Friends, family, B-CU pay tribute to McClairen

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COMPILED BY THE DAYTONA TIMES

Family members, friends, colleagues and former-student-athletes of Bethune-Cookman University athletic legend Jack “Cy” McClairen got a chance to pay respects to him this week.

A scholarship fund in his memory also has been established at the university.

The legendary B-CU player, coach and athletic director died on Dec. 28 at age 89.

A public viewing was to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Herbert Thompson Funeral Home, 901 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach.

A graveside service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. The service also is to be live-streamed and recorded.

Memorial contributions

Tributes from people who were impacted by McClairen will be consolidated into a presentation that will appear on Bethune-Cookman University’s online media platforms.

“Jack McClairen touched so many lives during his tenure at Bethune-Cookman College/University,” said his daughter, Robin McClairen in a statement released by B-CU about the service information.

“Coach Cy was about making students `the best they can be” and he made a difference in a lot of lives. We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful stories that will be shared.”

In honor of the career and life of this Wildcat icon, the family will keep his legacy alive through the Jack “Cy” McClairen Scholarship at Bethune-Cookman University. The fund supports the educational pursuits of B-CU students.

Memorial contributions can be sent to  the McClairen scholarship fund  at Bethune -Cookman University, Attention: Office of Institutional Advancement, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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