Obituaries for May 18, 2022

Kevin T. Raftery

Kevin T. Raftery of Kearny died May 8, 2022.

He was 48.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Cremation was private.

Kevin was an operating engineer with Local 68, most recently working for Penguin Engineering in Jersey City. He was a member of the Tom Giblin Association, the North Arlington Elks, the Scots-American Club in Kearny and the Ironbound Irish.

Kevin was the beloved son of Bridget (née Durkin) and the late Francis P. Raftery. The loving father of Kathryn, Liam and Aidan, he was the cherished brother of Brian Raftery and his wife, Jean; dear uncle of Kelly and Sean and beloved nephew of Bill Raftery, Jimmy Durcan, Maureen Strahley, Margaret Colleran, Peter Durcan and the late Sister Francis “Rita” Raftery.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Mary Moira’ Hale

Mary “Moira” Hale, 88, died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at home in Winter Springs, Florida, surrounded by her loving family. Mary is survived by cherished daughters Elizabeth, Patricia (William) Terrill, and grandson Ryan Hale. Mary was predeceased by Joseph, her beloved husband of 65 years, son Stephen, parents John and Mary Sloan, brother John Sloan.

Mary was born in Jersey City and raised in Kearny.  She was employed by Driver-Harris, Harrison, until she married Joe, her Kearny High School sweetheart. Mary spent many years as a homemaker and devoted mother raising her beautiful children.

She and her husband moved to Florida in 1985. She was employed and retired from ASCO Power Technologies in Florida. Mary was an active member of the St Stephen’s Catholic Community.  She was an accomplished seamstress.  Her family was her life and celebrated their accomplishments. She was always ready for a family celebration at home, the beach or wherever everyone was together. Slainte Mom! Enjoy the family reunion in Heaven and stop laughing as you keep watch over us.

An 11 a.m. Catholic graveside service is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Hale family plot in Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, North Arlington

Family and friends are welcome to meet at 10:30 a.m. at Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Avenue, Kearny to join our funeral cortege.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Mary’s memory by donating to the Wiskott-Aldrich Foundation at

To view “Moira’s” tribute page, please visit





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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.