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JNEWS: Regan, Bobby [MC1975 RIP] remembered on 9/11



Lt. Bobby Regan

When Lt. Bobby Regan pulled an unconscious man out of a raging apartment fire on Clinton Street a couple of months before 9/11, he should have gotten a medal. But when Regan wrote up the report, he shared all the credit with his team. “The chief told him to rewrite the report so they could give him his award, but he never did it,” said John Sorrentino. “He was so unselfish and unassuming you could be deceived into thinking he wasn’t that skilled,” Tony Carbone said. Lt. Pat Abatangelo said he never knew Bobby had a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College. “A lot of us just don’t want the corporate world,” Abatangelo explained. “He was a great guy. We had eight officers with very distinct personalities here, yet we all meshed. We did whatever we had to do to run the ship smoothly, and had fun doing it.”

Bobby was a great family man too. His widow Donna said, “On 9/11, when he didn’t call home, I immediately knew he was missing. He always called home.” He talked about his daughter Caitlin (16 at the time) with great pride all the time. He and his son Brendan (12 at the time) shared a great love for New York sports and were rarely apart.

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[JR: As I think about all alum we lost and all the people lost, I’m enraged by our collective response. And the Saudi’s got away with their participation. So sad! ]

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JOBIT: Kulaya, Robert Patrick [MC1975 RIP] 2019-Apr-30



Robert Patrick Kulaya

Kulaya, Robert Patrick age 65 of Bronx, New York passed April 30, 2019.

Son of the late Margaret Loughlin Kulaya and Frank Kulaya. He attended St. Francis Xavier grammar school and Power Memorial. In 1975 he graduated from Manhattan College and was class valedictorian. In 1977 he graduated from New York University, earning a Masters in Modern European History.

With thirty years of service, he retired a Senior Customs Inspector for the US Customs.

He is survived by his brother and sister in law, two daughters, son in law, grandson and four nieces, goddaughter, numerous cousins and his loving wife Carol. May he Rest in Peace.

Services on Monday John Dormi and Sons.

Published in the Daily News on May 4, 2019


Kulaya, Robert Patrick [MC1975 RIP]

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

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JUPDATE: Riley, Joseph Mythen III [MC1975 RIP] remembered fondly


[JR: There is much more in his remembering of his friend.  “Fair use” only goes so far.  I urge you to read it.  I hope I’m that well thought of when I go over the rainbow bridge. ]


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I was preparing to write about another issue when suddenly sad news of one’s passing is heard throughout the city. Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize the importance of living life to its fullest. It’s when hearing about the recent passing of one special person that made me think about how we need to slow down and enjoy every moment. It’s waiting in line that a thought occurs as how I should begin to write about a person who dedicated his life of service to this community. Montgomery County and the City of Amsterdam will truly miss this person. It was for sure a memorable moment to see a countless number of friends waiting in line for their turn to share briefly with relatives and family of this man’s life and how he lived it. Recalling this person’s life, I’m also recalling the word “family” which is symbolic of this city where he was born. This person also had a strong faith along with many, many, friends. If you think of family names there are many that have made their mark in our community. Thankfully we still have well-known and well-respected families residing here. Whether it’s running a family restaurant, a law firm or funeral home when their name was mentioned good things would be said. Folks, it’s sad to say that another well-respected member of this community with an identifiable family name is no longer with us. His name is Joseph Riley. Standing in line waiting to pay my respects thoughts as to how he lived his life came to mind. It was not a surprise to see so many people coming to pay their respects for the last time. Joe Riley was someone who showed compassion towards this city. It’s only fitting for we as a community to remember Joe for his service, compassion, respect and friendship.

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Rest in peace… my friend.

Until next time – hold that thought.

Mike Lazarou is a columnist for The Recorder. He lives in the city of Amsterdam.

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JOBIT: Riley, Joseph Mythen III [MC1975 RIP] 2019-Mar-21



Joseph Mythen Riley III
1952 – 2019 Obituary 

Joseph Mythen Riley III, 66, died at home Thursday evening, March 21, 2019.

Joe was born in Amsterdam, on September 16, 1952 to Joseph M. Riley Jr. and Mary Ann (Howlan) Riley. He attended St. Mary’s Institute and graduated from Bishop Scully High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College. Joe owned and operated the family moving business, Riley-Fulmont Van and Storage. He was also associated with his brothers as a funeral director at Riley Mortuary, Inc. and served as Montgomery County Coroner for 35 years.

Joe’s passion for the sport of basketball led to a 40 year career as a well-respected high school official. Joe was a parishioner and communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Amsterdam. He was a member of the Irish American Club, Benevolent Protective Order Elks Lodge 101 and Knights of Columbus Council 209.

Joe married Karen (Murphy) Riley, at St. Mary’s Church on July 8, 1989, with whom he raised four children, Kathleen, Patrick, Dennis, and Anne. Joe is survived by his wife and children; his mother, Mary Ann Riley; brothers, Frank, Patrick (Dawn), and Timothy (Lisa) and sister, MaryBeth (Riley) Musco. He is also survived by his in-laws, G. Thomas and Jaqueline Murphy; brothers in-law, Packy (Melanie) and Pudge (Rachel) Murphy; sisters in-law, Colleen (Rob) Guarino, Kelly (Sean) Joyce, Connie (Tom) Geraghty, Casey (Owen) Murphy, Bridget (Carlos) Maroquin, Megan (Joe) Drapa; 35 nieces and nephews, cousins and many life-long friends including his caring friend, Christopher “Rufus” Leonetti.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 11:15 o’clock at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, NY. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Mary’s Institute, 10 Kopernik Blvd. Amsterdam, NY 12010 or St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam, NY 12010. http://www.rileymortuaryinc.com.
Published in The Daily Gazette on Mar. 25, 2019


Riley, Joseph Mythen III [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 Joseph is a member of the Class of 1975.

