JASPER JOTTINGS Week 37 - 2019 Sep 15

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



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POSITRACTION: A dented penny ... and the children that came from it



Lucky Dented Penny That Saved Soldier’s Life During WWI Comes to Light 100 Years Later
By Good News Network - Mar 15, 2019

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A dented penny which saved the life of a British soldier by deflecting an enemy bullet during World War I has come to light after 100 years.

Private John Trickett kept the penny in the top breast pocket of his soldier’s uniform as a poignant reminder of home during the conflict – and it proved to be his lucky coin when it took the impact of a German bullet on a French battlefield in 1914.

An enemy soldier had aimed his weapon at Pt. Trickett’s heart, but the penny deflected the danger and ultimately saved his life.

It was kept by the serviceman as a reminder of how he stared death in the eye during the war, which claimed 10 million soldier’s lives including those of his two brothers.

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“I’ve heard about random objects deflecting bullets to save lives before but, until now, I’d never had the opportunity to see and examine them myself.

“I hope a keen militaria collector will buy and treasure these items. The penny is a poignant reminder of the fine line between life and death, particularly in wartime.”

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Hard to imagine the turn history would have taken if that man hadn’t been saved.

All his progeny wouldn’t have been there.

Reminds me of the tragedy of abortion and all those futures lost.

Hopefully it inspires us to think of what could have been and fight for life.

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JUPDATE: Eastment, Thomas J. [MC1972] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Eastment, Thomas J. [MC1972] Senior Counsel @ Baker Botts LLP


Eastment, Thomas J. [MC????]
Senior Counsel, Baker Botts LLP

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1972.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Eastment, Thomas J. [MC1972]

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JFOUND: Dupper, Thad [MC1979] CEO @ Secure64



Thad Dupper '75

Thad Dupper has spent a career in technology, currently as CEO of Secure64, a cyber software company. Prior to that, he was Chairman & CEO of Evolving Systems (NASDAQ: EVOL) from 2007 until 2016.

In addition, Mr. Dupper is an Executive-in-Residence at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver affiliated with their MBA program.

Mr. Dupper serves on the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of Denver and is a Trustee of the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Mr. Dupper, a life-long advocate of the US Navy and a member of the Tailhook Association having made four carrier arrested landings on the USS John C. Stennis, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Carl Vinson (2), is the author of two techno-thriller novels Attack on Nantucket and The Torchlight Gambit.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. he is a product of catholic education having attended Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge and Manhattan College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

Mr. Dupper and his wife along with their two children reside in Castle Pines, Colorado.

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Dupper, Thad [MC1979]

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JFOUND: O’Connor, Elizabeth [MC1986] legislative fellow @ Texas Public Policy Foundation



Elizabeth O'Connor is a legislative fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She has a masters in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and has studied at Manhattan College and Trinity University, Dublin.

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Dear John,

           I believe that Elizabeth may be a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Connor, Elizabeth [MC1986]

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JOBIT: Doran, James Kc [MC1966 RIP] 2019-Sep-07



James Kc Doran
August 17, 1942 - September 7, 2019
New York

James was born on August 17, 1942 and passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

James was a resident of New York at the time of passing.

Jim was a graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham Law School.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00AM on September 14, 2019, at Church
of the Magdalene, 525 Bedford Road, Sleepy Hollow, New York. HAWTHORNE
FUNERAL HOME 21 West Stevens Ave Hawthorne, New York 10532 914-769-4404
Funeral Mass at the Church of the Magdalene at 11:00 AM on September 14,


Doran, James Kc [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107494722

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Dear John,

             I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1966.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Doran, James Kc [MC1966 RIP]

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JOBIT: Toole, Sr. Alfred Marie [MC1973 RIP] 2019-Sep-07



Sister Alfred Marie Toole
1926 - 2019

Sparkill - Sister Alfred Marie Toole of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on September 7, 2019 in Siena Hall. She was 92 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 14,1926, Catherine was the daughter of Alfred and Minerva Fernando Toole. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951 and received the name Sister Alfred Marie. She professed her first vows in 1953 and final vows in 1958.

