Mt. Kisco Division Presents Annual Donations to Local Hospice Care and Cancer Centers

William & Will McCormack, Charles McGuiness, Ann Cullinane, In Center Hospice Care Pres. Michelle Murphy Quirolo, Hospice Care CEO, Margaret McHugh, Jim McHugh ,Bernadette Mcguire, Dana Hickey, Ed Reilly, Ann Hough, and Jim Cullinane

 

     On November 29, 2017 the Frank H. Fox Division #16 of Mount Kisco donated $6,228.00 to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam Counties. The presentation was made at the annual “Tree of Life” ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, New York. Hospice Care (Visiting Nurse Association) is a non-profit home health care agency provides home health services to patients with advanced illnesses.

     On December 9, 2017 the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H. donated $6,228.00 to Rosary Hill Cancer Center located in Hawthorne, NY. Rosary Hill Home is run by the Dominican Sisters and provides hospice care for incurable cancer patients who are unable to afford care for themselves.

     Since 1992 the A.O.H. has donated $239,359.14 to Hospice Care of Westchester /Putnam and Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY and other organizations.  The fund raising drive was administered by Chairman Brian Jones.  The Division is grateful to the following parishes for their help; St. Mary’s in Katonah, St. Patrick’s in Bedford, St. Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco, St. Patrick’s in Armonk, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Brewster, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shrub Oak, Holy Innocence in Pleasantville, and St. John’s/St. Mary’s in Chappaqua.

 

In Memoriam: James Walsh of Division #3 Pearl River

It is with deep sadness we inform you of the passing of Jim Walsh. Please join us this Sunday November 19 at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan for a Hibernian Ritual to honor him. Please arrive by 3:15 pm so we can conduct the ceremony promptly at 3:30.

Please see Jim’s obituary below.

James Walsh, 73, of Orangeburg, formerly of Paramus, NJ entered into eternal life on November 13, 2017. Jim died peacefully at Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City after suffering a long illness.

Jim was born in New York City and was educated at St. Luke’s Elementary School in the Bronx and St. Joseph’s School in Metuchen, NJ. Jim was employed at J. Walter Thompson and Canadian Pacific. He then worked for NY Telephone/ NYNEX/ Verizon, where he retired after 30 years. Jim also served as a Sergeant in the Air Force National Guard.

Jim was a long-time member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 3, in Pearl River, where he had been the House President. He was also a member in good standing of the American Legion Post 329 in Pearl River and the Irish Arts Forum.
Jim was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ann Walsh of Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland and the Bronx, his sister Sr. Gilmary Walsh, O.P. of Blauvelt and his brother John of Stuart, FL.

He is survived by his sister, Bridget Ann (BeAnn) Mullins of Millsboro, DE; his nephews, John Mullins of West Nyack, Brian Mullins of Maricopa, AZ, Daniel Walsh of Stuart, FL; his nieces, Elizabeth Walsh of Mountainside, NJ and Mary Walsh of Brooklyn; his grand nieces Alexandra Mullins, Alanna Mullins, Sofia Mullins and Hazel Kulpa; and his brother-in-law Jack Mullins of Millsboro, DE and sister-in-law Louise Walsh of Stuart, FL.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name to the United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Moritz Funeral Home

98 Route 303 South

Tappan, NY 10983

(845) 359-0890

Watertown Division Donates Turkey Dinners to Local Catholic Food Pantry

Pictured L-R: David Ard, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Father Chris Looby, Sean Hennessey/President and Kevin Shaughnessy/Treasurer)

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Thanksgiving! Tonight members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) donated Turkey Dinners, with all the fixings, to the St Mary’s food pantry located in Evans Mills NY.

Father Chris Looby (Pastor, St Mary’s Catholic Church) graciously received the donation from the AOH with great joy. Father Looby noted that many residents in the Evans Mills area have family members in the U.S. military and would welcome such a worthy gift.

Sean Hennessey (President, Watertown’s AOH Division) said: “The holiday season can be tough on those less fortunate. Hopefully this donation will bring some relief to families that are having a bit of a tough time this Thanksgiving.” Mr. Hennessey continued “The AOH was founded on the the motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Hopefully this donation, by members of the Msgr James Ruddy Division, lives up to our mission.”

Each package includes:

15+ lbs Turkey, 5 Lbs Potatoes, Gravy, stuffing, cranberries, yams,

canned corn, bottle of soda and both pumpkin and apple pie,

The AOH is the oldest and largest Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the world with our Division (Msgr James Ruddy Division) located in Watertown NY. If you’re a 16+ years of age, a practicing Catholic of Irish ancestry and would like to hear more about our Order feel free to email us at nnyirish@gmail.com. The AOH meets regularly in the Watertown area with a focus on our faith and a united Ireland.

