John Devoy Memorial

Brothers,

I am writing this letter to ask for your help with raising awareness, and with Fundraising, for the erection of a full size bronze statue of FORGOTTEN IRISH HERO JOHN DEVOY, in a place of prominence, in the Town of Naas County Kildare Ireland. Which is where John Devoy is from.

I am a part of the John Devoy Memorial Committee, a sub Committee of the Kildare association in New York. That is why this project is so near and dear to my heart.

John Devoy was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, he was caught and imprisoned in England for his role for the fight for Irish freedom, from the oppression and the atrocities, committed against the people of Ireland by the British empire. On his release from prison he came to America, and became a founding member of Clan Na Gael, where he continued to raise awareness of the plight of the Irish people.

He was one of the main architects and people responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising.

After his death, his remains were brought back to Ireland for Burial in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, Ireland, where he received a State funeral. Not only was he an Irish hero, he was an Irish-American hero, and deserves proper recognition for his sacrifice and service in the pursuit of the freedom of the Irish people.

I would like to ask you please, brothers, for each division to make a donation to this significant and worthy cause. Seeing as next year marks the 100 anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, hopefully making a donation to this project could be part of your 1916 Easter Rising centennial commemorations. We plan on erecting the statue in October of this year.

Donations can be made out to: The County Kildare Association JDM fund, 78 Walnut Avenue, Floral Park, NY  11001.

On behalf of the John Devoy memorial committee, I would like to thank you in advance for your generosity and support. To those of you already aware of this project and are working with us, thank you for your continued generosity and support.

In our Motto,
Clive Cronin
President AOH Division 18 – Peekskill
Immigration Chairman AOH Westchester County

Obituary

Dr. Andrew Manning

Our brother and friend, Dr. Andrew Manning, 42, Vice-President of the Joseph Plunkett–Joe McDonnell Division, Long Beach, California, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day 2014 at his home in Long Beach, California. Andrew was born and raised in Orange, CA and had lived in Long Beach for many years. For Andrew, though, as for so many Irishmen, the word “home” carries a singularly unique set of emotions.

Intellectually, he found a home as a lecturer in International Politics at the University of Southern California. In the process of writing a book on the Great Hunger, he was dedicated to making sure students of Irish history would no longer learn about “The Potato Famine” but “The Great Hunger.” I will always remember and honor his invocation on this. This past Easter Saturday, in the car on our way to commemorate the 1916 Easter uprising, I told my 22-year-old niece — a recent college graduate — “It wasn’t really a potato famine. There was actually enough food, but the British government restricted its distribution. It was more of a Great Hunger than a potato famine.” She had no idea.

Socially, his easy smile and quiet voice found a home in the company of the members of the Joseph Plunkett–Joe McDonnell Division, formed in Long Beach in 2009. One of our Division’s original members and one of its most committed, he helped initiate, and was the heart and soul of, a successful 2011-2014 campaign, which secured official proclamations in support of Irish Freedom from the Long Beach City Council and the Los Angeles police Emerald Society. He wore humility and unselfishness effortlessly, as if they were the natural fabric of his soul. Those of us who attended the 2014 commemoration of the 1916 Easter Uprising will never forget when he gathered us around after the event and emptied his piggy bank of coins on a table for a charitable cause he was sending the money to, and asked us to do the same. The coins went everywhere. As Beckett might say, he was poor; he was a man of great wealth.

And when he kneeled at a pew in a Catholic Church and closed his eyes, which he did every day, he was spiritually most at home.

Many of the men AOH honors were taken young, yet left an indelible impression. When our revered Orange County President Jerry O’Keefe asked us to reflect in silence on the passing of Professor Manning this past Easter Saturday, tears filled the corners of the eyes of more than one man in the room.

Michael “Mike” Berry

Michael “Mike” Berry, 83, died Nov. 13 at home with his loving family at his side. Born and raised in Longford, Ireland, Mike emigrated from Ireland to America and finally settled in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Mike was a longtime member of the AOH Saint Patrick Division 1, Somerset County, NJ; the Knights of Columbus 1432, the Tara Association, The Comhaltas Martin Mulvihill Branch, and the Irish American Association of North West Jersey.

Mike was the driving force behind the Monthly Sesiuns that the Division held before he became ill. Mike enjoyed Irish Music, and a testament of that love was shown at his viewing when over 20 musicians, led by his daughter, Maureen, on accordion played in honor of Mike. Above all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was the Grand Marshal of the Somerville, NJ Saint Patrick’s Parade in 2003. An avid musician, Mike was especially fond of playing the accordion, bodhran, harmonica, spoons, harp, and the tin whistle. Mike’s talents earned him a reputation of being one of the greatest Irish musicians of his time. Mike won the All Irelands for whistling in 1992.