Sister Alfred Marie received a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1959; and an MA in Mathematics from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1973.

Sister Alfred Marie taught at Cardinal McCloskey School, White Plains, NY (1953-1955); St. James, Carmel, NY (1955-1956); St. Anthony, Nanuet, NY (1956-1959); St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1959-1965); Holy Family, Hicksville, NY (1965-1967); St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1967-1969); St. Catherine of Siena, NYC (1969-1970); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1970-1977); St. Nicholas of Tolentine HS, Bronx, NY (1977-1978); St. Barnabas HS, Bronx, NY (1978-1990); St. Catharine Academy, Bronx, NY (1990-1994); St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1994-1997). From 1997-2003, Sister Alfred Marie was involved in Community Service at St. Brendan Convent.

Sister Alfred Marie is predeceased by her parents Alfred and Minerva Fernando Toole and her brother James. She is survived by her sister-in-law Marilyn Toole.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention -Sister Mary Murray, President.
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 10, 2019


Toole, Sr. Alfred Marie [MC1973 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JNEWS: Squitieri, Peter [MC2000] Aldermen candidate @ City of Shelton



GOP primaries: Shelton aldermen candidate bios
Updated 11:34 am EDT, Monday, September 9, 2019

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There are primaries in three wards. Residents are asked to vote for no more than two candidates in their respective ward. Below are small biographies submitted by the candidates. The incumbents are noted. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order in their respective ward.

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Peter Squitieri (R)

Education: Mount Vernon City School District; Manhattan College; master’s in health education.

The most important issue in this election: Being a Board of Aldermen to ensure checks and balances and to ensure our city finances are in order.

Other issues: I will work to keep your taxes low, or even lower, while providing infrastructure improvements, a top-notch education for our children, and responsible balanced development. It is also important to have transparency and communication between all Boards and Commissions.

Family: Married for four years with our first child (daughter) on the way in October.

Previous elected offices, community group affiliations: Save Our Shelton; Shelton Communty Vision Coalition

Campaign website: facebook.com/hereforshelton

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Squitieri, Peter [MC????]

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Squitieri, Peter [MC2000]

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JLINKEDIN: Caputo, Len [MC1988] Asset Info Dir @ NYPA



Caputo, Len [MC1988]
Director - Asset Information at New York Power Authority (NYPA)
White Plains, New York


Director - Asset Information with NYPA's Operational Performance Group, where I manage numerous proactive projects relating to Asset Management and Operational Performance.

During my years with NYPA, I have worked in Information Technology, before moving to Operations. Currently, I lead asset information projects for Operations both generation and transmission.

Responsible for the Enterprise Asset Management System for NYPA (Maximo), I participate in the New York Maximo Users Group, Maximo Utility Working Group (management team), Institute of Asset Management(serving as branch chair). I am a graduate of Manhattan College (BS and MBA). Member of Delta Mu Delta - National Honor Society, School of Business

Active participant in Toast Masters International receiving my DTM in 2014, a NYPA mentor, Co-chair of the NATF Asset Management group and completed the Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School in 2016. Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, PMP and CMRP.

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JFOUND: Radford, Harry Vincent [MC1901 RIP] founder of Alpha Sigma Beta in 1906



February 2005
A Legend in His Own Mind
The short life and mysterious death of Adirondack writer Harry V. Radford
by Christine Jerome

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Harry Vincent Radford was born in Manhattan in 1880 and was quite young when his parents separated. An only child, he lived in a comfortable brownstone with his doting mother and spent idyllic summers with her in the Adirondacks. He fell in love with the outdoors and dreamed of becoming an explorer like his hero Sir Henry Stanley, whose African exploits fired his imagination. Young Harry was a staunch Catholic educated by the Christian Brothers at De La Salle Institute and then at Manhattan College, where he edited the student news paper, belonged to the glee and mandolin clubs, and grad uated with a master’s of science in 1901. Affluent enough to indulge his curiosity about the Continent, he spent several postgrad months in Italy but asserted that the Adirondacks was just as beautiful. In 1906 he returned to his alma ma ter to earn an advanced degree in civil engineering with a thesis titled “The Artificial Preservation of Timber,” which described timber rot, borers and the creosoting pro cess. That year he founded, with six undergraduates, the fraternity Alpha Sigma Beta, which survives to this day.

