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Rensselaer County
2017 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased Veteran  
January 9, 2017 None  
February 13, 2017 Philip J. Minissale  
March 13, 2017 John J. Flynn  
April 10, 2017 John J. McCann  
May 8, 2017 Edward F. Dougherty https://youtu.be/EgyOtsmE2w4
June 12, 2017 Keith R. Gallup https://youtu.be/zd4IXu5_eXE
July 10, 2017 Peter & Frank Magnetto https://youtu.be/BoMrbb9so6w
August 14, 2017 Patrick & Maurice Russell https://youtu.be/XHI9nNEtOE4
September 11, 2017 Gerald O'Brien  
October 10, 2017 **Tuesday**    
November 13, 2017    
December 11, 2017    

 

PHILIP J. MINISSALE
1927-2016

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Philip J. Minissale was born in Albany, New York on June 28, 1927.  He was the son of the late Tindaro and Carmela (Gregoli) Minissale.  He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Rita Minissale. 

EDUCATION:
Philip attended St. John’s Elementary School and Albany High School.  He also attended Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.

HISTORY:
Philip enlisted in the United States Navy on May 16, 1945.  He took his basic training at the Sampson Naval Training Center in Geneva, NY.  He was assigned to the U.S.S. Montauk (LSV-6) and he piloted the LST landing ships.  Philip was the recipient to the American Theatre Medal, Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal.  He was honorably discharged on August 11, 1946.  On August 12, 1946, Philip re-enlisted for four more years with the V-6 (inactive) USNR as Coxswain.

PERSONAL:
Philip is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Agnes
(Marino) Minissale; his children; Philip J. (Lorraine) Minissale, Jr., Cynthia M. (John, Sr.) Lizzi, Theodore P. (Donna) Minissale, Sr.; his grandchildren, John M. (Kelly) Lizzi, Jr., Anthony M. (Maria) Lizzi, Maria C. (Michael) Norelli, Philip J. (Allison) Minissale, III, Theodore P. (Hannah) Minissale, Jr., Michelle M. (engaged to Nicholas Grant) Minissale; his brothers, Frank (Ersilia) Minissale, and Anthony Minissale.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Philip was employed with New York Life Insurance Company from 1947-1952.  He worked for Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer where he retired after 35 years of service.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Philip was President of the Chemical Workers Union, Local 61; where he fought for safer working conditions and negotiated contracts with the company.  He was a member of the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post and the Colonie Elks.

Philip was a man of great faith, a devout Roman Catholic, who adored his wife Agnes, love his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family, working in their family restaurant; Minissale’s.  Philip also had a love for camping in the Adirondacks, gardening and writing many love letters to his wife Agnes.

 

JOHN JOSEPH FLYNN, JR.
1932-2016

 

FAMILY HISTORY:

John Joseph Flynn, Jr. was born on September 28, 1932 in Troy, New York.  John was the son of the late John J. Flynn, Sr. and Frances (Pascucci Flynn) Burke.  John was predeceased by his sister; Frances and his brother; Christopher.  He grew up in Troy, New York and later resided in Hollywood, California.

EDUCATION:

John attended La Salle Institute in Troy, New York.

HISTORY:

John served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1972.  He was a five year combat veteran; serving two combat tours in Korea and three combat tours in Vietnam.  He was a two time recipient of the Purple Heart, BSM w/Combat V, NCM w/Combat V, GCMDL w/4*, NCM 1*/Combat V, NATDEFSM w/1*, VSM w/1 Silver *, KSM w/3*, Korean PUC, VCM w/60 Device, UNSM CAR, NUC PH, and PUC.  He was known as a “Gunny.”  John was a member of the first Marine Division, while participating in operations against Insurgent Communist Forces in the Republic of Vietnam.  He also participated as a member of TG 79.5 (SLF B) in the contiguous waters of Vietnam. 

