John Joseph BEHAN

June 8, 1931May 9, 2018
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JOHN J. BEHAN (Jack), Age 86, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. Jack was born in Orange, NJ. He lived in Nutley New Jersey until he and his wife, Elaine, moved to Missouri City, Texas in 1994. Jack & Elaine were married 50 years until her passing in 2008.

Jack was a proud veteran of the US Air force and a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson university. Jack started his career in banking at the Bank of Nutley, then also worked for Garden State National Bank then Fidelity Union/First Fidelity where he finished his career as Manager of the International Wire Services Dept.

Jack had many passions including golf, painting, spending time with family and friends at the Jersey Shore, and rooting for his beloved NY Yankees and Notre Dame Football. But his greatest joy in life was loving on and bragging about his 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his son, Jack A. Behan & spouse Amy; daughter Kathy Gallagher and her husband Dave; grandchildren: Jennifer & Christopher Gallagher, and Jordyn, Sarah, Lawson & Kyle Behan; his sister, Mary Clemis and brother, Tommy Behan and his wife Mary; along with many other loving friends and family. Along with Jack's wife Elaine, he was preceded in death by his twin brother Michael, his parents Michael & Rose, and his brother Joe.

Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1510 5th Street, Missouri City, Tx 77459 on Friday, May 18 with Visitation from 10am-11, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:30am with Rev. Sunny Joseph, Pastor. Interment will follow and will be a private family gathering at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery (12800 Westheimer Road, Houston 77077).

To share special messages with the family please visit: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack's memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.


  • Jack Behan
  • Dave Gallagher
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Tommy Behan
  • Wade Thompson
  • Brian Behan
  • Lawson Behan, Honorary
  • Kyle Behan, Honorary


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Private Interment Service Friday, May 18, 2018

John Joseph BEHAN

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Arleen Alphonse

May 17, 2018

I wish I could give you a hug and tell you in person how much Uncle Jack meant to me. While I was in high school I remember how your dad would always ask me how my schoolwork was going and always checked in on my sports teams. From those days I understood he had a remarkable way of connecting with everyone he knew in a deep and meaningful way. I felt he really cared about what was happening in my life always. In fact I know I was loved unconditionally by both Aunt Elaine and Uncle Jack.

When I first started working in Newark at Prudential he had his dear friend Jack Adelhelm look after me. As a new corporate employee just starting out my career that meant the world to me. Again, I felt the power of this special love.

As children we loved our extended Behan family and were blessed with great aunts and great uncles. We also grew to love Ocean Beach by visiting your family there. When my dad was able to buy the bungalow next door it changed our family’s lives forever. We then had a place to center the love our families had for each other. Despite my children growing up so far from everyone they knew and dearly loved their Uncle Jack and Aunt Elaine. They found in them what we had in our childhood aunt and uncles. I will always treasure the time they came to see Austin play soccer.

If I am blessed to ever be a grandparent I want to be just like my Uncle Jack. This is yet another way I felt he mentored me. Unabashedly proud of all his grandchildren, we felt like we knew everything about them. What a blessing.

I had the fortune to go to a few Yankees games with him too. Sincerely one of the best memories of my life was a game where I saw my dad and yours celebrating a Yankee win with my three children, my brother, my nephew and my brother-in-Law. Family is all that maters.

To a life well lived.

I love you all.

Arleen Alphonse

May 17, 2018

Arleen Alphonse

May 17, 2018

Arleen Alphonse

May 17, 2018

Arleen Alphonse

May 17, 2018

Manlio (Manny) Yozzo

May 15, 2018

Almost 50 years of working with Jack and having him as a friend after that, with golf, being together at the shore, and visiting others in NJ. Too many memories. Love to the family. Manny
this is audrey....a few less years then manny but knew 'mr behan' from old hackensack trust days when i was a teenager. no golf but enjoyed his visits at the shore. sorry for your loss.