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Radford, Harry Vincent [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

              The article states that he was a member of the class of 1901.

                 May He Continue To Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Radford, Harry Vincent [MC1901 RIP]

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JFOUND: Maffia, Gennaro Jerry [MC1972] Sustainable Energy Systems meeting



The Basics of Sustainable Energy Systems
September 09, 2019
Pharma Development and Business

CfPA-The Center for Professional Advancement, Online Live
November 20, 2019 at 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Gennaro (Jerry) Maffia; Consultant in chemical and bio-based processes

After twenty years as a process engineer and manager in the petrochemical industry, mostly with Atlantic Richfield, Inc., Gennaro (Jerry) Maffia joined Widener University in the fall of 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. In 2010, Prof. Maffia retired from Widener as Emeritus Professor joined his alma mater, Manhattan College, as Professor of Chemical Engineering. He served as Interim Department Chair at Manhattan from 2014 to 2016. In the fall of 2016, Prof. Maffia received grants for Process Intensification and Sustainability from the Department of Energy.

Prof. Maffia has broad research interests in environmental, energy, and biotechnology areas. One specific research topic is the development of technologies based on the water retention properties of unraveled bovine hide collagen (USP 6,660,829, USP 8,329,091). At Dartmouth College in the 1980s, Prof. Maffia founded the Collagen Research Group which has involved more than 300 students, industrial and government researchers, and faculty colleagues over the years at Widener University, Drexel University, and Manhattan College. Having spent essentially half of his career in industry, he has the knowledge on how engineers work in industry as well as academia. Additionally, he believes strongly in project-based learning with an emphasis on case studies. This represents a dramatic shift in pedagogy over the past few decades, as the assessment of students is now inclusive of team and project work as they will experience upon graduation. ABET (the accrediting board) is cognizant of this paradigm shift as evidenced by the required Program Outcomes, initially called a-k and now 1-7. These outcomes now consist of many items, global perspective, societal impact, teamwork, presentation skills, life-long learning and the like.

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Maffia, Gennaro Jerry [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Jerry is a member of the Class of 1972.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Maffia, Gennaro Jerry [MC1972]

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JOBIT: Donnelly, William [MC1960 RIP] 2019-Aug-22



William Donnelly
Oct 14,1939 - Aug 22, 2019

William (Bill) Donnelly died peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Margaret, his sister, Joan, and brother, Thomas.

Bill graduated from All Hollows High School in the Bronx, and went on to Manhattan College where he earned a degree in accounting.

Bill served in the Army from 1960-66 and went on to work for Citibank, work that took him all over the world. After retirement, Bill volunteered at Garden Elementary and worked tirelessly on the Sarasota scholarship program. Bill was also a proud member of Epiphany Cathedral Church where he volunteered often. Bill also was on the board at Plantation Country Club where he and his wife Wanda lived for many years.

To Bill's family, he was a man of mirth, of intellect, and of deep kindness and love. His many nieces and nephews grew up learning so much from their Uncle, from games, to politics, to trivia of all sorts. But above all, they learned that their Uncle loved them in a special way.

Funeral to be held on September 14th, 2019 11:00a.m. at Epiphany Cathedral, Venice,Florida, followed by lunch at Myrtle Trace Clubhouse. In Lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to the Community Foundation in honor of Bill. 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237.

Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2019


Donnelly, William [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1960.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Donnelly, William [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: Melillo, Christopher C. [MC????] Young Professional of the Year @ NYSAWWA



D&B Engineers Receive NYS American Water Works Association Awards
By Long Island News & PR Published: September 11 2019

M.E., Water Supply Engineer, was awarded the ‘Young Professional of the Year’ award.