Prior to his retirement, Mike worked for AT&T and Bell Labs for 37 years.

His work for our Division, his friendship, and his presence will be missed.

Brian R. O’Reilly

Brian was a long time member and President of the AOH in Rochester, NY. He died in Fairport on Nov. 24. He is Survived by loving wife of 30 years, Ellen;

children, Patrick, Meaghan, Caitlyn; brothers, James (Mary) of

Rochester, Thomas (Christine) of Watervliet, NY and Kevin (Elissa) of

Selkirk, NY; brothers and sisters-in-law, Patricia (Joseph) Lovallo,

Raymond (Katie) Gaffney, Timothy (Ellen) Gaffney, Patricia O’Reilly and

Susan O’Reilly; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Predeceased by parents, Walter and Loretta O’Reilly and brothers,

Michael and Timothy O’Reilly.

Joseph E. Montgomery

Surrounded by his family, Joseph E. Montgomery died on Dec. 3 at age 95. Of Merchantville. New Jersey, formerly of Pennsauken and Philadelphia.

He was a brother of the AOH for 75 years, and the President Emeritus of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians Joseph E. Montgomery Division 65, serving as president for 40 years. He was also a member of the St. Patrick’s Observance Committee for 60 years.

He joined the AOH in 1939 and held just about every office in his division, county and state and served numerous positions on the National Board over these past 75 years as a member.

“He was proud of his family and the AOH and was involved in so many Irish organizations and helped so many people in his 95 years on this earth,” said Seamus Boyle, Past National President. “He will be sadly missed by me and so many other people whom he touched. Joe was a man who once you met you never forgot. God Bless you, Joe, and at last you will be re-united with your wife Mary in Heaven.”

Past National President Ned McGinley said of Joe” “A man who was a true hero of our Order in all ways. We surely missed him in St. Louis, the first time I can remember that he missed the National Convention since San Antonio, the first National I attended, in the early 1980s and I am sure long before that.”

He was the loving husband of 55 years to the late Mary E. (nee Collis); Loving father of Kathleen DePetris (late Robert), Patrick Montgomery (Fran) and Joanne Montgomery (Mary Mills). He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick Montgomery (Marijo), Elisabeth Lamon (Sean), Meghan Montgomery, Erin Sullivan (Ron) and Brian Montgomery.

Dear brother of James McManus (Patricia), late Steve Montgomery (late Mary), late John Montgomery (late Millie) and the late Betty Wilkins (late John). Loving great-grandfather of 9.  Special uncle to Debbie Kleinow (Fred) and Pop-Pop to Rita, Bob (Jen) and Kate. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joseph attended Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Joseph was a 36-year member of Teamsters Local #500 and was employed by Frankford Quaker Grocery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Mary Queen of All Saints Parish at address listed above or Catholic Partnership Schools: 808 Market St., Camden, NJ 08102 or Sisters of St. Joseph Villa 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031. In the memo, please write: Joseph E. Montgomery.

Patrick J. Kearney

A great Hibernian Brother died unexpectedly on Oct. 12. Patrick Kearney, 59, was a longtime member and Past President of AOH Division 1, founded in Butte, Montana, in 1879.

He was a longtime Butte historian, author, broadcaster coach, mentor and volunteer. Pat was born on May 25, 1955, the son or Martin and Loretta (Pene) Kearney. He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and graduated from Butte Central Catholic High School in 1973. Pat attended Montana State University and earned his degree in Film and Television. He was the longtime play-by-play broadcaster of all of the Butte Central Catholic High School football and basketball games. He was more than a sports announcer, he was a sports historian. When asked, and without a moment of hesitation, he could reel off sports stats and accomplishments of players beyond the distant memory of most sports aficionados. Pat was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Because of his deep knowledge of Butte and Irish history, it is not surprising that Pat was the Division’s historian. Never failing to have a prepared Irish history lesson at the monthly Division meetings, he imparted his lesson with passion and vigor to an audience of eager listeners.

Pat devoted many hours working on community projects and events, one of which was the Blarney Stone run that he started in 1983 as part of the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Pat was involved in all projects of the Division. Impelled by his cultivated Hibernian background, he ensured that the projects were carried out in a manner that reflected well upon his Hibernian Brothers and its organization.

A project of special interest to Pat was the Division’s active role in the maintenance and perpetual care of Butte’s St. Patrick’s Cemetery, established in 1885.

Pat was the spark plug that ignited the Order in Butte and kept it going.

Pat will be missed by his family, his Hibernian Brothers and his community in Butte.

