UPDATED 
October 8, 2017

      


                  

OBITUARIES

October 8, 2017                 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. P.O. JOE N. HILL (late notice) and
                                                                 RET. P.O. RANDOLPH (RANDY) BEAN and
                                                           FAMILY MEMBERS OF RET. SGT. BEN PATTON

From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOE N. HILL

I called the home of Ret. Transit P.O. Joe N. Hill in Florida and I was informed by his wife Bernice that Joe passed about 18 months ago.
Joe was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired October 28, 1986.
Bernice still lives at 1556 Pine Forest Drive, Tallahasse, Fl 32301


Ret. Sgt. Ben Patton, our Past President and past president of the active Transit Police Guardians, informed me of the deaths of two family members.
Ben's younger brother, Alfred, passed on October 3rd. in the Bronx, and his niece Lorna Pinckney passed two days later in Richmond, Va.

Arrangements will be sent out when they become available.
Condolence can be sent to 192-51 Hollis Ave. Hollis, NY 11423

Be well
Charles


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net & Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RANDOLPH BEAN
8/15/1929 – 10/2/2017

Charles received notification from Dr. Danet Bean that her father, Ret. P.O. Randolph (Randy) Bean, passed away on October 2nd.
Randy was appointed to teh Transit Police on October 19, 1961 and retired May 2m 1982.

Viewing and service information:

The funeral will be on Friday, October 13th. The viewing will be at 10:00 AM with Services followiing at 11:00AM

Shiloh Baptist Chruch
173-70 106th Ave., Jamaica NY

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hill, Patton and Bean families. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.

October 3, 2017                                                               RET. P.O. JAMES SINGLETON

We received the following from Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com and Floyd Holloway Sr floholl68@me.com

JAMES E. SINGLETON
12/31/38 - 10/01/17

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. James Singleton on Wednesday, October 1st. James was appointed to the Transit Police in 1968 and retired in 1983. He was the District 33 PBA Delegate

Services will take place on October 9th at 1:00 PM at
Hill’s Memorial Chapel
302 N. Main St
Fairmont NC

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Singleton family. May James rest in peace.

October 2, 2017                                          RET. SGT.  ARTHUR DELIA (late notification)

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

LATE OBITUARY
RET. SGT. ARTHUR DELIA
11/20/1945 – 9/26/2017

I was informed my Angela Sorge  nana_nurse_ang@msn.com , wife of Manny Sorge, of the passing of Artie Delia on 9/26/17 after a long battle with cancer. His services were held on 9/29 in Tennessee where he was living with his wife Marilyn. 
Angela received the information via face Book from Artie’s son Danny.  I was told Artie came on the job in May, 1967.  May Artie “Rest In Peace.”

September 29, 2017                      LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. JAMES BOND and
                                                                             RET. P.O. CARL HANSEN

 

 

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. James Bond on September 21st at the age of 75 years. He was appointed to teh Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired September 3, 1986.  His last assignment was in the Operations Unit.

 

Viewing took place on September 29th


A Mass of Christian burial will be held 9:30 am on Saturday, September 30 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 111-50 115th Street, S. Ozone Park, NY.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside on Saturday, September 30 at 11:15 am.

 

Please click on link to view Lt. Bonds obituary http://foxfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/339/James-Bond/obituary.html 

 


 

From Lou Hollander:

 

Ret. P.O. Carl Hansen passed away on September 28th at the age of 79 years. He was appointed to the Transit Police on November 9, 1964 and retired July 15, 1985.

 

Viewing will be at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home located at 506 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM

 

Guneral Mass on Monday, October 2nd at 9:30AM at Holy Spirit Church, 16 South 6th St., New Hyde Park

 

 

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Bond and Hansen families. May James and Carl rest in peace.

September 26, 2017                                   RET. P.O. WILLIAM E. KING    

We received the following from Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

We sadly inform you of the passing of Ret. P.O. William E. King. Carl Williams called and informed me of his passing. 

I spoke to his son Antoine and was informed that William passed sometime yesterday evening (September 25th)

 

Funeral arrangements:

 

J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home

179-24 Linden Blvd, Jamaica NY  718-526-5656

 

Viewing on Tuesday, October 10th from 9-10AM followed by services at 10 AM and burial in Calvertone National Cemetery.

 

Be well

Charles

Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the King family. May he rest in peace.

September 19, 2017              BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW OF LOU HOLLANDER

We received the tragic news from Alan Berkowitz through Bill McKechnie:

I received this email from Freddie Mack. The people who perished in this tragedy were Louie Hollander's older brother, Warren, and his sister-in-law, June. You may know that Louie just underwent back surgery that was very successful.
The fire happened while he was in the hospital. I spoke with Louie a short time ago and he is devastated but he was told by the fire inspectors that his family members did not suffer; they died before the fire ever reached them.
Louie is deeply hurt in that because of his surgery he will be unable to attend the funeral services. Please keep Louie and his entire family in your prayers and this most difficult of times.

Condolences may be sent to Lou and Barbara at keystonecop1@verizon.net

The newspaper story can be viewed at the link below.

https://patch.com/new-jersey/manchester-nj/couple-dies-evening-fire-manchester-2-firefighters-hurt

 

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Hollander family. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.

September 13, 2017                                        RET. DET. ROBERT KARL (late notice)

We received the following sad news from Kathy Abitabile kitkat633@optonline.net

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. Det. Robert Karl on Wednesday, September 6th, at the age of 61 years.
Bob was appointed to the Transit Police on January 21, 1985 and retired January 27, 2005.
He was always at the meetings of both the Retirees Association and FOP Lodge 317 and will be missed. .

The following information was on the website of the Scalia Funeral Home in Staten Island:

Robert J. Karl, 61, known to his family and friends alike as Bob, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Elmont, NY, Bob was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend to all. Bob lived a life in service to his community. He proudly served in the NYPD for twenty years where he was a 9/11 first responder and achieved the rank of detective in the special projects section of the emergency services unit. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Elmont Fire Department for over thirty years where he served as a lieutenant and captain of the company. Affectionately known as “Uncle Bobs” by his nieces and nephews, he was a kind and loving Uncle who never forgot the special days of those close to him.

He is survived by his loving siblings, Richard Karl and his wife, Myrna, Virginia Glander and her husband, Edward and Edward Karl and his wife, Lorraine. Robert is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
 
Viewing took place on September 12th with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 13th.

