August 15, 2019




August 15, 2019                 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. INSP. ANTHONY FARALDO and
                                                                     RET.   P.O.  JOSEPH SCELZA

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net and Bob Valentino RValent558@aol.com

11/20/1944 – 8/14/2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Inspector Tony Faraldo.
He passed away last night after a brief illness. Insp Faraldo was appointed to NYCTPD December 1,1965, and retired April 2, 1996.

Funeral arrangements:

Visitation at Moloney's Funeral Home 840 Wheeler Road Hauppauge, New York (631) 361-7500
on Saturday August 17 from 5pm to 9pm & Sunday August 18th from 2pm to 5pm & 7pm to 9pm

Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick's RC Church 280 East Main Street Smithtown, New York
on Monday August 19th at 10:30am

Tony was such a nice man who loved to play softball and loved to bowl. In his later years he was restricted by a unfortunate illness but was always upbeat and loved to travel. He started the Transit Police Bowling League back in 1996 and was a formidable bowler.

7/12/1942 – 8/14/2019

Information received from Andy Moschetto palmhawk@comcast.net 

Andy was informed by Joe's wife, Pat, that Joe had just passed away.  They have been living in Arizona for many years after he retired. He passed away several days after heart surgery.  Andy stated that Joe will be cremated, and a Celebration of life will held at a later date.

Joe was appointed to the NYCTPD 12/1/65 and retired 4/18/76.  He worked in District 22. The above photo of Joe was taken at the 2003 Florida Reunion.   May Joe “Rest in Peace”

Condolences may be sent to Joe's wife Patricia Scelza at 8992 W. Ruth Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Faraldo and Scelza families.  May Tony and Joe rest in peace.

August 13, 2019                                          RET. DET REUEL ARTHUR RHYMER and
                                                        RET. DET. JAMES McHUGH  (late postings)

Sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net  information was forwarded by George Butler POSSEPRIM@AOL.COM 

2/18/1952 – 8/7/2019

Ret. Det. Reuel Arthur Rhymer was appointed to NYCTPD 2/28/94.  May he “Rest in Peace”

12/12/1944 - 8/10/2019

Obituary information received from Bernie Jacobs bmjacobs99@aol.com

Ret. Det. 1st. Gr. James Joseph McHugh, passed away Saturday Aug. 10, 2019.
Jim joined the NYTP 2/15/1966, 5 days before his 21St birthday. He was a vibrant member of the department until the hostile take-over.
After retiring from the job, he went to work as a boss for Mike O'Connor at the 1st. Pct. BID where he worked for many years.

When he left the BID he relocated to Kent, Ct. where he became a gentleman farmer.

He and Det, Bernie Jacobs conceived, developed and ran the NYTP Crime Prevention Unit for 25 years. It was the first such program in any mass transit policing department nationwide.

Jimmy’s son Shawn is a Lt. with the NYPD and works Auto Theft in The Bronx.

Viewing was on August 13th.

Funeral Mass on Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00 AM
Holy Name of Jesus R.C. Church
245 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY

Interment: Kent Ct.

May Jimmy “Rest in Peace” Condolences can be left on the Funeral Home webpage - https://mclaughlinandsons.com/

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Rhymer and McHugh families. May the departed Rest in Peace.

August 9, 2019                                                        RET. SGT.  JEREMIAH HUNT

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

1/19/1969 – 8/7/2019

Ret. Sgt. Jeremiah Hunt was appointed to the Transit Police on Feb.28, 1994 and retired from NYPD on May 1. 2011. He was assigned to TP Districts 11 & 12, TD BQTF and IAB.

Funeral services took place on August 10th to the 12th.:

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hunt Family. May he Rest in Peace.

