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Brendan Thomas Malone

Mt. Kisco, New York

April 21, 1935 - October 9, 2023

Brendan Thomas Malone Obituary

Brendan Malone, 88 years young, passed away suddenly on October 9th , 2023 in Armonk, NY. He was born in Astoria, Queens on April 21, 1935 to Irish immigrants, Brendan and Catherine(Duignan) Malone. He adored his parents, marveled at their work ethic, and would often talk about the importance of "paying it forward" as his parents had done for him. He spent most of his youth playing in the streets and his early dream was to be an NHL player as he was selected to play for the Pee Wee Rangers when he was 13 years old. Upon graduation from Rice High School in Harlem, Brendan enrolled and graduated from Iona College with a Bachelors Degree in History. He then enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. I can still hear him reciting the paratrooper cadence, "Stand uphook upshuffle to the door!". After serving he decided to hitchhike across the United States with one of his Army friends and lived in East Los Angeles with Ramie Alvarez and his family. He returned to New York City and started to work at the New York Daily Mirror as a copy boy. It was at this time Father Brady asked him to coach the Most Precious Blood CYO basketball team. This experience lit the fire that would lead to over six decades of coaching and teaching the game he came to love. He then enrolled at New York University and received his Masters Degree in Physical Education in 1968. This is also when he started to teach and coach at the famed Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan. Brendan was the Chairman of the Physical Education Department while also coaching basketball and baseball. It was on the basketball court where he made his mark as he finished his tenure with 2 CHSAA City Championships (1972 & 1976) as well as 3 CHSAA Coach of the Year honors. The most important thing to happen during this time was not on the basketball court. Brendan had met the love of his life, the woman who would stand by his side through thick and thin, his best friend, Maureen Killoran. They were married at Corpus Christi Church in Woodside, Queens on September 22, 1962. They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Brendan worked as an Assistant Coach at Fordham University, Yale University & Syracuse University before being named the Head Coach at the University of Rhode Island in 1984. He then made the difficult decision to leave college basketball for the NBA and joined the New York Knicks and Head Coach Hubie Brown in 1986. This was the start of a very long and successful coaching career in the NBA. After the Knicks, he worked with Chuck Daly and the Detroit Pistons, helping the Bad Boys win Back to Back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. He would eventually leave Detroit to be the first Head Coach in Toronto Raptors history in 1995. He then went back to the New York Knicks and joined Jeff Van Gundys staff where they made the NBA Finals in 1999. After New York, Isiah Thomas hired Brendan to be on his Indiana Pacers coaching staff in 2000. In 2003, he joined the New York Knicks for a third time to work with his good friend Don Chaney. He was also able to work alongside his son, Michael, and that was a special opportunity for both of them. Brendan would finish his NBA coaching career working with Paul Silas in Cleveland and Stan Van Gundy in Orlando and Detroit. He helped the Magic make the 2009 NBA Finals, marking his fourth trip to the Finals in his career. More important, he forged a close friendship with Stan that lasted until his passing. Brendan has been inducted into the NYC CHSAA Hall of Fame (1993), the Basketball Old-Timers of America Hall of Fame (1997), and the Power Memorial Academy Hall of Fame (2017). Most recently, the National Basketball Coaches Association recognized him with the 2023 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award. Brendan was an avid reader who loved history, baseball, and boxing. He thought he was a good singer (he was no Sinatra) and loved to serenade anyone who would listen with his favorite song, "Danny Boy". We will all miss his "Happy Birthday" solo when it was your special day. He loved to tell stories and if you were willing to listen you would undoubtedly laugh and learn something at the same time. He was more than a coach. He was an amazing husband who loved his wife dearly. He was a proud father to all six of his children and he was always there to help and offer sage advice when needed. And he took tremendous pride in each of his thirteen grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know and love him. Brendan was preceded in death by his parents, Brendan and Catherine, and his two brothers, John and Kevin. He is survived by his sister, Catherine, his wife, Maureen, and their six children, Cara, Brendan (Amy), Kevin (Tanya), Kelly, Michael (Jocelyn), & Shannon. And "Poppa Pizza" leaves behind 13 amazing grandchildren: Catherine, Brendan, Patrick, Finn, Brendan, Samantha, Sophia, Thomas, Kevin, Caitlin, Bridget, Waylon & Eamon. Viewing will be from 3-7 pm on Sunday, October 15th at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mt. Kisco, NY. The funeral mass will be held at St. Patricks Church in Armonk, NY on Monday, October 16th at 11: 00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society to Fund Prostate Cancer Research in Brendans name. "Make each day a masterpiece!" -Poppa Visitation Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Sunday, October 15, 2023 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass St. Patrick's R.C. Church Monday, October 16, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 29 Cox Ave Armonk, NY 10504 Private Cremation Monday, October 16, 2023

