Brian Carney passed away suddenly in the early hours of Thursday March 8th of a heart attack. There was not a nicer or smarter person that I ever knew. For all of us who knew Brian, this is a great loss. It was a real shock as Brian was in tremendous shape. We went on a 50 mile bike ride together just a year or so ago and I specifically remember thinking that I need to get in shape like Brian. Brian was also a black belt in karate. He took this up in his 50s which was just amazing to me.
I can honestly never remember Brian being in a bad mood or ever being short with anyone. As Tim Smith, long time Sun Microsystems employee said in an email to Jim Fiori and me, "Brian was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. Quiet competence w/ no ego. Very rare combination." Tim was absolutely right.
John DiCarlo and Dennis Govoni have been keeping folks updated. Ann Carney called my house last night and I spoke with Ann today. She asked that we get the word out. Marie O'Brien spoke with Ann. Ann told Marie that Brian's phone and computer were all password locked, so it was difficult to find out all the contacts.
As the Washington Post reported:
On March 8, 2012, of Alexandria, VA. He is survived by his wife, Ann Sursa Carney; daughter, Allison Palmer Carney; two sons, Evan William Carney and Patrick David Carney. Also survived by his mother, Ann C. Carney; brothers, Kevin, Michael and Dennis; sister, Ellen. Friends may call Monday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at EVERLY-WHEATLEY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.Please share this information with those who knew Brian.
This is the website where you can view details on the services, sign the guestbook, upload a photo and share your thoughts. I am sure Ann and the kids (they are adults now) would appreciate your thoughts and any photos, as well as signing the guestbook.
VisitationMonday, March 12
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Everly Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 W. Braddock Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22302
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Funeral MassTuesday, March 13
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1427 Braddock Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22302