Special thanks to the following members that made personal donated to this cause: Kevin Shaughnessy, Tim Sweeney, David Ard, Sean Hennessey, Dick Lawlee, Bill Flynn, Jim Fitzpatrick & Tom Shaughnessy.

Greene County Division #1 Holds Officer Installation Ceremony

Pictured from Left to Right – Owen Cole, NYS AOH District Director, Jimmy Cuff, “Mass Rock” Division President and Liam McNabb, AOH National Director.

 

Officers of the “Mass Rock” Division were installed in a ceremony in Leeds, NY on Sunday, November 12th. AOH National Director Liam McNabb swore in the Officers and was assisted by NYS District Director Owen Cole. In attendance was Past NYS AOH President Peter Durkee and many County and Division Leaders of the Capital Region who showed support for the newly installed Officers.

NY State President Joins with LAOH Juniors in Honoring Veterans

AOH New York State President Vic Vogel (center rear) with members of the LAOH Division #7 Juniors honoring local veterans.

 

On, Monday, November 6, 2017, AOH New York State President Vic Vogel joined Division #7 Junior girls who honored the member Veterans of the organization, along with event organizers Division #7 LAOH Vice-President Madonna Nolty and NYS LAOH Catholic Action Chair Cathy Norton Doherty. The meeting opened with the Presentation of Colors from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division, and a piper from the same group.

Proclamations were presented by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, and New York State Senator Phil Boyle. Representing Mr. Boyle was Division 7 Member, Dennis Bennet. The recipients of the proclamations were Joseph Horton and Richard Mackey, who are both Korean War Veterans.

Also in attendance were Suffolk LAOH President Pat Cremmins, Vice-President Alice Faughnan, and Catholic Action, Cindy Haugland.

“I wish to thank all who took the time to come down and support our vets and honor them which was a long overdue thank you for many of them.” said Cathy Doherty, “It was such an honor to be among these veterans, taking time to thank them for their sacrifices and getting to know them and hear their stories. Some really remarkable and brave people. There could never be enough memorials, medals and parades to make up for what our veterans sacrificed. So, for now we simply say thank you, as we live each day in the freedom they have preserved.”

 

In Memoriam: Thomas Clark – Past President Division #1 in Auburn

   

 

     Thomas P. Clark, 79, of Lewis Rd, Auburn, passed away on November 4, 2017. Born in Squantum, MA on September 7, 1938, Tom was the son of the late Francis and Eleanor Kennedy Clark. In 1960 Tom and Jeanne were married and together they shared five children. Tom was a past president and loyal member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as well as being a member of The Knights of Columbus and the VFW. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s church, attending mass every morning. Tom was passionate about politics, cherished the friendships he shared and loved his family. He enjoyed taking care of his children and grandchildren.

     Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jeanne Clark, his daughters, Theresa (Terry) Shaw, Susan (Steve) Scarselletta, Kelley Barrera and Jackie Clark, his son, Patrick (Lisa) Clark, his grandchildren, Shannon, Jeanne, Steven, Dana, Julie, Sean, Ryan, Daniel, Nina, John, Lyla and Nicholas, his great grandchildren, Olivia, Fiona, Faye and Lucas, his brothers, James (Rose) Clark and John (Marie) Clark and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Patricia O’Keefe.

     Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 4-7 pm at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Church on Friday at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Humane Society, HACEE120202001, 1255 23rd St, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.

Fr. Henry Reid Installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Patchogue

Congratulations to AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid who was formally installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue, New York at a special Installation Mass held this past weekend.

 

AOH New York State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid

 

Click on this link to download and view a short video of the Installation Mass procession.

Fr. Reid Installation Procession Video

 

 

National & State Officers Attend 142nd Annual Queens County Dinner Dance

 

142nd ANNUAL QUEENS COUNTY DINNER DANCE

 

The Queens County Board held its 142nd Annual Dinner Dance

recently at Russo’s on the Bay.  Honorees included NYS Secretary,

John Manning, Hibernian Sister of the Year, Mary Forde, Harry S.

