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New Castle Community Comes Together To Mourn Train Crash Victim Joe Nadol

Mourners gather at the funeral of Joseph Nadol. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Nadol was killed in Tuesday's train crash. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Nadol with his three sons from the program of his funeral. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Nadol with his wife, Jen, in a photo from the funeral program. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Joseph Nadol's family and friends gathered at First Congregational Church in Chappaqua to pay their final respects to the 42-year-old who lived in New Castle and was one of six people killed in Tuesday's train crash in Valhalla.

Nadol worked at JP Morgan as a defense and aerospace analyst. Institutional Investor ranked Nadol as the No. 1 investor in the aerospace and defense electronics sector for six years in a row on its All American Research Team.

His obituary described him as adventurous and active, and he enjoyed spending his weekends skiing or boating. He loved traveling and planning trips to Asia and Europe.

Nadol, an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan, had recently returned from Arizona, where he saw the Patriots win Super Bowl 49 on Sunday.

At the funeral, which was private, eulogies were given by his brother, Benjamin, his wife and three sons, Jen, Joey, Sam and Jake, and his father, Joe Nadol, Jr. Nadol is also survived by his mother, Ruth.

His college roommates, Rick Gonzalez and Cameron Rokhsar read Bible verses during the service.

New Castle Town Councilman Adam Brodsky said the tragedy has devastated the community.

"I'm here to pay my respects," Brodsky said. "He was an amazing family man."

Brodsky said the community has responded in the wake of the tragedy, reaching out to see what they can do for those affected.

"This is a close knit community," Brodsky said. "We're one big family. Tragedies bring us closer together."

Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein also said the community was coming together.

"We are all coping with this," Greenstein.

The Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy, interim pastor of Church of St. Mary The Virgin, which the Nadol family attended, presided over the service. It was moved to First Congregational Church to accommodate the large turnout.

"Everyone is heartbroken," Murphy said. "We're devastated."

Murphy said she was one of millions of kids whose parents commuted to work via the train.

"It's integral  to our life," Murphy said. "It really hits us. The community is coming together. People feel lucky to be alive. This has affected everybody."

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