August 7, 2019                                                      RET.P.O. VICTOR CRACCHIOLO
                                                     LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOE CALDWELL
                                                                 RET. DET. PIERRE BAZIN  and
                                                      RET. P.O. ARGUSTA COXSON (late postings)

The following were sent out by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

9/18/38 – 7/28/2019

Lou received this obituary information from Bob Ballard HAWK726@aol.com who saw the obituary in the Staten Island Advance on August 7th 

Ret. P.O. Victor Cracchiolo was appointed to NYCTPD  June 1, 1967 and retired August 6, 1989.

Victor Cracchiolo, 80, of Concord, Staten Island, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. He will dearly be missed and his memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.
Victor is survived by his wife, Angie, sons, Stephen and wife, Teresa, Louis and wife, Evelyn, Paul, and his daughter, Susan. He had three grandchildren: Natalie, Olivia and Stephen. Surviving brothers are Frank and wife, Joanne, Michael and wife, Tess, and he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Anthony.
Victor was a retired New York City Transit Police Officer. He was a devoted Mets fan and enjoyed playing golf, reading and crossword puzzles.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

You can leave a condolence on Legacy.com by using this link. May Victor “Rest In Peace."

Received from Edward Branch 347-538-6532, myyhat@aol.com

6/5/1940 - 8/1/2019

Hi Lou,
My name is Ed Branch retired TD32. I’m informed by his brother Bennie Caldwell that Ret. P.O. Joseph Caldwell passed away August 01, 2019 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78 yrs. old. Joe retired from TD20 quite a while ago. I don’t know his appointment date, but I will try and get it. 

Aa memorial service was held on Saturday August 10, 2019

Joe was appointed to NYCTPD 4/13/65 and retired 10/12/85.  May Joe “Rest in Peace”

1/18/1960 – 8/2/2019

Received from John Heintz OUTBACKJON@AOL.COM

Ret. P.O. Pierre R. Bazin of Pompton Lakes, NJ (formerly of Weehawken, NJ) passed away on August 2, 2019 at Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, NY. He was 59 years old.

Pierre was appointed to NYCTPD  October 20, 1981 and retired October 10, 2001 as an NYPD Detective. He worked in the Bus Sqd. in the 80’s and Det. Div. Dist. 11.
Services took place on August 6th in Warwick NY

Condolences can be left on the Funeral Home Web Page https://www.lsvpmemorialhome.com/Obituary/4811/Pierre+R+Bazin

8/30/1937 - 7/28/2019

Ret. P.O. Argusta Coxson was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired April 25, 1982.

Services were held in Alabama. No further information available.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cracchiolo, Caldwell, Bazin and Coxson families. May the departed loved ones Rest in Peace. 

July 18, 2019                                                            RET. P.O. BOBBY MILLER

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net Obituary received from Richie Saunders cwousa@cfl.rr.com   


2/22/1940- 7/14/2019    

Ret. P.O. Bobby Miller passed away on July 14th, 2019, at the age of 79 years. Bobby was appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired August 19, 1987.

Funeral services:
Davis Funeral Home
901 South 5th Ave
Wilmington NC 28401

Services took place on July 19th.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Hazel and sons, Keith and Kevin Miller at 901-350-2659

You may view Bobby’s obituary and share your condolences on the Funeral Home web page https://www.davisfuneralhomenc.com/obituaries/Bobby-A-Miller?obId=5281068   May Bobby “Rest in Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Miller family. May Bobby rest in peace.

July 17, 2019                                                RET. P.O. JOHN MORALES (late posting)

Received from Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net through NYPD

9/25/1935 – 7/6/2019

Ret. P.O. John Morales passed away on July 6, 2019, at the age of 83 years. John was appointed to the Transit olice on March 21, 1965 and retired August 21, 1985.

Services took place on July 17th at Holy Rood Cemetery in westbury, NY

Our deepest condolences to the Morales family. May John rest in peace.

July 9, 2019                                                                   RET. P.O. AUSTIN NOONE

From Lou Hollander  keystonecop1@verizon.net

3/14/1936 – 7/5/2019

Services tookk place on July 9th & 10th

Austin was appointed to NYCTPD 4/1/1965, his retirement in 1985 or 1986 from Dist.12. I was informed by his daughter that he served in the US Marines from 1959 – 1964.  May Austin “Rest in Peace”

Condolences can be left on the Funeral Home web page https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-city-ny/austin-noone-8770850 Condolences can also be sent to Austin ‘s daughter Tara Noone tara.noone@hotmail.com

July 7, 2019                          RET. P.O. ANDREW LAMPKINS and RET. P. O. JACOB PARISEN            

From Lou Hollander  keystonecop1@verizon.net

8/25/1940 – 7/?/2019

Homegoing Service took place on July 9, 2019 followed by burial at Calverton National Military Cemetery


8/9/1931 – 6/24/2019

I have been informed by Ret. PO Mike Parisen that his father Jake passed away at home after a long illness.  Jake was appointed to the NYCTPD on 5/11/60 and retired on 5/13/80. 

Condolences can be sent to Jakes wife Viola Parisen, 66-24 77th PL Middle Village NY 11379.   May Jake “Rest In Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Lampkin and Parisen families. May the deceased rest in peace.

June 24, 2019                                            LIFE PARTNER OF RET. SGT. BEN PATTON

From Charles McCrae  cemcray@aol.com

We regretfully inform you of the passing of Ret. P.A.A. Veronica (Ronnie) Hunt. Veronica was Ben Patton's life-partner for the last forty plus years.

Services took place on July 12th

Condolences Can be sent to BEN PATTON.
                       192-51 Hollis Ave. Hollis, Queens 11423
                       Tele: 718 776-2589
                       email: ben2736@aol.com  
Be well

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hunt & Patton families. May Veronica rest in peace.

June 21, 2019                                                   WIFE OF RET. P.O. VIC ANNALORO

From Lou Hollander  keystonecop1@verizon.net  My condolences to Vic.


My wife of 52years, Genette Annaloro, died 6/14 of cancer. The most wonderful thing in my life is gone and I am devastated. It was her wish to be cremated and not have a service.

Condolences can be sent to Vic at VGA1966@aol.com

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Vic and his family on the passing of his wife. May she rest in peace.

June 10, 2019                                             RET. P.O. EMMANUEL "MANNY" SORGE

We received this sad news from Ret. Sgt. Les Isaacson fnisles@yahoo.com and Lou Hollander  keystonecop1@verizon.net

3/2/1937 - 6/9/2019

Ret. P.O. Emmanuel "Manny" Sorge passed away on Sunday, June 9th at the age of 82 years after battling cancer and Parkinson's disease. Manny, as he was known by his fellow officers, worked in District 34 for many years. Manny was appointed to the Transit Police on 3/2/67 and retired 11/24/89.

Funeral services were held on June 11th and 12th 

He is survived by his wife, Angela, their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Angela at nana_nurse_ang@msn.com

Our deepest condolences to Angela and the Sorge family. May Manny rest in peace.

May 31, 2019                        RET. P.O. AARON KELLEY and RET. P.O. AARON GUDEMA

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

7/31/1926 to 5/19/2019

I’ve been advised that Retired P.O. Aaron Kelley passed away on Sunday May 19, 2019 in Ocala, Florida according to information from his daughter, Yvette Kelley 718, 974-9566.

Services were held on May 28th with burial in Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell FL.

We received this notice from Michael Bianco mibianco847@gmail and Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net from NYPD

3/6/1938 – 5/28/2019

Retired Police Officer Aaron Gudema, formerly assigned to NYC Transit Police Dept, died on Tuesday 05-28-19. Aaron was appointed to the Transit Police on 06-21-65 and retired 01-24-86.

Funeral services took place on June 1st and 2nd

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Kelley and Gudema familes. May their deceased loved ones Rest in Peace.

