In Memoriam: Raymond Hess of Division #1 Watervliet


     Raymond J. Hess, III, 64, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn with his family by his side.

     Born in Troy, Ray was the son of the late Raymond J. Hess, Jr. and Loretta E. Finn Hess. He was raised in Watervliet and Latham and was a 1973 graduate of Shaker High School. Ray owned Hess’s Bar in Watervliet and in 1980 worked with his father at Tri-City Lanes in Menands. In 1992 he began a career with the New York State Senate in Albany. Referred to as the “64th Senator” Ray was well known in the senate and was thought of fondly by many there. Over the course of his 25 years career, Ray was proud to have served each of the State Senators with grace and dignity. He retired on June 7th of this year.

     Ray was a life-long member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was past president and member of the William F. Fennelly Division # 1 AOH in Watervliet. 
He was an avid NY Jets fan and enjoyed the times he spent with his family and at home where he loved to care for his lawn.
     He was the much loved husband, for 37 years, of Jeryl J. (Bodo) Hess; cherished father of Raymond J. (Christine S.) Hess, IV and Richard J. Hess; brother of Robert J. Hess of Niskayuna and the late Mary Diane and Ronald J. Hess; nephew of Leona Finn (late William) of North Greenbush; son in law of the late Russell J. and Carole A. Bodo; brother-in-law of Cheryl Bodo, Stephen Bodo, Jami Bodo, Jacqueline Vincent (Ron) and the late Thomas Bodo as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, his late faithful canine companion Izzy and a host of close friends. 

     Ray’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of both Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospice Inn and to Dr. David Shaffer for the wonderful care given to Ray over the course of his illness.

     Ray’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 am from the Parker Bros. Memorial in Watervliet and will proceed to St. Ambrose Church in Latham where at 10:30 am the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Brian Kelly, pastor. The rite of committal and interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Friends are invited to attend and may also visit with Ray’s family on Monday from 3 until 8 PM at the funeral home. To those who wish to remember Ray in a special way, his family suggests donations to the Chief Thomas McCormack Burnout Fund, 116-13th Street, Watervliet, NY 12189 to assist families who suffer a loss due to a fire. 

Albany County AOH Convention is a Success

(L-R) John McCarthy, Immediate Past County President, Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim Weklar, Albany County President

The Albany County AOH Convention was held on June 8, 2017 at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.  Timothy Weklar was elected Albany County President along with a slate of officers representing Albany Div. 5 and Watervliet Division 1.  National Director Liam McNabb installed the officers.

At the meeting, delegates were selected for the upcoming State Convention and outgoing County President John McCarthy was recognized for his successful term in office.

In Memoriam: Colonel Maurice “Moss” Michael Savage of Division #5 Albany


     Albany-Colonel Maurice “Moss” Michael Savage (Ret) – Dearly loved Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, Godfather, Cousin and friend to all. Aged 77 years, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with dementia. Even in the height of his illness Maurice continued on the way in which he lived his life, always putting the needs of others above his own. Maurice was born on Strand Road in Tralee Co. Kerry Ireland on October 10, 1939. He was the son of the late Richard “Dick” Savage and Kathleen “Kitty” Foley Savage.

     On June 10, 1967, Moss married the loved of his life, Sheila Kenny Savage of Millbrook, Oldcastle Co. Meath Ireland and together they spent 48 years cherishing one another until Sheila predeceased Maurice in November 2015. He is the adored Dad of Sheila Savage Maguire, Kevin Savage (Kim) and grandchildren Kathleen Maguire, Matthew, and Elizabeth “Ellie” Savage. Moss is also survived by his brothers Richard, Michael and Brian Savage, and the brother in law of Kathleen, Michele and Marcia. Maurice was also predeceased by his older sister Mary, who passed away in Ireland. Extended Savage, Lawlor, Spicer, Foley and Griffin Families, many nieces, nephews, first cousins and many cousins from the O’Sullivan family in Tralee Co. Kerry Ireland.

     Moss was educated by the Christian Brothers in Ireland, until he came to the U.S.A. with his parents. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Angels and a proud member of the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Class of 1959, Albany, New York. Maurice frequently and fondly remembered his classmates and days at CBA and his respect for and friendship with the late Brother Aloysius Myers. Moss is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY (1962) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (1974).

     Maurice’s family are extremely proud of his military service to his adopted country, enlisting in the U.S. Army on October 20, 1959, serving 33 years and achieving the rank of Colonel. Military Accommodations include the Meritorious Service with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (x2), the National Defense Medal, the Army Reserve Medal, the NYS Military Commendation Medal, The Long & Faithful Service Medal (x3), the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal (with Conspicuous Service), The NYS Aid to Civil Authority Medal, NG Res Achievement Medal, The Pathfinder Patch and the Cold War Victory Medal. Colonel Savage also had tours of duty in Laos and Panama and the Attica Prison riot of 1971. Maurice was a graduate of the Empire State Military Academy – Officer Candidate School (OCS), Camp Smith Peekskill, NY – August 13, 1965, the U.S. Army Signal School, Fort Gordon, Georgia – August 15, 1975 and The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – July 9, 1984.

     In addition to his military career Moss’ places of employment include Schaffer Brewery, Albany New York, Facility Supervisor for the NYS Department of Mental Hygiene – OD Heck Developmental Center, and he finished his career with over twenty years of service to New York State as an environmental analyst for the Division of Military and Naval Affairs – HHD STARC Headquarters, retiring in 2001.

     Always the American patriot, Moss was also a steadfast and proud County Kerry man, supporting the love of his Irish culture and roots and passing that love down to his children and grandchildren. He was a great supporter of his Gaelic football club in Ireland – Kerins O’Rahillys and he was proud of his family’s personal connection and friendship with Strand Road legend and patriot Charlie Kerins. Moss loved Irish music, a very fine singer, like his mother before him, Moss could often be heard singing his favourites, Fiddlers Green, The Fields of Athenry, The Town I Loved So Well and White, Orange and Green.

     Known as a gentleman, there was never a time when Moss wouldn’t jump in to lend a helping hand to others. Moss was a very talented self taught plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter and car mechanic and he used these talents in being quick to assist and never asked for anything in return. Mossy’s hobbies included, Irish music, golf, scuba diving, BBQ’s, darts, boating & waterskiing and traveling, especially home to Ireland.

     Memberships and accomplishments: In 1959 Moss joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians Albany (AOH) Men’s Division #5 and this chartered the course for Moss’ years of tireless countless hours of volunteerism for the fraternal organizations that Moss held dear to his heart. Moss completed his Hibernian Major Degrees in 1976 with the Schenectady AOH Team. He is the Past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Albany (1981 – 1986). In 1984, he chaired the National Hibernian Convention, bringing it to Albany for the very first time. In 1987, he was elected AOH Albany County President in 1989 he became the NYS Director of AOH District #1. Moss was the 1987 Hibernian of the Year and served as President of the Hibernian Hall Association for many years until 2001. Then, in 2003 the AOH awarded him with the prestigious Lifetime Membership Medal. In 1960 Moss became an active member of the Albany, New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and he received the great honor of serving as the 1999 Grand Marshall of the Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Maurice also volunteered for the Albany Democratic Committee for many years. He is the Recipient of the 2005 Christian Brothers Academy Distinguished Alumni Award, Member of the North Albany American Legion Post #1610 and became the 1996 – 1997 #1610 Post Commander, Proud Member of the North Albany Limericks, Member of the Colonie Elks, Member of the Veteran’s Corps, 69th Regiment, Member of the Polish Club, Member of the Pipe & Drum Band Cumann Failte, in 1968 they became the very first Pipe Band from America to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Proud parent of CBA, proud Dad/Grandparent of The Academy of the Holy Names and proud Dad/Grandparent of the Michael Farrell School of Traditional Irish Step Dancing.

     From Kerry to Colonel, a truly remarkable man with a long and a lustrous career of service to his God, Country, family and friends, he was so loved and admired.

     Moss’ children and family would like to extend their gratitude to St. Pius X R.C. Church, the St. Pius X Pastoral Care Team, The Eddy Hawthorne Ridge, The Carmelite Sisters and the Teresian House Staff for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Christian Brothers Academy (CBA).
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Maurice’s family Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany.

     Funeral services Monday, June 12, 2017 8:30 am from McVeigh Funeral Home, Albany thence to St. Pius X Church, Loudonville at 9:30 am where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated.

     Interment with Military Honors will be held at 12:00 pm in Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery immediately following the Funeral Mass.

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Yonkers Division Helps Catholic High School Acquire New Technology

Division #1 Yonkers member John Walsh presents $1,000 pledge to Fr. Tom Collins, President of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains


The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division #1 of Yonkers recently presented a donation to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains that will help the school to continue implementing its new learning technology platform.

Division #1 member John Walsh presented a $1,000 donation to Fr. Tom Collins, who is the President of Stepinac High School. John is a graduating senior from Stepinac this year and is the son of Division #1 Vice President Jim Walsh.

The funds will be used to purchase new Samsung Chromebooks for student use. School officials explained that new technology is becoming a necessity in today’s learning environment.
“Since our school uses a blended learning environment where the teacher uses online resources that include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), digital textbooks, and my Pearson Online Labs, the use of mobile devices is becoming more and more important every year.” said Stepinac Advancement Officer Patrick Massaroni, “The ability to acquire additional Chromebooks will only add to our ability to ensure that every student has the resources to use our digital platforms regardless of the circumstances.”

Donation will go to purchasing new Chromebooks for students


Division #1 Yonkers has also supported other local Catholic High Schools with donations for computers labs at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.

The funds provided by the Hibernians were raised at the AOH Yonkers Annual Charity Golf Outing which is held each spring at the Ardsley Country Club in Dobbs Ferry.


Orange County Observes Memorial Day

AOH members of Division 1 and Division 4 of Orange County, New York attended sunrise Memorial Day services at seven Cemetery and Monument locations in Goshen, New York. At each location a prayer was recited for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice followed by piper playing Amazing Grace and then a twenty-one gun salute by members of the American Legion. While visiting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery members paid their respects at the gravesite of 1st. Lt, Louis Allen who died in Iraq and is the namesake of the first AOH Junior Division in Orange County. A decade of the Rosary was said by members along with his parents who were in attendance.

