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MOBIT: Galas, Matthew E. “Matty G.” [MCattendee RIP] on 2017-Jan-02



Matthew Galas

Galas, Matthew E.Galas, Matthew E., “Matty G.”, age, 41, of Hasbrouck Heights formerly of Ridgefield Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family’s love on Monday January 2, 2017.

Matty was born and raised in Ridgefield Park where he was a local athlete. He was an All Star Shortstop and Captain of Don Bosco Prep’s 1993 baseball team. Matty began his college baseball career at Manhattan College and continued at Saint Rose in Albany where they won the Division 2 World Series in 1997. He also coached at Saint Rose for two years.

He then joined the family masonry business, Cage Construction in Ridgefield Park where he held the position of Vice President for the last 12 years.

Matty was a volunteer at the Saint Francis Food Pantry in Ridgefield Park. He fell in love in 2005 and married in 2008.

Beloved husband of Rachel (nee Noia). Devoted father to his sons Danny and Robby. Cherished son of Joanne (nee Gilson) and Edward Galas. Dear brother to Jill Galas Hickey and her husband James, Vanessa Hlavaty and her husband Michael, and Jodi LoCascio and her husband Anthony. Loving son-in-law to Bob and Diane Noia and brother in law to Adam Noia, Tim Noia and his wife Rachel. Adored Uncle to Owen, James, Mikey and Christopher. Matty will be greatly missed by the “Justice League” as well as his family and many close friends.

Funeral Mass will be offered at Saint Francis RC Church Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (please meet directly at the Church). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in the memory of Matty for the benefit of his sons College Funds which can be made to the Daniel and Robert Galas Scholarship Fund and mailed c/o Vorhees Ingwersen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park NJ 07660. The family will receive family and friends at the Funeral Home Friday from 2-8 p.m.

Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home 59 Main St. Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660 (201) 342-2350

Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 4, 2017


Galas, Matthew E. “Matty G.” [MCattendee RIP]

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MOBIT: Hairston, William B. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Dec-24



William B. Hairston Jr.
December 14, 1924 – December 24, 2015

Bill (or Billy to his friends that knew him the longest) peacefully departed from his home in Birmingham, Alabama to be fully with his savior this past Christmas Eve. He was the son of the late William B. Hairston and Kate Steele Hairston, both of Birmingham. Bill is survived by his wife of sixty years, Louise (“Weezie”) Poe Hairston, his son Bill Hairston III (Lynn) of Birmingham, his sister Kathryn H. Green of Alexandria, Virginia, and his three nephews: Gordon Green (Barbara) of Grey, Georgia, Russell Green of Centreville, Virginia, and Dillard Green (Regina) of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

While attending Phillips High School, Bill caught his first glance of Weezie at a dance, but their marriage would have to wait for fifteen long years. During those years, Bill began his studies at the University of Alabama, only to have those scholastic endeavors postponed by World War II. Bill’s service to his country began with his education as an engineer at Manhattan College. But as the Nazi war machine raged across Europe, this education was also postponed so that Bill could train to be a paratrooper. A training accident injured Bill’s knee (an injury that would continue to plague him the rest of his life) and Bill was transferred into the infantry. As a Sergeant with the 69th Infantry Division, Bill spent the remainder of his military service in the European theatre pushing across France, until finally meeting up with the Russian forces in the vicinities of Torgau and Strehla, Germany, thereby splitting the Nazi forces into two parts and hastening the end of this bloody conflict. In recognition of his service, Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Upon returning home, Bill completed his studies at the University of Alabama obtaining a BS degree from the Commerce School (1949) and a LLB degree from the Law School (1950). While at Alabama, he was inducted into both Omicron Delta Kappa, and Jasons. Socially he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity (and later was inducted into ATO’s hall of fame). His graduation, however, did not end his connection with his alma mater. In the years that followed, Bill would become a charter member of the Farrah Law Society, the president of both the UA Law School Alumni Association and of the UA Law School Foundation where he continued to serve with distinction as an emeritus director.

In 2001, Bill was honored to receive the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater. Following graduation, Bill, along with Ben A. Engel, founded a law firm that still bears his name. Later, Rick Johanson would join them and build on Bill’s teaching and mentoring practices to both clients and colleagues in the legal profession.

