Buffalo Grove Patch| Ernest J. Schweit
A much-loved athlete, student and son in a family with roots deep in the community, his tragic loss was felt by many.
“He fell asleep at the wheel and hit a guardrail,” said his father, Jim McInerney.
But Sean hasn’t been forgotten, thanks to St. Mary Catholic School, which next week puts on the 20th annual Sean McInerney Basketball tournament in his honor.
“He was just a good son, brother and all-around good person,” said his father, who now lives in Arlington Heights with his wife, Peggy, and has two other children, Regina and Jamie.
“He had lots of friends at St. Mary’s,” Jim McInerney said. “He then went to Carmel (Catholic High School) in Mundelein and then to Harper.”
Ann Gramm, former athletic director at St. Mary’s, started the tournament in 1991.
"Sean was really a great kid and his mom and dad were good friends of ours, so we figured what better way to honor a great kid who was such a great athlete than to honor him with this tournament," she said. "I know it meant a lot to Jim and it still does to honor him (Sean) and his legacy."
Sean played golf, basketball and baseball. His favorite “was a tossup between golf and baseball,” his dad said, “but he was a real good basketball player, too.”
Vic Rose, former athletic director at St. Mary’s, remembers Sean.