OBITUARY

John Prunier MD

July 17, 1930February 7, 2012

Dr. John Henry Prunier of Greenwich died peacefully in his home surrounded by the family he loved so much on February 7th after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer and subsequently Alzheimer’s disease. Jack was a dedicated, tireless and compassionate internal medicine physician who practiced for 35 years in Greenwich. He was making house calls up until his retirement. Patients and hospital staff invariably describe his integrity, his selflessness and his personal warmth. Jack’s faith was an integral part of his life. Jack had a gentle manner, a fast pace and a mischievous sense of humor. Of Suzanne, he would wink and say, “She was my first and only girlfriend.” This May would have marked their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Jack was born in Elmira, New York in 1930 and graduated Colgate University in 1952. He received his MD from Cornell University New York Hospital where he completed his internship and also served as chief resident. In 1960 Jack served as a captain in the US Army medical corps; first in a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea then at Ft. Jay on Governor’s Island, New York. From 1962 to 1963 he served on the staff of Rockefeller University where he conducted research in genetics. That same year Jack and Suzanne married and moved to Greenwich to begin Jack’s practice and to start a family. Jack found great joy working in his garden and spending time with family and friends at the family home in Kennebunkport, Maine. One of his greatest joys, particularly in his later years, was his daily fast-paced walks around Tod’s Point, where he always marveled at the beauty of the place. Jack is survived by his wife, Suzanne, his son John, his daughters Georgette (David Brady) of West Chester, PA, Danielle (Steve Herman) of Los Angeles, CA, Christy (David Doss) of Riverside, CT and Julie (Shane McGrath) of Riverside, CT and 11-grandchildren as well as his brother and sister-in-law Paul and Eileen Prunier of Elmira, NY, his sister-in-law Frances Prunier of Elmira, NY and his sister and brother-in-law Mary Anne and Kevin Flemming of Ashburn, VA.

The family is deeply grateful to the following for their many years of compassionate and professional care: Dr. Sundar Jagannath of Mt. Sinai Cancer Center, Dr. Dickerman Hollister and staff of the Benheim Cancer Care Center at Greenwich Hospital, the West Haven VA Specialty Care Center, Barbara Duncan APRN of the VA Geropsych Department and Dr. Allison Ostroff, Greenwich gerontologist.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks donations be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (themmrf.org / 383 Maine Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851) or the Greenwich Point Conservancy (greenwichpoint.org / PO Box 377, Old Greenwich, CT 06870).

A wake will be held at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich this Friday from 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm. A funeral will be held Saturday February 11th at 2pm in the church hall at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, February 10, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, February 10, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 11, 2012

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

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Willa Doss

April 29, 2012

Poppop was the most gracious, loving man in the world. He taught us all so many things; how to be generous and to live life. It was him second... everyone else before. He will always be remembered, in many ways... But to me, he will always be my, our, Poppop

March 16, 2012

Dear Mrs. Prunier and family,
I just found out that Dr. Prunier had passed. He was my doctor growing up, and of course, our family friend, and my father's co-worker. I have always remembered him with great affection and kindness. Even when I saw him in his later years, his gentleness and sense of humor was abundant. I'm sorry I missed his services, to celebrate a loved man.
Connie Keller (Fairfield, CT)

Andrew & Gini Woelflein

February 27, 2012

To all of the Pruniers - our heartfelt prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May your fond and loving memories of Dr. Prunier's well lived life comfort and console you.

Leigh Frost

February 27, 2012

Dear Julie and the whole Prunier family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Prunier's passing.
My thoughts are with you in this very difficult time.

Paul Huonker

February 20, 2012

My family lived next door to the Pruniers for over 40 years. We acutally shared one driveway. While in med school and home for the Christmas holiday, Jack once came to the house when I was a youngster, and sick, to reassure my mother that I was ok. His mom used to let me and my siblings into Brand Park Pool for free (saved the 10 cents to buy candy at the snack shack). Sister Mary Ann was my third grade teacher at Riverside (I believe her first teaching assignment). All the Pruniers exemplified hard work, honesty, faith and kindness. My brothers and sisters often reminesce about the fun we had growing up on Livingston Street, mainly due to great neighbors like the Pruniers. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jack's family.

Shane Tobin

February 15, 2012

So sorry to hear about Dr. Prunier passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Prunier family. He was always extremely kind and generous and I'll always have fond memories of visiting their home.

Al Primo

February 14, 2012

The Pruniers, the Primos and Christmas Eve's with the Armstrongs a wonderful memory. May he rest in peace and say hi to our Gregg! Rosina & Al Primo

Jack Jensen

February 14, 2012

My name is Jack Jensen. I grew up with Jack, Joe, Paul and Mary Anne having been born in April of 1929 and lived with my family, Irving and Leah Jensen and my two older brothers, Richard and Robert. across the street from the Pruniers on Post Street #604.
And yes, I remember Uncle Charlie too who lived with the Prunier family at that time. He was tall and quite handsome and always wore a straw hat.
He ran the cigar stand at the Knights of Columbus in the city at that time. He was also the ticket taker at the Dunn ball field too and needless to say, we kids got in free..This was during the depression and my Dad was out of work but finally he landed a job in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and we moved to Brooklyn on November 1, 1936. I visited Elmira most summers since we still had family living there (and still do) but time flies and we all went our separate ways but I will never forget the wonderful Prunier family and the fun we all had as kids.
My condolences to Mrs. Prunier and her family

P.S. My darling wife Madelaine suffered with multiple myeloma for ten years and passed away two years ago.
Both of my brothers, Richard and Robert are deceased. I have three great kids, Karen Miller who lives in Massachusetts with husband Kevin, Ken and his wife Mary who live in Vermont with two boys from a prior marriage, Jack and Brian and daughter Kristine and husband John also in Massachusetts with two daughters, Allison and Karolyn.

I live alone in Ridge Manor, Florida
Sincerely, Jack Jensen

Jean Shorr

February 12, 2012

Dear Suzanne and Family,

Jack was a hero in his own life. He will be remembered by so many people whose lives he touched deeply. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you, John, for your call. Thank you also for the online video of photos which help to heal. You are a family team of adventure, enjoyment and courage.

Love,

Dave and Christine Brown

February 11, 2012

John and Family - we have been blessed to know you and your wonderful family over many years as our paths intersect, sometimes closer, sometimes more removed. Jack was a kind, funny and wonderful man and we remember him, and your entire family today, in our thoughts and prayers. The legacy of the family he and Suzanne raised is a lasting tribute to his character and love. Love,