Category Archives: MObit

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

MOBIT: Fortunato, Joseph J. [MCretreatant] on 2016-Oct-12 by McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)


Good Evening All,

Ed McEneney has shared the following information and sad news regarding a good friend to many of us and a regular retreatant at our Manhattan College Reality Retreat. Joe a United States Army WW11 Decorated Veteran was called home on October 12, 2016. We pray for the repose of his soul. We pray for his Wife Eleanor who predeceased Joe 7 months ago. We pray for their Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one in the sure and certain knowledge that this good and faithful servant is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace. Joe, you will be missed by so many.

Thank you Ed Thank you all. God Bless.

I could not transfer a picture attached by Ed But those of you who knew Joe have seen the picture

Phil Colon

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Joseph J. Fortunato 93 and a member of St. Patrick’s Parish for 52 years died on October 12, 2016.

Joe had made 24 retreats with the St. Patrick and Manhattan College retreat groups.  You ask how did he get into the EMM picture….well he was walking near us he stopped and we asked him to join us for the picture. This quiet spiritual man had a past which he would talk about from time to time in the small group discussion after each presentation.  On “D” day he landed on Omaha Beach he shared how his life was spared by Jesus a number of times, he earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and received a battle field commission.  He attended OCS for two days. His faith was rock solid.  He stood the test of time.  
His wife Eleanor died 7 months ago.
He is being waked at Clark’s in Yorktown:
Friday  October 14, 2016
From 2:00PM to 4:00PM & 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Mass is Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00AM
New St. Patrick’s Church, 137 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 
Ed McEneney
John 15:16: Jesus said: “You did not chose me but I choose you”  John 15:16
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[JR: Guess that makes him an honorary Jasper.]  

Fortunato, Joseph J. [MCretreatant]

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MOBIT: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the O’Leary family


Good Morning All,

Tom McCarthy has shared the following Obituary that he received from Neil O’Leary which includes Visitation and Funeral arrangements. We continue to pray for Lillian, Neil and their Family as we remember this special Lady. She will be missed by many. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)  

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    Lillian M. O’Leary born in the Bronx, NY, on September 2, 1943, died on September 22nd. She resided in Dumont, NJ, prior to moving to Sarasota, FL (University Park Country Club) in 1999. She succumbed to ALS after a courageous two year battle.

    Lillian is survived by her husband of twenty-seven years, Cornelius J. O’Leary, two step-daughters, Joan Sartorio and her husband Tony, and Jill Kiernan and her husband Dave, as well as six grandchildren: David and his wife Lauren, Joseph, Andrew, Timothy, William and Jennifer. She also leaves seven first-cousins: Anne Martyn, Irene McLaughlin, Robert Cunniffe, Maurice Cunniffe, Marion Cunniffe, Morris Cunniffe and Thomas Cunniffe.

    Lillian attended Aquinas High School in the Bronx and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fordham University. She was a teacher in the NYC Public Schools for 30 years finishing her career at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.  

    Lillian was an avid reader, a fabulous cook, and a world traveler visiting more than 170 countries during her life.  She was a wonderfully upbeat and generous lady who when you met her had an inner light that left you smiling and feeling happy to have known her. Her sense of humor delighted her family and friends.

    A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, October 8th at 10AM at Sacred Heart Church in Haworth, NJ. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visitation is Friday, October 7th, from 3-9 PM at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont.

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Dear John,

             I believe that Neil is a member of the Class of 1960.

May Lillian Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Leary, Neil [MC1960]

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MOBIT: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports Mrs. Lillian O’Leary, Spouse of Neil O’Leary ’60 BA


RE: Mrs. Lillian O’Leary, Spouse of Neil O’Leary ’60 BA

 Goodd Morning All,
It is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of Mrs. Lillian O’Leary. She was called home early this morning after suffering with ALS for the past three or so years. Neil, a good friend to several of us, was in touch today with George Skau  and George reached out. Please keep Lillian, Neil and their family in your prayers. Lillian was a wonderfully upbeat and generous lady who when you met her, she had an inner light that left you smiling and feeling happy to have met her. We remember Lillian and pray for her. We pray for Neil and their Family that they find peace in the certain knowledge that Lillian is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace.
I will share services information as I receive it. Thank you George. Thank you all. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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MOBIT: White, Margaret Sullivan [MCspouse RIP] on 2016-Sep-08




Margaret Sullivan White, 88
Kindergarten teacher and mother of eight

Margaret Sullivan White passed away on Sept. 9, 2016, in Toms River, N.J., after a brief illness. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old.

Margaret grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she was the oldest daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Golden) Sullivan, and the loving sister to eight brothers and two sisters. The mothering skills she acquired as the oldest daughter in a large Irish Catholic family served her well in later years when she had eight of her own children with her husband, John V. White; he predeceased her in 2005.

Margaret, lovingly nick-named Dolly by her family, attended St. Ephrem’s grade school, and Saint Brendan’s high school in Bay Ridge, and graduated from Notre Dame College on Staten Island in 1950. She met her beloved husband, John, through her brother, Gerry Sullivan, when they attended Manhattan College together.

After marrying on Nov. 23, 1950, they started the first half of their family on 74th street in Bay Ridge, where they had Mary, Tom, Marge, Bernadette, and John Joseph. They moved to Tenth Street in New Dorp on Staten Island in 1960, where the family grew to eight children with the addition of Richard, Frances, and Vincent.

The Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish was the center of their educational and faith universe, where at one point she had six of her eight children attending the elementary school at one time.

Her life became even busier when she became the kindergarten teacher at St. Clare’s elementary school in Great Kills in 1969, where she taught 90 children daily between the day and afternoon sessions.

At the end of the school day, she would come home to her own bustling household, where she tried to keep law and order, sometimes successfully.

In 1987, Margaret and John retired and moved to Toms River, N.J., and lived part of the year in Jupiter, Fla. They had a wonderful marriage.

Margaret’s Catholic faith was a constant in her life and sustained her throughout her 88 years. Challenged by polio as a young child, she spent two years in the hospital and received what was then considered radical surgery at the time on her spine which allowed her to live a normal life. She was a petite woman with larger than life courage culled from her faith, which sustained her through the untimely losses of her sons, John Joseph, in 1996, and Tom, in 2002, and her husband, John, in 2005.

To everyone who knew her, she radiated a warmth and gentleness that made her so beloved and easy to be with. She was adored by her children, grandchildren, daughters and sons-in-law, and siblings. All who visited with her always came away with some of her cheerful and faithful energy. Even when she met challenging health crises in her final years, she was ever reliant on her faith. Her health aide, Aida Delola, was a godsend who provided so much love and support along with her great neighbors, Linda and Sam LaBrutto.

The essence of her being was exemplified in a school project interview conducted by her grandson, Dylan Jones, who asked her about the best ways to help others, and she replied, “the greatest gift to help others is the gift of kindness.” This she gave in great quantity.Margaret is survived by her loving children, Mary Kudless, Margaret Yale, Bernadette White, Richard White, Frances Dailey, and Vincent White, and her beloved sons and daughters-in- law, John Kudless, David Yale, Stephen Jones, Dina and Ernie Karayel, Caroline Chauvin, Richard Dailey, and Donna White.

She is also survived by her loving siblings, John Sullivan, Peter Sullivan, Ralph Sullivan, Betty Haggerty, and Frances Sullivan, and her beloved sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Sullivan, Kathy Sullivan, John Brennan, and Patricia Sullivan.

She also leaves her many grandchildren who loved her deeply, Matthew White, Jessica White, Deanna White, Margot Yale, Dylan Jones, Olivia Jones, Leon and Johnny Kartsanis, Emily White, Kathleen Dailey, Erin Dailey, Richard Dailey, Colleen Dailey, Joseph Dailey, Christopher White and Andrew White, and three great-grandchildren, Thomas, Harleigh, and James, and many nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her brothers, Thomas Sullivan, Gerry Sullivan, Billy Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, and Bishop Joseph Sullivan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bishop Joseph Sullivan Center for Health in Haiti, c/o The Catholic Medical Mission Board, 100 Wall Street, 9th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005.

Calling hours are Monday, Sept. 12, between 7 and 9 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 13, between 2 and 4 and 7 and 9 p.m. at the Casey McCallaum Rice Funeral Home, 30 Nelson Ave., S.I. with the Mass of Resurrection to be held on Wednesday at St. Clare’s R.C. Church at 11 a.m. followed by burial at The Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island.

