Former Boston College Captain Cleary Dies

A funeral mass was offered Wednesday for former Boston College captain Joe Cleary.

Cleary, who captained the 1992 Eagles team and was a four-year letterwinner at the school, was found dead on July 30. He was 39.

Cleary was a member of the Eagles from 1988 through 1992. During those years, Boston College appeared in three NCAA tournaments and advanced to the Frozen Four in 1990. The Eagles won three regular season Hockey East titles (1989-1991) and beat Maine 4-3 to win the school’s second Hockey East Tournament title.

A defenseman, Cleary registered 19 goals and 67 assists in 145 career games at the Heights. He was a fifth-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988 and after leaving Boston College played two professional seasons in the International Hockey League.

Cleary leaves behind his wife Tracy Anne (Costello) and his son Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Educational & Health Fund for Christopher J. Cleary, c/o Bank of America (858 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026) are being accepted.


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