul and Frank rest in peace.
September 28, 2014 SON OF RET. SGT. JANICE WOODS (late posting)
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
I am informed by Vic Mole that Ryan Wood, son of Janis & Arthur (Woody) Wood passed away on Sunday, September 21st. Ryan was 30 years of age, and proudly served his country as a Marine. He leaves behind a wife and a 5 yr. old child. There was a private cremation held yesterday in New Jersey.
A gathering to honor Ryan took place on October 11th at Island Rock in Plainview NY
Condolences can be sent to Janis at 144 Myers Ave, Hicksville NY 1180, email email@example.com
September 22, 2014 FATHER OF RET. LT. JOHN CORNICELLO
Ret. NYPD Det. Sgt. Fred Cornicello, father of Ret. Det. Lt. John Cornicello, passed away on September 20th.
Services took place on September 23rd followed by a Funeral Mass on the 24th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cornicello families. May Fred rest in peace.
September 20, 2014 DAUGHTER OF RET. SGT. EMIL STUCCHIO
We received the following sad news from Recording Secretary Bob Valentino:
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Natalie Milbank, daughter of Retired Sgt. Emil Stucchio on Friday, September19, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family and passed away peacefully but left us much too early in life.
The viewing was on the 20th and 21st with a Funeral Service on the 22nd.
Condolences may be sent to the Stucchio family at 1 Hewlett Point Ave. East Rockaway, New York 11518-2307 or Classicstillthen@aol.com.
Sincere condolences to Emil, Jeannie, Anthony, Nadine and the entire Stucchio family. May Natalie rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Stucchio family. May she rest in peace.
September 2, 2014 FORMER P.O. JAMES RAPP (late posting) and RET. SGT. RAYMOND TOMCZAK
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
On August 14, 2014, former Transit Police Officer James A. Rapp died at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. Jim died from injuries sustained in a auto accident and a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Jim was the son of Det./Sgt. James Rapp and the nephew of Chief Robert H. Rapp. Jim was 66 years of age.
On Tuesday, August 26th a Memorial Mass was held at St. Anne's Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, attended by family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife Amelia Marfleet Rapp.
Jim found his passion through his own recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in helping others heal from this disease. He worked in many treatment facilities in New York and Florida. In 2007, he founded an intensive Outpatient Program, Recovery Associates of the Palm Beaches, a corporation that today employs over eighty people and has affected countless lives in their journey to recovery.
Jim never forgot his roots. He was very proud to have been a member of the Transit Police Department. May he rest in peace.
According to my database, Ray was appointed to the NYCTPD 2/11/74 and retired sometime after the merge in 1995. Ray was a Sgt. at the time of the merge. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet Ray nor did I recognize the name, but from the feedback online he was a very liked person and a good boss. I spoke with his son, Ray Jr., this AM, who provided me with the above photo. As soon as I saw Ray’s photo, I remembered him. From Ray’s tone, I could feel they were a close knit family. My condolences to Ray’s entire family. May he rest in peace.
It is with deep sadness and regret that I report the Passing of Retired Sgt. Raymond Tomczak - former D-03 member. He passed away peacefully this am during Hospice Care at Calvary. Ray was a good man, a good cop, and a good friend - and he is no longer suffering from his battle with Cancer. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and his three sons - Ray Jr, Jameson, and Jonathan Tomczak, and four grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to his wife Barbara Tomczak, 132 Wesley Ave Port Chester?, NY, 10573.
The following information is provided by his son, Ray Jr.
Services were held on September 3rd with a funeral mass and burial on September 4th.
August 9, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. THOMAS BIRMINGHAM
We are sad to report the passing of our Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Tom Birmingham, on Friday, August 8th at the age of 79 years. He was surrounded by his wife and family at the time. Tom had been fighting very hard against the cancer that had been diagnosed several months ago and was a patient at St. Francis Hospital where he worked for more than 20 years with his fellow Transit officers in the Security Department.
Tom was appointed to the Transit Police on November 9, 1964 and retired on October 1, 1985. He worked in District 23 most of his career and retired from the Revenue Protection Unit.
Tom is also the father of Ret. P.O. Thomas Birmingham and the brother of Ret. P.O. Dennis Birmingham
Viewing and funeral services took place on August 11th and 12th.