Casey McCallum Rice
South Shore F/H
30 Nelson Ave.SI, NY 10308

Published in Staten Island Advance on Sept. 11, 201


White, Margaret Sullivan [MCspouse RIP]


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Dear John,

      I believe that Margaret’s Husband, John, is a member of the class
of 1948.

          May They Both 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: Fishman, Jay, 2002 De La Salle Medal winner, died on 2016-Aug-19


August 30, 2016, Volume 63, No. 03

Jay Fishman, Penn Trustee

Penn Charter Trustee Jay Fishman, W’74, WG’74, died on August 19 at the age of 63.

Most recently, he and his wife, Randy, directed significant support to comprehensive at-home respiratory care for adult Penn Medicine patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency due to neurological, muscular, skeletal or chronic respiratory diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (See here).

Mr. Fishman was “a printer’s son from the Bronx who went on to become one of the most admired CEOs in this country but never forgot his Penn roots,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. He was a member of Penn’s Board of Trustees over the last 11 years; he was a Charter trustee and past chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, a past member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Development and Budget and Finance Committees. He also was an Overseer of Penn’s Graduate School of Education and Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine as well as a member of myriad committees, including the Class of 1974 Reunion Gift Committee, the Parent Leadership Committee, the Penn Alumni Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of the Alumni Council on Admissions, the Wharton Club of Minnesota Advisory Board, the Benjamin Franklin Society Committee, the Steering Committee for the Making History Campaign and the Industry Advisory Board of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He was also Chairman of the Travelers/Wharton Partnership for Risk Management and Leadership, which the company established in 2010.  He shared his legendary business expertise as a speaker at the Wharton School.

A 2011 Forbes article that extolled his virtues as “Wall Street’s Honest Man” praised his extraordinarily long-term thinking when it came to business. The magazine quoted him as saying, “I don’t want to be [just] a caretaker.  I want to leave something behind that was better than what I got.” President Gutmann said, “That very premise, which made Jay so successful in the business arena, also underlies his relationship with the University. Never just a caretaker, he truly has left Penn a better place.”

He was a strong supporter of Penn’s faculty and endowed the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Professorship in 2014. He established the Fishman Vet Endowed Scholarship for veterinary students, the Shirley and Edward Fishman Memorial Fund, which provides financial support to outstanding Wharton undergraduates, and the Rodin-Fishman Summer Research Internship program, which provides summer internships for College students. He also enthusiastically offered internship positions within his company to Penn students.  Demonstrating the importance of family in his life, he also funded a paver on the Class of 1949 Generational Bridge spanning 38th Street. It permanently joins his name with those of his parents who encouraged him to attend Penn and the two sons who followed in his footsteps.

As a dean’s list student at Wharton, he was a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity and the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wharton in 1974 and then joined the Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm as an audit supervisor. He went on to work for American Can Company and the private investment and leveraged buyout firm Goergen and Sterling. He later served as a senior executive at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Primerica Corporation, Citigroup and the Travelers Group, where he was President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He joined The St. Paul Companies in 2001 as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  When that insurance firm merged with the Travelers Property Casualty Corp. in 2004, Mr. Fishman went on to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the merged St. Paul Travelers Companies, the second-largest commercial insurance firm in the United States and the oldest business corporation in Minnesota.

He was well-known for his unwavering focus on long-term growth, even when it might have seemed to some that he was sacrificing short-term success. Under his steadfast leadership, Travelers continued to report profits throughout the country’s financial crisis and was noted for sagely avoiding the mortgage-related investments that plagued a large portion of corporate America.  A Forbes reporter wrote of him, “In an era of Wall Street excesses and irresponsible financial behavior, Fishman stood out for his decency and restraint.” He stepped down as CEO of Travelers in December 2015, but remained Chair of the Board.
As chief executive of Travelers, he also encouraged the company’s support of Penn and its initiatives. With his assistance, the Travelers/Wharton Partnership for Risk Management and Leadership Fund was established, as was the Mobile CPR Project, a pilot program to train community members in Hartford, Connecticut, in the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and spread the understanding of CPR to low-income communities.

