In Memoriam

Please join us as we offer prayers for the members of the Xaverian community who have passed away.  
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  
May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through Your mercy, rest in peace. Amen.

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  • John Giannotta '92

    It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of John Giannotta '92.
  • Justin Calicchio '05

    It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of Justin Calicchio '05.
    Additonally the Calicchio family suffered the loss of their mother Angela, who passed away before Christmas 2017. Please remember the Calicchio family in your prayers, especially Angela and Justin along with his brothers Sean '04 and Michael '10.
  • Marie Lane

    With heavy hearts, we share the passing of Marie Lane.
    A Clipper parent on our Facebook page said it best:
     "Marie put the wind in the Clippers' sails. Her love and passion for Xaverian was beyond measure. Her presence will echo in the school’s halls."
     
    Marie was a Xaverian parent, and served as a full time administrative assistant to the President's office before her retirement. In 2010, Marie agreed to return to her second home at Xaverian to serve as an assistant to the Advancement Office. She will be deeply missed by her colleagues, Xaverian parents and students, and the thousands of Alums who were greeted by Marie to welcome them home to gatherings at Xaverian.
     
    Please keep Marie and her family in your prayers. 
    Eternal rest grant on to her, O Lord,
    & let perpetual light shine upon her. 
    May Marie rest in peace. 
    Amen.
  • Timothy Magee '07

    It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Timothy Magee '07
  • Robert "Bob" Violetto

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert "Bob" Violetto, longtime faculty member of Xaverian.
    Bob taught at Xaverian from September 1965 to June 2004. He was a member of the English, Social Studies, and Guidance departments throughout his tenure on Shore Road, and was later the Director of the Guidance Department. Bob was a member of the Padraic Society, the St. Francis Xavier Society, and a recipient of the Ryken Educator of the Year Award. He is survived by his wife Tess, and children Robert Jr. '03 and Tressa.
     
     
    His obituary can be found here.
  • Robert Maresca '05

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert Maresca '05.
  • Tyrone Stevens '88

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tyrone Stevens, Class of 1988.
  • Arthur "Chip" Pagnini

    Arthur "Chip" Pagnini, 56, of Beaverdam passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Chip was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 17, 1960. 
    He was an employee at Willis, Towers, Watson in Glen Allen. Chip was an extraordinary person, faithful to God and his family. He was a Deacon at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church. Deacon Chip officiated at weddings and baptisms and took his calling seriously. Yet he was always the first person to laugh or tell an anecdote. To know him was to love him and when you did, you felt blessed. He was fun, spontaneous, loyal, giving and faithful. He loved his wife, Janice, and daughters with complete abandon. He was adored by his wife, daughters, parents, in-laws, sisters, grandsons, his nephew and nieces, great nieces, cousins and many, many friends. He will be missed continually and loved forever.
  • Frank Sapienza '70

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Frank Sapienza, Class of 1970, who passed away on Jan. 24, 2016.
  • Christopher Lambert '93

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Christopher Lambert '93.
  • Brother Bonaventure (Gerard) Scully, CFX 1928-2016

    A Message from Brother Edward Driscoll, CFX, General Superior, reads below.
    There is no doubt that Bonaventure possessed a restless heart. There is, however, abundant evidence that Bonaventure believed along with St. Augustine that he was made for the Lord. Inpreparing this memoriam, I was privileged to read some of Bonaventure’s personal reflections. One such reflection goes back to a dinner that he enjoyed with Bea and Peter Holland. According to Bo, Bea asked him, “What are you particularly proud of in your life?” He titled his response, “One Brother’s Pride—67 years of living our way of life—our Xaverian charism.” Bonaventure answered Bea’s question rather succinctly, “My most cherished pursuits were mostly my teaching, my efforts to encourage young people to deepen their relations with Jesus and to reach out to the less fortunate.” In February, Bonaventure celebrated his 70th Jubilee. Today he rests in the Lord.
     
    Enthusiasm, boundless energy, love for his vocation as a Xaverian Brother and a certain restlessness are Bonaventure’s signature life themes. These ever so evident qualities fired his passion for whatever endeavor he was engaged in.
     
    Bonaventure earned his bachelors in Chemistry at Catholic University in 1951 and his Masters inChemistry from the University of Detroit. He was one of the first Xaverians to teach in the Advanced Placement Program. Bo’s zeal for teaching, from St. John’s Prep, Danvers, to St. Xavier, Louisville, and on to Xaverian, Brooklyn and then home to Mount St. Joseph’s Baltimore where the seeds of his own vocation were planted, spanned seventeen years. In his own words, “in some mysterious way I became involved in the spiritual life of the students.” Bo was active in retreat work and various service projects sponsored by the Sodality, such as visiting the sick in a local hospital or young people in juvenile detention centers, teaching CCD or helping the poor with various food drives. Bonaventure’s boundless energy was invested in the students learning and growth well beyond the confines of the school day.   
     
    In the 1970’s Bonaventure earned a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling and his Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago. Appointed Principal of Good Counsel, Bonaventure viewed his responsibilities as an administrator through the lens of his recent degree in Religious Studies. For Bo, religious formation was as important as the academic program. To help teachers and students “deepen their relationship with Jesus and each other", Bonaventure created the community system at Good Counsel.
     
    After Good Counsel, Bonaventure was Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Denver and then inMemphis. From 1985 to 1999 Bonaventure returned to doing what he truly loved—working with students.  He served as rector and counselor for 300 residents of Keenan Hall at the University of Notre Dame.   
     
    You are called to a life of constant searching.
    Let the developments and changes of your times
    Be a source both of confidence and challenge to you.
     
    Restless. At times Bonaventure could be very restless. His restlessness was driven by his desire for the Xaverian Brothers to be responding to the signs of the times. Many times he was on the mark. Other times his suggestions went far beyond our capacity as a congregation. What was always clear, however, was his love for our Congregation. 
     
    In the last several months, Bonaventure understood more clearly the words of Augustine, “Lord, you have made me for yourself.” He wanted to be home at Xaverian House with his Brothers and did everything in his power to do so. As his condition became worse, he came to understand the words of our Fundamental Principles:
     
    At times you will discover that God’s ways are not your ways, 
    And that God’s thoughts are not your thoughts.
    When this happens try to surrender yourself trustingly
    Into the arms of your Father, who knows you, understands you
    And loves you.
     
    May Bonaventure now enjoy his rest in you, O Lord.
     
     
    Brother Edward Driscoll, CFX
    General Superior
  • Ed "Rusty" Joyce '66

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Ed "Rusty" Joyce, class of 1966.
    Edward J. "Rusty" Joyce passed on September 10, 2016. Rusty was born to Edward and Lillian Joyce in Brooklyn, NY on January 29, 1949. He attended St. Anselm's Elementary School, Xaverian High School, and Villanova University. He retired from JP Morgan Chase in 2014 as a Managing Director. Rusty was a long-time member and supporter of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Bay Ridge Historical Society, the Bayforts, and the US Air Force Academy Parents Club of Greater NY. Loving husband of Regina "Jeanne" (nee Latimer). Proud father of Jamie (Jane), John (Sarah), Matthew and J.P. (Georgia). Dear brother of Kathleen Coyle and Mary Ellen Downes. Cherished grandfather of Jack, Cooper and Bowie.
     
  • Joseph Giamboi III '08

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Joseph Giamboi III '08.  Joseph passed away on June 20th, 2016.
    Click here to see Joseph's obituary.
  • Sean Ryan '16

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Sean Ryan, a member of the class of 2016.  On July 17th, 2016, just a few weeks after graduating from Xaverian, Sean's life was tragically cut short.  Sean and his family remain in our prayers.
    Read Sean's full obituary here.
  • Michael Rochford '10

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Michael Rochford '10, who died in his sleep on July 30th, 2016.
    Visit Michael's obituary page here.
  • George Marchetti '68

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of George Marchetti, a member of the class of 1968.

