A Very Special Funeral

Uncle Joe Funeral

I recently attended the funeral of my wife Kathy’s uncle, Monsignor Joseph A. Dunne.  Let me tell you a little about this man

Born in Queens in 1916, he was ordained In 1942 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.  In Korea he parachuted behind enemy lines and was injured by a land mine while tending to the wounded on the battlefield, and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.  He was discharged in 1953 as a Major.

In 1958 he was appointed Chaplain of the New York Police Department, a position that he held until 1981.  While with NYPD he founded the NYPD Alcoholism Rehabilitation Program, the National Council on Compulsive Gambling, and Debtors Anonymous.  After leaving NYPD he continued his work with John Jay College and the Seafield 911 Rehabilitation Center in Dania, Florida.

This man had a positive impact on thousands of lives; it was very moving to meet people at his wake who told me that Monsignor Dunne had saved their lives; some could not hold back the tears as they said it.  His impact was also shown by the facts that the New York Police Commissioner Kelly attended the wake and that New York’s Cardinal Dolan conducted the funeral Mass.  The funeral at St. Barnabas Church in the Bronx was followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County, complete with military honors (photo above).

Well done, Uncle Joe.  Rest in Peace.

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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