Feb 232014

Knights of Columbus (NY)John McCusker, of Naples, Florida, passed onto his heavenly reward on February 21, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born on July 23, 1928 to Irish immigrant parents, John and Brigid (O’Donnell) McCusker. John was raised in St. Luke’s Parish in the South Bronx, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He attended Rice High School and Iona College, where he graduated at age 17. John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a finance executive and Comptroller for A & P Tea Company for 47 years.

He married Martha McGuire in 1952, and in 1958 they moved to Orangeburg, N. Y. where they raised their 5 children. Following his wife’s passing, he married Rosemary Cunningham, who also predeceased him. Years later he married a South Bronx acquaintance, Catherine Smart Gruttemeyer.

John was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus, Blauvelt. He was a parishoner of St. Catherine’s Church, where he served as a religion education Catechist. He was also volunteered for many program at the parish, including CYO basketball. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants, college basketball and his son’s teams.

John is survived by his wife, Catherine of Naples, His sister Sheila Favata, of Yonkers, N.Y and brother Kevin McCusker of Turnersville, N.J. John is survived by his children Kathryn and Tim Skelly, Pearl River, N.Y., John and Joan McCusker, Glen Ridge, N.J., Theresa and Brian Thompson, Orange, Ct., Paul and Jean McCusker, River Edge, N.J., and Stephen and Kathleen McCusker, Pearl River, N.Y and his 13 adoring grandchildren: Megan, Briana, Tim, Katie, Bridget, Tara, Tricia, Erin, Jaclyn, Ryan, Matthew, Joseph and Shane. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and step children.

John was a man of great Christian faith and moral integrity, which is his legacy to his children and grandchildren.

Family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home, Pearl River, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday 10am at St. Margaret’s Church,Pearl River, NY. Interment to follow at Ascension Cemetery, Airmont,NY.

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