POUGHKEEPSIE - John "Jack" Kehoe, 88, passed away most peacefully on Friday (March 28, 2014), at The Pines in Poughkeepsie.
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Jack's roots were planted in Olean, where he was born Jan. 31, 1926, to the late James and Margaret Drake Kehoe, who predeceased him. Olean is a special hometown; his wife Gloria Vales Kehoe grew up there as well. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage together after exchanging their vows at St. John's Church in April 1954. Gloria predeceased Jack in February 2012.
After graduating from Olean High School in 1943, Jack served in the U.S. Navy during World War II until 1946. His studies at the Westbrook Commercial Academy after his service led to a long career in banking and finance, primarily in business development and commercial loans. With CIT Financial Corp., Jack worked all over Upstate New York until joining Dutchess Bank in Poughkeepsie in 1972. As a vice president responsible for commercial loans, Jack helped start and finance many small businesses in the Hudson Valley, always with a handshake and a smile.
Besides his commitment to family, Jack most loved people, golf and the beach; he considered himself fortunate to spend a lot of time enjoying all of those things. His job kept him in constant touch with people in the business community, some of whom he would see at McCann golf course during his daily 18 holes after his retirement in 1991. When he was not in the backyard preening the lawn or helping his grandsons with their golf swing, he would spend all day on the sand at the Jersey Shore in the summer and Cocoa Beach in the winter.
Jack is survived by three children, Nancie Kehoe Cooney of Ilion, David Vales (Midge) Kehoe of Hyde Park and Mary (Rich) Gugumuck of Poughkeepsie; four grandchildren, Alissa and Richelle Cooney and Stephen and Timothy Gugumuck; two step-grandsons, Peter and Erich Zielenski; a sister, Suzanne McCarthy of Ocean City, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, James Kehoe of Olean; a sister, Midge Neary of Olean; and Tom Kehoe of Fairport.
A special 'Thanks' goes to the folks on the fourth floor of The Pines in Poughkeepsie and the Hospice Blue Team, who shepherded Jack to the 19th hole. His charm and respectful dignity were well known amongst the group.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 5, 2014) at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 931 N. Union St., Olean. The Rev. Edward Sheedy, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, with full military honors being accorded by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team. Per Jack's wishes, there will be no public visitation.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Casey, Halwig, & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.
Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com. Memorials, if desired, may be made in honor of Gloria to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, P.O. Box 759155, Baltimore, MD 21275-9155, www.nami.org.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 1, 2014