PERSONAL:
On April 12, 2003, John married his wife, Margaret Mary (Fennell) Flynn in St. Patrick’s Church, Troy, New York.  Along with his wife, John is survived by his sister; Margaret (Flynn) Hartman; several nieces; a nephew, Arthur; and many friends from both the East and West Coast, who are known to many as “Friends of Bill W.”  On March 13, 2016, John peacefully passed away at his home in North Hollywood, California.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, John became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and spent the next thirty-five years of his life working on stage, in films and television.  One of his first jobs was playing the role as Davey Crockett in a documentary for the Navy.  He worked under the direction of Blake Edwards, and doubled for Red Buttons and the late Jack Warden.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:

John had a love for acting and helping other veterans who suffered from PTSD.  He was a member of the Troy Purple Heart Club in Troy, New York.

Those who knew John never called him John; he was referred to as “Hollywood John” or just “Hollywood.”  Others called him “Sarge”, “The Gunny” or “Red.”  And if you asked any of these people what they thought about him, they would tell you that he was one loving, generous, sharp and courageous man.

 

 

JOHN JOSEPH MCCANN
1916-1990

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
John Joseph McCann was born in Troy, New York on October 20, 1916.  He was the son of the late Charles E. McCann and Anna Powers McCann.  John grew up in Troy and later resided in North Albany.  He returned to Troy where he resided for his final 26 years until his death.

 EDUCATION:
John attended St. Michael’s Grade School in Troy and Troy High School.

HISTORY:
John enlisted in the United States Navy on April 1, 1944 during World War II.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Training Center in Sampson, New York on April 22, 1944.  He was a plank member of the USS, Cross-D.E. 448 which was christened on January 8, 1945.  John was the recipient of the Victory Medal, Asiatic 1 Star and the American Campaign.  He was honorably discharged on January 29, 1946.

PERSONAL:
On April 26, 1941, John married his wife Mildred Mary Carey McCann at Sacred Heart Church in Albany, New York.  He is survived by his children; Robert, Joan Ragone, Jean Grady and Jack; his grandchildren; Kelly Ann, Kimberly Ann, Kristy Ann, Kathleen Ann, Kerry, Michael, Todd, Joe, Brian and Justin.  John is also survived by a brother and sister; Charles and Helen.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
John was employed with Ford Motor Co. in Green Island as a Senior Plant Protection Guard, where he retired after 36 years in 1972.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
John was a member of the North Albany Post 1610 American Legion.  He was also a communicant of St. Williams Church in Troy.

John also had a love for fishing, hunting, bowling and golf.

 

EDWARD F. DOUGHERTY, SR.
1922-1976

FAMILY HISTORY:
Edward F. Dougherty, Sr. was born in Troy, New York on October 25, 1922.  He was the son of the late John J. Dougherty, Sr. and Helen (McGraw) Dougherty.  Edward was the brother of John Jr., Daniel, Thomas, Helen and Jean.

 EDUCATION:
Edward attended St. Patrick’s School in Troy and a 1941 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, New York.

HISTORY:
Edward enlisted in the United States Navy on September 8, 1942 during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre.  He was a US Navy Machinist Mate, 3rd Class.  Edward served aboard Combat Ships; USS Dixie and USS McCord (DD-534).  He was honorably discharged on September 28, 1945.

PERSONAL:
On January 2, 1945, Edward married his wife Dorothy (Zampiere) Dougherty in San Pedro, California.  Together they had two sons; Edward F. Dougherty, Jr. and Kenneth J. Dougherty and one daughter; Deborah Dougherty West.  Edward is survived by his grandchildren; Kevin, Lisa, Kim, Kerry, Christy, Cheryl and Cristopher.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Edward was employed as an American Locomotive worker.  He was also employed with Borden’s Milk and he was the former owner of Brownie’s Tavern.  Edward was also employed with the City of Troy Water Works as a Supervisor Foreman.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Edward was a communicant of St. Augustine’s Church.  He was a member of the Sullivan Jones Post VFW in Poestenkill, New York and the CSEA of Troy.  Edward was also a member of the Rensselaer County Taverns Association and 112th St. Lansingburgh Softball.  He was the co-founder of the Stag and Rod Gun Club of Troy.

