A funeral mass was held Oct. 9 Monday at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Pequannock, for John Joseph McCoy, 84, of Highland Lakes, formerly of North Bergen. He passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 5. Born in Hackensack, John was the son of the late John and Elizabeth McCoy, and brother to Irene, James and Joseph. He served in the US Army as a corporal during the Korean War and continued to serve his community as a firefighter in North Bergen for 31 years, most of which he served as a fire captain.
John was also a professional roofer and auto mechanic, and a carpenter, plumber and electrician at his home and those of family, friends and neighbors. In his free time, John enjoyed serving as captain of the boat while fishing on “the big lake” with family and friends, manning the BBQ grill on his deck for countless family get-togethers, watching the birds from the kitchen and doting on his grandkids at every opportunity. A true gentleman who was generous beyond words with his time and skills, John will be remembered by family, friends and neighbors as bringing his tool box wherever he went, along with a few stories about good times. A devout Catholic, John was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Pequannock and member of the Traditional Third Order of Our Blessed Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Holy Mother of St. Teresa of Jesus, and the Confraternity of St. Peter.
John is survived by his wife, Marie; his children, Susan Wefer and her husband Richard, John McCoy and his wife Susan, Judy Porco and her husband Mario, and James McCoy and his wife Frances; his grandchildren, Allison and her fiance Matthew, Cassandra and her husband Cory, Eric, Kevin and his wife Lauren, Michael, Marianne, Richard, Katherine, John, Matthew, Sarah, Joseph, Therese, Annemarie, Nicholas, Timothy and Christina; and great grandchildren, Noah, Oliver and Elaina.
Services arranged by the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains.