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Leary Left Lasting Legacy at St. Francis Prep

Monday, February 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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Leary Left Lasting Legacy at St. Francis Prep

Tim Leary, who coached boys’ varsity basketball for 43 years at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, died Feb. 13 at the age of 73 after a nearly yearlong battle with gallbladder cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 16 at St. Thomas More, Breezy Point, where the longtime L’il Terriers coach lived full-time since 2000. He is survived by three brothers, four children and seven grandchildren. His wife, Claudia, died in March 2016 from ovarian cancer.

In his storied career, which ended after the 2016-2017 season, Leary’s teams won a total of 646 games, the most among St. Francis Prep coaches, the seventh most among New York State basketball coaches, second in the CHSAA to the late Jack Curran of Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood.

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