Jose A. Cecin, 71, of Great Kills, a retired
flight engineer, died yesterday at Staten
Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze.
Born in The Bronx, Mr. Cecin was brought to
Brooklyn as a child. He settled in Great
Kills in 1997.
Mr. Cecin worked for twenty-one years as a
flight engineer, working first for six years
with Pan American Airlines, and then for
fifteen years with Overseas National
Airlines. He retired in 1984.
He graduated from Brooklyn Technical
High School, where he played soccer and
football. Mr. Cecin served in the U.S.
Air Force as an airman second class from
1955 to 1958.
He had attended Brooklyn Polytechnic
College. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was
a member of the National Investigation
Committee on Aerial Phenomena, which
Mr. Cecin enjoyed building and flying
model airplanes, and also enjoyed
building radios and television sets.
He also was animal lover, who loved dogs,
including his German shepherd, Tiny;
his Australian shepherd, Target, and a
miniature Italian greyhound, Rico.
He was an avid Mets fan and a
parishioner of St. Patrick's R.C.
"He was a devoted husband and father,
and a lifelong New Yorker who loved
his family, his pets, the Mets, and
the Jets," said his son, Jose Jr.
Along with his son, Jose, also
surviving are his wife of forty-eight
years, the former Maria Santiago;
two daughters, Maria Cosares and
Lisa Cecin; a brother, Antonio Cecin;
and five grandchildren.
REST IN PEACE
Birth: Jan. 29, 1938, Bronx,
Bronx County, New York, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 2009, South Beach
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Photo by Al Quack
ONA CREW EXTEND HEARTFELT
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY
From Linda Cecin, Jose´s daughter
My dad Jose Cecin was with ONA (NY) in
the 70’s and he loved working there.
At one point he was director of flight
training. He passed away in June 2009
and I miss him.
A tremendous loss for all of us indeed.
I will ask my mom if she has any
information in terms of who may have
been flying with him in those days.
A brain tumor ended his career at the
young age of 46, but he never lost his
love of aviation and the sky in which
he so frequently traveled. He began
his career in the US Air Force, a Korean
War Veteran, and met my mom while he worked
for Pan Am - she was a “stewardess” for
Eastern Airlines. I remember after his
brain surgery, he would look up at the
sky, notice a plane and say “someone is
As a little girl, I remember attending
the annual ONA company picnic….there
were so many nice staff members, and
it is a fond memory of mine.
Thank you again for including my
dad’s picture, even if it is