I was informed by Dennis O’Brien that the funeral mass for Ret. Lt. Steve DiRienzo is scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM. It will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church located at 2 Floral Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11001. The main church is operating at 50% capacity. If additional space is needed, the lower church will also be made available, with the mass televised. This accommodation is being made because Steve was a Police Officer. Donations can be made in Memory of Steve to St Jude Hospital at www.StJude.org.
PLEASE - MASKS MUST BE WORN. No further information is available at this time.
July 5, 2020 RET. FORMER CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT GEORGE LATIMER and FATHER OF RET. SGT. LAURENCE LATIMER
RET. FORMER TPD CHIEF GEORGE LATIMER 3/10-1929 - 7/4/2020
With a heavy heart we report the passing of Ret. Former Chief of the Transit Police Department George Latimer on July 4th. George was 91 yrs. of age.
Chief Latimer was also the father of Ret. Sgt. Laurence Latimer. Laurence states that with the COVID guidelines, there will be no viewing but a memorial will be set for a later date.
Laurence sent this message out to Lou Hollander:
Just wanted to let you know that my Father's final tour with the NYCTPD ended today, July 4th, at 1453hrs. He took a fall yesterday at his assisted living apartment and was sent to the hospital. They had to put him on a ventilator and his organs started shutting down. He had told all of us that he didn't want to go out like that. So after my brother from Pennsylvania and I got to the hospital the ventilator was removed and he passed away at 1453hrs surrounded by his three sons, all retired PO's. My brother George Jr was taking care of him in Palm Coast. Due to COVID-19 issues, there will be no viewing or funeral. We will try to hold a Memorial
RET. LT. STEPHEN “STEVE” DI RIENZO 8/12/50 – 6/30/2020
Hello Louie, I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of (Ret. Lt.) Steve DiRienzo, today, June 30, 2020, after a short illness. Steve was 69 years old. He was appointed to the Transit Police Department in October of 1973. He retired on October 22, 1995 as a Lieutenant from the Vandals Squad. Steve also worked in Districts 4 and 1. At this time, there is no funeral information available. I will forward the information as soon as I receive it. May he Rest In Peace!
I had the pleasure of knowing Steve while I was assigned to Dist. 4 in CWPS. I had seen him often at the NY Reunion at Antun’s. The above photo was taken at the 2016 NY Reunion. He was a very nice and pleasant guy that was well liked by all. May he “Rest in Peace” - Lou
Alan said he received it from Dena Share, not sure if it is his wife or daughter. I know Howard was an avid Police shield collector and was living in Clemmons NC. He had been ill for quite a while. He was appointed to NYCTPD 5/3/65 and retired 6/5/82. May Howard “Rest in Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Share family. May Howard Rest in Peace.
June 7, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. ROBERT "BOB" WILKINSON and HIS WIFE ANN
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. ROBERT "BOB" WILKINSON 5/21/1934 - 6/7/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Robert "Bob" Wilkinson on Sunday, June 7th, at the age of 86 years. Bob was appointed to the Transit Police on May 19, 1959 and retired May 11, 1976. His wife, Ann, passed away the previous day, June 6th.
With deep sadness we inform all of the passing of Retired Sgt. Robert (Bob) Wilkinson and his wife Ann Wilkinson. We are informed by his daughter that Ann died of a heart attack late Saturday followed by Bob's death this morning. We have no further information at this time. We will inform you when more information becomes available. Stay safe. Charles
UDATE INFORMATION: received from Lou Hollander:
Services for Robert were held on June 17th and for his wife, Ann, services were held on June 18th. Following her service, Ann's body was cremated and laid to rest along side of her husband.
The family has honored Bob's request to be cremated without viewing. His services will be in the form of a memorial.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Wilkinson family. May Ann and Robert Rest in Peace.
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Edward Cegar, on May 22, 2020, at the age of 74 years. Edward was appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired August 23, 1988.
From Lou: Eddie worked in District 3 and I got to know him pretty well while I was assigned to District 3 in the newly created CWPS Task force. He was a nice guy, always smiling. He lived in Spring Hill Florida with his wife and children. We got together once at my house shortly after I moved here. He changed and he seemed like he turned into a loner. Too bad. May he “Rest in Peace."
Services were held in Florida. His next of kin is his wife, Maureen.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Cegar family. May Edward Rest in Peace.
June 2, 2020 THANK YOU FROM JERRY McCARTHY'S DAUGHTER
To all my friends: Thank you for your cards, gifts, phone calls and/or messages. I heard/saw/received each one.... and each one brought me comfort. My dad’s wake will be at John Day Funeral Home- Red Bank, NJ on Tuesday, June 2 from 9am to 10am. Unfortunately, only immediate family will be allowed to attend. We will then have a procession to Resurrection Cemetery- SI NY and a burial for him at 11am. Unfortunately, only immediate family will be allowed inside the cemetery as well. However, you are more than welcome to drive by or stand outside with the NYPD who will be there (at 11am) paying tribute to him. Thank you again for your support and kindness during this difficult time. It means a lot. Love, Arleen
Note from Don Avenoso. Thanks for all your thoughts, kind words and prays. The transit family has been outstanding over the years. Thank you!
