October 1, 1932 - October 28, 2016 On the afternoon of October 28, 2016, John passed away peacefully at his home in Woodland Hills, CA surrounded by his family after succumbing to congestive heart failure. John was 84 years old. John Sweeney was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on October 1, 1932. He was the first son of John E. Sweeney, Sr., and Marie Gorse Sweeney. After playing hockey and graduating business school from Providence College, John and his wife, Elsie, got married and moved to Texas for 5 years while John served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant. In 1962, John and Elsie moved to California. John worked in the aviation industry for 33 years. John was an avid Los Angeles Kings and Dodgers fan. John also cherished his family and grandchildren, and was married to Elsie for over 59 years before her passing in 2015. John Sweeney is survived by his brother Ray, daughters Ellen Marano, Susan Elton, Elizabeth Polito, sons Steven and Robert Sweeney, daughter-in-law Kathryn Sweeney, sons-in-law Damiano Marano and John Polito, grandchildren John and Michael Elton, Tina Polito, Megan and John Paul Sweeney, Vanessa and Laura Marano, and Lauren, Sean, and Joseph Sweeney. Mass Services will be held on Monday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mel Catholic Church in Woodland Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his favorite children's charities, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and/or The Aubri Brown Club.
Published in Los Angeles Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2016.