Photo by: D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.
Two engineers from D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. a leading Long Island-based engineering firm, were recently recognized with awards by the American Water Works Association New York Chapter (NYSAWWA) at the annual New York’s Water event in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Christopher C. Melillo, M.E., Water Supply Engineer, was awarded the ‘Young Professional of the Year’ award. The award recognizes “the finest young water professionals who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession, provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to the NYSAWWA and the watercommunity, and who serve as a role models for young water professionals”. Mr. Melillo is a Manhattan College graduate who joined D&B Water Supply Division in 2015 and has a specialty in potable water supply design.

“It is an honor to be nominated for NYSAWWA ‘Young Professional of the Year’ by my peers and to win this award. I share this recognition with our entire team as winning this is a direct representation of the D&B Water Supply Division’s hard work and passion for the industry. This certainly keeps me motivated to improve my knowledge, expertise and find solutions for our clients’ challenges,” said Mr. Melillo, a Queens, NY resident.

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Melillo, Christopher C. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Christopher, but, based on the article I would suspect either the Class of 2014 or 2015.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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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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Regan, Bobby [MC1975 RIP]

[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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JHQ: Alma Mater remembers 9/11


Please join us in taking a moment today to honor all those affected by the 9/11 attacks.
We offer our prayers for all the victims, their families, and
the American heroes who sacrificed their lives.
We also remember the Manhattan College Alumni lost on that day:

Robert Baierwalter '79
Michael Carroll ’84
Joseph Coppo ’75
Michael Duffy ’93
Kevin Frawley ’90
Richard Gabriel ’71
John Gallagher ’91
Salvatori Gitto ’78
Joseph Holland ’91
Lt. Joseph Leavey ’77
Michael J. Lyons ’93
Brian P. Magee ’73
Robert McCarthy ’90
Richard Morgan ’59
Dennis Moroney ’84
Timothy O’Sullivan ’64
James Quinn ’99
Robert Regan ’75
Antonio A. Rocha ’90
John Tobin ’76

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JHQ: Jaspers Sporting Clays 10/18


Support the Jaspers Sporting Clays Classic!
Friday, October 18, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pawling Mountain Club, Pawling, New York

Proceeds benefit the Manhattan College Sportsmen for Charity Endowed Scholarship Fund. Can't attend? Become a sponsor or provide an in-kind product donation to the live auction.

For questions, contact Maria Cameron at Sportsmen for Charity at (914) 723-3474 or email mcameron@riversoassociates.com.

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JFACEBOOK: McNulty, Joseph [MC1979] remembers Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]


2019 09Sep 12 Sal

McNulty, Joseph [MC1978]

Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]

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Jim commented on JFACEBOOK: McNulty, Joseph [MC1978] remembers Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]


McNulty, Joseph [MC1978]

Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]

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We should always remember fellow Jaspers killed in the 9/11 attack. I would suggest that we also show their yearbook photo above their names.

Jim Brown ‘58

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george ello commented on JFACEBOOK: McNulty, Joseph [MC1978] remembers Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]


Joe is the class of 1978. It seems transcribed below to 1987. Sal, Joe and I are 1978. Regardless, I knw Sal well and remember him very often. He was a great guy, a pilot, and honest as the day is long.
Always helpful.

Thanks for these jottings. Much appreciated


[JR: Thanks, fixed it.]

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Ello, George [MC1978]

Gitto, Sal [MC1978 RIP]

McNulty, Joseph [MC1978]

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JFACEBOOK: Calagna, Mike [MC2008] to wed


2019 09Sep 12 calagna 2008

Calagna, Mike [MC2008]

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


Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for a longtime Friend of his, Peter Ryan. Peter recently suffered a Stroke and is in a Rehab center in Albany. He is facing a long rehabilitation process. We pray for Peter. We pray for his healing to be complete and swift. We pray for Peter's Family and Friends as they support him in prayer and consideration. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Caserta, Fernando [MC1976 RIP] 2019-Sep-12



Fernando Caserta
May 30, 1954 - September 12, 2019
New York

Fernando was born on May 30, 1954 and passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Fernando was a resident of New York at the time of passing.