A member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, he was Chairman of the St. Paul Travelers Foundation and a Trustee of the Fishman Family Foundation.  His other philanthropic activities included service as Chairman of the New York City Ballet; Vice Chairman of the Corporate Fund Board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; a board member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the National Academy Foundation, the New York Philharmonic, the Englewood (New Jersey) Hospital and Medical Center and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an advisory board member of the Jazz Foundation of America.

A highly respected leader, he was past Chairman of the American Insurance Association; a Director of Nuveen Investments, Inc., the Carlyle Group and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.; Presiding Director of ExxonMobil Corp., and a member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Fishman received the 2011 Joseph Wharton Award for Leadership, presented by the Wharton Club of New York, and Manhattan College’s 2002 De La Salle Medal, which recognizes excellence in business and corporate leadership.

Mr. Fishman is survived by his wife, Randy; their sons Jordan, C’03 and his wife Rebecca, and Scott, C’06, WG’12 and his wife Nicki; and three grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Randy and Jay Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation, payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, c/o Kate Griffo, Penn Medicine Development & Alumni Relations, Suite 750, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

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

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MOBIT: McGrath, John C. [MP???? RIP] on 2016-Aug-14


John C. McGrath
1939 – 2016

John C. McGrath, 77, of Highland, entered into eternal peace on August 14, 2016.

He was born to John and Margaret McGrath on January 3, 1939 in New York City. He graduated from Manhattan Prep High School, attended Manhattan College and in 1957 he entered the United States Air Force. John completed his education at the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1968 and a Master in Business Administration in 1974. After 22 years of service, in 1979 he retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Captain.

He began working with the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County as the Director of Finance and retired after 32 years as the Executive Director.

He was a professor of accounting and finance at California State University, San Bernardino for over 30 years.

John touched the lives of many with his humor, generosity, and loyalty. He was an active member of the community. He proudly served as President of Civitan Little League and received a lifetime honorable membership. John was widely recognized for his exceptional performance in the military and was a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal for his outstanding service and leadership as the key coordinator of emergency relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Camille. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Housing Partners I, Inc. of the county of San Bernardino. John was awarded the NAACP Annual Pioneer Award from the mayor and common council of San Bernardino for his commitment to the community. Additionally, he received U.S. Congressional Recognition for his work in community service in Housing.

John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary McGrath; two brothers, Thomas and Edward; two sisters, Ann and Eileen; seven children, John, Deborah, Michelle, Michael, Erin, Audra, and Patrick; and twenty grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary (3520 E. Washington St. Loma Linda, CA, 92354) on August 28th at 1 PM with the reception following. There will be a Catholic mass at 10 AM on Monday, August 29th, at St. Adelaide Church (27457 Base Line, Highland, CA, 92346). Memorial donations may be made to Civitan Little League Ironwood Street, San Bernardino, Ca. 92404.The family would appreciate any humorous or fond memories of John.

Published in San Bernardino Sun from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2016


McGrath, John C. [MP???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

[JR: While he didn’t finish at Alma Mater, he was a Prepster. And, perhaps, the time at MP & MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, war interrupts many plans. A good many went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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

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Dear John,

             I would guess that John graduated from the Prep in either 1955 or 1956.

              May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: Myint-U, Tyn [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2016-Jul-22


Friday, July 22, 2016

Tyn Myint-U, 84

Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.

He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.

Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”

Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.

He was a rocket scientist by training and taught for many years as a professor of mathematics at Manhattan College and Fairfield University, writing two textbooks on differential equations.

He later worked for the United Nations in Bangkok and New York.

Aye Aye Thant has lived in the United States since 1957 when her father was first appointed as an ambassador at the U.N.

Since leaving Burma in 1953, Tyn had always wanted to return home and was finally able to do so in 2012.

But he had to return to the United State less than three years later due to his declining health.

He is survived by his wife, Daw Aye Aye Thant, a son, Thant Myint-U, three daughters, Khinlei Myint-U, A-Thi Myint-U, and Aye Myint Myint-U, and four grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, July 25 in Concord, Mass.

Posted 07/22/16 at 01:11 PM


Myint-U, Tyn [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook:  None cited

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