James Hewitt

James P. Hewitt passed away Thursday, November 20, at Crouse Irving Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jim was a lifetime resident of Syracuse, New York, and a graduate of St. Lucy’s in 1950. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps and retired from Chrysler after 44 years of service. Jim was an enthusiastic Notre Dame, NY Yankees and Washington Redskins fan. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Jones Hewitt; parents, Michael and Winnie Hewitt; and infant daughter, Susan. He is survived by daughters, Sharon (James) Crosier of Syracuse, Maureen (John) Danaher of Chicago, Colleen (Brian) Colangelo of Manlius, Erin (Timothy) Maring of East Syracuse and Christine (Matthew) Luzi of Chicago; one son, John (Donna) of Syracuse; grandchildren, Alexis and Brittany Colangelo; Nathaniel, Kaylyn, Ragin, and James Hewitt; Grace, Bridget, Claire and Sarah Maring; sisters, Mary Ziemann of Syracuse, Ann (Edward) Keegan of Syracuse, and Josephine (Kiernan) Fitzpatrick of Syracuse; dear friend, Mary Lou Trait; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and his Ireland cousins.

FRANCIS B. RYAN

Long-time Hibernian Francis B. Ryan, age 96, of Brunswick, Ohio, passed away on Aug. 17, 2014.

Formerly of the Seacoast Division #2 in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, he joined the Irish Brigade Division #1 in Medina County, Ohio, when it formed in January of 2009.

“Up until earlier this year, Frank attended almost every monthly meeting and made certain we had the room set up properly, per the blue book,” stated Financial Secretary Joe Casey. He was born on September 29, 1917, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was married to his loving wife, Joan, for nearly 40 years, until her passing in 2012.

Frank was a United States Army veteran of World War II, fighting under General George Patton in North Africa and eventually being wounded in Sicily. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Brunswick American Legion Post 234, and Brunswick VFW Post 9520.

Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #14769. He was a Knight of the 4th Degree of Father Joseph J. McGraw Assembly # 2397, a Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and St. Colette Catholic Church. He was a Past President for Holy Name in Syracuse, New York. He also belonged to the West Side Irish American Club in Cleveland. Frank graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, Antignish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Daniel Ryan, past national director

Daniel Ryan,78, was born in Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland. He passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife at his home in Ponce Inlet, Florida, on Oct. 20, 2014. Daniel became an American citizen and proudly served as a radioman in the United States Navy.

He was President of the Hibernians in Danbury, CT; President of the Irish American Club of Greater Daytona and a member of the Knights of Columbus at the Catholic Church ofEpiphany in Port Orange; FL. Dan served as Vice President of the Connecticut AOH State Board from 1975 until 1977 and as State President from 1977 until 1980, when he was elected National Director in San Antonio, Texas.

He served as National Director until 1984. He leaves behind his wife, Gloria, his sister, Terri, in Australia. Children: Patricia, Colleen, Tara, Robert, Patrick and Christina. Grandchildren; Sean, Danielle, Christopher, Ryan and Reagan Fatta, Joseph, Juliane, Caitlin and Michaela Remmert and many nieces and nephews in Ireland. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Irish American Club, Sun-Trust Bank, Port Orange, FL 32127. A memorial service was held Oct. 25 from the Catholic Church of the Epiphany, Port Orange, FL. Friends and Family may leave thoughts and condolences at www.HeritageDaytona.com.

Clare Cunningham

Clare B. Cunningham, 92, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on November 14, 2014. He was born on July 25, 1922, to Patrick and Sarah (Welch) Cunningham in Hubbardston, Michigan. Clare attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Hubbardston and graduated in 1940. He received a Business Degree in Lansing.

Clare served in World War II as a member of the 36th Division of the Army in the African Campaign and the Italian Invasion. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, one Bronze Star, two Presidential Unit Citations and an Infantry Combat Badge. Clare shared some of his experiences in the war with author Matthew Parker and is quoted in his book, Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of WWII.

Clare lived and worked in Grand Rapids since 1948 but kept close ties to his family and friends in his hometown of Hubbardston. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Hubbardston and the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids. He was very proud of his Irish Heritage and has been a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1964 as well as a member of the Irish Heritage Society. He was a member of and served as past post commander for the Hubbardston American Legion. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus as well as several other charitable organizations.

Clare was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Elmer Cunningham, sister-in-law Jean (Ward) Cunningham, Albert Cunningham and sister-in-law Billie (Herald) Cunningham. He is survived by 13 nieces and nephews: Rick (Barb) Cunningham, Mike Cunningham, Tim Cunningham, Julie Cunningham, Denny Cunningham, Bill (Barb Blanchard) Cunningham, Lori (Randy Riley) Cunningham, Sharon (Kevin) Van Ett, Nancy (Dave) Smith, Carol (Randy) Hoppes, Ken (Linda) Cunningham, David (Denise) Cunningham and Gary Cunningham and their families.