JASPER JOTTINGS Week 31 - 2019 Aug 04

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



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POSITRACTION: West Elmira Fire Department goes above and beyond



When Mom is Whisked to Hospital After Kitchen Accident, Firefighters Stay Behind to Take Care of Things
By McKinley Corbley - Jan 7, 2019

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The firefighters who rushed to Rachel Schoonover’s aid last month did a lot more than just ensure her imminent safety.

The 6th grade teacher had been washing dishes at her home in Elmira, New York when a wine glass suddenly shattered and cut an artery in her wrist.

“Instantly, blood was everywhere, spraying all corners of my kitchen,” Schoover wrote in a Facebook post. “I wrapped it up in a towel, called 911, called my mom, and continued to bleed everywhere.”

Responders from the Elmira Fire Department were the first to arrive on the scene, and as they tied a tourniquet around Schoonover’s arm to slow the bleeding, they simultaneously helped her son Declan into his pajamas and kept the two of them calm as they waited for an ambulance.

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“These men wiped down my fridge, coffee maker, speakers, cupboards, bathtub, floors, and even individual K-cups that had been hit. They put the dirty towels in my bathtub, threw away the glass, and cleaned up the blood in my sink.”

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A real act of kindness.  Hopefully, not forgotten.  And, a lesson to us all.

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JLINKEDIN: Guida, Raphael [MC????] Proj Eng @ WB Engineers+Consultants



Guida, Raphael [MC????]
Project Engineer at WB Engineers+Consultants
Greater New York City Area

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Raphael.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Biletnikoff, Erin [MC2014] Asst Ops Mgr @ USAF



Biletnikoff, Erin [MC2014]
Program Manager | Customer Service Specialist | Organizational Efficiency Experience | Secret Clearance | United States Air Force Officer
San Antonio, Texas Area

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Robert P. 'Bob' Otten '55 BS


Good Afternoon All,

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Mike McEneney, received a call from Bob Otten whom many of us know. Bob was calling to say goodbye because he was informed by his Doctors that he has a hole in his heart that is inoperable and that his days are numbered.

True to Bob's way, he confronted the problem and began to deal with it. He has shared that his days are short but his outlook is positive. Bob is in hospital at this time but will shortly be transferred to another institution.

Many of us know that Bob and Junius Kellogg were Classmates, roommates and good Friends at Manhattan and after Graduation. Yes, Basketball, was a bond but the real bond was their friendship. After Junnie's accident, Bob was his Advocate, Financial Advisor and supporter in so many ways.

Bob, is a man with a big and giving heart who has helped so many. The several times I have met Bob, I have always felt I was in the presence of a truly good man. Please raise the volume for this good Man, his Wife Rebecca, their Children, Barbara, Christine, Robert, Derek and Justin during this difficult time. We pray that Bob's days are comfortable, full of love and wonderful memories.

Thank you Bob for being you. God Bless.

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JOBIT: Ferara, Robert J. "Bob" [MC1962 RIP] 2019-Jul-23



Robert J. Ferara

Robert J. "Bob" Ferara of Millsboro, Delaware passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019. He was 78.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., Bob was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School. He received a Bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and a Master's from LaSalle University.

Bob loved family, church and country. He was a Friend of Bill for 35 years.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 19 years, Eleanor (McCann) Berju. He is also survived by his beloved children, Eileen Ferara (Michael Bainbridge), Anne Ferara, Elizabeth Walker (Marc), Robert Ferara Jr. (Colleen) and Kelly Fink, and his brother, William Ferara (Susan). Bob was also the loving grandpop of six grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Ephrem's Roman Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Rite of Committal will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Tomlinson Funeral Home, Bensalem www.tomlinsonfh.com

Published in Bucks County Courier Times on July 28, 2019


Ferara, Robert J. "Bob" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1962.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ferara, Robert J. "Bob" [MC1962 RIP]

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MNEWS: Team Draddy failed to advance



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Goodwin finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal in 23 minutes in Armored Athlete’s 96-69 win over Team Draddy, which is a Manhattan College alumni team. In the second game of the weekend, Armored Athlete fell to Team Brotherly Love by the score of 90-82. Goodwin had six points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in nearly 28 minutes.

