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Obit of Manhattan College people who are not Jaspers. Beloved for laboring in “our” vineyard, we don’t let the deaths pass unmourned.

MOBIT: Garraghan, R. Abel [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Aug-24


R. Abel Garraghan

KINGSTON – R. Abel Garraghan of Burgevin St., Kingston died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at his West Hyannisport, Mass. residence. He was 72.

He was born in Kingston, a son of the late former city Mayor Raymond W. Garraghan and his wife Ruth Abernethy Garraghan.

He graduated from Kingston High School, attended Manhattan College and graduated from Syracuse University before completing the Small Company Management Program at Harvard Business School.

A recipient of many awards, Abel will be remembered for a lifelong history of commitment to the Hudson Valley; driven by his strong belief in civic responsibility to participate and contribute, always in order to do what is best for the community. Abel has chaired or co-chaired the Benedictine Hospital Cancer Center Capital Campaign, the Kingston Waterfront Revitalization Commission, the Economic Development Zone Formation, and the Ulster County Development Corp.

Abel was a director of Hospice for Ulster and Dutchess Counties, the Kingston-Newburgh Enterprise Community, the Kingston / Ulster Development Corp. and Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress. He represented Ulster County on the Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and served as a board member of the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, the Ulster County Planning Board and the Kingston Kiwanis Club. He also presided over the Wiltwyck Golf Club, is a member of the Kingston Water Board and a Director of the Rhinebeck Bank. Professionally Abel was the President and CEO of Heritagenergy.

In addition to his professional achievements, Abel’s love of the Hudson Valley anchored the lifelong Kingston resident to his community, where he enjoyed golfing at Wiltwyck, hiking in the Catskills, skiing at Hunter Mountain and the polar plunge at Williams Lake. You could always find Abel on his daily walks, cherishing a drive-by conversation and then picking up the litter along the way, and of course…pointing out the potholes to the Mayor!! Abel’s greatest strength in his love for the area meant he was forever reaching across the politics of the day to “”do the right thing”” for the community.

An avid outdoorsman, Abel cherished summers on Cape Cod and his friendships with the beach circle at CBA and tennis in Craigville. He and Nancy loved their winter escapes to Boca Grande, Florida and Avon, Colorado, visits to the Grand Tetons and trips to the Final Four. Abel was tremendously proud of his Irish heritage and was a faithful member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, yearly contributor to the Hooley on the Hudson celebration and in 2005 was the Grand Marshall of the Kingston St. Patrick’s Day parade. Above all else, Abel Garraghan’s greatest legacy will always be his family, his faith and his friends.

Loving husband of Nancy Lupton Garraghan, proud father of Patrick and Tanya Garraghan of Hurley, Kiley and Jim Shea of Loughton, England and Molly Garraghan of Denver, Colo.; brother of Julie G. Gavitt, Rumford, R.I.; grandfather of Gracie, Marin and Cian Shea, R. Gabriel Garraghan; stepgrandfather of Jordan Hulbert; and uncle to the Gavitt’s and Lupton’s.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, N.Y. The Garraghan family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Kingston will hold a ritual at 6 p.m. followed by the Ulster Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1 at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Uptown Kingston on Friday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join the family at church for Mass. Interment will follow in Hurley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ulster County Community Foundation BANT Fund, the YMCA Endowment Fund, The People’s Place, or The Garraghan Family Fund, C/O Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, 80 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.

Published in Daily Freeman on Aug. 25, 2015


Garraghan, R. Abel [MCattendee RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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MOBIT: Tormey, Thomas A. on 2015-Aug-18


Thomas Tormey, 101
By Staten Island Advance
on August 19, 2015 at 9:20 PM, updated August 19, 2015 at 9:25 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Thomas A. Tormey, 101, of Grant City, a retired FDNY firefighter, World War II veteran and family man known as an outstanding athlete, died Tuesday at home.

The lifelong Staten Islander was born in Tompkinsville, he grew up in West Brighton and graduated from Port Richmond High School, where he played on the varsity baseball team.

He received a scholarship to play baseball at Manhattan College in the Bronx, but had to decline to go to work to help support his family. He worked for the WPA (Work Projects Administration), and participated in building the lake house at Clove Lakes Park. He also worked for the city Department of Welfare.

Mr. Tormey then served as a petty officer first class in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, stationed aboard boats patrolling the eastern coast of the United States.

After his military service, he joined the FDNY, where he had a 34-year career assigned to Engine Co. 152 in Rosebank. He retired in 1976.

After he and Virginia Monks wed in 1947, they settled in Grant City.