Edward also had a love for fishing and hunting.

 

KEITH RICHARD GALLUP
1931-2010

FAMILY HISTORY:
Keith Richard Gallup was born in Schenectady, New York on October 24, 1931.  He was a son of the late Harold and Hilda (Smith) Gallup.  Keith was predeceased by his brothers, Donald and Douglas.

 EDUCATION:
Keith attended Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.

HISTORY:
Keith enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 22, 1950.    During his service, Keith witnessed the atom bomb test at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada.  He also did Mediterranean Tours in Italy and France.  Keith was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation Medal.  Keith was honorably discharged on August 21, 1954.

PERSONAL:
On February 12, 1955, Keith married his beloved wife Evelyn (Dauley) Gallup in Sharon Springs, New York, who predeceased him.  Together they had four children, Richard Gallup, Barbara Craig, Janet Apple and Diane Klein.  Keith is survived by his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three sisters, June Lape, Avis Francis and Gertrude Culbert; and one brother, Mahlon Gallup.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Keith worked as a milk man at a local dairy in Delmar, New York from 1954-1956.  He went on to work with New York Central Railroad which later became Conrail.  He did Clerical Jobs in the Selkirk yard and at the Albany Freight House.  Keith traveled the New York Central System as a Car Reporting Inspector and the Eastern District Installing DICCS System.  In 1968, Keith moved to Agawam, Massachusetts as Supervisor and did car distribution for Boston and Albany Divisions.  He was also a Freight Agent in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In 1974, Keith moved back to Albany, New York as Field Terminal Supervisor.  In 1993, he retired from Conrail and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Keith was a life member of the VFW Post 14000 and the Marine Corps League PLM 9409 of Albany.  Keith enjoyed square dancing, golfing, swimming and while in high school he had a love for basketball and boxing.

 

PETER J. MAGNETTO
1916-1994

FAMILY HISTORY:
Peter J. Magnetto was born in Troy, New York on December 31, 1916.  He was the son of the late Anthony and Jennie (Pascarella) Magnetto.  Peter was brother to the late Frank A. Magnetto and Connie Magnetto.

EDUCATION:
Peter attended P.S. 14 and Troy High School; both in Troy, New York.

HISTORY:
Peter enlisted in the United States Navy on October 14, 1942 in Albany, New York.  He was a crew member of U.S.S. Nelson (DD 623).  While serving in the navy, Peter participated in the invasions of Sicily, North Africa and Normandy.  Peter became the recipient of the Purple Heart as a result of enemy action during the invasion of France.  He also became the recipient of the WWII Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Honorable Service Lapel Pin and the Navy Discharge Button.  On February 10, 1945, Peter was honorably discharged.

PERSONAL:
On October 1, 1949, Peter married his beloved wife Rose (Colarusso) Magnetto at St. Anthony’s Church in Troy, New York.  Together they had two children; a daughter, Mary Rose Garneau; a son, Anthony D. Magnetto.  Peter is also survived by three grandchildren, Peter F. Magnetto, Daniel A. Magnetto and Kate Magnetto Jones.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
In May of 1945, Peter began working as a Patrolman for the City of Troy Police Department.  He later became a Sergeant and then promoted to Detective.  In June of 1984, after 39 years of dedicated service, Peter retired.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Peter was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.  He was active in the Troy Police Benevolent Association where he served three terms as president.  He instituted the Gold Shield and Silver Shield awards of the association, becoming the recipient of the Founder’s Award for his efforts.  Peter also became the recipient of the President’s Award.  He was a member of the PBA board of directors for 18 years, and served as Chairman of the board for several terms.  He was also active with the Northeastern Police Conference and the Police Conference of New York Inc.  Peter was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Corporal Willie Chapter Disabled American Veterans and the Emerald Athletic Club.

