John D. Kearns

John D. Kearns, 90, of Ridgefield, entered into eternal life on August 10, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 12, 1925 in New York City, the son of the late John and Madeline (Smith) Kearns. He was a Golden Gloves boxer who was training at Stillman’s Gym, when at the age of 17 enlisted in the US Navy to serve our country in World War II in the Pacific aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) as a corpsman. Following the end of the war, he returned home to New York where he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Donovan and remained in New York city raising their four daughters in the Catholic school system, instilling in them a deep love of their Catholic faith.

John was a Lieutenant in FDNY where he faithfully served for 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Knights of Columbus and was a devout son of St. Francis as a member of the Secular Franciscan Order of the Holy Family in Katonah. John is predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy, and will be deeply missed by his four devoted daughters: Kathy (Mike) Foley of Brick, NJ; Jacklyn (Kevin) Bartlett of Farmington, NM; Nancy (John) Carson of Pound Ridge, NY and Gerri Kearns of Ridgefield, CT; seven grandchildren: Daniel, Kathy Ann, Michael, Jo-Ann, Lauren, Stephanie and Nicole, and nine great grandchildren: Katie, Ryan, Anna, Erin, Molly, Mia, Brielle, Madelyn and Lily.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 5 to 8 PM at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment with US Military Honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal ( Convent of San Damiano, 1661 Haight Avenue, Bronx NY 10461 and to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word ( 5821 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35210.

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