May 31, 2020 RET. DET. RICHARD "RICHIE" COMMESSO (delayed posting)
From Lou Hollander firstname.lastname@example.orgI was informed of Richie’s passing on the day he passed from Mike Fanning. I was advised by Mike not to publish his passing due to the fact his wife also had the virus and was on a ventilator and they didn’t want her to learn of Richie’s passing because they feared she would give up. Richie was appointed to NYCTPD 12/1/1965 and retired 2/20/1987. Information below was received from John Briganti. May Richie “Rest in Peace
RET. DET RICHARD “RICHIE” COMMESSO 6/23/1943 – 4/30/2020
From John Briganti: It is with regret and great sadness to inform you of the passing of Ret. Det. Richard Commesso, President of our Verrazano 10-13 Association and dear friend, on the morning of Friday, April 30. Richie was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
We extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to his loving wife Irene, his daughters Sue and Debbie and the entire Commesso family. May He Rest In Peace
Richie’s wife, Irene, was hospitalized for the Covid-19 virus shortly before his passing. As per request of the family, for personal reasons, we were asked not to make any announcement of his passing until she was released. We hope you will understand.
A private service for family members was held on Friday, June 5th at Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, 10306.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Commesso family. May Richie Rest in Peace.
Richie and I had a pure chance encounter back in 2013 when I was on vacation in Yellowstone Park with my daughter and her family. Waiting in line at the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn, I turned my head and who do I see but Richie walking over to the dining hall with his wife. He was wearing his Verrazzano 10-13 shirt and I was wearing my Transit FOP 317 Lodge shirt. Talk about a small world, indeed! - Tony
May 25, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. JOHN G. "JERRY" McCARTHY and RET. P.O. ANTHONY "TONY" CAVELLO
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. JOHN “JERRY” McCARTHY 11/22/1938 – 5/21/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. John G. "Jerry" McCarthy, on May 21st, at the age of 81 years.
Please click of the Funeral Home web page link below to view a beautiful tribute to a great guy. Condolences can also be left. Jerry was appointed NYCTPD 5/3/65 and retired from NYPD on August 22, 1996.
From Al Vulpis Hi Louis, I read in the Asbury Park Press Obits of the passing of Lt. John "Jerry" McCarthy on May 21, 2020 at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, N.J.. I worked with him for a number of years, and he was a really fine officer and friend. The family stated that private services will be held for the immediate family only due to the virus, but a memorial will be held be held when the family is allowed to have one. Thank you for all you do in keeping us in touch, and stay safe!!! Al Vulpis
Lou received this obituary information from Hugh Lennon email@example.com
RET. P.O. ANTHONY "TONY” CAVELLO 10/27/1939 – 5/22/1979
I got a call from Tony Cavello’s wife, Ginger, that Tony passed away yesterday, May 21st. I worked with Tony in the Stakeout Unit. He was living in Ohio and had health problems over the last several years. For anyone wishing to offer condolences to is wife Ginger at , 710 Bedford Road SE Brookfield, Ohio 44403-9776 Phone number 330 398 7386
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the McCarthy & Cavello families. May the deceased Rest in Peace.
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Frank Gagliano, on May 13th, at the age of 54 years. Frank was appointed to the Transit Police on July 8, 1985 and retired on July 23, 2005. He was last assigned to Dist. 34.
Funeral services took place on May 29th at The Scalia Funeral Home, 28 Eltingville Blvd., Staten Island NY His next of kin is his father, Philip Gagliano.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Gagliano family. May Frank “Rest in Peace”
May 19, 2020 RET. P.O. CLIFFORD BUCKLEY (late notice) and RET. LT. RICHARD BAGGS (updated)
Retired P.O. Clifford Buckley passed away on April 20th, at the age of 76 years while a patient in Weill Cornell Hospital of sepsis, pneumonia, Covid-19 related. He was on a ventilator for almost three weeks.
His assignments were District 3 until a Line of Duty injury assigned him to the Restricted Duty Unit at Jay St. Clifford was appointed to NYCTPD 2/20/67 and he was forced to retire (LOD) on 8/9/78 and worked in hospitals for many years.
Cliff is survived by his loving wife Mary and his three children, Daniel, Marie and Deborah, his sister Jacqueline and his seven grandchildren who were the ' joy of his life'. A requiem mass was held in Bruckless, County Donegal, Ireland, on May 8th, and memorial will be held in the future in New York. His ashes are retained by the family and will interred at some future date. May Clifford “Rest in Peace”
We received the following from member Tom Greer who saw this on Facebook, but we don't know who posted it.
RET. LT. RICHARD BAGGS
1/31/1952 - 5/18/2020
Lou Hollander received the following from NYPD:
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. Lt. Richard Baggs on May 18th, at the age of 68 years. Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on May 20, 1974 and retired from NYPD on August 24, 2000. He was last assigned to PBBS SPECIALIZED UNIT.
