SUMMIT, NJ - Brian M. McNany, Summit resident and -- for the past seven years -- a fixture refereeing youth basketball games, passed away March 18 at the age of 55.
McNany waged a courageous, 30-month fight with colon cancer, and leaves behind a wife, two children, a stepson, and grandson. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister, Rita McNany, who serves as the City of Summit Parking Services Manager.
During his career, he served as the Recreation Director in Fairfield, Long Hill, and Chatham Townships and, up to a few weeks ago, officiated basketball games in Summit.
McNany was a long-time member of New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association (NJRPA), serving on the Awards and Resource Development Committees. and was a resourceful and respected District 2 Chair for many years. He was the 2013 recipient of the NJRPA Sutro Award.
Summit Department of Community Programs Assistant Director Mark Ozoroski, in a message to colleagues, said, "Brian was a colleague of mine, but most importantly a friend for the past 19 years. Not only did we work in recreation, Brian and I both were coached by Fred (Moose) Hill. Brian in football at Montclair, and me at Rutgers playing baseball. That alone explains a lot about Brian’s character, physical toughness, and dedication."
Ozoroski noted, as further testament to McNany's character and fortitude, the fact that McNany was committed to refereeing this season, making all the way through from the start to the conclusion of the schedule.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in McNany's name may be made to Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, 33 Bleeker Street, in Millburn.
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