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James McAlary
Age: 42
Occupation: Heating-oil Trader
Worked for: Carr Futures
Originally from: Washington Heights, NY
Resided in: Spring Lake Heights, NJ
School: Cardinal Spellman
College: Manhattan College
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From NY Times Nov 26, 2001

'Jimmy Mac' the Leader

James J. McAlary Jr. was always a civic-minded sort of guy and a natural leader. A transplant from Upper Manhattan, he coached his kids' sports teams in Spring Lake Heights, N.J., and led trips to the Bronx Zoo. "If he was in charge, you felt safe," said his wife, Jeanne. "If Jimmy Mac said `Let's go to Afghanistan,' you'd go."

Mr. McAlary, 42, a heating-oil trader at Carr Futures, was immersed in the life of his small town. In the summer, he would go from work straight to the town pool, changing from suit to swim trunks in the locker room and launching his 6-foot, 4-inch self into the water with a mighty cannonball. "All the kids would wait for Mr. McAlary to show up on the diving board," his wife said.

When he considered running for the school board awhile back, she said he did so for selfless reasons. "Jimmy said to me, `When I was a young kid, I lived in Washington Heights and a lot of people did a lot of things for me they didn't have to do. They opened the gym at night, they coached baseball, they led the Boy Scouts and they made a big difference in my life. I have an opportunity now to help not just our own children but all the kids in our neighborhood.' "
-- Anon (Friend { })
07 Dec 2001

Jimmy: Not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts. I am thankful for all of my wonderful memories of our times together. Your children are growing up so fast and they miss you terribly. We will always take care of them and Jeanne. I am so sorry that you had to be there on that day. I wish that we could have protected you as you always protected us. There have so many memorials and tributes to you, and they have all been beautiful. I will be forever for the time that you graced our lives.

Joanne
-- Joanne McAlary-Sullivan (Sister {})
08 Jan 2003

Jimmy,
I still think of you often and pray every day for Jeannie and the kids. Thank God we all got together in April of '01 to take the 'cousins' picture on your steps in Spring Lake. It has become a treasure like no other.
You will never be forgotten, even 'all the way out on Long Island'.
As I march up Fifth Ave. this year I will play the pipes again in your honor, thinking of the picture of your smiling face from the pin we wore for you in 2002.
"Jimmy Mac - Always and Forever"

Thanks for all of the laughs
-- Brian McCutcheon (Cousin {})
10 Feb 2004

Jimmy,
Each year since 2001 has been just a difficult as the others. I think of you often...our good times with all of you makes me smile. We always looked forward to visits with you, Jeanne, Carole, Tommy, Uncle Billy, Aunt Ginger,Billy, your kids and ours. Your memory is so alive with so many people & it will always be that way.
God bless you.
-- Kathy (McCutcheon) Notaro (Cousin {})
13 Sep 2005

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