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Edward Riley on May 15th at the age of 60 years. Edward was appointed to the Transit Police on January 6, 1984 and retired November 1, 1991. He was alast assigned to District 30. Next of kin is his mother, Elaine Riley.
Private services will take place on May 19th followed by burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Riley family. May Edward Rest in Peace.
May 9, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. VINCENT 'VINNY' BYRNE
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. VINCENT “VINNY” BYRNE 6/30/1942 – 5/5/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O.Vincent "Vinny" Byrne on May 5th, at the age of 77 years. Vinny was appointed to the NYCTPD on 12/1/1965 and retired 8/17/1981.
Vinny and his wife Judy were regular attendees at the annual Florida Reunion. Condolences can be sent to Judy and family at 3773 SW Kistler St. Port St. Lucie, FL 34953. My condolences to Judy and the Byrne family. You will be missed at future Florida reunions. May Vinny “Rest In Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Byrne family. May Vinny Rest in Peace.
May 8, 2020 RET. P.O. EDWARD TEASLEY (late report)
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of fellow Transit officer, Ret. PO Edward Teasley, on April 16th, at the age of 78 years. Edward was appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired July 24, 1988. His next of kin is his daughter Robbin Teasley.
I worked with Ed in District 4 in the late 70’s. May he “Rest in Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Teasley family. May Edward Rest in Peace.
With a heavy heart, I have the task of reporting the passing this morning of (Ret. P.O.) Lewis Davis who worked in District 3 and retired from Disrict 2. There are no further details at this time. George
From Lou - They will be having a memorial for Lewis at a later date. Lewis was in my class, 3/10/69 and was my platoon Sgt. He was a very nice guy during the time we spent in the academy, unfortunately I don’t believe we ran into each other after the academy. He retired 7/17/89. May Lew “Rest in Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Davis family. May Lewis Rest in Peace.
May 6, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH FUNK
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH FUNK
11/3/1942 - 5/4/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Joseph Funk, on May 4th at the age of 77 years. Joseph was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired April 22, 1977. I believe he last worked in District 4 or 20
The following was published in Newsday on May 6, 2020
FUNK - Joseph F. of Westbury N.Y. passed away on May 4th 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Loving Father of Joseph Jr. and Janet Kobel (Peter). Beloved "Poppy" to Elizabeth Kobel and Emma Kobel. Loving Ex-Husband and friend to Joan Funk. Will be missed by his "grandpet" Peyton. Long time member of the Carle Place community. Served in the United States National Guard. Retired New York City Transit Police Officer. Memorial service to celebrate his life at a later date. Donations to North Shore Animal League America would be appreciated. Condolences may be left on the Legacy.com website: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-f-funk&pid=196147590
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Funk families. May Joseph Rest in Peace.
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. James Hall, on April 3rd, 2020, at the age of 67 years. James was appointed to the Transit Police on March 14, 1974 and retired from NYPD on June 27, 1996. His next of kin is his wife, Claudia Hall.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hall family. May James Rest in Peace.
Ret. P.O. Rene Artaud was appointed to NYCTPD 10/1/1973 and retired from NYPD on 6/27/1995. May Rene “Rest in Peace”
I just spoke with Henry Van Heemstedtobelt a short while ago and am sorry to pass on the news of Rene Artaud's passing away earlier this morning. Henry's daughter works with the Monroe Ambulance Service and made notification to her father who verified the address and drove to Rene's house. When Henry arrived, the NY State Police were already safeguarding the property.
During our phone call Henry told me that he had then spoken to Rene's cousin who was able to add a few details. Rene's cancer had recently become more aggressive and was unresponsive to chemo treatments. Rene spoke to his ex-wife to tell her that because of all this turmoil with Coronavirus / Covid 19, he didn't want there to be any attempt at a wake / viewing. If anyone wanted to visit the cemetery for the burial, that would be up to them.
Henry added that when he was at Rene's house he noticed that Rene's two toys were missing from the front yard. Rene had a '60s Mustang and a '70s Hurst 442 that he kept under tarps, free of rust, and drove around town from time to time. Apparently, Rene saw things coming and took the time to 'take care of things' and 'put things in order'.
Rene's remains are being handled by the Ferguson Funeral Home in Washingtonville, NY where his daughter was waked last year. I will be sure to pass on any details as soon as I get them.
Some people on this mailing may not remember Rene Artaud because of his status as a true old-timer. He retired in the late Spring 1995, shortly after the merge. Rene was a rookie with the likes of Steve Buatti, Billy Cozzollino, Frankie Colamesto, Mugsy Whalen, 'Joe' McGarry, Lt. 'Chet' Levey, Mickey Perez, Gene Hennigan, Kenny Blischke, and all the others who remember when "the old District One" was on the 57Street Mezz..
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Artaud family. May he Rest in Peace/
April 25, 2020 UPDATE FROM THE FAMILY OF RET. D.I. ROBERT ABRAHAM
We received information and a request from Bob's daughter, Michelle Abraham (NYPD PO - 122 Pct.) to please forward any and all correspondence to her as she is handling all affairs for Bob's widow, Magdalena.
