Obituary of Joseph M. Greeley
Joseph M. Greeley of Blauvelt, NY passed away on November 7, 2019. Joe was born on May 10, 1928 to Daniel and Josephine Greeley at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. He grew up in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Joe married his loving wife, Muriel (Barrett) on November 14, 1953 at Visitation Church in the Bronx. He is survived by his nine devoted children Mary (Miguel) Perez, Anne Samoylo, Margaret Greeley, Elizabeth (Kevin) Hardy, Maureen Greeley, Theresa (John) Coyle, Joseph J. (Judy) Greeley, Catherine (Sean) Moynihan and John (Stacy) Greeley. His twenty loving grandchildren Miguel and Danny Perez, Anna Hardy, Kristen and Thomas (Caitlin) Reilly, Marie, John (Sherry), Cassi, Meghan and Elizabeth Coyle, Kaitlyn and Joseph A. Greeley, Joseph, Brynn, Grace and Jeremy Moynihan, John, Stephen, Tara and Carly Greeley. His sisters Claire Astorino (John-deceased) of Long Island, Martha (Benny) Carasella of New Jersey and his brother William (Rosemarie) Meldrum of South Carolina. His cousin’s June McNamara of the Bronx, Robert Greeley, his wife Jean, of California and his Aunt Betty Slizewski of Staten Island, NY. Joe is predeceased by his wife, Muriel, his brother Daniel, and his sister in law Catherine (Barrett) Greeley. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was assigned to the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division (N.A.T.O. – Germany). Joe played shortstop for an army baseball team that played in the American Zone of Berlin, Germany, Tripoli, Africa; and England. The team’s record was 122 wins against 17 loses. They played in the 1951 and 1952 season in EUCOM. The team advanced to the final round of the G.I. World Series and the semifinals in 1952. They played in the German cities of Frankfurt and Bamberg being upset 4 games to 3. Upon discharge from the Army, he entered the NYPD where he was assigned to patrol in the 52, 42, 30 and 48 Precincts. He was then assigned to the 4th Division plain clothes; Bronx Field Internal Affairs; Commanding Officer, District 9 Bronx Narcotics; (Federal) NY Drug Enforcement Task Force; Commanding Officer, 40 Precinct Detective Squad; District Commander, Brooklyn North Detectives; Commanding Officer, Major Case Squad; Commanding Officer, Safe Loft and Truck and the Commanding Officer of the 9th District Bronx Borough – Detectives. Joe was also a member of the Honor Legion. He retired from the NYPD as the rank of captain after 37 years of service. The tradition of the NYPD continued with his son John (retired captain), daughter Theresa (retired lieutenant), son-in-law Miguel (retired detective 2nd grade), grandson John J. (active Sergeant), granddaughter Cassi (active police officer) and grandson John M. (active police officer- PAPD)
Joe and Muriel resided in Blauvelt since 1963. During Joe’s spare time in the 1970’s and 1980’s he was a manager in the Blauvelt Little League and the Babe Ruth League. Joe was also interested in American and European History. He spent many hours educating himself on history while reading numerous books from the Blauvelt Library. There was always something that he learned and he loved to teach his children and grandchildren about history. Joe attended adult history classes at Rockland Community and Dominican College – well into his late 80’s. Joes’ greatest gift was his wife and nine children.
The family will receive friends on Monday 3 – 8 pm at the Joseph W. Sorce F. H. Inc. 728 West Nyack Rd. West Nyack, NY 10994 9845) 358 – 4433 www.sorcefuneralhome.com A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Catharine’s Church 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt NY 10913 on Tuesday at 10 am.
Entombment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery