Westchester County native Sean Grogan, 18, a former standout athlete at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, died Thursday, April 13 after jumping in the path of an Amtrak train in Rensselaer County.
Grogan, a student at the University at Albany, was a captain on the Wappingers Warriors lacrosse team in high school and a standout defensive player.
"The community lost an incredible young man," the Wappingers lacrosse team posted on its Twitter account, @wapplax . "Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Grogan family. RIP Sean."
Born in Mount Kisco on May 12, 1998, he was the son of Thomas and Denise (Nethercott) Grogan. He graduated from St. Denis-St. Columba School in 2012 and Roy C. Ketcham High School in 2016. He was a parishioner of St. Columba Church and was currently studying political science at the University at Albany.
Sean loved the New York Giants and watched ESPN regularly. He knew every player in the NFL and could reference any major sports moment.
Sean had a keen interest in art and volunteered at DIA of Beacon. He was an avid reader and listened to music of all kinds.
He also had deep roots within his community. He worked at the East Fishkill Community Library, the Village of Fishkill Water Department, and the New York State Bridge Authority. He volunteered as an altar server at St. Columba Church and as a helper at the Summer Joy Program at St. Denis/St. Columba School for years. He was also selected to attend Boys State through the American Legion.
In addition to his parents, Sean is survived by his sisters, Kimberly Grogan and fiancé John Maricevic of Hopewell Junction, Kelly Grogan of Manhattan, Erin Grogan of Mount Kisco and Tara Grogan of Wappingers Falls; his grandmother, Dorothy Nethercott of Danbury, Conn.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by burial in St. Denis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Denis-St. Columba School for the Sean Grogan Scholarship Fund, PO Box 368, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. You can visit Sean's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
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