John "Jack" Hurley Posted: 2023-05-16 08:24:20



John “Jack” Hurley, 62, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved wife and children on Sunday, May 14. John is predeceased by his parents, William and Georgina (nee McNamara) Hurley, Irish immigrants from Cork, and brother, Daniel Hurley. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Hurley; children, Meaghan and Eamonn Hurley; stepdaughter, Carrie Francis; sister, Paulette Casey; and brother, William Hurley. John also leaves behind many close friends and family all over the country and extended family in Europe. He was raised in Rockaway Beach, NY, attended Old Dominion University in Virginia, and lived in Westerly, RI, for many years before moving to Illinois in 2013. John loved sports, especially his NY Mets, Giants, and New England Patriots. He loved golfing, spending time on his boat, sharing laughs with his friends, and traveling. He never met a stranger—he was a friend to all. If you were lucky to know him, you were guaranteed to laugh and hear some fantastic stories. To know John “Jack” was to love him; he will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 4-7pm at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 10:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church -323 Taylor Street, Marengo, IL. For further information please contact the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on line condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com

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Tyna & Padraig Coughlan 2023-05-16 09:37:28

Although you were my cousin, you were like a brother to me, I enjoyed our chats and I will them so much, my heart is broken for everyone who knew you and your family. Heaven has gained today where have lost. Gone too soon. Love always Tyna, Paudie Late Roz & Louise Coughlan.

Martin & Hilary Lyons 2023-05-16 10:32:22

As first cousins go you were great, fantastic company always showing that great smile and dimples of course. So glad I saw you at Liam s wedding and you still looked great no complaining. And now you have left a great legacy in your children to emulate your spirit. Our deep condolences to Kathryn your lovely wife that she will get through this sad time.

Roslyn and Eamonn Fitzgerald 2023-05-16 10:51:15

We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of Johnny. Sending so much love from his cousins in Ireland. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Richard and Mary Galvin 2023-05-16 11:04:43

We are heartbroken. You were the cousin who was always there, always present and fun to be with…we grew up together in the 60’s and the memories will last. We are thinking of you all…gone well before your time; we miss you.

Brian Cori 2023-05-16 12:37:00

Jack, you were one of closest friends. We have so many great memories together. I'll alway treasure that you were by my side as well as many other great friends when Chris fell ill to the same disease that took you. You're in a beautiful place now. I'll always remember enjoying our talks and our laughter together. We were babies together and I cherish that. Farewell my friend. Btw, do they .ake halos big enough for that round head of yours?

Regina Hurley 2023-05-16 13:47:37

Deepest condolences to Johnny's family and friends, such a lovely guy, always smiling. Rest in peace cousin.

Mark and Alice Edwards 2023-05-16 14:34:37

Jack will be missed by all know knew him God bless the Hurley family during this difficult time

Janice Roche 2023-05-16 14:51:58

So sad to hear of our lovely cousins passing have great memories of Johnny singing hungry heart in a bar in Rockaway what a night always so full of fun our sympathies to his wife Kathryn his son Eamon daughter Megan also his sister paulette and brother Willie all our lo e Janice John jack and David Roche

Aunt Philomena and Uncle Finbarr…John,s Godparents 2023-05-16 15:51:31

So sad to hear of our nephews passing .We will remember all the happy times spent together over the years. Keeping all the family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

Patricia & Michael Crowley 2023-05-16 16:00:01

Our heartfelt condolences to Paulette,Will and all of the Hurley clan on the loss of their brother 'Johnny'. We have fond memories of Johnny's visits to Ireland , his great wit, his warmth and his remarkable ability to engage with people from all walks of life . He was the life and soul of every party regaling us with tales from his Summers in Ireland to his many travels. An avid storyteller who drew everyone's attention and always had a strong sense of his Irish connection. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam.

Aunt Claudia and cousins Carol and Bridget 2023-05-16 16:41:41

Our hearts and thoughts are with John Hurley's surviving family.

Michael and Stacey Sullivan 2023-05-16 18:20:51

My good buddy John I am going to miss you, I was the first guy you met in Westerly, and then you brought me down to the Irish Riviera in Rockaway, and I met a bunch of my people being from an Italian town. It was the first place that we went that my wife couldn’t pick me out in the crowd because everybody had a red face, we had some great times with you and Kathy. Condolences to the whole Hurley family. We will see you on the other side brother please rest in peace love always Sully and Stacey

Jackie Bennett Graber 2023-05-16 19:01:01

Jack aka Hoople you and Richie were my very first friends at Old Dominion. It was so comforting to see your smiling Irish face w the most adorable dimples when i was missing my Breezy Point friends. We had so many great times at college and I am glad we kept our friendship going even though I didn’t see you as much over the years. whenever I hear The Doors I think of you and always will. RIP my friend.

