So sorry to hear the sad news of Ned&s passing.
what a full life he led. Many great accomplishments.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
In Christ&s Love,
My mom lives near me now, in AZ, and she is no longer traveling. I am happy that my Aunt Jean, mom&s sister, will attend and thereby represent all of us. We&ve long heard many family stories from the distant past - summers at Camp Lake; family parties and significant events like weddings, Flo and Roy&s 50th Anniversary Party; stories about attending Ned&s championship game at Soldier Field; cousins stories of growing up together and the 3 Maloney boys and 2 Canty girls and young Norman - all of whom liked each other immensely and who all got along very well. I remember visiting Ethel and Flo and Roy when Flo was bedbound and he was her caregiver. He always had plenty of soda on hand, and we being kids - we thought that he was so cool - we just loved ""50/50"" soda pop - do you remember that one? I also came to know that Roy&s sister Laurette Boswell was fast friends in Oak Park with my paternal grandmother, and as a young boy, my Dad and Lorette&s son Eddy were fast friends on Chicago&s west side - playing stick ball in an empty lot at Cicero and North Avenue. It seems such a small and close world listening to these stories and close relationships. Again, we are grieving your loss with you from a distance - all our warmest wishes go out to your family. We always thought so highly of your parents, Ned and Tooty - wish we had visited more often. Peace and Serenity to you and yours. Please say hello to Bob and Ceil for us too, and of course, Jean.
~ Ann (O&Shaughnessy) O&Connor
Coach Ned will be missed and remembered...he loved Purdue, he loved his family and he loved his players. Having the honor to play on some of Purdue&s best teams from 1964-1968, the Purdue football family was the best, it was a very special time for me and Purdue football. A special note to Tim who I know personally, your dad was a coach and friend. God bless him, he and &Tooty& are togeather again.
Jim Bonk #74
As a football recruit, Ned made a special effort to make me feel comfortable in an ""alian"" environment. I am a street kid and he felt my discomfort with the ""propriety"" of collegial commitment. He was probably the main reason I attended Purdue. Throughout my career (which was up and down) he remained steadfast as a supporter. I always knew I could go to Ned, DeMo, Red and Joe as well as others when college life was ""crunching"" me. There was never a time as a ""alone"" kid when I couldn&t count on his and their support to get the job done. He is probably the best Head Coach that never happened. I believe he earned his credits in other arenas and just wanted to be the best Mentor he could be; he was and I mourn his passing, but CELEBRATE his life! Thanks again Ned; I love you and your really did know it! love n hugs bill jennings