Murphy Catholic Action Award recipient, Maureen J. (O’Malley)

Byrnes and Irish Woman of the Year, Catherine Mitchell Miceli.  In

attendance at the event were NYS Vice President, Tom Lambery,

National Secretary, Jere Cole and NYS President, Vic Vogel

 

 

Division #2 in Babylon Holds Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness

AOH Division #2 in Babylon held a Breast Cancer fundraiser on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The event was held in the AOH Hall in Babylon and featured live music, refreshments, games and much more.  All proceeds from the event were donated to Breast Cancer Research of Long Island.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and if you would like to learn how you can help fight this disease, you can visit the website for the national Breast Cancer Foundation at:

 

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

 

Division President Tom Bennet accepting a donation from Junior Girls at the AOH Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in Babylon

 

 

In Memoriam: Michael R. O’Hanlon of Division #18 Peekskill

Michael R. O’Hanlon 1957-2017

 

Michael Richard O’Hanlon, a retired FDNY firefighter, died Monday at his home in Cortlandt Manor following a courageous battle with a smile on his face resulting from his service at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terror attack. He was 59.

Mike was a 30-year veteran of Engine Company 68 in the Bronx, retiring in 2013. He and his fellow firefighters from Engine 68/Ladder 49 in Highbridge participated extensively in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero in the immediate days and weeks following the collapse of the Twin Towers. Mike was born Nov. 1, 1957 in the Bronx to Con and Ann O’Hanlon. His mom (nee Power) hailed from Woodford, County Galway, and his dad from Doneraile, County Cork. Mike and his sisters Noreen and Patricia were raised in a home filled with Irish traditions and culture, music and laughter, and a deep Catholic faith. A favorite memory of his was the smell of his mom’s soda bread and treacle bread (Mike’s favorite) baking in the oven.
Mike attended schools in the Bronx and Yonkers, graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, and attended Iona College before joining the Fire Department of New York in 1982. He was fiercely proud to be a part of the FDNY, which he called the “greatest job on Earth,” and he spent his 30-career in the “House on the Hill” in Highbridge. He never sought a transfer because he considered E68/L49 to the best firehouse in the City of New York.

Mike married Maggie (nee Loftus), the love of his life, his best friend and biggest supporter, on Sept. 27, 1981. They moved to Cortlandt Manor and raised three children, Katherine, Michael Jr. and Martin with the same values and traditions they experienced growing up. Through the years they enjoyed family vacations to Ireland and Long Beach Island and hosted numerous family gatherings at their home. Keeping their family close-knit was important to Mike and Maggie.

Their daughter, Katherine, married Brett Schlosser on Oct. 22, 2016, in a celebration of love, family and friends in grand Irish style. Mike and Kate showed off their Irish dancing talents in the best father-daughter dance of all time!

Mike was a member of the FDNY Emerald Society and Holy Name Society. During his career he marched with the FDNY in numerous St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, the metropolitan area and beyond. He was honored to represent the FDNY as grand marshal of the 2002 Missoula, Montana AOH St. Patrick’s Day parade, the first held after the 9/11 attacks. Earlier this year, Mike had the great honor of the being the Grand Marshal of the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Mike and his brothers from E68/L49 would hold an annual Thanksgiving feast for the “old folks” at Sacred Heart parish in Highbridge. Mike would bring his accordion and a group of fellow musicians to play for the senior citizens. They would also visit nursing homes to bring music and good cheer to the people there. In 2012, Mike received an Outstanding Service Award from Bronx Community Board 4 for his dedicated service to the people of New York.

Mike was an accomplished traditional button accordion player from a young age and played throughout his life. He competed in All-Ireland competitions in the 1970s and won an All-Ireland medal. He is a former member of the Garryowen Ceili Band, which played in numerous venues in this country and across Ireland as well, playing in Cork, Mayo, Galway and Clare to name a few locations. The band placed first in the All-Ireland Competition. Mike performed at many venues and events, but his greatest memory was playing at Carnegie Hall.

He was a regular for more than 25 years with Jack McAndrew at Guinan’s full moon sessions in Garrison, and he continued the tradition The Quiet Man Public House in Peekskill after Guinan’s closed. He was a member of the Celtic Blend Band.
Mike was a member of the Hudson Valley Irish Fest Committee and volunteered his time and talents to one of the finest festivals around. He was a supporter of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 18, where he was named “Man of the Year” in 2016.Mike retired in 2013, though he was fond of reminding everyone that you never really retire from the FDNY. He remained actively involved with the department and his brothers at the House on the Hill. He is survived by his wife, his children and son in law, his sisters and brothers in law, his niece and nephews, and numerous relatives both here and in Ireland. He also leaves behind his extended FDNY family and enormous number of friends who were always inspired by his courage, his kindness, his generous spirit and his loving heart. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mike’s name to the FDNY Family Transport Foundation. 

Visitation:

Thursday August 31, 2017

2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm

Yorktown Funeral Home

945 East Main Street

Shrub Oak, NY, US, 10588