Bill’s sixty year legacy practicing law, can be felt in many arenas. He taught “Bills and Notes” at the Birmingham School of Law, receiving the 1968 Outstanding Faculty Award. He authored the treatise entitled Detinue, Executions, and Mechanics’ Liens: The Law in Alabama. (The Harrison Co., 1982. 124 pp. Latest Update 1999). He was instrumental in developing a unified judicial system in the state. He instituted in Birmingham the nation’s first Law Day Parade, receiving the ABA’s Award of Merit. After working his way up the ranks Bill was elected president first of the Birmingham Bar Association (Secretary, 1967; Vice President, 1969; President, 1970), and then of the Alabama Bar Association (Member, Board of Commissioners, 1973-1979; Second Vice President, 1978; Chairman, Disciplinary Commission, 1978-1979; President-Elect, 1982; President, 1983-1984). In recognition of these services Bill, in 2004, received the Birmingham Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to these bar associations, and the American Bar Association, Bill was a life fellow of both the Alabama Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation, and a member of both the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He was a fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as the “Recorder” in Leeds, Alabama, and as a member of the Alabama Judicial Conference, the Judicial Inquiry Commission, and the Alabama Law Institute. In the federal arena, Bill was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and a trustee of and later president (1986-1990) of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society.

He also served on the management board of the downtown YMCA, as the treasurer of Vestavia Country Club and as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Following his marriage to Weezie in 1955, Bill transferred his membership from Sixth Avenue Presbyterian Church to Highlands United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for over fifty years, held every office, including chairman of the Board of Stewards, and was instrumental in establishing Highlands’ foundation, and the Methodist Educational Leave Society (now the Institute for Clergy Excellence “ICE”).

But his real passion was one he shared with his wife – the cultivation of the state flower. These gems were his pride and joy, and he showed them throughout the southeast. Bill was president and show chairman of the Birmingham Camellia Society, judge of the American Camellia Society and is honored to have a camellia that bears his name.

The family would like to express its gratitude and love to Sharon Hagler for her compassionate care, along with special recognition and thanks to Ida Brand, Kandace Beasley, and Liz Rayford, and also to Kris and Sheila from New Beacon Hospice whose tender care allowed Bill to rest peacefully in his home until the time of his eternal rest.

Funeral service for Bill will be held Wednesday, December 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Highlands United Methodist Church with committal in Highlands’ columbarium and visitation in the fellowship hall to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Music Fund of Highlands United Methodist Church (1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205).

Published in The Birmingham News from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2015 


Hairston, William B. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]

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[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”. Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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MOBIT: Cody, Donald Kevin [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Nov-01



Donald K. Cody
1931 – 2015 

Donald Kevin Cody, 84, beloved husband of Anne Elizabeth (Landwehrle) Cody, died peacefully on November 1, 2015.

Don was born on March 3, 1931, to the late Alfred Francis Cody and Kathryn (Berry) Cody. He was predeceased by a sister Maureen, in childhood. Don was raised in Yonkers, NY, and was the valedictorian of the All Hallows High School Class of 1949. After enrolling at Manhattan College, he spent two years of active duty service in the Army National Guard stationed at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. He then returned to college, graduating from Fordham University in 1955.

In June of 1955 Don and Anne were married and began their life together. After finding his calling for teaching, Don went on to obtain a Masters degree from New York University and a Doctoral degree in education from Columbia University Teachers College. He taught History and English for 11 years at Irvington (NY) High School where he made many lifelong friends among the students, faculty and administration.

Don began teaching at the City College of New York in 1967, where he taught for 25 years before retiring as a Professor Emeritus in 1992. While at CCNY, he chaired the Education Department and later served as Associate Dean. His great love was teaching methods classes for aspiring social studies teachers, including supervising student teachers throughout the public schools of New York City. Don was proud to take a leadership role in the early years of the A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, a collaboration of the New York City school system and CCNY with the goal of preparing students for college.

In retirement, Don greatly enjoyed travel and golf with Anne. Favorite destinations over the years included The Reefs in Bermuda, St. Augustine, FL, and Manchester, VT.

Don was grateful for his friendships with Father George Couturier, formerly of St. Dunstan Church in Glastonbury, and Father Dominic Valla of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oxford, CT.

Don will long be remembered for his engaged approach to life and his keen interest in all aspects of public affairs. Not a day went by that he did not read the New York Times from cover to cover. He cherished time spent with family and friends, but especially with his two adored grandsons, thoroughly enjoying his active role in their lives. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Anne, son Thomas and daughter-in-law Mary Ellen, and grandsons Patrick and Kevin Cody, all of Glastonbury. Don also leaves behind two special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Janice and Robert Rueppel, and Susan and Richard Landwehrle, as well as 9 much-loved nieces and nephews and their 18 children.

Calling hours will be held on November 5, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Dunstan Church, 1345 Manchester Road, Glastonbury, on November 6 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 3, 2015


Cody, Donald Kevin [MCattendee RIP]

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

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Dear John,

             Don Cody was a classmate of mine at St Barnabas Elementary School,
Class of 1945. His widow Anne, is a St Barnabas High School Graduate.

