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John Dwyer

Rev. Msgr. John F. Dwyer

Thursday, September 5th, 1929 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Rev. Msgr. John F. Dwyer entered eternal life on January 12, 2020, he was 90. John F. Dwyer was born in The Bronx on Sept 5, 1929 to William J. and Mary A. (Joyce) Dwyer. He graduated in 1943 from St. Luke’s School in the South Bronx and from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1947, where he was a three-letter athlete. In his senior year he captained the football and basketball teams. He was awarded an academic scholarship to Fordham College and graduated in 1951. He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary and was ordained for New York in 1956 with a class of 39 men. He served eight years at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan, before joining the US Air Force as a chaplain. He served overseas in Turkey, Okinawa, Germany, The Phillipines and England. He also served at eight stateside bases. He earned a master’s degree in Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary. He was also a graduate of the senior service school, The Air War College. After retiring from the Air Force in 1986 as a full Colonel, he was assigned to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish at Tappan, NY, serving as an assistant to Fr. Thomas Murphy for three years. He became the pastor there in June of 1990. He was a remarkable man and knew the names of most of his parishioners and dearly loved his parish. He was also Chaplain for the Tappan Vol. Fire Dept. and The American Legion Carl A. Schelin Post of Tappan. Fr. John was predeceased by his sisters Eileen Dwyer and Sr. Mary Noel Dwyer, O.P. of Blauvelt, and his brother William S. Dwyer. Visitation will be held 3-8pm, Tues, Jan. 14th at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel, 120 Kings Hwy, Tappan; and on Wed. Jan 15th, Visitation will be held in the main Church 3-7 pm. The Tappan Vol. F.D. will hold a service at 7pm, followed by a service by members of the American Legion Post at 7:15pm; the Rosarians will have their prayer vigil at 7:30 and a funeral vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8pm. On Thursday, January 16th, 10am, the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church. This will be followed by a walking procession to the Tappan Cemetery, where Fr. John Dwyer will be laid to rest. Fr. John left his estate to his parish, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Fordham University, Cardinal Hayes High School and the Cardinal O’Connor Retirement Home in Riverdale. Fr. John would appreciate that you remember him in your prayers and at Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church are appreciated. Father also asked, “Think of me not too much with tears; but of smiles and greetings shared.”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel
    Address
    120 Kings Hwy
    Tappan, New York 10983
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church
    Address
    120 Kings Hwy
    Tappan, New York 10983
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  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church
    Address
    120 Kings Hwy
    Tappan, New York 10983
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  • Interment

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 11:45am
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 11:45am
    Location
    Tappan Cemetery
    Address
    Greenbush Road
    Tappan, New York 10983
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Geoffrey Kietur

Posted at 11:45am
Today the world lost an incredible man. A leader, a sheppard, a fighter, and a hero. He was a man who acted selflessly throughout his entire life to serve others. Whether it was during his 20 plus years of military service, risking his life to save others and protect our freedoms, to his more than 60 years of serving those in the community where he worked as priest. He was a man who never wanted recongnition for anything he did. His good deeds were truly selfless, and no title, no accolade, or spotlight was ever important to him or motivated him. He did it because he cared, he did it because he was a man who believed in doing the Lords work here on earth and was one of the greatest, honorable, and most caring people I ever had the privilege to call my friend, mentor, and grandfather type figure. He taught so many of us the importance of being a good person, and to live your life respecting and treating others as you would too wish to be treated. His friends fatty, loulou, and skinny taught so many of us valuable life lessons and shaped us as children and even as adults. He was a soft spoken man, but when he spoke you listened. His advice, while sometimes critical, was the advice you needed to hear and while it may have been a little brash, it was always on point. His influence, advice, caring ways and most importantly his friendship will never be forgotten, and will certainly be missed. I am grateful for the man you helped me to become and all of the memories we had together throughtout the last 31 years. Im sorry for interrupting you with my babbling during your homilies as a baby, but i was just trying to start a conversation with you, a conversation i am grateful that went on for over 30 years. So my dear friend, rest peacefully, free from your pain and suffering and reunited with your loved ones and friends who have gone before you. As we all celebrate your life, may the food we eat be nice to taste, but leave no signs upon our waist. God bless you, thank you, and know you will always be a hero to me.
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