“The Robert C. Lohnes way is the right way.”
That’s what the 50 Eagle Scouts and other Boy Scouts of Troop 235 who were mentored by the late Whitestone resident Robert. Lohnes said about their Scout leader after his death in 2014 from cancer.
The catchphrase inspired the Scouts to seek a street naming of “Robert C. Lohnes Way” at the corner of 145th Place and 17th Avenue in Whitestone. After gathering names on a petition without a single objection by nearby residents, and approval by the City Council, the street corner was given its new ceremonial name last Saturday.
The corner anchors the block where Lohnes and his wife, Magaly, lived for 40 years, while raising two children, Melissa and Robert Jr.
Lohnes, 76, was an NYPD detective who helped with the Sept. 11 recovery, a seaman first class in the U.S. Navy who served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and a volunteer for the Girl Scouts, Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Service, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4787 and the Icla da Silva Foundation.
The ceremony was attended by many representatives of those organizations, as well as family members, friends and Michael Cholowa, the 50th and final Eagle Scout mentored by Lohnes.
“People are going to look up and say, who was that? And people can tell the story,” said City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) to the approximately 100 people who attended the dedication ceremony.