HOLMDEL, NJ — Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for Holmdel High School junior Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd, the 16-year-old who died on September 17 after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University.
Visitation is Thursday, September 21 from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at Saint Catharine's Roman Catholic Church, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday September 22 at the church, where a celebration of his life will follow at the Father Sheg Center.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to support the Dowd family.
Dowd, a varsity lacrosse player, collapsed on the field during a scrimmage at the New Brunswick-based university.. Rutgers emergency services personnel responded to a 911 call shortly after 6 p.m. for a teen player who had collapsed during a youth lacrosse game at its University Park Field, according to a Rutgers spokesperson,
The boy, son of Holmdel High School English teacher Sean Dowd, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.
In a letter confirming Dowd's death to the school community, Holmdel Superintendent of Schools Robert McGarry said, “The Dowd family has asked that I share this news with you and ask that you respect their privacy at this extremely challenging time.”
At Holmdel High School on September 18, counseling services and assistance were made available to students. Principal William Loughran said in an email, “Today was a terribly sad day for the entire high school. The Dowd family has touched so many lives in our community and we are all devastated by Jack’s passing.”
"Last night, the Holmdel lacrosse community was shattered by the loss of one of our brothers," stated a Facebook post from the Holmdel High School boys lacrosse team. "Condolences to the Dowd family. Rest in peace our #9."