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

September 1, 2017                             SON OF RET. DET. LUCILLE DATTHYN

Sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net as received from Carol Burke Franksgram@aol.com

Lou,
 
I know you are going to have an operation, but I just heard Lucy Datthyn’s son, William, who was also retired NYPD, died in a tubing accident a few days ago in the Bear river in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had retired there and was working in the courts.
 
I will try to notify people. 
 
So sad.
Carol

Condolences can be sent to Lucy Datthyn  687 S 500 E Providence, Utah 84332.  Lucy’s email address is nydamom@aol.com
May William “Rest In Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Datthyn family. May William rest in peace.

September 1, 2017                 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. CHARLES ROBINSON

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Charles Robinson last week, at the age of 78 years.
He was appointed to the Transit Police on January 10, 1971 and retired July 6, 1991.

From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

I have been informed by Jackie, the daughter of our deceased member Ret. P.O. Charles Robinson that as per her father's wishes there will not be a funeral service for him. Charles will be cremated in a private ceremony.
I was informed that sometime after Labor Day there will be a memorial service in his honor. I will notify all when I get the information.
Be well
Charles

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Robinson family. May Charles rest in peace.

August 24, 2017                                WIFE OF RET. P.O. ANTHONY (TONY) VONA

We received a call from Ret. P.O. Tony Vona sadly reporting that his wife of 60 years, Rose, has passed away.

Rose Vona, wife of Retired P.O. Anthony (Tony) Vona passed away on August 21, 2017. 

Services took place on August 30th

Condolences can be sent to Tony and the Vona family,  email poppypal4@bellsouth.net  or Sympathy cards can be sent to
301 C2 Knotty Pine Circle Lake Worth, FL 33463.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Tony and the Vona family. May Rose rest in peace.

August 23, 2017                                                   RET. P.O. JOHN T. KELLY

We received the following sad news from Lou Hollander  and Bill McKechnie cablaws1255@bellsouth.net

JOHN T. KELLY
9/25/1944 – 8/22/2017

Ret. P.O. John T. Kelly passed away yesterday, August 22nd, while in hospice at his son's home in Florida. He was 72 years old. John was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1966 and retired July 25, 1986.

The below tribute was written by Bill McKechnie

Friends and colleagues, it is with the deepest of sympathy and heaviest of heart that I inform you of the passing of my dear friend and partner of many years, John T. (Johnny the hat) Kelly. Over a year ago, John was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Melanoma. From that time on, John sought the best treatment available through Sloan Kettering and lastly with Cleveland Clinic but much to my chagrin, there was little or nothing they could do. For those of you who went to the past Florida and New York reunions, you could see the deterioration of John's health. John was determined that nothing was going to keep him away from either. John was a fighter personified and I thank God for that. There were many a situation where had John not been the fighter he was, I would not be around to write this notice. We worked West 4th St together for many years and I ALWAYS knew no matter the situation John had my back. 
I could go into war stories about John, but why? John was a legend in the Transit Police and I could not do justice to some of the things he did. We were basically kids who grew up on the job together. Those who knew him loved him. For those who didn't, you wouldn't believe what I had to say about him anyway.

I knew of John's illness and we often talked about it. It was one of the most aggressive, if not the most aggressive, forms of Melanoma. But John, being the fighter, was going to fight to the end. We talked often about the disease and his treatments and he would tell me I will see you at the reunion. There was no way I thought I would see John there. He called me the day before and said he was flying up from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando. When I saw John at the reunion I was taken aback. I realized what a battle it was for him to make that trip. But this was the celebration of his Academy class of 1967 and he was not going to miss it. The cancer was taking its toll but John was going out on his terms. When I saw him I gave him the biggest of hugs. I knew how ill he was and what an effort it was for him to be there.

John had a wonderful and supportive family; his children, both in NY and Florida, were his support system, guidance counselors and nurses. They knew, understood and respected the man they were dealing with. This was the fighter of all fighters and his attitude was he was going to kick this cancer's ass.

I was informed by John's son on Sunday that John was in end stage hospice in his home and that he was comfortable but not expected to live long. It was one of the worst, if not the worst, messages I had ever received. I literally felt like I had been kicked in the stomach by a mule. I was fortunate to have seen John yesterday and spend time with him. I was able to close my eyes and not see the man in front of me but visualize the man I knew and loved and will always love. I don't know if John was able to comprehend anything I saying and what I did say is something that I will not share with anyone else. I believe that God places us all on earth for a purpose and I think John's purpose was to be my partner and Guardian Angel and watch over me. Being the PBA president for eleven years was quite the honor but nothing will surpass the honor of being John Kelly's partner. To John I say, “Rest in Peace my partner and dearest of friends.” When you get to other side find out if they have a room like the one we created at West 4th St. and get it ready for me. You bring the beer I'll bring the cards.

If you were a Transit cop I urge you to come out a pay tribute to my Friend, partner and legend. In closing, I want to thank Louie Hollander for providing me this forum to write and publish this. There will be a viewing in Florida and New York.  See details below:

Florida viewing took place on August 24th with a NY viewing on August 28th. Burial was in Calverton National Cemetery

Send condolences to Sharan Kelly 60-19 59th Ave. Maspeth, NY 11378

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

August 6, 2017                            LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. DAVID CREAN and
                                                                       RET. P.O. HORACE WRIGHT

From Lou Hollander as received from Vinny Byrne BISHOP102@aol.com

RET. P.O. DAVID CREAN
1/16/1936 - 8/3/2017

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member and former Sgt-at-Arms, Ret. P.O. David Crean on August 3rd. Dave was appointed to the NYCTPD 6/21/65 and retired 7/24/86.

Services took place on August 6th and 7th with burial in Long Island National Cemetery

May David “Rest In Peace”



From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

We sadly inform you of the passing of Ret. P.O. Horace Wright. Horace passed Friday morning, August 4th.
I spoke to his son Kenneth who provided the following information today.

Services were held on Friday, August 11th in Charlotte

Condolence can be sent to Horace's sons Kenneth and Kevin
7325 Sugar Maple Lane
Charlotte, NC 28215

Kenneth's cell is 917 975-6462
Home 980 226-5114 

FYI- Horace lost his wife of 59 years on December 5th. Just eight months ago!

