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November 10, 1933 - June 18, 2019
United State Air Force
He attended Food and Maritime Trades Vocational High School in New York City.
In 1974 John entered The United States Navy and served as a Chef on the
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. While serving in The Navy he received a National Defense Service Medal. John was honorably discharged in 1978. After leaving The Navy, John returned to Staten Island, New York where he worked various
jobs. He later was employed with the United Food and Commercial Workers union where he worked for 31 years until he retired in 2016.
He was a reserved man and content being home watching marathons of old
classic shows like the Honeymooners. John enjoyed listening to jazz, assembling model ships, doll houses, and working on jigsaw puzzles. He was a collector of all kinds of black art and swords.
|Name||Years as a Member||Military Service||Era|
|John Terry Collie||19||USN||Vietnam|
|Edward A. Kelly||36||Vietnam|
Edward A. Kelly
May 31, 1038 - January 10, 2020
John Terry Collie
December 30, 1952 - May 22, 2019
United State Navy
February 20, 1932 – February 22, 2020
Korean War veteran, beloved husband, lifelong Staten Islander
Vincent Martire, a lifelong Staten Islander, born on Aug. 20, 1932, in New Brighton, S.I., to the late Pasquale and Angelina Martire, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2020, in Clove Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center, of heart failure.
Vincent graduated from P.S. 17 and St. Peter's High School, and attended City College of New York. Devoted to his country, Vincent joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving from April 1951 to April 1955. After his service, Vincent went to work for TWA - a major airline at the time - where he would remain for 40 years, essentially becoming manager of several TWA offices, including the iconic one at Rockefeller Center.
On Feb. 26, 1993, Vincent happened to be working at the TWA booth in the lobby of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, when a bomb exploded in the garage below. With the great marble walls collapsing around him and in sudden total darkness, Vincent was able to escape with only a thick cover of soot, from head to shoes.
In 1957, Vincent married Nerina Godas, with whom he shared 62 happy years. A quiet, unassuming man, Vincent loved to accompany his wife, Nerina, in her walks in the woods of the Green Belt and on the boardwalk along the beach.
In addition to his beloved wife, Nerina, Vincent is survived by his cherished sister, Lee Philipps of Cazenovia, N.Y., and many loving nieces and nephews. Vincent's brother, Albert Martire predeceased him in 1981.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to the nurses and all the staff at Clove Lakes for their expert and compassionate care afforded to Vincent.