(Ret. Sgt.) Richard Suzuki, 78, of Sayville, Long Island, died April 19, 2020 of COVID-19. Beloved husband of Linda. Loving father of Richard Jr., and Peter, stepfather of Robert Williams III, Jennifer Karpoich, and Michael Williams. Grand-father of eleven and great-grandfather of three. Richard was a retired sergeant of NYC Transit Police, and a proud US ArmyVeteran. Services will be private, with a larger Celebration of Life at a later date. If you wish to remember Richard with a gift, please consider making a donation to the Long Island State Veteran's Home in Stony Brook, New York. Arrangements were entrusted to Moloney Family Funeral Homes in Bohemia, New York. (As posted in Newsday)
Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired July 18, 1985
Sent by Lou Hollander as received from NYPD
RET. P.O. JOHN BRITT 2/4/1944 - 4/18/2020
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. John Britt on April 18, 2020, at the age of 76 years. No information received as to services.
John was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired July 31, 1978. No services at this time. His next of kin is his wife, Frances.
From Lou Hollander:
STELLA GALVANI, WIFE OF THE LATE RET. P.O. JOHN GALVANI
I was informed that John’s widow, Stella, passed away last night, April 23rd, from COVID-19. Stella rejoins John just 18 days after he passed. At least it is nice to know that they are together again. Stella was a very nice lady. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. May she and John be “resting in Peace” in the arms of Jesus. Because of the situation we are in, I am almost positive there will not be a viewing or service.
Condolences can also be sent to their son Darren Darren Galvani 1332 Allen Dr Seaford, NY 11783 DarrenGalvani@Gmail.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased. May their loved ones Rest in Peace
RET. DET. EDWARD WASILEWSKI 11/24/1925 - 4/20/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret. Det. Edward Wasilewski on Monday, April 20th, at the age of 94 years. Ed was appointed to the Transit Police on January 9, 1950 and retired July 28, 1975.
Family services were held on April 24th
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Sophie, and the Wasilewski family. May Ed rest in peace.
April 19, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. NORMAN PORTER
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. NORMAN PORTER 8/7/1937 - 4/11/2020
Hello Louie, I must share the sad news that my father, Lt. Norman E. Porter passed away on the evening of Saturday April 11th after a long period of ill health. He went on to join my mom Pauline who predeceased Dad on January 5th of this year. They were together for over 62 years. Dad loved his career with the Transit Police and valued all the friendships he made there over the years.
At this time, our family has chosen to delay the memorial service for Dad until after the restrictions we all have to live under have been lifted and our family can be together. We hope that everyone who is part of our Transit Police Family is taking care of themselves and remaining healthy.
Norman was appointed to NYCTPD 10/23/1961 and retired 2/6/82. May Norman “Rest in Peace” with his love Pauline
I had the pleaseure of working with Lt. Porter when I was assigned to the O/U back in the late '60s. I always found him to be a fair and honest gentleman at all times. May he Rest in Peace. - Tony
I was informed this evening by Val Kasprzak that John had died unexpectedly in his home this morning of a heart attack. She said John hasn’t been ill. Because of the Caronavirus, there will not be any viewing or service. John will be cremated . John was appointed to NYCTPD 12/3/68 and retired from the NYPD, date unknown. I worked with John on the 8P’s in the early 70’s. He was a very nice friendly guy and as I remember was always smiling. John and his wife Val attended many of the Florida reunions where he was missed for the last few years as he was busy traveling around the USA in his huge motor home. We will miss him at the reunions. May John “Rest in Peace”:
Our deepest condolences ans sympathies to the Kasprzak family. May John Rest in Peace.
April 16, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER and SGT-AT-ARMS RET. P.O. EDWARD WILKO
We received this sad news this morning from our Financial Secretary Greg Stripp firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFETIME MEMBER and SGT-AT-ARMS RET. P.O. EDWARD WILKO 2/17/1943 - 4/16/2020
We deeply regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of our Association's Sgt-At-Arms,Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. EdwardWilko, on April 16th at the age of 77 years from the COVID-19 virus. Ed had been hospitalized for 2-3 weeks and had recently been under a ventilator.
Ed was always a welcoming person at the doors of our meetings and events with a big smile and always ready with the raffle tickets to sell. Ed was a US Navy veteran before joining the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired July 4, 1986. I believe he was last assigned to District 23.
Ed leaves his daughters Charlene Enoch and Rachel Miller who is an active Police Officer with the Nassau PD.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Wilko family. May Ed Rest in Peace.
April 16, 2020 RET. D.I. LEONARD PEZZILLO and RET. P.O. VITO NEGLIO
I am saddened to inform all that Retired DI Leonard Pezzillo passed away on April 15th, but not from the virus. He was at St. Francis Hospital with a heart problem. He went home and shortly thereafter passed away. Lenny was appointed on 6/21/65 and retired right after the merge. No funeral details available.