Peter enjoyed watching the Yankees; he loved to golf and travel.  Peter also had a love for Troy Police PBA softball teams.  But most of all he loved family vacations.

 

FRANK A. MAGNETTO
1920-1976

FAMILY HISTORY:
Frank A. Magnetto was born in Troy, New York on November 30, 1920.  He was the son of the late Anthony and Jennie (Pascarella) Magnetto.  Peter was brother to the late Peter J. Magnetto and Connie Magnetto.

 

EDUCATION:
Frank attended P.S. 14 and Troy High School; both in Troy, New York.

HISTORY:
Frank enlisted in the United States Navy on August 10, 1942 in Albany, New York.  He was a seaman first class of U.S.S. Petrof Bay (CVE-80).  Frank participated in the Western Caroline Operations, Leyte Operation, Luzon Operation, Iwo Jima Operation, and Okinawa Gunto Operation.  While serving abroad the U.S.S. Petrof Bay, Frank became the recipient of the presidential unit citation ribbon with a star for his service during the war.  He was also the proud recipient of the Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal.  Frank was honorably discharged on March 3, 1946.

PERSONAL:
Frank is survived by his nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Frank was a Firefighter for the City of Troy Fire Department for 22 years.  He was also a trained Plumber and practiced trade for many years.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Frank was a member of the Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association, where he was elected to various offices in Troy.  He was also a member of the NYS Professional Uniformed Firefighters Association.  Frank was also a Troy Boys Club Youth Basketball Coach.

Frank loved the Saratoga Race Track and golfing.

 

PATRICK K. RUSSELL
1906-1985

FAMILY HISTORY:
Patrick K. Russell was born in Labasheeda County Clare, Ireland on April 19, 1906 to the late Patrick and Ellen (Flatley) Russell.  Patrick was one of seven children, having four sisters, Helen, Nancy, Mae and Margaret; and two brothers, David and John.

 

EDUCATION:
Patrick attended Elementary School in Ireland.

HISTORY:
Patrick enlisted in the United States Army on January 15, 1942 during World War II.  He was the proud recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.  Patrick was honorably discharged on October 5, 1945.

PERSONAL:
Patrick married his wife, Anne (Fitzgerald) Russell on June 10, 1946 in Troy.  Together they had four children, Mary Anne, Patrick Jr., John and the late Maurice.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Shannon, Patrick, Garth, Michael, James, Geoffery, Annie, Jennifer and Jay; and twelve great-grandchildren.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Patrick was employed with Vanderheyden School and Ten Eyck Hotel in Albany.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Patrick was Chief of Vanderheyden Hall and he was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Troy and Watervliet.

Patrick loved gardening and was a avid Yankee fan.

 

MAURICE J. RUSSELL
1949-1970

FAMILY HISTORY:
Maurice J. Russell was born in Troy, New York on May 26, 1949.  He was the son of the late Patrick K. Russell and Anne (Fitzgerald) Russell.

 EDUCATION:
Maurice attended Saint Patrick’s Elementary School and Lansingburgh High School, both located in Troy.

HISTORY:
Maurice enlisted in the United States Army on November 29, 1966 in Albany, New York.  Maurice was decorated for his service with the Headquarters Co., 11th Field Force, Vietnam Artillery.  He was also the proud recipient of the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 DVC, Vietnam Service Medal, two overseas bars, sharpshooter (Rifle M-14), and Meritorious unit citation.  Maurice was honorably discharged on December 8, 1969.

PERSONAL:
Maurice is survived by two brothers, Patrick Russell, Jr. and John Russell, and a sister, Mary Anne (Russell) Lancaster.  Sadly, Maurice lost his life due to a car accident at the age of 21.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Maurice was employed with Ford Motor Company in Green Island, New York.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Maurice was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.  In 1963, he was the Boy of the Year at the YMCA.  Maurice enjoyed playing baseball and loved motorcycles.