Condolences may be sent to Tom's wife, Paula, at 726 Sprague Ave., Franklin Square NY 11010-3237
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Birmingham family. May Tom rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Elsie Rivera mother of Retired Det. John Burgois.
Viewing and services took place on August 9th to the 11th
Our condolences and sympathies to the Burgois family. May she rest in peace.
August 7, 2014 SON OF RET. LT. ARTHUR HEANEY
From Lou Hollander:
Michael Heaney, son of Ret. Lt. Artie Heaney & Regina Heaney passed away on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 after a long illness. He was 51 years of age. The viewing and funeral took place on August 10 and 11th.
Condolences can be sent to Artie email firstname.lastname@example.org Cards can be sent to the Heaney family at 151 Walnut St. Massapequa Park, NY 11762. May Michael Rest In Peace.
July 18, 2014 RET. P.O. ROBERT ELSER
Information sent us by Lou Hollander:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Robert Elser on July 10th at the age of 72 years at his residence in Prudence Island, RI. Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired on an accidental disability on January 28, 1974.
Viewing took place on July 17th in Monroe NY with services and cremation on July 18th.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Pauline, at 87 Warner Ave, Prudence Island RI 02872
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Elser family. May he rest in peace.
I received a phone call from Robin Becker, (Retired Lt. TPD/ NYPD) on July 10th. She's been taking care of her mother who had been suffering with dementia. I just want to pass along some information on her passing & services to follow. Robin's mother's name is Sally Becker. There was a one day viewing followed by a weeklong Shiva to be held at Robin's brother's house: Larry Becker, resides at 84-67 252nd Street Bellrose, NY 11428 Phone # 718-347-6219
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Becker family. May Sally rest in peace.
July 6, 2014 RET. P.O. JOSEPH CAPUTO and LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN CELIA
We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander:
Received this obituary information from Janis Wood.
You may have received this notification already. I got a call from Bill McNaughton (we worked together in K9) that P.O. Joseph "Joe" Caputo, who also worked with us, passed away. He worked as a K9 handler & trainer; he started out in District 3 prior to that.
Services took place on June 29 and 30th with burial on July 1st.
Joe was appointed to the NYCTPD 3/1/64. May Joe rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret P.O. John Celia. John was appointed to the NYCTPD on August 1, 1966 and retired November 17, 1981. He worked in District 34 and 30. Fred Mack and I met with John just a few days in his home while he was in Hospice care. Although he was in a lot of pain, he asked about guys on the job that attended the last Florida Reunion. John was very much at peace and was ready to go home and be with ‘The Lord”. The funeral arrangements are as follows;
Viewing and services took place on July 8th and 9th with burial at Bushnell National Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the missions at First Baptist Church in the name of John Celia. Condolences can be sent to John’s wife Betty Celia, 11459 Stoneybrook Path, Port Richey, FL 34668. Betty's email is BLUKNT.NY@VERIZON.NET . You can view John’s obituary and post condolences on the Funeral Home web page. http://www.prevattfuneralhome.com/obit.php Click on John's name to see obituary.
Our deepest condolences and sympahties to the Caputo and Celia families. May Joe and John rest in peace.
June 25, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. JACK COTTONE (late notice)
This was sent from Lou Hollander as received from 2nd VP Harry Hassler:
Jane Cottone, wife of Ret. P.O. Jack Cottone, passed away on April 21, 2014. Jack’s email address is email@example.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cottone family. May Jane rest in peace.
June 21, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. GEORGE RAMIREZ
We received the following sad news from Ret. P.O. Anthony Ramirez, brother of Ret. P.O. George Ramirez. Anthony received the sad news while at the Florida Reunion.
Nydia Ramirez, wife of Ret. P.O. George Ramirez, and sister-in-law of Ret. P.O. Anthony Ramirez, passed away on Friday morning, June 20th, after a long battle with a brain tumor.
Viewing and funeral services took place on June 23rd to 25th.
Condolences may be sent to George at 25 Rhoda Ave., Haverstraw NY 10927-1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ramirez family. May Nydia rest in peace.
June 17, 2014 RET. DET. NATHAN EDWARDS
Received from Lou Hollander and Obituary information was received from Gene Robinson email@example.com
NATHAN EDWARDS 4/27/1944 – 6/14/2014
Nate and I were in the same class, 3/10/69, and briefly worked together in District 1. He was a very soft spoken guy and a gentleman. May he rest in peace.
We are extremely saddened to inform you of the passing of Retired Detective 2nd Grade Nathan Edwards on Saturday, June 14, 2014, following a long illness. Nate was 70 years old at the time of his passing. He was appointed to the Transit Police Department on March 10, 1969 and retired on January 28, 1990.
Viewing and services took place on June 19th and 20th in Greenville, SC.
Cards and notes of condolence can be sent to Nate's wife Deborah at 1213 Frankie Corbin Road, Greenville, NC 27834 Information received from Claude Pierre and George Young
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Edwards family. May Nate rest in peace.
June 8, 2014 RET. CHIEF HILLEL J. VALENTINE
We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander, Charlie McCray and Henry Manley.
RET. CHIEF HILLEL VALENTINE 8/22/1925 – 6/3/2014
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am deeply saddened to report the death of Chief Hillel J. Valentine, Retired. Hillel passed in his sleep on Tuesday, June 2, 2014 at 1235 hours.
Services were held on June 12 and 13th.
Kindly keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers,
Henry S. Manley
Chief Valentine was appointed to the NYCTPD 5/19/1959. He retired 8/22/1988. You can view obituary and sign guestbook on the Funeral Home Web Page http://www.granbysfuneralservice.com/ Condolences can be emailed to Chief Valentine’s daughter Leslie Valentine Jernigan Leslierj@aol.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Valentine family. May Hillel rest in peace.
June 1, 2014 PAST EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER RET. P.O. PATRICK COLLINS
The following information was given us byLou Hollander, Pres. Ed Russo and Ret. P.O. Bobby Forrester:
4/17/1941 - 5/31/2014
The photo above was taken at the 2011 Florida Reunion.
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member and Past Executive Board member, Ret. P.O. Patrick Collins. Paddy passed away on Saturday, May 31st with his wife, Dottie, family and friends at his side. He was 73 years old and had been very ill the past year.
Pat was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired April 1, 1986. He was also a Past President of the Transit Police Emerald Society.
From Lou: It saddens me to inform you of the passing of my longtime friend “Paddy” Collins. Pat was a Legend within the Transit Police Department and the Transit Police Emerald Society. I believe he was one of the early pioneers of the Emerald Society. He was also a PBA Delegate for many years and was a board officer in a number of positions within the Retiree’s Association. He always kept his ties with the Transit Police attending many of the function that was held after the merge. He and Frank Wakely started the first R.O.M.E.O Luncheon in South Florida, West Palm Beach. I was blessed to have spent a few hours with Paddy this past March 11th at one of these luncheons, never even giving it a thought that this would be the last time I would see him. I will miss seeing him at the NY Thanksgiving Celebration at Antun’s, The Florida Reunions which he attended almost every year for the past 18 years. I will miss you, my friend. You are at rest now and will suffer no more. My condolences to Paddy’s wife Dottie, sons Steve, Kevin and daughter Sharon and the Collins family. Paddy lost a year long fight to pancreatic cancer. Funeral home web page http://www.manganofh.com/obituaries/ Guest book can be signed.
Funeral services and Mass took place on June 2-3 and 4th
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Dottie, at 1144 Reilly Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706-2637
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Collins family. May Paddy rest in peace.
May 24, 2014 RET. P.O. ALAN FELDMAN (late notice) and THE WIFE OF THE LATE RET. LT. ALVARO DALTON
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
RET. P.O. ALAN FELDMAN 12/19/1935 - 5/14/2014
Ret. P.O. Alan Feldman passed away on May 14th, 2014. Alan was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired January 2, 1986. Services were held in Boynton Beach,FL Condolences may be sent to his widow, Barbara at 12100 LaVita Way, Boynton Beach FL, 33437
From Lou Hollander as received form Gene Robinson:
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Dorothy Dalton, widow of the late Ret. Lt. Alvaro Dalton. Teh dalton family had a service in New York on May 21st and took her remains to Statesville, NC the next day. Services wereheld on Saturday, May 24th.
The ashes of Lt. Dalton will be placed in her coffin.
The information was forwarded to Gene by Dorothy's son, Larnell, John McBarnette and Charles McCray.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Feldman and Dalton families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
May 14, 2014 RET. P.O. JOSEPH TUFF and A EULOGY FOR ARTIE WAGER
From Lou Hollander:
RET.P.0. JOSEPH (JOSTLING JOE) TUFF 4/22/1942 – 5/11/2014
I am saddened to inform you of this Obituary I received from Paul Casey firstname.lastname@example.org . Joe Tuff was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. February 15, 1966 and worked in District 4, I believe, his whole career until he retired on April 12, 1999. Joe was a “Legend” in the Transit PD. He was a good guy. “May he rest in peace”.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 15th. Arrangements include cremation.
RESPONSE FROM TOM MORIARTY AFTER THE PASSING OF ARTIE WAGER
“PO ARTIE WAGER, REST IN PEACE”
Let me tell you a story about Artie who passed away on May 9th.
On the night that the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968, I relieved Artie Wager at the 135th Street Station on the "AA" Line in Harlem. Artie and I walked to the street as he was to take the S/B "AA" to make a meal relief down the line. On the street, Artie and I saw a gang of angry "yoots" throwing Molotov cocktails at a building at the corner of 135th Street and 7th Avenue. We saw the explosions. Without any chatter, Artie ran toward the fire. I ran to the token booth phone and called 3333. I had to explain why I called 3333, which I did. No. It is not on my post. No. It is not on TA property. No. There is no damage to TA Property, but please call the NYPD and the NYFD because they are throwing Molotov cocktails. I actually had to explain to the lad what a cocktail was. It took some time, but that was the way it was. (No cell phones guys.) His final words to me were: "Don't leave your post!" I raced down to Seventh Avenue. Artie was nowhere in sight. There were some elderly people standing around while the "yoots" were still ranting and smashing windows. I asked them if they saw an officer. One man told me there was an officer in the building "who woke me up." I ran to the building and Artie appeared with people in toe. He looked exhausted. He had rapped on every door of the 5 or 6 floor walkup to alert the people of fire.
By dawn, the entire area was smoldering. There was a TPF cop on every corner and the Fire Department was doing what they do best, watering the smoldering.
Artie Wager almost got an "OP8" for failure to make a meal relief, and I almost got an "OP 8" for using profane language and leaving my post. Chief Opara, I believe, squashed them.
Artie Wager was a great Cop and a Great Man. Now that's the rest of the story.
May 11, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARTHUR WAGER and RET. P.O. EDWARD WYNNE
From Lou Hollander:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARTHUR WAGER 1/22/1939 – 5/9/2014
I received this obituary information from Jerry Dowling email@example.comArtie was appointed to the NYCTPD June 1, 1966 and retired October 1, 1981. Condolences can be sent to Arties brother Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org and his sons, Arthur and James at 34 Day Road, Campbell Hall NY 10916
Lou, I received a call from Artie's family that he passed away peacefully at hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla. this morning, May 9th. He was assigned to District#3 his entire career. He was a member of the Orange County Shields, FOP and NYCRTPOA. He was a US Army veteran 1957-1960. He will be cremated and there will not be any service. His remains will be interned at Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, N.Y. Art is survived by his son's Arthur, James and companion Pat Cregan.
RET. P.0. EDWARD WYNNE 3/3/1947-5/8/2014
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Eddie Wynne. I had the honor and pleasure of working with Eddie in the early days of CWAC and briefly in the Court Unit. Ed was a great guy, always had a smile on his face or laughing. He was a member of the Transit Police Bag Pipe band and most recently the NY Shields Pipe band. The information below was received from Steve Goldenberg.
I'm very sad to report the passing of Ed Wynne on 5/8/2014 died after a battle with lung cancer. The wake was on Monday, May 12, with a Funeral Mass on May 13.
We lost a good guy, Louie. Steve Goldenberg
Our condolences and sympathies to the Wager and Wynne families. May Arthur and Edward rest in peace.
May 2, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RAYMOND PECORARO and WIFE OF RET. SGT. GAETANO "GUY" GLIAMAS
From Lou Hollander:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Ray Pecoraro on April 29, 2014, at the age of 75 years. Ray was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1967 and retired July 15, 1987.
