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Ryan Joseph Zinna, of Port Jefferson Station, a beautiful and brave boy, left this world on Feb. 23 after a courageous battle with cancer. In his brief nine years, he touched many lives with his kindness and intrepid spirit. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his sense of adventure and his corny jokes.

Ryan was named an official member of the FDNY, and was a fan of the New York Islanders, New York Giants and New York Yankees. He was a master Lego builder and enjoyed video games, especially Minecraft, Skylanders and Mario Kart. He loved the outdoors, hiking, sports cars, animals and honesty.

Ryan was predeceased by his grandpa, Francis “Papa” Wood. He is survived by his parents, Darren and Sharon Zinna; younger brother, Kyle; dog, Sparky; grandparents, Richard and Karen Zinna and Grammy and “Papa Pete” McCormick; and aunts and uncles, Scott and Gina Zinna, Theresa and Lee Sherwood, Jean and Jim Cassidy, Francis J. Wood Jr., Jim and Lynda Wood, and Lorraine Wood. In addition, he is survived by his cousins, Meredith and Victoria Sherwood, Daniel, Shannon and Kelly Cassidy, Jessi Wood, Lea Brady, and Steven and Emily Zinna.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home in Setauket. Services were held at St. Gerard Majella Church and interment followed in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

If you would like to honor Ryan’s memory with a donation, his family requests contributions to or

An online guest book is available at

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Jean Ciapi, 75, a longtime community resident, died on Feb. 13. She was born on Jan. 8, 1940, in Brooklyn, the daughter of William and Elizabeth.

Jean was a retired stockbroker, who loved cats and collected teapots.

She is survived by her children, Laura, Chris and Charlie; and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket, where services were held.

Interment followed in the Calverton National Cemetery.

An online guest book is available at

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Daniel J. Monaghan, 74, of Selden, died on March 2. He was born on Nov. 26, 1940, in Manhattan, the son of Thomas and Sarah Monaghan.

Daniel was a truck driver for Amerford Air Cargo; and a member of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus 4402 and Teamsters Local 295. He was proud to be an American and proud of his Irish decent. He loved Irish music and watching the New York Giants and New York Yankees and St. Anthony’s Friars. He was a straight shooter and a very funny man who will be missed by many.

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen; loving father of Kathleen, Eileen, Maureen, Colleen and Tom; and cherished grandfather of 15. He will be missed by all of them, as well as many other family members and friends.

Services were held at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Smithtown and interment followed at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home in Setauket. An online guest book is available at

East Northport man was also a firefighter and veteran

Elaine and Salvatore ‘Sam’ Macedonio Sr., on vacation in Italy last year. Photos from Mark Macedonio

By Julianne Cuba

East Northport firefighter, veteran and retired police officer Salvatore “Sam” Macedonio Sr., a former member of what was once the Town of Huntington Police Department, died from complications with lung cancer earlier this month. He was 87.

Macedonio, survived by his wife, Elaine, and his children, Gary Macedonio, Mark J. Macedonio, Lisa M. Macedonio Olofson and Salvatore Macedonio Jr., had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Following his military service, Macedonio joined the Town of Huntington Police Department as a patrolman in 1954. When the department merged into the Suffolk County Police Department in 1960, Macedonio was one of its first members.

Mark Macedonio said his father was loved very much and he will be sorely missed.

“He knew everybody in the Town of Huntington and everybody knew him,” he said. “He was a very well-known fellow. From his early days growing up in Huntington until the very end, he was a very approachable, kind, person. He was a great listener and peacemaker.”

Macedonio retired from the 2nd Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department as a senior patrolman in 1973. Since his retirement from the police force, Macedonio had co-founded Vor-Mac Auto Collision Inc. in Greenlawn, which he co-owned with his wife for more than 20 years. During that time, he was also a volunteer firefighter at the East Northport Fire Department for more than 40 years; and he was active for more than 20 of those years.

Sam Macedonio in 2011, at the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo from Mark Macedonio
Sam Macedonio in 2011, at the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo from Mark Macedonio

Following in her father’s footsteps, Macedonio Olofson — along with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters, Katherine and Nicole — joined the East Northport Fire Department as volunteers.

