Sunday, October 24, 2021

Philip Caruso – Local Judge, General Patrolman

Commissioner & District Executive – Unit, Grand Central, NYC

Mr. Philip Caruso, also known as the “Fat Man,” New York City Transit’s Union President, died Saturday at his home in Queens, NY at the age of 86. Mr. Caruso served in the New York Police Department (NYPD) from 1955 until 1970, and then worked for five years as a vice president at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, NY. The union president would serve until 2003, when he retired from active service. Mr. Caruso was a charter member of the Transport Workers Union and was first elected president in 1979. He would serve until 2004, when he retired from active service.In addition to service on the union’s executive board, Mr. Caruso served as chairman of the Fire and Safety Committee, during which time the Patrick J. Lynch on Blue Ribbon Task Force on Safety resulted in far more thorough inspections of subway cars. Mr. Caruso is survived by his wife Shirley of 51 years, four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Contributions in memory of Mr. Caruso can be made to the ASPCA (1730 6th Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10026, telephone 212-974-9185), the American Lung Association (5926 LaCrosse Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55427, telephone 612-231-0680), or the Alzheimer’s Association (500 McKean Avenue, Suite 400, Branch 49, Darien, CT 06440, telephone 203-301-3700).___________________________

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