LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM STILL 4-26-23 to 11-29-16
Bro. Bill Troupe called this morning with the sad information that one of our most senior members, William Still, had passed on November 29, 2016, in Florida where he lived with his daughter. William would have been 94 this April. Bill was notified by a neighbor who had called his daughter. He was brought back to New York and buried beside his wife.
Just to let you know, Bro. Still had not attended a meeting in many years because of his mobility. He was an avid supporter of our retirees organization and especially the foundation.
Bill was appointed to the Transit Police on October 21, 1961 and retired January 4, 1982
May he rest in peace.
Be well Charles
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Still family. May Bill rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Lt. Gene Tortora. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with Gene in the late 70’s – early 80’s in District 4. Gene was a real nice guy; always seem to have a smile on his face. Everyone liked Gene. He had many friends within the district. Many years passed since I had seen Gene. The last few years I would run into him at the NY Reunion in November at Antun’s. I did see him at the NY reunion this past November where we sat and talked for awhile. I am so glad I had that opportunity to sit with him, because that would be the last time I would ever see Gene. You’ll never know when you will see a friend for the last time. My condolences to the Tortora family. “Rest in peace, my friend”
Gene was apointed to the Transit Police on October 1, 1973 and retired from NYPD on June 16, 2004
Funeral services were held on February 2n3 & 3rd.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Tortora family. May Gene rest in peace.
January 29, 2017 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. LAWRENCE DEL PRIORE (late notice) RET. LTs. JOHN ROWLAND and DON ROWLEY RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN and RET. P.O. LEONARD CRAWFORD
Information received from Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen after mail was returned by Post Office
Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Lawrence DelPriore passed away on February 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years while living in Shoreham, NY. He was appointed to the Transit Police on July 6, 1964 and retired June 30, 1980.
Ret. Lt John Rowland passed away on January 26th. He was appointed to the NYCTPD 1/27/88. At the time of the merge he was a Sgt in TPF. John also worked in Districts 2, and retired from Counter Terrorism TF. He was a great boss.
Funeral services took place on January 29th to the 31st
RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN 10/29/1958 – 1/17/17
Obituary information sent to Lou Hollander from Michelle Kemp
Regretfully I report the passing of Det Claude Kellman on Tuesday 1/17/2017. Claude was appointed to NYCTPD 7/18/1984. Det. Kellman retired from Brooklyn Special Victims 8/1/2004. He worked in District 30, 32 Transit Squad.
Services took place on January 21st.
RET. LT. DON ROWLEY 6/23/1939 – 1/17/2017
Information sent to Lou Hollander from Louie Cruz.
This is a tough one. Don was like family. May God bless Don (rest in peace) & his family as they cope with their loss. Always, Louis A. Cruz, Det. Ret.
Ret. Lt. Don Rowley was appointed to the NYCTPD 6/21/65 and retired 10/11/1986. I knew Don in the mid 70’s when we worked in CWAC. Don was promoted to Sgt. while in CWAC. He was always a gentleman. Condolences can be sent to Don’s daughter Anne Rowley 111 Putnam Rd. Garrison, NY 10524. May he rest in peace!
Lou, Yesterday Lenny Crawford passed away. He was hired to TPD July 1986 and retired July 2006 (I know he worked in D20). After retirement, he was diagnosed with ALS (I don't know what year he was diagnosed). I have not seen any funeral arrangements as of yet. Here is an old PBA fundraiser link that gives some information about Lenny; https://www.nycpba.org/10-13/crawford.html Gail
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of our departed fellow officers. May they rest in peace.
January 18, 2017 RET. P.O. BILLY WHITE AND RET. P.O. RAFAEL GARAYUA (late notices)
Lou Hollander received the information below from Michelle StromerLIDOKY@aol.com and after doing some research found out the dates of death for both officers. May Billy & Ralph Rest In Peace.
RET. PO BILLY WHITE 10/5/1960 – 3/10/2016
RET. PO RAFAEL “RALPH” GARAYUA DOB UNKNOWN – 10/10/2016
A friend of mine, Rafael (Ralph) Garayua passed away recently--October or November of 2016. It's like pulling teeth to get information on his passing.
We worked together in D-20. His last unit was Queens Task Force, I believe. I heard he fell down the stairs into a sliding glass door and slit his throat and bled out before help could reach him. He would have been 53 this past December. I'm still in shock and sad over his death.
Another co-worker from D-20 is rumored to have died last year from cancer--Billy White.
I did A/C with both of them at one time or another. Very sad. I don't think I saw either one of them listed in the newsletter.
Our deepest condolences to the White & Garayua families. May the departed rest in peace.
January 14, 2017 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. PETER AROM and THE SISTER OF THE LATE RET. DET. CLARENCE SURGEON and RET. SGT. JAMES ATHENAS
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. PO PETER AROM 1/28/36 - 1/11/17
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Peter Arom on January 11th at the age of 80 years. Peter was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired December 5, 1988.
Funeral services were held on January 15th with burial on the 16th.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter Mary Pat Guthy, 31 Rugby St., Brentwood NY 11717-1827
We sadly inform you of the passing of Gloria Surgeon. Gloria passed on Friday, January 6th She was the older sister to Ret. Det. Clarence Surgeon, (deceased)
The Street where Clarence lived, Rochester Ave. between Fulton and Herkimer, is now named after Clarence.
Services took place on January 20th.
Condolences may be sent to: Deborah Perry 191-41 115th Ave. St. Albans, NY 11412 718 479-7841
Diane Scope 2807 Spring Breeze Way Monroe, NC 28110 917 753-0660
Information received from Vinnie Servedio and Pete Cardelena
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. Sgt. James Athenas on January 11th at the age of 70 years. James was appointed to teh Transit Police on February 22, 1971 and retired March 19, 1990.
Funeral services were held on January 15 & 16th with a Funeral Mass & burial on the 17th.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the St. Jude Children's Hospital
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Arom, Surgeon, and Athena families. May the departed rest in peace.
January 6, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. P.O.s GENE LAMBERT AND THOMAS BARRETT (updated)
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. GENE LAMBERT 4/10/1935 TO 1/4/2017
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Gene Lambert on January 4th at the age of 81 years. Gene was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired September 3, 1981. His last assignment was District 34.
Services were held on January 8th to the 10th.Condolences may be sent to his wife, Rose, at 53 Isabella Drive, Manchester Township NJ 08759-6042
We received the following from Ret. Lt. Mark Lipira and Ret. Sgt. Walter Nunns
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. THOMAS W. BARRETT 9/28/1940 TO 1/6/2017
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Thomas Barrett on Friday, January 6th, at the age of 76 years. Tom was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired on January 13, 1986. His last assignment was in Applications Investigation Unit. His remains were cremated.
A Memorial service was held on January 12th and a Funeral Mass on the 13th.
Tom worked with many of his fellow Transit Police officers at St. Francis Hospital where he passed away. He will be dearly missed.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Sabina, at 41 Frances Lane, Massapequa Park NY 11762-3717
January 3, 2017 WIFE OF RETIRED SGT. NORMAN THOMAS
Tony, I hate being the bearer of bad news, but I saw on the Transit Police Facebook page, Gail Imhauser posted that Ret. TPO John W.Kadel, formerly of D-34 TPF,C/U,and then D-34 after the merge, passed away, he lost the fight to cancer. The family asked that everything be private. He died on 12/08/16, and Cussimano's on W.6th St. has a Memorial Page for him. No further info.
I don't know if you worked with John in D-34. He was appointed 07/16 - or 07/18/1984, went to the C/U in August 1985; then around March/April 1996, after the Merge, and the dissolving of the C/U,went back to D-34. I don't know when he retired. I worked with him in TPF-34, and the C/U. He was only 57 yrs.old, may he RIP,no more suffering.
Be Well, LOU M.
I was working District Traffic Squad when John was working TFU so we hardly saw each other in passing. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Kadel family. May John rest in peace. - Tony
I am saddened to inform you of the sudden death of Ret. Sgt. Tommy McDonnell. Tommy was appointed to the NYCTPD on June 21, 1965 and retired Aiugust 1, 1984. Tommy was an active member of the NYC Transit Police Emerald Society and the Emerald Society Pipe Band where he served as Pipe Major for a period of time. He work in the O/U. I have been in contact with Tommy’s wife, Lynn, who informed me that Tom will be cremated. There will be a visitation on Sunday 12/11/16 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM. A memorial service will be at 2:30 PM at Clymers Funeral Home 39 Old Kings RD. N. Palm Coast 32137. Condolences can be sent to Tom’s wife Lynn & family at 39 Paver Lane, Palm Coast FL 32137
The above photo was taken at the 2013 Florida Reunion, where Tom and Lynn would often attend. We will miss seeing him. May he rest in peace! You can sign the Funeral Home guestbook and view the obituary at http://tinyurl.com/z2eodfh I worked with Tommy in the O/U back in the late '60s on the Records Desk and then he partnered with Kevin Barry and started a lifetime career in the Manual Revision Unit. May he rest in peace - Tony
My most sincere condolences to Lee and his family. Condolences can be sent to Lee at LeeWinters@verizon.net or cards can be sent to Lee at 650 SHORE RD. #6S LONG BEACH, NY 11561. “May Mary Lynn Rest in Peace in the arms of Jesus.” You can sign Guest Book on Funeral Home web page http://tinyurl.com/h2uvveu
My daughter, Mary Lynn Winters, died Saturday Nov. 5, 2016, 47 years old of natural causes.
