They were teachers and parents, mentors and coaches, leaders and visionaries.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧They had just gotten their dream job; they had retired decades ago.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧They played bingo, sang karaoke, created and worked, dreamed and loved.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧And they changed lives, in all those big ways and all those small ways that connect us to the people in our hearts, our homes and our communities.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧In the weeks since New York state became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., thousands of people have died, from the streets and suburbs of Manhattan to the farthest-flung corners of the state. Each of them, a singular light extinguished; each of them, a unique legacy left behind.
Here are some of their stories.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Prenatal center worker from Havertraw was a devoted mother. She was 31.
She saved everything.
Birthday cards. Pictures. Precious trappings from the many milestones that fill a life with joy.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Janissa Delacruz, who worked at Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s Pre-Natal Center, died of COVID-19 on April 6. Now, her family will show the mementos she lovingly stowed away to her 6-year-old son.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧She had been working toward a bright future for herself and her beloved boy, taking prerequisite classes at SUNY Rockland Community College for nursing school.
After she died, her son asked Janissa's brother, "Who will be my Mommy now?"
Robert Samuels and Karen Brown
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Longtime Piermont couple died just three days apart. He was 83; she was 87.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Even in a place where locals celebrate community and revel in history, they shined as leaders.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Robert Samuels shepherded the Piermont Civic Association for decades and kept villagers abreast of happenings as editor of a community newsletter; his longtime partner, Karen Brown, served on the Piermont Zoning Board of Appeals, had been treasurer of the Piermont Civic Association and was active in the village's community garden.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A veteran and a longtime journalist, Samuels had survived Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left him a quadriplegic, decades before.
Loving father and firefighter in White Plains for 35 years. He was 62.
The firefighters turned out by the score to escort the flag-draped coffin of Edward Ciocca, who died May 1, just three days after his 62nd birthday. They formed a sea of somber double-breasted dress uniforms and white and navy caps and pale blue surgical masks.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧He was deputy fire chief for the White Plains Fire Department, just like his father before him. His peers remembered him as calm and collected, even while saving people from burning buildings or leading operations from the outside.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧His family recalls his kindness and a presence that lit up the room. He was a father, a son, and a sports fan, relishing time spent at Oakland Raiders and Chicago Blackhawks games with his family.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Longtime Vestal resident with an independent spirit. She was 93.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Here's Ruth Harrington at 93: playing bingo, gunning the engine and squealing her tires, flitting through the last year of a long life like a hummingbird.
She lived on her own and liked it that way, in a farmhouse her husband's family has had for nearly 200 years. Richard died in 2006, after more than half a century of marriage.
She loved to celebrate, she never forgot a birthday and she spread good cheer across the country, one greeting card at a time, to nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, dear friends.
The initials of her name, a fitting tribute to her personality: R-A-H. Her daughter recalls Mom's habit of raising her small fists and letting out a mighty cheer.
"Rah, rah, rah!"
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A Monroe County resident who loved karaoke and was proud of his work at the hospital. He was 54.
Sing for Alvin Simmons.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧He loved karaoke, loved R&B especially, loved belting out Luther Vandross in particular. Karaoke machines were an ever-present staple at his large family's gatherings.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧He was a singer, a jokester, a thoughtful man who was proud of the work he'd begun just weeks before, at Rochester General Hospital as a maintenance man. On March 17, he died in the same hospital.
Days earlier, home and getting sicker, he asked his girlfriend, Lisa Williams, to sing karaoke for him. He didn't have the energy to join in, but she sang him a Vandross song anyway.
His family hopes to hold a memorial in August to celebrate his birthday. There, too, they'll sing.
Godfather of Valhalla's track and field program. He was 91.
Coach D changed lives on the track, of course.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Four decades as the varsity head coach for Valhalla High School's track and field program does that for a person. But like the best coaches — the ones whose passing receives the kind of public outpouring of grief and memories that Nick Modugno's did — he changed lives in the classrooms and the hallways, too.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A hardworker, a churchgoer, a gentleman who never cursed, Modugno guided runners and jumpers off all talents and abilities with the same expectations:
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Show up for practice. Treat people fairly. Do your best.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A Rhinebeck resident who pioneered the Photorealist movement. He was 82.
Eleven-year-old Tom Blackwell took a trip to the Vincent van Gogh exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧He brought home inspiration that would one day found an entirely new art movement.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Blackwell, who died April 8, was heralded as one of the pioneers of Photorealist painting, a style in which the artist studies a picture and tries to replicate the image as realistically as possible. He brought blazing life to paintings of motorcycles, car engines and mannequins in city storefronts.
His work, collected by museums from the Smithsonian to MoMA to the Met, hangs in tribute to a life of artistic endeavors.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A Johnson City business owner whose greatest pride was family. He was 83.
Day by day, Bill and his wife spun the strands of daily routine into gold.
