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JOBIT: Martin, Robert E. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-Sep-17



Robert E. Martin M.D. 
1931 – 2017
On September 17, 2017 longtime Eastchester resident Dr. Robert E. Martin, 86, entered eternal life. He is survived by his wife MaryEllen, with whom he enjoyed a loving 53 years of marriage, his children Timothy (Patricia), Roberta, and Brian (Diana). He was the proud grandfather of Gabrielle and Patrick, brother of Edward G. Martin and Marie Smith (deceased).

Dr. Martin was born in Astoria, NY in 1931. He graduated from Manhattan College (’53) and received his medical degree from New York Medical College (’57). He completed his residency in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital (’61) where he was appointed to the staff. During his tenure, he served as liaison between the hospital and the Bureau of Preventive Diseases of the NYC Department of Health, was a certified diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine, and for 40 years treated patients at Lenox Hill Hospital’s free clinic. After his time at Lenox Hill, he was Executive Medical Examiner for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company until he retired in (’96).

Dr. Martin was active in his community, an involved parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church for over 45 years, a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus of Keogh Council 2108, a past president of the Bronxville Manor Association, the Home School Association, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and the Westchester Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. He was involved in pro-life causes, including the Pregnancy Care Center in New Rochelle, serving as a board member for much of that time. The family will receive friends on Wednesday September 20, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, INC. Eastchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday September 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Tuckahoe. Interment to follow at Holy Mount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, NY (http://www.blmhs.org).


Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 19, 2017


Martin, Robert E. [MC1953 RIP]

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JOBIT: Knapp, George Francis Jr. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-Aug-19



George Francis Knapp Jr.
George Francis Knapp, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home at Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains on August 19, 2017 after a long illness.

Born in Belle Harbor, New York on September 6th, 1931 to George and Annette Knapp, George was educated at St. Frances de Sales grammar school, St Augustine High School, and on to earn a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1953. Shortly after, he was drafted into the US Army Signal Corps at the end of the Korean War, and honorably discharged in 1956. He later received an MBA from New York University in 1964 and attended Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in 1974. After 15 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College, George was awarded an honorary PhD in American Letters in 2004.

George’s professional life began as an engineer in 1956 at NY Telco where he rose to various Executive positions until 1966 when he moved to ITT Corp in Santiago, Chile. In 1968 he was appointed President of Puerto Rico Telco where he ultimately sold the company to the government of Puerto Rico in 1974. Returning to New York, he was appointed VP and Group Executive of ITT’s 22 telecom companies until 1982 when he moved to Brussels, Belgium as Director of ITT Europe. He returned to New York with ITT until his retirement in 1988, which was followed by years of consulting for various venture capital and investment groups in New Jersey.

On a personal note, George married his high school sweetheart, Ann Eileen Stanley, also of Belle Harbor, in January 1954. Together they had five children and 63 years of happy marriage. Sadly, Eileen passed away in April 2017.

George is survived by daughters Eileen Sanchez, married to Eduardo of Atlanta, GA, Kathleen Hayes, married to John of Allendale, Margaret Knapp-Palin and Bernard Boyle of Allendale, and son Richard Knapp, married to Kimberly of Tulsa, OK. He was pre-deceased by his son George F. Knapp III in 1983. George had 11 grandchildren who adored him: Christina Rush, Vanessa Lambrix, Daniel Sanchez, Ryan, Sean and Colin Hayes, Jesse Graglia, George and Quincy Knapp, Erin and Dylan Palin, and 7 great-grandchildren: Claire, Havana, Landon, Walker, Quincy, Royce and Delphina.

On Thursday, August 24th at 10:30am a funeral mass will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament RC Church, Franklin Lakes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those wishing to make memorial donations consider Manhattan College.

For further information please visit www.vpmemorial.com or call us at (201) 891-4770..


Knapp, George Francis Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

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Dear John,

        George was a classmate of mine and his Father and my Mother
were classmates at St Cecilia’s Grammar School in Manhattan!

          George was a  real gentleman and was very generous.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Sorry for your loss, Mike. Much appreciate the background information.]

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Longtime Trustee George F. Knapp ’53 Passes Away
Bernadette Bauer Alumni Relations…  


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JOBIT: Cozzi, Robert ‘Bob’ [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-24



Robert (Bob) Cozzi
1931 – 2017

Robert (Bob) Cozzi passed away Monday evening with his family and loved ones beside him. He was 85 years old.

Bob was born to Italian immigrants, John and Emma Cozzi in Peekskill, NY on November 21, 1931. They moved to Nyack, NY where he grew up and attended Saint Ann’s school, and Nyack High School. Bob then went to Manhattan College where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business. He then joined the army and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, a city he loved. Upon return home, Bob received his Law Degree from Fordham University and worked at Babcock and Wilcox in New York City. While commuting to New York City on the train and at mass in New York City, Bob met Ann Flynn, the love of his life. They Married in September, 1967 and moved to New City in 1976 where they enjoyed many years at New City Park together.