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Crean and Wright families. May Dave and Horace rest in peace.

July 31, 2017                                    WIFE OF RET. P.O. BRENDAN "JOE" McGARRY

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

Kristine McGarry, wife of Ret. P.O.  Brendan "Joe" McGarry passed away on July 29,2017 after losing her battle to cancer. 

Services took place on August 2nd and 3rd.

Condolences can be sent to Joe and the McGarry family,  email FOPEAGLE@aol.com  or Sympathy cards can be sent to 149 Cardinal Rd. Levittown NY 11756.  The family requests the in Lieu of flowers to make a donation in the name of Kristine McGarry to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Use link below.
https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-eGn0am01QIVFRuBCh3r7g4mEAAYAyAAEgJjvfD_BwE&cID=14262&pID=24671&sc_cid=kwp21778&s_kwcid=AL!4519!3!168501153505!b!!g!!st%20jude%20children%27s%20hospital%20donations&ef_id=WXImMAAAAGvrZB6X:20170731200919:s 

May Kris “Rest In Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Joe and the McGarry family. May Kris rest in peace and may the Good Lord comfort Joe on his loss.

July 30, 2017                               MOTHER OF RET. DET. SGT. FRED AMETRANO

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net information was received from Bob Valentino  RValent558@aol.com

Email condolences can be sent to Freddy at ddadam835@gmail.com or Funeral Home web page http://www.villagechapels.com/book-of-memories/3001741/Ametrano-Yolanda/service-details.php

Retired Det. Sgt. Fred Ametrano wrote:
It is with great sadness for myself and my entire family that I tell you of the passing of my Mother, YOLANDA AMETRANO, on Friday July 28, 2017 at the age of 99 due to natural causes. My Mom suffered a fall and a stroke prior to her passing. We will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.
Sincerely, Fred Ametrano
 
Funeral services took place on August 1st and 2nd with burial on the 3rd
 
Condolences to Fred and the entire Ametrano Family.
 
My wife and I knew Yolanda for many many years. She was cute, smart. tough and funny with unconditional love for her family.
 
May Yolanda rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences to Fred and the Ametrano family. May she rest in peace.

July 27, 2017                                                        RET. P.O. GARRET "GARY" WARD
                                                                                   RET. P.O. THOMAS MACALUSO
                                                     RET. DET. SGT. FREDERICK "FREDDIE" CROCKETT (late notice)

From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD

RET. P.O. GARRETT “GARY”  WARD
10/25/1943 – 7/25/2017


Ret. P.O. Garrett Ward, passed away on July 25th, 2017, at the age of 73 years while residing in Boynton Beach FL.
There are no funeral dertails other than he is to be buried in Long Island National Cemetery.

Garret was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired January 9, 1987
 
Lou has no further information.  “May Gary Rest In Peace”


RET. P.O. THOMAS MACALUSO
2/2/1937 – 7/25/2017


Published in Staten Island Advance on July 26, 2017

Ret. P.O. Thomas M. Macaluso of West Brighton, "beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose happiness was his family."
Mr. Macaluso was a lifelong Staten Islander, born and raised in New Dorp. He served for 20 years as a patrolman with the NYTPD at the Command Center on Jay Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., until 1986. After his retirement, he became the fire safety director of the Revlon building on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothea; his sons, Steven Macaluso and Joseph Mattia, and his daughter, Kim Birch; four grandchildren, Michael Birch, Courtney Booth, Morgan and Matthew Mattia, and three great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Stella and Wesley.

Services took place on July 27th.

Casey Funeral Home
350 Slosson Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 447-4242

Tom was appointed to NYCTPD 11/4/1966 his retirement date is unknown


The following was sent to us by Ret. P.O. Charles Papio  charles.papio1946@gmail.com  

Ret. D/Sgt. Frederick "Freddie" Crockett passed away on July 26th

.
The following is on the funeral home website http://marineparkfh.com/tribute/details/2164/Frederick-Crockett/obituary.html#tribute-start

CROCKETT – Freddie on July 26, 2017. Retired Detective Sgt NYPD, Intelligence Division/Gang Unit. U.S. Navy Veteran, Korea, USS Henley DD-762. Founding member and first President of the NYPD Navy Association. Founding member of the NYC Transit Police Irish War Pipe Band. Bagpiper for the NYPD Pipes & Drums. Beloved husband of the late Sophia. Devoted father of Fred (Kathy), Patrick (Melinda), Stephen (Donna), Paul (Penelope), and the late Daniel. Loving grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of 3. Dear brother of Thomas and the late Ann Mahoney. Beloved uncle and friend to many.

Services took place on July 31st.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ward, Macaluso and Crockett families. May the departed loved ones rest in peace.

July 20, 2017                                     RET. P.O. ANTHONY "TONY" RAO (late posting)

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net  ntfd by Ret. P.O. Roy LoPiparo

RET. P.O. ANTHONY "TONY" RAO
 6/29/1939 – 7/15/2017

Ret. P.O. Anthony "Tony" Rao passed away on July 15th at the age of  76 years at his residence in Sebastian, FL.
Tony was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired November 2, 1987. He served most of his career in District 34 wher he worked with Frank Crisa and Tony Lomanto for many years..

Funeral services took place on July 19th in Staten Island NY.

 

July 17, 2017                            SON OF RET. P.O. BOB RITTMEYER (late posting)

This DIF information was set by Lou Hollander as received from Bob Valentino RValent558@aol.com

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ret. Police Officer Bob Rittmeyer's son, Robert Rittmeyer Jr., on
Wednesday July 12, 2017 at the age of 47.

Funeral arrangements took place on July 16th and 17th

Deepest condolences and sympathies to Bob and the entire Rittmeyer Family.

May Robert rest in peace.

Condolences can be left on the Funeral Home web page http://www.johnedayfuneralhome.com/tributes/Robert-Rittmeyer/guest-book or email Bobby at RRittm1031@aol.com  May Robert ” Rest In Peace”

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Rittmeyer family. May Robert rest in peace.

July 9, 2017                                              RET. P.O. VICTOR 'VIC' LOMBARDO


We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Victor "Vic" Lombardo, on July 8th, at the age of 72 years. Vic was appointed to the Transit Police on November 28, 1967 and retired February 20, 1986

Below is the email we received from his son, Anthony.

