Charles F McNerney

November 14, 1935January 1, 2013

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Robert McNerney, of Greeley, died January 1, 2013 at North Colorado Medical Center, Hospice unit.

He was born on November 14, 1935 to Joseph and Marian McNerney in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. McNerney attended St. Mary’s College in California from 1953-1955 on a basketball scholarship, then served his country as an enlisted man in The United States Air Force from 1956-1960. He received his BA in mathematics in 1961 and his MA in mathematics education in 1962 from Colorado State College in Greeley. He taught high school mathematics in Lompoc, California from 1962-1964 with the summers of these years spent in San Diego, California at the United States Naval Electronics Lab on a National Science Foundation Research Scholarship. He was the Lompoc Unified School District K-12 Mathematics Coordinator during 1963-64. He attended Rutgers University on scholarship from 1964-1965 and was employed as an elementary mathematics textbook series editor/supervisor from 1965-1967.

Dr. McNerney received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Ohio State University in 1969 at which time he moved back to Greeley and taught at The University of Northern Colorado (then Colorado State College) from 1969 until he retired in 1998. During this time he wrote or co-authored over 18 elementary mathematics books for the Scott-Foresman Publishing Co. and co-authored a pre-algebra mathematics text for Houghton-Mifflin Co. In 1974, he co-authored a professional mathematics textbook for prospective elementary/middle school teachers. He also published numerous mathematics and mathematics education papers including a chapter in the 1994 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Yearbook. He made many professional presentations and sponsored fifteen doctoral dissertations while at UNC. He received the UNC Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Educator in 2001.

Dr. McNerney was a sports enthusiast, which included fishing, biking and attendance at athletic events. He was inducted into his New York high school Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He particularly enjoyed the company and kindness of his many friends from the university, his church, his condominium association, and from all walks of life. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greeley.

Dr. McNerney was a dual citizen of The United States of America and The Republic of Ireland with his Irish heritage stemming from County Clare in the Irish Free Republic. His cousin, Mary Casey, resides with her family in Ennis, County Clare.

Survivors are a daughter, Brenda Ann of Arlington, Texas, four sons, Timothy Scott of Denver, Terry Neil of Fort Collins, Sean Mitchell of San Jose, California and Seamus Patrick of Asheville, North Carolina. He has five grandchildren, three living in Arlington and two living in San Jose. He has one great-granddaughter in Arlington. His parents and an older brother are deceased. A brother and three sisters are living in the Buffalo, New York area.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday followed by service at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greeley with burial at Linn Grove Cemetery afterwards.

Dr. McNerney asked that instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The St. Mary’s Catholic School tuition fund for needy children in Greeley in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.

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January 29, 2013

Please accept my condolences in the passing of Chuck. My daughter and I met Chuck while praying the rosary together before school. We still have the rosaries he gave us and will be remembering him in prayer.
Tonia and Reyna Palmer (Greeley, CO)

Larry Lesser

January 16, 2013

"McNerney at the Board" (to the tune of the traditional Irish folk song “Brennan on the Moor”)

Written by Larry Lesser and sung on the occasion of Dr. Chuck McNerney's retirement from the Dept of Mathematical Sciences, U. of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado on April 25, 1998.

It's about a fine math teacher, his story I will tell—
His name is Chuck McNerney and in Ireland he may dwell.
With his family of seven, he began teaching here,
Each sunrise giving thanks then spreading his good cheer.

He taught his students teaching and he taught them all with love—
He said, “We don't panic!”; he said, “We don't give up!”
He put together textbooks and made math class fun:
He fought the good fight for Math One-Eighty-One!

CHORUS: It's McNerney at the board, McNerney at the board,
Cheerful and insightful, McNerney at the board!

As goalie in street hockey, his shins picked up scars,
He rode through his youth…from bumpers of cars!
From seminary to steel mill, he tried many scenes—
Let's toast him now with a mug of beer, especially if green!

For the US Air Force, he flew weather balloons,
Spent a year on Iwo Jima, survived typhoons.
Serving Gd and country, doing what is right
Through ev'ry storm he's faced in his life.
(repeat CHORUS)

He never won the Fields Medal, but he has Irish pride—
He's walked the bridge of Hamilton, rode the coast on his bike.
He does the art of teaching in two days a week,
Fine as fly-fishing in a high country creek!

When he turns off the BARCO for the final time,
You can bet McNerney won't sit around and pine—
He's a man who savors the finer things in life:
Like symphony, FRAWNCE, and Armadillo Number 5!
(repeat CHORUS)

Mary Casey

January 15, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

January 14, 2013

My dearest Cousin Chuck.
Will miss you so much..Its a consolation to have visited you last September..We had some nice times together sharing some story's from Co Clare..I keep those memory's with me and of the beautiful country of yours Colorado...God bless you cousin Chuck. R.I.P
Mary Casey Ennis Co. Clare Ireland

Eilish Flood

January 10, 2013

My dear friend Chuck, my extraordinary good friend Chuck. I miss you already and it's only days since you left, who now can I bare my soul to, share this love of our God with, never making me feel I was over the top, you were on this same spiritual path, this earthly pilgrimage, like the three kings who were making the first earthly pilgrimage to pay homage to the child Jesus in Bethlehem.
You just wanted to make it to purgatory, but you know what, I would not be at all surprised if you are already in Heaven.
Our Holy mother when speaking to the little shepherd children in Fatima said she would take them to Heaven very soon, she did not say they would die soon; no this is not the real world.
What joy awaits us if we follow the maker's instructions as I know you did.

bye for now Chuck

John Rosales

January 8, 2013

Our entire family sends our heartfelt condolences to the McNerney Family. Chuck was a very good friend of my dad, and we all got to know him through dinners at dad's house.Chuck was a great comfort to us when dad passed away. He will be missed by all of us.

Rick McNerney

January 8, 2013

It takes a special person to make every person they meet, Feel Special. That was my Uncle Chuck. I think there are a few Irishman I look forward to seeing and being with agian, day.

I will always sing your song.

Your nephew,

Mary Rose Helion

January 8, 2013

Uncle Chuck, You are with your brother and father now, and still will be deeply missed here on Earth. I will be forever grateful for the times we traveled together and the wonderous world you introduced me to so many years ago. Please know that the laughs and memories will never die. All My Love

Larry Lesser

January 8, 2013

Chuck was a very special person to me throughout my 5 years at N. Colorado (now I'm at UT-El Paso), inspiring me as a math educator, as an educator, as a man of faith, and as a human being. What a beautiful blend of gratitude and gusto, feistiness and faith he was, living life faithfully and fully, whether we were at a Broncos game, the Armadillo Restaurant, one of our homes, or his heartfelt correspondence from his special times in Ireland.

Peggy McNerney

January 7, 2013

I know Uncle Chuck was welcomed by Dad as he "crossed over". They probably had more than a few beers before Grandpa and Nana hooked up with them! I can picture all of them up there...Okie included...having one helluva lot of laughs. For sure, Dad and Uncle Chuck are debating which one was more handsome...but I can tell you this: both of them are loved more than they knew. And both of them were totally handsome!! I am talking "babe magnets". So now it is up to the remaining McNerney men to carry the torch....
All of us love you Uncle Chuck...and will miss you. Tell Dad it seems like yesterday since he was gone. I see him in my dreams...
Love Peggy