He is survived by his daughter Terri (Cozzi) McCullagh and son in law Ray McCullagh. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Brendan, Kerry, Jack, Annie and Tommy McCullagh, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was generous beyond compare. He lived a humble, simple life and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for anyone. He loved his faith, family and friends. He was so grateful for his education and the opportunities it afforded him. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 4/26/17 from 2-4 and 7-9pm; at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, New City, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St Augustine Church, New City, NY at 11:15am on Thursday, 4/27/17. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Congers, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Ruby’s Rainbow (Rubysrainbow.org) Saint Augustine’s Church, New City, NY or the KIPP schools of New Jersey (Kippnj.org).

Michael J Higgins Funeral Home 321 South Main St. New City, NY, 10956 845-634-6110

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 26, 2017


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Dear John,

             I believe that Bob is a member of that great Class of 1953.

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cozzi, Robert ‘Bob’ [MC1953 RIP] 

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O’Connor, Bob (MC1953) commented on JOBIT: Cozzi, Robert ‘Bob’ [MC???? RIP] on 2017-04Apr-24

Bob Cozzi was in class of 1953 — one of my classmates. A good man!!!

[JR: I am sorry for your and Mike’s loss. Requiescat In Pacem ]  

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

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COMMENT: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) remembers Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP]


Author: Jerry Breen ’71
In Response To JOBIT: Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-09
Submitted on 2017/04/18 at 3:59 pm

I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Jerry Cashman. When I was at Manhattan in the late 60’s, the Jasper Journal office on the top floor of Thomas Hall was my “clubhouse”. I was there every day between classes, just a couple of doors away from the Dean of Men’s office. So I saw Dr. Cashman and his assistant Mrs. Williamson just about every day, and they were two of the nicest people you could ever meet. They were never too busy to help you out or just chat. He was a good man. I’ll miss him.

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JOBIT: Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-09


Cashman served at Manhattan College until 1995.
Jerome P. Cashman ’53, Ph.D., who began teaching at Manhattan College in 1957 and held numerous administrative positions at the College, including serving 20 years as vice president for student services, died on Sunday, April 9. He was 89.
Cashman, who was appointed an assistant professor of psychology in 1962, also served as a member of the Counseling department before becoming the director of vocational and psychological counseling. He also served as Dean of Men.
He was named vice president for student services in 1970 by Brother Gregory Nugent, FSC. During his tenure as vice president from 1970 to 1990, the College experienced many changes, including becoming coeducational and transitioning to a more residential campus. After leaving this position, Cashman went back to his roots and served as a counselor in the College’s counseling center until 1995.
An alumnus of La Salle Academy and Manhattan College, Cashman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Fordham University.
He was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi, the American Personnel and Guidance Association, and the Eastern Association of College Deans and Advisors of Students. He also served in the United States Air Force as a sergeant from 1945-1946.
Cashman began his academic career as a head counselor for the New York Archdiocesan Vocational Service and served as director of guidance at Seton Hall University.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Congers, N.Y. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Congers, N.Y.


Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP]

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Good Morning All,

Jerry has been in our prayers and I share the sad news that he passed away on April 9, 2017. We pray for Jerry, his Wife, Rosemary, their Children, Robert, Claudia and Dermont. Many of us knew Jerry and so many more were touched by his good heart, his Ministry and work at Manhattan College. He will be missed by all. Mike McEneney, a classmate of Jerry, made a heartfelt remark, Jerry was a good friend and Classmate of another Jasper, Dan Capozzi, who was called home on April 7, 2017, ” now they are together, reliving their College days.” We pray for Jerry’s Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. The College has shared the following Obituary which includes Mass of Christian Burial information on April 17, 2017 in Congers, N.Y. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Jerry Breen ’71 commented on JOBIT: Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-09

2017-Apr-11 https://manhattan.edu/news/archive/2017/04/college-mourns-the-loss-of-jerome-cashman.php COLLEGE MOURNS THE …

I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Jerry Cashman. When I was at Manhattan in the late 60’s, the Jasper Journal office on the top floor of Thomas Hall was my “clubhouse”. I was there every day between classes, just a couple of doors away from the Dean of Men’s office. So I saw Dr. Cashman and his assistant Mrs. Williamson just about every day, and they were two of the nicest people you could ever meet. They were never too busy to help you out or just chat. He was a good man. I’ll miss him.

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JOBIT: Capozzi, Daniel J. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07



Daniel Capozzi

BEACON – Daniel J. Capozzi, 86, of Beacon died on April 7, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on January 21, 1931 in New York City, Dan was the son of Daniel J. and Delphine (Finnegan) Capozzi.