    The Marchetti family has been, and continues to be, a very special part of the Xaverian family. We wish to keep them all in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.
  • John R. Kniess '86

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, John R. Kniess, of Cresco, PA. 

    Vincent J. Maligno '63 reports that John suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day.  
    At left is a photo of John from the 1985 Clipper yearbook.
  • Patrick J. Tuohy Sr. '75

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Patrick J. Tuohy Sr. '75, of Basking Ridge, NJ.  

    Patrick passed away on Thursday, January 16. 

    Please click here to read a beautiful obituary honoring Patrick's memory.  
  • Taquan Harris '10

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Taquan Harris '10.  Taquan lost his life after being hospitalized with meningitis last week.

     
  • Joseph L. Hartzler '65

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Joseph L. Hartzler.  

    We recently learned from Bruce Keeler '65 that Joseph passed away at home in Howell, NJ on January 23rd, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Patricia.
     
    Click here to see Joseph's obituary.
  • Matthew J. Trembley '69

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Matthew J. Trembley.  Matthew's wife, Barbara, informed Xaverian that he passed away after several heart attacks on December 31, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Michael Viola '89

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Michael Viola.  Michael, a resident of St. Augustine, FL, passed away following a car accident on April 23, 2013.
  • John Fitzpatrick '85

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, John Fitzpatrick.  John passed away suddenly on May 7th, 2014.


    Below is the obituary which appears on John's memorial page:

    Fitzpatrick, John C. – On May 7, 2014. Lieutenant NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Lindroth). Loving father of Danielle. Cherished son of Peggy and James Fitzpatrick. Dear brother of Jimmy (Gina), Brian, Sheila Fitzpatrick Germond (Matthew) and Kevin. Proud uncle of Kristen, James, Cathleen, and Margaret. Treasured son in law of Paulette and Kevin. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and his Fruffy. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to: Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460 http://www.wcs.org/wcs-org/donate.aspx 
    The Police Benevolent Associaiton of New York State (PBANYS) has initiated a trust fund for Elizabeth and baby Danielle.  

    Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund may do either of the following:

    Mail a check
     to:  PBA of NYS, Inc. 11 North Pearl Street, Suite 1200, Albany, NY 12207   Attn: Danielle's Trust.  The check should be made payable to "The PBA of NYS, Inc."  Please ensure your contact information is enclosed that we may contact you in the event of a question regarding your donation.

    Make an electronic donation
     via Credit Card:  Please click the Donate link below to be directed to our secure payment system and complete all the information requested.  Please provide all the correct information that we may contact you in the event of a question regarding your donation.  NOTE: you do not need to have a PayPal account to complete your donation.  Once you open the donation screen, simply click on the 'Continue' link above the credit card icons.

    Thank you in advance to all those who care so deeply for John's family and for your generosity. Please keep the Fitzpatrick family in your prayers during this difficult time. 

    Update:
     In August 2014, Gov. Cuomo signed a law banning sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns. The measure was inspired by former Environmental Conservation Officer John Fitzpatrick ‘85, who headed investigations of illegal ivory sales for the state. Read more about John's posthumous accomplishment here.  
  • Denis Ryan

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of Denis Ryan, former Xaverian Brother and a beloved member of our Xaverian faculty for many years. The arrangements are as follows:
  • Mike Walby

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of Mike Walby, one of the coaches of the first football team at Xaverian and a longtime assistant coach.  