             May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry for your loss.]

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MOBIT: Laurier, Maurice Josef [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Oct-09



Maurice Josef Laurier
1926 – 2015

YORKTOWN – Maurice Josef Laurier, Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, passed away on October 9, 2015.

He was born in Faulkton, South Dakota on October 11, 1926, lived in Fairfield, Iowa and Hempstead, New York. He attended Manhattan College in New York City, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated from Webb Institute receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering plus a commission in the US Naval Reserve. Mr. Laurier was later a Sloan Fellow at MIT earning a Master’s Degree.

Upon graduating from Webb Institute Mr. Laurier went to work at Electric Boat/General Dynamics for twenty-one years. He was involved with the first two nuclear powered submarines. He spent over a year at the National Reactor Test Station in Idaho, and later became senior test engineer during the start-up and sea trials of USS Nautilus.

At the end of 1971 Mr. Laurier resigned from General Dynamics and in 1972 bought the Greenway Marine Railway, in Gloucester and the name was changed to Glass Marine. In 1974 he designed the “Chesapeake Forty” and the Chesapeake Work Boat Company was established. In 1988 Glass Marine was sold and Mr. Laurier established his private Marine Surveying and Engineering Consulting Practice.

Mr. Laurier was a life member of the Webb Alumni Association, The United States Naval Institute and longtime member and volunteer at the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years Margaret Lee Shiver Laurier his second wife Nancy Laing Cole Laurier and son Brian Douglas Laurier. Survivors include, his son David Bruce Laurier and wife Lisa, daughter Karen Lee Laurier Morisato plus four grandchildren, Allison Morisato, Garrett Morisato, Margueritte de Laurier and Alice Mcgillicudy.

The family will receive friends Monday, October 12, 2015 at Hogg Funeral Home Gloucester Point from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Services and Inurnment will be held at a later date in Mystic, Connecticut. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Web Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, New York 11542-1398 or Waterman’s Museum, Post Office Box 519, Yorktown, Virginia 23690. Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.

Published in Daily Press on Oct. 11, 2015


Laurier, Maurice Josef [MCattendee RIP]

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MOBIT: Callahan, Fr. Jerome F. [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Sep-09



Ronan Callahan
1923 – 2015 | Obituary 

Father Ronan Callahan, a Passionist priest, seminary professor, and overseas missionary, died at Saint Mary Home, West Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. He was 92.

Born Jerome F. Callahan in 1923, the second son the late Walter S. Callahan and the late Rose (Tierney) Callahan and named for his grandfather. Brother of Robert Callahan of Farmingdale, New York and the late Walter Callahan.

Father Ronan grew up in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. He attended Saint Augustine High School in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, NY in 1941. He studied at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY and graduated from Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception Preparatory Seminary, Brooklyn, NY in 1944.

He then entered the Passionist Community, a Roman Catholic community of brothers and priests dedicated to preaching the Passion of the Christ, contemplative prayer, the preaching of parish missions and retreats, and overseas missionary work. After completing novitiate at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA in 1945, Father Ronan studied theology at Saint Michael Monastery, Union City, NJ. He received an MA in Theology and was ordained a priest in 1951. He then studied philosophy at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy from 1952-1954, the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He received a Carnegie Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Indiana in 1968.

Father Callahan taught philosophy at the Passionist Monastic Seminary, Jamaica, New York from 1954-1970. He also taught at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT from 1964-1968 and held membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In 1970 he embarked on a missionary career with the Passionists in the southern Philippines. He taught philosophy at Notre dame of Marbel University in Cotabato, served as consultor to the Bishop, was chancellor of the Diocese of Marbel from 1975-1990, and ministered as a prison and hospital chaplain.

He was president of the Philosophy Association of the Visayas and Mindanao in the southern Philippines and received numerous awards for public service.

Returning to the United States, Father Ronan taught at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT from 1993 until his death. He also served in local leadership at Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, CT during that time period.

The Passionists are grateful for the care Fr. Ronan received through the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist with home care, and the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary Home. The Funeral will be held at Holy Family Monastery Chapel, West Hartford, CT. The wake will be at 9AM on Monday, September 14th with the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM, also at Holy Family Chapel. Burial will be immediately afterward at Holy Family Cemetery on the Monastery grounds. Donations may be made to the Passionist Retirement Fund, Holy Family Monastery, 303 Tunxis Road, W. Hartford, CT 06107.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12, 2015 


Callahan,  Jerome F. [MC???? RIP] 

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MOBIT: Garraghan, R. Abel [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Aug-24



R. Abel Garraghan

KINGSTON – R. Abel Garraghan of Burgevin St., Kingston died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at his West Hyannisport, Mass. residence. He was 72.

