John F. Maher

July 19, 1961November 22, 2018
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John F. Maher, 57 John F. Maher, 57, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones after a long battle with leukemia. John (Johnnymaher) was a light for all that knew him, a hard working family man and a loyal friend to many. Born in his beloved New Brighton section of Staten Island, he never forgot his roots, moving one town over when he married and keeping his longtime friends throughout his life very close. From a young age John fell in love with music and baseball. He would go on to be Captain of the baseball team at Curtis High School and was a passionate and talented pitcher in the Twyford Muche league. He then went on to be a pitching coach for St. Peter's Boys High School for several years. John's love of baseball and his eternal optimism found expression in his perennial love of the Toronto Blue Jays. Working at St. Peter's Cemetery from a young age, he was appointed Director in 2008, a role that he dutifully filled with his big hands, big voice and big heart. He was also owner and operator of Emerald Lawn Care for over 25 years. John's absence will be felt by all of his friends and family who loved him so dearly. He is predeceased by his mother Dorothy Kowaleski and is survived by his sister Colleen Kelly (Timothy), brothers-in-law Daniel Cafaro (Cindy), Thomas Cafaro, Michael Cafaro, sisters-in-law Teresa Kramer (Jay) and Mary Galvin (Paul); nephews Timothy, Sean, Shane, Kyle, Brendan, William and nieces Savannah, Caroline and Julia Most of all John will be missed by his daughters, Kathryn, Emily and Alexandra, all of whom he was extremely proud of, and his beloved wife of 26 years, Elise (nee Cafaro) whom he loved more than anyone. A wake will be held at Harmon Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter's R.C. Church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 442-5056 Published in Staten Island Advance on Nov. 25, 2018


  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 27, 2018

John F. Maher

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Tom Cafaro

November 29, 2018

I was truly blessed to have had John as a brother-in-law over the past, close to, 30 years. I will forever cherish the countless family celebrations - weddings, birthdays, holidays, summer barbecues, etc. - or just hanging out in his backyard and chatting with him over a beer. Those moments will forever be impressed in my memory and I will reflect on them often. John's laid back nature and good heart make it so easy for our family to be around. During visits his generosity was always on full display; from the moment you walked in the door. It was always: "what can I get you". And my response was always: "a bud light". Until he quickly caught on and would just say : "their are bud lights in the fridge". He was the salt of the earth and there are no words that can describe how much he will be missed.

I feel compelled to add the below quote from a book I recently finished reading. It is a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German pastor and theologian) and I thought of Bishop Bell's eulogy of Bonhoeffer while at St. Peter's church yesterday celebrating John's life.

I borrow from it liberally and quote it loosely:

“With him, a piece of my own life is carried to the grave. Yet, our eyes are upon Thee. We believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

“We give thanks to God for the life, the suffering, the witness of our brother whose friends we were privileged to be. We pray God to lead us, too, through His discipleship from this world into His heavenly kingdom to fulfill in us that other word that Dietrich Bonhoeffer used: ‘Non potest non laetari qui sperat in Dominum.’ While in God confiding, I cannot but rejoice.”

God bless you John, you were the best.

Scotty Perlmutter

November 27, 2018

I was really upset to here about uncle Johns passing so’s a terrible thing to happen..he was a good person, he always supported me in my recovery and will be missed a lot I love ya uncle John Rest In Peace.

Mary Meyers

November 26, 2018

I was stunned and so saddened to read of Johnny's passing. I grew up with John and Colleen, and we were all together at St. Peter's School. I also worked with his mom Dorothy for 8 years at St. Peter's Cemetery. My brother John worked with Johnny for many years at St. Peter's Cemetery. He often entertained us with the latest funny thing Johnny did or said. I remember that little boy who loved baseball. To Elise, Emily, Kathryn and Ally and to his sister Colleen and all those who loved him, I extend my deepest sympathies. You have been robbed of this wonderful guy. I simply cannot comprehend the depth of your sorrow.
Johnny, I can imagine the reunion with your mom, but there are so many broken hearts left behind at your passing. Please send that incredible love to surround them as you always did. Rest in Peace. This world is a darker sadder place for your passing Johnny.
Mary Meyers CSJ

Judie Zagajeski

November 25, 2018

Johnny I remember you growing up in the projects on Richmond Terrace. I remember go to St. Peter's Elementary also ~ you were a great young man who turned into a greater man ~ you will be missed by all you the lives you have touch with you kindness. May you rest in peace my friend & your family find peace that you are in Gods hands now.

Reggie Minus

November 25, 2018

it's tough losing a fellow Marine but it's even tougher losing someone you grew up with that you knew your whole life Johnny was surely blessed and I thank God that you was my friend Semper Fi my brother

Eileen Morrissey

November 24, 2018

Dear Elise, Emily, Kate and Ally,
Sending you all our deepest condolences. May the memories of the beautiful life you shared with John bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Praying and sending you all of our love.
Eileen, Jim and Lucas Morrissey