John S. Hennessey


John S. Hennessey, 70, of Fair Lawn passed away peacefully on October 9, 2019.  Born on December 1, 1948 in Yonkers, New York, he grew up in Paramus. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MA in Linguistic Anthropology from Columbia University.  After graduation, John worked as a linguistic analyst for Search Group Incorporated, followed for several decades as head of the classical and art book division of Tower Records. He was a naturally skilled cook who liked to make simple but elegant Mediterranean dishes and was an avid reader of eclectic tastes.  John loved hard-boiled detective fiction, art books, treatises on linguistics, always read the New York Review of Books and did the Times crossword.  He spoke French and Breton fluently and was a published scholar on Celtic language and culture.

John is survived by siblings Brian Hennessey of New Jersey; Victoria Hennessey Cummins (Light) of Texas; Anne Hennessey-Antoniazzi (Wayne Antoniazzi) of Virginia; Patricia M. Shuey (Warren) of Pennsylvania; Sharon Hennessey Cummings (Kieran) of New Jersey; and Stephen J. Hennessey (Patricia) of Maryland; along with nieces and nephew Katherine Cummins Schmitz, Stephanie Shuey, Leslie Johanna Cummins, Dylan Cummings, and Janine Shuey; great nephew Reaugh Schmitz; good friend Kathleen Buse; and his friends from the Fair Lawn Senior Center.

Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home. Internment is at 1 pm at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John Hennessey may be made to the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

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To the Hennessey Family So very sorry for your loss our condolences to all and that you find comfort in sharing all your memories of Jack. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers Traci & Rick
Traci & Rick Fadness
Dear Steve ~ so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. I can see he was an interesting man and I hope you and your family are comforted by your memories of him. Warmest regards ~ Paul
Paul Sheply
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