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John Brian Kearney, 99, of Woodbury/Gloucester City; Catholic Deacon, Navy Yard Engineer, WWII Naval Veteran

On July 20, 2022. Age 99. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Gloucester City. Born in Donegal Township, PA, he was the son of the late Patrick J. and Maude (Horr) Kearney. Loving father of Frances X. Kearney (the late Deborah), Catherine E. Palumbo (the late Joseph), Marie Hunter (William), Anne Gross (Michael), Joseph Kearney 8127336_fbs (Catherine), John E. Kearney (Carol), Clare Kearney, Paul Kearney, Stephen Kearney (Mary Kathryn), Mark Kearney (Jill); many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Brian is also survived by his sister, Florence Reed; daughter-in-law, Rory Kearney; son-in-law, Tony Lentini. Brian was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Catherine V. (Williams) Kearney, he was also predeceased by his children, Michael Kearney, Patricia Lentini, Brian P. Kearney, Margaret Mary Kearney and Gerald Kearney.

(image Brian and Catherine Kearney)

Brian honored his country during WWII serving in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Engineer. He went on to work as an Electrical Engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Engineering Laboratory, Frankford Arsenal. Brian was employed as a supervisor of ship building for USN, Camden, NJ, and finally the Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA. where he retired on October 27, 1977.

Brian was ordained as a Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Camden on October 4, 1976, and was assigned to Mary, Mother of the Church, Bellmawr. He also served at St. Vincent Pallotti R.C. Church, Haddon Township and Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Mt. Ephraim. Additionally, he also served in Hospital Ministry from 1976 to 1983.

Relatives, friends, brother Catholic Deacons and Clergy are invited to his viewing on Monday, July 25th, 2022, from 5 to 8 PM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM on Tuesday, July 26th in the church. The live-streaming of the Mass can be viewed at 10 AM at   Interment with U.S. Navy Military Honors in Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ. There will be No morning viewing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Brian be made to: Cathedral Kitchen, 1514 Federal Street, Camden, NJ 08105 or a gift of a Mass Card for his soul.

Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of John Brian Kearney. Funeral Arrangements and Inquires through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City  Ph:856-456-1142