OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS CREW WEBRING







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 
investigated UFOs. 

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. 
Church, Richmond. 

"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




JOSE CECIN



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

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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 
working today”.
 
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 
“in memoriam”.




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