December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012
, on September 8,
Beloved Husband of Migdalia. Loving father of Jamie,
Jason, Jodi, Justin, and Jared, and grandfather of Shayna.
Retired 30 year NYPD Lieutenant (
Proud US Navy
A large crowd,
long time Kismet friends and neighbors, gathered around the flagpole noon
Saturday June 14th, which was
ironically Flag Day, to share in the dedication of a bench to the memory of
Joel and hosted by his wife, Miggie.
The bench was
donated by The Out’s Paul Barbera
Two friends and former fellow cops,
Dawn Leone said a few words: “To a man who loved his wife, his children, his
community and his country” and, she
added “we loved him right back”. and her husband,
Gary, admitting it was hard to find a prayer particularly suitable for Joel, “he
was such a unique person”, settled on
“The Lord’s Prayer” along with the crowd, and another “What Makes A Dad”.
(it was Father’s Day weekend).
Janet of the Chiros
played one of Joel’s favorite songs “Proud To be An American” while we were
toasting him with his favorite vodka, Iceberg, (a bottle of which was placed on
the bench along with flowers) when the noon siren went off, as if planned.
It was a fitting, upbeat tribute to a man
whose vitality still remains among us.