JNEWS: Cundari, Jim [MC1940] War vet turns 100



Army vet fought in Philippine mountains during World War II (photos, videos)
Updated 10:36 AM; Posted 10:36 AM
By Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer

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SANDUSKY, Ohio – The last thing Jim Cundari had on his mind while fighting Japanese in the Philippine mountains during World War II was gathering a few battlefield souvenirs.

Combat, for soldiers of the 161st Infantry Regiment in 1945 was costly and fierce, and as Cundari, 99, recently recalled, “I would not pick up a souvenir on the battlefield because you had to lug it with you, and my life was more important than souvenirs.”

However, he would later obtain a little something that worked out quite well for his honeymoon.

The long road to that modest pay-off started when the New Jersey native was drafted in 1943. He had previously been turned down twice for military service because of his vision, but Cundari said the standards were later eased due to increasing needs for manpower.

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The 1940 graduate of Manhattan College, with a degree in business administration and accounting, also taught the GIs basic bookkeeping and accounting for possible use in a job back home.

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After the war, Cundari worked as an accountant for General Motors and was transferred to Sandusky in 1965. He retired in 1982.

Cundari will be 100 years old this December 21, “if I make it,” he said with a chuckle.

In looking back on his military service, he concluded, “It was an experience I would not want to repeat, but I’m happy that I was in.

“I was one of, I guess 16 million service people, so I did nothing extraordinary,” he added. “I was just an average soldier.”

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Cundari, Jim [MC1940]

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JLINKEDIN: Coppa, Giovanni [MC2002] Gas Eng @ Orange & Rockland Util



Coppa, Giovanni [MC2002]
Gas Engineer at Orange & Rockland Utilities
Verona, New Jersey

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MFOUND: November 9, 1940 Alma Mater football tix



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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Peggy


RE: Peggy McKiernan, Surgery today, March 20, 2018

Good Morning All,

Today, Tuesday, Peggy McKiernan, of the Library Staff and a Member of the College Senate, will be having Cataract Surgery. We pray that all goes well and that the healing is smooth and free of any complication. Thanks Mike McEneney for sharing this. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: O’Connor, Bernard P. [MC???? RIP] 2018-Mar-17



O’CONNOR – Bernard P. of Commack, NY, on March 17, 2018, at the age of 90.

Loving and beloved husband of the late Florence T. (Baker). Loving father of Mary P. (Peter) Ryan, Joseph B. O’Connor, Anne M. (Vincent) Negri, and Robert B. (Wendy) O’Connor. Beloved grandfather of four grandchildren: Colleen A. Ryan, Peter A. Ryan, Jr., Vincent P. Negri IV, and Lacey T. O’Connor. He was the son of the late Bernard and Anne O’Connor, and brother of the late Mary P. Healy.

Bernard graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and from Cardinal Hayes High School; he received a BBA from Manhattan College and an MA in Theology from St. John’s University.

He served in the Navy at the end of World War II. He retired as a Treasury Agent from the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of the American Legion, NYC Post No. 45, for over 40 years. He was an active member of Christ The King Parish in Commack, NY. He was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, the Holy Name Society, and the Usher Society for over 50 years, and a very active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for over 20 years. He was the consummate Catholic gentleman and will be missed by his family, relatives, and friends.

Reposing Thursday 2-4pm and 7pm Commack Abbey, 96 Commack Road, Commack, NY. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10am, Christ The King Church, Indian Head Road, Commack, NY. Interment Queen of All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 249 Broadway, Bethpage, NY 11714.

Published in Newsday on Mar. 20, 2018


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JOBIT: Loong, Paul Y. [MC1958 RIP] 2018-Mar-19



Paul Y. Loong WWII POW was kind and compassionate doctor, treated veterans at East Orange Medical Center, 94

Paul Y. Loong, MD, 94, of Clark, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral at the Walter Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark, on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m., thence to St. John the Apostle Church in Clark, where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be on Monday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Brigadier General Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, N.J. To offer condolences please visit walterjohnsonfh.com.

Dr. Loong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He proudly served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, during which time he was held as a prisoner of war in Japan for three years. He served again in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War.

After his service, Dr. Loong graduated from Manhattan College and then the University of Bologna, Italy, from where he received his medical degree.

Dr. Loong lived in New York City, prior to moving to Clark over 40 years ago. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 328 of Clark. Dr. Loong was a physician with the Veterans Administration at the East Orange Medical Center for over 25 years, where he was known for treating patients with kindness and compassion.

Dr. Loong is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Loong, and his devoted children, Joseph Loong and Theresa Loong.

Published in Star-Ledger on Mar. 21, 2018


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Dear John,

              I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 1958.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Loong, Paul Y. [MC1958 RIP]

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JOBIT: Garry, Martin D. III [MC???? RIP] 2018-Mar-14



Garry, III, Martin D.
Nov. 19, 1940 – Mar. 14, 2018

Martin D. Garry, III, 77, of Sarasota, formerly of New York, passed away March 14, 2018 after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Garry graduated from Cathedral High School, going on to earn his Bachelors Degree from Manhattan College and his Masters Degree from Hunter College.

Martin spent his entire educational career at DeWitt Clinton High School as a teacher of Social Studies, the Coordinator of Student Affairs, and Assistant Principal. He was active in the DeWitt Clinton Alumni Association as a teacher, and even after his retirement.

A long-time resident of Pelham Bay in the Bronx, NY, Martin retired to Sarasota Fl. He loved to travel, and he loved the opera.

Preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Lucy (Galasso) Garry, Martin is survived by his brother Dr. Vincent Garry of Minneapolis, nieces and nephews, numerous friends, and his many students.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 21st (today) at Saint Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, Martin’s family requests memorial contributions be made to his school. Toale brothers Funeral Homes, Colonial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2018


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