JASPER JOTTINGS Week 44  - 2017 Oct 29   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Kudos to these men



Watch: Brothers Help Weak Old Man To Seat, 6 Words From His Wife Bring Tears To Their Eyes
"...moved her to tears."
By Jack Davison October 12, 2017 at 7:01am

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Cubs fan Lauren Hinkston Hintzsche was thrilled to see her beloved Cubs on Monday as they won a game in the National League Division Series. But she was delighted to see something far better — a true act of kindness of strangers helping out a stranger.

She told the story in a Facebook post.

“An older couple sat next to John and I in the bleachers. They have season tickets up behind the plate but after conversation found out that this is where their playoff tickets were,” she wrote.

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“They noticed right away that the older gentleman was having a tough time and had helped him down the stairs to sit in their seats,” she wrote, adding, “During the game they would help the older gentleman stand when the crowd stood and the one guy stayed seated at times so this gentleman could see the game.”

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For all the stupid actions by some “fans”, every once and a while there is a counter example that we need to applaud.

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JOBIT: Young, Sr. Jean [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Oct-20



Sister Jean Young
October 1, 1932 - October 20, 2017   
Florham Park, New Jersey

Sister Young was born on October 1, 1932 and passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Sister Young was a resident of Florham Park, New Jersey at the time of passing.

Sister Jean graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ with a B.A. degree in English; from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC with a M.A. degree in Speech and Drama; and, from Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y. with a M.A. degree in Religious Studies.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Sisters of Charity Development Fund, P.O. Box 476, Convent Station, NJ, 07961-0476 would be greatly appreciated.


Young, Sr. Jean [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105402325

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JLINKEDIN: Finkbiner, Mario [MC1982] CEO at MMFDreamworks Inc



Finkbiner, Mario [MC1982]
CEO at MMFDreamworks Inc
MandMSolutionProvider Inc  
Greater Boston Area

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Coach Ryan


Good Evening All,

From Facebook, our prayers are requested for Coach Joe Ryan '81. Joe's Wife, Julienne, has updated us on Joe who is doing very well as he mentions in his note enclosed. Joe is recovering from some delicate surgery has been doing a lot of talking which is a good thing and he and Julienne are thankful for your prayers. Lets us keep Joe in our prayers for his continued recovery, free of complication and soon to have him up and around. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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From Joe on Facebook (thank you Mike for forwarding it)

To all my friends and relatives, thank you all for your prayers and bestwishes. They mean a lot to me and Jules. I will be recovering at homefor the next 3 weeks. I am now a few centimeters taller after the reconstructive surgery on my neck which is remarkable. In Ireland,saying somebody has a "thick neck" is full of meaning. In my case it nowhas a literal and figurative meaning to me! The jokes will now startflying and my Halloween costume this year will be Frankenstein ! It'sAlive! It's Alive ! Cheers

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) questions the endnote


Re - endnote

In last week's endnote you said"End “Roe v Wade” and all other Gooferment interventions into “health"....."

So does this mean women would then be free to choose what they wish to do with their bodies or does this mean that states or Congress would then be able to legislate what women must allow to happen to their bodies - regardless of their own wishes...?

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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[JR: Well, I’m not “king”, but imho the Federal Gooferment should do a “don’t ask; don’t tell”. Women should be free to manage themselves without the “help” of politicians and bureaucrats. Abortion is tragic national disaster. And, it’s only been made worse by the Gooferment sticking its nose in. I don’t want to pay for anything — welfare, abortions, or “health”. And, I don’t want to “hurt people or steal their stuff”. ] 

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JFACEBOOK: HooShing, DeSean [MC????] earns a Masters in Chemistry



DeSean HooShing is at St. John’s University. 22 hrs · Instagram ·

2017 10Oct 23 DeSean

Man 3 and a half years working full time going to school part time and I finally got my #Masters in Chemistry. Im super proud of this achievement. Now i tie my mom who has a masters so i gotta get another degree to beat her lol. #sju #saintjohnsuniversity #chemistry #blackandeducated #educatedblackman

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HooShing, DeSean [MC????]

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JHQ: March with the Student Veterans on 11/11/17


Help us Honor, Recognize and Thank our Veterans!

Jasper Alumni, Family and Friends are invited to march with the Manhattan College Student Veterans Organization in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Please note: Assembly will start at 12:00 p.m. on 28th St. between 5th and Madison Avenues. Advance registration is required to march with Manhattan College. The point of contact on the day of the parade is Nick Jurek and he can be reached at (716) 783-5396 or via email at njurek01@manhattan.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you plan to take the bus from campus, you must RSVP to alumni@manhattan.edu by Friday, November 3. The bus for NYC departs Manhattan College at 8:00 a.m.

