BRIAN M. McNANY: BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, SON, BROTHER, RECREATION DIRECTOR, COACH, OFFICIAL AND FRIEND.
Brian Murphy McNany, 55, of Summit, New Jersey passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children on March 18, 2015 following a courageous fight with colon cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10 am at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 S. Springfield Ave, Springfield, NJ.
Family and friends are kindly invited to celebrate Brian’s life on Monday, March 23, from 3 to 9 pm at the Bradley Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave, Springfield. Interment St. Teresa’s Cemetery.
Brian was a gifted husband, father, brother, athlete and coach.
From his time at Jonathon Dayton Regional H.S. in Springfield, NJ, he earned Mr. Regional as well as male athlete honors for the class of 1977 for his excellence in football, basketball and baseball. Brian went on to play football at and graduated from Montclair State University where he formed many lasting friendships and accomplished many of his proudest athletic achievements.
Brian spent over 20 years of his life as a Recreation Administrator/Director in Union, Essex and Morris Counties. He was honored in March 2013 with the Frederick C. Sutro Award for his outstanding contribution to Public Recreation, Parks and Leisure services. Brian’s many accomplishments in this position were made possible with the support and devotion of his many peers and staff members throughout the years.
Athletic coaching was another passion of Brian’s, whether it was with his own children’s T-Ball, Little League, Travel or Recreation teams, or on the high school level. He enjoyed teaching, working and being a part of the “team” with the players, other coaches, and parents. Brian coached Girls’ Varsity Basketball at Roselle Park High School for 9 years and led them to a North Jersey Group 1 State Title in 1987. Out of all his many dedicated years to his players, Brian is most proud of how the young men and women he had mentored have emerged and developed into fine, outstanding individuals. His passion for being on the court lasted into his final days, when he officiated Summit Recreation basketball at the youth level right up until March 8th.
Although sports were a big part of his life, nothing was more important to Brian than his family, particularly his children – Kevin P., Erin E., and stepson, Jeffrey Stines. He loved raising them into mature, intelligent adults and is extremely proud of them – call it his greatest achievement of all. He and Susan have three loving, caring and compassionate individuals who gave so much while brightening their lives each day. They are and forever will be the loves of their lives and in their hearts.
His wife Susan was with him until the end. Her many acts of kindness during their time were extraordinary – her dedication and support to their family to navigate the difficult times and enjoy the good ones was admirable. Brian loved Susan for who she was; a loving, hardworking, compassionate wife. They both hold all of their children (and grandson, Cole) in a special place in their hearts that no one could touch or match.
Brian is predeceased by his mother, Ann Marie “Mickey” (Murphy) McNany, and his brother, Paul J. McNany.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 26 years, Susan (Fox) (Stines); son, Kevin P.; daughter, Erin E.; stepson, Jeffrey E. Stines (Brooke) and his beautiful grandson, Cole O. Stines, who has brightened these difficult times greatly for everyone; also by the immeasurable love and support over the years from his sister, Rita M. McNany; brothers, Edward J. and Michael O.; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s name may be made to:
McNany Charitable Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 201
Springfield, NJ 07081