After graduating in 1976, he enrolled in Manhattan College, where he continued track & field and earned a bachelor's degree in 1976, followed by a master's degree in 1978.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, c/o Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 (www.hospiceoforange.com).

Caserta, Fernando [MC1976 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107513003

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JOBIT: Ducey, James [MC???? RIP] 2019-Sep-07



James Ducey

Endwell - James Ducey of Endwell NY left this world peacefully on Saturday, September 7, 2019 after a 7 year battle against Alzheimer's disease.

He is predeceased by his grandson Liam. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Judy of 54 years, and his 4 children Anne (Jonathan), Ellen (Rob), John (Christine) and Mary (Ryan) and his 10 grandchildren Mason, Emma, RJ, Reese, Julia, Leah, Cash, Jack, Carleigh, and Rachael.

Family was his pride and joy and he lived for moments spent together with kids and grandchildren. Jim was born on October 7, 1936 in Haverstraw, NY. He graduated at 15 from Haverstraw High School and attended Peddie Preparatory School in Hightstown, New Jersey before heading off to earn his many degrees. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College; a MS in mechanical engineering from Yale University; and a MS in engineering administration and PhD in computer science from Syracuse University.

He instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of learning, teamwork, athletics, loyalty, friendship and love of God. He was a gifted athlete, enjoying football, basketball, and baseball when he was young and tennis and softball throughout his life. Though his demeanor could often be intimidating, he won over many when they experienced the "Jim Ducey line of questioning" to get to know them.

He had his first career at IBM where he worked for 30 years and retired as a Senior Engineer/Manager. At work, he was a mentor to many since he took joy in fueling other people's success.

His children all attended Broome County Catholic schools. He was instrumental in helping keep these schools open, and athletic programs active, as a key member of the Finance and Planning Committee.

In 1993 he began his second career at Seton Catholic Central as a physics teacher. He prepared for this by spending a summer attending a course at Cornell University learning the curricular and resource requirements to bring AP Physics to Seton. He was known for his dedication to each student's success which included extensive lesson planning. He stayed up late revising class notes and enlisted "secretary" Judy to make early morning copies for every student on the full size copier he kept in the living room. He inspired his students and played a key role in helping many select career paths and colleges.

His faith was central in his life — praying the rosary on car trips, daily mass, and nightly prayer with Judy. In his late 70s Alzheimers began to rob him of his brilliant mind and eventually even his memories of family and lifelong friends.

A highlight during this difficult time was Jim's experience in 2019 at Yesteryears Day Program for Adults in Endwell. We are grateful beyond words not only for the respite for Judy but for the staff's warm, kind, respectful treatment of Jim. Each visit started with a heartfelt welcome leading in to much-needed social engagement and assisted activity that greatly improved Jim's quality of life. Judy would like to also thank the staff in the Star Unit of JGT Nursing home for their compassionate care during Jim's brief stay with them.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at the Church of the Holy Family, 3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell, Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Friday, September 20, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider expressions of sympathy in Jim's memory to Seton Catholic Central High School, 70 Seminary Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 (csbcsaints.org), the Cure Alzheimer's Fund (curealz.org) or to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Sept. 15 to Sept. 19, 2019


Ducey, James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: Mertz, Jacob "Jack" Raymond [MC???? RIP] 2019-Sep-04



Jacob Mertz
1935 - 2019

MERTZ-Jacob "Jack" Raymond Mertz of the Villages, Florida went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Born March 14, 1935, he was the son of Jacob & Clara Mertz. He graduated from Manhattan College and received his MBA from NYU.

He had an extensive business career with Equitable Life, IBM, Goodbody, Kings Park State Hospital, Northrop-Grumman, St. John's Home For Boys, Keyspan, Newsday, and J.W.Dye Training Center. He faithfully served his country in the Army at home and overseas and also served on the Board of Directors of Suffolk Co. Girl Scouts, CERT, and the Florida Dept. of Children & Families.

He was a voracious reader and enjoyed photography, game nights, and family get togethers.