                      May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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[JR: Remembering him.]

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JOBIT: Burke, Eugene [MC1975 RIP] 2019-Jan-28



Deacon Eugene Burke
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:00 am

Deacon Eugene Burke, who served for 46 years at St. Gabriel parish in the Bronx and was a member of the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the archdiocese, died Jan. 28. He was 93.

Deacon Burke, who was ordained in 1973, had served at St. Gabriel’s until his death. He was engaged in the parish’s sacramental and liturgical life, performing baptisms and witnessing weddings. He visited the homebound and individuals in nursing homes.

He was an advertising and public relations executive. As an actor and comedian, he shared the stage and screen with stars such as Tony Perkins, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., and master’s from Manhattan College and Lehman College, both in the Bronx.

Survivors include his wife, Madeleine, their children Paul Burke, Marlene Barrett and Christopher Burke, and four grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 2 at St. Gabriel’s. Burial was in St. Raymond’s Cemetery, the Bronx.

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Burke, Eugene [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Eugene received his Masters in 1975.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Burke, Eugene [MC1975 RIP]

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[JR: More details about his life.]

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JNEWS: A connection to Coppo, Joseph J. Jr. [MC1975 RIP]



Home / Editorial / Resurrecting A Miraculous Little League Dream
Resurrecting A Miraculous Little League Dream
By Rabbi Rabbs

Updated: August 2, 2018

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In The Bronx, NY, neighborhood of Riverdale sits a Roman Catholic school named Manhattan College whose NCAA Division I baseball team bears a green and white logo strikingly reminiscent to that of Southern California Champion Park View Little League of Chula Vista.

The Manhattan Jaspers have inducted several of their baseball team’s players over the years into their athletic department’s hall of fame. One of those enshrined players is Joseph J. Coppo Jr., who was inducted into the Jaspers’ hall of fame in 2004. Coppo, a full-blooded Italian-American, had captained the Jaspers during his senior season in 1975, and according to the Jaspers’ web site, led Manhattan in earned runs average, innings pitched, and slugging percentage.

Coppo, whom the Cincinnati Reds had reportedly drafted straight out of high school, had opted to attend Manhattan rather than immediately pursuing a professional baseball career. Despite being a standout in the high school and college levels, Coppo never reached the major leagues.

Speaking of Little League, after graduating from Manhattan, Coppo soon got married, had four children, reportedly shared his love of baseball with them, and sure enough, Joseph became a coach in his local Little League, where he shared his passion for the game with other parents’ kids. Coppo was reportedly very well liked and respected by other Little League parents, and by his players.

Late in the year 2000, Coppo became an executive for the financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and shortly thereafter, he moved into its corporate headquarters and New York City office on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center, one of the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan. On Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:46 am, the baseball dad and coach was murdered along with 657 of his fellow New York employees, 68% of Cantor Fitgerald’s overall workforce, when unspeakable ruthless hijackers intentionally crashed a passenger jet into that tower, only a handful of floors below Coppo’s office.

In the wake of that horrific event, in Coppo’s honor, Waveny Park Little League in his town of New Canaan, CT, where the former Jasper captain had coached Waveny’s all-stars in hopes of reaching the Little League World Series, renamed its baseball field as Joe Coppo Field.

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JOBIT: Brisson, Elizabeth P. [MC1975 RIP] 2018-Jan-09



Elizabeth P. Brisson

Peabody, MA – Elizabeth P. Brisson, age 88, died on January 9, 2018 in Peabody, MA where she lived for the past 7 years. Elizabeth, born October 25, 1929, lived for over 50 years in Pleasantville, NY with her husband, Robert P. Brisson where they raised their 6 children. Preceded in death by her parents John and Melita Phillips, her sister Jane Bay of Cincinnati, OH and her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert. Elizabeth is survived by their six children, Claudia of San Rafael, CA, John of Greenwich, CT, Jane Siebecker of Amesbury, MA, Marcia of Falls Church, VA, and Daniel and Amy of Arlington, VA, plus 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and her sisters, Deborah Haviland of Rockland ME, and Francesca Malley of Cambridge, MD.

Elizabeth graduated in 1947 from Westbury High School, NY then in 1951 received a B. S. degree from Skidmore College. As a physical education teacher, Elizabeth taught from 1951 to 1953 at the Chapin School in New York City. Reared in the Episcopal faith, she converted in 1960 to Roman Catholicism and was a devout parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Pleasantville and of its Rosary Altar Society. Elizabeth was the leader of a Girl Scout troop from 1965 to 1974 and from 1970 to 1976 was a member of The Pleasantville Ambulance Corps. From 1971 to 1975, she returned to teaching physical education at Saint Theresa’s Parochial School in Briarcliff, NY, as well as coached the girls basketball team.

In 1975, Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Reading from Manhattan College. As a reading specialist, she taught at Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, NY from 1976 to 1994. Thereafter until 2011, she was a volunteer teacher at both Blythedale Children’s Hospital and at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, NY.

Expert and passionate bridge players, Elizabeth and Robert attained the rank of Gold Life Master. Her joie de vivre included family, friends, competitive games, New Orleans Jazzfest, champagne, shrimp cocktail and a heart overflowing with love.

A funeral mass and celebration is planned for Friday, January 12, 10 AM at the Brooksby Village Chapel followed by a reception, 100 Brooksby Village Dr. Peabody, MA 01960. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, MMRF.
Published in the The Journal News on Jan. 12, 2018


Brisson, Elizabeth P.  [MC1975 RIP]

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

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Dar John,

               I have Elizabeth receiving her Masters in 1976.

                    May She Rest In peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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