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JOBIT: Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Aug-07




Walter Francis Sweeney Jr., 74, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 7, 2017, in Boulder.

Walter was born on May 5, 1943, in Tampa, Fla., to Walter and Jennie (DeFazio) Sweeney. He graduated from Saint Peter’s High School and Manhattan College and earned a law degree from NYU Law School.

In 1986, Walter was ordained a deacon from Saint Joseph Seminary in New York. He worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Staten Island.

After moving to Boulder in 2004, Walter worked at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and was an instructor in the deacon’s program for the Diocese of Denver.

Kathleen and Walter were married on Jan. 20, 1968, in Staten Island.

Walter is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children, Daniel, Christopher and Maureen; siblings, Warren and Ronald; and grandchildren, Sean, Santiago and Maya.Visitation and vigil will be on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Boulder. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the church at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. To offer condolences, please visit http://www.greenwoodmyersfuneral.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Charity of New York at Sisters of Charity Center, 6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10471.

Greenwood & Myers Mortuary 2969 Baseline Rd. Boulder, Colo. 80303 (303) 440-3960

Published in Staten Island Advance on Aug. 13, 2017 


Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

       I believe that Walter is a member of the Class of 1965.

               May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC1965 RIP] 

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JOBIT: McAloon, ‘Irish’ Danny [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Aug-02



SportsBronx boxer ‘Irish’ Danny McAloon dies at 74
By Dave Blezow
August 5, 2017 | 5:20pm

“Irish” Danny McAloon, a professional boxer from The Bronx who had 45 fights from 1966-81, died Wednesday at age 74 at a hospice in Porter, Maine.

He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to his brother, Bill McAloon.

McAloon compiled a record of 29-15-1 with six knockouts. His most notable fights came against Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden in 1971 and Vito Antuofermo at the Felt Forum in 1973.
McAloon went the distance both times, losing unanimous decisions.

There will be a memorial service in the New York area in September for McAloon, who graduated from All Hallows High School and Manhattan College and worked as a physical education teacher at Browning School before turning pro.

He will be buried in Florida alongside his wife, Diana.

McAloon is survived by three sons (Daniel Kyle, Scott and William), two brothers (Edward and Bill) and six grandchildren.


McAloon, ‘Irish’ Danny [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Danny is a member of the Class of 1965.

                      May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McAloon, ‘Irish’ Danny [MC1965 RIP] 

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JOBIT: Mazzei, Rodney S. [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Jun-21



Rodney S. Mazzei

Rodney S. Mazzei, 73, of Old Forge, died Wednesday evening at Abington Manor.

Born in Taylor, son of the late John and Palma Monelli Mazzei, he spent most his life in Manhattan and then later in New Jersey before moving back to Old Forge. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and a 1965 graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in accounting. He had a background in accounting and computer software, and for the last 20 years, was self-employed servicing rental property management companies.

Rod was a devoted son, brother and uncle. He was an avid train enthusiast who loved horse racing and the Yankees.

The family would like to thank the staff at Abington Manor and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their loving care.

Surviving are a sister, Mary Beth Matthews; four nieces, Elizabeth Simmons, Heather Parauda, Allyson Landon and Victoria Magee; great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, 620 S. Main St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August Ricciardi, pastor. Interment will be in the Marcy Cemetery, Duryea.

Friends may call Tuesday, 9 to 10, in the church. The Palermo & Zawacki Funeral Home Inc., 409 N. Main St., Old Forge, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Scranton Times on June 24, 2017


Mazzei, Rodney S. [MC1965 RIP]

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JOBIT: Regan, Raymond W. Sr. [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Feb-28



Raymond W. Regan Sr.
August 30, 1943 February 28, 2017

Raymond W. Regan, Sr., 73, of Boalsburg, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Juniper Village of Brookline, in State College.

Born August 30, 1943, in Richmond Hill, N.Y., he was the son of the late Capt. Raymond L. and Marion Wesley Regan. As the son of an Army officer in World War II, Ray did not meet his father until the end of the war in 1945. While his father served in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and Belgium, Ray thrived at home with his mother and grandparents caring for him. Upon returning from the war, Capt. Regan’s first task as a new father was to take his long, curly, blonde-haired son to the barber for his first haircut.

