Daniel J. Geelan of Springs and Suffern, N.Y., a retired senior executive vice president of marketing at Comdisco, an information technology company, died on Friday of complications from a stroke. He was 75.
Born on July 19, 1937, to John Geelan of Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland, and the former Mary Mannion of Glenamaddy, County Galway, Ireland, he grew up in Washington Heights in Manhattan. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and from Manhattan College with the class of 1959, going on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. He was honorably discharged as an Army Reserve specialist.
As a teenager, Mr. Geelan fell in love with Springs, where he was a summer resident for 43 years. He taught his children to play tennis at the Buckskill Tennis Club here and his grandchildren at East Hampton Indoor Tennis. On any given day he could be found on the beach at Indian Wells or on the greens at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett.
In 1974, he co-founded the Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians Feis, a festival that brings thousands of people each year to Rockland County to celebrate their Irish heritage. Mr. Geelan also served as the Rockland County aide to the grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade.
In retirement, Mr. Geelan focused on serving those in need. A daily communicant and parish member at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, Mr. Geelan was a eucharistic minister to prisoners at the Westchester Correctional Facility and to patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As a result of his own cancer, he was inspired to establish DonateA.com, a charity that provides sports tickets to children and families with the disease.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen Geelan, two sons, Daniel A. Geelan of Westport, Conn., and John D. Geelan of New York City, and two daughters, Marie T. Lacey of Santa Monica, Calif., and Courtney Geelan of New York City. Five grandchildren, a sister, Catherine Cooney of Paramus, N.J., and two brothers, John Geelan of Tenafly, N.J., and William Geelan of Piermont, N.Y., also survive.
A wake was held on Monday and Tuesday at the Wanamaker and Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern. A funeral service was held yesterday at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. Mr. Geelan will be buried at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery tomorrow at 2 p.m. The family has suggested memorial donations to Cardinal Hayes High School, 650 Grand Concourse, Bronx 10451.