In Memoriam

Edward F. Donovan, 78

Edward F. Donovan, 78, of Wilmington, passed away, Saturday, February 11, 2023.

He was born July 21, 1944, to the late William and Margaret Donovan.

Edward was born in Brooklyn, NY and married Patricia Criscuolo. They lived in Middle Village, NY and later moved to Long Island. He had one son, Scott, who married Michelle and gave him his much loved grandsons Brady and Alex.

He was a NYC Patrolman and later worked as a Building Superintendent at a private boarding school. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Wilmington, NC. He became a very active volunteer for the Step Up For Soldiers Organization. He and his wife maintained the grounds of the Fallen Soldiers Memorial at the NC Armory for many years.

He will be remembered for his willingness to help others, his quick wit and his clever sarcasm.


Nicholas A. Caputo

April 26, 1941

March 19, 2021


Gustave “Gus” Joseph Zelenka

August 12, 1941September 15, 2017

Gustave “Gus” Joseph Zelenka, Jr, 76, of Leland passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 while in Rome, Italy.

Born August 9, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY he is a son of Gustave Zelenka and Marie De Vivo Zelenka.

He is survived by his wife, Vicky Zelenka; his daughter, Regina Shanley and her husband Brian; his grandchildren, Nicole Elizabeth, Danielle Marie and Brian Vincent; his brother, Joseph Zell and his wife Eve; his sister, Elizabeth Main and her husband Richard; his brother, Tony Zelenka and his wife Jane; his sister, Theresa Kidney; and numerous extended nieces and nephews.

Gus was a retired New York City Police Officer and a member of the Wilmington 10-13 Club. He was a charming man who had an irresistible personality.

Gus will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Lester Thomas Klvana

Born Sept 04, 1930

EOW June 11, 2016

NYPD Sergeant for 22 years


Dennis Edmonds

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Francis J. Whelan


Past 10-13 Club President

E.O.W February 24, 2016


Phil Rose  Det. NYPD

Past 10-13 Club President

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Sgt. Bill Pfeffer NYPD

NYPD Feb 1968 retired Aug 1991

EOW March 21, 2013


“The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.

I‘ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

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Thomas J. O’Connell Jr.

John W. Sharkey

Sean Patrick Cusick 

In Memory of

Sean Patrick Cusick

April 21, 1989 – June 16, 2012


Sean Patrick Cusick, 23, son of Christopher and Kris Cusick, of Wilmington, NC passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012. He was currently serving in the U.S. Navy. Sean is also survived by sister, Megan Courtney Cusick of Wilmington, NC.

Sean loved his friends and family, and will be missed until we meet again. Rest in Peace Son and Thank you.