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Gone But Not Forgotten

William Lance Stillman

 (May 17, 1943 ~ February 9, 2018)

William L. Stillman, a long-time Peekskill resident, passed away February 9, 2018, at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NY.  He was 74 years old. 

Bill was born in White Plains and attended Peekskill High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965. Upon returning home to Peekskill , he joined the Peekskill Police Department in 1966, rising through the ranks to  Lieutenant before retiring in 1999 after 34 years of service. He then went on to become the Hearing Officer of the City of Peekskill until 2016.

Bill was involved in many community activities. He was a long time member of the Road Knights Auto Club (Peekskill, NY), and served as the Master of Ceremonies /DJ at their yearly car show and charity fundraiser; a trustee of the Peekskill Museum and  a long-time supporter of Greyhound Rescue and Rehabilitation. 

He is survived by his beloved family: wife, Joyce (Colao) Stillman, his son, Nicholas  M. Stillman and his wife Donna , his daughter, Alicia Morgan (Stillman) , his two grandchildren, Lauryn and Jenna, one brother, Michael Stillman, his brother-in-law, James Colao, his sister-in-law, Eileen Colao McCutchen, one niece, Lisa McKiney, and two nephews, Shane and Jared McCutchen. He is predeceased by his parents: Edison and Edith Stillman, and brother John Stillman.

The family will be receiving friends at a memorial celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, February 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that  donations be made to two of Bill’s favorite charities: Greyhound Rescue and Rehabilitation:: and the charity work of The Road Knights Auto Club of Peekskill

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Jimmy Gurran's, one of our founding members, wake will be held this Thursday from 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm at Nardone's in Peekskill, (414 Washington St, Peekskill, NY 10566). The Road Knights will be meeting together at 7pm, PLEASE, bring your collectable cars and wear your purple jackets. This will be in place of our meeting and movie night. The funeral will be held Friday, please again meet at Nardone's with your cars at 9am, followed by Saint Columbanus (122 Oregon Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10567) and then the cemetery. 

The family has asked that we bring our cars in honor of Jimmy.

William H. "Buster" Brown III

Croton on Hudson - William H. Brown III "Buster" of Croton on Hudson, formerly of Ossining, NY died suddenly on February 16, 2018. He was 70. Mr. Brown worked as an area manager for AT & T Service Inc. He had an extensive career in the telephone and computer network industry. Buster was born March 27, 1947 in Ossining to William H. Brown Jr and Erma Wilkins Davis. He graduated from Ossining High School in 1965 and attended Dominican College and Westchester Community College. Bill served in the Army from 1966 to 1968. He was a member of the VFW in Yorktown. On June 21, 1969 he married Cynthia DeRocco in Ossining. Mr. Brown lived in Croton on Hudson for the past 43 years coming from Ossining. Bill was a 50+ year active member of the Ossining Fire Department, Steamer Co. #1. He served as Captain, President, Commissioner as well as many other leadership roles. William was a recipient of the New York State firefighter of the year award in 2001. Buster also volunteered for the Croton Fire Department. He was also a member of the Road Knights, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and the Mahopac Golf Club. Bill will be remembered for his love and devotion for his family and time spent with his grandchildren. He will also be remembered for his witty sense of humor, strong friendships, love of classic cars and motorcycles and his days spent on the golf course. He will be remembered by many for his leadership and devotion to the Ossining Steamer Company #1 of the Ossining Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, daughters Jennifer Laemmel (Bruce), Susan O'Connell (James), grandchildren Cooper, Bryce, Avery, Sophie and Gavin, sister Patti Anfiteatro (Peter) and brother Michael Brown (Kelly). Family members who died earlier include his mother and father. Calling hours will be held at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, 21 Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532 on Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9pm. The funeral is Thursday 10:30am at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 1 Old Post Road South, Croton on Hudson. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Memorial contribution can be sent to the Ossining Steamer Co.#1 or the American Diabetes Association.


Published in the The Journal News on Feb. 20, 2018


Obituary of Robert James Merando, Sr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert James Merando, Sr. announces his passing. Robert passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020 he was 66 years of age.

Robert worked as a letter carrier for the Village of Buchanan before he retired. After his retirement he would go on to work part time for Cooke's Little Shop of Flowers doing folral deliveries. He was a proud member of the Peekskill Fire Patrol, Cortlandt Hook and Ladder Fire Co, Verplanck Fire Department and Buchanan Fire Department.  He was an active member of the Peekskill Road Knights, Knights of Columbus and the Cortlandt Seniors.

He is survived by his adoring wife Mary Jean, children; Robert, Jr. (Monica), Mary (Jason) Dini Sr., Michelle (Josh) Watkins, Nicholas, and Jonathan, five siblings; John E Jr, (Shirley) their children Jay and Gayle, Maria Heller (John) and son Matthew, Thomas (Patricia), Catherine Merando and Alan (Diane), ten grandchildren; Kylie, Ayslynn, Anthony Merando and Shyla Lafuente. Brooke, Timothy and Jason "Jace" Dini, Jr. Jasmine Ludlow, Rowan and Maebh Watkins, and many nieces and nephews.

He is pre deceased by his parents John, Sr., and Mary Merando.

He was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be dearly missed by all.

Visitation will be held at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and  Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:15am

Interment to Follow at Assumption Cemetery.

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