HAMPTON, VA - Lt. Col. Neal Behan, U.S.M.C. (retired), died on June 20, 2010, at the
age of 75. He was born and spent his formative years in Jersey City, N.J. A graduate
of St. Michael's High School, Neal received a Bachelor of Science degree from St.
Peter's College, Jersey City, and a Master of Science degree from the University of
Following graduation from St. Peter's College, he was honorably discharged from the
United States Navy and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion
of OCS at Quantico, Va., Neal was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States
Marine Corps. In 1984, after 31 years of service to his country, retirement presented
the opportunity to continue to serve his community in other ways.
Neal was a member of the board of the Willow Oaks Recreational Association for
several years. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hampton, Past Lt.
Governor, Capital District, and District Chairman of the Kiwanis International
Foundation. Neal welcomed the challenge to help others, especially children, through
Kiwanis. He cherished the memories and friendships made over the years
Neal was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Behan; and father, Cornelius J.
Behan.He is survived by his wife, Jo; children, Cornelius F. Behan, Durham, N.C.;
Judith and Jay Classen, Holly Springs, N.C.; Marykate and Steve Dougherty,Arlington,
Va.; Heidi and Joseph Behan, Lorton, Va.; Jerami and Michael Behan; grandchildren,
Meghan and Jacob Classen, Holly Springs; Sean Dougherty, Arlington; Elijah, Caitlin,
Claire, Caden and Carys Behan, Lorton. Also surviving is a maternal aunt, Rose G.
Miller, Jersey City.A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at St.
Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hampton. Following the mass, the family will receive
friends from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Crown Plaza, Hampton. Memorials can be directed
to The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, 601 Childrens Lane, Norfolk, VA
Published in Daily Press from June 27 to June 28, 2010
Condolences may be sent to: Jo Behan, 108 Seminary Ridge , Hampton, VA 23669
For Neal's own words, click here .
Cornelius Francis Behan
SMHS Class of 1952