Every morning, they drove to Starbucks for two coffees, parked nearby and took time to sip, to chat and to pass a few moments in each others' good company.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Bill's life abounded with the rewards of simplicity and tradition: He owned his own business preparing taxes for 50 years, returning to his Johnson City home at 5 each night in time for dinner. He smiled freely, loved generously, adored his three children and his grandchildren.
He died March 19, Broome County's first death from the coronavirus. The stacks of sympathy cards that have arrived since reveal his legacy: an easygoing man of gentle kindness, who loved his family above all.
Spent 30 years in public service in education, serving the city and youth of Yonkers. He was 94.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧As a kid, they called him "The Professor."
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧And that little learner would grow up to become a expert who could fix just about anything — and an educator who devoted decades to supporting children and youth on their own learning journeys.
A sergeant during World War II, a husband of 65 years to wife Josephine and a father of four, Rocco Cardillo parlayed experience in construction and a knack for carpentry and fine woodworking into a job at Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers. From there, he went back to school and launched a 30-year career in public service in education, serving in a variety of administration roles and civic service that culminated in his retirement in 1988 as deputy superintendent of Yonkers Schools.
But he kept right on learning: taking on all home improvement projects for his children, becoming an avid painter, fine-tuning his photography skills, even mastering the game of golf and serving as the family's computer tech whiz. Something not working right? Family had the answer at hand: "Call Grandpa. He'll fix it."
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Yonkers native whose son became Dutchess county executive. He was 67.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧It was 1986, and future Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro sat with his dad in their Mount Vernon apartment and watched a miracle unfold on live TV.
Together, he and dad Anthony Molinaro watched the New York Mets’ furious World Series comeback win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 6.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧“My love of the New York Mets was solidified with my dad,” Marc Molinaro said.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A native of Yonkers, Anthony Molinaro worked for the New York Telephone Company, which later became NYNEX, then Verizon. He was a shop steward for Communications Workers of America, and coached baseball and youth basketball. He was a good man, his son said, who lived a good life.
Longtime Newburgh school board member and vice president. She was 72.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Sue Prokosch devoted a lifetime to helping the children in Newburgh’s schools.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧She began her education career in Newburgh, beginning at North Junior High as a social studies teacher in 1970, and retired in 2003. She was a longtime Newburgh school board member and vice president of the board.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧She was, her niece said, an extraordinary woman with a large heart: “She had strong ethics, beliefs and views and was very candid … We valued her opinion and worked hard to make her proud.”
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧New Windsor father of five mentored kids at the Boys & Girls Club. He was 44.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧For Rolando Aravena, coaching went well beyond the game.
A field technician for Verizon, Aravena was also a volunteer basketball coach, mentoring more than 100 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh. “The nicest guy you ever want to meet” took kids to activities and out for dinners on his own dime, made them T-shirts and gave them greater gifts still: of time, of mentorship, of affection.
That generosity extended to his own five children, and to his wife. Of her husband, who died March 29, she says simply: “I lost the best part of me.”
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Beloved Yonkers detective. He was 54.
Let his peers and colleagues reveal the measure of William Sullivan’s legacy.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧The tributes poured for the active police officer after his death April 11, from police departments and even the Yonkers mayor, who knew him from grade school.
He was the quintessential Yonkers cop, they said, a consummate professional and a go-to guy.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧“One thing I have learned throughout my years is, blood is not what makes you family,” the mayor wrote. “Instead, the memories you share together do. God knows Sully and I had our share of memories – but I would do anything for just one more.”
A longtime Ramapo teacher and Town Hall mainstay. He was 72.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A teacher. A public servant. And a cheerleader for the people and places of Ramapo.
Phil Tisi, who died April 7, was a retired educator and mainstay at Ramapo Town Hall during three administrations.
He was known for his passion for the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern — a historic one-screen movie house where the town for years had hosted a weekly film series — and support of the town's Challenger Center and the New York Boulders baseball team, which plays in the town-owned Palisades Credit Union Park.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧But he was also known as a man who motivated, someone who looked for the bright spots — and shared them.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Longtime Iona Prep baseball coach. He was 79.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Even after stepping away from coaching baseball eight years ago, Fred Gallo remained an inspirational fixture at Iona Prep.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Throughout his 30 years as the Gaels' head coach, the CHSAA Hall of Famer compiled a 537-263 record. He guided Iona Prep to a CHSAA title in 2003, and then retired after winning his second one in 2012.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Across the years, Gallo kept the best interest of his players front and center for decades.
After his April 12 death, those former players joined in the outpouring of tributes to a coach whose legacy lasted long after his final game.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Eastchester Town Board member who looked tough issues head on. He was 62.
Glenn Bellitto was always quick with a joke.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧But behind his jovial exterior was a Harvard-educated man who never shied away from a challenge and wasn’t afraid of the tough issues.
Bellitto, who died April 2, started his civic career on Bronxville's zoning board then become the village's deputy mayor before getting a seat on the Eastchester Town Board in 2011.
A grounded presence on the board, he provided a voice of reason and made sure folks knew the facts.
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