A mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 27 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jersey City, for John Michael Tichenor, 72, of Jersey City. He passed away Sept. 23. John was born in East Orange and raised in West Caldwell He was a graduate of James Caldwell High School where he was the captain of the golf team. During his senior year of high school he received the New Jersey Historical Society Award for tracing his family history back to Martin Tichenor who In 1666, under the leadership of Robert Treat, founded Newark N.J. John graduated from Jacksonville University in Florida and taught art at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire before receiving his Master of Art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. John then taught photography on US Air Force bases in Germany and England. He later traveled the world as a marine surveyor for Cigna. John retired from Cigna in 2009. John was a rowing enthusiast and a member of the nonprofit boat building group, Floating the Apple. He built a 14′ wine glass dory which he captained on a trip from Jersey City to Key West. With his wife, Beth DiCara, John built the Evening Star Studio in Jersey City, where he and Beth made art together. John was a founder and the first president of the Friends of Liberty State Park. John was the husband for 33 years of Beth DiCara; the father of James Tichenor (Stephanie); grandfather of Juniper and Caleb Tichenor; brother of Michael (Bobbie) Tichenor, Carol Macken (Tim) , Frank Tichenor (Maribel Velez) ; son-in-law of Philip DiCara; brother-in-law of John (Dianna) DiCara, Doc (Sue) DiCara, Ram DiCara, Phyllis DiCara (Frank DeMaio), Marie Rearick and nieces Sheila Macken and Catherine Macken and nephews Andrew Tichenor (Jiyoon Park), Brian Tichenor (Sarah Van Wagner), Kevin Macken (Heather), Cody DiCara and Dan Rearick, and his dog, Chester. John was predeceased by his daughter Emma, parents Rodman and Marie (nee Lucking) Tichenor; and brother Joseph Tichenor. Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.