May 22, 2019                                     LIFETIME MEMBER RET. CAPT. JOSEPH CANNON and
                                   SISTER OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. LEE WINTERS (late posting)

From Lou Hollander

7/5/1943 – 5/19/2019

Lifetime Member, Ret. Capt. Joseph Cannon, passed away on May 19th. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Joe was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired from NYPD after the merge on November 1, 1997.
Funeral services were held on May 23rd and 24th.:

Lou worked in Dist. 1 with Joe when he first got out of the academy and felt Joe was a real nice guy. I also worked with Joe when I came out of the Academy in April, 1966.

I agree with Lou that Joe was always a great fellow officer who always would help out us "Probies." May he Rest in Peace.- Tony 


Lorraine Winters, sister of Lifetime Member Ret. Det. Lee Winters passed away on April 9th. Lee sent his blog to Lou, with a very sad story of his sister's illness and her fight to regain her health.

Brothers and Sisters,

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I haven’t been myself this long, long, winter night. I wrote a blog post about it.
I experienced a family event that some of you may relate to. Others may learn a thing or two. In any event, I sincerely wish you well in dealing with this unpredictable life that gets even more unpredictable as we move into these more tenuous years.


Be well,

Our deepest condolences to the Cannon and Winters families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.

May 15, 2019                                               LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MITCHELL FRIAR

1/12/1941 - 5/6/2019

We received this sad news from Mitchell's daughter, Kim.

Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Mitchell Friar, passed away on May 6th at the age of 78 years after a long illness. He had been living in Maryland with his daughter at the time of his death.

Mitch was appointed to the Transit Police on March 2, 1967 and retired March 7, 1987. We don't know what his last assignment was.

A Celebration of Life is planned in the near future and will be posted here when the information is received.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his daughter, Kim, and the Friar family. May Mitch rest in peace.

May 5, 2019                                      WIFE OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. FRANK McCABE

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Kathy McCabe, wife of Lifetime Member Ret. PO Frank McCabe passed away April 27th .  I just got the funeral information.

Kathy was buried on Monday, May 6 at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1900 Buchanan Blvd, Boulder City, Nevada 89005. .

 If anyone wants to make donation to Alzheimer's in Kathy's name, he would appreciate it. 

Condolences can be sent Frank's address is 112 Mauve Street, Henderson, NV 89012, or email  cocacolacowboy@cox.net

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Frank and the McCabe family. May Kathy rest in peace.

April 29, 2019                                          RET. P.O. PAUL HOLOBINKA (late posting) and
                                               UPDATE FOR MASS FOR RET. LT. STEPHEN BUATTI

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

7/26/1956 - 4/6/2019

Retired PO Paul G.Holobinka #2565 passed away suddenly at his residence on Saturday 04/06/19.

Paul - affectionately known as 'The Bink' - was appointed to the NYC Transit Police Department on 01/29/82. Paul retired from a LOD injury on 02-22-93, after spending most of his career in Dist.03.

Paul is survived by his loving wife Carol, and his daughter Nicole.

Those who knew Paul have fond memories of a fun loving enjoyable fellow who loved life, valued friendship, and loved the camaraderie from his fellow officers.  He will be sorely missed.

Condolences can be sent to Carol Holobinka, 102 Pine Valley Lane, West End NC 27376 - or via email to Cholobinka@gmail.com

Services  were held on April 13th followed by cremation.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Holobinka family. May Paul rest in peace.

From Lou Hollander as received from Steve's son, Vinny vbuatti310@aol.com


A Funeral Mass was celebrated on May 20th

April 19, 2019                          LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. AUGUST "GUS" FRERKS

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net and NYPD

7/18/1939 – 4/17/2019

Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. August "Gus" Frerks, passed away on April 17th, 2019, at the age of 80 years. Gus was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired on July 15, 1985.

Funeral Services: There will be no viewing.