On October 17, 1959 at St. Joachim’s Church in Beacon, Dan married the love of his life, Margaret Hannon.

Dan was an account executive at Young and Rubicam in Manhattan for 20 years until 1979. He then worked at North County News in Yorktown Heights in advertising and as an editorial cartoonist, until his retirement in 2007.

Dan was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill. A 1953 graduate of Manhattan College, Dan was an active member of both the Manhattan College Alumni Association and Manhattan College Business Men’s Retreat Group. He enjoyed cartooning, creative writing, Turner Classic Movies, reunions with family and friends on the Beaverkill River, and was a devoted Brooklyn Dodgers and Mets Fan.

In addition to his wife, Dan is survived by his children, Mary Liz Lundgren and her husband Larry of Congers, Daniel J. Capozzi of Long Beach, Anne Capozzi of Manhattan, and Suzy Capozzi of Peekskill; and his grandsons, Patrick Lundgren of White Plains and Thomas Lundgren of Congers.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at 10am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Please visit Daniel’s Book of Memories at http://www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Apr. 9, 2017


Capozzi, Daniel J. [MC1953 RIP]

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Dear John,
              Dan was not only a Classmate, but a good friend!

           May He Rest In Peace!

                 See exchange of emails below:


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Yes Ed, he ” Stole Home.” I remember him well. And of course, Dan. Thanks. God Bless.
Phil Colon

Sent from my iPod

On Apr 10, 2017, at 1:46 PM, “Edward J. McEneney”  wrote:



Well done!!


Dan was quite a guy.  He loved Manhattan College and the Retreat Team.  Like all of us…he was serious  about 

our call to bring men on the retreat.  Some years ago he brought a classmate  Mr. Hickey ’53 to the weekend.  Mr. Hickey was ill at the time and Dan went to his house and drove him to the Passionist retreat house.  Mr. Hickey went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation , committed his life to Jesus, he was Anointed, received the Eucharist  and died the following Wednesday.  Mr. Hickey was ready …..he basically stole home!! 


Thanks again,




From: Phil Colon
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 12:43 AM
Subject: Fwd: Capozzi, Daniel J. Jr. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07


As sent to the Manhattan College Prayer Group. Thank you. God Bless.


Phil Colon

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—–Original Message—–
From: Phil Colon
Sent: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 12:34 AM
Subject: Capozzi, Daniel J. Jr. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07

Good Evening All,


From Jasper Jottings, it is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that Dan Capozzi ’53 BA passed away on April 7, 2017. Dan, a good friend to many of us, a wonderful member of our Manhattan College Reality Retreat Team, a United States Navy Veteran, will be missed by so many. This unassuming, witty and capable man brought a smile to all of us on the Retreat Team and showed us how to deliver our message in Catoons and with total respect for that message. The characters he developed and shared were a tribute to his imagination and always made us smile. A good man, loved by all and someone that I always looked forward to seeing and hearing his thoughts and comments. We pray for the repose of his soul, we pray for his Wife Margaret, their Children, Daniel, Mary, Anne, Suzanne and their Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that they find peace in the sure Knowledge that Dan is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Family have shared the following Obituary which includes visitation and Mass of Christian Burial information, Fishkill, N.Y. Thank you. God Bless.


Phil Colon


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JOBIT: Curnan, Sr. Helen Francis [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-03Mar-27



Sister Helen Francis Curnan OP
1927 – 2017

Sister Helen Francis Curnan, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on March 27, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

Born in New York City, NY on October 9, 1927, Helen was the daughter of Francis and Helen Connolly Curnan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and received the name Sister Helen Francis. She professed her first vows in in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

Sister Helen Francis received a BA in English, Manhattan College, New York in 1953 and her MA in English from St. John’s University, New York in 1956.

Sister Helen Francis served in the Archdiocese of New York and Brooklyn as a teacher in St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1948-1953), Mary Queen of Heaven (1953-1955), St. Helena High School (1955-1956), Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1956-1961). Sr. Helen Francis was principal of St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1961-1966). From 1966-1968 Sister Helen served in Formation for our Junior Professed Sisters in Sparkill. Sister Helen returned to teaching and from 1968-1975 was at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY; St. Helena Commercial High School (1975-1989). Sister Helen served as Librarian at St. John Chrysostom School (1989-1998) then assisted in the Development Office of Msgr. Scanlan High School (1998-2000) and Dominican Convent (2000-2006) before retiring to Siena Hall.

Sister Helen Francis is predeceased by her parents Francis and Helen Curnan and two siblings, Catherine and Francis Patrick. She is survived by three nephews and a niece.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dominican Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY.

Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention- Sister Mary Murray, President.

Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 31, 2017


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

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