Obituaries

Lawrence J. Fallon 

Lawrence (Larry) J. Fallon, entered into eternal rest on May 8 at University Hospital. He was 75.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home. A funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 100 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North, Harrison.

Larry was a past trustee of the Elks where he volunteered countless hours in the kitchen for every charitable event. His dedication to the handicapped children of Elks Camp Moore and the numerous school charities will be greatly missed.

Larry is survived by his sister Jacqueline McCoy and his brother Brian Fallon.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Mercy Fallon, a sister Jane Bruzzi and a brother Charles (Todd) Fallon. Donations may be made to the Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge #2326, 406-408 Harrison Ave., Harrison, N.J. 07029 in memory of Larry.

Frank J. Kurzawa 

Frank J. “Hot Dogs” Kurzawa, 97, of Harrison, passed away on May 10. Frank worked in maintenance for the Harrison Housing Authority and was employed by Harrison Taxi Cab Company. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1941 to 1945.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Cecelia Kurzawa, and a son, Frank D. Kurzawa. He is survived by his daughter, Cecelia Alfano and grandchildren: Karen Painter, Michael Alfano, Bruce Alfano, Patricia Alfano, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

The family would appreciate donations in Frank’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, 20 Washington Place, Newark, N.J. 07102.

Jerry B. Leahy 

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Jerry B. “Skeeter” Leahy, 78, died on Monday, May 12, at his home in Kearny while surrounded by his loving family.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home. 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Kearny, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Leahy was born in Jersey City, and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

“Skeeter” owned and operated the Thistle Restaurant, Kearny, for 40 years, retiring 12 years ago. In 2010 his children moved the restaurant to its current location on Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst.

He was a proud member of Forest Hills Field Club where he loved playing golf. Jerry was also a member of the Irish American Club and the Scots- American Athletic Club.

On many occasions “Skeeter” would host Celtic Football Clubs. In the town of Kearny, he could always be counted on to sponsor many youth and recreation sports teams. He will always be remembered for his generosity.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife Julia (nee Mc- Curley); his adoring children, Jane Souza (Chris), Susan Jutkiewicz, Anne McCaffrey (John) and William Leahy (Kimberly). He was predeceased by his son-in-law Daniel Jutkiewicz on Feb. 20.

“Skeeter” will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Christopher, Allyson, Jessica, Justin, Paige, Julia, Keara, Brooke and Johnny.

He also leaves behind his siblings Barbara Bingham, Margaret Carson, Jacqueline Giguere and Dennis Leahy as well as his brother-in-law Donald McCurley and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was predeceased by his brothers James and Edward Leahy and his sister Patricia Pegram.

Mr. Leahy was the patriarch of his family and will be dearly missed by everyone.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington.

Robert (Roy) McClymont 

Robert (Roy) McClymont, 72, passed away peacefully on May 6 at the Accord Hospice, Paisley, Scotland.

Born in Paisley, Roy served in the Royal Navy then moved to the United States in 1972, where he was a member of the Scots American and Ulster Clubs and the Copestone Masonic Lodge.

Roy had many friends in the Kearny area. In 1974, Roy returned to Paisley, where he met his wife Carol and settled there.

Roy leaves behind his loving wife Carol; brother Edward, niece Kerry and stepdaughter Lorraine (Brian) and grandson Scott. He will be dearly missed by all. Roy was predeceased by his father Robert and mother Catherine Wiggins McClymont.

John V. Starkus 

John V. Starkus, 84, died peacefully at home on May 13.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. Starkus was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident. He was a computer programmer for Prudential in Newark for 25 years, retiring 20 years ago.

John leaves behind his companion Dominick Lofaro.

Ann M. Swankie 

Ann M. Swankie (nee Maffey) passed away suddenly but very peacefully at home on May 11. She was 85.

Born in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ann and her beloved husband Dick spent a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon at their daughter Michele’s home. After returning home, she quietly closed her eyes and entered into eternal rest. Ann always had a smile and loved her monthly trips to Atlantic City. She enjoyed Holy Cross Church and was a member of the Rosary Society, the Crafts Club and the Seniors. She had many wonderful friends.

She is survived by her husband Richard Swankie, her daughter and son-in-law Michele and Matthew Brennan and two beautiful granddaughters Danielle and Katie Rose.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Church in Harrison

The Observer Staff