A few weeks ago I
was thinking about HHS and old friends.
As to personal
Biographical sketch on the life of
JIM RERISI (’61)
1. Married Sue Douglas (class of 62) in 1963 and moved
two kids - boy and girl
was killed at 5 years old
and I divorced in 1966 and I had custody of our
Joined Nassau County Police Department 1966 - retired
in 1987 with a couple of degrees including a Bachelors and a Law degree.
3. Married Mary Gillette (class of 63) in
a) Mary had a daughter 2 years younger than my daughter
b) We raised both girls through college and marriages
c) My daughter went to Brown and Harvard and teaches in
d) My step-daughter went to Quinnipiac and works in
wife Mary died in 1992 of cancer
I had established a law firm in
I also had several companies that I was a partner in:
a) The law firm had 25 personnel
b) Had a Travel Agency with 4 people
c) Had a Real Estate office with 4 people
d) Had a restaurant in Tampa/St. Pete with 30 people
e) Had a construction company with 65 people
I was doing well until 1991 when Mayor Ed Dinkins, NYC became Mayor and
changed NY contracts. My
construction company did NYC school roofs. Dinkins passed a law
that stated NYC would only "let"
contracts to 'minority' firms. Literally over night I lost 5
million dollars in work. Within 5 months the banks repossessed
my buckets, cranes, lifts, and seized my personal property.
I had purchased twenty-two Levitt houses over the years through my real
estate company. But everything I owned was also collateral for
millions in loans and credit lines for the construction company and for
the restaurant. The restaurant in FL was big - 225 seats.
But, it was run 'absentee' as I was in NY.
8. Within 8
months in 1992 I went bankrupt. Total was 12.4 M
By now it is about 1994 and I met Connie Ramistello (class of
67). Remember - Richie Ramistello? Connie is his sister.
Well Connie was divorced and had two young boys, ages 7 and 10.
10. Connie and I married in 1995 and moved to FL.
We raised the boys who are now 27 and 30 - married - and the older one
just had a daughter – our first granddaughter!
older boy went to college in NY at Stony Brook and
got his Masters in
younger one went to college here in FL at UNF and his
degree is in Banking.
13. Connie and
I started an "Eye Wear Company". It grew. We went
national with large accounts. I sold the company, because I was
building homes and log homes in FL and in NC.
14. Then Sept.
2007 and the housing market goes in the tank. We have limped along
for two years. We bought a piece of commercial property with a
self-storage business on it that has carried us.
Well that should be
enough to start a conversation between us! I really do miss all of
my HHS friends. We had some good times and laughs.
The one female that I wanted to get in touch with was Donna
Sohaski. Do you remember her?