DWYER - Vincent John, 93, of Malba, NY and Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away peacefully on February 6, 2014. Beloved husband of Edna Marietta Strain, cherished father of the late Lynne Renee Kalagher, and loving father-in-law of Steven Kalagher. Adored grandfather of Janine Kalagher McGuire, Paul Kalagher and James Kalagher, grandfather-in-law of Dennis McGuire and Dina Asteraides, and great-grandfather of Jack, Kelsey, Ryan, Will, Owen, Colin, Aidan and Dylan. Vincent is survived by his beloved sisters Adelaide Mack, Rita Dwyer, Florence Anderson, and his many nieces and nephews. "Vinnie" grew up in Westbury, NY, graduated from Westbury High School, attended Salvage School of Physical Education, and earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Columbia University. As a member of the "Greatest Generation," Vinnie earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service with the Army's 242nd Infantry/Rainbow Division during World WarII. Upon returning home, he spent twenty years as a member of the New York City Police Department, earning the rank of sergeant. During that time, he also worked in the New York City School System as a substitute teacher. Upon retiring from the NYPD, he taught full time, became dean of students, and served as School Board President for District 26 and District 25. Vinnie was named "Educator of the Year" by the Catholic Teacher's Association in 1982, and "Man of the Year" by the American Red Cross in 1986. Vinnie worked tirelessly for the many organizations he championed, including the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Teachers Association, First Friday Club of Flushing, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans, and the John Browne Regular Democratic Club of Flushing and Whitestone. He was devoted to his family and friends and will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. Reposing at Fairchild Funeral Home, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset on Thusday, February 13th, visiting 6-8pm. Mass of a Christian Burial on Friday, February 14th at St. Mary's Church, Manhasset at 10:00am.
Published in Newsday on Feb. 12, 2014