Francis "Biggie" McDonough, a security fixture at a number of clubs and bars in Long Beach for almost 20 years, died June 17 at South Point Plaza nursing home in Island Park from complications of a stroke. He was 39.

"He was a well-known and respected member of the city's West End community and a go-to guy for many local fundraisers and charity events," said Kyle Christensen of Long Beach. "He was the gatekeeper, whether at [the now closed] Chauncey's on the Beach or Minnesota's [restaurant and bar]. His bellowing pronouncement 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the bar is now closed' is etched in the memory of friends and patrons."

John Gallagher, an owner of Minnesota's, said: "I always felt comfortable about my business and my patrons, knowing Biggie was watching the store. He took enormous pride in protecting the integrity of any establishment he worked."

A Cedarhurst native, McDonough was a 1992 graduate of Lawrence High School, where he starred on the football field.

"He was a true sports fan who took pride in his talent for laying odds, and welcomed anyone to challenge his expertise," Gallagher said. "He loved the Giants, Rangers and Yankees . . . anything New York."

McDonough was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Brendan the Navigator, Division 17, and reveled in all things Irish, said his friends.

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"He was a confidante, mentor, protector and friend," said Hugh Raiten, the bar manager at Jimmy Hays in Island Park. "He taught us all the meaning of friendship and loyalty."

Raiten said McDonough was a recognizable and welcoming figure at many of Long Beach's best-known hot spots.

He is survived by a brother, John, of Oceanside; and two sisters, Kathleen and Alice, both of Levittown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church in Cedarhurst at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The body will be cremated immediately after.