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Brendan Malone, 88 years young, passed away suddenly on October 9th , 2023 in Armonk, NY. He was born in Astoria, Queens on April 21, 1935 to Irish immigrants, Brendan and Catherine(Duignan) Malone. He adored his parents, marveled at their work ethic, and would often talk about the importance of "paying it forward" as his parents had done for him. He spent most of his youth playing in the streets and his early dream was to be an NHL player as he was selected to play for the Pee Wee Rangers when he was 13 years old. Upon graduation from Rice High School in Harlem, Brendan enrolled and graduated from Iona College with a Bachelors Degree in History. He then enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. I can still hear him reciting the paratrooper cadence, "Stand uphook upshuffle to the door!". After serving he decided to hitchhike across the United States with one of his Army friends and lived in East Los Angeles with Ramie Alvarez and his family. He returned to New York City and started to work at the New York Daily Mirror as a copy boy. It was at this time Father Brady asked him to coach the Most Precious Blood CYO basketball team. This experience lit the fire that would lead to over six decades of coaching and teaching the game he came to love. He then enrolled at New York University and received his Masters Degree in Physical Education in 1968. This is also when he started to teach and coach at the famed Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan. Brendan was the Chairman of the Physical Education Department while also coaching basketball and baseball. It was on the basketball court where he made his mark as he finished his tenure with 2 CHSAA City Championships (1972 & 1976) as well as 3 CHSAA Coach of the Year honors. The most important thing to happen during this time was not on the basketball court. Brendan had met the love of his life, the woman who would stand by his side through thick and thin, his best friend, Maureen Killoran. They were married at Corpus Christi Church in Woodside, Queens on September 22, 1962. They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Brendan worked as an Assistant Coach at Fordham University, Yale University & Syracuse University before being named the Head Coach at the University of Rhode Island in 1984. He then made the difficult decision to leave college basketball for the NBA and joined the New York Knicks and Head Coach Hubie Brown in 1986. This was the start of a very long and successful coaching career in the NBA. After the Knicks, he worked with Chuck Daly and the Detroit Pistons, helping the Bad Boys win Back to Back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. He would eventually leave Detroit to be the first Head Coach in Toronto Raptors history in 1995. He then went back to the New York Knicks and joined Jeff Van Gundys staff where they made the NBA Finals in 1999. After New York, Isiah Thomas hired Brendan to be on his Indiana Pacers coaching staff in 2000. In 2003, he joined the New York Knicks for a third time to work with his good friend Don Chaney. He was also able to work alongside his son, Michael, and that was a special opportunity for both of them. Brendan would finish his NBA coaching career working with Paul Silas in Cleveland and Stan Van Gundy in Orlando and Detroit. He helped the Magic make the 2009 NBA Finals, marking his fourth trip to the Finals in his career. More important, he forged a close friendship with Stan that lasted until his passing. Brendan has been inducted into the NYC CHSAA Hall of Fame (1993), the Basketball Old-Timers of America Hall of Fame (1997), and the Power Memorial Academy Hall of Fame (2017). Most recently, the National Basketball Coaches Association recognized him with the 2023 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award. Brendan was an avid reader who loved history, baseball, and boxing. He thought he was a good singer (he was no Sinatra) and loved to serenade anyone who would listen with his favorite song, "Danny Boy". We will all miss his "Happy Birthday" solo when it was your special day. He loved to tell stories and if you were willing to listen you would undoubtedly laugh and learn something at the same time. He was more than a coach. He was an amazing husband who loved his wife dearly. He was a proud father to all six of his children and he was always there to help and offer sage advice when needed. And he took tremendous pride in each of his thirteen grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know and love him. Brendan was preceded in death by his parents, Brendan and Catherine, and his two brothers, John and Kevin. He is survived by his sister, Catherine, his wife, Maureen, and their six children, Cara, Brendan (Amy), Kevin (Tanya), Kelly, Michael (Jocelyn), & Shannon. And "Poppa Pizza" leaves behind 13 amazing grandchildren: Catherine, Brendan, Patrick, Finn, Brendan, Samantha, Sophia, Thomas, Kevin, Caitlin, Bridget, Waylon & Eamon. Viewing will be from 3-7 pm on Sunday, October 15th at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mt. Kisco, NY. The funeral mass will be held at St. Patricks Church in Armonk, NY on Monday, October 16th at 11: 00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society to Fund Prostate Cancer Research in Brendans name. "Make each day a masterpiece!" -Poppa Visitation Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Sunday, October 15, 2023 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass St. Patrick's R.C. Church Monday, October 16, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 29 Cox Ave Armonk, NY 10504 Private Cremation Monday, October 16, 2023

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Brendan Thomas Malone hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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