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Sadly, Ernie Stinsa passed away in late 2007.
His family maintains this web site as a remembrance and will soon add some of his final works.
I was born on March 3rd, 1933 in the family home at 2339 Crotona Avenue,Bronx, New York City, NY.
My father, Ernest Enrico Stinsa, was born in 1890 in Positano, Italy and emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1899. He was a gifted mechanic who owned a large automobile and car repair garage in Manhattan while I was growing up.
From a very early age I learned about cars and trucks by working in his business. My mother, Jospehine (Vecchio) Stinsa was a first-generation Italian-American. I had three sisters, Margharita (Margie), Annie, and Joyce.
I have been married for 42 years to Shirley Jane (Herring) Stinsa, and have four sons, Gregory, Paul, Anthony, and Robert, and two grand-daughters, Gabriella, and Gianna, children of Anthony and his wife, Leah.
Growing up, I loved baseball, and being from the Bronx, my favorite team has always been the Yankees. While playing baseball, I had the privilege of playing with some great players. Some of the most recognizable names who I played with in the minor leagues would be Rocky Colavito (from the neighborhood), Harmon Killebrew, and Frank Howard. Other great players and friends from our neighborhood were Jim Crawford, Bo and Mickey Marscellesi, Dominic Colavito, Gus Frey, and Anthony Miele.
I was drafted into the Army in 1953, and served from 1953 until 1955 during the Korean War. I met many great friends during my time in the service, including Joe Brauer, (who was a great ballplayer as well as my army buddy), Pete Spinagotti, Frank Mulgrave.
I began working with the International Harvester Corporation on October 9, 1959, which later became Navistar International Corporation, and not is International Truck and Engine Corporation. I began as a mechanic at the Manhattan branch. I was transferred to the world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois in 1972. I worked in the Truck Group until 1977.
The company formed an Engine Division in 1977, and I began working there. I retired as Vice President of Reliability and Field Service, and Director of New Product Programs on November 1, 1996. During my 37 year tenure there, I had the great privilege of working with some of the greatest people in the industry. Although I am retired, I have been involved for the past few years as a consultant to International on the development and management of a three year technical education program offered in the Chicago Public School System. In June, we will be graduating our third class.
I always enjoyed drawing and hoped someday to have the time to devote to learning to paint. I attended the New York School of Industrial Arts H.S. Although I have always been interested in making art, my career and work schedule caused me to keep this pursuit in abeyance until I had time to devote to it.
Since retiring, I have had the opportunity to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have taken many classes on drawing, painting, and sculpture. I have been very fortunate to study under an outstanding group of instructors.
Take a moment and visit these galleries of my work.