We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Robert Elser on July 10th at the age of 72 years at his residence in Prudence Island, RI. Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired on an accidental disability on January 28, 1974.
Viewing took place on July 17th in Monroe NY with services and cremation on July 18th.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Pauline, at 87 Warner Ave, Prudence Island RI 02872
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Elser family. May he rest in peace.
I received a phone call from Robin Becker, (Retired Lt. TPD/ NYPD) on July 10th. She's been taking care of her mother who had been suffering with dementia. I just want to pass along some information on her passing & services to follow. Robin's mother's name is Sally Becker. There was a one day viewing at Sinai Chapels, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY, 11365 Phone # 718-445-0300 www.JewishFunerals.Com followed by a weeklong Shiva to be held at Robin's brother's house: Larry Becker, resides at 84-67 252nd Street Bellrose, NY 11428 Phone # 718-347-6219
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Becker family. May Sally rest in peace.
July 6, 2014 RET. P.O. JOSEPH CAPUTO and LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN CELIA
We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander:
Received this obituary information from Janis Wood.
You may have received this notification already. I got a call from Bill McNaughton (we worked together in K9) that P.O. Joseph "Joe" Caputo, who also worked with us, passed away. He worked as a K9 handler & trainer; he started out in District 3 prior to that.
Services took place on June 29 and 30th with burial on July 1st.
Joe was appointed to the NYCTPD 3/1/64. May Joe rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret P.O. John Celia. John was appointed to the NYCTPD on August 1, 1966 and retired November 17, 1981. He worked in District 34 and 30. Fred Mack and I met with John just a few days in his home while he was in Hospice care. Although he was in a lot of pain, he asked about guys on the job that attended the last Florida Reunion. John was very much at peace and was ready to go home and be with ‘The Lord”. The funeral arrangements are as follows;
VIEWING Prevatt Funeral Home 7709 SR 52 Hudson FL 34667 727-863-3700
Wednesday July 9th at 10:00 AM at 1st Baptist Church of New Port Richey,
INTERNMENT following Services, John will be buried at Bushnell National Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the missions at First Baptist Church in the name of John Celia. Condolences can be sent to John’s wife Betty Celia, 11459 Stoneybrook Path, Port Richey, FL 34668. Betty's email is BLUKNT.NY@VERIZON.NET . You can view John’s obituary and post condolences on the Funeral Home web page. http://www.prevattfuneralhome.com/obit.php Click on John's name to see obituary.
Our deepest condolences and sympahties to the Caputo and Celia families. May Joe and John rest in peace.
June 25, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. JACK COTTONE (late notice)
This was sent from Lou Hollander as received from 2nd VP Harry Hassler:
Jane Cottone, wife of Ret. P.O. Jack Cottone, passed away on April 21, 2014. Jack’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cottone family. May Jane rest in peace.
June 21, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. GEORGE RAMIREZ
We received the following sad news from Ret. P.O. Anthony Ramirez, brother of Ret. P.O. George Ramirez. Anthony received the sad news while at the Florida Reunion.
Nydia Ramirez, wife of Ret. P.O. George Ramirez, and sister-in-law of Ret. P.O. Anthony Ramirez, passed away on Friday morning, June 20th, after a long battle with a brain tumor.
Viewing will take place on Monday and Tuesday, June 23-24 at McGowan's Funeral Home, 173 Broadway, Haverstraw NY from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 25th, at St. Mary's Church, 46 Conklin Ave., Haverstraw NY.
Condolences may be sent to George at 25 Rhoda Ave., Haverstraw NY 10927-1007 or email@example.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ramirez family. May Nydia rest in peace.
June 17, 2014 RET. DET. NATHAN EDWARDS
Received from Lou Hollander and Obituary information was received from Gene Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
NATHAN EDWARDS 4/27/1944 – 6/14/2014
Nate and I were in the same class, 3/10/69, and briefly worked together in District 1. He was a very soft spoken guy and a gentleman. May he rest in peace.
We are extremely saddened to inform you of the passing of Retired Detective 2nd Grade Nathan Edwards on Saturday, June 14, 2014, following a long illness. Nate was 70 years old at the time of his passing. He was appointed to the Transit Police Department on March 10, 1969 and retired on January 28, 1990.
