Ray and Pop. Local 40 Ironworkers…


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In memory of all my hard-working friends who climbed the iron and built the city…

The Ironworker:

Ironworker II

In 1950, Eleanor Roosevelt was sitting in a dentist chair in New York City and looking out an eighteenth-floor window:

“How much we usually take for granted about work of our fellow human beings! Somehow I had always thought of these huge skyscrapers as they are when finished, and had never before seen the skilled work and calm courage that goes into putting up the framework. Just walking across one beam to another is an amazing acrobatic feat of balance with sure death below if you lose you head for a minute. Here were men doing work that goes on day in and day out and is part of our daily lives, and I had never given a thought to the extraordinary skill and physical ability required to carry it through successfully. I shall be grateful to these men in the future, and have a better understanding of what this kind of work requires.”

(Source: Ironworkers 100th Anniversary, 1896-1996; A History of the Ironworkers Union.)

Stay safe…

Your friend,


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Link from the Staten Island newspaper below…

Tommy’s viewing is scheduled for Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home in Parlin, N.J.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Victories R.C. Church in Sayreville. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Pleasant Plains.

Thomas Ryan was a “loyal member” of Iron Workers Union Local #361 for 27 years and a shop steward who had worked on bridges and other structures for over three decades. His son, who bears the same name, also is an iron worker who has toiled on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with his father, although the son was not present during the accident, a relative said.

“The iron workers have been at the hospital with us crying,” the relative said.

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DNA info with the disturbing story below…

Rock in Prospect Park

The 60-year-old unidentified man was found by police Sunday afternoon after passersby reported a smell to authorities, police said. Officers discovered the man lying face up inside a small tent in a wooded area near the park’s Center Drive.

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I would like to extend my condolences to The Ryan Family.

Thomas Ryan, a Holy Name alum passed away yesterday from his injuries that he suffered from a recent fall while working construction on the Verazanno Narrows Bridge.

I didn’t know him well but remember him as him being referred to as “Roachie” growing up.

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When I first started to play basketball at Holy Name in 1972-73, I remember as a 9 year old Danny Piselli put Steve Finamore and myself on Ryan’s team in the Holy Name  Summer League Little League.

I remember guys like Thomas Ryan, Joe Hurley, and the late Mike Routhier always treating us younger guys nicely as we were just starting out playing hoops.

May Thomas Ryan rest in peace.

-Glenn Thomas

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Sad news today about the passing of 9th avenue’s own, Tommy Ryan. AKA, “Roachie.”

Stay safe Ironworkers…


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