UPDATED 
May 22, 2019

      


                  

OBITUARIES

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

From Lou Hollander

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. CAPT. JOSEPH “JOE” CANNON
7/5/1943 – 5/19/2019

Lifetime Member, Ret. Capt. Joseph Cannon, passed away on May 19th. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Joe was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired from NYPD after the merge on November 1, 1997.
 
 
Funeral services:
McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home, 9620 Third Ave., Brooklyn NY

Viewing will be on Thursday May 23rd from 2-7:00PM

Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's RC Church, 9511 4th Ave., Brooklyn at 9:30 AM.
Internment in St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village NY.

Lou worked in Dist. 1 with Joe when he first got out of the academy and felt Joe was a real nice guy. I also worked with Joe when I came out of the Academy in April, 1966.
I agree with Lou that Joe was always a great fellow officer who always would help out us "Probies." - Tony 
“May he Rest in Peace.”


LORRAINE WINTERS

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

Brothers and Sisters,

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

https://leebythesea.me/2019/05/10/robocalls-and-hospital-halls/

Be well,
Lee

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

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


LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MITCHELL FRIAR
1/12/1941 - 5/6/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

DIF WIFE OF FRANK McCABE

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

Kathy will be buried on Monday, May 6 at 1:20 at the southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1900 Buchanan Blvd, Boulder City, Nevada 89005. .

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

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

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

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

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

RET. P.O. PAUL HOLOBINKA
7/26/1956 - 4/6/2019

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

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

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

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

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

Services  were held on April 13th followed by cremation.

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


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

STEVE BUATTI’S FUNERAL MASS

Here is the mass information for my dad.

Monday May 20 @ 1045am
 
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
30 Schoolhouse Road
Whiting NJ 08759

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

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net and NYPD

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. AUGUST "GUS" FRERKS
7/18/1939 – 4/17/2019

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

Funeral Services: There will be no viewing.

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

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

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

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

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net :

RET. LT. STEPHEN BUATTI
8/15/1952 – 4/9/2019

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

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

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



Obituary information by Lou received from George Butler

RET. P.O. ALAN DEBNAM
1//6/1946 – 4/5/2019

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

Services took place on Saturday, April 13th

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

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

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

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net :

 

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH BENEVENTANO
1/23/1941 – 3/31/2019
 

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

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


RET. P.O. EDWARD HANUS
1/4/1947 – 4/6/2019


Ed Hanus and Bob Davan 


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

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

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

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

Condolences and photos can be posted on Funeral Home web page
https://tjmcgowansonsfh.com/tribute/details/129330/Edward-Hanus/photos.html#content-start

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

March 29, 2019                                            RET. P.O. HERMAN RIGGAN (late posting)         

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net :

RET. P.O. HERMAN RIGGAN
8/30/1937 - 2/19/2019

From The Times-Herald Record  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/recordonline/obituary.aspx?n=herman-middleton-riggan&pid=191600187&fhid=27385

Herman Middleton Riggan Jr. of Maybrook, NY, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in Albany. He was 81. The son of the late Herman Middleton and Gretchen Moore Riggan, he was born August 30, 1937 in Warrenton, North Carolina.
Herman served in the Air Force from 1956-1960 and was a NYC Transit Police Officer.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Riggan; daughter, Patricia Ann DeLucia and her husband, James; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kathleen.

Herman was appointed to the Transit Police on April 13, 1965. His retirement date is unknown as he was not a member of the Retirees Association.

Services took place on February 22nd.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Gail and the Riggan family. May Herman rest in peace.

March 25, 2019                                            RET. DET. PHILIP PERRY (late posting)

RET. DET. PHILIP PERRY
6/21/1957 - 3/14/2018

Ret. Det. Philip Perry, formerly assigned to the Detective Bureau, passed away on March 14th, 2019. Philip was appointed to the Transit Police on January 29, 1982 and retired from NYPD on December 1, 2004. He worked in District 2 and drove Chief Cronin.

Services took place on March 16th & 17th with a Funeral Mass and burial on March 18th.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Karen, and the Perry family. May he rest in peace.

March 18, 2019                                                   MOTHER OF RET. P.O. FRANK CROCE

Dorothy Croce, mother of Ret. PO Frank Croce, passed away on March 14th at the age of 102 years.

Funeral services took place on March 18th & 19th.

Condolences may be sent to Frank Croce at fac2887@icloud.com

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Frank and the Croce family. May Dorothy rest in peace.