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JLINKEDIN: Gallagher, Edward [MC????] Dir @ PayPal


Gallagher, Edward [MC????]
Director at PayPal
Rutherford, New Jersey


Accomplished risk and controls executive with extensive global program/project management expertise in a financial services environment. Proven track record in delivering complex business and technology solutions. Highly skilled at building diverse teams, analytical problem solving, project planning, budgeting, forecasting, global sourcing, and vendor relationship management. Energetic, results-driven and client-focused management approach. Subject matter expertise in all phases of the Anti Money Laundering lifecycle, including: Know Your Customer (KYC), Customer Information Program (CIP), Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) and transaction monitoring. Subject matter expertise in Broker-Dealer Compliance and OFAC/Economic Sanctions.

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JOBIT: Cain, Francis J. [MC1956 RIP] 2019-Jul-22



Francis J. Cain
1934 - 2019

Naples, FL and Potomac, MD - CAIN, Francis J. of Naples, FL and Potomac MD. Frank passed unexpectedly on July 22, 2019 at the age of 85. Frank is the beloved husband of 60 years of Barbara (Cloherty), devoted father of Richard, daughter-in-law Sherry, Ormond Beach, FL and of Sean, Ashburn, VA and loving grandfather of Logan and Gavin. He will be missed by his sorrowing family, by former colleagues and a wide circle of friends.

Frank was born on July 21,1934 in New York, NY. He spent part of his childhood years in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the home of his dear mother, Bridie Mullins. He met Barbara on St. Patrick's Day in New York, 1956 and they were married 1959. They have lived in Indiana, Germany, New Jersey, California, Florida, London, UK, and Maryland. They've also raised two sons, Richard and Sean and have two grandsons, Logan and Gavin.

Frank was a proud graduate of Manhattan College of Engineering (Civil) in 1956 and a Master's Degree at Lehigh University in 1958. Frank worked as a civil engineer and manager with Bechtel Corporation for thirty-two years, starting his career in the Refinery and Chemical Division, then moving on to the Hydro and Chemical Facilities. Frank headed up the Waste to Energy Business Line in the 1980's helping to secure several very large projects for the company during that decade. Frank later rose to the rank of Senior Vice President and directed many national and international projects (including the SEMASS project, Channel Tunnel and the Shoaiba desalination project in Saudi Arabia. Frank transitioned to Bechtel Enterprises and expanded Bechtel's presence in the privatized power market. He also led the effort to organize a new pipeline development company

Frank founded the Friends of the Pontifical Irish College Rome, a charity that supported the formation of priests for Ireland and beyond. In recognition of this work, he was appointed a Knight of St. Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI.

Frank was active with St. William's Catholic Church in Naples as well as many charities in the community where he and his wife Barbara had retired.

Visiting hours will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am in the church. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.

Donations can be made in Frank's name to Manhattan College, St. William's Catholic Church in Naples, FL. or Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD. For online condolences, please visit www.fullernaples.com.

Published in Naples Daily News on July 31, 2019


Cain, Francis J. [MC1956 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JNEWS: Gulino, Michael [MC1976] in­terim AD at Sleepy Hol­low HS



The Hudson Independent
Our Schools
Interim SH High Athletic Director Looks to Revive Sports Programs
by Tom Pedulla –

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Michael Gulino, who be­came the in­terim ath­letic di­rec­tor at Sleepy Hol­low High School on July 1, is think­ing big while ad­mit­ting he has rel­a­tively lit­tle time to re­vive some of the school’s sag­ging sports pro­grams.

Gulino spoke of his de­sire to have “a great ath­letic pro­gram across the board for all kids in all sports.” The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his ap­point­ment, though, will make it dif­fi­cult for that to be­come a re­al­ity any time soon.

“That’s my goal,” he said. “Can I do it in one year? I don’t know if I can do it in one year, but we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to work at putting the pieces in place to have a great sys­tem mov­ing for­ward and start to work at build­ing it to where it should be, at the top of Sec­tion 1 ath­let­ics.”

Gulino, 64, em­pha­sized that long-term an­swers will have to come from some­one else. He re­tired in June 2015 and noted that his ap­point­ment is for one year. He suc­ceeds Denise Kier­nan, who re­signed af­ter an undis­tin­guished two-year stint that left cer­tain pro­grams, such as foot­ball, with a long climb back merely to re­gain re­spectabil­ity. Kier­nan re­signed amid wide­spread dis­sat­is­fac­tion with her per­for­mance and that of nu­mer­ous teams.

Christo­pher Bor­sari, su­per­in­ten­dent of schools, ac­knowl­edged the need to do bet­ter when he said in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the hir­ing of Gulino that the in­terim ath­letic di­rec­tor “will be tasked with re­view­ing our ath­letic pro­gram through an ath­letic study process fo­cused upon im­prov­ing the ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence of stu­dents.”

Gulino spent most of his ca­reer in the Byram Hills Cen­tral School Dis­trict in Ar­monk. He was a mid­dle school health teacher there for 20 years and the ath­letic di­rec­tor at the high school for an­other 14 years. He grad­u­ated from Man­hat­tan Col­lege and holds Mas­ter’s de­grees from Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­sity Teach­ers Col­lege and Lehman Col­lege.

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Gulino, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gulino, Michael [MC1976]

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JOBIT: Markey, Gerald James aka Jerry [MC1958 RIP] 2019-Jul-29



Gerald Markey
1935 - 2019

Gerald James Markey, aka Jerry, passed away on July 29, 2019. He was born a first generation American in New York City on February 6, 1935, and grew up in The Bronx as the only child of John and Mary Markey, Irish immigrants. He attended Mt. St. Michael Academy, excelling in basketball, football and baseball. A 1958 graduate of Manhattan College, he was inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame for baseball in 1995.

Jerry served as an electrical engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration for 43 years, with over 10 years as the Director of Spectrum Engineering. He retired in 2001, and began his series of "retirement jobs" with Walden Golf Club, the public library, and Toth Distribution Services; he also traveled, including his lifelong dream: a trip to the Holy Land in Jerusalem in 2011.

Jerry was proud of his Irish heritage and was a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Charles Carroll Division. He was an avid sports fan, ardently rooting for his NY Giants, NY Rangers, Mets, the Baysox, and later the Nationals. He volunteered at the Babe Ruth Museum for many years, and often volunteered through the Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Parish in Bowie, where he was a parishioner for over 25 years.

He was known for his gregarious nature, his love of dogs (especially his chocolate lab Guinness), and his legendary backward somersaults on many a dance floor.

He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Veronica "Ronnie" Markey; father to John, James, Marianne, Patrick and Colleen; father-in-law to Sean Carney, Kathryn Markey, Deon Markey, and James McGuinn; and the adored "Papa" of Corrin, Taylor, Patrick, Andrew, William, Gerald, Charlotte, Jack, Kelsie, Sophie and Julia.

Family will receive friends at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rt. 3 South), Bowie, MD on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 16501 Annapolis Rd. Bowie, MD on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 11am. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at: www.beallfuneral.com

Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 2, 2019


Markey, Gerald James aka Jerry [MC1958 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear Sir or Madam,

A long time dear friend and fellow parishioner passed away on 29 July.  An obituary (attached) of Gerald Markey, EE'58 and a member of the Jaspers' baseball Hall of Fame appears below.

Please arrange to publicize Gerald's passing in an appropriate College publication. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Very truly yours,
John Flanagan, EE'57

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Dear Jasper Flanagan:

Jasper Jottings, is not run by Alma Mater, but me, picked it up and sent it out before noon today.  Since I share what I find with Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) who runs a prayer list, other connected alumni who help me with Jasper Jottings, and folks at the College, it will get a wide distribution after a day or two.  As I do with all "alumni news", I push "news" out at http://jasperjottings-daily.com/ as soon as I find it and weekly on http://www.jasperjottings.com/.  You can get on the daily rush email at http://jasperjottings-daily.com/ and put your email address in on the second block on the right or just get the weekly email at http://eepurl.com/NAy_D. Of course, no charge for either.

Sorry for our loss and best wishes.

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JNEWS: Egan, Roger [MC1990] VP Global Sales @ Siemplify



Siemplify Appoints Tech Veteran Roger Egan to Lead Global Sales
Aug. 1, 2019, 08:55 AM

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Siemplify, the leading independent provider of security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), today announced the appointment of Roger Egan as its new vice president of global sales.