Mr. Tormey was proud of his Irish heritage and often recited Irish poems and sonnets from memory at family gatherings.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing and was a member and past president of the Staten Island Ballroom Dancers. He also enjoyed ice skating. He loved to sing and had been a soloist at many churches. He also was a talented artist and worked in calligraphy, drawing and painting.

As a young man, he was a baseball hitting and fielding champion on the Island and was a member of the Staten Island Baseball Oldtimers, and had been called the “Galloping Ghost” in an Advance article.

Mr. Tormey played on many Island baseball teams, including Bill Canlon’s Travelers and FDNY and Coast Guard teams. He was selected by Bill Terry of the former New York Giants baseball team to play center field at an exhibition game for the 60th anniversary of the National Baseball League in the former Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.

“Born in 1914, my father outlived most of his generation, yet he still had hundreds of friends. He had a strong moral compass, unshakable faith and was utterly dependable. He loved his family and will deeply missed by all who knew him,” said, his daughter, Elizabeth Tormey.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Tormey was a longtime parishioner of St. Christopher’s R.C. Church, Grant City, where he was a daily communicant and a past president of the Holy Name Society.

Virginia, his wife of 58 years, died in 2005.

In addition to his daughter, Elizabeth, surviving are his sons, Thomas and Michael; his daughters, Mary-Deirdre Coraggio and Virginia T. Friedman; his brother, Richard; his sister, Delores Smith, and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Christopher’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Brighton.


Tormey, Thomas A. [MC???? RIP] 

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Dear John,

It appears that Thomas was never able take advantage of the scholarship to Manhattan.

May He Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: To bad! Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: Stout, Angela Kathryn [MCxFaculty RIP] on 2015-Jul-21


Angela Kathryn Stout

Angela Kathryn Stout passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Passages Hospice and Sanctuary in New Orleans LA.

Daughter of Martha Roper Alexander and the late Conrad Dale Stout, a New Orleans attorney and later Federal Judge for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. Sister of Martha Moncure Stout and sister-in-law of Allen Tyler Bixby. Aunt of Gabriel Adolfo Bello. Longtime best friend of Nita Flores. Also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

Kathy had a Ph.D. in Sociology and was a professor at various colleges and universities over the past 34 years. She was passionate about her teaching and most recently taught at Manhattan College in the Bronx in New York and at Southern University of New Orleans.

During her teaching career Kathy received many recognitions and awards. She also contributed to various publications in her field.

Her last days were spent in comfort at Passages Hospice, thanks to their loving and caring staff.

A private memorial service will be held for immediate family and close friends.

The online memorial page is: In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to Passages Hospice and Sanctuary, 617 Dublin St., New Orleans, LA 70118.

Arrangements handled by NEPTUNE SOCIETY OF NEW ORLEANS, 3801 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA. 504-464-3095

Funeral Home
Neptune Society – New Orleans
3801 Williams Blvd. Suite A
Kenner, LA 70065

Published in The Times-Picayune from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16, 2015


Stout, Angela Kathryn [MCxFaculty RIP] 


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MOBIT: Joseph A. Della-Giustina Sr. obit mentions Alma Mater


Joseph A. Della-Giustina Sr.

Joseph A. Della-Giustina Sr., 92, of Agawam, MA and Lake Worth, FL went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2015 at JFK Memorial Hospital, Lake Worth, FL.

He was born June 5, 1923 to Caterina Bianchi and Augustus Della-Giustina in their Loring Street home in Springfield, MA. Joe was known by the nickname “Skip” in the city’s South End where he grew up. Under the GI bill he earned Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Education degrees from the American International College. He was an Economics teaching fellow and member of the Zeta Chi Fraternity at the College He also earned a CAGS from the University of Connecticut at Storrs where he was enrolled in the Doctoral Program. He graduated from the High School of Commerce. As part of his U.S. Army education, he also studied at the University of Alabama and Manhattan College in New York.

On June 22, 2012, Joe became a Chevalier (Knight) when he received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour from French Consul General Christophe Guilhou. He was declared to be a World War II war hero in honor of landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fighting throughout France to liberate the country. He helped to free St. Lo and Cherbourg and was a mine sweeper from there to Paris. He fought in Belgium and Germany helping to build the pontoon bridge at Remagen and run a POW camp. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Springfield Veterans Director Thomas Belton participated in the ceremony. In 1992 he and his family retraced his WWII steps, finding the exact place he had landed at Omaha Beach, and reuniting with French friends from the War.

