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Aug. 31, 1935 - April 20, 2012
Brian Kneafsey, 76, of Sarasota (formerly of Cincinnati) died Friday, April 20, 2012. He died peacefully in his sleep at home after bravely battling health issues for many years.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave. Sarasota. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at St. Martha Catholic Church.
Brian graduated from St. Ambrose University where he was a true student-athlete. He was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in both golf and basketball. He was a great amateur golfer, qualifying for and playing in three U.S. Amateurs.
Brian had a very successful 37-year career with IBM including 17 years as location manager in Huntington, W.Va., two years teaching management development, and six years as client executive responsible for IBM's relationship with Procter & Gamble worldwide.
He served as president of the Business School Advisory Council at Marshall University and as West Virginia mid-amateur director of the USGA. Over the years, he served on the boards of several companies.
Brian greatly loved and was greatly loved by his family. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kneafsey; his sister, Margaret Ann Scott; his sisters-in-law, Margaret Kneafsey and Barb Kneafsey; his son, Brian Kneafsey Jr.; and his daughters, Ann Marie Conaty and Kathleen Kneafsey. His special joy was the time that he got to spend with his grandchildren (Mary Kathleen Conaty, Michael Conaty, Jr., Patrick Conaty, Kathleen Conaty, Clare Conaty, Jack Clouse, Mary Margaret Clouse and Patrick Clouse).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ambrose and Florence Kneafsey; his brothers, Patrick and James Kneafsey; and his brother-in-law, Carl Brecht.
In lieu of flowers, Brian requested that memorial contributions be made to the
Toale Brothers - Colonial Chapel
40 N. Orange ave Sarasota, FL 34236
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2012