From Lou Hollander:
I also received this information from FOP Lodge 3100. I have not received any other information. If I get any new info I will pass it along. I knew Lenny in the Mid 70’s when I worked in Dist. 3 CWAC, I remember him as a real nice friendly guy and was told he was a fair Boss. My condolences to his family and may he “Rest in Peace”
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Vito Neglio on April 14th at the age of 82 years. Vito was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1966 and retired April 24, 1987.
A service was held for the family on Monday, April 20th followed by burial in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx NY
His next of kin is his wife, Gladys.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Pezzillo and Neglio families. May Lenny & Vito Rest in Peace.
April 15, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN NORRIS
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN NORRIS 2/27/1936 - 4/15/2020
With a heavy heart we sadly inform you that our Brother Lifetime Member Ret. PO John Norris has lost his battle with the COVID-19 virus. John was taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator on Sunday. He passed this morning at 4 AM. John was 84 yrs. of age.
John's wife Virnia, who also was infected, has been cleared of the virus. Bro. Norris joined the Transit Police Dept. on December 1,1965 and spent the majority of his years in Dist. 20 and 22 and retired November 3, 1980..
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Vinnia and the Norris family. May John Rest in Peace.
I searched for an obituary for Hugh, but was unable to find one. Hugh is on my mailing list and his email Arnie enclosed is correct. Hugh was appointed to NYCTPD 5/3/1965 and retired 2/18/1987. May Hugh “Rest in Peace”
I want to let you know that Hugh Powell passed away yesterday morning. He suffered from dementia for several years and recently he went to Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson where he passed away. He came on the job around the same time we did but I don't know if he was in our class. I worked with him at 22C which was 168th St. Jamaica Ave. when we did 8P to 4A (remember those days?) and remained friends with him down through the years. I will truly miss him. He will be cremated and at this time I have no news as to any future services planned. Should I get that information I will pass it on. When Hugh retired, again I don't know the date, I think it was the late 80's, he went to work for the Rockefeller Organization at Rockefeller Center and had a nice 2nd career. If condolences want to be sent the only email address I have is email@example.com.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Powell family. May Hugh rest in peace.
April 9, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. INSP. ROBERT "BOB" ABRAHAM
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. INSP. ROBERT ABRAHAM 9/26/1941 - 4/9/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Insp. Robert Abraham at the age of 78 years. Bob had been hospitalized from the effects of COVID-19 and passed away from complications of the virus.
Bob was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired from NYPD on September 26, 2001. After retirement, he went on to become the Chief of Police of the Sea Gate Police Department in Brooklyn, not very far from District 34 in Coney Island.
From Lou Hollander:
Services took place on Sunday, April 12th and interment in New Montifiore Cemetery, W Babylon NY
I have had the pleasure working with Bob, when he was the Sgt in Manhattan Criminal Court in the mid 70’,s doing arraignments . He was a pleasurer to work for, very enjoyable to be around. One of his biggest concerns were what we were going to eat and where I was going to get it.
RECEIVED FROM BOB’S DAUGHTER WENDY
We lost a beautiful soul on April 9th, 2020 when Robert "Bob" Abraham passed away peacefully in his sleep. He is survived by his current wife, Maggie, five children, Scott, Kenny, Wendy, Michelle and Eleanor, five adoring grandchildren Karly, Jason, Lindsey, Loren and Mikayla, nephew, Steven and niece, Cindy, his first wife, Joan and two "sisters" Susan and Debbie. Additionally, there are countless "brothers" and friends who are mourning this great loss. Bob dedicated his life to service and community as evidenced by his long-term work with the NYCTP and with the NYPD after the merge, Masons and various other organizations. Walking through the streets of NYC with Bob was like being with a celebrity-people stopped him all the time to thank him for help, support and mentorship he provided through the years. He was a friend to all and helped anyone in need. Bob was a model of pure compassion and kindness and his personality was larger than life. Donations in Bob's memory can be made to the Second Kings Charities Fund, a Masonic charity. A memorial service will be planned in the coming months. When that date is set Louie will post it.
I first met Bob when I was working in the O/U in the late '60s. He always had a smile and a helping hand. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Magdalina, and the Abraham family. May Bob rest in peace. - Tony
April 7, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. P.O. JOHN GALVANI and RET. SGT. GAETANO "GUY" GLIAMAS (late notice)
Frank Crisa and Fred Ametrano heard of this yesterday but it wasn't confirmed until today. Our thanks to Lou Hollander for this also.
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN GALVANI
9/10/1943 - 4/5/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. John Galvani, on Sunday, April 5th at the age of 76 years. John had recently been feelin ill and fell, requiring his being taken to a hospital where he was treated and tested and found positive for the coronavirus and after a few days, passed away. We were very happy to see John at the Retirees meeting in March and John was very happy to have attended.
John was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired July 4, 1990. He was the Recording Secretary and 2nd VP of the Transit Police PBA during the administration of Bill McKechnie.
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, there was a private burial with the immediate family on Thursday, April 9th.
It is with much personal grief and deep remorse that I report to you the passing of former PBA 2nd VP John Galvani. John and I went back many years even before joining the Transit Police. We first met in 1961 as employees of the Irving Trust Company. We joined the Department in June of ’65 and reunited.
When I ran for PBA President I asked John to join my team. John was a tenacious and outspoken fighter for the rights and benefits for the cops he served. He was not the smoothest talker in the world by any means , but he got his points across. There were many a time I thought he was going to go across the desk at a boss that disagreed with him. Thanks goodness he never did, physically that is, verbally he made his point in spades.
John and I came in to the PBA together and we left together John went to work at the NYC Community Affairs dept and then the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
In his later years John had some physical problems which probably contributed to his death the ultimate cause was pneumonia which was brought on by covid- 19. John leaves behind his wife Stella and his two sons Michael and Darren their wives and grandchildren. May he Rest in Peace. And may all those transit cops that traveled this course before him be prepared to welcome him in heaven.
From Lou Hollander as received from Ret. Det. Tom Saracco
LATE OBITUARY LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. GAETANO “GUY” GLIAMAS 10/6/1944 - 4/1/2020
On Wednesday night, April 1st, Ret Sgt. Gaetano Gliamas passed away from a heart attack at his winter home in South Daytona Beach Florida. No information is available as of now.
This what I received from his girl friend Ellen: Because of the Corona Virus and as he lives in Connecticut, everything is on hold. His son lives in Connecticut and they will have a memorial at a later date.
He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann Gliamas.
Guy was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired on January 6, 1990. May he “Rest in Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Galvani and Gliamas families. May John and Guy rest in peace.
March 31, 2020 A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FROM THE FAMILY OF THE LATE RET. P.O. JOSEPH ADAMO
Dear New York City’s Finest: This past weekend, we laid our father, former NYC Transit Police Officer Joseph Adamo, to rest. Our father was a forever police officer and wore his uniform proudly. Given the current health crisis and his sudden death as a result of COVID-19, there was nothing normal about the funeral services. Words cannot express what it meant to us to have the presence of an overwhelming number of Officers at St. Charles cemetery on Saturday. They stood tall, despite the rain, and lifted our spirits and brought great comfort to our family that includes three generations of New York City police officers. May you all never underestimate the impact your presence has at a time when Blue families need you most. Stay well and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Kim Adamo Brussell, daughter of the late Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Joseph Adamo, who passed away on March 23rd.
A Thank you from members of the Transit Family.
March 28, 2020 WIFE OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. WALTER MACK
I received a call from Christine McIntyre informing me that Janis had passed away this morning. Janis lost her fight with cancer after giving it a good fight to beat it. After speaking with Christine, I contacted ‘Woody,” Jan’s husband, to extend my condolences. I had been in contact with Woody quite often over the past months where he would give me update on Janis’ condition. He seemed very positive that she would beat it and requested prayers and letters to keep Jan’s spirit’s up which I was told did exactly that. She was due to start chemo treatments a few weeks ago which had to be cancelled due to internal bleeding. She was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital 4 hours away from their home in Oberlin, KS. She was at that hospital a couple of weeks and Woody stayed in the hospital with her the whole time. I spoke with her a few times while she was in the hospital and you would never know she was suffering. Her spirits were always up. She was released from the hospital to return home, where she was place in Hospice care at home.
Unfortunately, I did not know Janis on the job. I got to know her over the many years she attended the Florida reunions and from the NY reunions I attended. She was a very nice girl, with a heart bigger the herself. She was always there to help anyone that needed help. She was active in many local organizations. She “Loved the Transit Police” She told me that she was going to get through this “because she was Transit”.
I was told by Woody that Jan will be cremated and, at some point, he will return to Long Island where they will hold a Memorial Mass for her at the same church where their son Ryan’s funeral was held. When those plans are made I will forward the information. My condolences to Woody. I pray the Lord will comfort him during this sad time. Condolences can be sent to Arthur Wood, PO Box 134 Oberlin KS 67749. May Janis “Rest in Peace”
The above photo was taken at the Florida Reunion
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Woody and their family. May Janis Rest in Peace.
March 23, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH ADAMO
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH ADAMO 6/13/1942 - 03/23/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Joseph Adamo, today, March 23, 2020, at the age of 77 years. Joseph had contracted the coronavirus and was hospitalized last Friday when he developed pneumonia.
Joe was appointed to the Transit Police on June 30, 1969 and retired December 25, 1989. Joe's grandson just graduated from the NYPD Police Academy and his son-in-law is also a member of NYPD.
There is no viewing and a private burial service will take place at the cemetery in light of the current pandemic restrictions and the family asks that any donations be made to the Survivors of The Shield at www.survivorsoftheshield.org
Received 3/26 from Joe's daughter, Kim: I just wanted to let you know that NYPD is sending officers for the burial on Saturday. We are so happy that my Dad will receive the honor he deserves. Thank you again.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Arleen, and the Adamo family. The photo above was taken at a recent Romeo & Juliet luncheon.
I received this obituary information from Gail Imhauser firstname.lastname@example.org Pedro was appointed to NYCTPD 1/13/92
Lou, My old partner, Pedro Garcia passed away. I worked with him for 6 or so years and only stopped working with him because I was promoted... we were very close. He was 56 years old. Worked in D2 and TMTF (42&8). Hired in 92, retired in 2017, 25 years of service.
On March 7th he was admitted to NYU Langone. He was diagnosed with gastric cancer that had already metastasized into his bones and his brain. They had to put a shunt in his brain to relieve the pressure. He never regained consciousness and passed away on March 17th. This was an extremely aggressive cancer. It is 9/11 LOD pending approval from the medical and pension board. NYPD is treating it as a LOD death and his family is getting their full support. Gail
Services took place on March 24th & 25th followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn NY
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Garcia family. May Pedro Rest in Peace.
March 12, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. SALVATORE RUSSO (late notice)
This is another instance when our mail has been returned and we find out that the member has passed away. In this case, mail to Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. Salvatore Russo was returned. I was able to contact his home and was asked to contact Sal's daughter, Maria Brown, which I did and she informed me that her father had passed away in September, 2012. The Association was never contacted before with this news.
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. SALVATORE RUSSO 4/28/1923 - 9/30/2012
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Lt. Salvatore Russo, on September 30, 2012. Sal was appointed to the Transit Police on October 23, 1961 and retired November 2, 1981.
March 11, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. DET. RAYMOND KOPP and RET. P.O. JOHN CURTIN (late notice)
It's noteworthy to share some facts about Ray, beyond wake/mass info.
While working in the TPD Robbery Squad, we often pulled in P.O. Ray Kopp to work investigations based on his arrests. We'd go on to make more robbery arrests. After promotion to Det., Ray worked in the Robbery Sqd. He earned dozens of medals/awards before retiring (after on-the-job-injury), as a 2d grade Det. Ray lost his beloved wife, Janet, in '93, affecting Ray until he passed away. Yes, there was much good in Ray's life. He was very proud of his two children, Adam & Lorraine, and all his grandchildren. RIP Ray.
Sincerely, Louis A. Cruz, Esq., Det. Ret.
This email was sent to Lou Hollander who, we thank, forwarded it to the Retirees Association
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN CURTIN
5/1/1939 - 10/19/2019
Dear Mr Hollander, For reasons too many to mention, I didn't notify the retired transit police organization of the death of my husband. I am so sorry for the delay. John was very ill the last few months of his life, and I, naturally, was busy taking care of him. He was a real fighter all his life to keep on despite having had a kidney transplant over 20 years ago, diabetes and other issues. Up until 3 years ago, he was sawing logs and splitting them by hand and when he was in the woods by the house, you could hear him whacking away with the sledge hammer and his trusty wedges. He passed away October 17th, 2019 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, and a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Sidney, NY. The American Legion Post in Franklin had an honor guard at his burial in Franklin, NY
Sincerely, Pamela Curtin
John was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired December 1, 1980.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Kopp and Curtin families. May their deceased loved ones Rest in Peace.
Roslyn Gold,mother of Retired Detective Jerome (Jerry) Schwartz (Transit PD, retired from 45th Precinct) and grandmother of Retired Police Officer Corie Schwartz (retired from 1st Precinct) and Detective Michael Schwartz, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The family will have a private funeral. Shiva will be held at 6 Madisyn Avenue, Washingtonville, NY on Sunday, March 8th and Monday, March 9th from 4pm - 8pm. Jerry can be reached at (845) 494-2802 or email Jerry4313@yahoo.com
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family. May Roslyn Rest in Peace.
February 28, 2020 RET. P.O.s MARIO GUILIANO and JOSEPH MARINELLO
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Mario Guiliano, on February 25th at the age of 77 years. Mario was appointed to the Transit Police on une 1, 1966 and retired July4, 1979.
Funeral Services took place on March 1st & 2nd in Mt. Kisco, NY Next of kin: His wife, Gloria Guiliano
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Joseph Marinello, on February 24th at the age of 75 years. Jospeh was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired August 6, 1983.
Funeral services took place on March 2nd. His remains were cremated.
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. LEROY HILL 6/16/1925 - 2/17/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Sgt. Leroy Hill, on February 17th, at the age of 94 years. Leroy was appointed to the Transit Police on May 18, 1955 and retired January 6, 1980.
Charles received the following email from the Hill family:
The family of Leroy Hill mourned his passing on Monday, February 17, 2020. They are grateful for the prayers and condolences and support received thus far.
A memorial service was held to celebrate the life of retired Sergeant Leroy Hill on February 29th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hill family. May Leroy Rest in Peace.
Retired Detective Jerome Dassaro, formerly assigned to the Detective Bureau, Transit Special Investigations, passed away on February 19, 2020. He was appointed to Transit Police on July 28, 1983 and retired from NYPD on September 1, 2003.