Joe was the first General Manager of the Springfield Teachers Credit Union (STCU). Previously he was at the High School of Commerce in Springfield both as a guidance counselor and business math teacher. Earlier he taught in the Southwick Public School System. He also taught business math and accounting for the evening sessions at Springfield Technical Community College. He served as chairman of both the Agawam Board of Selectmen and School Committee.

In 2012 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Agawam Democratic Town Committee. In 2003 he was chosen Italian of the Year by the Agawam Sister City Committee. He was a member of the Agawam City Charter Committee which changed Agawam from a town to a city. He was a founding member of the Agawam UNICO and chairman of its Scholarship Committee. He served as the Town’s first Personnel Director, ran the Agawam Adult Softball League, and taught golf to youngsters through the Recreation Department.

For years he served on the Democratic Town Committee and as a delegate to Democratic State Conventions. He was a member of the Agawam Senior Center Chapter II and enjoyed the bus trips to Mohegan Sun. Before World War II Joe manufactured rifles at the Springfield Armory where he met his wife Jennie Subotin. Their voyages took them and his family to Italy, Paris, the French Riviera, Normandy, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, and around the United States.

He was an avid Red Sox fan since he was a young boy when he would jump the train to Fenway Park to watch Ted Williams play. He often talked about the Sox and meeting Williams years later.

Peace issues, fairness, education, women and children’s rights were his main concerns. He very much enjoyed his winter home in Florida. His family thanks him for being such a wonderful, loving father who was an inspiration to all who knew him. His spirit, generosity, and love for both Jesus and his family never diminished.

Joe was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Jennie Subotin who died in 2005. He is survived by their three children, Dr. Marsha Della-Giustina of Arlington, MA, Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina of Plymouth, MA, and Dr. Joseph Jr. and his wife Jacqueline of Palm Beach, FL. He leaves one granddaughter Joey Nicole Della-Giustina who gave him a lot of joy and love, her fiancée Zachary Atkinson, and great-granddaughter Lailah Rayne, who all lived with him in Lake Worth. Joe is also survived by his caregiver Verna Taylor. He relied on her daily to care for him, read him the Bible, and pray with him. He also leaves his last surviving sibling Dr. Daniel Della-Giustina of Morgantown, WV. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Papadakis of Holyoke, MA and Southington, CT, and Dr. Victor Della-Giustina of Augusta, GA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Helen Lawrenchuk and predeceased by sisters-in-law Zoafia Demko, Mary Gagliarducci, and brother-in law Stanley Subotin, all of Agawam. Joe is survived by dear friends especially Steven and Warren and the rest of the Miodowski family of Agawam, Brian Ahern of Springfield, many nieces, nephews, and beloved godchildren Dr. Kathryn Papadakis of Southington, CT, John Della-Giustina of Sierra Vista, AZ, Diana Subotin Ladden of Ludlow, VT, and Ann Marie Phillips of Agawam.

His funeral service will be conducted by a family friend whom Joe considered to be a “son,” the Reverend Tom Crouse from the Cornerstone Church in Myrtle Beach, SC. on Tuesday, August 11th at 11AM at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main Street in Agawam. Burial will follow in Agawam Center Cemetery. A visiting hour will precede the service from 10-11AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund, Dept. W, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT. 06511. For more information please visit:

Funeral Home: Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home of Agawam 985 Main Street Agawam, MA 01001(413) 786-2600

Published in The Republican from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2015


Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Joseph.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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MOBIT: Stephan, Peter James [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Feb-25


Peter James Stephan

WESTON, Fla. Peter James Stephan passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on February 25, 2015, in Weston at the age of 76.

Peter was born on May 13, 1938, in Albany, to Elpiniqi and James Stephan. He graduated from St. Joseph’s in 1956. He attended Siena and Manhattan Colleges.

He married Carol Robertson on October 12, 1963.

Peter is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 51 years, Carol Stephan; his loving sons, Robert Stephan of Albany, Gregory Stephan of Delmar and Peter Stephan (Kathryn) of Annapolis, Md.; his grandchildren, Aidan, Gabrielle and Luke Stephan of Annapolis; his twin sister, Geraldine Walsh (William) of Albany; his godson, 2nd Lt. Daniel Robertson; his brothers-in-law, James Robertson (Kathleen) and Thomas Robertson (Laura); his dearest friends, Joseph and Eileen Nichols; and many nephews and nieces. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Elpiniqi and James Stephan of Albany, and sister Maria Kristo.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on July 21, 2015, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on 10 Lodge Street in Albany. A burial will immediately follow at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.