He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Patricia, son James, former wife Patricia, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandkids,and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Howard, by sister Madeline Knatz, and grandson Kyle Ness.

A memorial service will be held 8:30 am Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, the Villages, FL. Memorial donations can be made to Catholic Charities, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be expressed at Hiers-Baxley.com

Published in Newsday on Sept. 13, 2019


Mertz, Jacob "Jack" Raymond [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: Rostkowski, Stanley [MC???? RIP] 2019-Sep-07



Stanley Rostkowski
September 12, 1931 - September 7, 2019

Stanley was born on September 12, 1931 and passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Stanley was a resident of Connecticut at the time of passing.

He was a proud graduate of Manhattan College, attended on the G.I. Bill.

Stanley served his country in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Alaska for four years and honorably discharged as a Corporal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stanley's name to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.


Rostkowski, Stanley [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107514832

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JOBIT: Schoenberger, John Nash [MC1959 RIP] 2019-Sep-11



John Nash Schoenberger
July 24, 1937 - September 11, 2019
New Windsor, NY

John Nash Schoenberger of New Windsor, a retired teacher and coach, and a gifted lifelong athlete, passed away on September 11, 2019. He was 82.

Son of Charles and Ann (Nash) Schoenberger, he was born in Cornwall, NY, on July 24, 1937, and lived in Newburgh and New Windsor for most of his life. He played varsity baseball, basketball and track at Newburgh Free Academy, graduating in 1955 and heading to Manhattan College on a four-year baseball scholarship. A proud Manhattan Jasper, John won the New York State batting title in 1958 with a remarkable .421 average, and earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and track. In 2000, he was inducted into Manhattan College's Sports Hall of Fame.

Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a college senior, John played for minor leagues teams in Bluefield, West Virginia; Leesburg, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; and Raleigh, North Carolina, before injuries ended a promising baseball career.

John then taught school for 30 years, mainly in Tuxedo, NY. He also coached varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball for Tuxedo's George F. Baker High School, and coached the Newburgh Nuclears American Legion baseball team to a state championship in 1963. He earned his M.A. in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and won three National Science Foundation grants to advance science education. While a young teacher in the 1960s, he also served in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.

He was a longtime member of the Optimist Club and a devoted tennis player with a sneaky drop shot. He went to the gym almost daily well into his 70s and threw perfect spirals at the family's annual Turkey Bowl games. He did multiple crossword puzzles every day, only occasionally looking up the answers, and was a dedicated fan of the New York Yankees.

John met his wife Joyce at Newburgh Free Academy, and on September 10, they celebrated their 59th anniversary. He was a kind and loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

In addition to Joyce, he is survived by four children: his three daughters: Mary Ann and her husband, Darrick, Susan and her husband, Kevin and Nancy (King) and her husband, Chris; and son, John Jr.; as well as his seven cherished grandchildren: AJ, Sam, Christopher, Bridget, Jenna, Claire, and Matthew. He is also survived by his brother, Fred and his wife, Nora, along with four nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, at the Doulin Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:45 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org), Manhattan College (www.manhattan.edu), or the charity of your choice.
Published in Times Herald-Record from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2019


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September 14, 2019

We are deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. His influence on my life was beyond measure as he introduced me to my husband, Hans Siebert on October 10th, 1972. I enjoyed team teaching intermediate grades with John at Tuxedo Elementary School. His quick wit and skillful use of
puns always kept life upbeat and engaging.

Hans and I recently celebrated our 46th wedding Anniversary. We often reflect on that wonderful first meeting at John and Joyce's home surrounded by their four fabulous young children and dining on Joyce's elegant fondue feast.

The warm memories abound and the gratitude for his valuable friendship will live forever.

Hans and I send our sincerest sympathies to Dear Joyce, Mary Ann, Susan, Nancy, Johnny, Fred, Nora, and all of the Grandkids and nieces and nephews.

Love to All,
Hazel Siebert
Hazel Siebert, Issaquah, WA

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Joyce..John was one of my heroes, growing up in Newburgh. I send my sincerest condolences to you and the family.