The wake took place on November 8th with a funeral mass on the 9th followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.
Be well, Lee
Brothers and Sisters, I posted this on Facebook but many of you are not on Facebook, so I post it here as well.
Don't take the presence of anyone close to you for granted. BE with them every day. Listen to them, hear their laughter.
Be well, Lee
My daughter, Mary Lynn Winters died Saturday, Nov. 5. She was 47. We all have traits that become iconic to those who know us. Mary Lynn’s was her spirit, exemplified by her exuberant laughter. I wrote a blog post about her spirit, her enthusiasm in the weary winter of 2014. The post was about a springtime long ago, 1983, when she was in the springtime of her life. I hear her laughter now as I write these words. I will always hear her laughter.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Winters family. May Mary Lynn rest in peace.
October 30, 2016 RET. P.O. RICHARD NORDT (late posting)
It is with a sad heart that I send the news of P.O. Richard Nordt's passing. He was assigned to District 12 in the Bronx. He is survived by his three adoring children, Christine, Kim and Rich Jr. as well as many loving grandchildren. His kind heart and unselfish nature will be missed by all who knew him.
Richard was appointed to NYCTPD 11/28/67 and retired 7/3/87. You can sign Funeral Home Guest Book at http://tinyurl.com/hgn44p2 May Richard rest in peace.
Services were held on October 29th in Carmel NY
October 23, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. PATRICK WHALEN (late posting)
RET. DET. PATRICK J. WHALEN 11/30/1929 – 10/13/2016
We regret to inofrm our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Det. Patrick Whalen on October 13th at the age of 86 years old. Patrick was appoinbted to the Transit Police on May 18, 1955 and retired December 19, 1975.
Viewing took place on October 17th & 18th with a Funeral Mass and burial on October 19th.
October 13, 2016 RET. SGT. CHARLES MILTON (late posting) RET. P.O. HERBERT SMITH RET. P.O. JAMES COHEN Sr.
Ret. Sgt. Charles Milton was appointed to the Transit Police on November 28,1967 and retired November 14, 1990
Funeral services took place on October 12th
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and his wife, Fran.
RET. PO. HERBERT SMITH
10/5/1948 - 10/5/2016
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Association member, Ret. P.O. Herbie Smith, formally of District 4. Herbie was appointed to the NYCTP Department on July 8, 1971 and retired on March 2, 1993.
The funeral information below was received from Bill Kiernan firstname.lastname@example.org . “May Herb rest in peace”
Condolences can be sent to the Smith family at 10680 Angel Dreams Ave, Las Vegas NV 89144
Viewing was held on October 17th & 18th with burial on the 20th.
THANK YOU FROM PEGGY O’CALLAGHAN
Jerry’s wife, Peggy, wants to say thank all the guys & gals in blue for your condolences, support, mass cards, flowers and well wishes. She requested a special thank you to go to Bob & Fran Forrester and Joe McGarry for their help along the way.
Louie, I was hoping I could send you something HAPPY but unfortunately I have to report the death of Evelyn's oldest brother, Milton Bogolub due to various medical problems. He retired as full Colonel from the U.S. Army. He is known as a mustang in that is he enlisted at age 17 and went through all the ranks. He was 86 when he passed in New Jersey and had spent over 40 years in service to his country.
The family had a memorial service for him but because he wanted a full military honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery where his wife is already buried, his actual burial will not take place until Dec.15th, sadly to say because of the backlog of funerals . Evelyn will be sitting Shiva Sept.21,22,23 and 25. She does not sit Shiva on Saturday during the day. She will be sitting in our home at 1053 Exeter C Boca Raton Florida.33434.
