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
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.
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)
LATE OBITUARY RET. SGT. ARTHUR DELIA 11/20/1945 – 9/26/2017
I was informed my Angela Sorge email@example.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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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)
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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.
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 email@example.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.
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!
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.
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
FORMER ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND 1ST VP RET. P.O. RONALD FORTE
We regret to inform our members of the passing of our formerFinancial 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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)
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 email@example.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.
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. WILLIAM STILL 4-26-23 to 11-29-16
Bro. Bill Troupe called this morning with the sad information that one of our most senior members, William Still, had passed on November 29, 2016, in Florida where he lived with his daughter. William would have been 94 this April. Bill was notified by a neighbor who had called his daughter. He was brought back to New York and buried beside his wife.
Just to let you know, Bro. Still had not attended a meeting in many years because of his mobility. He was an avid supporter of our retirees organization and especially the foundation.
Bill was appointed to the Transit Police on October 21, 1961 and retired January 4, 1982
May he rest in peace.
Be well Charles
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Still family. May Bill rest in peace.
I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ret. Lt. Gene Tortora. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with Gene in the late 70’s – early 80’s in District 4. Gene was a real nice guy; always seem to have a smile on his face. Everyone liked Gene. He had many friends within the district. Many years passed since I had seen Gene. The last few years I would run into him at the NY Reunion in November at Antun’s. I did see him at the NY reunion this past November where we sat and talked for awhile. I am so glad I had that opportunity to sit with him, because that would be the last time I would ever see Gene. You’ll never know when you will see a friend for the last time. My condolences to the Tortora family. “Rest in peace, my friend”
Gene was apointed to the Transit Police on October 1, 1973 and retired from NYPD on June 16, 2004
Funeral services were held on February 2n3 & 3rd.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Tortora family. May Gene rest in peace.
January 29, 2017 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. LAWRENCE DEL PRIORE (late notice) RET. LTs. JOHN ROWLAND and DON ROWLEY RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN and RET. P.O. LEONARD CRAWFORD
Information received from Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen after mail was returned by Post Office
Lifetime Member Ret. Sgt. Lawrence DelPriore passed away on February 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years while living in Shoreham, NY. He was appointed to the Transit Police on July 6, 1964 and retired June 30, 1980.
Ret. Lt John Rowland passed away on January 26th. He was appointed to the NYCTPD 1/27/88. At the time of the merge he was a Sgt in TPF. John also worked in Districts 2, and retired from Counter Terrorism TF. He was a great boss.
Funeral services took place on January 29th to the 31st
RET. DET. CLAUDE KELLMAN 10/29/1958 – 1/17/17
Obituary information sent to Lou Hollander from Michelle Kemp
Regretfully I report the passing of Det Claude Kellman on Tuesday 1/17/2017. Claude was appointed to NYCTPD 7/18/1984. Det. Kellman retired from Brooklyn Special Victims 8/1/2004. He worked in District 30, 32 Transit Squad.
Services took place on January 21st.
RET. LT. DON ROWLEY 6/23/1939 – 1/17/2017
Information sent to Lou Hollander from Louie Cruz.
This is a tough one. Don was like family. May God bless Don (rest in peace) & his family as they cope with their loss. Always, Louis A. Cruz, Det. Ret.
Ret. Lt. Don Rowley was appointed to the NYCTPD 6/21/65 and retired 10/11/1986. I knew Don in the mid 70’s when we worked in CWAC. Don was promoted to Sgt. while in CWAC. He was always a gentleman. Condolences can be sent to Don’s daughter Anne Rowley 111 Putnam Rd. Garrison, NY 10524. May he rest in peace!
Lou, Yesterday Lenny Crawford passed away. He was hired to TPD July 1986 and retired July 2006 (I know he worked in D20). After retirement, he was diagnosed with ALS (I don't know what year he was diagnosed). I have not seen any funeral arrangements as of yet. Here is an old PBA fundraiser link that gives some information about Lenny; https://www.nycpba.org/10-13/crawford.html Gail
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of our departed fellow officers. May they rest in peace.
January 18, 2017 RET. P.O. BILLY WHITE AND RET. P.O. RAFAEL GARAYUA (late notices)
Lou Hollander received the information below from Michelle StromerLIDOKY@aol.com and after doing some research found out the dates of death for both officers. May Billy & Ralph Rest In Peace.
RET. PO BILLY WHITE 10/5/1960 – 3/10/2016
RET. PO RAFAEL “RALPH” GARAYUA DOB UNKNOWN – 10/10/2016
A friend of mine, Rafael (Ralph) Garayua passed away recently--October or November of 2016. It's like pulling teeth to get information on his passing.
We worked together in D-20. His last unit was Queens Task Force, I believe. I heard he fell down the stairs into a sliding glass door and slit his throat and bled out before help could reach him. He would have been 53 this past December. I'm still in shock and sad over his death.
Another co-worker from D-20 is rumored to have died last year from cancer--Billy White.
I did A/C with both of them at one time or another. Very sad. I don't think I saw either one of them listed in the newsletter.
Our deepest condolences to the White & Garayua families. May the departed rest in peace.
January 14, 2017 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. PETER AROM and THE SISTER OF THE LATE RET. DET. CLARENCE SURGEON and RET. SGT. JAMES ATHENAS
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. PO PETER AROM 1/28/36 - 1/11/17
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Peter Arom on January 11th at the age of 80 years. Peter was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired December 5, 1988.
Funeral services were held on January 15th with burial on the 16th.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter Mary Pat Guthy, 31 Rugby St., Brentwood NY 11717-1827
We sadly inform you of the passing of Gloria Surgeon. Gloria passed on Friday, January 6th She was the older sister to Ret. Det. Clarence Surgeon, (deceased)
The Street where Clarence lived, Rochester Ave. between Fulton and Herkimer, is now named after Clarence.
Services took place on January 20th.
Condolences may be sent to: Deborah Perry 191-41 115th Ave. St. Albans, NY 11412 718 479-7841
Diane Scope 2807 Spring Breeze Way Monroe, NC 28110 917 753-0660
Information received from Vinnie Servedio and Pete Cardelena
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Ret. Sgt. James Athenas on January 11th at the age of 70 years. James was appointed to teh Transit Police on February 22, 1971 and retired March 19, 1990.
Funeral services were held on January 15 & 16th with a Funeral Mass & burial on the 17th.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the St. Jude Children's Hospital
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Arom, Surgeon, and Athena families. May the departed rest in peace.
January 6, 2017 LIFETIME MEMBERS RET. P.O.s GENE LAMBERT AND THOMAS BARRETT (updated)
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. GENE LAMBERT 4/10/1935 TO 1/4/2017
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Gene Lambert on January 4th at the age of 81 years. Gene was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired September 3, 1981. His last assignment was District 34.
Services were held on January 8th to the 10th.Condolences may be sent to his wife, Rose, at 53 Isabella Drive, Manchester Township NJ 08759-6042
We received the following from Ret. Lt. Mark Lipira and Ret. Sgt. Walter Nunns
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. THOMAS W. BARRETT 9/28/1940 TO 1/6/2017
We regret to inform our members of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. Thomas Barrett on Friday, January 6th, at the age of 76 years. Tom was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired on January 13, 1986. His last assignment was in Applications Investigation Unit. His remains were cremated.
A Memorial service was held on January 12th and a Funeral Mass on the 13th.
Tom worked with many of his fellow Transit Police officers at St. Francis Hospital where he passed away. He will be dearly missed.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Sabina, at 41 Frances Lane, Massapequa Park NY 11762-3717
January 3, 2017 WIFE OF RETIRED SGT. NORMAN THOMAS