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Longtime Greenwich Resident Scott Kiernan, Former NFL Player, Dies At 43

Scott Weston Kiernan, 43
Scott Weston Kiernan, 43 Photo Credit: Leo P. Gallagher and Sons Funeral Home

A former NFL player from the area who was a team captain at Syracuse University has died at age 43.

Scott Weston Kiernan, who grew up in Greenwich, died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 4 in Clermont, Florida. A cause of death was not released.

A former Syracuse football offensive lineman, Kiernan, was well known as the player who co-captained the 1998 Big East champions, before moving on to play for the NFL, first with the New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers.

The son of Gordon A. Kiernan, Jr. of Darien, and Kay Kiernan Brix of Newtown, Kiernan was born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and grew up in Greenwich. He attended Greenwich High School and graduated from The Gunnery in 1994.

He then attended Syracuse University where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology in 1999. He was a four-year letter winner and co-captain of the football program in his final season at Syracuse.

In his post-football career, Kiernan initially found success as a residential mortgage broker in New Jersey and, subsequently, as a real estate investor in Orlando. His love for hosting family and friends influenced his gravitation toward a new career in the culinary industry.  He was instrumental in establishing The Friar Tuck, an English cafe in Clermont.

Kiernan will be remembered in many different lights, by numerous people who encountered him at different stages of his life and career. Most importantly, he would want to be remembered for the way he loved his parents and siblings, his children, his family, and friends.

He is survived by his four children Kayse, Mackenzie, Austin and Sydney Kiernan of Waretown, N.J. In addition,  Kiernan leaves behind his parents Kay and Gordon, his brothers Trey, Ted and Ryan and his nieces and nephews all of whom will forever hold his love and memory in their hearts.

Family and friends are welcome to attend calling hours at Leo P. Gallagher and Sons Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street Greenwich, CT on Friday, Jan. 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Second Congregational Church will be providing services on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Scott Kiernan to The American Heart Association. Donations may also be made to the Syracuse S-Project in his name.

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