Obituaries

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  • Died April 25, 2019
    Martin Plotkin was a UFT member for nearly 50 years, most recently serving as the UFT's District 6 representative in Washington Heights.
  • Died April 3, 2019
    Marion Silton was an educator for many years, most recently working as the acting assistant principal of administration and organization on an interim basis at John Bowne HS in Queens.
  • Died March 22, 2019
    Beatrice Fierman was a social studies teacher at Frank D. Whalen MS 135, the Bronx.
  • Died March 11, 2019
    Ira Wells was a social studies teacher for many years until his retirement in 1981.
  • Died February 21, 2019
    Thomas Walsh was a UFT member for 34 years, most recently teaching English literature at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan.
  • Died February 17, 2019
    Marilyn Masierol was a dedicated teacher, UFT chapter leader and a published author with a career spanning over 30 years.
  • Died January 25, 2019
    Garfield Hull was a UFT member for 21 years and taught at PS 373 in Brooklyn for decades and worked as the coordinator of the Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital work site.
  • Died January 20, 2019
    Greta Facey was a UFT member for 25 years, most recently working in the Bronx.
  • Died January 7, 2019
    Linda Stevens was a UFT member for 37 years and taught fifth grade at PS 4 in Queens.
  • Died December 28, 2018
    Richard Porta was a school counsellor at PS 134 in Manhattan known for his dedication.
  • Died December 27, 2018
    Anne Bush was a proud member of the UFT for over 3 decades, ending her long career as a teacher for gifted and talented kindergarten students at PS 153 in Queens.
  • Died December 8, 2018
    Clint Winant was an elementary school teacher at PS 121 in the Bronx, where he taught for 25 years and served as a UFT representative.
  • Died November 13, 2018
    John Gillen worked for many years as a history teacher at New Dorp HS in Staten Island, retiring in 1977.
  • Died September 6, 2018
    Raquel Casona was a UFT member for over 40 years.
  • Died June 19, 2018
    Benjamina Hillery was a UFT member for over 35 years, most recently as a teacher at PS 304 in Brooklyn.
  • Died May 23, 2018
    Suzanne Darrigrand spent 28 years as a dedicated teacher in various schools, most recently sharing her love of music with the students of PS 15 in the Bronx.
  • Died May 13, 2018
    Jacqueline Diaz-Olive was a dedicated paraprofessional for District 12 in the Bronx for over 35 years.
  • Died May 3, 2018
    Charles Sutera, who served as the UFT’s vice president for middle schools from 1987 to 1995, passed away on May 3.
  • Died April 13, 2018
    Malcolm Sellinger was a UFT member for 61 years.
  • Died April 9, 2018
    Phyllis Frishberg was a UFT member for 20 years, most recently as a school secretary in Brooklyn.
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