NJ State Trooper and US Marine Brian John McNally passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from the result of a car accident. Born in Livingston, NJ Brian was a recent resident of Bedminster though he lived most of his life in Morris Township and Morristown, NJ. Brian was a 2006 graduate of Morristown High School where he played football and lacrosse and was a member of the swim team. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 34, he earned the achievement of Eagle Scout. Additionally, Brian was co-President of the Heritage Club, a volunteer with Morris Habitat for Humanity, and a Cromwell Hills lifeguard. At the age of 14 he became a certified EMT with the Morris Minute Men (local ambulance squad), and a volunteer member of the Morris Township Fire Department at age 16. He then attended The Citadel where he participated with the Color Guard, attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) the summer of his junior year and was the XO for Palmetto Battery Company his senior year. He graduated in May 2010 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the US Marine Corp. Brian attended and graduated from the Marines’ Basic School at Quantico, VA prior to being stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms, CA as a member of the Wolfpack Infantry Unit.
Brian served as an Active Duty Marine for 4 years, attaining the rank of 1st Lt. including a tour in Afghanistan and most recently as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. In March of 2014 he attended the New Jersey State Police Academy and graduated in August that year.
Brian is the beloved son of Barbara and Kevin McNally, brother of Maureen McNally, cousin of Tara Sedgwick, Heather Gorman, Laura Lincoln, Kyle, Kasey and Kelly Dunbar, Stephen, Gregory and Timothy Breen and many aunts, uncles and 2nd cousins.
Brian was an avid Giants and Yankees fan and was larger than life, not only based on his size but because everyone clearly knew when Brian was in the room between his height, booming voice and infectious laugh. He always had a smile, is described by friends as “True Blue” and when he committed to task not only was he focused but he gave it his all each and every time. Even at a young age, Brian knew that he wanted to lead a life of service in uniform always believing in Honor, Duty and Fidelity.
We hope everyone knows how much Brian sought to dedicate his life to serving his Country, State and hometown community.
All are welcome to attend Brian’s Life Celebration and viewing Tuesday 2-8PM and Wednesday 10AM Mass at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 91 Maple Ave, Morristown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated in Brian’s name to one of the following:
-NJ State Police Survivors of the Triangle – 800 Denow Rd, Suite C # 385, Pennington, NJ 08534
-Semper Fi Fund https://semperfifund.org/
-Morris Minute Men PO Box 192 Morris Plains, NJ 07950 http://www.morrisminutemen.org/
To share your fondest memories of Brian as well as your condolences with the family, please visit www.doylefh.com
Posted in: mycentraljersey.com
Posted on: 2018-05-22
Link to original obituary: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/crime/2018/05/21/trooper-brian-mcnally-pennsylvania-crash/630015002/