Tony,
My father was a retired NYC TPO and passed away on July 8
He worked in many districts over the years including 33, E NY, and finally retired out of 23 in Far Rockaway.  He aso worked Citywide. I do not have his exact dates of service but he started in 1967 and retired in 1985.

See below-
Thanks

It is with great sadness that I report the death of my father. I have had the great honor of staying with him for the last two weeks and I now realize that I have been given a special gift that many children do not often get when it comes to the passing of a parent. My dad was very proud of his heritage, his family and his country which he faithfully served. He died with dignity at home in peace on the anniversary of his beloved baby sister Nina's death. In accordance with my father's wishes, there will be no funeral, service or other ceremonies of any kind. He wanted his ashes spread into the outgoing tide of the Atlantic Ocean this fall when the tourists leave town and a happy hour for his close friends and family.

Newspaper Obituary notice

Victor V. “Vic” Lombardo
Vic Lombardo, a resident of Myrtle Beach since 1985, passed away from natural causes on July 8 at the age of 72.
Mr. Lombardo was a native of Brooklyn, NY, a Vietnam-era Sergeant in the United States Army and was retired from the NYC Transit Police Department.
Vic loved living in his adopted retirement home, Myrtle Beach. He was passionate about golf, card games, crossword puzzles, classic movies and was a fixture at many local establishments. He will be fondly remembered for his tales of police duty, his unconditional love of children and his memory for trivia of all kinds. Vic loved the United States of America and was a patriot in every sense of the word.
Vic was predeceased by his wife Janet Page of Myrtle Beach. He is survived by his son Anthony (Corey) and beloved grandchildren Nicholas Anthony and Anna Victoria Lombardo of Chapin, SC.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Lombardo family, May Vic rest in peace.

July 5, 2017                                                         RET. P.O. ARTHUR KEENE

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net ntfd by NYPD

RET. P.O. ARTHUR KEENE
7/5/1955 -  6/24/2017

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. P.O. Arthur Keene. He was appointed to the Transit Police on July 18, 1984 and retired December 30, 2006. Arthur was assigned to District 2

Funeral Services took place on July

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Keene family. May Arthur rest in peace.

June 28, 2017                 RET. P.O. ROBERT T. CASSIDY,        RET. SGT. EUGENE "GENE" ROBINSON
                                                      LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM TAUGHER (late notice)

We received the following from our Recording Secty Bob Valentino as sent by the funeral home

RET. P.O. ROBERT T. CASSIDY
1/9/1953 - 6/24/2017

(Ret. P.O.) Robert T. Cassidy, age 64, passed away on June 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Bob was a retired New York City Transit Policeman. He was born on January 9, 1953 in Queens, NY to Robert T. and Margaret M. Geary Cassidy, Sr. Bob is survived by his devoted and loving partner, Joan Marino of Las Vegas. Also surviving are his cherished two children; Brad Cassidy of  Missouri and Beth Cassidy of New York and three grandchildren; Robert Cassidy, Sabin and Maura Cassidy.

Funeral services took place on June 28-29th



Information below sent by Lou Hollander as received from Chris Robinson
ChrisR413@aol.com

I received this sad information from Ret. PO Joseph F X O’Leary #2639, friend, partner, and neighbor of Bobby Cassidy.
Joe advised me this evening via phone that retired D-03 MOS Bobby Cassidy lost his battle with cancer on 06/24/17 in the AM hours.
Bobbie was in hospice care at the Nathan Nadalson facility in Las Vegas Nevada.

Bobby worked in D-03 in both uniform and A/C assignments.  He retired pre merge, and relocated to Las Vegas in 2002.

Robert was appointed to the Transit Police on May 20, 1974 and retired August 14, 1989



RET. SGT. EUGENE “GENE” ROBINSON
8/26/1943 – 6/27/2017

Obituary information was received from Marily Rust ,Gene’s domestic partner. Marily informed me that Gene was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in February which had advanced to other parts of his body.  
She informed me that he suffered.  He passed at his home while under Hospice care on June 27th.  There will not be a viewing or funeral. 

There will be a “Celebration of Life” on July 7th.  The time 3 PM – 5 PM at IMG Academy Gulf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pky, Bradenton FL 34210.  If you are planning to attend RSVP me ASAP at keystonecop1@verizon.net

Donations can be made in Gene’s name to the  Moffitt Cancer Center Thoracic Clinic, 12902 Magnolia Dr. Tampa FL 33612 .  Condolences can be sent to Marily Rust & the Robinson family at 12388 Lavender Loop, Bradenton FL 34212
 
Gene was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.  I did not know Gene on the job but I became very friendly with him through the Florida Reunions.  We talked quite often via phone and met for lunch or dinner a number of times. 
We hat the respective reunions we hosted in common.  He with the Transit Police Retired Guardians and me with the Transit Police Florida Reunion.  We would always compare notes and feed off each other. 
He always referred to me as “My Brother” every time we spoke.  Well, “Rest in Peace “My Brother.”  I will miss you.


LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM TAUGHER
6/24/1942 -  6/23/2017


This photo was taken in District 34 with Billy "hugging" Sgt. Patsy Tomasichio

Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. William Taugher was appointed to NYCTPD November 28, 1967 and retired January 2, 1988.  May he Rest In Peace

Information received from Louis Billera Louie1013@hotmail.com  via Face book message

Sadly to say, my uncle, Billy Taugher, passed away yesterday 06/23/17. Billy worked most of his career in Dist. 34.
Funeral services took place on June 25th and 26th.

I had the honor and pleasure of working with Billy in District 34. He always had a smile and a joke and hated to wear his uniform cap. - Tony

Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the Cassidy, Robinson and Taugher families. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.

June 24, 2017                                        RET. DET. DONALD "DONNIE" AMANTEA

From Rec. Secty. Bob Valentino RValent558@aol.com

 

 

Iregret to inform you of the passing of Retired Detective Donald (Donnie) Amantea. Donnie passed away on Wednesday, June 21st, at the age of 69 (born July 3, 1947) after a long battle with cancer.  He was a well respected gracious gentleman and will surely be missed by many. He was appointed to the Transit Police Department 05/20/1974 and retired on 03/01/1995

 

Funeral arrangements took place on June 25-26th

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital

 

Condolences to is wife Laura and the entire Amantea family.

May Donnie rest in peace.

 

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Amantea family. May their departed loved one rest in peace.

