A scholarship fund has been created for the children of the Rye man who jumped from the Tappan Zee Bridge Thursday.
written by Jay Sears, publisher of MyRye:
George F. Croughan abruptly left this earth on January 14, 2010. While we may not understand all of the circumstances involving George’s passing, we do know that he loved his family above all else: Judy, his wife of 20+ years, his sons, Colin, William, and Mark, and cherished dog, Suzy. George was a fixture at Rye’s sporting events and an enthusiastic supporter for all his children’s activities, whether selling 50/50 raffles at the RHS football games, or cheering for CYO & Rye Recreation basketball or RHS crew regattas. He loved to cook and drink wine with friends and was a terrific storyteller. An avid fisherman, he relished his fishing trip to Jackson Hole last summer with his cousin Tom O’Toole, was loved among his community and participated in several local athletic events such as the N.Y.C. Marathon (twice) , Jarden Westchester Triathlon, and local 5 K races in town.
George was an accomplished writer, and he used to say he wanted to write a column, Tails of the Dog Park, about his adventures at Rye Town Park. He was instantly recognizable in a crowd for his 6’6" height and athletic stature. George recently completed a long and accomplished career at International Paper and was a member of the Manursing Island Club. Aside from his immediate family, George is survived by his mother, Patricia Leonard Croughan of Tuckahoe, N.Y., his brother Brian Croughan of Cranberry, PA., his sister Peggy Gaffney and her husband James, and niece Kristen and nephew Jimmy of Cary, N.C. He was predeceased by his brothers James and Kenneth, and his father James. He was the administrator of the James R Croughan Memorial Scholarship Memorial Fund.