In Rosedale, N.Y. at St. Clare’s Catholic Church on July 6, 1968, he married Mary Elizabeth Mignogna, who survives. His greatest joy are his nine incredibly funny children, Raymond W. Regan, Jr. and his wife, Sara, of Pleasant Gap; Daniel J. Regan and his wife, Lisa, of Houston, Texas; Michael A. Regan and his wife, Zuzana, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Rose Marie Ward and her husband, John, of Oxford, Ohio; Bernadette Marie Regan, of Joshua Tree, Calif.; John Paul Regan and his wife, Rebekah, of Pittsburgh; Robert J. Regan, of State College; and Elizabeth A. Pecknold and her husband, Ryan, of Nederland, Colo. Ray leaves his seven awesome siblings, Ronald Regan and his wife, Eileen, of Mountainville, N.Y.; Roger and his wife, Elizabeth, of Garden City, N.Y.; Richard Regan and his wife, Linda Celauro, of Hackensack, N.J.; Marina Sullivan and her husband, Kevin, of Boscawen, N.H.; Michelle Meneses and her husband, Larry, of Hauppauge, N.Y.; Melinda Alford and her husband, John, of Garden City, N.Y.; and Martine Caselli and her husband, Ron, of Stoneybrook, N.Y. The sparkle of his day are his 11 grandchildren, Morgan, Andrew, Bethany, Mathias, Lindsey, Anna, Sophie, Samko, Elijah, Joshua, and Nehemiah Ward. His parents preceded him in death. In addition, his son, Thomas A. Regan, on August 11, 1987; and an infant sister, Christine Regan in 1951, preceded him in death.

Ray attended the Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Grammar School and graduated from The Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., class of 1961. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1965, and a master’s degree in Sanitary and Civil Engineering in 1966, both from Manhattan College. In 1972, Ray received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas. At Manhattan College, Ray worked with John S. Jeris Sc.D. researching activated algae as the Project Engineer overseeing the Civil Engineering laboratory. At the University of Kansas, Ray studied under Ross E. Mc Kinney Ph.D. through a US Public Health Grant. His emphasis was the biodegradation of waste water. He also spent ten weeks during the summer of 1982, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oakridge Tenn. Moreover, Ray was a Fulbright Scholar who traveled to Portugal and South Korea to provide guidance on foundries and waste water management.

Ray enjoyed his work with the Foundries of Eastern Penn doing sand reclamation, land fills throughout the Pennsylvania area, the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and the US Navy researching ground reclamation of Jet Plane fuel discharge prior to landing. He worked with Penn State University setting up digesters for the cow manure. They were able to use the methane gas, a byproduct of the cow waste, and work with local farmers recycling turkey waste to produce methane as an alternate source of energy. He retired from Penn State University in 2009, after 37 years of service as a full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his tenure at the university, he had over 150 peer-reviewed publications and millions of dollars of grants and contracts. He enjoyed his time in the classroom and the connections he had with his graduate students.

Ray was a faithful Catholic. He taught high school religious education for more than twelve years and was active in other Our Lady of Victory Catholic church activities. He cherished his faith and the responsibility being a Catholic brought to him. His friends and family knew him as a quiet, sincere, and loving man. Ray’s first love was his wife Mary Beth and their nine wacky children. He rarely took work home. He preferred to spend the evening being with the children, reading them stories, playing games, and singing them to sleep with silly songs. The children enjoyed being the star of each evening story. He coached little league baseball. He may have had losing seasons, but his team always had a good time.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, with the Reverend Neil Dadey officiating. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, 800 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA 16801 to the Raymond W. Regan scholarship, or to Father Ralph Mensa, Holy Name of Mary Academy, Beyin, Ghana, through Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at http://www.kochfuneralhome. com or visit us on Facebook. Koch Funeral Home – State College 2401 S. Atherton Street State College, PA 16801 (814) 237-2712

Published in Centre Daily Times on Mar. 2, 2017


Regan, Raymond W. Sr. [MC1965 RIP]

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JOBIT: Browne, John Henry [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Feb-05



John Henry Browne
1943 – 2017

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends / And say my glory was I had such friends.” -William Butler Yeats

John Henry Browne, age 73, died on Sunday, February 5th, after an intense battle with lymphoma.

A native of the Bronx, John was born on November 14, 1943 and lived his entire life in New York City. As a young man he attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine, and was a graduate of Manhattan College.

John was deeply committed to the City, its teachers, and its students. He began his career at a junior high school in the South Bronx before moving to the High School of Art and Design where he taught English for over 28 years. He also worked as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College. After 32 years of public school teaching, he retired in 1999.

His second career began shortly thereafter when he joined the Teaching of English program at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a teacher educator, John mentored aspiring teachers in an office adorned with Shakespearean keepsakes. He modeled the timeless art of teaching literature and reading and had the uncommon ability to focus completely on the needs of the person before him. He is remembered for his quick wit, generosity of spirit, tall stature, and booming jovial voice. By his own estimation, the number of students he taught over nearly half a century could fill Yankee Stadium.