Donna & Denis Collins 2023-05-16 19:21:17

So sorry to hear of Johnny's passing, gone way before his time, he really was a character with real charisma and panache, one of a kind. Our thoughts our with his wife and children ( we were looking forward to seeing you) and all the family, sending you lots of love from Cork, "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always on your back."love Donna, Denis, Èadaoin & Olive xx

Paul and Sunny Mountcastle 2023-05-16 20:17:05

I will miss you Johnny. Much Love. Paul.

The Rockaway Crew 2023-05-16 20:35:35

Jack Hurley we will miss you brother! You were a great friend to all of us, always ready to have some fun wherever it was and no matter what we did pal you were in the middle of it all! Softball in 44 schoolyard, road trips to Philly for a Giant game, hanging in Connolly's on Sunday nights, so many memories my man too many to name. We were lucky to call you friend and brother Sad Sock it's hard to see you go. You were taken way too soon!! We will never forget you !! Your Boys from Rockaway!

Helen & Kevin Crowley 2023-05-17 03:08:49

Johnny we see your smile and feel the warmth of your heart across the Atlantic condolences to all he left behind may he rest in peace

Linda Velasquez 2023-05-17 08:05:50

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Prayers for you and your family.

Anne Hurley 2023-05-17 10:06:17

My deepest sympathy to you all on your loss. What a lovely fellow!

Carmel & Pat McCarthy , Cork, Ireland 2023-05-17 10:12:54

Farewell Johnny my first cousin, we shared so many good times and good stories when you visited Ireland and we visited the US. We are so sad to hear of your passing, you are gone too soon. My deepest sympathies to The Hurley family, to Paulette your sister , Willy your brother, to your children Meaghan and Eamonn and to your wife Kathryn and all of the extended Hurley clan. Ar dheis De go raibh ar a Anam.

Mary Prussak (nee Mountcastle 2023-05-17 12:09:37

We'll miss you so down here on Earth, dear Johnny. You were such great fun and always so smart and so kind. Words can't really carry what I mean to say. I'm sure be watching over Kathy and Meghan and Eammon and Paulette and Willy. May God bless them all. And this day you are with Him in Paradise. xoxoxxx

Melissa & Colm Skelton 2023-05-17 14:13:57

Kathy, Meaghan, Eamonn, Paulette & Will, We are so sorry for your loss, thinking of you all, sending love from Éire.

Lynsey McCarthy 2023-05-17 14:48:37

My sincere and deepest condolences to the Hurley family who are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Johnny will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and especially by his Irish cousins across the sea. May he rest in peace.

Kevin and Mary O Mahony, Cork City ,Ireland 2023-05-17 15:57:37

Deepest condolences to Katherine and all the Hurley family. Had some fantastic times with John and family, in both New York and Chicago and Ireland. A true gentleman and great company , we will miss you terribly John. Our loss is Heavens gain. Sleep well cousin.

Aunt Philomeana O Mahony (Hurley) and Family 2023-05-17 16:11:09

Condolences to all the Hurley family, our hearts are broken in Cork. Fondest memories of my nephew John when he visited. Always happy and smiling, may you rest in peace Johnny.

Kate and Alan Gleeson 2023-05-17 16:48:40

We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of Johnny. Sending so much love from his cousins in Ireland. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Karen & David Glover 2023-05-18 05:54:12

There are so many good memories from family parties, Reindeer games and weddings. Thank you for bringing such joy and laughter to the crew in Illinois. We are heartbroken to hear about the news and hope you are at peace. Our deepest condolences to Kathy and all the family and friends who are close and afar. Sending lots of love from the UK during this difficult time. Love, Karen & Dave xoxoxo

Rich and CYndi Finstad 2023-05-18 07:05:48

We are sorry to hear of your loss. We will be missing a good friend and fellow boater. Our thoughts go out to you in this time of grief.

Carol Justice 2023-05-18 09:08:24

I was not lucky enough to know Jack, but my heart goes out to my cousin Kathy and everyone that loved Jack. I'm so sorry. I send thoughts of love and strength.