SERVICES: Wake: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Funeral Service: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM Both wake and funeral service will be held at:
Holly Hills Free Baptist Church 755 Porter Road Greenville, North Carolina 27834 (252) 752-8610
Cards and notes of condolence can be sent to Nate's wife Deborah at 1213 Frankie Corbin Road, Greenville, NC 27834 Information received from Claude Pierre and George Young
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Edwards family. May Nate rest in peace.
June 8, 2014 RET. CHIEF HILLEL J. VALENTINE
We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander, Charlie McCray and Henry Manley.
RET. CHIEF HILLEL VALENTINE 8/22/1925 – 6/3/2014
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am deeply saddened to report the death of Chief Hillel J. Valentine, Retired. Hillel passed in his sleep on Tuesday, June 2, 2014 at 1235 hours.
Services were held on June 12 and 13th.
Kindly keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers,
Henry S. Manley
Chief Valentine was appointed to the NYCTPD 5/19/1959. He retired 8/22/1988. You can view obituary and sign guestbook on the Funeral Home Web Page http://www.granbysfuneralservice.com/ Condolences can be emailed to Chief Valentine’s daughter Leslie Valentine Jernigan Leslierj@aol.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Valentine family. May Hillel rest in peace.
June 1, 2014 PAST EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER RET. P.O. PATRICK COLLINS
The following information was given us byLou Hollander, Pres. Ed Russo and Ret. P.O. Bobby Forrester:
4/17/1941 - 5/31/2014
The photo above was taken at the 2011 Florida Reunion.
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member and Past Executive Board member, Ret. P.O. Patrick Collins. Paddy passed away on Saturday, May 31st with his wife, Dottie, family and friends at his side. He was 73 years old and had been very ill the past year.
Pat was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired April 1, 1986. He was also a Past President of the Transit Police Emerald Society.
From Lou: It saddens me to inform you of the passing of my longtime friend “Paddy” Collins. Pat was a Legend within the Transit Police Department and the Transit Police Emerald Society. I believe he was one of the early pioneers of the Emerald Society. He was also a PBA Delegate for many years and was a board officer in a number of positions within the Retiree’s Association. He always kept his ties with the Transit Police attending many of the function that was held after the merge. He and Frank Wakely started the first R.O.M.E.O Luncheon in South Florida, West Palm Beach. I was blessed to have spent a few hours with Paddy this past March 11th at one of these luncheons, never even giving it a thought that this would be the last time I would see him. I will miss seeing him at the NY Thanksgiving Celebration at Antun’s, The Florida Reunions which he attended almost every year for the past 18 years. I will miss you, my friend. You are at rest now and will suffer no more. My condolences to Paddy’s wife Dottie, sons Steve, Kevin and daughter Sharon and the Collins family. Paddy lost a year long fight to pancreatic cancer. Funeral home web page http://www.manganofh.com/obituaries/ Guest book can be signed.
Funeral services and Mass took place on June 2-3 and 4th
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Dottie, at 1144 Reilly Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706-2637
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Collins family. May Paddy rest in peace.
May 24, 2014 RET. P.O. ALAN FELDMAN (late notice) and THE WIFE OF THE LATE RET. LT. ALVARO DALTON
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
RET. P.O. ALAN FELDMAN 12/19/1935 - 5/14/2014
Ret. P.O. Alan Feldman passed away on May 14th, 2014. Alan was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired January 2, 1986. Services were held in Boynton Beach,FL Condolences may be sent to his widow, Barbara at 12100 LaVita Way, Boynton Beach FL, 33437
From Lou Hollander as received form Gene Robinson:
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Dorothy Dalton, widow of the late Ret. Lt. Alvaro Dalton. Teh dalton family had a service in New York on May 21st and took her remains to Statesville, NC the next day. Services wereheld on Saturday, May 24th.
The ashes of Lt. Dalton will be placed in her coffin.
The information was forwarded to Gene by Dorothy's son, Larnell, John McBarnette and Charles McCray.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Feldman and Dalton families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
May 14, 2014 RET. P.O. JOSEPH TUFF and A EULOGY FOR ARTIE WAGER
From Lou Hollander:
RET.P.0. JOSEPH (JOSTLING JOE) TUFF 4/22/1942 – 5/11/2014
I am saddened to inform you of this Obituary I received from Paul Casey email@example.com . Joe Tuff was appointed to the NYCTP Dept. February 15, 1966 and worked in District 4, I believe, his whole career until he retired on April 12, 1999. Joe was a “Legend” in the Transit PD. He was a good guy. “May he rest in peace”.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 15th. Arrangements include cremation.