He was born in Kingston, a son of the late former city Mayor Raymond W. Garraghan and his wife Ruth Abernethy Garraghan.

He graduated from Kingston High School, attended Manhattan College and graduated from Syracuse University before completing the Small Company Management Program at Harvard Business School.

A recipient of many awards, Abel will be remembered for a lifelong history of commitment to the Hudson Valley; driven by his strong belief in civic responsibility to participate and contribute, always in order to do what is best for the community. Abel has chaired or co-chaired the Benedictine Hospital Cancer Center Capital Campaign, the Kingston Waterfront Revitalization Commission, the Economic Development Zone Formation, and the Ulster County Development Corp.

Abel was a director of Hospice for Ulster and Dutchess Counties, the Kingston-Newburgh Enterprise Community, the Kingston / Ulster Development Corp. and Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress. He represented Ulster County on the Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and served as a board member of the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, the Ulster County Planning Board and the Kingston Kiwanis Club. He also presided over the Wiltwyck Golf Club, is a member of the Kingston Water Board and a Director of the Rhinebeck Bank. Professionally Abel was the President and CEO of Heritagenergy.

In addition to his professional achievements, Abel’s love of the Hudson Valley anchored the lifelong Kingston resident to his community, where he enjoyed golfing at Wiltwyck, hiking in the Catskills, skiing at Hunter Mountain and the polar plunge at Williams Lake. You could always find Abel on his daily walks, cherishing a drive-by conversation and then picking up the litter along the way, and of course…pointing out the potholes to the Mayor!! Abel’s greatest strength in his love for the area meant he was forever reaching across the politics of the day to “”do the right thing”” for the community.

An avid outdoorsman, Abel cherished summers on Cape Cod and his friendships with the beach circle at CBA and tennis in Craigville. He and Nancy loved their winter escapes to Boca Grande, Florida and Avon, Colorado, visits to the Grand Tetons and trips to the Final Four. Abel was tremendously proud of his Irish heritage and was a faithful member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, yearly contributor to the Hooley on the Hudson celebration and in 2005 was the Grand Marshall of the Kingston St. Patrick’s Day parade. Above all else, Abel Garraghan’s greatest legacy will always be his family, his faith and his friends.

Loving husband of Nancy Lupton Garraghan, proud father of Patrick and Tanya Garraghan of Hurley, Kiley and Jim Shea of Loughton, England and Molly Garraghan of Denver, Colo.; brother of Julie G. Gavitt, Rumford, R.I.; grandfather of Gracie, Marin and Cian Shea, R. Gabriel Garraghan; stepgrandfather of Jordan Hulbert; and uncle to the Gavitt’s and Lupton’s.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, N.Y. http://www.jvleahyfh.com. The Garraghan family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Kingston will hold a ritual at 6 p.m. followed by the Ulster Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1 at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Uptown Kingston on Friday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join the family at church for Mass. Interment will follow in Hurley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ulster County Community Foundation BANT Fund, the YMCA Endowment Fund, The People’s Place, or The Garraghan Family Fund, C/O Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, 80 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.

Published in Daily Freeman on Aug. 25, 2015


Garraghan, R. Abel [MCattendee RIP]

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MOBIT: Stephan, Peter James [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Feb-25



Peter James Stephan

WESTON, Fla. Peter James Stephan passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on February 25, 2015, in Weston at the age of 76.

Peter was born on May 13, 1938, in Albany, to Elpiniqi and James Stephan. He graduated from St. Joseph’s in 1956. He attended Siena and Manhattan Colleges.

He married Carol Robertson on October 12, 1963.

Peter is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 51 years, Carol Stephan; his loving sons, Robert Stephan of Albany, Gregory Stephan of Delmar and Peter Stephan (Kathryn) of Annapolis, Md.; his grandchildren, Aidan, Gabrielle and Luke Stephan of Annapolis; his twin sister, Geraldine Walsh (William) of Albany; his godson, 2nd Lt. Daniel Robertson; his brothers-in-law, James Robertson (Kathleen) and Thomas Robertson (Laura); his dearest friends, Joseph and Eileen Nichols; and many nephews and nieces. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Elpiniqi and James Stephan of Albany, and sister Maria Kristo.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on July 21, 2015, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on 10 Lodge Street in Albany. A burial will immediately follow at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.

 Religious Service Information
 St Mary’s Church
 10 Lodge St
 Albany, NY 12207

Published in Albany Times Union from July 19 to July 20, 2015


Stephan, Peter James [MCattendee RIP] 

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

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