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

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

 

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.