RESPONSE FROM TOM MORIARTY AFTER THE PASSING OF ARTIE WAGER
“PO ARTIE WAGER, REST IN PEACE”
Let me tell you a story about Artie who passed away on May 9th.
On the night that the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968, I relieved Artie Wager at the 135th Street Station on the "AA" Line in Harlem. Artie and I walked to the street as he was to take the S/B "AA" to make a meal relief down the line. On the street, Artie and I saw a gang of angry "yoots" throwing Molotov cocktails at a building at the corner of 135th Street and 7th Avenue. We saw the explosions. Without any chatter, Artie ran toward the fire. I ran to the token booth phone and called 3333. I had to explain why I called 3333, which I did. No. It is not on my post. No. It is not on TA property. No. There is no damage to TA Property, but please call the NYPD and the NYFD because they are throwing Molotov cocktails. I actually had to explain to the lad what a cocktail was. It took some time, but that was the way it was. (No cell phones guys.) His final words to me were: "Don't leave your post!" I raced down to Seventh Avenue. Artie was nowhere in sight. There were some elderly people standing around while the "yoots" were still ranting and smashing windows. I asked them if they saw an officer. One man told me there was an officer in the building "who woke me up." I ran to the building and Artie appeared with people in toe. He looked exhausted. He had rapped on every door of the 5 or 6 floor walkup to alert the people of fire.
By dawn, the entire area was smoldering. There was a TPF cop on every corner and the Fire Department was doing what they do best, watering the smoldering.
Artie Wager almost got an "OP8" for failure to make a meal relief, and I almost got an "OP 8" for using profane language and leaving my post. Chief Opara, I believe, squashed them.
Artie Wager was a great Cop and a Great Man. Now that's the rest of the story.
May 11, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARTHUR WAGER and RET. P.O. EDWARD WYNNE
From Lou Hollander:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARTHUR WAGER 1/22/1939 – 5/9/2014
Artie was appointed to the NYCTPD June 1, 1966 and retired October 1, 1981. Condolences can be sent to Arties brother Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org and his sons, Arthur and James at 34 Day Road, Campbell Hall NY 10916
Lou, I received a call from Artie's family that he passed away peacefully at hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla. this morning, May 9th. He was assigned to District#3 his entire career. He was a member of the Orange County Shields, FOP and NYCRTPOA. He was a US Army veteran 1957-1960. He will be cremated and there will not be any service. His remains will be interned at Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, N.Y. Art is survived by his son's Arthur, James and companion Pat Cregan.
RET. P.0. EDWARD WYNNE 3/3/1947-5/8/2014
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Eddie Wynne. I had the honor and pleasure of working with Eddie in the early days of CWAC and briefly in the Court Unit. Ed was a great guy, always had a smile on his face or laughing. He was a member of the Transit Police Bag Pipe band and most recently the NY Shields Pipe band. The information below was received from Steve Goldenberg.
I'm very sad to report the passing of Ed Wynne on 5/8/2014 died after a battle with lung cancer. The wake was on Monday, May 12, with a Funeral Mass on May 13.
We lost a good guy, Louie. Steve Goldenberg
Our condolences and sympathies to the Wager and Wynne families. May Arthur and Edward rest in peace.
May 2, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RAYMOND PECORARO and WIFE OF RET. SGT. GAETANO "GUY" GLIAMAS
From Lou Hollander:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Ray Pecoraro on April 29, 2014, at the age of 75 years. Ray was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1967 and retired July 15, 1987.
Funeral services were held on April 30 and May 1st with a Funeral Mass and burial on Staten Island on May 2nd.
Condolences may be sent to Ray's wife, Loretta, at 62 Reid Ave., Staten Island NY 10305-3621
We received the following sad news when Guy sent in his dues:
Ret. Sgt. Gaetano "Guy" Gliamas sadly informed us of the passing of his wife, Loretta, on February 22, 2014. They had been married 45 years.