A Memorial ceremony took place on Monday, April 22nd with burial at the Calverton National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Joanne, at 910 Round Swamp Rd,  Old Bethpage NY 11804-1149

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Frerks family. May Gus rest in peace. Several Transit retirees had the pleasure of working with Gus in the St. Francis Hospital Security Department.

April 11. 2019                                                          RET. LT. STEPHEN BUATTI (updated) and
                                                                        RET. P.O. ALAN DEBNAM

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net :

8/15/1952 – 4/9/2019

I have been informed that Steve suffered a serious stroke several days before his passing in The Villages, FL.  I was told by Joe McGarry that Steve was cremated and that a future memorial service will be held in July.

Steve was appointed to the NYCTP 10/1/1973 and retired from NYPD.  I believe he worked in District One as a PO, Sgt & Lt.  After the merge, he retired from the NYPD on 4/20/1996. The above photo was sent to me by Charlie Rodriguez.

A funeral mass took place on April 20th with internment in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery,

Obituary information by Lou received from George Butler

1//6/1946 – 4/5/2019

I'm sad to report the passing of Ret. P.O. Alan C. Debnam. Alan worked in District 3 and RDU. Alan was appointed to the NYCTPD 7/8/71.  His retirement date is unavaible

Services took place on Saturday, April 13th

You can sign his guestbook on the Funeral Home Web page https://www.beachfuneralservices.com/notices/Alan-DebnamSr

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Buatti and Debnam families. May their loved ones rest in peace.

April 9, 2019                                     LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN BENEVENTANO and
                                                                    RET. P.O. EDWARD HANUS 

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net :


1/23/1941 – 3/31/2019

I have been informed by Margaret Beneventano that her husband Joe had passed after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was cremated and a “Celebration of his life” took place on April 11th.

They would have been married 30 years in May.  Margaret also told me that Joe did 10 years as a Deputy in Charlotte SC.  Condolences can be sent to Joe’s wife Margaret at marbenev53@gmail.com May Joe “Rest in Peace

1/4/1947 – 4/6/2019

Ed Hanus and Bob Davan 

Lou received this obituary information from Hugh Lennon eps805@msn.com
Hi Louie,
Sad news. Eddie Hanus, who worked in District 3, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Services took place on April 9th and 10th
Eddie and Bob Daven’s picture was on the Retired Officer’s Membership Card several years ago. Eddie is in the foreground looking away.

Thanks Louie,
Hughie Lennon
Also received from Bobby Davan Davanclan@aol.com
Hi Louie,
FYI, another retired MOS passes. Eddie Hanus, age 72, who worked almost his entire career in Dist. 3, died on Saturday, April 6. 

He came on in 1970 and retired in the mid-90s. He later served as the Director of Security at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County. He is survived by his son and 3 daughters. He wife, Ann, died about 2 1/2 years ago. He lived in Stoney Point, NY for last 44 years and grew up in the south Bronx.
Bobby Davan
Eddie was appointed to the NYCTPD 3/21/70 and retired 7/2/92.  May Eddie “Rest in Peace” with his wife Ann. 

Condolences and photos can be posted on Funeral Home web page

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Beneventano and Hanus families. May Joe and Ed rest in peace.

October 19, 2018                            ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDWARD "EDDIE" RUSSO

8/5/1939 – 10/19/2018

The NYC Retired Transit Police Officers Association Executive Board is extremely saddened to inform our members and friends of the passing of our President Ed Russo at 3 AM this morning, October 19th, at the age of 79 years.

Ed had been in hospice for cancer the past several weeks, fully aware of the inevitable outcome. He had many visitors who came to wish him well and trying to boost his spirits. Ed was unique in his own way and loved the association dearly, spending numerous hours either on the phone or the computer. He will be dearly missed.

Ed was appointed to the Transit Police on 5/13/65 and retired 7/4/86 Rest in Peace our very good and dear friend. First VP Mike Lanning will now assume the office of President of the association.

Services took place on October 21st and 22nd.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Russo family. To our dear friend, Eddie, may you “Rest in Peace”