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John J. Donnelly
DONNELLY, John J., “Jack” – Passed away at home on June 18, 2020. Born in Newark, NJ on July 30, 1938 to John and Grace Donnelly. Preceded in death by parents, in-laws Nick and June Occhino, sister-in-law Josephine Occhino and son-in law Chuck Sturniolo. Survived by wife Debbie, daughters Jaclyn Donnelly and Valora Sturniolo, grandson Nicholas Sturniolo, brother-in-laws Nick, Rick and Michael Occhino, special niece Jenine Morga, numerous other nieces and nephews and his canine companions McKenna, Savanna and Belle. Jack honorably served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1962. Immediately upon honorable discharge Jack embarked on a 50 year career in the defense industry which brought his family to Johnstown in 1993 when he accepted the position as President of the then DRS Laurel Technologies. During Jack’s tenure the company grew from less than 50 employees to more than 1000 and under his guidance constructed the building currently in use by the John P Murtha Airport. Upon his retirement Jack continued as a consultant for various defense companies. All who knew Jack know that his passion was his orchard where he had hundreds of fruit trees, blueberry bushes and vegetable gardens which he gladly shared with friends and neighbors and for many years the fruits of Jack’s labor were donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Kitchen. During his years in Pennsylvania Jack was involved in many organizations and received numerous awards and was always available to help someone in need. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 pm Sunday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Monday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Geistown. Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. Committal with military rites by Marine Corps League at Richland Cemetery Mausoleum. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)
Dear Debbie, so sorry to just see this about Jack. Ive often thought if yall through the years. I lost Bill Nov 2009 he was 60.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Would love to hear from you sometime... my email is email@example.com
God Bless and take care.
Carol Ann Kohler Sep 15 2020 12:00 AM
Jack was a true gentleman. It was an honor to have met and worked with someone with such style and integrity.
Michael Crocker, Captain USN (Retired) Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM
I am so saddened to hear of Jack's passing. The business that he created at DRS Laurel Technologies is the stuff of legends. It was nothing short of miraculous. I'll never forget seeing the skeleton of the new building by the airport. I said "Jack isn't this a stretch." He said, "trust me, we will fill it." I trusted him, and he did. Jack was a good man, molded in the old school. He was a patriot and knew that the work he was performing was for the good of his country. It was my honor to call him a colleague. My deepest condolences to Debbie and the family. Rest in peace Jack.
Mark Newman Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you in these difficult times.
Carolyn and Angela Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM
I am so sad to hear of the passing of a truly great man, father and a boss that taught me so much thru not only his silence but also his mentoring. Jack not only trusted in my abilities but trusted in me to run a an engineering department that would guide and take to DRS to levels he envisioned. Thank you my friend for all you did for me. I will never forget you. Rest in peace and remember you may be gone but never forgotten. Condolences to your family Deb, Va and Jaclyn. God Bless.l
Tom Yost Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM
Jack was the greatest boss I ever had. He had done so many great things for me. I think of him often. My condolences go out to Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
Stephanie Galatea-Biss Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you Jack for bringing me on board at DRS. Your patience, your kindnesses, all hidden behind that sometimes gruff exterior, were clear to me. Your vision made DRS Laurel Technologies, and I'll never be able to thank you enough for giving a retired USAF Master Sergeant the shot of a lifetime.
John DeLallo Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathies and prayers to help you through this difficult time. He will be missed. God Bless.
Mary Mauro Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM
Best Boss I ever had the pleasure of working for.
Jack will be miss by all who knew him.
Rest in peace.
Bonnie Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM