MONTCLAIR, NJ- A long time staff member of the YMCA Montclair has passed away. YMCA officials sent the following announcement to the community:
“Dear YMCA Community-
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Carol Kearney on March 16, 2018. Carol was a mainstay of the YMCA of Montclair community for over 37 years.
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During her time with our Y, she served in various roles within our Health and Wellness Department including Fitness Director, leading our Active Older Adults Program and as an advisor to our Women’s Program Committee. Carol’s endless work on the Montclair Run for 35 years helped bring the community together and make it a celebrated and anticipated event each spring for serious and casual runners and for families.
Her passion and dedication to health and wellness and her outstanding ability to build community have helped shaped the YMCA of Montclair into what it is today.
“The Y is like my family,” said Carol in 2011. “It’s the best thing that happened to me. It’s my friends. It’s the connections that I have at the Y that are just so special. I’ve met so many people and I’ve been able to inspire people.”
Carol showed so many of us the meaning of caring through her love, kindness and selflessness. We are so grateful for the many ways that she has touched our members, staff and the community.
Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to Carol’s husband, Tony, and daughter Amanda. A memorial will be held at a future date. We will share details when they are available.
Chief Operating Officer”