June 21, 2017                                 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ANTHONY DI BENEDETTO
                                                                         MOTHER OF RET. P.O. KEN KRAMER

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ANTHONY “TONY” DI BENEDETTO
1/3/1942 – 6/18/2017

This obituary information was sent by Lou Hollander as received from Bob Valentino RValent558@aol.com


I regret to inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Police Officer Anthony 'Tony' Di Benedetto. Tony passed away on Sunday June 18 at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer. Most of his career he worked in Brooklyn. He was a well-respected gracious gentleman and will surely be missed by many.
He was appointed to the Transit Police Department 12/01/1965 and retired on 11/18/1981
 
Funeral arrangements took place on June 21-22nd:
 
Condolences to his wife Chela and the entire DiBenedetto family.
May Tony rest in peace.

Tony’s obituary can be viewed at http://www.matthewfuneralhome.com/obituaries/anthony-dibenedetto/ 


Lou had just been browsing Face Book and saw a post by Ret. P.O. Kenny Kramer that his mom passed away on June 5th.  Kenny and his wife Kathy were on their way to Long Island to see her when she passed.  May she rest in peace.  Condolences can be sent to Kenny at kcscars@aol.com

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the DiBenedetto and Kramer families. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.

June 1, 2017                                      LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOSEPH FRASCA (late notice)
                                                                        RET. P.O.s EUGENE ACRI and DANIEL COLLINS 
                                                                              MOTHER OF RET. SGT. JOHN CARUSO           

From 2nd VP Harry Hassler and Ret. Sgt. Bob Ganley. This information was discovered when researching the location of Sgt. Joe Frasca for a story on his life in Transit:

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOSEPH FRASCA
1/1/1920 to 6/2/2015

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Joseph Frasca who was found to have passed away on June 2, 2015. He was 95 years old.
Joseph was apointed to the Transit Police on October 14, 1952 and retired November 11, 1979. He had supervised the Records Desk in the O/U for many years. We have no further details.


The following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net with obituary information received from Ed Lacey edlacey@verizon.net

RET. P.O. EUGENE ACRI
2/23/1945 – 5/28/17

Lou 
Ret. P.O. Gene Acri passed away 2 days ago (May 29th). He will be cremated & there will be no service. He worked in D-4 & was a FTO in
D-12

I worked with Gene in District 4 in the 80’s.  He was a good cop, a nice guy and seemed to be always smiling. He was appointed to the NYCTPD 8/1/66 and retired 8/20/94.   May Gene Rest In Peace.


LATE OBITUARY
RET. P.O. DANIEL COLLINS

I received this obituary information from Ret. Sgt. Bobby Ruggiero.  I was also in the same class of 3/10/69.  Danny retired 12/30/83.  May Danny Rest In Peace!

Dear Lou

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of my friend, Danny Collins, on May 15th. He was in my class of March 10, 1969. He retired to South Carolina and for the past 2 years, has been living with his son, Paul, due to poor health.

Condolences can be sent to Paul at the following address: 2 Shaker Court, Wallkill NY 12589

Rest in peace, my friend. I'll miss you.

Thanks,
Bob Ruggiero 



MOTHER OF JOHN CARUSO

Minnie Caruso,  mother of Ret. Sgt.John Caruso, passed away early this morning. (May 31st)  Mrs. Caruso has been in a nursing home for a few years.  She just celebrated her 98th birthday this past Sunday.  May Mrs. Caruso Rest In Peace. 

Funeral services took place on June 2nd

John’s email address is jcaruso@tampabay.rr.com

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Frasca, Acri, Collins and Caruso families. May their departed loved ones rest in peace.

May 30, 2017                                              LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. NEIL HARRINGTON

We were informed of the following from our editor, Frank Crisa fcrisa@verizon.net

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. CORNELIUS "NEIL" HARRINGTON

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. Lt. Cornelius ("Neil") Harrington this afternoon, at the age of 79 years. Neil had been in bad health the past several months. He was appointed to the Transit Police on November 6, 1966 and retired June 29, 1990. One of his assignments was in District 34 where Frank Crisa and Tony Lomanto worked with him. Neil was always a fair supervisor and a great guy.

From Lou Hollander:

Funeral arrangements took place on June 1st & 2nd

Our condolences to his wife, Geraldine, and the Harrington family. A number of Neil's children followed him into the ranks of the Police Department. May he rest in peace.

May 24, 2016                                                 PAST ASSOCIATION VP RET. P.O. RON FORTE

The following received from Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net and Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

FORMER ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND 1ST VP RET. P.O. RONALD FORTE

We regret to inform our members of the passing of our former Financial Secretary and 1st Vice President, Lifetime Member
Ret. P.O. Ron Forte
on May 23rd at the age of 79 years. He was appointed to the Transit Police on September 17, 1963 and retired July 6, 1984.

Ron was also a former President of the Retired Transit Guardians Association.

Funeral services took place on June 3rd

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife Jonnie and the Forte family. May Ron rest in peace.

May 23, 2017                                                        RET. P.O. RONALD WATSON
                                                                                RET. DET. JOHN MC MILLAN
                                                             MOTHER OF RET. P.O. JAMES RUDOLPH (late postings)

The following received from Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

RET. P.O. RONALD (RONNIE) WATSON
12/10-1938 - 5/20/2017

I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. P.O.Ronnie (aka Dr.) Watson.  I have known Ronnie since 1970 when I was a probie in District 1 and have been friends since then. I believe Ronnie spent his whole career in District 1. He was always smiling and joking around and had a very distinguished laugh that would let you know when he was around. He was a real nice guy and had many friends that will miss him.  My condolences to his wife carmen.  You can leave a condolence on the Funeral Home web page, http://www.reddenfuneralhome.net/book-of-memories/2936236/Watson-Ronald/service-details.php   May Ronnie Rest in Peace.

