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JOBIT: Donohue, Patrick Thomas [MC1964 RIP] 2018-Jun-01



Patrick T. Donohue

Patrick T. Donohue, 77, of Brookfield, beloved husband of Connie (Cusack) Donohue, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Born in New York, NY on April 18, 1941, son of the late Thomas and Johanna (Arthur) Donohue, he graduated Manhattan College with a BS in Engineering, and received his MBA from UConn. He was an active parishioner of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church.

Pat was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, proudly serving stateside as a Captain with the United States Air Force. 

He owned and operated Donohue Risk Control Services and was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

A longtime member of the Brookfield community, he enjoyed serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Republican Town Committee. He also served as a past president on both boards of the Candlewood Lake Club and volunteered with the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury. He was a founding member of the CT chapter of MATHCOUNTS, and developed a computer program for scoring student’s progress at that time. 

Pat was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge which he loved to share and teach others. He also loved boating on Candlewood Lake and playing golf. 

Pat was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who always put his family first. 

In addition to his cherished wife of 53 years, Connie, he will be sadly missed by his three children, Mike and his wife, Ruth, Kevin, and Kerry Johnston and her husband, Pat; his five grandchildren, Catie, Claire, Kai Donohue, Aidan and Madeline Johnston; his brother, Dan Donohue and his wife, Maureen.
He was predeceased by his sister, Joan, his nephew, Jordan, and his brother, Thomas. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Brookfield. Burial will follow in Central Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, on Sunday, June 10 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation (www.Kidney.org), or to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House (www.DorothyDayDanbury.org). 

To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.CornellMemorial.com

Cornell Memorial Home Inc 247 White St Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 748-4833

Published in News Times on June 7, 2018


Donohue, Patrick Thomas [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 1964.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Donohue, Patrick Thomas [MC1964 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Lavitola, Peter J. [MC1964 RIP] 2018-May-26



Peter J. Lavitola

Peter J. Lavitola of Monroe, CT, beloved husband of Juliana, passed away on May 26, 2018 in CT Hospice, Branford with his loving family by his side. Born on March 28, 1942 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Peter and Grace Lavitola.

Peter attended Saint Peter’s Prep where he was a 1960 graduate and went on to graduate from Manhattan College of Engineering in 1964. He received his Master’s degree from the Newark School of Engineering. Eaton Corp. employed him until his retirement in 1999.

Peter made many friends throughout his childhood and adult life who he truly loved. He will always be remembered for his infinite wisdom, humor and deep love of family, friends and the opera. He fell in love with opera 50 years ago on January 1, 1968 when he saw his first opera ‘La Boheme’. It was very moving to see him take his final breath while listening to the last note of La Boheme as it played on a CD next to his bedside.

Peter was predeceased by his first wife, Veronica of 30 years, after which he fell in love again with his surviving wife of 20 years, Juliana. His nephew, Jeffery Kenny, also predeceased him.

He grew to love the United Methodist Church and served in both HUMC and NUMC where he was very active.

Besides Juliana, he is survived by his daughters; Robin Rivera and Wendy (James) Richard Sr., son; John (Lisa) Litts; eight grandchildren; Jason (April) DeLuca of Alabama, Lindsay (Art) Thayer, James (Anya) Richard Jr., of Massachusetts, Kaytlyn Richard and her fiancé Zack Albert, Rachel Rivera, Jake Litts, Elise Rivera, and Courtney Litts, two great-grandchildren; Arthur James (AJ) Thayer, and Caroline Drew DeLuca, sister; Madeline Kenny of New Jersey; nephew Brian (Janice, Brooke, Mattie) Kenny of New Jersey and cousin Marie (James) Faccone of Arizona. Plus many other very close friends, nieces and nephews and relatives who love him deeply.

Friends are invited to attend the memorial service to celebrate Peter’s life held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT, followed by a reception in fellowship hall. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or Nichols United Methodist Church.