March 2, 2019                   RET SGT. LLOYD FINLEY, RET. P.O. MIGUEL "MIKE" NARVAEZ and
                                          LIFETIME MEMBER  RET. P.O. LEONARD "LENNY" DiCRISTINO

Lou Hollander and Ret. Lt. Charles McCrae cemccray@aol.com sent the following:

RET. SGT. LLOYD FINLEY
7/11/1945 - 2/28/2019

We sadly inform you of the passing of Ret. Sgt. Lloyd R. Finley on Thursday evening, February 28th. Lloyd was appointed to the Transit Police on November 1, 1967 and retired October 1, 1996. He was also a Past Presdient of the Transit Police Guardians Association.
Lloyd was cremated. A Memorial service was held in Florida.

The New York continuation of the Celebration of Life for Ret. Sgt. Lloyd R. Finley took place on April 16th with the burial of his ashes in Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County

Be well
Charles


The above photo was taken by Lou Hollander at the 1999 Reunion.


From Lou Hollander and Norman Rapport

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. LEONARD "LENNY" DiCRISTINO
4/20/1940 - 3/1/2019

We received the sad information that Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Leonard DiCristino passed away on Friday, March 1st, after a long illness. Lenny had just been moved from his hospital room into a hospice unit where he passed away after a long illness.
Lenny was appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired January 3, 1985. He had been assigned to CWPS and worked in District 34.

Services took place on March 6th & 7th


The photo above was taken at the 2014 Florida Reunion. Lenny’s obituary and condolences can be left on Funeral Home web page probably tomorrow https://www.palmswestfuneralhome.com 


Lou received this information from Paulette  Ares, wife of the late Willie Ares
 


RET. P.O. MIGUEL “MIKE” NARVAEZ
8/25/1941 – 2/27/2019

Hi Louie,
 
I am writing to let you know that Willie's cousin, Ret. P.O. Mike Narvaez, passed away on Wednesday, February 27.

His family had a memorial service on Monday, March 4. 

If anyone would like to send condolences to his wife, Lydia, they can be sent to 600 Tradewinds  Drive, Deltona, Fl.  32738 . 
Thank you for passing this information along.
 
Paulette Ares 
 
Mike was appointed to NYCTPD 11/23/70 and retired 11/29/90. You can visit the Funeral Home web page to view Mikes obituary and leave condolences. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/orange-city-fl/miguel-narvaez-8188396   May “Mike Rest in Peace”

Our deepest condolences to the Finley, DiCristino and Narvaez families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.

February 20, 2019                    LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN DeLUCA   (late notice)

We just received the sad news from John's wife, Alice

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN DeLUCA
11-26-1943 to 01-27-2019

We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the sudden passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. John DeLuca, on January 27th. John was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired on disability on January 1, 1980.

Condolences may be sent to Alice at 10142 208th Path, O'Brien FL 32071-2570

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the DeLuca family. May John rest in peace.

February 17, 2019                          WIFE OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARNOLD ERCOLE

We received the following information from Ret. PO Tony Licciardello:

Arlene Ercole, wife of Lifetime Member Ret. PO Arnold Ercole, passed away on February 13th at the age of 80 years after a long illness..

Funeral services took place on February 18th and 19th.

Condolences may be sent to Arnold at 177 Beech St., Valley Stream NY 11580  or email at gonefishing4ever@verizon.net

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ercole family. May Arlene rest in peace.

February 5, 2019                                                        RET. SGT. EDWARD KEITEL

From Lou Hollander:

RET. SGT EDWARD KEITEL
9/2/1945 – 2/3/2019

Ed was appointed to NYCTPD 10/1/73 and merged to NYPD as a Sgt.  I do not know his rank when retired or retirement date. May he “Rest in Peace. Condolences can be left on funeral home web page, https://www.bryantfh.com/tributes/Edward-Keitel

Services took place on February 6th and 7th

In lieu of flowers
Donations may be made to:
ASPCA ( The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
PO Box 96929, Washington DC 20090-6929
Tel: 1-800-628-0028
Web: http://www.ASPCA.Org

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Keitel family. May Edward rest in peace.

January 30, 2019             LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JAMES ZACHARAKOS (late notice)

We just received this sad news from Jimmy's daughter, Ann Marie

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JAMES "JIMMY" ZACHARAKOS
3/9/1944 - 1/11/2019

We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. James Zacharakos, on January 11, 2019. James was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1965 and retired on March 1, 1980. He primarily worked in District 34.

Services took place on January 14th and 15th.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Helen, at 95 81st street, Brooklyn NY 11209

I had the pleasure of working with Jimmy in 34A and 34 for many years and always found him to be an honest and trustworthy person. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Helen and the Zacharakos family. May Jimmy rest in peace. - Tony

January 27, 2019                                  LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOHN McEVOY

We received the following from Arthur Tremblay arttremsr@optimum.net

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOHN McEVOY
9/30/1940 - 1/26/2019

We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Sgt. John McEvoy, on January 26th, at the age of 78 years. John was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired November 2, 1991. His last assignment was in District 23. After retirement, John worked in the Security Department of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn NY where he was the evening supervisor along with several other retired Transit officers.

