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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]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/washingtonpost/john-harold-condolences/185905219?cid=full

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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]

Guestbook: http://www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/john-r-collins,-jr.aspx?show=true#condolences

[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]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/timesunion-albany/laurence-r-keefe-condolences/181103986?cid=full

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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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JOBIT: Cahill, John James [MC1964 RIP] on 2016-Apr-17



John Cahill 

STATE ROAD — John James Cahill, a resident of State Road, 73, died peacefully on April 17, 2016.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, on Oct. 1, 1942, the son of John Joseph and Elizabeth Vaugh Cahill. He graduated St Joseph’s High School in Barrytown, New York, a novitiate for the Christian Brothers, and from Manhattan College as a member of the class of 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. John married his wife of 51 years, Aileen, in October of 1964.

John then joined the Bank of New York where he worked for five years and entered the technology industry as a computer programmer before moving to ITT Sheraton and starting his 37-year career in the hospitality industry. John and Aileen moved with their five children from New Jersey to the Boston area to work with ITT Sheraton for the next 13 years. During his time at Sheraton, John traveled to over 70 countries, whilst moving through the ranks and eventually becoming Sheraton’s first ever director of hotel computer systems. John’s long career continued as CIO at InterContinental Hotels and then Denihan Hospitality Group, from which he retired in 2009.

John was renowned in the hospitality industry and his depth of knowledge earned him a multitude of industry awards and accolades including a place in HFTP’s International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame in 1993. He is a published author, enjoyed teaching aspiring hospitality industry students, and was a favored speaker at hospitality conferences worldwide.

After retiring, John and Aileen moved to the home they built in North Carolina, near nine of their 17 grandchildren. During retirement, John became active in his new community, becoming a true local. He was heavily involved with the Yadkin Valley Rotary including serving as president and treasurer, and became a Paul Harris fellow in 2015. John and Aileen were avid supporters of the Elkin Valley Trails Association and were often seen walking their labrador, Dixie, along the trail.

At St. Stephen parish, John was a lector, eucharistic minister, the finance director, and Confirmation sponsor to his son-in-law, Barry. He is survived by his wife, Aileen; his three daughters, Mary Blackburn and her husband Barry of Elkin, Aileen Blass and her husband Brett of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, and Margaret Rogan and her husband Frank of Sammamish, Washington; two sons, John and his wife Vanessa of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Paul and his wife Lesley of Portage, Michigan; three sisters, Mary Mooney, Anne Ryan, and Margaret Tripptree; brother, Neil and his wife Lorraine; his 18 grandchildren, Andrew Cahill, Erin Cahill, Rose Forest, Vincent Cahill, Wagner Forest, Jarett Blackburn, Samantha Cahill, Theresa Cahill, Claire Blass, Carolyn Blackburn, Allison Cahill, Jamie Cahill, Julia Blass, Matthew Rogan, Charles Rogan, Caleb Cahill, Violet Cahill and Nora Cahill; and 25 nieces and nephews. John was also preceded in death by his sixth and youngest child, Denis William, who died at age 5 in 1979.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 340 Hawthorne Road, Elkin. Burial will be in Hingham, Massachusetts, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his favorite charities: The John J. Cahill Yadkin Valley Rotary Scholarship, P.O. Box 212, Elkin, NC 28621; or to the St. Stephen Church Foundation, c/o Janis McQuade, SSJ, 101 Hawthorne Road, Elkin, NC 28621. Online condolences may be made to http://www.elkinfuneralservice.com. Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

Funeral Home
560 NC HIGHWAY 268 W
Elkin, NC 28621
(336) 526-4460

Published in The Tribune from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2016


Cahill, John James [MC1964 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP] on 2015-Sep-15


F. John

John Strano MC 1964 RIP–Not MP!

Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) 

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From: George Matthews 
Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Subject: FW: John Strano Funeral Services
To: “Richard M. Scarlata”, Joe Martin 

Do you remember John? He was in our class, a business student & in the ROTC.
Hope all is well with all.


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From: Pauline Strano 
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:08 AM
Subject: John Strano Funeral Services

Dear Family and Friends,

Where to begin. This week has been one of exceptional loss filled with grief, pain and sorrow. The sudden passing of John, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend has been extremely difficult for everyone. Our family would be lost without the love and support we have been shown. A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you for your thoughts, prayers and kind words during our time of need.

Viewing services will be held at:
Jefferson Funeral Chapel
5755 Castelwellan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315
Friday September 25th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Mass service will be held at:
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church
6222 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Saturday, September 26th
11:00 AM
John will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery will full military honors at a later date, which will be shared with all who are interested.
Following the Mass service, our family will be receiving guests at the Strano residence for light sandwiches and beverages. Please feel free to join us as we reminisce, share stories, and celebrate the life of our dearest Johnny.

With warm regards,
Pinky, Pauline and Jeff

***Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who may have known John***

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John Joseph Strano
June 9, 1942 – September 15, 2015
Resided in Alexandria, VA

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 of Alexandria, VA passed away suddenly in his home.

John was born and raised in Bronx, NY and graduated from Manhattan College prior to receiving his commission into the United States Air Force in 1964. He was awarded a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and retired as a Major from the United States Air Force after 22 Honorable years in 1985.

As Human Resources Director for Marriott International and Loews Hotels, John made several lifelong friends and his deep faith in God led him to live life with a degree of integrity and moral character that left a lasting impression on those who came to know him. An avid boater and outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking family and friends on the “Other Marilyn”, often times outracing thunderstorms on the return trip.

He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn “Pinky” Strano; loving father of Jeff Strano (Melissa) and Pauline Dahlin (Troy); adored grandfather of Madison, Aubrey, Mitchell and Angelina.

Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr. Alexandria, VA on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA on Saturday at 11 AM. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  


Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP] 

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[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) ]

[JR: Note that this obit didn’t show up in any of my automated searches. Argh! Thanks, Rich.]  

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Good Evening All,

From Richard Scarlata ’64, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, John Joseph Strano ’64 BA of Alexandria, Virginia. John,  a United States Air Force Veteran of 22 years, a Major, was called home on September 15, 2015. His Daughter, Pauline has written the following for her Mom, Marilyn “Pinky,” her Brother Jeff and their Families. Please keep them in your prayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved on. Also following is an Obituary for this good man. Thank you. God Bless. Thank you, Rich Scarlata ’64.
Phil Colon
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 
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