SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Frank McInerney, who served as the Head of the Department of Athletics and Intramurals at UMass in the 1970s and 1980s passed away at the age of 84 on May 25.
Here is his obituary from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Frank was a lifelong learner and educator, dedicated through word and deed to his family and community. His wisdom and quiet listening earned him a reputation as a trusted adviser, while he was the first to recognize the ridiculous and revel in the absurd. “I subscribe to the notion that life is comedy.”
With an artist’s insight, Frank quietly documented his life and the Valley he loved in photographs and letters. He was a captivating storyteller and an avid reader of biographies, yet true to his humble nature he requested no such ceremonious treatment of his personal history. “If my spirit is to be transformed,” he wrote, “I hope it will be into the body of a piano player in the orchestra pit of a Broadway musical.”
Frank’s spirit lives on in the many hearts of those who love him along the country roads and tranquil nooks of the Connecticut River Valley. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County, South Hadley Gaylord Library, or the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Athletic Association.
In addition, here is his biography from the UMass media guide in 1990 when his tenure running the athletic department ended.
A 1954 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Frank McInerney began his duties at his alma mater in 1972.
A native of Holyoke, Mass., he attended South Hadley Public Schools, Williston Academy and received his bachelor and master degrees from the University of Massachusetts. He taught and coached in the Junior and Senior High Schools in Granby and was the first Principal at Granby Junior-Senior High School. He was the superintendent of the Schools in Granby before going to American International College where he was Director of Student Teaching, Director of Secondary Education and Executive Assistant to the President.
A Navy veteran of World War II as well as the Korean conflict. McInerney has been very active in a number of professional organizations over the years. He was the first-ever sports director of WHYN-TV in Springfield, is a past president of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, hosted a weekly television show for many years. He was a Public Service Consultant to WGGB Stations Inc and a three-time president of the Atlantic 10.