John’s devotion to his family was bottomless. Although he received numerous professional awards and accolades they don’t hold light to his immense devotion and love as an ever-present son, son-in-law, caring father, and adoring grandfather. He is survived by his two daughters, Alison Browne Beckman and Gillian Browne, their mother Lucille Browne, sons-in-law Craig Beckman and Brian Colavito, granddaughters Lilah Rose and Kaela Brynn, beloved partner of the last eight years Jonna Semeiks, and thousands of loving students, colleagues, and friends.

A wake will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at Riverdale on The Hudson Funeral Home, and a mass will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30am at Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the TCFund and designated to financial aid in memory of John Browne, which will support scholarships for students in need.

Out, out, brief candle! You will be forever deeply missed.

Published on NYTimes.com from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2017


Browne, John Henry [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1965.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Browne, John Henry [MC1965 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Bensch, William “Bill” Rudolf [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Jan-14



William Rudolf “Bill” Bensch
1943 – 2017

William “Bill” Rudolf Bensch

73, of Indianapolis, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 14, 2017.

He was born July 31, 1943 in New York City to the late Rudolf and Phyllis DeGuard Bensch. Bill graduated from Archbishop Malloy High School, received his BA from Manhattan College and his Masters Degree from Purdue University. At Purdue Bill met Diane Kjonaas, who would become his wife of more than 46 years. Together they had four children. Bill was employed as a Biochemist at Eli Lilly and Company for 35 years, retiring in 2008.

Bill was active in several area churches including St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis 1st Church of the Nazarene and East 91st Street Christian. Passionate about theology and ancient history, Bill was the leader of dozens of Bible studies, Sunday School classes and small groups.

Bill was a very active participant in the lives of his four children, volunteering his time as a soccer coach, Bible quizzing director and science fair judge. For many years he was a volunteer with the Lawrence Central Performing Arts Association where he supported his children in both the marching band and show choir.

Though never exposed to it as a child, Bill became an active camper in his adult life, taking his family on camping trips to National parks all over the United States and Canada. He also organized a yearly camping trip that included dozens of families from Indianapolis 1st Church.

Bill became a Master Gardener through the Purdue Extension program in 2010. His other hobbies included photography, music appreciation and woodworking.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease shortly after his retirement, Bill and his family were supported by many volunteers and organizations around the city. The family would especially like to thank the kind and caring staffs at the following organizations: the Alzheimer’s Support Group at E91, especially it’s leader, Dawn; the Still Waters Adult Day Center at Castleton United Methodist; the Reflections Unit at Hancock Regional Hospital; the Cherished Memories Unit at Copper Trace and Heart to Heart Hospice.

The family would also like to give a special thanks to Bill’s daughter, Kristen, who moved home from California to assist in Bill’s care and support her mother, Diane, in this journey. With Kristen’s support, and Diane’s service to her husband, Bill was able to remain at home until the final weeks of his life.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 11:00 a.m. at East 91st Street Christian Church, 6049 East 91st Street, Indianapolis 46250.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Diane; sons, Nathan (Tara), Tim (Kacy), and Ben Bensch; daughter, Kristen Bensch; and grandchildren, Aidan, Maddie, Quinlyn and Alexis Bensch.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts the family requests that Memorial contributions may be made to the Still Waters Adult Day Center at Castleton United Methodist Church. Checks can be made to “Still Waters Adult Day Center,” 7160 Shadeland Station, Door #3, Indianapolis, IN 46256. Final care and arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel. http://www.shirleybrothers.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 18, 2017


Bensch, William “Bill” Rudolf [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

             I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1965.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bensch, William “Bill” Rudolf [MC1965 RIP]

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JOBIT: Powers, Peter J. [MC1965 RIP] on 2016-Jul-07



N.Y. / Region
Peter Powers, Mayor Giuliani’s Steady Right Hand, Dies at 72

Peter J. Powers, a high school friend whom Rudolph W. Giuliani recruited to impose order on his chaotic novice mayoral campaign and later installed as his even-tempered alter ego to manage New York City’s government, died on Thursday in the Bronx. He was 72.

The cause was complications of lung cancer, Mr. Giuliani said. Mr. Powers, who lived in Manhattan, died at Calvary Hospital Hospice.

Before being hired to manage Mr. Giuliani’s 1989 mayoral race, Mr. Powers, a tax lawyer, had last been involved in a campaign in college, when his losing effort for senior class council president was managed by Mr. Giuliani. And before becoming deputy mayor in 1994, his only government job had been in the parks department mail room one summer three decades earlier.

Mr. Giuliani, the most famous prosecutor in America but a neophyte candidate, had squandered $2 million, was being challenged for the Republican nomination and was trailing the Democrat, David N. Dinkins, by about 29 points in public opinion polls when he enlisted Mr. Powers.

