The Paul Mortuary

390 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA


Joseph T. Neary, PhD

October 14, 1943January 11, 2020

Joseph T. Neary was born on October 14, 1943 in Carbondale, PA. Joe attended the University of Scranton, PA, and the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Ph. D. in Biochemistry. After research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he began neuroscience research at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, MA. Joe’s research on traumatic brain injury at the Miami VA Hospital and the University of Miami was inspiring for him. In his retirement, Joe loved teaching on the neuroscience of meditation at OLLI, CSUMB, and gave retreats on meditation. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Mary McDonough Neary and Joseph F. Neary. He is survived by his wife, Judy Neary, his children, Suzanne Dolan and Robert Neary, and four grandchildren whom he loved. Visitation will be at The Paul Mortuary this Monday, January 20 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a vigil from 5:00-6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at St. Angela Merici Church, corner of Lighthouse and 9th Street, Pacific Grove, on Tuesday, January 21, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be made to your favorite charity. To sign Joe’s guest book and leave messages for his family, please visit www.thepaulmortuary.


  • Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Vigil Service Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Joseph T. Neary, PhD

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Joe & Carole Narcavage

January 27, 2020

Judy and Family,
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers, as will your family.

Celebrating his life, we have shared great memories from the four years we spent together in the smelly chemistry labs of the University of Scranton ('61 - '65), camping in New Hampshire during horrendous t-storms as our families were growing, touring Boston for our first time, and the 50+ years of exchanging informative Christmas cards after our paths thru life diverged.

Anyone who knew him will miss him. God Bless.

Joe (UofS '65) & Carole Narcavage

Ruben Habito

January 23, 2020

I will forever be grateful to Joe Neary, with whom i shared precious times of conversation as well as times of sitting in contemplative practice together at the Monterey Meditation Center. Joe also went out of his way to drive me from Monterey to the monastery in Big Sur, where we had quality time for conversation and sharing about our experiences in Zen meditation.
I join his wife Judy, his family, and everyone who knew and loved him, in mourning his passing from our midst, and will continue to cherish his memory and his presence in my heart. Palms joined,
Ruben Habito, Maria Kannon Zen Center, Dallas, Texas

Jane Crowley

January 21, 2020

Always giving thanks for you, our beloved friend ,Joe, whose gentle presence, humor, bright light and keen insights have warmed all our hearts and opened our minds in every Sangha gathering , and indeed at all times , to help our world become more compassionate and wise.

Peace, comfort and renewed strength, dear Judy, be with you and your beloved family.

Gerri Brugnetti

January 20, 2020

We have nothing but fond memories of our time at Mark Light Stadium cheering on the Hurricane baseball team. We have had lots of great fun, laughs, meals and festivities from coast to coast. Joe you are missed. Judy we are here for you, always.

Gerri & Charlie

Sandy Malmberg

January 20, 2020

We celebrate the life of a wonderful man, Joe Neary with whom we were fortunate to explore the Getty Villa with, enjoy story-filled meals and Thanksgiving. Our love and support to Judy, always.

Sandy & Jim

Nona Strong

January 20, 2020

It was always a delight to see Joe enter Mercy Center Burlingame for a retreat. He brought such a quiet and serene presence, yet we always looked forward to the splashes of humor that sparkled in the love-light he carried with him. That love-light lived fully within him, and will always live with us, for that matter. For Joe is an unforgettable part of our experience.

I offer my sincere condolences to the members of Joe's family, which he loved so dearly. Although we won't be able to hug or touch hands with Joe any longer, we offer deep bows to him, to his family, and to the Universe, for having shared Joe with us.

Travel well, Joe! Your presence will be missed.

Rose Marie Coleman (Burke)

January 20, 2020

Judy and family,

So sorry to have read of Joe's Passing. Prayers and thoughts are with at this time.

Rose Marie (Class of '64.)

Sharon Miller

January 19, 2020

Joe changed my life. I finally learned how to quiet my mind and meditate after his OLLI class. His positive demeanor and intellectual curiosity will always inspire me. He was always so welcoming and interested in the people around him. It has been difficult for all of us us to lose him so suddenly, He will truly be missed, but never forgotten. Deepest love and condolences to his family.

Leticia Valdez

January 19, 2020

I'll never forget Joe's positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor.
He was a great friend and a role model of human kindness.
I enjoyed and learned a lot from his courses at OLLI. He taught me the power of meditation and mindfulness.
My thoughts and prayers to Judy and family.
Letty Valdez

Katie Neary Fiorelli

January 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to Judy and family. I haven’t seen Joey in many years, but I remember our family reunion at Moosic Lake in Pennsylvania years ago, at my parents cottage ( Dick and Ethel Neary). Also, great memories of your mother and father. RIP, Joey