Funeral services took place on May 24th & 25th


The obituary information was sent by Charlie McCray cemccray@aol.com , information received from Ret. P.O. Joseph Gadsden

RET. DET. JOHN MCMILLAN
10/2/1942 – 5/12/2017


We have just been informed of the passing of Ret. DET. John McMillan.
Services took place on May 20th in Brunswick, GA

Condolences can be sent to his wife Zona by way of the Church,
Greater Hall Temple Church of God.
3226 Norwich St. Brunswick, GA 31520

Be well
Charles

John was appointed to NYCTPD 7/29/68, retirement date unknown. According to my data base he was a detective. This is all the information I have.   May he rest in Peace - Lou


MOTHER OF RET. P.O. JIMMY RUDOLPH

Hi Lou
It is with a heavy heart announcing the passing of my mother Mary. Services took place on May 19th. Please keep us in your prayers thanks Jimmy

My condolences to Jimmy and his family. May Mary Rest in peace.  Condolences can be sent to Jimmy at roadog1327@aol.com

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Watson, McMillan and Rudolph fasmilies. May their loved ones rest in peace.

May 14, 2017                                DAUGHTER OF SGT-AT-ARMS ED WILKO
                                                                    RET. P.O. JOHN SANICOLA   (late postings)

The following received from Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

DAUGHTER OF ED WILKO, TP RETIREE’S ASSOC. BOARD MEMBER

Jenny Wilko , daughter of Sgt-at-Arms Ed Wilko, passed away on April 28th.
Funeral services took place on May 2nd  
May Jenny “Rest in Peace”.


RET. P.O. JOHN SANICOLA
5/3/1938 - 5/5/2017


This obituary information was received from Recording Secretary Bobby Valentino RValent558@aol.com

I regret to inform you of the passing of Retired Transit Police Officer John Sanicola. He was 79 years old. John passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 after a long illness. A great guy and a gracious gentleman.

John was appointed to the New York City Transit Police Department on May 3, 1965 and retired on March 21, 1982. He worked in District 30, the Stakeout Unit and the Court Unit.

Funeral arrangements took place on May 8th with a Funeral Mass and burial on May 9th

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made and payable to the Viscardi Center 201 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson, New York 11507 Att. Linda Tibbles.
 
May John rest in peace.

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

April 23, 2017                                                        RET. P.O. JAMES JOYNER

From Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

With profound sadness we inform you of the passing of Ret. PO James Joyner.  James transitioned on April 18th, following a long illness.

Funeral services took place on Monday, May 1st
       
Condolences can be sent to his wife Sylvia
621 N. Christy Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89110-3711
702 459-3023

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Joyner family. May James rest in peace.

April 20, 2017                                                       WIFE OF RET. SGT. EDDIE SOLOMON

Following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

WIFE OF RET. SGT. EDDIE SOLOMON

Below is the email I received from Eddie Solomon on the passing of his wife, Phuoc.  My condolences to Ed and his family.  I have had the privilege of meeting Phuoc at a number of Florida reunionS over the past years.   Every time I saw heR during the course of the weekend, she always wore a huge unforgettable smile and always had a nice compliment.  As you can see, Eddie is hurting, and rightfully so.  Say a prayer that the Lord comforts Ed and his family during these troubling times. 

Condolences can be sent to Ed at e_solomon@msn.com Cards can be sent to Ed at 10 Sandy Ct. Farmingville NY 11738. 
May Phuoc Rest in Peace!

Louie,
I am heartbroken to report that my wife of 43 years, Phuoc, passed away today of Natural Causes. It was unexpected, very sudden and very quick.   I don't know how to proceed without her.....she has given me 2 wonderful kids and 4 fantastic grandkids. 
 
The arrangements are:
Moloney Funeral Home
132 Ronkonkoma Ave
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY  11779
Viewing is on Sat 4/22 and Sun 4/23 2-4 and 7-9

A Catholic Mass will be conducted at St Joseph's Church in Lake Ronkonkoma.
She will be interned at Calverton National Cemetery on Monday 4/24

Louie, thank you for informing the rest of the Transit Family.   I don't have it in me to call each and every person that knew her and tell them what happened.
Eddie Solomon

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Eddie and the Solomon family. May she rest in peace.

April 17, 2017                            LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. DONALD COLLINS (late notice)

Following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net received from Jimmy Clark jclark582@peoplepc.com 

               

RET. PO. DONALD COLLINS

2/20/1937 – 4/3/2017

 

 

We regret to inform our members of the passsing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Donald Collins on April 3rd. Don worked most of his career in District 34. He was appointed November 4, 1966 and retired November 8, 1986. I had the pleasure of working with Don for many years down at Stillwell Ave. - Tony

Donald ‘Donnie’ A. Collins Sr.

 

Donald A. ‘Donnie’ Collins

Donald “Donnie” A. Collins, Sr., 80, of The Villages, Florida, passed away on Monday. April 3,2017 while under the care of hospice. He was born February 20, 1937 to Stephen and Lillian (Lea) Collins in Brooklyn, NY. On January 31, 1959 he married his wife Eileen Ludlow in Brooklyn, NY. Donnie enjoyed pool, bowling, playing with his dog, Cricket and tinkering in the garage. Donald was a proud Veteran of the United States and a NYPD Transit Police Officer.
Survivors include wife of 58 years Eileen Collins; sister Gerry; daughters Theresa, Brenda and Corrine; daughter-in-law Jill, grandsons Chris, DJ, Patrick with his wife Ashley and two great grandchildren, Benjamin and Nathaniel.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Stevie, Artie, Joey and Davey and his only son, Donald.
A gathering of friends and family was held on Friday, April 7, 2017 - Inurnment will be private at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice (donate.cshospice.org) or the American Heart Association Research (donatenow.heart.org).

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Collins family. May Don rest in peace.

April 6, 2017                            RET. P.O. FRANKLIN BELLE (late notification)

Following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net received from NYPD

LATE OBITUARY
RET P.O. FRANKLIN BELLE
1/22/1944 – 3/31/201


We regret to inform our fellow retirees of the passing of Ret. P.O. Franklin Bell on March 31st.
Franklin was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired February 10, 1986

Funeral services took place in Poughkeepsie on April 5th with burial in Wappinger Falls Cemetery

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Marianita at 5105 Boulder Way, Wappinger Falls, NY

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Belle family. May Franklin rest in peace.

March 29, 2017                   LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MARINO "MARTY" ALMA

Following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

 

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. MARINO “MARTY” ALMA
4/18/1923 – 3/26/17

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Marty Alma, on March 26th at the age of 93 years.
Marty was appointed to the Transit Police on May 1, 1955 and retired May 10,1976. Lou Hollander took the above photo of Marty at the 2016 West Palm Beach R.O.M.E.O.  May Marty RIP.