Condolences may be sent to Guy at 32 Broadway, Niantic CT 06357
Our condolences and sympathies to the Pecoraro and Gliamas families on the passing of their loved ones. May they rest in peace.
April 13, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. JAMES TAYLOR
From Gen Robinson and Lou Hollander:
It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of Barbara Taylor, wife of Retired Transit Police Officer James Taylor, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 following a long illness.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 Rosewood Chapel, The Taylor Family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the cancer association of your choice.
Cards and expressions of condolences can be sent to Jim at 3509 Criollo Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or emailed to James4693@cox.net
Please keep Jim and the Taylor family in your thoughts and prayers.
Information received on April 9, 2014
Sincerely, Gene Robinson
Our condolences and sympathies to the Taylor family. May Barbara rest in peace.
April 6, 2014 RET. P.O. ISMAELE (JOHN) ZERBINI
I regret to report that my old partner in D34 Roll Call unit, Ret. P.O. John Zerbini, passed away this morning after a long illness at the age of 77 years. I am thankful that I got to see John the day before in the nursing home he had been in the past 3-4 years.
John was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21,1965 and retired October 1,1985. He mostly worked in District 34. I met John when I worked 8Ps in 34A in 1969 and have been friends since. He always had a big smile on his face and a good joke to tell. May he rest in peace.
Funeral services took place on April 8th and 9th.
Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Sheila, at 718-605-0028 or 249 Ramona Ave, Staten Island NY 10312-2718
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Zerbini family. May John rest in peace.
March 10, 2014 SISTER OF RET. P.O. WILLIAM SORRENTINO STEP-MOTHER OF RET. SGT. WILLIAM McMILLEN SISTER OF RET. P.O. PETER PALAMARO
From Lou Hollander:
Phyllis Marie "Melody" Sorrentino, sister of
Ret. P.O. William Sorrentino
Memorial Service: Friday, 14 March 2014 Time: 7:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. Location: Aievoli & Son Funeral Home, 1275 65 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (off 12th Avenue)
Memorial Mass: Saturday, 15 March 2014 Time: 08:30 AM Location: St. Dominick's Roman Catholic Church, 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204 (This is the church Phyllis used to sing at)
Interment Immediately following the mass: Time: 11-11:30 Location: Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 2030 Wellwood Av, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Carol McMillen - Step-Mother of Ret. Sgt. William McMillen
On behalf of President Joe McGarry and the Board of FOP Lodge 317, I regret to announce the passing of Carol McMillen, step-mother of Sergeant William "Bill" McMillen (NYCTPD Class of October 1981, NYPD Retired), Executive Board Member (Vice-President) of FOP Lodge 317.
Viewing will be at Ruland Funeral Home, 500 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772 on TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014, from 2 PM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM. A service will be held at the funeral home the following morning, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. No further information is available.
To all our NYC Police Retirees and extended families. It is with much sorrow that I report the death of Marion Simone, sister of our brother, (Ret. P.O.) Pete Palamaro. Marion had been sick for quite some time. Our deepest sorrow is extended to Pete, Amelia and the entire family.
Our deepest condolences to the Sorrentino, McMillen, Simone and Palamaro families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
It is with profound sadness that I inform you that our friend and colleague, Ret. Capt. Colin P. Bolger, passed away on Tuesday, March 4th, at Staten Island University Hospital after battling congestive heart failure. Colin was 72 years of age.
Colin was appointed to the New York City Transit Police Department on November 28th, 1967 and retired in the rank of Captain on January 18th, 1996. He was widely well respected, one of the smartest members of the department, and one of the most selfless gentlemen that I have ever met. Colin was an adviser, trainer and mentor to so many young officers who relied on his guidance to help them succeed in the Department. He was a trusted and effective supervisor. He was personally responsible for the advancement of so many careers, mine included, by giving of himself to help us study for promotional exams. There are so many of us that are forever grateful to Colin for his instruction, guidance, and overall benevolence.
Services were held on March 8 and 9th with a Funeral Mass on March 10th
The Bolger family request in lieu of flowers to please send a donation to The American Cancer Society in Colin’s name.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Bolger families. May Colin rest in peace.
