Retired teacher, 88, killed in crash near Christian Brothers Academy
MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 27, 2016 at 1:19 PM, updated October 27, 2016 at 4:16 PM
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MIDDLETOWN — Brother James Leahy was a fixture on the Christian Brothers Academy campus, well known at the private boys’ school in Lincroft for his volunteerism and his distinguished career that took him to East Africa for nine years.
At 88, Leahy had his daily routine down: daily Mass, lunch with his fellow retired brothers, a trip to the mailbox to put out the day’s correspondence and a nice long walk in the nearby county park.
It was at the start of one of those walks on Wednesday afternoon, school officials said, that Leahy was hit by a car and killed, leaving his religious community mourning a man who devoted his life to teaching.
“He was active, funny and had a great sense of humor,” said Brother Frank Byrne, president of Christian Brothers. “He was 88 years old and still very active.”
Releasing few details about the incident, Middletown police said Leahy was hit by a car in front of the school around 1:36 p.m.
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Born in New York, Leahy joined the brothers in 1946 and worked in several elementary and high schools and was a professor at St. Mary’s College in California and Manhattan College in New York, Byrne said.
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Leahy, Br. James [MCxfaculty RIP]
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