Member Brian McMahon (NYPD, Ret.) passed away on September 17, 2013. In addition to 20 years with the NYPD, Brian also served in the US Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Veronica and their children and grandchildren. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the McMahon family.
Member Joseph Bergen (NYPD, Ret.) passed away on September 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife Margaret and their children and grandchildren. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Bergen family.
Member Joseph Schrettner (NYPD, Ret.) passed away on September 25, 2013. In addition to the NYPD, he also served in the US Army during the Korean War, and served NYS as the Director of Criminal Justice Services. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann, and is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our sympathy is extended to the Schrettner family.
|Joseph Schrettner||September 25, 2013|
|Joseph Bergen||September 21, 2013|
|Brian McMahon||September 17, 2013|
|William J. Burke||July 21, 2013|
|Joseph Dawson||May 12, 2013|
|Joseph V. Santoro||March 10, 2013|
|Chris McCrudden||March 4, 2013|
|Arthur Onody||February 21, 2013|
|Joseph G. Cavanagh||October 16, 2012|
|Francis Seaman||August 21, 2012|
|Eugene Loughran||August 20, 2012|
|Charles Furey||August 15, 2012|
|John F. O’Connor||May 27, 2012|
|William (Bill) Neuendorf||May 27, 2012|
|Frank Visconti||April 3, 2012|
|John White||February 18, 2012|
|Joseph Cortelli||February 16, 2012|
|Walter Giannico||February 1, 2012|
|Francis O'Connor||February 1, 2012|
|William “Billy” Larkin||November 1, 2011|
|James Finnegan||October 23, 2011|
|Rocco Tortorello||October 8, 2011|
|Edward Doyle||October 11, 2011|
|James T. Shanahan||July 17, 2011|
|Bill Novotny||May 20, 2011|
|Carolann Natale||May 20, 2011|
|Henry J. Gould||May 17, 2011|
|Tom Mullins||April 27, 2011|
|Robert Reagan||February 19, 2011|
|Ted Buczek||December 11, 2010|
|Patrick J. “PJ” Ferguson||October 18, 2010|
|Philip Marazita||October 9, 2010|
|John F. Murray||September 25, 2010|
|Robert R. Stewart||September 25, 2010|
|Clemens Barry||September 17, 2010|
|Patrick Crowe||September 3, 2010|
|John "Jack" M. Horan||July 25, 2010|
|Anthony M. Sullo||July 21, 2010|
|Gerard William Cole||July 16, 2010|
|George J. Shanley||June 10, 2010|
|Brian Ploss||June 6, 2010|
|Gloria M. Boyd||June 1, 2010|
|Stephen M. "Rocky" Stach||May 30, 2010|
|John J. Gowrie||May 27, 2010|
|Harold Gene Washington||May 10, 2010|
|Michael Sullivan||March 11, 2010|
|Daniel L. Bertrand||January 31, 2010|
|Donald William "The Duck" Collopy||January 25, 2010|
|William G. Frank||January 17, 2010|
|Robert Daniel Shields||January 17, 2010|
|William F. (Bill) Boyd||January 6, 2010|
Patrick J. “PJ” Ferguson - October 18, 2010
Proudly striding down Central Avenue in Pearl River, dressed in top hat and tails as the Rockland County Shields’ Aide to the Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick’s Day is a good way to remember P. J. Ferguson. He was in many ways a larger than life figure who couldn’t be missed.
P.J. or maybe Fergie (nobody ever called him Patrick) was proud of his family, his heritage, and the Police Department. He spent most of his career working in the Bronx but his influence was not confined to only one borough, he was known everywhere. Whether as a member of the Pipe Band or from his job at Yankee Stadium, P. J. was always outgoing and friendly and never failed to “do the right thing” by another cop or their families. If he could swing it, he would sit you in the dugout.
P.J. was on the Board of the Rockland County Shields for over 20 years and held every position except President, which he always humbly demurred from accepting. He ran the Golf Outing and was responsible for raising most of the many thousands of dollars given out in scholarships. Somehow, he still had time to be Santa Claus for the children at the annual Christmas party.
P.J. was a throwback to times when being a cop was not a nine to five job but a career, brotherhood and a way of life. His good humor and stories were legendary, and he never missed an opportunity to put things into perspective by the telling of a good story.
We will not see the likes of P. J. again and he will be sorely missed.