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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. http://www.jvleahyfh.com. 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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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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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 http://cholangiocarcinoma.org/donate-online/

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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MOBIT: Small, Joseph Thomas [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Apr-15 reported 2015-May-03



Captain Joseph Thomas Small USN (ret.)
1923 – 2015 | Obituary | Condolences

Virginia Beach – Captain Joseph Thomas Small, SC, USN (ret.) passed away on 14 April 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by his family, at the age of ninety-two. Captain Small was born in New York City in 1923, the son of Emma and Robert Small. He graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1941; attended Manhattan College; and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 6, 1945. He was married in Annapolis on that date to Eileen Mary Gray.

Captain Small’s first duty station was gunnery officer on the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63). After World War II, he graduated from the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School in Bayonne, New Jersey, and was stationed, during the Korean War, as supply officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Rodman (DD-456/DMS-21). He also served on the Destroyer Tender U.S.S. Hamul (AD-20) and in the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP). During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served as supply officer of the Repair Ship U.S.S. Amphion (AR-13). During the Vietnam era, he served as supply officer of Naval Air Station, Norfolk, and Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. He also served on various Navy and joint service staffs and bureaus in London, UK, and Washington, DC. His last duty station was supply officer of Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico. He retired from the Navy in September, 1975.

After retirement from the Navy, Captain Small joined United Services Life Insurance Company. In 1981, he was appointed Regional Manager for the Norfolk, Virginia Beach Region. He served on the company’s Field Advisory Committee during the period 1980-1984. After retirement from the company, he and his wife spent many years travelling the world. He had a passion for fine wine and enjoyed collecting wine and donating from his collection to charitable wine auctions held in Napa Valley, California, and Naples, Florida.

Captain Small was a member of the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia; the New York Athletic Club; the Sunset Crest Beach Club, Barbados; and Lago Mar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Captain Small is survived by his wife of seventy years, Eileen Mary Small; his five children, Joseph Small, Jr., John Small, Christine Carman, Maureen Hooker, and James Small; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Margaret Mary Dwyer.

A service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium on 6 May 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to the United States Naval Academy Foundation. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 3, 2015


Small, Joseph Thomas [MCattendee RIP] 

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MOBIT: Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP]



1946 – 2015 | Obituary 

Raymond Paul Ferrante Decorated combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam War with 101st Airborne and Air America; personal pilot to Donald Trump, 68

Raymond Paul Ferrante of Long Valley, N.J., died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was 68 years old.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Ferrante residence on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. For online condolences and information, visit williamjleberfh.com.

Raymond was born on Nov. 4, 1946, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Marie (nee Morel) and Ugo Ferrante; they predeceased him along with his brother, Louis, and step-father, James Myers.

After two years at Manhattan College, Raymond joined the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter pilot, which would become both his lifelong passion and career, with over 25,000 flight hours. In Vietnam, he completed over 2,100 hours of combat flight time and received 48 Air Medals, three with valor, as well as a Bronze Star. He returned to Vietnam with Air America for three years, met his wife, Sherry, in Saigon, and then worked around the world in Iran, Mexico, the Arctic, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Saudi Arabia.

Raymond joined Trump Airlines in 1984 and later served as Donald Trump’s personal pilot.

He retired from the N.J. National Guard in 2006 as a CW5 master chief warrant officer – the highest rank achievable by an Army warrant officer – with over 20 years of service.

A skilled carpenter and builder, and devoted lover of all things mechanical (especially classic cars), he passed away in the 1961 Chevrolet Corvette he meticulously restored piece by piece.

No man can be summed up in a single paragraph, least of all Raymond Ferrante. He was a true wealth of knowledge and possessed wisdom, wit, strength, work ethic, loyalty, and integrity that was apparent to all he encountered. Raymond will be remembered as an uncommonly generous and selfless man, never thinking of himself and always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be profoundly missed.

A beloved husband, father, son, and friend, he leaves behind a family bereft: his wife, Sherry, daughter, Nancy, and sons, James and Warren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name are made to the Army Aviation Association of America, the NJARNG Yellow Ribbon Program, or a national veterans’ charity of one’s choosing.

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 26, 2015


Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP] 

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[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”. Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, VietNam interrupted many plans. It was a national tragedy for my generation — for those that went, stayed, or evaded. A good many of those who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. Seems like he found his passion and wife as a result of the war. Dona Nobis Pacem]

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MOBIT: Cronin, Edward F. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]



Edward F. Cronin
July 22, 1927 – January 31, 2015

With deep sadness, the family of Edward F. Cronin Jr. shares the news of his passing on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the age of 87, after a long, brave fight against complications from cardiac surgery.

Edward was born in Newark, NJ, the beloved son of the late Edward F. Cronin, Sr. and Margaret (Macho). He was the devoted and loving husband of Marion Cronin (Crawford), with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. They moved to New Providence in 1955, where they raised their five children.

As a young man, Edward earned a full-tuition altar boy scholarship to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, from which he graduated in 1946. Prior to graduating, Edward proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy, touring the Pacific from 1945-1946 aboard the USS Cook Inlet. Taking advantage of the GI Bill’s educational benefits, he attended Manhattan College and graduated from Newark College of Engineering.

Edward worked at AT&T (Western Electric and AT&T Technologies) for over 40 years, during which time he become one of the project managers involved in the monumental task of laying the first fiber optic cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the office, he served as president of the Stanley S. Homes Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and helped organize technology distribution for individuals with special needs and schools through donations and training. A man of great faith, Edward was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He was an avid sports enthusiast, a keen follower of current events, a financial genius, and – in his more casual moments – a great fan of Italian food.

Edward was a tremendously kind and intelligent man greatly loved by all of his family and friends. Through his selflessness, wisdom, and unending generosity, he was a source of uncountable moments of happiness and love. He carried himself through life with a quiet dignity and devotion to his loved ones that all of his family only hopes to match. He will be remembered by family as the best man that a man could be, and a shining example to always look to

He is survived by his wife Marion and his five children: Christine Cronin of New Providence, Karen Iucci of New Egypt, Patricia L.F. Cronin and her husband Michael Morris of New Providence, Tim Cronin and his wife Jennifer (Minch) of Berkeley Heights and Geraldine Cronin and her husband Mark Luchetti of West Chester, PA. Edward was also the cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren; Gordon (Baker), Sean and Brendan (Cusack), Amanda and Stephanie (Iucci), Liam and Patrick (Morris), Ryan, Chelsea, Melissa and Lauren (Cronin), and Anna and Erin (Luchetti) and 2 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday Feb 12th from 4- 8 PM at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, South St, New Providence on Friday Feb 13th at 10 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Teresa’s Mausoleum, Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the New Providence Rescue Squad.


Cronin, Edward F. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] 

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

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WIKIPEDIA: Castro, Luis Manuel [MCattendee RIP] early Major Leaguer



Luis Manuel Castro (November 25, 1876 – September 24, 1941) was born in Medellín, Colombia.) He was the first Latin American born player to play in Major League Baseball in the United States, and the first Latin American since Cuban player Esteban Bellán in 1873 to play professional baseball. If one does not consider the National Association a major league, then Castro was the first Latin American to play in Major League Baseball.[1]

A second baseman and right-handed batter, Castro attended Manhattan College and played for the Jaspers baseball team. He played his one and only major league season with the 1902 American League champion Philadelphia Athletics. In his brief 42-game stint, he posted a .245 batting average, with one home run and 15 runs batted in, 35 hits, 18 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple and two stolen bases in 143 at bats.

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