‘Authentically extra’: Kings Park teacher remembered at friendly doubleheader

Family, friends and former students gathered in Kings Park Friday for a friendly doubleheader honoring a teacher and JV baseball coach who passed away earlier this week.

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2019, 8:37 PM

Updated 1,765 days ago

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Family, friends and former students gathered in Kings Park Friday for a friendly doubleheader honoring a teacher and JV baseball coach who passed away earlier this week.
Police say Michael McDermott, 37, of Smithtown, was jogging through St. James on Sunday, July 14, when a hit-and-run driver fatally struck him.
McDermott was a physical education teacher and coach the baseball team at William T. Rogers Middle School.
The doubleheader was organized by McDermott’s four brothers – Tom, Dan, John and Steve – and attended by approximately 75 people.
“It was great to get out on the field and play the game that Mike loved so much,” said Vin Taurassi – McDermott’s childhood friend and brother-in-law. “It felt like he was there with us.”
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Tom McDermott described Michael, the oldest of the brothers, as “authentically extra” while eulogizing him at St. Phillips and James Church on Thursday.
“When I say ‘authentically extra’, I mean he lived every moment of his 37 years joyfully, effusively, energetically, and unapologetically in a way that was 100% genuine to who he was,” he said.
Keith Clancy, 32, of Mattituck was arrested near exit 69 on the Long Island Expressway about a half hour after the incident in St. James.
News 12 reported that he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. His license was revoked following a previous DWI. The prosecutor said it’s likely Clancy would face upgraded homicide charges. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.
McDermott was a father to three young children - Leila, Ryan and Sienna – and a husband to Lorraine McDermott – a teacher at Accompsett Middle School. Coincidentally, Ryan and Leila each had walk-off hits during 2-1, 3-2 victories.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, a GoFundMe campaign for the McDermott family had reached nearly $170,000.
 


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