Published in Connecticut Post on June 3, 2018


Lavitola, Peter J. [MC1964 RIP]

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

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COMMENT: Cooney, Robert M. (MC1969) on Pannell


Cooney, Robert M. (MC1969) commented on JEMAIL: Abate, Bob (MC1981) shares
about Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]
I ran track at the Prep when Ty was at the College. I saw him win the IC4A hurdles at MSG in a tremendous diving finish and then run up to Coach Eastman who was in the stands and hug him. Eastman was crippled by a back problem and the scene was touching. Ty had a car and gave me a lift to practice once which was a real thrill. He was a class act and his death was a shock.

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[JR: Makes me sad when I think what waste all the wars we send young women and men to die it. Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! Everyone is just ignoring the obvious. Dona Nobis Pacem.]  

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JEMAIL: Abate, Bob (MC1981) shares about Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]



This is my remembrance from The Vietnam Wall Memorial for Tyrone Pannell.


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Abate, Bob (MC1981) 

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Robert Abate
Admirer and Fellow-Alumnus

Tyrone S. Pannell – A Remarkable Young Man

I knew of Tyrone Pannell – the athlete. We were the same age, in the same city, competing in track and field but the similarity ended there. He was one of New York City¦s finest and most versatile athletes ever and its premiere track and field star of the late 1950’s and early 60’s.

In the Spring of 1997, I proposed his long overdue induction into the Manhattan College Sports Hall of Fame. It was only then, researching his accomplishments and meeting former classmates and teammates, that I learned about Tyrone Pannell – the person, and the outstanding human being that he was.

I never had the privilege of meeting him but I had the pleasure of meeting his wife and daughter at his posthumous induction ceremony. I was stunned to learn from his daughter, Tracy, that he and I had been pretty close for many years. In 1985 I had bought a book: “Dear America – Letters Home From Vietnam.” Unbeknownst to me, one of the letters was from twenty-three year old Marine Lieutenant Tyrone Pannell to his infant daughter:

August 11, 1965

Dear Tracy,

The things I want to say to you can never be fully expressed in words. I want so very much to say the things that will make you understand how very much I love you. Before you were born I, like most men, wanted a son. But when I saw you for the first time just a few minutes old, I knew I could never love a son the way I loved you. For a son grows and becomes a man while a daughter is always a child to be loved and cared for. More than anything I want you to know me and love me. The next time I see you, you will be a little lady, walking and talking. Learn how to say “Daddy. I love you with all my heart.”

Love, Daddy

Most fittingly, his nomination was approved on the eve of Father’s Day. From time-to-time, I jog at Manhattan College and when I do, I look up at Tyrone Pannell’s Hall of Fame banner and sense his presence and a bond of brotherhood.

Saturday, November 03, 2001

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Abate, Bob (MC1981)

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Tyrone Pannell ’64 (Men’s Track & Field)

Won the 60-yard high hurdles at the IC4A Championships and the high jump at the indoor Met’s in 1962. Won the 60-yard high hurdles, the long jump and the high jump at the indoor Met’s, and the high jump at the outdoor Met’s in 1963. High jump champion at the 1964 indoor Met’s and in the 120-yard high hurdles at the outdoor Met’s. Senior co-captain. Entered the Marine Corps after college and lost his life in active duty in Vietnam.

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Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]


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JOBIT: Harold, John J. [MC1964 RIP] on 2017-Jun-20



John J. Harold

John died on June 20, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Penny; his sons, John Harold Jr. (Jan Harold) and Brendan Harold; grandchildren, John Spencer Harold and Bridget Harold; sister, Andrea Harold, sister, Holly Egner (Charly Egner) and brother Christopher Harold (Martha Harold) John was born in Yonkers, New York on April 13, 1943 to the late John R. Harold and Dorothea Gorman Harold.

