Michael J. Kearney

Michael J. Kearney, 81, of Ridgefield, husband of Patricia (Shoreys) Kearney, died on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Regional Hospice of Western CT in Danbury.

Mr. Kearney was born on April 8, 1934 in New York, NY, a son of the late William and Nora (Keating) Kearney. Raised in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, New York, he graduated from Rice High School in New York City and Iona College (Class of 1955) in New Rochelle, NY.

Upon graduation from college, Mr. Kearney served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea and was honorably discharged. He then enjoyed a long career with Chevron Oil Corporation working in its sales and marketing operations. He retired in 1996 after more than thirty years of employment.

A resident of Ridgefield since 1981, he was a member of Founders Hall, volunteer at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House of Danbury, and member of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield.

He enjoyed family gatherings, attending Rice H.S. and Iona Gaels basketball games, and listening to music, especially songs of his Irish heritage.

In addition to his wife of fifty years, Mr. Kearney is survived by a son, Michael J. Kearney, Jr. and his wife Eileen of New York, NY; a brother, William Kearney and his wife Virginia of Berwyn, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Kearney was predeceased by his beloved son, James A. Kearney in 1984, and by his siblings, Brother James Kearney, FMS and Margaret “Peggy Ann” Coughlin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. in St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.

Interment will take place immediately following in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Mr. Kearney’s memory may be sent to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, 11 Spring St., Danbury, CT 06810; the Iona College Scholarship Fund, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801 or Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

The Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT is in charge of arrangements.

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