NY State Board Announces Creation of Nagelhout Charities & Missions Award

The Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout – Annual Charities and Missions Award

Arnold Nagelhout Embodied the True Meaning of “Christian Charity”


This year we are introducing an Annual Award to recognize the New York State AOH Division which best epitomizes this spirit of Charity. The award is created and presented in honor of Arnold “Arnie” Nagelhout long time NY State Board Member and Charities and Missions Director.

As part of our Motto, Charity is the heart of our Faith and Organization. As members of the New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians we’re called to assist our parish’s ministries and our community’s endeavors by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy (to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor). Pope Francis recently said, “I am grateful to the many volunteers who offer their service in soup kitchens, giving food to those who are alone, in need of help, out of work or homeless. These meal centers and other works of mercy –‐ such as visiting the sick and the imprisoned are examples of charity in action that promote a culture of giving, since those involved are motivated by love for God and inspired by Gospel wisdom.”

These “Local” charitable activities are not being considered in lieu of our National AOH endeavors, but rather in addition to them. Both will be considered in the selection of the award recipient and both should be included in the application narrative.

When applying, a Division should submit a written narrative of their activities in the past year (no more than 500 words). For the sake of this award, the year will be 1 April thru 31 March of each year. They should also submit a copy of their Division’s New York State Charities and Missions Annual Report for the same timeframe.

Judging will be accomplished by a panel of five members as follows:
NY State AOH Vice President (Chairman)
NY State Charities and Missions Director
NY State Charities and Missions Deputy Director
2 additional members appointed by the NY State AOH President.
(If any of these five are members of a division applying for this award, they must recuse themselves and their position will be filled by the NY State AOH President.)

As we intend this award to be ever changing to meet the changes in society, judging criteria will be agreed upon by the five judge panel while maintaining a focus on charity as defined by the Catholic Church.

In addition to the award, the NY State Board will make a $500 donation to the charity of the recipient’s’ choice to a recognized charitable organization.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matt Buckley,
Ch Charities and Missions

Barry Griffith,
Deputy Charities and Missions

For more information, email Matthew Buckley at:

State Board Announces College Scholarship Program for 2017

Each year, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians awards a scholarship for college study. The amount of the award depends on the number of qualified candidates, as well as the availability of the funds. The typical scholarship award is $750 per year for four years—a total of $ 3,000. This scholarship is intended for 2017 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2017.


1. The parent or guardian of the recipient must be a Major Degree member in good standing of any AOH or LAOH Division in New York State.
2. The parent or guardian must maintain membership in their respective division of the AOH or LAOH for the term of the scholarship.
3. Each year, the recipient must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance during the term of the scholarship by submitting to the Scholarship Chairman a transcript of grades received from the previous academic year.


1. A positive recommendation by your parish priest.
2. Results of the SAT Math and SAT Verbal test scores.
3. AOH Scholarship Test Results. This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of Irish History. This test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay whose emphasis will be on Irish History. The test will be supervised by the Division President or a member chosen by the Division President.
4. No member can supervise the giving of the exam if they have a child that is applying for the scholarship.

• The completed application
• A copy of the highest SAT Math score and highest SAT Verbal score
• Student Transcript
• A positive recommendation from the parish priest
A copy of the AOH membership card of the applicant, parent, or guardian. This verifies membership and the Major Degree date.

Send by June 4th, 2017 to the chairman of the State Scholarship Committee:
James Russell
219 North Middletown Road,
Unit E
Pearl River, N.Y. 10965

Do you have any questions? E-mail


Download the Scholarship Application-2017 Here



AOH Junior Division Memorialize Namesake

The family of Lt. Louis Allen attended a dedication ceremony in honor of the namesake of the Lt. Louis Allen AOH Junior Division 1 in Monroe, New York.  President of the AOH Jr. Division, Declan DeBold received the memorial shadow box containing Lt. Louis Allen medals from AOH Division 1 Life member James Kelly.

The memorial plaque was placed on the memorial wall beside the Joseph Duelk Jr. Plaque whom AOH Division 1 is named after.

Knock Visionary John Curry Laid to Rest At St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral


Members of the AOH were honored to participate in a very special Mass that was held this weekend at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.

John Curry, one of the 15 witnesses to the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Knock, Ireland in 1879 was reinterred in the walled cemetery on the Basilica grounds after a Requiem Mass celebrated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

It was discovered several years ago that John Curry had been placed in an unmarked grave on Long Island after his death in 1943. Cardinal Dolan, along with Fr. Gibbons, the Pastor of Knock Shrine worked to have his remains brought to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral for a proper Christian Burial.

Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians assisted in the celebration of the Mass. The AOH Capital District Honor Guard was also present and worked with the Knights of Columbus in ensuring the ceremony was respectful and dignified. Several AOH Chaplains con-celebrated the Mass and were lead by State Chaplain Fr. Henry Reid.

The New York State Board congratulates National Hunger Chairman Thomas Beirne and his committee on helping to organize a very successful and solemn event!