Robert Frederick “Fred” McNally, 74, of Bethany Beach, Del., and formerly of New York, N.Y., and Wilmington, Del., passed peacefully on Feb. 2, 2019, from severe congestive heart failure after a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 24, 1944, to the late Robert Wright McNally and Ethel Hammell McNally.
McNally was a lifelong entrepreneur, beginning his sales career in 1966 at an independent telephone company, then working for Monroe Calculators from 1968 to 1972, before joining TAB Products in 1973 and quickly advancing to sales management in New York City. He built his own TAB franchise in Wilmington, where he worked until his retirement in 2011.
Whether he was traveling the world or welcoming people into his home in Bethany Beach, McNally found great joy being with family and friends — telling jokes, sharing stories and just talking.
McNally is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara R. McNally of Bethany Beach, Del.; two sons, M. Keith McNally and his partner, Melissa Icasiano, and Matthew McNally and his partner, Ginger Knight; a grandchild, Spencer Icasiano; a brother-in-law, Michael Rich and his partner, Anne Quigley; two nieces, Kelsey Rich and Jennifer Rich; an uncle, Ted Lieland; and his loyal Doberman companion, Romeo.
A service in McNally’s memory was to be held Feb. 10, 2019, in Wilmington, Del. A celebration of McNally’s life will be held on May 4, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to Faithful Friends, where McNally walked dogs while living in Wilmington, by visiting the website at ww.faithfulfriends.us.