Charles James McCormack Jr., 73, of New Milford, died June 14, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was the widower of Maureen (Carlin) McCormack, who died of ovarian cancer in 1985.

Mr. McCormack was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Peekskill, N.Y., to the late Charles and Julia (McGinnis) McCormack. He graduated in 1952 from Peekskill High School , where he was a standout athlete. Following high school, he attended and graduated in 1956 from
Fordham University , which he attended on a full basketball scholarship.

He later served in the United States Army . After a brief stint in business in New York City, he began his career as an elementary school teacher at
Lewisboro Elementary School in Katonah, N.Y. He devoted 32 years to the children of Katonah through his teaching and coordination of the school's sports programs. He retired in 1991.


Although Mr. McCormack and his family moved from Peekskill to New Milford in 1974, he always proudly considered himself a son of Peekskill.

He was a member of the Saint Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. He enjoyed family vacations, loved the New York Yankees , enjoyed all sports and cherished time spent watching his grandchildren compete in soccer, baseball, basketball and Irish dancing.


Mr. McCormack is survived by a daughter, Eileen McCormack and her son Mack of New Preston; a son, Daniel McCormack and his wife Maureen (Duffy) and their children Margaret, Katherine, and Daniel, all of Somers, N.Y.; a daughter, Colleen Riley and her husband Bill and their children William Jr. and Maura, all of Wakefield, Mass.; a brother, Robert and his wife Judy of Millersville, Md.; a sister,
Maryellen Scherer and her husband Oscar of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; many nieces, nephews and dear friends; and the family of his late wife.

The Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601; or to the Alzheimer's Association . HV/Rockland/Westchester, New York Chapter 2900 Westchester Ave., Purchase, NY 10577.