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John F. McKiernan
John F. McKiernan, 79, of Emmaus passed away peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2013, in his home after a courageous battle with myleofibrosis. Born and raised in South Boston, John was the oldest son of John F. and Elsie McKiernan. He was an Air Force veteran and served during the Korean War. He was a champion swimmer in the Air Force and taught electronics. After achieving success at an early age in the electrical business, he joined Joel Spira at Lutron Electronics in 1973. As Vice Chairman of the Board, he helped propel Lutron to be the leader of the electrical switch industry by establishing a world-wide sales philosophy. He traveled over the entire globe to put Lutron on the map. Over his career, he has served as Chairman and Executive Committee Member of the Electrification Council in Washington, DC, Executive Committee member of the Board of National Lighting Bureau, Chairman of the Board for the American Lighting Association, as well as many other prestigious positions in the lighting industry. John was the recipient of the Manufacturer of The Year award from the Electrical Manufacturers Representative Association, the Pillar of the Year Award from the ALA, and most recently was awarded the high honor of being inducted into the American Lighting Association Hall of Fame. John was an avid golfer and a member of Lehigh and Saucon Valley Country Clubs. He was the patriarch of a wonderful, close-knit family and truly lived a life that mattered and affected many people, in immeasurable ways. He was loved and respected by everyone who had the honor of calling him dad, grandpa, big poppa, podzee, Mac, Dear, or just a friend. Survivors: John is survived by his three children, Debbie Stevens of Downingtown, Marcia Kennet of Macungie and John E. McKiernan of Macungie; his dear friend, Patricia Panzarella; his nine grandchildren ranging in ages from 32 to 4 years; seven great-grandchildren; his former wife, Donna McKiernan; two brothers, Brian and Brad; two sisters, Judy Wilkens, Ruth Schroeder; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Elsie Mullins. Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, at 10 a.m., at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Calling hours will be held on Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton Sts., Allentown, and on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m., at the church. Arrangements by the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: Contributions may be made in his memory to the MPN Research Foundation at, or St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown, PA 18103.

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Published in Morning Call on Oct. 22, 2013.
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November 17, 2013
Our deepest sympathy is extended to John's family and loved ones. We were so sad yesterday when we heard of John's passing. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Sincerely, Dr. and Mrs. Craig Christine
Susan Christine
October 29, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Patti and the McKiernan family. John will be greatly missed. He did so much for Paul with his career at Lutron. I know the two of them are up in heaven catching up on everything that has been going on.
Linda Trivey
October 29, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the McKiernan family. John was a terrific man in all respects and always enjoyed his company.
John Soler
October 23, 2013
OUr deepest sympathies to the McKiernan family... He was a great man...

Keith and Margaret Ward
Keith Ward
October 23, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Patti and the McKiernan family. We knew John for nearly 40 years, and we will miss him dearly. He was a good man who always looked out for your best interests.
Rob & Kim Weinberg
October 23, 2013
My sincere sympathies go out to the McKiernan family. My favorite memory of John is seeing his smile on the golf course.
Mike Caruso
October 23, 2013
Dear Patty and family,
Our deepest sympathy to all. John and I had many fun years together both in business and personal.
He'll be truly missed.
Love you Podzee, Carl and Family
Carl Menger
October 23, 2013
Our sincere and deepest sympathy to the entire family and Pat.

Don and Sally Springer
Don and Sally Springer
October 23, 2013
Marcia, John and the entire McKiernan family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace and happiness in your memories of all the wonderful times of time spent with your father/grandfather.
Tom and Beth Yen
October 23, 2013
My thoughts are with you pattie. Love Jan
October 23, 2013
My most sincere condolences to Patti and the entire McKiernan Clan.
RIP my friend, mentor, golf partner, inspiration, and ever present force in the electrical industry. One of the good guys who will be missed.....
Warren Cohen
October 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.
Kay & Tony Werhun
October 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Patti and the family. John was a great man who will be remembered fondly. It was an honor to work with him.
John and Suzanne Forney
October 22, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. McKiernan's passing. I will truly miss him. My heart goes out to Patti and his family.
Tonia Lynn
October 22, 2013
God bless the family in this difficult time, and of course, may big Mac RIP!

Sorry Big John. Thinking of you & yours. Stay strong!
Mark Andrews
October 22, 2013
My deepest sympathy to you and your family
Bob Creveling
October 22, 2013
God bless to all of John's family & friends. Your Lutron family will greatly miss you!
October 22, 2013
Dear Patti, Debbie, Marsha & John,
John was one of those rare individuals who was kind, generous, thoughtful & truly loved by all. He was a great friend and lived an exemplary life. He will be dearly missed.
All our love, Susan & Bob Oristaglio & family
October 22, 2013
To the McKiernan Family and to the Lutron Family,
I was very saddened to learn that John passed away. My mom, Rita, always spoke very highly of John in her years at Lutron and I know he will be greatly missed. May all of those who knew and loved John find peace and comfort during this sad time.
Megan (Shovlin) McShane
Megan McShane
October 22, 2013
John, You were my friend, my mentor, my brother, and my father. You meant everything to me and I will miss you greatly as will my wife. Rest in peace. You earned it.
Alexis & Paul Friedlander
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