As a young child John spent several years in Japan while his father served as a JAG officer under General MacArthur during the Occupation, this was a significant life experience for John of which he spoke often. After returning to the states John attended schools in the New York City area and graduated from Manhattan College, received a Masters Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green in Ohio and pursed advanced graduate education in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

John spent 37 years as a child psychologist beginning his career with the Commonwealth of Virginia and moving to the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board as Mental Health Services were being transitioned to local jurisdictions. John’s area of expertise was working with victims of child sexual abuse and youthful sexual offenders. In addition to working with clients, John served as a liaison between the CSB and the Juvenile Court and developed residential programs for both youth and adults. In conjunction with colleagues from the Department of Family Services and Child Help, John was instrumental in establishing a program to centralize the investigation and support services for victims of sexual abuse.

After his retirement from Fairfax County, John began a second career as the Registrar of Voters for the City of Fairfax and later served as a member of the City of Fairfax Electoral Board.

In addition to his career, John had many civic activities including serving on the Fairfax Juvenile Court Advisory Committee including many years as the group’s Chairman, served as the first male member of the City of Fairfax’s Commission for Women, served with the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corp. and was a member of the City of Fairfax’s 2020 Commission. John was actively involved with his Home Owners Association including serving two terms as Chairman.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday June 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at the Demaine Funeral Home 10565 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030. Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at the City of Fairfax cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday June 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at the Demaine Funeral Home 10565 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030. Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at the City of Fairfax cemetery.

Published in The Washington Post on June 25, 2017


Harold, John J. [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,
                 I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1964.

                        May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Harold, John J. [MC1964 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Collins, John Robert Jr. [MC1964 RIP] on 2017-Jun-16



John Robert Collins Jr.
February 1, 1938 — June 16, 2017 

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — John Robert Collins Jr. died on June 16, 2017 at his home in Blue Mountain Lake, surrounded by his family. John dearly loved his life in the Adirondacks, where he had deep roots. His ancestors farmed in Chestertown and North Creek after emigrating from Ireland. His grandparents were caretakers at the Great Camp Sagamore for the Vanderbilt family and his parents, John Sr. and Helen, ran the family resort, The Hedges in Blue Mountain Lake, for nearly 50 years.

John was born on Feb. 1, 1938. He and his older sister Barbara and younger brother Michael were raised at The Hedges, where he spent many summers working at the family business. He attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse in Blue Mountain Lake. He graduated from Indian Lake Central School in 1955 and then served in the Army until 1959, where he spent three years working with anti-aircraft guns and Honest John missiles, the last two years in Europe.

John graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in history in 1964. There, he thoroughly enjoyed and valued his Jesuit education, loved New York City and made lifelong friends. He then began teaching the sixth grade in Rome, New York, where he found working with children truly rewarding and decided to make teaching his profession. He enrolled in graduate school at SUNY New Paltz to earn his teaching certification. John taught at Leptondale Elementary School in Wallkill, Chestertown Central School, and then for 26 years taught the fifth grade at Long Lake Central School, where he was beloved as ‘Mr. C.’ When it was his turn to advise the senior class and plan the senior trip, John and Ellen took the students abroad to London and Paris.

In 1966, John married Ellen C. Callaghan, who had come to The Hedges for a summer job and with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2016. They have two daughters, Cathleen and Sarah. Cathleen Collins and her husband, Peter Bauer, live in Blue Mountain Lake with their two sons, Jake and Andy. Sarah Collins and her husband, Charles Giordano, live in Brooklyn with their daughter, Lena.

John believed in service to his community and worked to protect the things he cherished. He served on the Indian Lake Town Planning Board starting in 1968, and served as its chairman for nearly a decade. He served as a member, and then president, of the Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. He served on the school board of Indian Lake Central School for five years. In 1984, John was appointed to the Adirondack Park Agency Board by Gov. Mario Cuomo. He served until 1995 with his last three years as APA chairman.

