Friday, 15 May 2009 09:08
William “Pat” McComiskey of Hudson, FL, and a longtime former resident of Massapequa, passed on May 4, 2009.
He was born Nov. 26, 1915 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Dorothy, his loving children, Maureen Burczyk, Patricia Ford, Marian Hartle, Elizabeth Arctander, Edward McComiskey and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
After serving in World War II in the Royal Air Force, William emigrated to the U.S., where he married and raised five children in Massapequa Park. While settled in Massapequa, he also decided to share his love of soccer with the community.
He began with a CYO team in his Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park. He then actively recruited boys who had not been chosen for the football team and invited them to learn the game he loved. Within a few short years he created a soccer powerhouse and established the footprint for what would become the largest youth soccer club in North America. The cycle was completed years later when the football coach asked “Coach Mac” for a list of players he could spare to fill the football roster.
After retiring from 30 years in the airline industry, he accepted the position of equipment manager with the Washington Diplomats in the NASL (North American Soccer League). During his tenure he was able to achieve his boyhood dreams of meeting the world’s greatest soccer players including Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbaur, George Best and Pele, the legendary Brazilian star.
In 2005 “Mr. Mac” was honored with an induction into the Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame for his lifetime commitment to youth soccer and the Massapequa Soccer Club. Over the years he was also involved in the Special Olympics and various soccer teams throughout New York, Florida (East Lake Soccer Club, Upper Pinellas Special Olympics, and assisting his son Ed with coaching the Ridgewood High School boys soccer team), and Virginia, including the 1986 Woodbridge High School (Woodbridge, VA) State Championship team.
In later years, he participated in Senior Olympics winning several medals for Track and Field. He also became an avid golfer where he scored two hole-in-ones.
In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to: Special Olympics of Northern Virginia Area 26, www.novasova.org and Pasco Education Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1248, Land O Lakes, FL 34639, Pat McComiskey Scholarship.