The viewing took place on Tuesday, January 29th with a service and burial on the 30th in Calverton National Cemetery

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lydia, at 345 Martin Drive, West Islip NY 11795

Condolences can be left on the Funeral Home Web Page https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/deer-park-ny/john-mcevoy-8140662

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Lydia and the McEvoy family. May John rest in peace.

January 24, 2019                 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD KILGEN (late notice)


LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD KILGEN
12/9/1934 - 11/19/2013

We received information that Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Richard Kilgen had passed away on November 19, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He was living in East Stroudsburg PA. This was another result of a search by Billy McMillen on mail that, for the first time, was returned as "Unknown."
Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired February 18, 1981. Attempts to contact his family were negative.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies ot the Kilgen family. May Richard rest in peace.

January 23, 2019                  LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. PRENTISS C. JOHNSON (late notice) and
                                                                       RET. P.O. DERRICK DAVIS

Our thanks to Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen for finding this information:

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. PRENTISS C. JOHNSON
3-29-1941 to 11/10/2017

We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Det. Prentiss C. Johnson, on November 10, 2017. We sadly found this out when his mail was returned and we asked Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen to do a search. He unfortunately came up with this result.
Prentiss was appointed to the Transit Police on July 29, 1968 and retired November 4, 1988. Funeral services were private.


From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD:

RET. P.O. DERRICK DAVIS

Ret. P.O. Derrick Davis passed away on January 12th, 2019. He was last assigned to District 30. Derrick was appointed to the Transit Police on July 15, 1986 and retired July 17, 2006.

Services were held on January 19th.

Our deepest cpondolences to the Johnson and Davis families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.

January 19, 2019              LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. DANIEL D'ALESSANDRO, SR.

From Bob Valentino and Frank Crisa

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. DANIEL "DANNY" D'ALESSANDRO, SR. and
FATHER OF RET. DET. DANIEL D'ALESSANDRO, JR..

10-23-1937 TO 01-18-2019

We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Lt. Daniel D'Alessandro, Sr. on Friday, January 18th at the age of 81 years after a long illness. Danny was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired
September 1, 1993.

Funeral services took place on Monday and Tuesday, January 21 & 22 with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 23rd.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Gloria, at 172 BROOKFIELD AVE., STATEN ISLAND NY 10308-1440

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife Gloria and the D'Alessandro family. May he rest in peace.

Many officers, myself included, worked with Danny when he was in City Wide and I can honestly say he was a man of great character...never a bad word about him. - Tony

January 8, 2019                            LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. AUGUSTUS "AUGGIE" NUZZELA

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. AUGUSTUS “AUGGIE” NUZZELA
9/1/1941 – 1/7/2019

A viewing took place on January 9th with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 10th.

Auggie was appointed to NYCTPD 4/11/1965 and retired 11/29/1979.  I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Auggie in the mid 70’s in CWAC when Citywide was first started. Auggie was a nice guy, good cop and a pleasure to work with. You can go to the funeral home web page to leave a condolence message at https://matthewfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/551/Augustus-Nuzzela/service-information.html#tribute-start  May he “Rest in Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Anne, and the Nuzzela family. Auggie and Anne, along with the late Dave Powell and his wife, spent annual vacations in Aruba with Mike and Doris Lanning. Rest in Peace.

January 6, 2019                                                       RET. DET. RONALD JACKSON

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

RET. DET. RONALD JACKSON
AUGUST 2, 1949 ~ JANUARY 1, 2019

A viewing and Celebration of Life took place on Thursday, January 10th followed by burial in Calverton National Cemetery.

May Ronald “Rest in Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Jackson family. May Ronald rest in peace.

January 4, 2019                                       RET. SGT. JOHN McCABE (late posting)

From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD

RET. SGT. JOHN McCABE
5/25/1950 - 12/30/2018

We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Retired Sgt. John McCabe who passed away on December 30th, 2018. John was appointed to the Transit Police on May 20, 1974 and retired July 22, 1999.

Viewing took place on 1/2 & 1/3/19 with a Funeral Mass on Friday, 1/4/19.

Condolences can be left on Funeral Home Web Page https://hillebrandfuneralhomes.com/book-of-memories/3685758/McCabe-John/service-details.php

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Kathleen and the McCabe family. May John rest in peace.

October 19, 2018                            ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDWARD "EDDIE" RUSSO


ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT RET. P.O. EDWARD “EDDIE” RUSSO
8/5/1939 – 10/19/2018

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

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

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

Services took place on October 21st and 22nd.

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