JOHN P. EGAN

Funeral services have taken place for John P. “Jack” Egan, 86. He died peacefully on Jan. 29 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township. Natural Burial services were held in Rosemont. Born and raised in North Bergen, Jack lived in Jersey City before moving to Highland Lakes in 2002. He was ordained a Diocesan Catholic priest in 1960 and served parishes in Lodi, Honduras and Panama. One of the most meaningful periods of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent in the St. Boniface parish in Jersey City, working with a mostly Latino community. He was an active member of the peace movement and engaged extensively in non-violent civil disobedience around peace and justice issues, for which he was arrested 30 times in Jersey City, Washington, DC and other places. After disassociating from the ordained priesthood in 1985, Jack worked for the Visiting Homemaker Service as a patient advocate, trainer and director of the Senior Community Independent Living Service. One of the essential loves of his life was his wife, Martha Lewin, with whom he shared a 50 year relationship. In his later years he volunteered at The Nurturing Place of the York Street Project in Jersey City, which he loved. He also spent many joyful hours volunteering at Pacem En Terris in Warwick, NY. He took to wearing a red plaid hat with a red pompom on top, which he called his gladdening hat and was delighted by peoples’ positive responses. Jack authored four books: Baptism of Resistance: Blood and Celebration (1983), A Priest Forever and No More (1998), Pilgrimage Within (2012) and The Colors Love Each Other (2019), as well as having many articles and interviews in local and national publications. He was a member of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast and the Kairos Community in NYC. He was predeceased by his parents, John J. and Erma (nee Reinhardt) Egan, sisters Catherine Egan, Eleanor Lombardo and Veronica Fleissner, and his brother Thomas Egan. Jack is survived by his wife, Martha Lewin; his sisters, Erma McCarthy and her husband, Robert and Maureen Graziano; his brother, Bryan Egan and his wife, Bonnie; his sister-in-law, Noreen Egan; his brother-and-sister-in-law Sam and Grace Lewin; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.