The Obit For Jack McWeeney

John E. "Jack" McWeeney

Published in Asbury Park Press on December 14, 2010

John E. "Jack" McWeeney, of Avon, passed away peacefully in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. He was 86 years old and lived a wonderful and full life.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., and was an outstanding athlete, earning all state honors in both football and baseball.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in football but went on to play professional baseball for both the New York Giants and the Saint Louis Cardinals.

He lived in Avon for 63 years and was the town's water superintendent for over 40 years where he had the opportunity to meet most of the town's residents.

Later in retirement, he became known as "Monday morning Jack". A frequent visitor to the spring training facilities of the Montreal Expos and the Florida Marlins, where he built friendships with many of the players.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jean Howard McWeeney; his daughter, Jill Reilly and her husband Jim of Belmar; his son, John E. McWeeney and his wife Kathy of Belmar; brother, Alfred McWeeney and his wife Kathy of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson, J. Jeffrey Reilly and his wife Tara of Manahawkin; grandson, Brendan Reilly and his wife Erin of Spring Lake Heights; grandson, John McWeeney Reilly and his wife Peggy of Avon; grandson, Andrew McWeeney and his wife Elsa of Washington, D.C.; grandson, John E. McWeeney III of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Brianne McWeeney of Wooster, Mass.; and his close adopted grandson, Kevin "KJ"Kelly Jr. of Neptune City; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Reilly Funeral Home, 801 D St., Belmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church, Avon. Committal will be at St. Catharine's Cemetery, Sea Girt.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 176 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701 or the Avon First Aid, P.O. Box 3, Avon, NJ 07717, would be greatly appreciated.