March 3, 2014 RET. P.O. JOHN SPURRELL
From Lou Hollander, Richie Weaver and Frank Crisa
RET. PO. JOHN SPURRELLL 12/21/1941 - 3/1/2014
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. John Spurell, on Saturday, March 1st, at the age of 72 years. He was appointed June 1, 1966 and retired July 1, 1986. He was assigned to District 34.
Visiting will be at John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, 28 Eltingville Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10312 (718) 356-6363
Viewing took place on March 4th and 5th with a Funeral Mass and burial on March
Though the obituary printed in The Staten Island Advance states John was retired from the NYPD, John was always a Transit Cop.
Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Donna, at 452 Ridgewood Ave., Staten Island NY 10312-2120
Our deepest condolences to the Spurrell family. May John rest in peace.
Frank Crisa, Richie Weaver and I had the pleasure of working with John in District 34, "The Well," and always found him to be a gentleman in all respects. - Tony
February 20, 2014 WIFE OF RET. SGT. DAVID KOLMAN
On Tuesday, Feb 10, 2014, my wife, MARIANN, aged 78, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre from cancer. We were married just over 58 years.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014
Retired Sgt. Dave Kolman
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Dave and his family. May Mariann rest in peace.
February 9, 2014 RET. P.O. ROBERT BOWLES (late notice)
We recently received a dues mailing envelope return from the Post Office marked "No forwarding address" and turned it over to our helpful assistant, Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen. Unfortunately, Bill's findings were not good.
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Robert Bowles, on August 24, 2012, at the age of 67 years. Robert's last known address was in Conyers, GA. with his wife, Ruth. Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired on December 16, 1986. We have no other informatoin.
If anyone has any information as to the current address or phone number of Ruth Bowles, please contact us.
February 5, 2014 RET. P.O. WILLIAM WALKER
Our thanks to Lou Hollander for forwarding this information:
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. William Walker on January 27th, at the age of 65 years. William was appointed to the Transit Police on November 23, 1970 and retired on August 15, 1986. He resided in Springfield Gardens, NY.
There were no funeral arrangement details given by the family.
January 23, 2014 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JAMES McGEE RET. P.O. ALEX GILCHRIST (updated) and SISTER OF RET. P.O. GEORGE YOUNG
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Sgt. James McGee on January 16, 2014 at the age of 95 years. James was appointed to the Transit Police on January 1, 1950 and retired January 1, 1982.
Funeral services were held on January 20th with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 21st.
May James rest in peace.
Edna L. Young, sister of member, Ret. Sgt. George Young, passed away on January 14th at the age of 90 years.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, January 22nd Bethel AME Church 819 Woodrow Street Columbia SC 29205 (803) 779-0135
Condolences may be sent to: GEORGE YOUNG 4232 SHANNAMARA DRIVE MATHEWS, NC 28104
HOME PHONE : (704)882-6505 CELL PHONE: (704) 770-8581
It is with extreme and profound sadness that I advise you of the passing of my friend, (Ret. P.O.) Alex Gilchrist. Alex passed away on Saturday, January 18th at the age of 69 years after a month long illness. I was able to spend some time with Alex today and his condition had deteriorated drastically in the past week.
Alex was appointed to the Transit Police on February 16, 1966 and retired on February 21, 1986
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, January 26th.
The Gilchrist family would like to thank all for the calls and notes of sympathy and asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Alex's name to the Guardian Foundation, 626 Elton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208 or to the American Heart Association.
On an equally sad note, Alex's brother, Leroy Gilchrist, is in Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and has been declared 'brain dead' by the attending physicians. Roy, who now resides in Dallas, Georgia, came to New York to help care for and support Alex. Roy, a recent kidney transplant recipient, fell ill shortly after arriving in N.Y. and was taken to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack and stroke. He is now totally unresponsive.
I will give more information on Roy as it becomes available.
Please keep the Gilchrist family in your prayers.
Sorrowfully Submitted, Gene Robinson
Our deepest condolences to the McGee, Young, and Gilchrist families. May their loved ones rest in peace.
January 16, 2014 SON OF RET. SGT. JAMES ALLEN
We received the following from Lou Hollander and Gene Robinson as received from Cliff Rice
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you of the passing of Anthony H. Allen, son of Retired Sergeant James Allen, on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Viewing took place on Friday January 17, 2014. Please keep Jimmy and Patricia & Family in your prayers.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Allen family. May Anthony rest in peace.