I received the below DIF information from Tony Ramirez. Condolences can be sent to Tony at Tony684@hvc.rr.com or 763 PEENPOCH TRAIL SPARROWBUSH NY 12780. May Yvonne Rest in peace.
Sad news - my wife Yvonne passed away this morning (Sept. 15th) at 4:50AM. Thanks for all the prayers from my brother and sister members. Below are the funeral arrangements for Yvonne:
Funeral services took place on September 18th and a funeral mass on the 19th.
FORMER P.O. CHARLES “CHARLIE” HERMAN 1/31/1953 - 9/15/2016
I am saddened to inform you of the passing Charlie Herman due to a motorcycle accident on September 10th 2016. Charlie was appointed to the NYCTP Department on 9/23/74. He resigned IN 1987 from the department later to take a job in New Hampshire. Charlie and his wife Cindie have been fixtures at the Florida Reunion since 2007. When Charlie learned I was giving up hosting the reunion he told me that he would like to be on the reunion committee to help keep the reunion alive. Cindie requested that in lieu of flowers, donation in Charlie’s name be made to NYC PBA Widows and Children’s Fund, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, 125 Broad St New York NY 10004-2400. Condolences can be sent to Cindie (Cynthia) at 916 NW 8th PL Cape Coral, FL 33993 or email email@example.com . May Charlie Rest in peace.
Below is the email I received from Cindi.
Lou....I had sent two prior emails to you. I guess they did not get to you. Charlie passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15th, just before 3pm. The Chaplain came to get me and within 3 minutes of my taking his hand, he was gone. Though not intending to be present when he left us, our daughter, Amy and two of his sons, David and Michael and his sister, Kathy were with me. They all came in to say their last goodbyes and planned to leave the room so Charlie and I could share some quiet time together. But, as we all know, Charlie did things in his own way, on his own terms and loved to be the center of attention at any gathering. He died as he lived. He was happy the day of the accident.....we had made the decision to put our house, here in SW Florida, on the market and to buy property in central Georgia so that we could grow old together surrounded by animals....a small Gentleman’s Farm, if you will. Horses, etc. When he left to go riding, we had just picked out a couple of homes we liked, told each other we loved the other, and out the door he went. We had just celebrated out 25th anniversary in July. While we had always planned a trip to Sweden for that milestone, finances prevented us from doing so. He got me a new saddle for my horse, instead. Quite the opposite of a trip, I shall cherish that darn saddle for the rest of my days..... I am sure that not many people knew that Charlie was an atheist and wanted nothing done in the way of any service or celebration of life. He had requested that we put him in a Waste Mgmt. container and let the truck just haul him away. I am honoring most his wishes....the last is illegal. He is being cremated. I am going to order a NYC Police beer stein to put his ashes in and next spring as all of Mother Earth comes back in living color, I will return with him to Manhattan and spread most of him at One Police Plaza. I will announce when this is be done and anyone wishing to share the moment with us will be welcome. The Transit Unit and NYC Police meant everything to him.....I can't think of any other place he would rather spend eternity. When I receive the Medical Examiners report, I will share with you the cause of his death, if there is an explanation for it. He died at the scene, but due to law, the EMS had to attempt to revive him, not knowing how long his body had been deprived of oxygen. My heart breaks for you...having to be the one who continually receives and shares these sad events. I had rec'd several emails from fellow officers the day you sent out notice of his accident. I have yet to respond as I am still trying to catch my breath. I will begin that process after his sister heads back to NY tomorrow morning. No, I have not heard from Joe McGarry...no hurry or worries. He must be shaken by all of the recent tragic news, as well.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ramirez and Herman families. May the dear deaprted rest in peace.
September 13, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JEREMIAH (JERRY) O'CALLAGHAN (updated)
It is with heavy heart I inform you of the passing of my friend Jerry O’Callaghan who passed away after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. Jerry was a legend within the Transit Police Dept and the NYC Transit Police Emerald Society. He was known as one of the “Three Musketeers” of the Emerald Society. Jerry will now reunite with the other 2 Musketeers in heaven, Matty Walsh and Paddy Collins.