    Mike's son, Matthew, is a member of Xaverian's class of 1989.
  • Joseph Giannini '70

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Joseph Giannini.
    Joseph Giannini passed away on September 27, 2014.  
    At left is a photo of Joseph from the 1970 Clipper yearbook.
  • Bro. John Olsen (Thaddeus), CFX

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of Bro. John Olsen (Thaddeus), who served as Assistant Principal at Xaverian from 1958 to 1962.  After living a full life as a beloved Xaverian Brother, Bro. Thaddeus passed to eternal life on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at Nazareth Home.  

    Please click here to read Bro. Thadeuss' full biography on the Xaverian Brothers' website.   
  • William F. McDonnell '88

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, William F. McDonnell.  
    William, father of Billy McDonnell '17, died on October 23, 2014.  
    At left is a photo of William from the 1988 Clipper yearbook. 
  • Joseph T. Cassidy '75

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Joseph Cassidy.  Joseph T. Cassidy, Retired Deputy Inspector, NYPD, Captain, U.S. Army Artillery,  died on November 11, 2014. 

    At left is a photo of Joe from the 1975 Clipper yearbook.  

    Below is an excerpt from Joe's obituary:
    Worshipped husband of Catherine McGowan-Cassidy. Adored father of Caitlin Cassidy-Kramer and Amy. Beloved son of Alice and the late Joseph. Proud father-in-law to Sean Kramer. Devoted brother to John, Bridget Hyland (Michael), Patricia Dodrill (the late Henry), Agnes Harrakel (Glen), and Morag Small (Robert). Dear son-in-law of Cynthia and the late John McGowan. Loving uncle to many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
  • John McAuliffe '89

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, John McAuliffe.  
    In addition to being a proud alumnus of the Class of 1989, John served as a teacher and Admissions Director at Xaverian from 1998 to 2000.  At left is a photo of John from the 1989 Clipper yearbook.

    We ask that you keep John, as well as his family, his extended Xaverian family, and his friends, in your prayers during this difficult time.

     
     
  • Anthony Zavardino '75

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Anthony Zavardino.  
    Anthony passed away on January 26, 2015 after battling a brief illness.  
    At left is a photo of Anthony from the 1975 Clipper yearbook.
  • Kevin Gallogly '79

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Kevin Gallogly '79.  Kevin passed away on February 4th, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

    Anyone fortunate enough to know Kevin knows how much he cherished his wife, Linda and their three children, Christopher, Kevin and Jillian.  Please keep them in your prayers.

     
  • Dr. Richard Brancaccio, DDS '74

    It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of your classmate, Dr. Richard Brancaccio, DDS '74.  Richard passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015.  

    Richard, a popular dentist who practiced in Bay Ridge, is survived by his wife, Ginny, and two loving children.  

    At left is a photo of Richard from the 1974 Clipper yearbook.
     
     
  • Jeremiah Clifford '63

    It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of your classmate, Jeremiah ("Jerry") Clifford '63.  Jerry passed away on on February 17th, 2015 after battling cancer for the past few years.  A photo of Jerry from the 1963 Clipper yearbook is posted at left. 

    Click here to read Jerry's obituary.

  • Hon. Robert Collini '75

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Hon. Robert J. Collini '75, who passed away on Sunday, March 8th.  Pictured at left is a photo of Robert from the 1975 Clipper yearbook. 

    Robert, a Bernard McQuillian Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient, served as a NY State Supreme Court Justice for Richmond County and is remembered as a judge who could always strike the perfect balance between justice and mercy.  Read more about Judge Collini's celebrated career here.  

    Bob had three Xaverian alumni brothers, Frank '74, Joseph '78, and John '81.  His parents, the late Dr. Frank and Cynthia Collini, were long-time leaders of the Xaverian Parents Circle and were inducted into Xaverian's St. Francis Xavier Society at the Spirit of Xaverian Gala in 2010.  Bob was recognized as a Bernard McQuillan Distinguished Alumnus at the same event. 