A Pre Parade Breakfast will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Mason Jar NYC located at 43 East 30th St., New York, NY 10016.


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JFOUND: Breen, Patrick B. [MC1989] Anesthesiology Abington Hospital



Breen, Patrick B. [MC1989]
Specialties:     Anesthesiology
Hospital Affiliation     Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health    Abington – Lansdale Hospital
  • 1989    Manhattan College, Undergraduate
  • 1994-1998    University Of Pittsburgh, Medical School
  • 1998-1999    Abington Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • 1999-2001    University of Pennsylvania, Anesthesiology
  • 2001-2002    Temple University Hospital, Anesthesiology
  • 2002-2003    UMDNJ - R W Johnson Medical School, Cardiac Anesthesiology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology

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JOBIT: Rohrman, Robert A. [MC1949 RIP] on 2017-Oct-21



Robert A. Rohrman

Robert A. Rohrman, most recently of Pickering Manor in Newtown, formerly of Newtown and Hartsville, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Pickering Manor Home. He was 94.
He was the beloved husband for 66 years to Ruth L. Linder Rohrman.

Born in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late George Rohrman and Agnes Houston Rohrman and the father of the late Robert, William, and Paul Rohrman.

Robert was a former resident of Newtown before moving to Pickering Manor Home. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. Upon completion of his military service, he attended and graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y. and began a lifelong distinguished career as an Electrical Engineer who worked at Johnsville Naval Air Development Center.

Robert formerly served as a volunteer fireman for the Hartsville Fire Company. Robert also was a former lector at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison and also at the Church of St. Andrew in Newtown.

In his leisure, he enjoyed skiing, sailing, photography and playing golf. In earlier years, Robert would travel with his family. He truly cherished the times he had with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, creating memories that would last forever in their hearts.

Robert is survived by his devoted children, Richard Rohrman and his wife, Joanne, of Long Branch, N.J., James Rohrman and his wife, Debbie, of Matawan, N.J., and Mariane Hitchner of Hatboro. Robert is also survived by his brother, George Rohrman of Brewster, N.Y.; his sister, Dorothy West of Dumont, N.J.; his nine grandchildren and his two great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.), Richboro, PA 18954. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940. Interment with military honors will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Rev. Msgr. William J. Linder Scholarship Fund, 233 West Market St. Newark, NJ 07103.www.fluehr.com


Rohrman, Robert A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook:  None cited

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Dear John,

            I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1949.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rohrman, Robert A. [MC1949 RIP]

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

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JFOUND: Bivona, Damian [MC????] AVP for Consumer Op Svcs at AIG



Damian Bivona

Damian’s professional career has spanned 4 decades of domestic and international corporate leadership and currently serves as AVP for Consumer Operation Services at AIG. In his current role Damian focuses on insurance operations and the Consumer portfolio of projects that include, but are not limited to – project investment, prioritization, alignment to strategy, and project governance. Damian also works with project teams on operational efficiencies and improving AIG’s customer experience.

Throughout Mr. Bivona’s career he has enjoyed positions ranging from Consulting, Information Technology, Strategy, Operations, Process Improvement / Transformation and Project Management.
Damian has worked for companies in numerous fields such as Publishing, Capital Markets, Nuclear Energy, and Insurance. He has managed diverse teams across the globe. During his career he has had the privilege of working on assignments across 5 continents and over 20 countries with countless great people.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Bivona now resides in NJ. Damian earned a B.S. degree in Information Technology from Manhattan College and an M.S. degree in Business / Statistical Analysis from Pace University.

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Bivona, Damian [MC????]
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JFOUND: Cordovano, Peter M. [MC1981] Lawyer Ulster County



Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. is a law practice dedicated to helping individuals in crisis due to a workplace injury, an arrest, or an accident caused by negligence. If you are facing an uncertain future due to any of these circumstances, I can provide the quality legal representation you need to protect your rights and achieve a positive outcome. Since 1980, I have fought for distressed clients who needed capable case management and calm reassurance. Through tireless efforts, I’ve been able to obtain consistently good results for people in Ulster County and the surrounding areas who’ve entrusted their case to my care.

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Cordovano, Peter M. [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cordovano, Peter M. [MC1981]

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JOBIT: Wallace, James D. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Oct-23



James D. Wallace
1924 - 2017
Vero Beach, FL

James D Wallace died Oct 23rd, 2017. He was born in Bronx, New York on February 3, 1924 to Michael J. and Josephine Wallace.

He attended Regis High School and graduated from Mount St. Michael High School before enlisting in the Navy Air Corps in 1943.

