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JEMAIL: Tribute For Finnegan, Ray [MC1970 RIP] from Delaney, Tom [MC1971]


Good Morning All,

Tom Delaney has shared a tribute to Ray Finnegan and I want to share it with you. Thank you Tom.

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Ray Finnegan was a classmate of mine at both Cardinal Spellman HS and MC. I graduated a year later in 71.

Ray contributed to both schools and assisted with supporting mentorships for Engineering students, MC Summer Engineering Appreciation Program (SEAP) to interest women, minorities and others in Engineering, MC Construction Golf outing. Plus several national Civil Engineering Societies. 

I believe that he oversaw the rebuilding of the basements of the WTC after ’93.

A wonderful person who I have the privilege of knowing for over 50 years.

May he Rest In Peace,

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Finnegan, Ray [MC1970 RIP]

Delaney, Tom [MC1971]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Father’s Dat


Good Afternoon All,

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, 2018, is a special day for each of us as Fathers, Sons, Daughters. From the first moment Peggy and I met our Son Scott in the delivery room at LIJ Hospital, I knew that the title that would always mean the most to me was Father, otherwise known as Dad. Through life’s trials,  hurts and joys, meetings with teachers (good and not so good, meetings and teachers) rave reviews from Coaches, some iffy ones from School Principals, dented fenders, sharing dissappointments and successes, seeing him mature and grow into the man he is today, being fortunate to be able to learn from him as well. Those things all come to mind for me on Father’s Day as I am sure they do for you. For those of us whose Fathers have been called home, praise God because we had them in our lives, remember them in your prayers. You are remembered in mine.

Happy Father’s Day. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) comments on Puglia, Gabrielle [MC2010]


Good Morning All,

A couple of days ago, I shared some information regarding Fellow Jasper Gabrielle Puglia ’10 BA being considered for A Woman Of Distinction Award. In speaking with Gabrielle I realize that last week she was the recipient of the Brooklyn Woman Of Distinction Award for her dedication, commitment and accomplishments in support of our Veterans, in particular, her Hero’s Benefit which she established and her Wreaths Accross America efforts. Gabrielle is truely a Woman Of Distinction who quietly goes about helping our Veterans. I will share, in the near future, information as to Her Hero’s Benefit efforts.

Gabrielle in my mind is a Hero, she makes Manhattan College proud. She was Honored with her Woman Of Distinction Award by the Community News Group (CNG) who run publications such as The Brooklyn Daily, The Brooklyn Courier, and the Mill Basin Courier. She somehow finds time to work at a Wall Street Firm, study for her Master’ Degree with a strenuous curriculum, manage her household and dedicate herself to her praying for, honoring the Fallen and helping Veterans. A very busy Woman Of Distinction and Service. Thank you Gabrielle. We will keep you in our prayers. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) remembers vets on Memorial Day


Hello All,

” In Honor Of Many, In Memory Of All.”  Unknown 

” It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
  Rather we should thank God such men lived.”   George S. Patton

The above give us a little grounding as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, barbecues, runs to the beach, joy and laughter, Family and
Friends, none of which would be begrudged by those who gave so much so that we could celebrate in freedom. They only ask that we remember them and not forget. And hopefully, so we do.

If you did not hear live, President Ronald Reagan’s speech at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, 1986, nor have not heard or read it since, it is worth your trouble to pull it up on this Memorial Day. The majesty, emotion, honor and remembrance that live forever
In that sacred place gave his words special meaning in tribute to the Men and Women we remembe on Memorial Day.

In his speech, President Reagan, quoted Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who served in the Civil War who said:
   ” At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desparate 
     Joy, we go back to the fight.”

As we approach Memorial day, perhaps we may let those words inform our thoughts, remembrance and prayers of thanks for our men and women who served and serve, particularly those who never returned. We need to remember as well, in our prayers, the Parents, Wives, Husbands, Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters left behind that will always mourn their loss and never forget.

I have attached a remembrance that I shared in 2017 and I hope that you do not mind my doing so. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From: Phil Colon
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 4:50 PM

Subject: Apologize to No One But Remember

Good Afternoon Fellow Americans,

Memorial Day, like Veteran’s Day, always brings me to tears, a feeling of great pride and loss pervades, remembering can be painful but we will never forget our Veterans:  ” All gave some, some gave all.” 

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you the following which was sent to me by a good and respected friend, Fellow Jasper, Ed Riely. Some of us have seen some of these places, some have seen some of these Photographs, many of us have never seen them all brought together in remembrance and tribute. They are incredible and magnificent places, justifiably so, where so many of our heroes rest. They are beautiful in their serenity, overwhelming in the emotions that arise upon seeing them and a rightous tribute to our Fallen. No, we will never forget. 

Thank you for your service. God Bless.

Phil Colon

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) connects story to Draddy, Vincent dePaul [MC1930 RIP]


Dear John,

In today’s print edition of the NY Times there is an obituary for Bill Cannon, a former Heisman Trophy Winner. According to the Obituary  Cannon was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, but before he was inducted, he was arrested and plead guilty to a felony. The board chairman of the Hall, Manhattan College’s Vincent dePaul Draddy,’30, RIP ( Draddy Gym) denied him induction, over ruling his election to it.

An interesting piece of history.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Draddy, Vincent dePaul [MC1930 RIP]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on his “endnote”


Endnote looks great John! :) Let’s see if we get any good further thoughts on it from MC folks on your list!

There’s another element to the 60s antiwar movement that we don’t have today: The Draft. Sad to say, but the self-interest element likely had a lot to do with antiwar demonstrations/activisms back then. If my memory is correct of the times, the draft lottery took a LOT of steam out of the movement as about 1/2 of “the boys” were able to pretty much stop worrying about being drafted and could just go back to getting stoned ‘n lazing about with their gals. (Not that there was much “getting stoned” back in those 1970-era MC days: I remember my RA roommate Timothy seeking people who knew what pot smelled like so he could patrol his floor sniffing for pot fumes. LOL! Today they’d probably ignore the pot because “Pot Smoke was created by God and was good for us!” while searching out the Evil Tobacco Smokers because “Tobacco Smoke was created by Satan and will kill all of us!”)

– Michael

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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[JR: I’m sure that’s one reason “the Draft” was eliminated.  That and it took the pressure of the politicians and bureaucrats. Charlie Rangel keeps reintroducing it — and while I rarely agree with him — it would be a way of curtailing the “American Empire” and the neocon / Military Industrial Complex from being in “eternal warfare”.  Give DJT45 credit, if peace and be achieve in Korea, then we should bring the troops home from there once and for all time.  That’s what I’d like to see.]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) relays an email in


Dear Friends of Addis Hope (I hope),

Once again, I must resort to mass mailing to ask your assistance. This does not include those of you who have already been donor partners. Here in Addis Ababa there are recurring problems with electricity and the internet. My good friend Jim Casey has graciously agreed to do the mailing.

For those of you not familiar with my background, I first came to Ethiopia 49 years ago. During that time,  I have taught in two FSC and one Daughters of Charity school. For 26 years I was also an administrator in the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS). While in Ethiopia I am currently a member of an FSC community consisting of 3 Ethiopian Brothers and 3 missionaries (2 Americans, 1 Irishman). We recently added to that community 3 Vietnamese DeLaSalle Sisters who fully participate in all our community activities (in a very lively and entertaining way).

17 years ago my LaSallian colleague, Ruth Girmay founded what I later named Addis Hope School. I became Chairman of the Board and Chief Fund Raiser (not my favorite sport). During those years we graduated thousands of illiterate children of street families from a two year kindergarten program. They went on to graduate from government schools, many at the top of their class. As an example, one of them, Esubalu, is today a television personality who has provided for his family so that they no longer are street beggars.      

Last year our Addis Hope School, which was rented from local authorities, was demolished to make room for government offices. Since lawyers said this action was illegal, Ruth has been going to court to seek a replacement structure, which the authorities promised in writing and which I doubt will ever happen.

Years ago two shops in a new mall were purchased so as to provide local income to the school. Ruth, who previously taught art at the Cathedral School took courses in leather production. One of those shops is now a workshop for making Ethiopian leather goods (Ethiopia has the largest domestic animal population in Africa). The other will be a sales room.  She even obtained a difficult to obtain export license. Eventually, single parent street mothers will be hired for the program and their children will be sponsored in government schools. Knowledgeable people tell us that this type program is supported by the government and can succeed. The DENA district is also able to provide limited funding.

 Both Ruth and I have been committed to assisting the poor and marginalized. If you also believe in our mission, kindly write a check to Brothers of the Christian Schools and put in the memo section “Addis Hope.” Mail to: Brother Timothy Froehlich 444A Route 35 South Eatontown, NJ 07724-2200

Live Jesus in Our Hearts,  
Bro. Greg Flynn (aka Jack)

Jim Casey (for Bro. Greg Flynn aka Jack)

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