Nealon, George E. ALBANY George E. Nealon, 66, died on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Vero Beach, Fla. Born in Albany on November 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Frank and Pauline O'Brien Nealon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1967 to 1969 and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during combat in Vietnam. He was a horn player with the Valiant Crusaders, the Interstatesmen and the New York Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA Champions, 1971). He earned his B.A. from SUNY-Albany and M.B.A. from the Lally School of Management at RPI. Mr. Nealon was commissioner of Public Works for the city of Albany, serving under Mayors Corning, Whalen and Jennings. He was marketing manager for Landfill Technologies, traveling to trade shows throughout the United States. He was later commissioner of Public Works for the county of Albany, serving under Albany County Executive Michael Breslin. Following his retirement, he and his wife Cyra enjoyed their winter months as snow birds in Vero Beach. They also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina as well as to Cape Cod, Mass. in September and a Caribbean cruise every winter. He was a member of the Captain William Dale O'Brien Detachment of the Marine Corps League for many years in a variety of offices, including commandant. He was also a member of the Fort Orange American Legion Post, the Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post in NewYork City, Knights of Columbus in Albany, was a 4th degree knight, trustee and usher at the former St. Teresa of Avila Church and trustee of the Mater Christi Parish. He had also volunteered with Boy Scout troop 149 and National Little League in Albany. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cyra Vultaggio Nealon; his son, Matthew, and daughter, Mary Foglia (Dominic). He is also survived by his brother, Nicolas, and sisters, Kathleen Decker (George) and Noreen Spinrad (Thomas) and their families. Funeral services, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. from McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany thence to Mater Christi Parish at 10 a.m., where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday following the Mass at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, February 24, 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing to remember Mr. Nealon in a special way may send a contribution to the Stratton V.A. Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. To leave the family a message on their guest book, obtain directions, or view other helpful services, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com.
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208 North Allen Street Albany, NY 12206
Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2014