Town Of Huntington Obituaries (Week Of Nov. 9)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, November 13

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Obituary listings for the Town of Huntington.

Robert J. Giannelli and Eileen Bishop (nee Rispoli)
Robert J. Giannelli and Eileen Bishop (nee Rispoli)

Former NYPD Chief Of Patrol Robert Giannelli Dies

Robert J. Giannelli, a longtime resident of Huntington and former New York Police Department chief of patrol, died suddenly Oct. 29. He was 67.

Born in the Bronx, he graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy in 1964 and went on to SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Spring, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

Prior to that, though, he joined the police department in ’65 and, three years later, became a sworn officer. From there, he embarked on a career that saw him rise through the ranks from sergeant in ’74, lieutenant in ’84, captain in ’85, deputy inspector in ’92, full inspector in ’97, deputy chief in ’02, assistant chief in ’03 and, finally, to chief of patrol in ’07.

Throughout his career, his eldest daughter Jennifer Shanahan said, he worked some of the biggest cases in New York City – including aiding in the arrest of the city’s copycat Zodiac killer in the early ’90s, investigating the ’96 crash of TWA Flight 800 and helping with the rescue efforts at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” Shanahan said. “He set an incredible example and was as influential as any parent is to their child. That’s who we learn from, that’s who we look up to; him and [our] mother, too.”

In 2010 her father retired to complete his more than 40-year career with the NYPD, but that’s far from the only thing that made him a great man, his daughter said.

“He was a fantastic father. He was always there for us and actively involved in everything we did,” she said. “Whether it was the police department or at home, he was always present. He taught me to work hard, to enjoy playing, to enjoy my family, to enjoy the important things in life.”

One of those important things to him, Shanahan said, was his Christian faith – something that he instilled in her and the rest of his family.

“Our faith is pretty much the only thing getting us through these days,” she said.

Along with his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Tricia Giannelli; and children, Jacob A. Giannelli, Sarah Giannelli and Robert H. Giannelli. He was predeceased by his brother, James Giannelli.

Arrangements were by M. A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station last week with a full inspector’s funeral that followed on Nov. 5 at the Northport Rural Cemetery in Northport.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the NYPD Widows’ and Children’s Fund (www.nycpba.org/fund) or the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle Missionary Group (www.smithtowngospeltabernacle.org).

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A27)


Eileen Bishop

Eileen Bishop (nee Rispoli), a former Huntington resident, died Nov. 5. She was 79.

Born in Jersey City, N.J, her family said her pride and joy were her longtime friends and loving family; spending time with the people who meant the most to her while having fun and being “silly” brought her true happiness.

She is survived by her children, Robert and his wife Maria, Carol and her husband Mark Moletz, Kathleen and her husband John McNamara, Barbara and her husband Wayne Ragucci, and James; her grandchildren – better known as her “honey’s” – Serah, Kyle, Allison, Kevin, Michelle, Caitlin, Alyssa and Amanda; and her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Kira.

Arrangements were by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral home in Northport on Friday, and a funeral service followed on Saturday at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Huntington. An entombment followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A23)

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