For years, detectives Dassaro and his partner, Tom Weiner, were known as “Tom and Jerry," a nod to their famed ability to play the cat-and-mouse game needed to track down the city’s graffiti artists. Weiner died in 2003 of Sept. 11-related cancer. Dassaro, who suffered a stroke in recent years, died in his sleep at a Pennsylvania nursing home early Wednesday, his family said.
The duo worked in the Transit Bureau’s Coney Island-based vandal squad since the 1980s, and were legends not only with their fellow officers, but with the graffiti artists they busted.
“A vital member of the NYPD Vandal Squad, Jerry Dassaro was the epitome of a New York City Detective — a master of his craft,” said Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo. “Jerry truly knew how to read the writing on the wall, preventing and solving countless crimes. The thoughts and prayers of the DEA are with his family.”.
Funeral services took place on February 23rd, 24th & 25th
Our deepest condolences to his wife, Dorothy, and the Dassaro family. May Jerry Rest in Peace.
February 20, 2020 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD DOYLE
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD DOYLE 1/28/1927 - 02/16/2020
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. PO Richard Doyle, on February 16th, at the age of 93 years. Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on April 4, 1955 and retired December 14, 1979.
We received the following sad news from his daughter, Eileen Kavanagh. There was no viewing or funeral Mass. Burial took place on February 21st.
Some sad news, my Dad passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb 16. He was in the Hebrew Home in Riverdale and had decided to have his feeding tube removed. He could no longer eat or drink or walk. He’d turned 93 on January 28. Dad was done and ready to go to Heaven!
Thanks for all your kindness over the years. He got a kick out of being in the Beyond the Line.
God Bless, Eileen
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Doyle & Kavanagh families. May Richard Rest in Peace.
February 5, 2020 MOTHER OF ASSOCIATE MEMBER DENISE TULLY
MOTHER OF ASSOCIATE MEMBER DENISE TULLY AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN TULLY
Services for my mother in law, Janette Gadell, took place on February 6th and 7th. with burial in Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery Putnam Valley NY
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Denise & John and the Gadell family. May Janette rest in peace.
January 31, 2020 RET. P.O. HAROLD LYE (late notice)
We regret to inform our members ad fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. Harold Lye, on January 2nd, 2020, at the age of 66 years. Harold was appointed to the Transit Police on October 20, 1981 and retired on November 30, 1998. He has been assigned to Transit HQ. No informatoin given as to any services. His next of kin is his wife, Susan
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Lye family. May Harold rest in peace.
January 29, 2020 RET. DET. THEODORE CAPOZZIELLO (late obituary) and MOTHER OF RET. LT. FLORENTINO FRANCO
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret Det. Theodore Capozziello, who passed away on December 24th, 2019, at the age of 60 years. Ted was appointed tot eh Transit Police on December 6, 1980 and retired from NYPD on December 31, 2000. He was formerly assigned to CITU.
From Lou as received from Ret. Lt. Florentino “Frank” Franco.
It’s with deep sorrow that I report the passing of my mother, Serafina Rivera (Franco) on Friday, January 24th
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Capozziello and the Rivera / Franco families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.
January 25, 2020 RET. P.O. MICHAEL SCARPITTA and RET. P.O. PAUL CARNEY (late notifications)
We received this sad information from Michael's son, Michael John Scarpitta, after our mail to Mike was returned.
Ret. P.O. Michael Scarpitta 12/23/58 – 1/20/2019
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret. PO Michael Scarpitta on January 20, 2019. Michael was appointed to the Transit Police on February 5, 1982 and retired (on 3/4) on June 20, 1988.
We only recently found out of Paul's passing when Ret. P.O. Neil Carboy sent in a donation in memory of his brother-in-law Paul Carney. There was no further information available other than he passed away in Florida in November, 2018. We do not have his DOB. Paul was appointed to the Transit Police in December, 1965; retirement date unknown, worked in District 11.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Scarpitta and Carney families. May Paul & Mike rest in peace.
Theodore Orphanos peacefully passed away in the early hours of Thursday, January 2, 2020. Ted, as he was known, was 77 years of age. Although suffering several physical ailments, Ted died of a broken heart, never really recovered from the loss of his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy “Terry” Orphanos. The couple met in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, where they were born and raised. Settling in The Villages for the past 17 years. Ted loved The Villages lifestyle, playing golf and softball. Appreciating the amenities The Villages has to offer. Ted was a proud father and extra proud grandfather or Papou, as he is so belovedly called. Ted is survived by his son John Orphanos, his wife Courtney, and his daughter Dana Lynn Gallo and her husband Jeff. Ted’s adoring grandchildren are Nicholas, Olivia and Theo, all of which will miss their Papou.
A viewing and services were held Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Lady Lakes, FL
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Brandley Hospice House, 17395 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield, FL 34491.
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Ret. P.O. James Rigney on January 3rd, 2020, at the age of 75 years. James was appointed to the Transit Police on March 2, 1967 and retired May 5, 1981.
Funeral services took place January 6th in Staten Island NY
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his daughter, Deborah, and the Rigney family. May James rest in peace.