Macedonio Olofson, an EMT and lieutenant of the rescue squad, is also a school nurse at the Norwood Avenue Elementary School in Northport.

“He always taught us to give back to the community and that’s what I’m doing,” she said. “I volunteer all my free time to give back to the community.”

As the middle child in a family of 13 children, family always came first to Macedonio, his daughter said.

Born in Locust Valley on March 11, 1927, Macedonio was forced to quit high school to work on his parent’s farm — Cedar Hill Farm in East Northport — in the midst of the Great Depression. Macedonio was able to receive his high school diploma following his military service.

Henry Johnson, an 86-year-old Huntington Station resident, had worked on the Town of Huntington Police Department the same years Macedonio did.

“I just about never worked with him, but he had a good reputation, he was a hard worker and he was a good police officer,” Johnson said.

As a patrolman, Macedonio led a very distinguished career, his daughter said; he had been issued many commendations, including for bravery, meritorious service and outstanding performance of duty, as well as two heroic life-saving events in the early 1960s, Olofson recalls.

“He was widely known to many Huntington Township residents as a result of his active life, service to the community, humility and great love of all people,” she said.

Former Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer sang Macedonio’s praises in an email statement, calling the East Northport man “a special kind of person” who was a “master of verbal judo” and could defuse volatile situations.

“He had no ego issues and brought a steadying and calm influence to his police duties,” Dormer said. “He loved the police department and when we would run into each other over the years, he would always bring up his days serving the people of Huntington Township and Suffolk County. He was so proud to be a cop.”

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Erland was firefighter, commissioner, trustee

Joe Erland served the community for many years, including through the fire department. Photo from Bryant Funeral Home

Joe Erland, a lifelong Port Jefferson resident and longtime member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department, died on Thursday. He was 55 years old.

Erland dedicated much of his time to serving the Port Jefferson community through both the fire department and the local government. He was a fire commissioner since 1992 and once served the village as a trustee and deputy mayor.

“He was the quintessential local kid,” said Fred Bryant, one of Erland’s longtime friends and the best man at his wedding. “He was a nice person — ‘Mr. Port Jefferson,’ as we like to call him.”

According to Steve Erland, 29, the late Erland’s oldest child, his father died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and rapidly progressive disease that affects mental function. He had been diagnosed less than a month ago.

For 37 years, Joe Erland worked as a Long Island Rail Road engineer. He retired from the job to care for his wife Patricia, who passed away from cancer less than four years ago.

Patricia had worked for the railroad as well and the couple married in 1979. They also have two daughters: Michelle, 29, and Andrea, 23.

Born on Oct. 19, 1956, Joe Erland was part of a family who had lived in the Port Jefferson area since the early 1800s. Keeping with the family tradition, Erland, whose grandfather worked as a dispatcher, began volunteering with the Port Jefferson Fire Department 38 years ago. He went on to start the Junior Company and became its first captain.

“He was always a kindhearted gentleman that you could always speak to,” PJFD First Assistant Chief Dave Williams said. “He was very well-liked by all of the members.”

Erland had been made an honorary chief of the fire department two weeks ago, Williams said.
Harold Tranchon, chairman of the board at the Port Jefferson Fire Department, said that Erland was knowledgeable and a great asset to the fire department.

Port Jefferson Chief Constable Wally Tomaszewski recalled Erland’s bravery surpassing his duties with the PJFD. The code chief said Erland saved his life after a man in the village attacked him with a sword in the late 1970s. Tomaszewski called Erland “the pillar of the community.”

As a village trustee, Erland ran for mayor in 2009 against Mayor Margot Garant. While he was disappointed that he lost the election, Bryant said, he was tremendously gracious in his defeat.

“I consider Joe to be a Port Jefferson hero,” Garant said. “I just think he really brought the community together. We need a lot more [of] him around, that’s for sure.”

Steve Erland said his father was humble about his achievements, rarely talking about himself, and had a passion for everything he did.

In his spare time, Joe Erland enjoyed playing softball, golfing and camping. For many years, Erland even danced in Harbor Ballet Theater’s annual Nutcracker performance, in which he played the father, his son said.

Even in the face of adversity, Bryant said the elder Erland always handled things with grace.

“You felt that he was at peace with it,” Bryant said. “He was still that wonderful guy right through the end.”