What a reunion that will be! Jerry was a great guy, a gentleman and was liked by everyone. I was a proud member of the Emerald Society up until the time of my retirement in June 1989. Matty Walsh started The Granit weekends once a year, which was continued every year by all the Emerald presidents’ until the Granit closed. That didn’t stop them from having weekend get a ways. The fun weekends continued at various hotels in the Catskills. I never missed a St Paddy’s Day parade or the party that followed. It is fair to say Jerry was one of the pioneers of the Emerald Society and he served them well. I have had many a good time in the company of Jerry, Matty and Paddy. Many, many occasions we have hoisted a few together and shared many laughs. Just last March I attended a R.O.M.E.O luncheon in West Palm Beach and was with Jerry. After the luncheon, Jerry, Jack McCarthy, Louie Shanley, Woody and I found out way to the bar and had a great time telling “war stories” and laughing. It was always nice seeing Jerry at the NY Reunions at Antun’s in November. “Rest in Peace My Friend”
Bobby Forrester also called us with the sad news that Jerrypassed away yesterday, September 12th at the age of 76 years. Jerry had been very sick these past few weeks and was in Calvary Hospital hospice at the time of his death. His fellow retirees recently visited Jerry while he was a patient at St. Francis Hospital a few weeks ago.
Jerry was appointed to the Transit Police on March 2, 1967 and retired November 1, 1991.
Funeral services were held on the 15th and a funeral mass and burial on the 16th.
Please keep Jerry's wife, Peggy, in your prayers. Condolences may be sent to her at 9-15 166th St.Apt 2C, Whitestone NY 11357
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the O'Callaghan family. May Jerry rest in peace.
September 10, 2016 RET. P.O. THOMAS MORAN (late posting)
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my dad, Jose Angel Negron, on August 12th, he was 91. He drove an ambulance for the City of New York out of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. My dad loved Transit cops and knew many of our officers especially those out of Districts 12 and 11. He is now with my mom who preceded him twenty years ago. Funeral Mass will be on August 27th at 10:30 am in Saint Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Tampa. He will be buried in Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.
Condolences can be sent to Noel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9610 Sweet Ivy Dr. Tampa FL 33647. May he Rest in Peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Negron family. May Jose rest in peace.
July 28, 2016 RET. P.O. DAVID MANTILLA WIFE OF RET. P.O. JOHN SANDROWSKY and RET. DET. SAMUEL COHEN
RET. P.O. DAVID “THE BLADE MANTILLA 4/19/1966 – 7/21/2016
Dave was appointed to the NYCTPD 7/11/88 and retired from NYPD after the merge. Dave worked in District 1 and Vandals. May he RIP
Services took place on July 28th and 29th.
WIFE OF JOHN SANDROWSKY
I am not sure what email addresses work anymore. Maybe you can help. My wife, Jane Sandrowsky, passed away yesterday 7/26/16 after a 13 year battle with CLL a form of Leukemia . She always liked the bag pipes. Can you please send me a contact that might be able to help with that. I know the notification is a bit short. Yes I know I have not made the reunions. With Jane being extremely sick these past years, it has been tough.
I have been informed by Bill Loperfido that retired Det. Sam Cohen passed away after suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Sam’s wife Patricia “Pat” is also a retired Det. Condolences can be sent to Pat at 1501 Ocean Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712. The above photo was taken at the 2003 Florida Reunion. Both Pat and Sam attended the banquet at the 2013 reunion, when Sam won the Mega drawing of more than $1100.00. May Sam “Rest In Peace”
Services took place on Sunday, July 24th in Ocean NJ
Our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased above. May they rest in peace.
RET. LT. PATRICK “PATTY” FENNELL 3/23/1959 – 7/17/2016
It is with heavy heart I post this obituary. Patty was one of the best! He left us too early. Patty was appointed to the NYCTPD 10/20/81 and retired from NYPD in 2001. He fought cancer for a long time but he couldn’t beat it. My condolences to Linda and his family. “Rest in peace my friend”
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Fennell family. May Patty rest in peace.
July 17, 2016 RET. PO ROBERT ( BOBBY) DESIO (late posting)
From Lou Hollander: I received this obituary information from Dorothy Aiello, wife of Jeff Aiello May Bobby RIP.
RET. PO ROBERT ( BOBBY) DESIO JULY 12, 2016
To Robert's friends,
As many of you may know, our dad has been battling cancer for the past two years. Yesterday, he passed away at the age of 59. We thank our family and friends for their love and support throughout this journey.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the Sallustino and Fasolino families. May Loretta rest in peace.