Funeral arrangements took place on March 29th & 30th

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Alma family. May Marty rest in peace.

March 15, 2017                                       RET. P.O. LESTER NOBLE (updated)

We received this obituary information from Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

RET. P.O. LESTER NOBLE
5/12/1942 - 3/13/2017

Lester was appointed to the NYCTPD 6/1/66 and retired 8/16/86.  He spent most of his time with NYCTPD at D12 during the 60s and 70s. “May he rest in peace”

Hi All
I have just received a notification that P.O. Lester Noble has passed. I understand he may have worked in Dist.11.
I did not know him and at this time I have no further information.

Be well
Charles

From Lou Hollander: Obituary information was received from Edward Molette, walkermolette@aol.com

The wife, MaryAnn Mcknight Noble, is making notification that her husband, a former member NYCTPD Officer Lester Noble passed on Monday March ,13 2017 .

Funeral Service is scheduled for Granby’s Funeral Home , located 4021 White Plains Rd. 718 519 6047 Friday March 17 , 2017 at 10:00 AM .

The burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery located at 233rd St. and Webster Ave  10470 Bronx N.Y. Tel # 718 920 0500 .

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Noble family. May Lester rest in peace.

March 13, 2017                      RET. P.O. NEHEMIAH "JERRY" CHAMBERS (late posting)

RET. P.O. NEHEMIAH "JERRY" CHAMBERS
11/30/1938 – 3/6/2017

Lou Hollander received this obituary information from Charlie McCray cemccray@aol.com as received from Richard Ferguson.  You can view obituary information and send condolences at http://www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4153210&fh_id=13105  May Jerry rest in peace

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. P.O. Jerry Chambers. Jerry passed of a heart attack at about 1:30 Monday morning, March 6th.

Funeral services took place on Saturday March 11, 2017
          
Condolences can be sent to:

                        Teresa Chambers
                        685 Ave. C
                        Stroudsburg, PA 18360
                        570 476-8810

At the family's request in lieu of flowers a donation to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Chambers family. May Jerry rest in peace.

March 5, 2017                        LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHNNY TUCKER (late posting)

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHNNY TUCKER
6/23/1941 - 2/15/2017

The obituary below was sent by Lou Hollander as received from Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com . 


Johnny was appointed to the NYCTP dept. 12/1/65 and retired 1/1/93.  I remember him working in personnel either in Jay St.  May he rest in peace!

 

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of our dear Brother Johnny Tucker who transitioned on Feb.15th.


Services were held on February 22nd & 23rd.
 

Information received from his daughter Italya Gresham 706 816-8137

 

Be well

Charles

March 3, 2017                            WIFE OF THE LATE RET. P.O. GEORGE PAINE

Information sent to us by Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com  as received from Ret. Sgt. Leroy Hill

We bring you the sad news that Leanora Paine, the wife of our deceased brother Retired Sgt. George Paine, has passed.

Funeral services took place on March 11th.

Condolences can be sent to the Paine family at:

 168 Sullivan Place
 Brooklyn, NY 11225
 718 469-3326
  
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Paine family. May Leonora rest in peace.

March 1, 2017                                                 RET. CAPT. THOMAS SCHNEIDER

Following sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net  received from Tommy Griffin tp3captain@optimum.net

RET. CAPT. THOMAS SCHNEIDER
9/14/1942 – 2/25/2017

Tom was appointed to the NYCTP Department 6/21/65 and retired 7/2/92 . View obituary and sign guestbook on Funeral Home Web Page http://www.cargainfuneralhomes.com/home/index.cfm

It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of former Captain Tom Schneider on February 25th. Tom worked in Districts 3, 11, 12 and 32..

Thanks Louie,
Tom Griffin

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Schneider family. May Thomas rest in peace.

February 10, 2017                       LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM STILL (late notification)

From Ret. Lt. Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM STILL
 4-26-23 to 11-29-16

Bro. Bill Troupe called this morning with the sad information that one of our most senior members, William Still, had passed
on November 29, 2016, in Florida where he lived with his daughter. William would have been 94 this April.
Bill was notified by a neighbor who had called his daughter. He was brought back to New York and buried beside his wife.

Just to let you know, Bro. Still had not attended a meeting in many years because of his mobility. He was an avid
supporter of our retirees organization and especially the foundation.

Bill was appointed to the Transit Police on October 21, 1961 and retired January 4, 1982

May he rest in peace.

Be well
Charles

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Still family. May Bill rest in peace.

February 2, 2017                                         RET. LT. EUGENE "GENE" TORTORA

Following notifications sent by Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net as received from Lenny Hershkovitz

 

RET. LT. EUGENE “GENE” TORTORA
5/11/1947 – 1/29/2017

I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Lt. Gene Tortora.  I had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with Gene in the late 70’s – early 80’s in District 4.  Gene was a real nice guy; always seem to have a smile on his face.  Everyone liked Gene.  He had many friends within the district. Many years passed since I had seen Gene.  The last few years I would run into him at the NY Reunion in November at Antun’s.  I did see him at the NY reunion this past November where we sat and talked for awhile.  I am so glad I had that opportunity to sit with him, because that would be the last time I would ever see Gene.  You’ll never know when you will see a friend for the last time.  My condolences to the Tortora family.  “Rest in peace, my friend”

Gene was apointed to the Transit Police on October 1, 1973 and retired from NYPD on June 16, 2004

Funeral services were held on February 2n3 & 3rd.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Tortora family. May Gene rest in peace.

January 29, 2017                            LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. LAWRENCE DEL PRIORE (late notice)
                                                                    RET. LTs. JOHN ROWLAND and DON ROWLEY
                                                 RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN and RET. P.O. LEONARD CRAWFORD

Information received from Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen after mail was returned by Post Office

Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Lawrence DelPriore passed away on February 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years while living in Shoreham, NY.
He was appointed to the Transit Police on July 6, 1964 and retired June 30, 1980.


Following notifications received from Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

RET. LT. JOHN ROWLAND
8/25/64 – 1/26/2017

Obituary information sent to Lou Hollander from Gail Imhauser gimhauser@hotmail.com

Ret. Lt John Rowland passed away on January 26th. He was appointed to the NYCTPD 1/27/88. At the time of the merge he was a Sgt in TPF.  John also worked in Districts 2, and retired from Counter Terrorism TF.  He was a great boss.

