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Neil F.X. Rosa


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Neil F.X. Rosa

Wall Township - Neil Francis Xavier Rosa, 63, of Wall, passed away from a short battle and complications from leukemia on Monday, December 4, 2017. Neil was born in Jersey City and was proud to be a member of the St. Paul's of Greenville "courtyard crew" and was named USA Mr. Biddy Basketball in 1967. Neil is an alumnus of Marist High School of Bayonne, Bentley College of Waltham, MA, and UMass/Amherst. He was the first 1000-point scorer and went on to be elected to the Marist H.S. Hall of Fame. His basketball accomplishments led him to 14 years of college coaching at Massachusetts, Colgate and Rider Universities and Ramapo College of NJ. He transitioned to Athletic Administration and was appointed Athletic Director at Clayton High School followed by Kingsway Regional to his current position at Moorestown High School. His peers acknowledged him when he was named the NJSIAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2014. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey.

Neil was blessed with a number of loves of his life: the first is his wife of 25 years, Debby; son Travis; daughters Michelle (Telly Kostidakis) and Melinda (Colin Fallon); and grandchildren Richie, Luke and Logan Bianchi, Kaz Kostidakis and Kayla and Carson Fallon. His love of family extended to his 14 Butler-Rosa brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Neil played an active role at Grace Bible Church of Wall and his faith guided his everyday actions. After family and church, summers at the Spring Lake South End beach were among his greatest passions. You could always find Neil on a late summer day reading a book under his big floppy hat with zinc on his lips. Family and friends may pay their respects, Saturday, December 9th at Grace Bible Church, 4041 Squankum-Allenwood Road in Wall, a Memorial Gathering will be held from 1 to 3 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 3 pm.

(In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research www.jimmyv.convio.net)
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 7, 2017
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