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Peter Friel, ’78 "Character" Memorial Scholarship

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Named in memory of Peter Friel, ’78, an alumnus, who passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 28, 2015.


This scholarship was established by the Friel family to honor his love for Cathedral Prep.  


Peter was born and raised in Brooklyn, Our Lady of Christians Parish in the Midwood section of the Brooklyn, New York.  Peter was a proud alumnus of Cathedral Prep, Brooklyn.  While at the Prep, he participated in Intramurals, Varsity Basketball, CCD, BBC, Varsity Bowling, Varsity Handball, Annual Staff, Spire Staff, Bishop Server, Photography Club, Darkroom, Staff, Drama Club, Athletic Association, and Printing Staff.


After graduating Cathedral Prep he earned both his Bachelors and Masters of Science from St. Johns University. Peter loved to travel, mostly to his beloved Ireland. He loved the ocean, was a great storyteller and had a zest for life beyond compare. He was a teacher and a coach to many.


At his funeral, his daughter, Christine gave the eulogy and spoke of him as a “great father, loving husband, wonderful brother, amazing coach, dedicated uncle, and cousin and everyone’s friend.”  She noted that on June 7th of last year, the Friel family had a Mass at Cathedral Prep where her dad spoke.  Her dad told of all the great men in his life, all of those men influenced part of his journey.  He told stories and spoke of great lessons he learned.  She added, "I hope he knows that he too is a part of that list.  He has done for many, both young and old, what those he has admired had done for him.  ... Peter Friel is most certainly on that list of great men.”


Your generosity is appreciated. Please keep in your prayers his family, wife, Diane and their children, Christine and Patrick, and  his parents, Connell and Bridget, his brother alums, Bernard, ’72, Danny, ’73, Connell, ’77, Kevin, ’81, Paul, ’85 and his nephew Cathedral sophomore Connell.  




Please join the Friel family and friends at the Blue Hill golf course, 285 Blue Hill Rd, Pearl River, NY on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in support of this scholarship.  For more information, contact Tim McCleary at or call 718-592-6800, ext. 120.  Thank you.

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