Death of former students

By Christopher Blake
November 15, 2007

Jeffrey Dailey
Aug. 8, 1985 – Nov. 8, 2007

Former Cabrini basketball star, Jeff Dailey, 22, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 after a fire quickly spread through his duplex apartment located just minutes from East Stroudsburg University.

Dailey attended Cabrini from 2004-2006 and although his time with the college was short, Dailey will never be forgotten.

Dailey was an amazing basketball player with a three-point shot few could match.

At Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem Township he set his school’s all-time scoring mark with 1,742 points. To this very day his retired jersey, number 20, hangs proudly in the Crusaders’ gym.

While at Cabrini, Dailey was named basketball rookie of the year of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference for the 2004-2005 season. As a sophomore, after averaging over 12 points per game and hitting 69 three-pointers, he made the All-PAC team as an honorable mention.

Dailey was more than just a great athlete; he was a class act on and off the court.

“He was always smiling and he had a way of making everyone around him do it too,” junior Charles Bush, a communication major and former teammate of Dailey, said.

“He was the kind of person that cared about the well being of others and wanted nothing in return,” senior Victor O’Connor, a business administration major and former teammate of Dailey, said.

Dailey was a hard working individual and would spend hours in the gym perfecting his shot before practice each day.

At East Stroudsburg University, Dailey was a sports marketing major and hoped to play basketball next year.

“He never wanted the spotlight but it shined on him naturally,” O’Connor said.

Dailey found endless amounts of success yet he was as humble as any sports star could be.

“No one is perfect but he was the closest I’ve ever seen to it. I never had anything negative to say about Jeff,” O’Connor said.

“Jeff was the best friend someone could have. One of the most unselfish people that I ever met and he always wanted to see others around him excel. We will miss him and we will always love him,” Bush said.

Dailey will have an everlasting impact on the lives of others within the Cabrini College community and beyond for years to come. God bless Jeff, the Dailey family and any friends that had the opportunity to meet such a truly amazing person.

-Writtten by Chris Blake

Marc “Marco” Iacono
Aug. 29, 1980 – Oct. 27, 2007

My name is Anthony D’Aleo and I graduated Cabrini College in 2003.

In the fall of 1999, I was lucky enough to be an incoming freshman at Cabrini.

After a month or so, I was ready to transfer to a school in the south.

I was a work-study student in the academic affairs department. I was told by the secretaries I worked with to give Cabrini a little more of a chance. I trusted their opinions and I did.

That is when I met my core group of friends for the next four years of college and beyond.

There was Scotty, Jay, Derick, Chris and Marco. Through these guys I met more friends that I include in my core.

A few weeks ago, Cabrini lost a great young man who was a part of my core. Marc Iacono, known as “Marco,” died tragically in a single car automobile accident.

Iacono was a young man that was full of life. He always had a smile on his face and he could light up a room wherever he was. I know that sounds like a cliché that’s always used when a loved one loses their life.

I, along with all of Marco’s family and friends, will tell you that’s the truth when speaking about him.

The evidence was clear at his memorial on Oct. 31, Halloween night and funeral service on Nov. 1, All Saint’s Day.

Iacono’s friends continued to swap stories about him well into the evening after the memorial on Halloween night. It was what he would have wanted. That too sounds cliché but I can tell you that it was the truth.

Cabrini College was well represented at his services. He touched many lives in his four-plus years at Cabrini.

So this week, when all of you students have off from classes for Cabrini Day, please take a moment to honor Marc “Marco” Iacono.

-Written by Anthony D’Aleo

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