Rodney Coleman

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September 13, 2019

To the Schoenberger Family. Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Schoenberger. He was our teacher and baseball coach at Tuxedo High School from the mid 60's to 1971.He was a great teacher and baseball coach, one of our favorites.
Stephen & Helen Heater.
Stephen Heater, Tuxedo Park, NY

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Joyce,We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences to you and your family. Vera and Bill Birdsall

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JOBIT: Tobin, John P. [MC???? RIP] 2019-Sep-12



John P. Tobin, 80
Educator, coach, Staten Island Sports Hall of Famer and Advance Service Award recipient, founding president of Board of Trustees of New World Prep Charter School

John P. Tobin, a retired New York City high school principal, administrative superintendent, assistant to three chancellors of the former New York City Board of Education, vice president of the Siemens Foundation and founding chairman of the Board of Trustees of New World Prep Charter School in Port Richmond, died Sept. 12, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

John was a 2006 inductee to the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame and a former recipient of the Staten Island Advance's All Star Service award in 1968.

Born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, John was brought to Staten Island as an infant. During World War II, he attended schools in North and South Carolina while living with his family, returning to Staten Island in 1950, where he resided the remainder of his life.

An alum of St. Peter's Boys High school and Manhattan College, he was a member of the legendary Manhattan College track and field teams of the late 1950s. John began teaching and coaching on Staten Island in St. Peter's Boys High School and Port Richmond High School. As a young teacher, John continued his graduate work at Wagner College, St. John's University, Long Island University, and Kean College in New Jersey, where he achieved his professional certifications for leadership roles in schools in New York State. He then served as an assistant principal and athletic director at Tottenville High School until being selected to serve as an administrative superintendent in the role of executive assistant to Chancellor Frank Macchiarola, continuing to serve in the chancellor's office for the next two successive chancellors until returning to the role of principal at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, Tottenville on Staten Island, and finally at Brooklyn Technical High School.

"Coach" Tobin's role as a cross country, track and field coach at Saint Peters, Port Richmond and Tottenville was legendary, as his teams won many major events and developed some great runners, jumpers, and throwers. His Tottenville team of 1982 still holds the record for scoring the most points in New York City PSAL outdoor track and field championships with over 240 points. For his coaching and leadership in the track and field community, John was inducted to the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 where his efforts as a "driving force in the New York Empire State Games and the New York City Big Apple Games" were noted.

After leaving the Board of Education, John became the director of apprenticeship training for Siemens Corporation, North America, where he developed apprenticeship training in community colleges around the country. While at Siemens, Mr. Tobin initiated the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competitions and formed the Siemens Foundation which named him as its executive vice president.

During his career with Siemens, John was recognized as a national expert of American "Tech Prep" and "School to Work," models of education for adolescents training to enter the workforce before entering into a college. He served on many national boards including the National Employers' Leadership Council. After eight years at Siemens John retired and began working together with Project Hospitality and a consortium of leaders from the Port Richmond and immigrant communities to develop a charter school. This project culminated with the September 2010 opening of New World Prep Charter School on Sharpe Avenue in Port Richmond. This was Staten Island's first middle school charter. Mr. Tobin was at the helm of the Board of Trustees from inception until July 1 of this year, after which Mr. Tobin became president of the Friends of New World Prep.

A member of many professional organizations, John was active with Staten Island Track, Running and Community (SITRAC) in its early years, where he served as its first president. He was selected as a "non-trustee" member of the Staten Island Catholic Regional strategic planning committee and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. His passion for education allowed him to serve as vice president of the PSAL Wingate Memorial Fund for over 35 years and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Gateway to Higher Education program at CUNY's City College for over 30 years as well.

Mr. Tobin is survived by his wife, Alice Garand Tobin; his children, Beverly (Rob) Morganbesser, Maureen (Tom) Buneo, Kathleen (Rob) Roesler, Stephanie (Tom) Duffy, Kevin (Kathy) Tobin, Michael Tobin; and his stepchildren, Mary Alice Rowan and Stephen Rowan; 12 grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters.

