Ret. P.O. Emmanuel "Manny" Sorge passed away on Sunday, June 9th at the age of 82 years after battling cancer and Parkinson's disease. Manny, as he was known by his fellow officers, worked in District 34 for many years. Manny was appointed to the Transit Police on 3/2/67 and retired 11/24/89.
Funeral services were held on June 11th and 12th
He is survived by his wife, Angela, their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Angela at email@example.com
Our deepest condolences to Angela and the Sorge family. May Manny rest in peace.
May 31, 2019 RET. P.O. AARON KELLEY and RET. P.O. AARON GUDEMA
Retired Police Officer Aaron Gudema, formerly assigned to NYC Transit Police Dept, died on Tuesday 05-28-19. Aaron was appointed to the Transit Police on 06-21-65 and retired 01-24-86.
Funeral services took place on June 1st and 2nd
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Kelley and Gudema familes. May their deceased loved ones Rest in Peace.
May 22, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. CAPT. JOSEPH CANNON and SISTER OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. LEE WINTERS (late posting)
From Lou Hollander
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. CAPT. JOSEPH “JOE” CANNON 7/5/1943 – 5/19/2019
Lifetime Member, Ret. Capt. Joseph Cannon, passed away on May 19th. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Joe was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired from NYPD after the merge on November 1, 1997.
Funeral services were held on May 23rd and 24th.:
Lou worked in Dist. 1 with Joe when he first got out of the academy and felt Joe was a real nice guy. I also worked with Joe when I came out of the Academy in April, 1966.
I agree with Lou that Joe was always a great fellow officer who always would help out us "Probies." May he Rest in Peace.- Tony
Lorraine Winters, sister of Lifetime Member Ret. Det. Lee Winters passed away on April 9th. Lee sent his blog to Lou, with a very sad story of his sister's illness and her fight to regain her health.
Brothers and Sisters,
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. I haven’t been myself this long, long, winter night. I wrote a blog post about it. I experienced a family event that some of you may relate to. Others may learn a thing or two. In any event, I sincerely wish you well in dealing with this unpredictable life that gets even more unpredictable as we move into these more tenuous years.
I have been informed that Steve suffered a serious stroke several days before his passing in The Villages, FL. I was told by Joe McGarry that Steve was cremated and that a future memorial service will be held in July.
Steve was appointed to the NYCTP 10/1/1973 and retired from NYPD. I believe he worked in District One as a PO, Sgt & Lt. After the merge, he retired from the NYPD on 4/20/1996. The above photo was sent to me by Charlie Rodriguez.
A funeral mass took place on April 20th with internment in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery,
Obituary information by Lou received from George Butler
RET. P.O. ALAN DEBNAM 1//6/1946 – 4/5/2019
I'm sad to report the passing of Ret. P.O. Alan C. Debnam. Alan worked in District 3 and RDU. Alan was appointed to the NYCTPD 7/8/71. His retirement date is unavaible
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOSEPH BENEVENTANO 1/23/1941 – 3/31/2019
I have been informed by Margaret Beneventano that her husband Joe had passed after a 5-year battle with cancer. He was cremated and a “Celebration of his life” took place on April 11th.
They would have been married 30 years in May. Margaret also told me that Joe did 10 years as a Deputy in Charlotte SC. Condolences can be sent to Joe’s wife Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org May Joe “Rest in Peace
RET. P.O. EDWARD HANUS 1/4/1947 – 4/6/2019
Ed Hanus and Bob Davan
Lou received this obituary information from Hugh Lennon email@example.com
Hi Louie, Sad news. Eddie Hanus, who worked in District 3, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Services took place on April 9th and 10th
Eddie and Bob Daven’s picture was on the Retired Officer’s Membership Card several years ago. Eddie is in the foreground looking away.
Hi Louie, FYI, another retired MOS passes. Eddie Hanus, age 72, who worked almost his entire career in Dist. 3, died on Saturday, April 6.
He came on in 1970 and retired in the mid-90s. He later served as the Director of Security at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County. He is survived by his son and 3 daughters. He wife, Ann, died about 2 1/2 years ago. He lived in Stoney Point, NY for last 44 years and grew up in the south Bronx. Bobby Davan
Eddie was appointed to the NYCTPD 3/21/70 and retired 7/2/92. May Eddie “Rest in Peace” with his wife Ann.
Herman Middleton Riggan Jr. of Maybrook, NY, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in Albany. He was 81. The son of the late Herman Middleton and Gretchen Moore Riggan, he was born August 30, 1937 in Warrenton, North Carolina. Herman served in the Air Force from 1956-1960 and was a NYC Transit Police Officer. Survivors include his wife, Gail Riggan; daughter, Patricia Ann DeLucia and her husband, James; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kathleen.
Herman was appointed to the Transit Police on April 13, 1965. His retirement date is unknown as he was not a member of the Retirees Association.
Services took place on February 22nd.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Gail and the Riggan family. May Herman rest in peace.
March 25, 2019 RET. DET. PHILIP PERRY (late posting)
RET. DET. PHILIP PERRY 6/21/1957 - 3/14/2018
Ret. Det. Philip Perry, formerly assigned to the Detective Bureau, passed away on March 14th, 2019. Philip was appointed to the Transit Police on January 29, 1982 and retired from NYPD on December 1, 2004. He worked in District 2 and drove Chief Cronin.
Services took place on March 16th & 17th with a Funeral Mass and burial on March 18th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Karen, and the Perry family. May he rest in peace.
March 18, 2019 MOTHER OF RET. P.O. FRANK CROCE
Dorothy Croce, mother of Ret. PO Frank Croce, passed away on March 14th at the age of 102 years.
We sadly inform you of the passing of Ret. Sgt. Lloyd R. Finley on Thursday evening, February 28th. Lloyd was appointed to the Transit Police on November 1, 1967 and retired October 1, 1996. He was also a Past Presdient of the Transit Police Guardians Association. Lloyd was cremated. A Memorial service was held in Florida.
The New York continuation of the Celebration of Life for Ret. Sgt. Lloyd R. Finley took place on April 16th with the burial of his ashes in Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County
Be well Charles
The above photo was taken by Lou Hollander at the 1999 Reunion.
From Lou Hollander and Norman Rapport
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. LEONARD "LENNY" DiCRISTINO
4/20/1940 - 3/1/2019
We received the sad information that Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Leonard DiCristino passed away on Friday, March 1st, after a long illness. Lenny had just been moved from his hospital room into a hospice unit where he passed away after a long illness. Lenny was appointed to the Transit Police on May 7, 1968 and retired January 3, 1985. He had been assigned to CWPS and worked in District 34.
Our deepest condolences to the Finley, DiCristino and Narvaez families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.
February 20, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN DeLUCA (late notice)
We just received the sad news from John's wife, Alice
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JOHN DeLUCA 11-26-1943 to 01-27-2019
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the sudden passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. P.O. John DeLuca, on January 27th. John was appointed to the Transit Police on December 1, 1965 and retired on disability on January 1, 1980.
Condolences may be sent to Alice at 10142 208th Path, O'Brien FL 32071-2570
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the DeLuca family. May John rest in peace.
February 17, 2019 WIFE OF LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. ARNOLD ERCOLE
We received the following information from Ret. PO Tony Licciardello:
Arlene Ercole, wife of Lifetime Member Ret. PO Arnold Ercole, passed away on February 13th at the age of 80 years after a long illness..
Funeral services took place on February 18th and 19th.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ercole family. May Arlene rest in peace.
February 5, 2019 RET. SGT. EDWARD KEITEL
From Lou Hollander:
RET. SGT EDWARD KEITEL 9/2/1945 – 2/3/2019
Ed was appointed to NYCTPD 10/1/73 and merged to NYPD as a Sgt. I do not know his rank when retired or retirement date. May he “Rest in Peace. Condolences can be left on funeral home web page, https://www.bryantfh.com/tributes/Edward-Keitel
Services took place on February 6th and 7th
In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to: ASPCA ( The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) PO Box 96929, Washington DC 20090-6929 Tel: 1-800-628-0028 Web: http://www.ASPCA.Org
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Keitel family. May Edward rest in peace.
January 30, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JAMES ZACHARAKOS (late notice)
We just received this sad news from Jimmy's daughter, Ann Marie
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. JAMES "JIMMY" ZACHARAKOS
3/9/1944 - 1/11/2019
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. James Zacharakos, on January 11, 2019. James was appointed to the Transit Police on June 1, 1965 and retired on March 1, 1980. He primarily worked in District 34.
Services took place on January 14th and 15th.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Helen, at 95 81st street, Brooklyn NY 11209
I had the pleasure of working with Jimmy in 34A and 34 for many years and always found him to be an honest and trustworthy person. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Helen and the Zacharakos family. May Jimmy rest in peace. - Tony
January 27, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOHN McEVOY
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. SGT. JOHN McEVOY 9/30/1940 - 1/26/2019
We regret to inform our members and fellow officers of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Sgt. John McEvoy, on January 26th, at the age of 78 years. John was appointed to the Transit Police on May 3, 1965 and retired November 2, 1991. His last assignment was in District 23. After retirement, John worked in the Security Department of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn NY where he was the evening supervisor along with several other retired Transit officers.
The viewing took place on Tuesday, January 29th with a service and burial on the 30th in Calverton National Cemetery
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lydia, at 345 Martin Drive, West Islip NY 11795
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Lydia and the McEvoy family. May John rest in peace.
January 24, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD KILGEN (late notice)
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. RICHARD KILGEN
12/9/1934 - 11/19/2013
We received information that Lifetime Member Ret. P.O. Richard Kilgen had passed away on November 19, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He was living in East Stroudsburg PA. This was another result of a search by Billy McMillen on mail that, for the first time, was returned as "Unknown." Richard was appointed to the Transit Police on June 21, 1965 and retired February 18, 1981. Attempts to contact his family were negative.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies ot the Kilgen family. May Richard rest in peace.
January 23, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. PRENTISS C. JOHNSON (late notice) and RET. P.O. DERRICK DAVIS
Our thanks to Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen for finding this information:
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. DET. PRENTISS C. JOHNSON 3-29-1941 to 11/10/2017
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Det. Prentiss C. Johnson, on November 10, 2017. We sadly found this out when his mail was returned and we asked Ret. Sgt. Billy McMillen to do a search. He unfortunately came up with this result. Prentiss was appointed to the Transit Police on July 29, 1968 and retired November 4, 1988. Funeral services were private.
From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD:
RET. P.O. DERRICK DAVIS
Ret. P.O. Derrick Davis passed away on January 12th, 2019. He was last assigned to District 30. Derrick was appointed to the Transit Police on July 15, 1986 and retired July 17, 2006.
Services were held on January 19th.
Our deepest cpondolences to the Johnson and Davis families. May their deceased loved ones rest in peace.
January 19, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. DANIEL D'ALESSANDRO, SR.
From Bob Valentino and Frank Crisa
LIFETIME MEMBER RET. LT. DANIEL "DANNY" D'ALESSANDRO, SR. and FATHER OF RET. DET. DANIEL D'ALESSANDRO, JR.. 10-23-1937 TO 01-18-2019
We regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Lifetime Member, Ret. Lt. Daniel D'Alessandro, Sr. on Friday, January 18th at the age of 81 years after a long illness. Danny was appointed to the Transit Police on November 4, 1966 and retired September 1, 1993.
Funeral services took place on Monday and Tuesday, January 21 & 22 with a Funeral Mass and burial on the 23rd.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Gloria, at 172 BROOKFIELD AVE., STATEN ISLAND NY 10308-1440
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife Gloria and the D'Alessandro family. May he rest in peace.
Many officers, myself included, worked with Danny when he was in City Wide and I can honestly say he was a man of great character...never a bad word about him. - Tony
January 8, 2019 LIFETIME MEMBER RET. P.O. AUGUSTUS "AUGGIE" NUZZELA
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Anne, and the Nuzzela family. Auggie and Anne, along with the late Dave Powell and his wife, spent annual vacations in Aruba with Mike and Doris Lanning. Rest in Peace.
RET. DET. RONALD JACKSON AUGUST 2, 1949 ~ JANUARY 1, 2019
A viewing and Celebration of Life took place on Thursday, January 10th followed by burial in Calverton National Cemetery.
May Ronald “Rest in Peace”
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Jackson family. May Ronald rest in peace.
January 4, 2019 RET. SGT. JOHN McCABE (late posting)
From Lou Hollander as received from NYPD
RET. SGT. JOHN McCABE 5/25/1950 - 12/30/2018
We regret to inform our fellow officers of the passing of Retired Sgt. John McCabe who passed away on December 30th, 2018. John was appointed to the Transit Police on May 20, 1974 and retired July 22, 1999.
Viewing took place on 1/2 & 1/3/19 with a Funeral Mass on Friday, 1/4/19.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his wife, Kathleen and the McCabe family. May John rest in peace.
October 19, 2018 ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDWARD "EDDIE" RUSSO
ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT RET. P.O. EDWARD “EDDIE” RUSSO 8/5/1939 – 10/19/2018
The NYC Retired Transit Police Officers Association Executive Board is extremely saddened to inform our members and friends of the passing of our President Ed Russo at 3 AM this morning, October 19th, at the age of 79 years.
Ed had been in hospice for cancer the past several weeks, fully aware of the inevitable outcome. He had many visitors who came to wish him well and trying to boost his spirits. Ed was unique in his own way and loved the association dearly, spending numerous hours either on the phone or the computer. He will be dearly missed.
Ed was appointed to the Transit Police on 5/13/65 and retired 7/4/86 Rest in Peace our very good and dear friend. First VP Mike Lanning will now assume the office of President of the association.
Services took place on October 21st and 22nd.
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Russo family. To our dear friend, Eddie, may you “Rest in Peace”