Growth and learning through athletics has always been part of our essential beliefs at the New York Military Academy. For this reason, those members of our staff who have devoted their lives to helping cadets through our sports programs are especially dear to our hearts. The passing this week of Les McMillen occurred after a long illness, but during this illness Les was an inspiration to us all as he constantly insisted on coming to work every day he was able.
Perhaps some of the community might know Les through the number of championships his teams have won, the excellent athletes he has trained, the contributions he made to the operations of the Hudson Valley Athletic League, and the wonderful family he helped raise. But what really impressed us over the last few years was his love of the New York Military Academy, his determination to bring back the NYMA community, and his belief in the power of teaching to help students develop.
For 30 years Les coached and taught here and helped build and rebuild our athletic program. Many alumni of NYMA and residents of the Cornwall area were influenced by Les when they were young. He helped organize sports training here on campus for an entire region and for an entire generation. Les was an integral part of this academy during the school year and during the summer. He loved NYMA, we loved him, and we will all miss him.
Barbara O’Rourke, who knew Les for almost the entire time he was at NYMA, communicated the following funeral arrangements:
There will be a “Celebration of Les’s Life” held on Sunday, March 4th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Quigley Brothers Funeral Home, 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520.