John was predeceased by his son, John P. Tobin III; his granddaughter, Shannon Elizabeth Tobin; and his stepson, John Garand Rowan, Esq.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New World Preparatory, newworldprep.org/donate

For further information, visit dignitymemorial.com

Published in Staten Island Advance on Sept. 14, 2019


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ENDNOTE: Umana, John  [MC1965] asks what happened to checks and balances in our Government?



Umana, John  [MC1965]
Sep 5
What happened to checks and balances in our Government?

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As a fat old white guy injineer speaking ex cathedra from my belly button at the editorial desk in the Jasper Jottings’ newsroom, “We, The Sheeple” allow the Gooferment to escape its Constitutional “chains” and transform from “servant to master” (Note 1) by many of the Amendments to the Constitution and the countless non-Amendment authorized violations to the Constitution like the "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. (Note 2)

“We” lost the war for the American heart and soul when “we” allowed the Gooferment at all levels to take over “education”.  As Rush Limbaugh says “the minds full of mush” have been lost forever. They have been converted, like a cult, to worship Mother Earth and to look to Father State for “solutions”.  There’s no hope for them, but the first step back to “checks and balances” is cut the Gooferment back to its Constitutional bounds.  The entails zeroing out a bunch of unConstitutional departments and agencies — DOEd, DOE, HEW, BATF, DEA, FDA, etc. etc. etc. And then onto, the things that “just happened” — “no fly” list, “civil asset forfeiture”, gun laws, IRS abuses, Marijuana & drug prohibition, “free speech zones”, Congressional corruption, farm subsidies, “welfare / warfare” state policies, the existence of the“deep state”, etc. etc. etc.

The hardest part will be to refocus “We, The Sheeple” from the “panem et circenses” of this Gooferment Skrule team beats that Gooferment Skrule team. That distracts “We, The Sheeple” from the real problems of the day!  Personally, I believe that the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment — direct election of Senators — is the best first step back to real “Federalism” and regaining control of the Leviathan State.  Of course, to do that “We, The Sheeple” has to convince the politicians and bureaucrats to vote against their own self-interest financially.

On a microlevel, each of us can strike a blow against the drug war by jury nullification. Remember why Alcohol Prohibition was repealed? Jury nullification! (Note 3)  So each and every one of us, who gets on a jury, can end "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!  Or, police searches!  Or any other “burr under our saddle” with Gooferment action.  How did Gandni convince the British to leave India?  Peaceful non-cooperation. (Note 4) Likewise if 350 million American refuse to cooperate with the Gooferment, what are they going to do about it.  My current example is the speed limit laws.  Most folks pay absolutely ZERO attention to them. It’s a waste of taxpayer money to post them.

So that’s what has happened to your “checks and balances” and how imho we can take our country back one jury at a time.

Remember the sources of my education! I’m just a fat old white guy retired injineer who'd now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income with:

Law "degree" from watching Judge Judy;
Medical "degree" from watching Doctor Phil;
Building "degree" from watching "Holmes on Homes";
Investing "degree" from reading about Bernie Made-off;
Finance "degree"from listening to Ric Edelman;
sensitively managing Human Resources from watching Chef Ramsey; and
creating loving / caring human relationships from studying the movie roles of Gunny Ronald Lee Ermey
Go Jaspers!

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Note 1: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” --- attributed to George Washinton but unverifiable

Note 2: Why did alcohol prohibition require a Constitutional Amendment, but “drug prohibition” did not?

Note 3: "Prosecutors could get a jury to convict any one on booze arrests; that's why they had to get Al Capone on Tax Evasion.  So regardless of what the Gooferment, the politicians, or the bureaucrats say, American Juries can put an end to this nonsense all by themselves.  No victim; no crime.  Sorry.  A juror doesn't have to explain or even talk; just vote "not guilty" and this house of cards will come tumbling down.”  https://tinyurl.com/y4dzfxb8

Note 4: "Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate." --- movie Gandhi (1983)

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