George Francis Neal, Sr, 86, of East Orange NJ, died peacefully in his sleep on March 9th. Devoted husband of Nancy Kenney Neal for 60 years, loving father of Christine Sullivan (Robert), Kathleen Keohane (William), Patricia Romo (Christopher) and George Francis Neal Jr. (Jill) and beloved grandfather of William, Rebecca and JT Sullivan, Liam, Kevin and Colleen Keohane, Sean and Christopher Romo Jr, and Owen and Molly Neal.
George was born in New York City on July 20, 1928. A graduate of Xavier High School (Manhattan) ’46, Fordham University ’50 and New York Law School ’55, George honorably served his country in The United States Marine Corp from 1951 to 1953. A lifelong restaurateur, following in his family traditional, he pursued his passion at Neal’s Steakhouse, The Russian Tea Room, Glen Ridge Country Club and Basking Ridge Country Club.
Relatives and friends may visit with his family at Halpin-Bitecola Brookdale Funeral Home, 1284 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ on Thursday March 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus R.C. Church in East Orange on Friday March 13th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate