Fr. Nicholas J. Habets Assembly #1505

In Memoriam
Our assembly has seen many members come and go, but we keep a special place in our hearts for those Sir Knights who have moved from this world to the next.

Brother SK David Ray

A Knight of the 4th Degree
Born: 20 May 1939
Deceased: 28 February 2021

David G. Ray passed away peacefully on 2/27/21. Was born to Katherine H. Wilson and David J. Ray, (both deceased) in Newark NJ on May 20, 1939. Dave also had 2 younger brothers, Ed and John Ray, who also preceded him in death. He proudly served 20+ years in the US Navy beginning as a seaman recruit in boot camp to Boatswain 1st Class, made Chief and was selected for Warrant Officer in 1969 and then rose to the rank of Lieutenant after completing the Warrant Officer program. He was a decorated Viet Nam Veteran.

Dave married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Kinsella, in 1964 and had 56 loving years together. They had two beautiful daughters. Cathy Ropert who is in a loving relationship with Dave Hahne. And his younger daughter Terri Ray who died of cancer in 1999. He raised his granddaughter Tiffani Ray, after the death of his youngest daughter. He had 5 grandchildren and their spouses, Mitch and Myesha Ropert, Trina Ropert and her fiancé Rich Deyo, Justin and Teresa Ropert, Tiffani Ray and her life partner, Edward Black, and Sean Ropert. And 5 great grandchildren, Peyton Deyo, Bentley Ropert, Cooper Ropert, Victor McEwen and Asher Ropert. And numerous nieces and nephews.

He’s was a member of the Knights of Columbus from 1970 to present including a stint as Grand Knight of Council 4632 1999-2000. He towed the float “Santa Maria” in most of the parades enjoying transporting the Fourth Degree Knights who marched back to their cars afterwards. He loved being a Fourth Degree Knight himself. And also being a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A viewing will be held at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Rd Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Rd., Virginia Beach at 10:00 AM, Tuesday March 9, 2021 with the interment following at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3445 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach.

Brother SK Stephen George Riley Jr

A Knight of the 4th Degree
Born: 14 August 1929
Deceased: 24 December 2020

Stephen George Riley, Jr. 91, passed away in Norfolk, VA on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

Stephen was born in Rochester, New York to the late Stephen G. and Harriette Riley. He is predeceased by his first wife, Mary; daughter, Margaret Riley; sons, Stephen G. Riley, III, and Christopher S. Riley; daughter-in-law Mary Gatti Riley; son-in-law, C. Patrick Pitchford; grandson, Sean P. Riley; and brother, John M. Riley. Stephen was a 30-year US Navy veteran; he was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Chapter 4632.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Capetanakis Riley, son, Kevin M. Riley, Sr (Stacie), and daughters, Eileen P. MacDougall (Robert) and Kathleen R. Pitchford, stepchildren, Angela Phillips (Tench), Toni Sires, Nicholas Capetanakis (Christine), thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters Patricia Noce and Stephanie Riley and numerous nieces and nephews.

As a result of COVID, a Memorial Mass and internment in Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Brother SK Denny Davidson

A Knight of the 4th Degree
Deceased: 26 December 2020

Was a member of St. Benedict Council and an Honorary Life Member of Fr. Habets Assembly.

Brother Sir Knight Joe Cosetllo

A Knight of the 4th Degree
Deceased: 25 December 2020

With much regret I must inform you that Sir Knight Joseph F. Costello passed away on Christmas Day, the 25th of December.

Joe was an Honorary Life Member of Assembly 1505 and active member of Council 4632.  He moved out West to California to be close to his children.  A Funeral Mass for Joe will be held at 1100 (11 AM) on January 6th at the Ascension Catholic Church in San Diego. Sir Knight Costello will be interned at Miramar National Cemetery with full military honors between 2:30 and 3:00 PM on January 7th.

Cards may be sent to Mrs.Mary Jo Costello at 1420 Pallomar Street, Vista CA 91913. Please keep Joe, his wife Mary Jo and entire Costello family in your prayers.

Brother PFN John Desjardins

A Knight of the 4th Degree
Born: 1 July 1925
Deceased: 22 October 2020