John J. Kearney, 86, of Cherry Hill, N.J., passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, at Kindred Hospital, Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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John was born in Jenkins Township, Pa. and was the son of the late John and Mary Keefe Kearney. He was a graduate of St. John's High School in Pittston, Pa., and Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He received a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Scranton. He also attended the University of Maryland Law School and did extensive Graduate studies at Temple University School of Education. John was a teacher at North Hanover Township School at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., for 33 years and was active in the teachers' associations.
John was a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran and a Sergeant in the 28th Infantry in the Korean War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree, American Legion Post 372 (Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Oratorical Contest for seven years and state Convention Delegate), Veterans of Foreign Wars Life member, the Catholic War Veterans and member of Catholic Community of Christ Our Light Church (Queen of Heaven church) all in Cherry Hill.
An avid sports enthusiast, he witnessed a number of championship title boxing bouts in New York City, Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
He is survived by a brother, Edward and his wife (Cecelia) of Dallas, Pa.; three nephews, Edward Kearney and his wife, (Anne Marie) of McLean, Va.; John Kearney of Dallas, Pa.; and Thomas Kearney and his wife (Deb) of Mahwah, N.J.; eight grandnephews and nieces, Brian, Carolyn (Stone), Daniel, Brendan, Katherine, Joseph, Michael and Kevin Kearney; two great-grandnieces, Emily and Brook Kearney; and one great-grandnephew, Benjamin Stone.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hugh P. Boyle and Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, Pa. with Rev. Peter A. Tomczak officiating.
Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509.
Hugh P Boyle Funeral Home
333 Wyoming Ave Kingston, PA 18704
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 17, 2013