He trained as a radio operator in a torpedo bomber squadron in Florida then transferred to California, where he continued training until the war in the Pacific ended. He was discharged in 1946. He then attended Manhattan College.

He married Katherine Broderick in 1946, and in 1954 the couple moved to New Rochelle, NY where Jim was an active member of Holy Family church. For more than 40 years he was a sales agent for Allstate Insurance Company in several midtown New York offices. In 2009, after 15 years as snowbirds, the couple moved fulltime to Vero Beach.

Jim was predeceased by a son, James Dawson Wallace Jr. and a granddaughter Maeve Wallace.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years; five daughters: Mary Norman of Toronto, Canada; Katherine Smith of Delray Beach, Fl.; Virginia Wallace of Buffalo, NY; Therese Wallace of Orlando, Fl.; Margaret Webb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca; four sons: Thomas of New York, NY; Gerald of White Plains, NY; Timothy of Sonoma, Ca., Andrew of Hinsdale, Il.; 27 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church on Friday Oct 27 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com

Published in the TC Palm on Oct. 25, 2017


Wallace, James D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

[JR: 71 years of marriage. He was married the year before I was born. That’s eye popping to me.] 

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Dear John,

           I do not find anything is my 'stuff' for James.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JOBIT: Heimbuch, Raymond Joseph [MC1951 RIP] on 2017-Oct-22



In Memory of
Raymond Joseph Heimbuch
December 20, 1929 - October 22, 2017

Raymond Joseph Heimbuch age 87 passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Sunday October 22, 2017 at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Stamford, CT.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY to Ferdinand and Ethel O'Gara Heimbuch. He leaves his sister Margaret Hickey and two nephews Robert (Pam) and Christopher Hickey and four nieces Aileen Bowers (Chad), Maureen Hines (Jim), Meg Capodanno (Rob) and Patricia Malatesta (Christian), along with nine grandnieces and nephews.

Ray played a prominent part in their lives and continued to show as much interest and enthusiasm in the lives of his grand- nieces and nephews as he had with their parents. Ray was an integral member of the Hickey family joining them in all celebrations and even vacations to Long Beach Island.

Ray was a Professional Engineer who received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College where he was a member of Epsilon Sigma Pi Honor Society and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.

He was President of Clarke & Rapuano Engineering Co. from 1978 through 1995 when he became Principle Engineer for Rust Environment and Infrastructure, Inc.

Peter J. Tesei, Greenwich First Selectman, proclaimed with great appreciation and gratitude, July 1, 2010 'Ray Heimbuch Day' for his 30 years of selfless volunteerism. He was appointed to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency in 1980 and was named chair in 1987 and served until 2000. In 2001 he was appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission where he served until March 2010. He also spent several years driving for Meals on Wheels."

A mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome R.C. church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT. There are no calling hours and burial will be private.


Heimbuch, Raymond Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

               I believe Raymond is a member of the Class of 1951.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Heimbuch, Raymond Joseph [MC1951 RIP]

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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: Gannon, John J. [MC1947 RIP] on 2017-Oct-23



In Memory of
John Joseph Gannon
June 5, 1924 - October 23, 2017

Gannon, John J. Professor Emeritus The University of Michigan Age 93, passed away on October 23, 2017 at Arbor Hospice, Saline. He was born on June 5, 1924 in New York City.
Survivors include sons Thomas C. (Lois), Michael E. (Cheryl), Mark J. and daughter, Catherine A. Van Hulle (John) and his good friend Ozora McCarthy. A son John M. died in 1963. Grandchildren include Benjamin, Steven and Kevin Gannon; Michael, Jeanette, Valerie and Sean Van Hulle; and Carrie Honore. Great- grandchildren include Luc, Cole and Rhys Honore.
John served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II, and is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinquished Unit Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City in civil engineering (BCE) and the University of Michigan in public health engineering (MPH).
John was a faculty member of the University of Michigan, School of Public Health from 1950 through 1994 when he retired. He taught and performed research in water quality, with his main interest in the mathematical modeling of river water systems. Professor Gannon is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.
He has been associated with Boy Scout Troop 123 of Haisley School from 1960 through 1986, as a troop committee member and as Scoutmaster from 1968-1971. In recent years he has been active in the University of Michigan Learning in Retirement Turner Program. Also, he has been treasurer of the Tuesday Men's Luncheon Program of the Senior Guild and was a member of the Thursday Men's Luncheon Program.
A viewing will take place on Monday, October 30th at 10 am, with funeral services at 11 am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. Burial will immediately follow at the Forest Hills Cemetery, with arrangements through Muehlig's Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a Student Scholarship Fund in the School of Public Health at The University of Michigan, 734-647-6179. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.