John was a founder of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks in 1991, which worked to protect the Adirondack Park. He also served as a trustee of the Northern Forest Center, which works to create jobs, leverage investment and conserve forests for community benefit in the northern regions of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

John served the Adirondack Museum in many capacities, initially as a board trustee beginning in 1991, then as acting director in 2001, director in 2002 and honorary trustee in 2005. John served as a trustee of the Bruce L. Crary Foundation, which grants money to Adirondack students to assist with college expenses.

While John’s interest in protecting wild spaces ranged to the Atlantic, his true love was Blue Mountain Lake, the heart of the Adirondacks. After retiring from teaching, he continued to put in full weeks working outside as a jack-of-all-trades with his pick-up truck for his family and friends and volunteering his time, patience and expertise to a number of local organizations and community projects. John was a longtime officer of the Blue Mountain Lake Association and a key member of Blue Mountain Lake Water Watch. His ability to cheerfully reconcile a wide range of viewpoints and personalities served him well in his work, his public service and his large extended family.

John and Ellen were always happy to get out on the water or into the woods. They enjoyed many hikes, canoe and cross-country ski trips. In the last years of his life, John spent his winters splitting and stacking firewood and his summers driving and maintaining his wooden launch. He saved time every day for a crossword, The New York Times and some Netflix, often from a chair in front of a crackling fire. John’s home was always open to visitors, friends and family, where he and Ellen happily hosted many big and delicious dinners, followed by long conversations and an occasional penny poker game.

For many years, John and Ellen lived with John’s mother Helen in Blue Mountain Lake. John and Ellen cared for her until her death at home in 2001. John is survived by his loving wife, Ellen; devoted daughters, Cathleen (Peter) and Sarah (Charles); and adoring grandchildren, Jake, Andy and Lena; and his older sister, Barbara. John was predeceased by his brother Michael in 1961. John had six nieces and nephews and 13 first cousins, who grew during his life into dozens of families of “cousins,” most of whom return to vacation in Blue Mountain Lake each year.

When John was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he told his family and friends, “I have had a very good life — great parents and family, great wife, great children, jobs that I liked, and a wonderful environment to live in. I have no regrets.” John and his family were deeply moved by the many emails, notes and visits from people who told “Johnny” how he had touched their lives. John was deeply loved and admired and will be sorely missed.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Miller Funeral Home, 6357 state Route 30, Indian Lake.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday June 24, at the Adirondack Museum Auditorium in Blue Mountain Lake, and a reception will follow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Protect The Adirondacks, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts or High Peaks Hospice.

To express online condolences, please visit http://www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.


Collins, John Robert Jr. [MC1964 RIP]

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[JR: I take editorial note of “There, he thoroughly enjoyed and valued his Jesuit education” without further comment.]

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

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JOBIT: Keefe, Laurence R. [MC1964 RIP] on 2016-Aug-17



Laurence R. Keefe

Keefe, Laurence R.

Laurence R. Keefe, 75, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at Teresian House.

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late William and Anna Halko Keefe. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy and Manhattan College as a civil engineer. He also obtained his professional engineering license.

Larry retired from the New York State Department of Health as a civil engineer.

Larry enjoyed reading and was a faithful parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany. He was the dear cousin of Virginia Reardon Pioggia (John), Jeanne Keefe (late Walter) and Maureen Keefe; close friend of Beverly and George Menneto and Joan and Ray Fletcher.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Larry’s family Friday, August 19, 2016, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home, now located at 208 North Allen St., Albany. Funeral services, Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 8:15 a.m. from the Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home, thence to Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany at 9 a.m. where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. The Rite of Interment will be held at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

Those wishing to remember Laurence R. Keefe in a special way may send a contribution to Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Directors 208 N Allen StAlbany, NY 12206(518) 463-1566

Published in Albany Times Union from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2016


Keefe, Laurence R. [MC???? RIP]

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

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Dear John,

          I believe that Laurence is a member of the Class of 1964.

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Keefe, Laurence R. [MC1964 RIP]

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