    Wake
    Wednesday, 3/11, 2-5pm and  7-9pm
    Scarpaci Funeral Home
    6389 Amboy Road
    Staten Island NY 10309
    http://www.scarpacisi.com/

    Funeral
    Thursday, 3/12, 9:30 AM
    St. Joseph St Thomas Church
    6097 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309
    http://www.sjstparish.org/
  • Rasheem King '09

    It is with the deepest sadness that we inform you of the passing of your classmate, Rasheem King, who succumbed to cancer on March 10, 2015.

    An All-City basketball player at Xaverian, Rasheem had been preparing for his senior year at Bowie State in Maryland when he was diagnosed in September. He was 24.
    Please keep Rasheem in your prayers.
  • Joseph Furci '85

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Joseph Furci '85.  Please keep the Furci family in your prayers during this difficult time.
    At left is a photo of Joe from the 1985 Clipper yearbook. 
  • James Fitzpatrick '84

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, James Fitzpatrick '84.  James leaves behind his beloved wife, Gina, daughter, Kristen (who is a graduate of Xaverian's Genesis Program), and son, James.  James' brothers, John '85, Brian '92, Kevin '03, also graduated from Xaverian.  At left is a photo of James from the 1984 Clipper yearbook.

    Please keep the Fitzpatrick family in your prayers at this very difficult time. 
     
  • Ed Gilligan '77

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Ed Gilligan.  Ed passed away suddenly on May 29th, 2015. 

    Ed, President of the American Express Company, was a member of the Xaverian Board of Trustees and a faithful supporter of the school.  

    Ed leaves behind his beloved wife, Lisa, as well as their four children, Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane.  
    President Bob Alesi '78 released the following announcement upon hearing of Ed's passing:

    "On behalf of the entire Xaverian community, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Gilligan family.  We are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of such an incredible alumnus, board member, and friend.  
     
    When Ed joined the Board of Trustees in September of 2014, he stated, “As the challenges in the world increase, so do the opportunities for making a difference.  I want to do what I can to make sure young people have the opportunities I had to succeed.  Xaverian was a big part of preparing me for the future, and this is a small way that I can pay it forward.”  
     
    Through his work on the Board of Trustees, as well as his philanthropic commitment to Xaverian, Ed has certainly accomplished his goal of “paying it forward” by touching the lives of thousands of students.  We can think of no greater example of a man who lived his life according to the mission of the Xaverian Brothers, which is to “fall in love with the service of God.” 
     
    Ed’s wife, Lisa, and their four children, Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane, will be in our prayers."
  • Fr. Michael Mancusi '68

    We regretully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Fr. Michael Mancusi '68, on June 12th, 2015.  .  
     
    See Fr. Michael Mancusi's full obituary here.
  • Stephen Gardell '65

    It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of your classmate, Steve Gardell, who died on Tuesday, June 16th.  

    Steve was a retired and highly decorated NYPD detective whose work for the Detectives Endowment Association benefited many grateful colleagues.  He is survived by his wife, Josephine, their children, Stephen Jr., Heather and Blake and grandchildren Cassandra, Griffin, Marasia and Derek.  Please keep them in your prayers.
  • Stephen Carducci '75

    It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of your classmate, Stephen Carducci, who died on June 10th, 2015.
    Read Stephen's obituary here.
  • James Geraghty '65

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of your classmate, James Geraghty.  James passed away on June 26th, 2015.  
    A full obituary can be found here.
  • Roger Riches '71

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of your classmate, Roger Riches.  Roger passed away on 10/16/15 at his home in Midway, Utah.  Roger was a retired NYC Firefighter and proudly served Ladder 111 for 25 years. He was a Ground Zero first responder and served as a FDNY Family Liaison post 9/11.  
     
    Read Roger's full obituary here.
  • George Dunne '84

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Goerge Dunne '84.  George passed away on October 26th, 2015.  
  • Edward P. Arpin '67

    We regretfully inform you of the passing of your classmate, Edward P. Arpin.  Edward passed away unexpectedly on December 24th, 2015.  
     
    Read the full obituary here.  
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