Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney gone too soon

Cyril Josh Barker | 2/4/2016, 7:29 a.m.
Media professional and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney dedicated his life to journalism, bringing ...
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Social media has been buzzing over Feeney’s passing since Sunday. The journalist was a top trending topic on Facebook. Thousands of people across the country who knew Feeney reacted to the news of his passing. Several notables offered their condolences.

“Just heard that Michael Feeney, young dynamic journalist died this morning,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said via Twitter. “A good brother and fine journalist. Sad news, RIP Michael.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Feeney a “leader” and a “rising” star in a tweet. “My condolences to the friends and family of Michael Feeney,” he said. “Rest in peace.”

New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde said Feeney was professional in his field and was admired by many.

“Here was a brilliant, committed young man,” she said. “What an asset he was to journalism. What an inspiration and compassionate guiding light he was to young journalists. Michael was one of those writers who understood getting to the core of a story was what made it real. He didn’t go for what was popular; he went for what had the greatest need.”

A memorial fund setup online at YouCaring.com raised more than $25,000 in a matter of days for Feeney’s family.

Two funeral services are being held for Feeney, one in New York and the other in New Jersey.

The New York service will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at First Corinthian Baptist Church, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., in Harlem. A viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a funeral service immediately after.

The New Jersey will be held at the Community Baptist Church, 224 First St., in Englewood, Tuesday, Feb. 9, with a viewing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and funeral services immediately after.

Feeney is survived by his mother, Reba Willis; sister, Maria Feeney; and a twin brother, Anthony Feeney.