Gannon, John J. [MC???? RIP]
Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1947.

                            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gannon, John J. [MC1947 RIP]

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JOBIT: Slattery, John James [MC1961 RIP] on 2017-Oct-23



John J. Slattery
1939 - 2017

John James SLATTERY, EA (Pearl River, NY) October 23rd, 2017 peacefully with great dignity surrounded by his loving wife Eileen and his beloved children Maura and James. Born in Upper Manhattan, NY on September 6th, 1939 to James Slattery and Ann (McCabe).

A graduate of Manhattan Prep and Manhattan College, he worked until the day he died supporting his clients for taxes and accounting. He was proud to be admitted to practice before the IRS as an Enrolled Agent.

John served his country in the Army National Guard and cherished the friendships made there.

He will be sadly missed at Irish seisiúns around the world and eternally remembered by his wife of 50 years and children, son-in-law Kevin, grandchildren Michael, Declan and Keira, brother Donny and predeceased by sisters Rosemary Forneris and Barbara Boyle. He will also be remembered fondly by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Proud of his Irish Culture, John and his wife were married in Lanesboro Co., Longford in 1967, John served as president of the Leitrim Society, chaired the Rockland County AOH Feis and chairman of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association at Good Shepherd Church in NYC. He was grateful for his musical gifts and shared them at any opportunity.

John served his church and his community as Director of Finance for the Town of Orangetown, Founder of the Marathon for Catholic Schools, chaired Bingo at St. Margaret's School for over 12 years, served as a lector and member of the Parish Council.

Visitation with family on Friday, October 27th 2-4pm and 7-9pm Assuma-Shankey Funeral Home, 34 N. Summit St., Pearl River, NY; Funeral Mass 10am, St. Margaret of Antioch Church, 33 N. Magnolia St., Pearl River, NY. Burial to follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home (845) 735-4849

Published in the The Journal News on Oct. 26, 2017


Slattery, John James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Also reported by O’Sullivan, Cornelius (MC1990)

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Dear John,

               I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1961.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Slattery, John James [MC1961 RIP]

[JR: I remember my Uncle “Big” John took my cousin Pete Sweeney (MC1964) to see them play at the old Manhattan gym. They all seemed larger than life. Requiescat In Pacem ] 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the other Clare


Good Morning All,

From Mike McEneney, our prayers are requested for a close friend of Mike's Daughter Clare. Clare's Friend is also named Clare. The Doctor's have discovered two suspicious growths on important organs. We pray that the MDS are able to remove the growths totally with no complications and that Clare's recovery is total and quick. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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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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JNEWS: Laue, Kevin [MC2013] “You all have a nub like mine"



Former hoops player tells kids 'you matter'
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 6:00pm Bob Fenske
Laue speaks to New Hampton students
By: James Grob

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Kevin Laue is probably the only motivational speaker working today who begins his presentation with the sentence, “Wave to the nub!”

At nearly seven feet tall with bright red hair and size 17 shoes, Laue is bound to attract attention anyway, and that only intensifies when people notice that he’s missing most of his left arm. He spoke at New Hampton High School and again at New Hampton Middle School on Monday morning, delivering a message about overcoming adversity and achieving success through determination. Laue made a connection with the young people by relating his touching personal narrative using striking humor and an engaging, youthful vernacular.

“You matter,” he told the audience, often encouraging the students to participate. “You all have a nub like mine — you all have something to overcome.”

Laue was the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division I basketball. He overcame the early death of his father, a challenging home environment and a legion of critics to become one of the top high school basketball players in his home state of California while earning a scholarship at Manhattan College, where he played from 2009-13..

His 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary movie. “Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story” will be available on Netflix soon. During the presentation Monday, Laue hinted that a feature film adaptation was in the works, and also hinted that a short-term stint with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA might be happening this season.

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Laue, Kevin [MC2013]

[JR: Makes me humble to be his fellow alum.] 

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ENDNOTE: A direct hit at the Christmas tradition



A New Holiday Tree

It’s ugly and spooky, and that’s the point. The Halloween tree is an orange artificial Christmas tree, and retailers hope you will buy one, as well as such decorations as candy-corn lights, black and orange ornaments, oversize spiders and miniature pumpkins. Candy makers like the idea because you’ll need garlands of skull chocolates and gummies, too. Spending on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations is expected to reach $9.1 billion this year, up 8% from last year’s projection, according to the National Retail Federation. For some households, Halloween kicks off a three-month period of home decorating. While some may shudder at the spookification of the Christmas symbol, Treetopia, an online Christmas tree retailer, has sold 40% more orange trees this fall than last year.

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Anyone else find the “spookification of the Christmas symbol” as an attack on religious value?

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