Longtime Greenport resident Bernard P. Creedon died Jan. 21. He was 80.
The son of Peter and Mabel (LeBlanc) Creedon, he was born May 27, 1936, in Boston and grew up in Quincy, Mass. In high school he was co-captain of the football team, played basketball and ran track and was inducted into the North Quincy-Quincy Football Hall of Fame.
On Aug. 8, 1959, he married Patricia Lundy at St. Ann’s Church in Wollaston, Mass.
Mr. Creedon served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for eight years.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Master of Science from Queens College and a professional diploma from Long Island University. Mr. Creedon began teaching in the Sachem School District in 1959, where he coached football and was president of the teachers association. He later taught for 11 years in the Riverhead School District, where he began an innovative team teaching class, directed student plays, coached junior high football and became assistant principal. For 15 years he was principal of the Mount Sinai Middle School. During his tenure there the school was named a New York State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Mr. Creedon was a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a past vice president of the Middle Country School Board. After retiring from teaching, Mr. Creedon served as legislative chairman for the East End Retired Teachers Association, supervised student teachers for Dowling College, operated a tutoring agency and recruited teachers for the American School in Kuwait.
Mr. Creedon was a parish trustee at St. Margaret of Scotland in Selden, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and coordinated and taught its confirmation program and coached its youth league teams. He also served on the parish council at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport and volunteered at Maureen’s Haven.
Family members said he enjoyed painting, reading, traveling, cooking, gardening, genealogy and spending time with his grandchildren.
Predeceased by his sister Frances Clancy and brothers Paul, Lawrence (2012) and Eugene (2015), Mr. Creedon is survived by his wife of 57 years; his children, Daniel, Cara McCarthy, Joseph, Kevin and Marc; his siblings John and Peter; and 12 grandchildren.
The family received visitors Jan. 30 at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A funeral Mass took place Jan. 31 at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, officiated by Father Richard Hoerning. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice – Kanas Center for Hospice Care, Eastern Long Island Hospital or Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad.