John Conheeney
1929 - 2018
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John Conheeney

Saddle River - On October 8th 2018, John Conheeney, age 89, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family. John was the beloved son of the late Thomas and Agnes Conheeney, and brother of the late Rita Conheeney. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Jean Conheeney.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Mary Higgins Clark, his children and their spouses, John and Debbie Conheeney, Barbara Conheeney, Patricia Conheeney and Michelle DeWitt, Nancy and David Tarleton; and his devoted grandchildren, Lauren, Megan, Kelly, Johnny, and the late Michael Conheeney, Robert Lanzara and his fiancée Rosie DeRosa, and the late Ashley Lanzara; and Oliver Conheeney, and David, Courtney, Thomas, and Liam Tarleton. Also survived by his great granddaughter Sienna Lanzara and by Rosie's daughter, Juliana Holmes. John is also survived by his dear stepchildren and spouses, Marilyn Clark, Warren and Sharon Clark, David Clark, Carol Clark, and Patricia Clark, and by his step grandchildren and their spouses, Elizabeth Clark and Lauren Pomerantz, Andrew and Taylor Clark, Courtney and James Morrison, David Clark, Justin Clark, and Jerry Derenzo, and his step great grandson Will Clark.

John graduated from St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood, NJ where he proudly played football under Coach Vince Lombardi. He graduated from Manhattan College and received an MBA from Tulane University. John was the retired CEO and Chairman of Merrill Lynch Futures. During his 35 years there, he helped form the Futures Industry Association (FIA). He was instrumental in the formation of the National Futures Association (NFA) where he served as chairman from 1990 to 1994. From 1996 to 2005, John served on the board of the New York Mercantile Exchange as a public director. Earlier in his career, he was a board member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the NY Commodities Exchange.

John met Mary on St. Patrick's Day in 1996 and both of them knew right away that they were always going to be together. They married a few months later. John took enormous pride in Mary's achievements as an author and loved accompanying her on book tours across the country and abroad. Mary expressed her gratitude and deep love for John as her "spouse extraordinaire" in the dedications of every one of her books since they met. They were inseparable and enjoyed their large combined families in Saddle River, Spring Lake and Cape Cod. They were also faithful Giants football fans and attended many home games as guests of the Mara family. John was a devoted father and grandfather and always cared deeply about everything they did. He took great joy in participating in the lives of his grandchildren. He attended all of their school and sporting events, and could be seen regularly having breakfast with them at the Daily Treat in Ridgewood. To his colleagues, he was a gentle giant, and to all of those who knew and loved him, he was a man of great warmth, generosity, wit and dignity. He was greatly loved and forever will be missed.

Arrangements through the Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, NJ. Hours of visitation are 3-9 pm, on Thursday, October 11th. Funeral Mass at St. Gabriel's Church in Saddle River on Friday at 11 am. Interment following the Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Hawthorne, New York.

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Published in The Record/Herald News from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2018.
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October 4, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
George Gero
February 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Margo griffin
October 4, 2019
John was a great man of principle and loyal husband. It was my honor to have known him in his later years. He and Mary Higgins Clark were such good friends. A wonderful Christian couple and example of dedicated love. May he shine now with all the saints in heaven,
Fr. Jim Puglisi
Jim Puglisi
May 8, 2019
My condolences to your family. I just saw John had passed as I was looking up information while going through old family photos. My father was John Bruce, John's cousin and son of Mary (Crehan) Bruce. Would love to share photos if anyone is interested.
Ellen Bruce Rader
Ellen Rader
March 13, 2019
I only recently learned of John's passing. I had the honor & privilege of working with him at COMEX . He was a wonderful & honorable man. My condolences to your family.
Carol Bowe
March 12, 2019
March 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I hope your family can find peace !
Karen Griffin
October 31, 2018
A new star in the cosmos shines
and forever more we pray.
That you shall see the setting sun
go down on Galway Bay.
From all your beloved Relatives in Ireland.
RIP John
Ann, Tom, Nessa Clancy
October 22, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
SImon & Schuster Australia Dan Ruffino & Team
October 21, 2018
I knew John from my days at Merrill Lynch. A true gentleman. RIP my friend.
John Brillman
October 19, 2018
So sad. My condolences to to the Conheeney/Clark families
Elizabeth Williamson
October 17, 2018
My deepest sympathy to every member of Mr. Conheeney's family. You were so blessed to have this gentle giant.
Doris Hirtz
October 16, 2018
Dearest Mary and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of your precious John. I remember him well, meetimg you both in Salt Lake City, around 2003 when you both came out for a book signing and writing talk. What a grand legacy, and a big beautiful combined family family you & John have together. He's a terrific guy, and I know he will be very much missed. Sending love & my prayers at this sad time.
With Love,
Regina Grady Schiefer
October 16, 2018
My deep sympathy to Mary and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Mary Bryant
October 16, 2018
Dear Mary Higgins Clark and family, I am so deeply sorry about the loss of your beloved husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you.❤
Melinda Sandoval
October 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you Mary and to yours and John's family may you all find some solace from all your wonderful memories.
Sharon Mercier
October 16, 2018
My condolences to you and your family.
Linda Peterson
October 16, 2018
Shelley Scism
October 16, 2018
Dear Mary Higgins Clark and family. So sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed all of your books for many years. Being brought up in an Irish Catholic family I always felt like you were family. We spent summers on the Jersey Shore and Spring Lake.
My prayers are with you and your lovely family at this difficult time.
Eleanor Aylward
October 16, 2018
Dear Mary Higgins Clark,
You and your family have my sincerest condolences in the passing of your beloved husband John. May he rest in peace. And may God bless you and your family and comfort you in your grief.

Sincerely one of your and Carol Higgins Clarks' devoted fans.
Norma Taylor
October 16, 2018
Mary and Family, So sorry for your
loss. Praying for comfort and peace for you in the upcoming days ahead. John 3:16.
Josh, Marsha, Hunter Thomas
Marsha Thomas
October 16, 2018
Dearest Mary, Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, John. He was a fabulous partner in life for you and you were his ever present companion,lover and the light of his whole world. His warm smile will always radiate in your heart. Our prayers are with you. Fondly, Alese & Morton Pechter
Alese & Morton Pechter
October 16, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Mary. I have read all of your books and noticed of course the dedications you always wrote to your husband. You will miss him greatly but will have thousands of wonderful memories too.
Patricia Yager Delagrange
October 11, 2018
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October 11, 2018
Condolences goes out to the Conheeney family for your sad loss. May GOD be with the family as you mourn the loss of John.
October 11, 2018
Dear Mary,I just found out of John's passing.I extend my condolences to you and the entire family. Unable to attend the funeral or Mass as I am presently, in Florida. You are in my prayers and stay strong, as I know you will. The kisses cousin, Paul Reilly.
October 11, 2018
Dear Mary, Trish, & family,
I just wanted to let you know that I have such fond memories of that afternoon lunch together at your beautiful & welcoming home in Spring Lake in August of 2017. It was such a pleasure listening to the stories that you and John told about your life experiences and the way it used to be . Some how I believe the world was a much better place back then, and certainly much better for having you both in it. I have no doubt that the Angels were singing upon his arrival into Heaven. May God comfort you & Bless you all at this most difficult time. Love, Jean & Teli
Jean Giunta
October 11, 2018
Dear Mary and Family
We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of your beloved John...We feel so privileged that we were able to get to know John. We so enjoyed our dinners together! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.
You will most certainly find comfort and solace in each other. His legacy will live on in all of your wonderful memories...
Much love always,
MaryBeth and Bob
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October 11, 2018
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October 11, 2018
With my prayers and deepest sympathy from Rome. I will celebrate Mass for Johns eternal repose at our Oratory of St. Francis Xavier del Caravita in Rome. May John now know the fullness of Gods light and peace.
Fr. Keith Pecklers, S.J.
October 11, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. I did not know him, but I can see that he was well loved. May John 6:40 give you a measure of peace.
October 10, 2018
My sincerest sympathy to Mary, and the Conheeney and Clark family over your loss. John's was a life well lived. May he rest in eternal peace.
Ronald Rak
October 10, 2018
Brian and I send you our deepest condolence to you,Mary and your wonderful family ..He was one of the finest men we have ever met .Brian and I will remember John in our prayers and communions.
Much love ❤ EILEEN and Brian Burns
Eileen Burns
October 10, 2018
Do you get really Higgins clock and family I'm so sorry to hear about your husband I'm so sorry to hear about your husband passing John and I met you very much I remember I met him and you guys at the pizzeria in Nelly's Pizzeria and you are my dearest friends I'm so sorry to hear about your loss my heart goes out to you and your family on this day and may the road rise to meet you and have it be at your back you are my dearest and dearest friend I love you very much and my condolence to you and your family and a big hug and kiss to you and your family you are a big light in Bergen County you are special person and I'm so sorry to hear about your loss to the whole family around the earth I love you very much
Ed M u r t a g h
October 10, 2018
Dearest Mary. We just heard the very sad news of the passing of your beloved John. Bob and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the families. Karen&Bob Tanzola
October 10, 2018
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any mans death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
October 10, 2018
To the family of John Conheeney, my sincerest condolences. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
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October 10, 2018
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Dear Mary, children and family,
I assure you of my prayer at this time of your loss. John was a wonderful man. I will celebrated in Rome a mass for the repose of his soul and the consolation of all the family.
Fr. Jim Puglisi, sa
October 10, 2018
will be sorely missed by the Futures Industry and Exchange Members in NY-condolences to the Family, George Gero
George Gero
October 10, 2018
John and I are so deeply saddened by your loss. We send you our deepest condolences. We so enjoyed the times we spent speaking with both you Mary and John.
Janet and John Hayday
October 10, 2018

My sincere condolences to family and friends. May God sustain you at this time of such great loss Ps 94:19.
October 10, 2018
I wish I could be there with you guys. I am sorry for your loss.
Ada Rivera Clark
October 10, 2018
Prayers and sympathy to you Mary and the Conhenny and Clark families. Mary having known you and the family for all my life and knowing the loss of Warren so young and so devastating it gave us all who know you great joy that you found your 2nd chance at love and a happy life with John!! He was a true gentleman who loved you, life and his family♡♡ May the many memories you shared help to comfort and console you at this time. Much love
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October 10, 2018
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October 10, 2018
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October 10, 2018
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October 10, 2018
Heaven has recieived another angel, GOD BLESS, RIP
Eugene Walsh
October 10, 2018
Dear Mary - as your "pew neighbors" at St. G. we were so very saddened by John's passing. A delightful and loving person who will be missed by everyone who knew him. With our love, Penny & Mike
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