In Memory of Neil Rosa 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. Our family has been forever changed by the loss of this incredible man. His values have helped to shaped us in so many ways, one important way is striving to make each day count as God would want us to. It is our families desire to continue his legacy by helping others be able to pursue their academic dreams. 32 | DAANJ WINTER 2017
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