DR. JOHN D. McALARY

A Funeral Mass was offered August 19 at St. Vincent’s Church for Dr. John D. “Jack” McAlary, 80, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. He passed away August 11 after a short illness. Jack was born in Jersey City in 1940. The youngest of five children, he always brought sunshine and fun to his family. He loved to play practical jokes and thought he was the funniest of his siblings, although they might not all have agreed on this. Jack leaves behind his 4 children, David (Rhiannon), Keith (Alicia), R.J. and Debra McAlary (Aaron) and their mother, Anna McAlary; his grandchildren Gavin, Ryan, Aidan, Keely, Leah, Jack, Parker and Lila. His sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Joan McAlary, many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many other extended family and friends. He was especially close with his cousin from Ireland, Maisie {McKay} Doherty and her children, along with Andy McKay and the Traynor girls. Preceded in death by his parents, Margaret {McKay} and Henry, originally from Maghera, Northern Ireland, his brothers Henry and Kenneth McAlary, his sisters Mary and Margaret “Peggy” Damato and brother-in-law Thomas Damato. Jack was best known for his sense of humor. As a gifted artist, he saw the world through a lens that many envied. There was never a time when you were in Jack’s presence that you did not come away laughing. He would often say “You’re the best in the West, too bad we live in the East!” which was always met with laughter, no matter how many times you heard it. A friend to many, once you were a friend of Jack’s you were a friend for life. His life was blessed with many loyal friends and he considered their families part of his family, especially Tom & Carol Bowen, John & Althea O’Shaughnessy, Lovie Armstrong and Robbie Bondonna. When he was younger he lived in Ireland for a while and loved his connection with his family there, which lasted throughout his life. Always a student of life, Jack worked very hard and achieved many degrees, including a doctorate in Psychology. His joys in life were his children and grandchildren and was extremely proud of them. Whenever you talked to him you could be sure to hear a story or two about them and their many accomplishments. Those who knew him and loved him will ensure that his memories and stories will live on. Services arranged by the the G. Keenen O’Brien Funeral Home, Bayonne.