Deacon John McShane

Obituary of Deacon John Patrick McShane

Obituary of Deacon John Patrick McShane


John Patrick McShane passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the age of 88. Jack, as he was known to one and all, played a variety of roles across nine busy decades of life: Husband to Nora, decorated veteran of the Korean War, longtime engineering executive with PSE&G, local politician, dapper deacon of the Catholic Church, father to four, and devoted grandfather of nine. He was also a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Mets, the New York Giants, and was an avid runner.


Jack was born on February 28, 1931, the son of Irish immigrants—the middle child of three for bar and restaurant owner Hugh and mom Mary McShane, who settled on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He married a girl from the neighborhood, Nora Buckley, in 1952 before heading off to serve in the Korean War. Once there, Airman First Class McShane earned the prestigious Soldier’s Medal for his dramatic rescue of an unconscious pilot from a burning plane, cutting the seat straps that held the lieutenant inside the cockpit on January 30, 1953. Jack was honored again in 2006 with the New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal by Governor John Corzine in recognition of his heroic efforts.


Once back in the city from Korea, Jack enrolled at Manhattan College and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He then landed a job with Public Service Electric and Gas and eventually left the city for suburbia, arriving in East Brunswick in 1961 where he became involved in local politics and civic service during the 1960s and 1970s. He served as East Brunswick and Middlesex County Republican leader and was honored as Outstanding Man of the Year by the Jaycees for his leadership and service.


In 1980, Jack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and in 1989, he earned a Certificate in Diaconal Ministry from College of Saint Elizabeth. He then became an ordained Deacon of the Catholic Church and served in that capacity at St. Bartholomew Parish in East Brunswick for more than two decades—baptizing eight of his grandchildren. When Jack retired from PSE&G in 1993, completing a 34-year career with the utility, he devoted his time to church and charity work including the Society of St. Vincent Paul of East Brunswick and the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen. Jack was also a 3rd Degree Knight with the East Brunswick Knights of Columbus Council 11873.


Jack is survived by his sister Rose Marie McCarthy; sons Lawrence (Margie), Sean and Damian (Cathy) and his daughter Maura (Fadi) Deek, along with his nine grandkids. He was predeceased by Nora McShane, his wife of 61 years, along with his parents and his brother Hugh.


Under the direction of the Rezem Funeral Home, family and friends are invited to attend visitation at St. Bartholomew Church, 470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.


On Monday, November 4, 2019, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am at St. Bartholomew Church, followed by burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery at 10 W Stevens Ave, Hawthorne, NY 10532. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the John and Nora McShane Endowed Scholarship at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Donations should be mailed to NJIT, 323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Eberhardt Hall 315, Newark, NJ 07102 indicating the gift is to be directed to the McShane Endowed Scholarship and checks payable to the Foundation at NJIT.

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Church Visitation

3:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019
St. Bartholomew RC Church, East Brunswick, NJ
470 Ryders La. East
Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Monday, November 4, 2019
St. Bartholome RC Church
470 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Monday, November 4, 2019
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens
Hawthrone, New York, United States
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