July 5, 2016 RET. P.O. ROBERT BUSCH LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. WILLIAM (BILL) BLAZEJEWICZ (late notice) LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MICHAEL CONNOLLY (late posting)
We received the following sad news from Recording Secty. Bob Valentino:
RETIRED POLICE OFFICER ROBERT BUSCH
4/25/1963 - 7/2/2016
I profoundly regret to inform you of the passing of Retired Police Officer Robert Busch on July 2, 2016 at the age of 53 years. Robert (Bob) was appointed to the New York City Transit Police on 07/28/83 and retired on 02/20/1991.
Viewing will be on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Michael J. Grant Funeral Home 571 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood, New York 11717 (631)273-4443
A mass will be held on Friday July 8, 2016 at 9:45am at Saint Anne’s R.C. Church located at 88 2nd Avenue, Brentwood, New York 11717 (631) 273-8113.
Condolences may be sent to his wife Ann Busch at 241 Claywood Drive, Brentwood N.Y. 11717.
Robert was a giant of a man respected by everyone who knew him. He was a terrific bowler with an average of 210 and Bob will be missed by so many.Deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Busch family and may Robert rest in peace.
We received the following from Bill's son, Jack Blazejewicz:
Lifetime Member Retired Sgt. William P. Blazejewicz 5/16/1938 to 6/22/2016
With sadness, I would to inform you of the recent passing of my father, Retired Sgt. William P. Blazejewicz on June 22, 2016. He worked out of the Communications Unit on Jay Street for many years before he retired in the mid 1980’s. He passed after a very short battle with an aggressive form of leukemia.
Bill was appointed to the Transit Police on September 3, 1963 and retired
January 17, 1986
Ret. Insp. Stan Reiter sent the following to Lou Hollander:
Dear Louis, Can you please post the following for me; Re Bill Blazewicz. I was fortunate to work with Bill in the old Dist 35 at Ave X in the 1960s. Actually we were in the same squad. We had many memorable nights working the layup trains on the weekends. Always on the lookout for Lt. Quinn. He was a great squad partner and will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his family. Stan Reiter. Inspector (Retired, TPD)
From President Ed Russo:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MICHAEL CONNOLLY 12/25/1936 to 6/24/2016
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Michael Connolly on June 24th at the age of 79 years. Mike was appointed to theTransit Police on April 13, 1965 and retired on July 23, 1983. He last worked in District 20.
Our deepest condolences to the Busch, Blazejewicz and Connolly families. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.
June 21, 2016 RET. P.O. THOMAS YOB and RET. DET. JAMES DIGGINS (late notice)
From Lou Hollander through NYPD notifications:
RET. PO THOMAS YOB 6/19/1930 - 6/18/2016
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Thomas Yob on June 18th at the age of 86 years. Tom was appointed to teh Transit Police on January 14, 1963 and retired January 24, 1986. He served most of his career in District 5, 35 and 34, finishing up in the Canine Unit.
Viewing and funeral services took place on June 21st and 22nd on Staten
I worked with Tommy in District 34 for many years where he was a "legend" in his own time. - Tony
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Yob and Diggins families. May the departed rest in peace.
June 4, 2016 RET. P.O. MELVIN JONES and RET. P.O. JOHN MILLS (late notices)
Lou Hollander received these notices through NYPD Finest Messages:
RET. PO MELVIN JONES 9/12/1943 – 5/16/2016
Retired Police Officer Melvin Jones, formerly assisgned to NYC Transit PD, died on May 16, 2016. Melvin wa appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired August 3, 1977 Family services were held.
Next of kin: His daughter, Lisa Jones, 9-31 Armstrong Court, Greenwich CT 06830
RET. PO JOHN MILLS 5/23/2016
I briefly knew John from District 1. He was a real nice guy. He was the brother of Chief Charlie Mills. May John rest in Peace.
Retired Police Officer John Mills, formerly assigned to the NYC Transit Police Department, died on May 23, 2016. John was appointed to the Transit Police on October 1, 1973 and retired October 27, 1993.
Funeral services were held.
Next of kin: His wife, Marie Mills - 3549 Bluegrass Park Drive, Louisville KY 40218
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Jones and Mills families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
June 1, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. SGT. ALFRED SARLO and RET. P.O. LOUIS PISANO
We regret to inform our membes of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Alfred Sarlo on May 21st. Alfred was appointed to the Transit Police on January 3, 1950 and retired July 7, 1973.
Funeral services took place on May 24th with burial on May 25th.
P.O. LOUIS PISANO 5/14/1925 – 5/15/2016
This late obituary was received from Ret. D.I. John Ferrante
email@example.com John informed me that Louis passed away right after his 91st birthday. His actual date of death is unknown. Louis was appointed to the NYCTPD 1/9/50 and retired 7/1/76. The above photo was taken at the 1999 Florida reunion. My he rest in Peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Sarlo and Pisano families. May Al and Lou rest in peace.
May 25, 2016 RET. P.O. ROBERT SUMMERVILLE RET. P.O. WILLIAM BATES and RET. SGT. SEAN DORAN
Information received from Charles McCraycemccray@aol.com and Ret. P.O. John Foust
I sorrowfully inform you that Retired Police Officer Robert Summerville has passed. No details of his passing were made available to me at this time. There was no information given as to his date of birth or passing.
Services took place on May 24th and 25th with a Funeral Mass on the 26th.
RET. SGT.SEAN DORAN 6/21/1950 – 5/20/2016
I had the honor and privilege of working with Sean in the mid 70’s when we were assigned to FEU. He was the nicest guy you would ever want to meet.Always smiling had a great attitude and never let anything bother him.After FEU in 1977 0r 1978 all the special units were disbanded and we went back to uniform I went to Dist. 4 and don’t remember where he went.I head at one point he went to the NYPD police academy and I think he was promoted to Sgt there.I didn’t see Sean for about 30 years until he and his wife Katy attended the Florida Reunion in 2014.I feel very blessed that I was able to see a friend 1 more time before he passed.You never know when it is the last time you will see a friend.May Sean Rest in Peace.I received the note below from Sean’s wife Katy. Condolences can be sent to Kathleen Doran at 261 Moss Creek Dr. Hilton Head SC 29926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Katy is a very strong lady, keep her in prayer.
May 20, 2016
Dear family, friends, and neighbors, This seems like such an inappropriate way to communicate with you, yet with so many to tell, it's just easiest. Sean passed away this morning in a quiet, and peaceful, setting at Ogeechee Hospice in Georgia. I was with him and have been since he arrived on Tuesday. It seemed so right that it was just the two of us, as we have travelled so many of our 42 plus years together. All of you, in your own special way were an important part of his life, I can say that he truly loved his life and sharing it with you at family gatherings, work, golf, travel, weekend getaways, parties, sailing, book club, Rotary, dinners, football games, over the "back fence" , etc.I just read “everybody dies, but not everybody lives." Sean loved life, living it every day, planning for, then experiencing the next adventure. We were blessed with a wonderful life, nothing left undone or unsaid. No regrets, all we needed was more time. My life was infinitely better sharing it with Sean, he took me places, sometimes kicking and screaming, I never would have gone without him, skiing, sailing, trekking on glaciers, camping, fishing, hiking, and discovering my Irish Roots through him. Thank you all for your love, support and kindness over the last several weeks. Nothing prepares you for this, but family and friends can help ease the pain.
Bless you all, Katy
There was a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, May 24 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church , Hilton Head. A celebration of his life is being planned for some time in mid-June.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Summerville, Bates and Doran families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.
I received this obituary information from George Butler
POSSEPRIM@AOL.COM I remember Hollis from when I 1st came on the JOB. I use to run into him up in Dist. 3A when I had Train Patrol. For those who were around at that time but don’t remember him, He had a very small part in the movie “ The French Connection” He played the role of a Transit Cop on Train Patrol. He has a couple of small parts in other movies. Hollis retired 4/1/80 I don’t have an appointment date for him. “May he rest in peace.
I was informed by Walter Cherry, that retired Dist 3/3A member Hollis Granville passed away on Thursday, May 12th, 2016, after being ill for some time.
Services took place on May 17th and his body was flown to GA George
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Granville family. May Hollis rest in peace.
May 14, 2016 RET. SGT. JOHN BROWN and BROTHER OF RET. P.O. KEVIN HICKEY
I received this obituary information from Charlie Casey email@example.com . I have had the privilege to work with John when he was my Sgt. in CWPS . He was a top shelf boss, always has a smile on his face and was never negative about anything. John was appointed to NYCTP Dept. 10/4/1966 and retired 7/8/1988. My condolences to his wife DeNeal and the rest of his family. May John Rest in peace.