Mr. Powers proceeded to impose discipline on Mr. Giuliani’s disparate Republican, Liberal and independent supporters and, with Roger Ailes, focus on a runaway campaign. He helped steer Mr. Giuliani to within two points of victory that November in a race that Mr. Dinkins won.

In 1993, with Mr. Powers managing the rematch, joined by the media consultant David Garth, Mr. Giuliani toppled Mayor Dinkins with 51 percent of the vote.

In 32 months in City Hall, as deputy mayor for operations and first deputy mayor, Mr. Powers presided over the largest budget cuts the city had made since the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. He reduced the payroll by 20,000 workers, most of them induced to leave with buyouts, and slowed the rate, though not the total amount, of city spending.

“We changed the agenda,” Mr. Giuliani said at the time, referring to a shift in focus from how to spend money to how to cut budgets. “I helped, and so did my three budget directors. But Peter was at the core of much of that, if not all of that.”

When Mr. Powers was first drafted to help in 1989, Mr. Giuliani, a former United States attorney, was already surrounded by a loyal and competent — if sometimes too compliant — cadre of fellow former prosecutors. But Mr. Powers enjoyed a personal rapport with Mr. Giuliani that gave him the leeway to reverse political losses in the campaign and, later, years of rising municipal spending and crime.

“Peter was the glue that held the thing together,” Joseph J. Lhota, Mr. Giuliani’s former budget director and deputy mayor for operations, said in an interview on Thursday.

Mr. Powers was variously characterized as the mayor’s Cardinal Richelieu, the good cop to Mr. Giuliani’s bad cop and even the conscience of the city administration.

“I’m not afraid of losing my job if I give him bad news,” Mr. Powers said not long after becoming the mayor’s deputy.

Peter J. Powers in November 1993 when he was leading the transition team of Rudolph W. Giuliani, who had just been elected mayor of New York. “I never had a brother,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview this week. “Peter was my brother.” s

Mr. Giuliani himself described their relationship in familial terms. “I never had a brother,” he said in a telephone interview this week. “Peter was my brother.”

Peter James Powers was born on April 9, 1944, in Middle Village, Queens, the son of Thomas Powers, an organizer for the retail clerks’ union, and the former Florence Fitzgibbon.

He befriended Mr. Giuliani during their sophomore year at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. Mr. Giuliani induced him to join the opera club, though Mr. Powers preferred country music, and they ran on the same ticket for class office — Mr. Giuliani for president and Mr. Powers for treasurer — winning as sophomores but losing the next year.

After high school, they both went on to Manhattan College, where they were members of the same fraternity, Phi Rho Pi, and from which they earned bachelor’s degrees in 1965. They were also classmates at the New York University School of Law. Mr. Giuliani even introduced Mr. Powers, on a blind date, to Kathleen Ingrassia, whom he would marry.

That marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Powers is survived by their daughters, Heather McBride and Krista Harvey; his wife, Sylvia Ng; his brothers, Jack and Dan; and four grandchildren.

As young men, Mr. Giuliani was a Kennedy Democrat (he became a Republican later), and Mr. Powers a Goldwater Republican. They would argue regularly but politely — splicing, Mr. Powers once said, fiscal conservatism with a progressive social consciousness.

“I think we both moved closer to the center,” he told The New York Times in 1993. “We’ve ended in the same place.”

Mr. Powers, as a certified public accountant with advanced law degrees, became a successful corporate tax lawyer. He and Mr. Giuliani collaborated on several cases when they were in private practice.

When Mr. Giuliani was elected mayor in 1993, he named Mr. Powers chairman of his transition team and, following his advice, focused first on finding a budget director once he had discovered the size of the deficit he was inheriting.

Mr. Powers was self-effacing and carefully rationed his responses to reporters’ questions. His profile was so low that early on a police officer asked him for identification when he tried to enter City Hall. But woe to whomever defied him or reneged on a commitment.

“If he got angry — and it was so rare — you didn’t want to be on the other side of him,” Mr. Giuliani said in the phone interview, “because it was probably for a really good reason, as opposed to those of us with a more volatile temper.”

After he left city government in September 1996 and was succeeded by Randy M. Mastro, the mayor’s chief of staff, Mr. Powers joined a hedge fund, was chairman of a city charter revision commission and formed a consulting firm with powerhouse clients, some of whom had business dealings with the city.

Before he left, he said, he had learned a revelatory lesson about the city. After only a few months as deputy mayor, his doubts about whether the city could be run effectively were dispelled. “It is very governable,” he said.

But Mr. Powers had proved his political bona fides even earlier by grasping another lesson that public officials often forget. In his City Hall office, not far from the mayor’s, the screen on his computer was programmed to blink repeatedly “Power on Loan” — a reminder that his job was just temporary and subject to the voters’ approval.

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