Egan is an executive-level sales and business development leader with over 20 years of experience managing all aspects of global hardware, software and services sales. Most recently, he led sales at Docker, taking the enterprise container platform company from startup to a widely recognized brand with over 700 enterprise customers and revenue growth of over 100% annually.

"The addition of a seasoned, customer-centric leader like Roger further fortifies our mission of becoming the leading security operations platform for enterprises and MSSPs around the globe," said Amos Stern, CEO and co-founder of Siemplify. "Roger's proven experience in scaling sales organizations is a perfect match for our aggressive growth objectives. We're thrilled to have him on board."

Egan's prior experience includes executive stints at Red Hat, where he served as VP of North America channels alliance, and at IBM, where as client director he managed some of the company's most critical accounts in the financial services sector.

"The SOAR market presents a tremendous opportunity to help businesses overcome their most pressing security challenges," Egan said. "I am eager to join such a talented team and build on Siemplify's impressive momentum."

Egan received a master's degree from Duke University in North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science at Manhattan College in New York. He also serves as president of the board of directors of the nonprofit Voice Health Institute in Boston.

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Egan, Roger [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Roger is a member of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Egan, Roger [MC1990]

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JFOUND: Hartmann, George P. [MC1981] gives update on engineering ethics



AUGUST 14, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
4:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Ethics Workshop
5:30 PM (1.0 PDH) Using Steel Sheet Piles in Environmental Barrier Wall Applications

Hess Club
5430 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056
Your reservations are appreciated. Please click here to make your reservation(s) online. If you are unable to register online, please contact Vicky Bonds at Geotech Engineering and Testing, Tel: 713-699-4000 at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided at the end of the meeting(s) for attendees that are current members and who have preregistered. However for Ethics Workshops, nonmembers who have preregistered will also be given Continuing Education Certificates at the close of the workshop provided a payment of $25 is received (pay at the door).

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4:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Ethics Workshop

Speaker : George Hartman, P.E. w/ Texas Board of Professional Engineers

BIO : George P. Hartmann, P.E. is a Licensing Project Manager at the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in Austin. He has been with the Board for fourteen years. Previously he worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and predecessor agencies. He has also worked with Huntsman Corporation; and two environmental engineering consulting firms. He is a 1981 graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor s degree in Chemical engineering.

ABSTRACT : Texas Board of Professional Engineers Professional Practice Update/Ethics: Updates on engineering ethics and Code of Conduct, Board Activities, rule and statutory changes, and general updates on Board initiatives.

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Hartmann, George P. [MC1981]

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JHQ: Alumni Connection | August 2019


Alumni Connection | August 2019

August 10-11, 2019 | Long Island, NY

Weekend Events on The East End
aug 10 | A Day in the Hamptons Alumni Reception


On Saturday, August 10, 2019, alumni, family and friends living in or
visiting the Hamptons are invited to join the College for an afternoon
cocktail reception at the Southampton Social Club. Admission is $40 per
person and includes an open bar and a selection of hors d'oeuvres.
Advance registration is required.

Southampton Social Club
256 Elm Street
Southampton, NY

For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (718) 862-7432 or alumni@manhattan.edu.

aug 11 | Montauk MeetUp »


On Sunday, August 11, 2019, alumni, family and friends living in or visiting eastern-Long Island are invited to join the College for an afternoon at Montauk Brewing Co. Admission includes either a tasting of six beers (if available) or two pints of your choice. Food is not served on premises, but guests are welcome to bring tasty treats from nearby Montauk eateries. Advance registration is required.

Montauk Brewing Co.
62 South Erie Avenue
Montauk, NY 11954

August 15, 2019 | Garrison, NY

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival


Presents Stephen Sondheim's Musical: Into the Woods

We are sorry, but we have reached our max capacity of ticket sales.

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College on the breathtaking Boscobel grounds to experience the first-ever musical: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's award-winning Into the Woods. Enjoy a summer evening while overlooking the Hudson River and West Point. Tickets are $40 and will be available at will-call for registered guests. Tickets are limited and advance registration is required.

Please Note: Due to park restrictions, we will not be hosting a sponsored picnic. We encourage guests to bring food and beverages to snack on prior to the performance. Keep an eye out for the Manhattan College beachballs and we will picnic together on the Great Lawn overlooking the Hudson!