Funeral services were held on April 30 and May 1st with a Funeral Mass and burial on Staten Island on May 2nd.
Condolences may be sent to Ray's wife, Loretta, at 62 Reid Ave., Staten Island NY 10305-3621
We received the following sad news when Guy sent in his dues:
Ret. Sgt. Gaetano "Guy" Gliamas sadly informed us of the passing of his wife, Loretta, on February 22, 2014. They had been married 45 years.
Condolences may be sent to Guy at 32 Broadway, Niantic CT 06357
Our condolences and sympathies to the Pecoraro and Gliamas families on the passing of their loved ones. May they rest in peace.
April 13, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. JAMES TAYLOR
From Gen Robinson and Lou Hollander:
It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of Barbara Taylor, wife of Retired Transit Police Officer James Taylor, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 following a long illness.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 Rosewood Chapel, The Taylor Family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the cancer association of your choice.
Cards and expressions of condolences can be sent to Jim at 3509 Criollo Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or emailed to James4693@cox.net
Please keep Jim and the Taylor family in your thoughts and prayers.
Information received on April 9, 2014
Sincerely, Gene Robinson
Our condolences and sympathies to the Taylor family. May Barbara rest in peace.
April 6, 2014 RET. P.O. ISMAELE (JOHN) ZERBINI
I regret to report that my old partner in D34 Roll Call unit, Ret. P.O. John Zerbini, passed away this morning after a long illness at the age of 77 years. I am thankful that I got to see John the day before in the nursing home he had been in the past 3-4 years.
John was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21,1965 and retired October 1,1985. He mostly worked in District 34. I met John when I worked 8Ps in 34A in 1969 and have been friends since. He always had a big smile on his face and a good joke to tell. May he rest in peace.
Funeral services took place on April 8th and 9th.
Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Sheila, at 718-605-0028 or 249 Ramona Ave, Staten Island NY 10312-2718
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Zerbini family. May John rest in peace.
March 10, 2014 SISTER OF RET. P.O. WILLIAM SORRENTINO STEP-MOTHER OF RET. SGT. WILLIAM McMILLEN SISTER OF RET. P.O. PETER PALAMARO
From Lou Hollander:
Phyllis Marie "Melody" Sorrentino, sister of
Ret. P.O. William Sorrentino
Memorial Services and Funeral Mass took place on March 14-15.:
Carol McMillen - Step-Mother of Ret. Sgt. William McMillen
On behalf of President Joe McGarry and the Board of FOP Lodge 317, I regret to announce the passing of Carol McMillen, step-mother of Sergeant William "Bill" McMillen (NYCTPD Class of October 1981, NYPD Retired), Executive Board Member (Vice-President) of FOP Lodge 317.
Viewing and funeral services took place on March 11th and 12th. Respectfully, John Moakley, VP Lodge 317
To all our NYC Police Retirees and extended families. It is with much sorrow that I report the death of Marion Simone, sister of our brother, Ret. P.O. Pete Palamaro. Marion had been sick for quite some time. Our deepest sorrow is extended to Pete, Amelia and the entire family.
Our deepest condolences to the Sorrentino, McMillen, Simone and Palamaro families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
It is with profound sadness that I inform you that our friend and colleague, Ret. Capt. Colin P. Bolger, passed away on Tuesday, March 4th, at Staten Island University Hospital after battling congestive heart failure. Colin was 72 years of age.
Colin was appointed to the New York City Transit Police Department on November 28th, 1967 and retired in the rank of Captain on January 18th, 1996. He was widely well respected, one of the smartest members of the department, and one of the most selfless gentlemen that I have ever met. Colin was an adviser, trainer and mentor to so many young officers who relied on his guidance to help them succeed in the Department. He was a trusted and effective supervisor. He was personally responsible for the advancement of so many careers, mine included, by giving of himself to help us study for promotional exams. There are so many of us that are forever grateful to Colin for his instruction, guidance, and overall benevolence.
Services were held on March 8 and 9th with a Funeral Mass on March 10th
The Bolger family request in lieu of flowers to please send a donation to The American Cancer Society in Colin’s name.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Bolger families. May Colin rest in peace.
