Jimmy Neary, owner of iconic NYC Irish pub, the restaurateur in charge of Neary’s restaurant and pub on 57th Street and First Avenue in New York City for more than 50 years has passed away in his sleep on the 1st of Oct. 2021.
He died at the age of 91. The cause of his death has not been released to the public.
The family wrote in a statement posted on the door of Neary’s Saturday night, “We want to thank you all for being a part of his life. Dad loved you all and he cherished being with you for the past 55+ years.”
“You were all a critical part of his family and enriched his life in countless ways. As he always said ‘I love my life!’”
Una, Jimmy’s daughter commented, “What he did is what he loved, and he just loved people. It was all about people for him,” she said. “He would say he didn’t care if the restaurant ever made a penny, he just wanted to be around people.”
Neary’s has been a longtime favorite St. Paddy’s day stop for a slew of politicians and other celebrities over the years, including former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York Gov. George Pataki.
Neary’s funeral service will be held next Saturday at 10 a.m. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, presided over by long-time friend Cardinal Timothy Dolan, his daughter Una told The Post.