Funeral services took place on January 29th to the 31st


RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN
10/29/1958 – 1/17/17

Obituary information sent to Lou Hollander from Michelle Kemp

Regretfully I report the passing of Det Claude Kellman on Tuesday 1/17/2017.  Claude was appointed to NYCTPD 7/18/1984.
Det. Kellman retired from Brooklyn Special Victims 8/1/2004.  He worked in District 30, 32 Transit Squad. 

Services took place on January 21st.


RET. LT. DON ROWLEY
6/23/1939 – 1/17/2017

Information sent to Lou Hollander from Louie Cruz. 

This is a tough one. Don was like family. May God bless Don (rest in peace) & his family as they cope with their loss.
Always, Louis A. Cruz, Det. Ret.

Ret. Lt. Don Rowley was appointed to the NYCTPD 6/21/65 and retired 10/11/1986.  I knew Don in the mid 70’s when we worked in CWAC.  Don was promoted to Sgt. while in CWAC.  He was always a gentleman.    Condolences can be sent to Don’s daughter Anne Rowley 111 Putnam Rd. Garrison, NY 10524.   May he rest in peace!

Please be sure to view the video on Don’s obituary page, it is a beautiful tribute to Don.
http://www.davissmithfuneralhome.com/obituary/Don-F.-Rowley/Hot-Springs-AR/1694539



RET. P.O. LEONARD CRAWFORD
6/20/1965 -1/22/2017

The following information was sent to Lou Hollander from Gail Imhauser gimhauser@hotmail.com

Lou,
Yesterday Lenny Crawford passed away. He was hired to TPD July 1986 and retired July 2006 (I know he worked in D20). After retirement, he was diagnosed with ALS (I don't know what year he was diagnosed). I have not seen any funeral arrangements as of yet.
Here is an old PBA fundraiser link that gives some information about Lenny; https://www.nycpba.org/10-13/crawford.html
Gail

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of our departed fellow officers.  May they rest in peace.

January 18, 2017                         RET. P.O. BILLY WHITE AND RET. P.O. RAFAEL GARAYUA (late notices)

Lou Hollander received the information below from Michelle Stromer LIDOKY@aol.com and after doing some research found out the dates of death for both officers.  May Billy & Ralph Rest In Peace.

RET. PO BILLY WHITE
10/5/1960 – 3/10/2016

RET. PO RAFAEL “RALPH” GARAYUA
DOB UNKNOWN – 10/10/2016

A friend of mine, Rafael (Ralph) Garayua passed away recently--October or November of 2016. It's like pulling teeth to get information on his passing.
 
We worked together in D-20. His last unit was Queens Task Force, I believe. I heard he fell down the stairs into a sliding glass door and slit his throat and bled out before help could reach him. He would have been 53 this past December. I'm still in shock and sad over his death.
 
Another co-worker from D-20 is rumored to have died last year from cancer--Billy White.
 
I did A/C with both of them at one time or another. Very sad. I don't think I saw either one of them listed in the newsletter.
 
Michele

Our deepest condolences to the White & Garayua families. May the departed rest in peace.

January 14, 2017                      LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. PETER AROM and
                                             THE SISTER OF THE LATE RET. DET. CLARENCE SURGEON and
                                                                  RET. SGT. JAMES ATHENAS

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. PO PETER AROM
1/28/36 - 1/11/17

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Peter Arom on January 11th at the age of 80 years.
Peter was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired December 5, 1988.

Funeral services were held on January 15th with burial on the 16th.

Condolences may be sent to his daughter Mary Pat Guthy, 31 Rugby St., Brentwood NY 11717-1827



SISTER OF THE LATE DET. CLARENCE SURGEON

DIF information received from Charlie McCray, cemccray@aol.com 

We sadly inform you of the passing of Gloria Surgeon. Gloria passed on Friday, January 6th 
She was the older sister to Ret. Det. Clarence Surgeon, (deceased)

The Street where Clarence lived, Rochester Ave. between Fulton and Herkimer, is now named after Clarence.

Services took place on January 20th.

Condolences may be sent to:
Deborah Perry
191-41 115th Ave.
St. Albans, NY 11412
718 479-7841

Diane Scope
2807 Spring Breeze Way
Monroe, NC 28110
917 753-0660


Information received from Vinnie Servedio and Pete Cardelena

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. Sgt. James Athenas on January 11th at the age of 70 years.
James was appointed to teh Transit Police on February 22, 1971 and retired March 19, 1990.

Funeral services were held on January 15 & 16th with a Funeral Mass & burial on the 17th.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the St. Jude Children's Hospital

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Arom, Surgeon, and Athena families. May the departed rest in peace.

January 6, 2017  LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. P.O.s GENE LAMBERT AND THOMAS BARRETT (updated)                                                   

We received the following from Ret. P.O. Vinnie Servedio 1kramden@optonline.net

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. GENE LAMBERT
4/10/1935 TO 1/4/2017

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Gene Lambert on January 4th at the age of 81 years. Gene was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired September 3, 1981. His last assignment was District 34.

Services were held on January 8th to the 10th.Condolences may be sent to his wife, Rose, at 53 Isabella Drive, Manchester Township NJ 08759-6042



We received the following from Ret. Lt. Mark Lipira and Ret. Sgt. Walter Nunns

LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. THOMAS W. BARRETT
9/28/1940 TO 1/6/2017

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Thomas Barrett on Friday, January 6th, at the age of 76 years. Tom was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired on January 13, 1986. His last assignment was in Applications Investigation Unit. His remains were cremated.

A Memorial service was held on January 12th and a Funeral Mass on the 13th.

Tom worked with many of his fellow Transit Police officers at St. Francis Hospital where he passed away. He will be dearly missed.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Sabina, at 41 Frances Lane, Massapequa Park NY 11762-3717

January 3, 2017                                 WIFE OF RETIRED SGT. NORMAN THOMAS

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net as received from Bobby Wheeler robertlwheeler3@aol.com


Marilyn Thomas, wife of Retired Sgt. Norman Thomas, passed away last Monday 12/26/16.

Services were held on January 4th.

Condolences may be sent to Norman at 120-14 Dreiser Loop, apt 14-F, Bronx, NY 10475; phone:  (718) 671-1256.
May she rest in peace!

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Thomas family. May Marilyn rest in peace.