It is with profound and extreme sadness that we inform you of the passing of Retired Sergeant John L. Brown on Monday, May 9th following a long illness. John joined the Transit Police Department in 1966 and retired in 1988. John served in various commands and there were two comments that followed him throughout his career; a true gentleman and he always had a smile. John was a regular attendee of our reunions, continuing to attend despite his illness.
John's wife, DeNeal, informed Council of Retired Guardians President, Charles McCray, that there would not be a service at this time but that a memorial service will be held at a later date. DeNeal can be reached at (718) 342-2285
BROTHER OF RET. P.O. KEVIN HICKEY
Brian Hickey, age 78, brother of retired officer Kevin Hickey passed away after a prolonged illness. A memorial mass/service will be held Tuesday 5/17/2016 at St. Mary's Church, South Broadway, Yonkers N.Y. at 10:00 AM.
I received this information from Mike Bianco, Mush827@verizon.net Phil was appointed to the NYC Transit Police Dept. 10/21/81 and retired at sometime after the merge. May he rest in peace
Ret. Sgt. Phil Carollo passed on Mon., 5/2/2016. Phil had a stroke years ago and recently had another stroke, effecting the other side of his brain. Phil’s last command was Dist 23. The wake and Funeral Mass took place on May 4th & 5th. Thanks, Michael Bianco
Charles Messina, farther of Christine McIntyre passed away on 5/3/2016. Condolences can be sent to Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org May Charles Rest in Peace.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Carollo and Messina familes. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.
April 20, 2016 RET. SGT. JOSEPH CIOCIOLA and RET. P.O. JAMES FAUCI (late postings)
Ret. Sgt. Joseph Ciociola, formerly assigned to TD-23, died on April 10th, 2016 while living in Conway SC. He was appointed to the Transit Police on October 25, 1981 and retired from NYPD on October 26, 2001. I believe he worked in Districts 11 and 12 as a cop and in Communications and District 23 as a Sgt. May he rest in peace!
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Melanie, at 1262 Woodstork Drive, Conway SC 29526
The NYPD reported Ret. NYPD Sgt. Harry A. Escoda, father of Ret. P.O. Brian Escoda (appointed Transit 1982, retired NYPD 2002), passed away on March 20th in Naples, Florida. There was no information on services.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased. May their loved ones rest in peace.
March 20, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. LAWRENCE CELESTE
We sadly inform you of the death of Ret. Det. Joe Green who died from cancer on March 10th.
Unfortunately, this funeral information was received this morning and is extremely late.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, March 16th
The association does not have any details as to his dates of appointment and retirement.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Grren family. May Joe rest in peace.
March 14, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. JOHN CALLEJA (late notice)
Our thanks to Ret. Sgt. Lou Maresco email@example.com for sending this information:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. JOHN CALLEJA 1/1/1939 - 3/11/2016
Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. John Calleja passed away on Friday, March 11th, after a long battle with cancer. John was appointed to the Transit Police on August 1, 1966 and retired June 8, 1994. I worked with John when he was a P.O. in CWPS out of District 34. He loved smoking his cigars! May he rest in peace.
Services took place on March 12 & 13 with burial on Monday, March 14th.
Condolences may be sent to his wife Phyllis at 42 91st Street, Brooklyn NY 11209
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Calleja family.
Services took place on Friday, March 11th with burial in Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Irene at 160-25 75th Ave., Fresh Meadows NY 11366
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Wallace family. May Eugene rest in peace.
February 23, 2016 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. NICHOLAS TURNESE RET. P.O. RONALD FIGUEROA (late notices)
From Lou Hollander:
Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Nicholas Turnese passed away on February 1st, 2016, at the age of 81 years. Nick was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired on October 3, 1985. His last assignment was in Equipment and Supply on restricted duty.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lois, at 517 Madera Court, Belton, MO 64012 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
RET. PO RONALD FIGUEROA 7/22/1934 – 2/3/2016
Ronald was appointed to the NYC Transit PD 5/17/59 and retired 10/10/89. May he rest in peace!
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 took place on Sunday, February 7th 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 were held on February 9th
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
Funeral services took place on Wednesday January 27th..
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the McCaughan and Romeo families. May Harry and Vinny rest in peace.
January 23, 2016 MOTHER OF FORMER TPBA SECT'Y SUSAN TOPPER
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 email@example.com 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.
Services took place on January 22nd and 23rd.
Condolences may 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."
Services took place on February 1st and 2nd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.