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John W. McNally

July 11, 2019 03:00 pm

John W. McNally passed away at his home in Hudson, NY on Monday June 17th, 2019. He was 84 years old.

John was born on September 21st, 1934 to John Joseph McNally and Josephine McCormick McNally. Growing up in the farmlands of Chester, NY, John was surrounded by a loving family, including his older brother Bill, his aunt and uncle Mary and Tom Cullen, and a merry gang of cousins. John earned a BA in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and subsequently served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. There, he met his beloved wife of 40 years, Kay Greene McNally. They returned to the USA in 1962 and raised two children at their home in Blauvelt, NY. Here, John began a career in architectural building restoration, starting in sales, and moving on to management and consulting. The business helped him pursue what became a lifelong avocation: restoring and revitalizing numerous properties, including four residences in Rockland County and Hudson, NY.

He was devoted to his family, taking special interest in the ambitions of his wife, their children and grandchildren. His sense of humor, warmth and gracious nature inspired friendship in all who knew him. A natural in the kitchen, John loved to cook and entertain, always ready to share his appreciation of life with others, whether it be the scenery of the White Mountains of New Hampshire or a sunset over the Catskills. He was quick to plan a picnic basket to share with friends at Tanglewood, or gather for a concert at Bard College. His great appreciation of music and art were favorite topics of conversation. Eagerly, he would ask, “What do you think of this piece or rendition?” He was always keen to share this appreciation with his two granddaughters. He will be forever missed by his children John and Claire, his daughter-in-law Tia, his granddaughters Katie and Lena, nephews Barry and Pete, and by his many friends.

In memory of John, contributions, can be made to: The Bard College Conservatory of Music 30 Campus Rd. P.O. Box 5000 Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 12504 bard.edu/conservatory Time and Space Ltd. 434 Columbia St. P.O. Box 343 Hudson, N.Y. 12534 timeandspace.org/donate