Brian Joseph McNally

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Brian Joseph McNally

1958 - August 03, 2018

He was born in Wantaugh, N.Y., Long Island, in the summer of 1958. You can probably still find some of his bicycle tracks in the woods there because he biked everywhere, went down every path. He was a curious kid whom his childhood friends called The Professor, both because he was smart and unafraid to learn new things and because the terms "nerd" and "geek" hadn't been invented yet.
In 1991 he married Marcy and they had four girls, Emily, Sarah, Chloe and Hannah, all of whom carry in them a measure of his intelligence, wit and kindness. He never got tired of being a Dad. Once, when Hannah, the youngest, lost one of her baby teeth in the nurse's office at school, Brian returned home from work the same evening to see that the lights were still on in the school. He managed to convince the superintendent of the urgency of the matter and, after a deep dive, on hands and knees, into the petri dish of a school nurse's office, he emerged, triumphant, with the nearly translucent pearl.
But he was always ready to help anyone, whether someone needed directions or something more. That's why he became a nurse. And when, later in life, he himself needed help, he gave back by earning a bachelor's degree in psychology so that he could better help the community that had helped him.
If you're wondering who he was, he was that guy ahead of you in line at Lowe's, chatting up the cashier about the project he was working on, the guy with big eyes, glasses, a beard and, more often than not, suspenderssort of a professorial type if the professor in question could quote Thomas Merton, build kitchen cabinets and administer IVs.
Brian will of course be missed by his family and many friends, and especially by Marcy and the girls. But he will also be missed by lost Quebec tourists wondering how to get from Target to the City Beach, by stray and injured animals of all kinds, and by the spiders and other insects that, whenever Brian found them in the house, would receive a reprieve and be ushered to a new home in a bush in the front yard.
Family and friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate Brian's life on Saturday, August 11, from 11a.m. to 2p.m., at the Vesco Ridge Vineyards at 167 Stratton Hill Road, West Chazy.
Published on August 8, 2018
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soups autobody champlain n. y.
Aug 15, 2018
Brian , I did not know very well but would stop by the shop now and then to have a little repair done . just a nice guy so sorry to hear of your loss. god..bless. you.and the girls.
Marsha Brean
Aug 11, 2018
I work at CVPH and started working there in 1992. Over the years i had the opportunity to see and occasionally work with Brian. Always, always there was a smile and very caring attitude. He will be missed.
Aug 10, 2018
My condolences to Hannah and her sisters and her mother ❤️
Aug 09, 2018
I worked peds day shift at CVPH, Brian worked nights, so we only saw each other in report, but he was the best nurse, most compassionate and caring man. I’m so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you all.
Tammy Lashway Stockwell
Aug 09, 2018
Dear Marcy,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Takecare of yourself. He was such a good person. Sincerely,
Tammy Lashway Stockwell from R5
So many years ago
Bonnie Leonelli
Aug 09, 2018
I didn’t know Bryan but I would like to send my deepest condolences to Marcy and the girls
Christine McNally Dagna
Aug 09, 2018
No words can express the deep sadness that I feel losing my baby brother. You were taken from us way too soon. Your life, though short, was lived well with much kindness and empathy for all creatures great and small, human and animal, the epitome of how we were raised. Your love of your family, your siblings, your wife and beautiful girls was very evident in everything you did and said. Your optimism was infectious, even in times of great trials, as was your love of life, always ready to help someone in need. Brian, we will miss you, terribly. But we will always remember your beautiful smile, your compassion and love, your sense of humor and your dedication. Rest in Peace, my brother.... May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always with you, may the sunshine warm you always, till we meet again.Read more