The grounds to Boscobel open at 5:30 p.m., two hours prior to the performance. Guests are typically asked to begin clearing their areas by 7 p.m. as the performance starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.

August 23, 2019 | Charlestown, RI

Rhode Island Reception


On Friday, August 23, 2019, alumni, family and friends living in or visiting Rhode Island are invited to join the College for an afternoon cocktail reception at Wilcox Tavern. Admission is $40 per person and includes an open bar and a selection of hors d'oeuvres. Graduates of the Last Decade (2009-2019) admission is $25. Advance registration is required.

Wilcox Tavern
5153 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI

August 24, 2019 | Monmouth, NJ

A Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack


On Saturday, August 24, 2019, alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College and host Jim O'Brien '60 for a day of horse racing at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Admission is $40 per person which includes access to the clubhouse, official track program, private trackside seating in the air conditioned Turf Club, a buffet luncheon, and a complimentary cocktail. Advance registration required.

Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave.
Oceanport, NJ

September 13-15, 2019 | Jamaica Estates, NY

Men's Reality Retreat


We’d love for you to Click on RSVP now, letting us know that you’ll be joining your brothers for the retreat on September 13,14,15 2019.
Looking Ahead!

Fall Alumni Events 2019
SepT 18 | Beach Blanket bablyon Alumni Outing »
Sept 23 | Donald R. Broderick Golf Outing & Dinner »
Sept 25 | Phillies vs. Nationals Alumni Outing »
Oct 03 | School of Science Symposium
Oct 18 | Jaspers Sporting Clays Classic 2019 »
Oct 27 | Open House Alumni Legacy Brunch »
Nov 06 | Fall Business Dinner »
NoV 09 | Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame »
Mobile Site Gives Guided Tour of De La Salle Chapel Windows
Young Alum Soars into Career with Military Jet Engines
#300Lasalle: Cory Blad, Ph.D. Chair and Professor of Sociology
English Professor is One of 24 Nationwide to Receive Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship
Seeking Volunteers for a Work-Life Balance Study Conducted by Dr. Angela Grotto, Assistant Professor of Management

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JLINKEDIN: Baptiste, Lauren [MC2008] CEO @ Acheloa Wellness



Baptiste, Lauren [MC2008]
CEO and Creative Founder at Acheloa Wellness
Greater New York City Area

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MOBIT: Ferdinand J. Colon [RIP] 2019-Jul-26 (Donated to Alma Mater)



Ferdinand J. Colon
January 29, 1933 - July 26, 2019
Yonkers, New York

Ferdinand was born on January 29, 1933 and passed away peacefully, after a very long illness,on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Ferdinand was a resident of Yonkers, New York at the time of passing.

He was in the Merchant Marines and returned to marry his wife guided by one of their songs "My Prayer".

Visiting hours: 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm Friday August 2, 2019 Saint John the Baptist Church Service Time: 10:45 am Saturday August 3, 2019

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fred`s name can be made to Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, New York 10471.


Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107355684

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Dear John,

                     I do not find anything in my 'stuff’ for Ferdinand.

                             May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Barron, Leo E. [MC1958 RIP] 2019-Aug-03



Leo E. Barron
1932 - 2019
Gales Ferry - Leo E. Barron, 86, of Gales Ferry died Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born Dec. 7, 1932, in New York City. He graduated from Manhattan College and served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine McColl Barron.

Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street in Groton. Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry.

A complete obituary will appear in an upcoming edition of The Day.
Published in The Day on Aug. 3, 2019


Barron, Leo E. [MC1958 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Leo's Obituary
U.S. Veteran

Leo Edward Barron, 86, of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, a devoted husband and father who was known for his strong Catholic faith, love of country and sharp sense of humor, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving, grateful children.

He leaves behind five children, 19 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Born the fourth of five children to William and Angela Barron in New York, N.Y., on Dec. 7, 1932, Leo attended the Good Shepherd School and Cardinal Hayes High School, before earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Manhattan College in 1958.

In 1958, he met the love of his life, the former Lorraine McColl, in New York City’s Inwood Lounge. The two were married in 1960 and shared “54 years and one week’’ together, before she passed away on April 30, 2014.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from August 1952 to July 1954, and had a distinguished, 25-year career in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as a Commander.

Leo joined the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) in 1960, beginning a successful career as a special agent. His career would take his family to Port Orchard, Washington; Mundelein, Illinois, and Marlton, New Jersey, during his 25-year career. They also lived in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam, before they settled in Gales Ferry in 1981.

Retiring from NIS in 1985, he embarked on a successful 15-year career as a private investigator. In 2002, in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Leo returned to work with NIS, traveling to London, England; Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy.

A very active parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gales Ferry since 1981, he served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and volunteered for Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

In 2018, Leo established the Leo E. and Lorraine A. Barron Endowment within the Catholic Foundation in order to support the parish and its outreach.

“I have been so blessed to have been married to my best friend for over 50 years,’’ he said at the time. “Our marriage resulted in five great adults to give the world, who, in turn, married and are raising more soldiers for Christ.’’

Leo was a past Grand Knight and longtime active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ledyard Lions Club. He also enjoyed serving on the Blue Mass Committee for the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut.

An incurable sports fanatic, he could always be counted on for the latest news, trades and scores of his beloved New York Yankees and the New York Football Giants. A die-hard Yankees fan, Leo was known to verbally joust with anyone who didn’t share such allegiance. “You look too smart to be a Red Sox fan,” he’d say, lightheartedly, to many of his New England friends.

A season ticket holder for 50 years, he’d cheer on his New York Giants in any kind of weather, with Lorraine and other family and friends by his side at Giants Stadium.

He also loved to travel and visit his children and grandchildren, thinking nothing of hours-long drives or flights to support them at their school and sporting events.

During his retirement, he and Lorraine visited Ireland, and took cruises to Alaska and Nova Scotia. They also made dozens of trips to Lorraine’s favorite place, Walt Disney World.

In recent months, as his health waned and surged, Leo made no secret of the fact that he looked forward to eternal life. “I’m rounding third,’’ he’d say with gratitude for the joyfully full life he’d been blessed with. A man of deep faith, he’d note that he was not afraid to slide into home, head first.

Surviving are his two daughters, Jeanne Knudsen (Paul) of Ridge, New York, and Kerri Ann Charette (Brian) of Gales Ferry; three sons, William (Michelle) of Long Valley, New Jersey, Daniel (Ann Marie) of Long Valley, New Jersey, and Matthew (Jodi) of Memphis, Tennessee.

He is also survived by 19 grandchildren: Thomas (Lindsay), James (Elizabeth), John and Mark Knudsen; Kevin (Allison), Peter, Conor, Patrick, Kelly, Amy, Leo, Brett, Luke and Shane Barron, and Andrew, Matthew, Christopher, Summer and Joy Charette. Additionally, he is survived by one great-granddaughter, Sydney Knudsen.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday August 6th from 5-7 pm at the Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street Groton, Connecticut. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 am Wednesday August 7th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. Interment will follow with military honors at Gales Ferry Cemetery.

The family suggests donations be directed to the Leo E. and Lorraine A. Barron Endowment Fund at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT 06335 or St. Jude Children's Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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ENDNOTE: Commies Tried To Kill JPII?



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Historian: More Evidence Commies Tried To Kill JPII

Mehmet Ali Agca met repeatedly with Soviet intel handlers in the months ­before he made his unsuccessful attempt on Saint John Paul II’s life on May 13, 1981, notes George Weigel at First Things. “What we do not have is documentary evidence that all of this was done on the direct orders of [KGB boss] Yuri] Andropov or Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev or both.” But now intriguing new evidence is coming to light. It’s all “thanks to an achingly dull, three-volume history of the schedule of Leonid Brezhnev, published three years ago.” Trawling through it, Polish historian Andrzej Grajewski found that although “Brezhnev did not meet all that often with Andropov, the KGB spymaster . . . the tempo of their meetings increased dramatically in April and May 1981, as did the frequency of their phone conversations.” On the fateful day, moreover, Brezhnev cleared his schedule, as if (Grajewski writes) his “attention was not absorbed by acting, directing, managing — but perhaps waiting for something to happen.” Weigel archly concludes: “Inquiring minds wonder.”

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Now I like to think that I am up on all the Conspiracy Theories, but somehow I missed this one.

Upon reflection, it seem to have some some evidence to support it.

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