March 3, 2014 RET. P.O. JOHN SPURRELL
From Lou Hollander, Richie Weaver and Frank Crisa
RET. PO. JOHN SPURRELLL 12/21/1941 - 3/1/2014
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. John Spurell, on Saturday, March 1st, at the age of 72 years. He was appointed June 1, 1966 and retired July 1, 1986. He was assigned to District 34.
Visiting will be at John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, 28 Eltingville Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10312 (718) 356-6363
Viewing took place on March 4th and 5th with a Funeral Mass and burial on March
Though the obituary printed in The Staten Island Advance states John was retired from the NYPD, John was always a Transit Cop.
Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Donna, at 452 Ridgewood Ave., Staten Island NY 10312-2120
Our deepest condolences to the Spurrell family. May John rest in peace.
Frank Crisa, Richie Weaver and I had the pleasure of working with John in District 34, "The Well," and always found him to be a gentleman in all respects. - Tony
February 20, 2014 WIFE OF RET. SGT. DAVID KOLMAN
On Tuesday, Feb 10, 2014, my wife, MARIANN, aged 78, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre from cancer. We were married just over 58 years.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014
Retired Sgt. Dave Kolman
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Dave and his family. May Mariann rest in peace.
February 9, 2014 RET. P.O. ROBERT BOWLES (late notice)
We recently received a dues mailing envelope return from the Post Office marked "No forwarding address" and turned it over to our helpful assistant, Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen. Unfortunately, Bill's findings were not good.
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Robert Bowles, on August 24, 2012, at the age of 67 years. Robert's last known address was in Conyers, GA. with his wife, Ruth. Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired on December 16, 1986. We have no other informatoin.
If anyone has any information as to the current address or phone number of Ruth Bowles, please contact us.
February 5, 2014 RET. P.O. WILLIAM WALKER
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. William Walker on January 27th, at the age of 65 years. William was appointed to the Transit Police on November 23, 1970 and retired on August 15, 1986. He resided in Springfield Gardens, NY.
There were no funeral arrangement details given by the family.
January 23, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JAMES McGEE RET. P.O. ALEX GILCHRIST (updated) and SISTER OF RET. P.O. GEORGE YOUNG
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Sgt. James McGee on January 16, 2014 at the age of 95 years. James was appointed to the Transit Police on January 1, 1950 and retired January 1, 1982.
Funeral services were held on January 20th with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 21st.
May James rest in peace.
Edna L. Young, sister of member, Ret. Sgt. George Young, passed away on January 14th at the age of 90 years.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, January 22nd Bethel AME Church 819 Woodrow Street Columbia SC 29205 (803) 779-0135
Condolences may be sent to: GEORGE YOUNG 4232 SHANNAMARA DRIVE MATHEWS, NC 28104
HOME PHONE : (704)882-6505 CELL PHONE: (704) 770-8581
It is with extreme and profound sadness that I advise you of the passing of my friend, (Ret. P.O.) Alex Gilchrist. Alex passed away on Saturday, January 18th at the age of 69 years after a month long illness. I was able to spend some time with Alex today and his condition had deteriorated drastically in the past week.
Alex was appointed to the Transit Police on February 16, 1966 and retired on February 21, 1986
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, January 26th.
The Gilchrist family would like to thank all for the calls and notes of sympathy and asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Alex's name to the Guardian Foundation, 626 Elton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208 or to the American Heart Association.
On an equally sad note, Alex's brother, Leroy Gilchrist, is in Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and has been declared 'brain dead' by the attending physicians. Roy, who now resides in Dallas, Georgia, came to New York to help care for and support Alex. Roy, a recent kidney transplant recipient, fell ill shortly after arriving in N.Y. and was taken to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack and stroke. He is now totally unresponsive.
I will give more information on Roy as it becomes available.
Please keep the Gilchrist family in your prayers.
Sorrowfully Submitted, Gene Robinson
Our deepest condolences to the McGee, Young, and Gilchrist families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
January 16, 2014 SON OF RET. SGT. JAMES ALLEN
We received the following from Lou Hollander and Gene Robinson as received from Cliff Rice
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you of the passing of Anthony H. Allen, son of Retired Sergeant James Allen, on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Viewing took place on Friday January 17, 2014. Please keep Jimmy and Patricia & Family in your prayers.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Allen family. May Anthony rest in peace.