John R. Dragonette
(Asbury Park Press)
AGE: 86 LITTLE SILVER
John R. Dragonette, 86, of Little Silver died
peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2009. Born in New York
City, he lived in Brooklyn for almost fifty years and in
Little Silver, NJ for thirty-six years.
He graduated from
Brooklyn College and received a Masters Degree in Urban
Planning from Columbia University School of
Architecture. A WWII Veteran, he served as an Army Air
Force Transporter from January 1943 until February 1946.
Employed for thirty-five years by the Port Authority of
NY and NJ as a City Planner and Project Administrator,
he was credited for selecting the site of the World
Beloved husband of
Catherine for fifty-nine years, devoted father and
father-in-law to Donna Dragonette and Bennett Gewirtz,
Tom Dragonette, June and Bill Sustick. Loving
grandfather to Mallory, Amanda, Gabe, and Kate, brother
of Joe. He was predeceased by his parents, Antoinette
and Joseph Dragonette and his brother, Lt. Thomas
Dragonette, WWII in 1944.
Visitation at Holmdel
Funeral Home, Sunday, May 17, from 1-5 p.m. Funeral Mass
at St. Anthony's of Padua, Red Bank, NJ on Monday, May
18, at 11:15 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery,
Woodside, NY. For directions and online condolences
© 2009 Asbury Park Press
Saturday, May 16, 2009 5:53 PM
Subject: John Dragonette
It is with great sadness that I report that John
Dragonette passed away early yesterday morning.
For those of you who don't know John, he was one of the
first members of the World Trade Department, and was
actually assigned to the project before the WTD was
Prior to joining the Port
Authority John had worked for the City of New York and
was involved in maintaining records of NYC streets and
zoning. John was assigned to the study team to help in
the assessment of properties which would be required for
the WTC's Construction. When the project began, John
was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Planning and
Construction which was headed by Mal Levy. John was an
invaluable resource to the project and maintained all
the record of expenditures related principally to the
many and sundry consultants and other experts hired
during the life of the planning and construction
phases. Remarkably if you happened to ask John how much
money was spent on a particular consultant, most of the
time he could tell you to within a few thousand dollars
and if he couldn't recall immediately, he would pull a
folder with 21 column accounting paper and tell you
within 45 seconds.
Funeral services for John
will be conducted Monday May 18 at 11 A.M. at St.
Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, which is located at 121
Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, NJ 07701, phone (732)
A wake will be conducted, tomorrow only, from 1 P.M. to
5 P.M. at the Holmdel Funeral Home located at 26 South
Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733, phone (732) 946-3322.
John is survived by his
wife Catherine and a daughter and son. Expressions of
condolence may be sent to Mrs. Dragonette.
Webmaster for address)
May John rest in peace
and may God bless him and his family and give them the
strength to accept their great loss.