 Religious Service Information
 St Mary’s Church
 10 Lodge St
 Albany, NY 12207

Published in Albany Times Union from July 19 to July 20, 2015


Stephan, Peter James [MCattendee RIP] 


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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MOBIT: Farley, James, D. [MCtrustee RIP] on 2015-Jun-19


James D. Farley
6/24/1926 – 6/19/2015

Hobe Sound, FL James Duncan Farley died peacefully at home in Hobe Sound, Florida on June 19, 2015 after a progressive decline in health.

Mr. Farley was born on June 24, 1926 to Alice Duncan Farley and Donald Stephen Farley in Chicago, Illinois. The eldest of six children, he was raised in Madison, Wisconsin where he graduated from Edgewood High School. In 1944, he entered the Merchant Marine Academy. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. At Georgetown, he was a member of the Golf Team igniting a life-long passion for golf.

In 1950, Mr. Farley was hired as a trainee at the First National City Bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bulk of his 40 year career at Citibank was spent in New York City where he retired in 1991, as a Vice Chairman.

During his career, he was involved with the Mercantile Bank of Canada in Montreal, Canada, the Citibank New York State Branches, the Citibank Merchant Bank, and he was the head of corporate banking in Central and South America. He was the consummate New York City Banker in banking’s heyday.

In 1960, James Farley married Mary Kay Tracy. The Farley’s raised their four children in Greenwich, Connecticut. He served as a Trustee of International House, Manhattan College, Georgetown University, and the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He was a Knight of Malta, and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the John A. Hartford Foundation.

In 1991, Mr. Farley retired from Citibank and maintained residences in Hobe Sound, Florida, Harbor Point, Michigan and Pebble Beach, California. He remained active at the Hartford Foundation, on the Golf course and traveled the world. He was a member of the Cypress Point Club, the Los Angeles Country Club, the Lyford Cay Club, the Everglades Club, the Little Harbor Club, and the Question Club. He was a founding member of the Loblolly Pines Golf Club, and a Director of the Wequetonsing Golf Club and the University Club of New York.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Kay Farley, a year ago, after 54 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Frances A. Farley, M.D. (Darryl J. Snabes), James D. Farley, Jr. (Cornelia Connor Farley), Kathryn T. Farley, PhD, and Andrew E. Farley. He is also survived by six grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, two brother in laws, five sister in laws and thirty four nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Holy Childhood Church, Harbor Springs, Michigan, Georgetown University, and the Highland Cottage Hospice, Petoskey, Michigan

Funeral Mass is at Holy Childhood Catholic Church, 150 Main Street, Harbor Springs, Michigan at 11 AM, June 27, 2015. The family will greet friends at 10 AM at Holy Childhood Church. Burial will follow at the Holy Childhood Cemetery, Harbor Springs, Michigan. Funeral arrangements are through the Schiller Funeral Home. Schiller Funeral Home Harbor Springs, Mi.

Funeral Home
Schiller Funeral Home – Harbor Springs
5505 M-119, P.O. Box 105
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Published in Ann Arbor News from June 22 to June 25, 2015


Farley, James, D. [MCtrustee RIP]


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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MOBIT: Riverso, John G. [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Jun-15


John Riverso
June 19, 1955 – June 15, 2015

John G. Riverso passed away at the age of 59, Monday, June 15, 2015 after battling with bile duct cancer.

John was born in White Plains, New York on June 19, 1955 to Raphael G. Riverso and the late Nadia E. Riverso. He spent his childhood growing up in Scarsdale with his 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

John was a graduate of Fordham Prep and attended Manhattan College.

He was an Exempt Member and Assistant Volunteer Chief of the Greenville Fire Department and a volunteer for the Scarsdale Ambulance Corp.

John spent more than 32 years working in the construction industry completing significant and notable projects throughout Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

John had a passion for the outdoors.

John is survived by his loving wife, Arlene Campbell Riverso; his three children Cara (Concord, CA), John (New Orleans) and Christopher; father Raphael G. Riverso, brothers and sisters Vincent (Denise), Stella, Raphael, Maria Cameron (Bob), Milo (Michele) and Pia (Bruce Brigandi); and nephews and niece Michael, Anthony, Nadia and Peter.

A wake will be held at Bennett Funeral Home in Scarsdale on Friday, June 19, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scarsdale, New York. Cremation to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, NY

In lieu of flowers please make donations in celebration of John’s life to the Cholangio Carcinoma Organization at

Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home
824 Scarsdale Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583
(914) 725-1137


Riverso, John G. [MCattendee RIP] 

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for John.

May He Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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