Eileen McKeon 2023-05-18 11:44:19

I have nothing but great memories of growing up and hanging on the boardwalk on 91st. John was funny, kind a just a great person all around. Those dimples are etched in my mind forever. My most heartfelt condolences and prayers are with his family. See you on the other side. RIP my friend.

John Fleming 2023-05-18 12:01:48

MY Condolences to the Hurley Family, JACK lifelong friend you will be MISSED

Rey and Hayley Gaytan 2023-05-18 14:27:10

We are so grateful to know you. Our hearts ache - you were taken from us too soon. Thank you for being the amazing person you were. You always brought a laugh to our faces. Thank you for being our officiant/reverend we will never forget you! Deepest condolences to Kathy and family. Sending so much love.

Jerry and Julie Finn 2023-05-18 14:40:44

Rest in Peace Dear friend. You will be sorely missed Especially your contagious smile and those Dimples. God Bless you!

Pat + Theresa Hurley 2023-05-18 16:16:24

Condolences to Kathyrn and family at this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers here in Cork.

Brian Tharp & Brian Gatta 2023-05-18 16:24:04

Sending our condolences and thoughts/prayers to the Hurley family and all of those who knew and loved Jack. May he be at peace as he roots on the Mets!

Jim Orr 2023-05-18 18:39:07

Rest In Peace, John. As childhood friends at St. Camillus School, I will always remember that friendly, great big smile that you had for everyone, always. Heaven is very fortunate to have you. God Bless.

Jamie Booth 2023-05-18 18:47:04

I met Jack as Hoople and some of the Rockaway crew at Old Dominion U where we did our damndest to make it an institution of lower learning. I’m pretty sure we succeeded. I was fortunate to have been shown the real Ireland and Jack’s dear uncles, aunts and cousins who who treated me as one of their own. Memories of college are of course incredible (or so I’m told) as are my time with the Irish family in the 80’s ..singing the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in a Republican bar accompanied on the guitar by Jack’s uncle, late night fish and chips with Tina and the other cousins, day trips to Kerry with another uncle and just enjoying time with the Galvins at their home in Cork. Jack even dragged his dear father to Kennedy airport to meet my return flight knowing this red neck from Va would likely not make the connection back home after his first international flight. That was just how Jack rolled. I was lucky to stay in touch with Jack over the years, catch a concert and an ODU football game in the not too distant past and introduce Jack to a couple of my buds who of course instantly took to Jack, consider him a friend and that all miss him dearly. Jack..your energy, good cheer and kind spirit made your world and ours a better place.

John MacAvoy 2023-05-18 19:52:05

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together, RIP Jack

Stephen Galvin (Cork) 2023-05-19 06:47:59

Sincere condolences to all the family from Steve and Eimear Galvin (Johnny's cousins) in Cork. Johnny always had a sparkle in his eye and have some great memories of his trips to Ireland.

Dick McKay 2023-05-19 07:35:46

Jack - From Summer days of backwards baseball in 44, St. Camillus Alter Boys, Gaelic Park Hurling, KOC Father Curran Squires, Seagull Stadium Allstars, Sad Sox and adulthood, you were always the best of us. I’m blessed with the memories and will always have that smiling face and dimples in my heart. Till we meet again, save a seat. Dickie McKay

Kay Butler and family,Devon Uk 2023-05-19 08:55:17

Rest in Peace Johnny ,one of the good guys ,taken too soon .I have some lovely memories of family get togethers in Cork and Johnny always such good company .Big kind heart and huge smile.You will be so missed .Love and prayers to all of Johnnys family at this very difficult time ❤️

John and Crystal Sheehan 2023-05-19 09:54:34

Kathy, our hearts go out to you. John was a wonderful blessing not only in your life but also in the lives of many others. He was a joy to be around. May you continue to feel his love as you go forward and may each day be easier than the last. Our prayers are with you, John and Crystal

Ann Kamiel 2023-05-19 11:22:27

My deepest condolences to all. He was a great guy to work with at Harcourt. Always looking out for the other guy. A true friend. He will be missed.

Doug Picciano 2023-05-19 11:57:37

I am very sorry to learn of John’s passing. I had the pleasure of being John’s colleague with Harcourt School Publishers from 2001 to 2006 - once you knew him you could never forget him - what a blast - we stayed in touch over the years because of our shared love of the NY Giants. He”ll definitely stir things up in Heaven - “May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back …….” Celtic Blessing