John Joseph Lyons Jr.

December 8, 1946April 9, 2018

LYONS, Jr., John Joseph "Jay", 71, a United States Army Veteran, passed away on April 09, 2018, in Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Lyons, Sr., and Margaret Mary Hennessey Lyons. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Nasr of Katy, Texas; brother, Paul V. Lyons and his wife, Marilyn Lyons, of Surprise, Arizona; brother, Peter J. Lyons and his wife Wendy Lyons, of Scottsdale, Arizona; sister, Martha Lyons-Holden of Fort Myers, Florida; Margaret "Molly" Fisher and her husband James Fisher, of Venice, Florida; and sister Mary Ellen Lyons of Southbury, Connecticut; granddaughter Alison Nasr of Katy, Texas; many nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and dear friend John McDonnell and his wife Susan McDonnell, of Surprise, Arizona. "Jay" was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on December 08, 1946. In the United States Army, "Jay" was 1st Lieutenant, in Field Artillery, 1st of 92nd Artillery. In 1970, he was in the Central High Lands in Vietnam. "Jay" was an avid golfer, having won several member guest tournaments. He had a 2 handicap - Too bad though, he couldn't putt! The Family asks that you consider making a charitable donation to the Sun City Grand (SCG) Armed Forces Support Group, 19753 N. Remington Dr., Surprise, Arizona, 85374 or to Ability Beyond, 4 Berkshire Blvd., Bethel, Connecticut, 06801. To sign the guestbook online, and to send your memories, condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,


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John Lyons

April 17, 2018

My deepest Sympathy to Jay's family. I have fond memories of when Jay worked at HOCC (then NBGH). even after he left, when he came to the hospital, he would always stop by and ask how my family and I were doing. Such a kind man. I'll miss seeing him from time to time in New Britain
Rest in Peace Jay!

Sandy Pindar

Jim Lyons

April 16, 2018

Jay and I were classmates at Holy Cross and met in one of our first classes as new freshmen in 1964 when the professor taking role in an English intro class called "Lyons" and we both answered. From that introduction, we became acquainted and then friends.

Jay was particularly kind to me. Knowing that I was a long way from home in Chicago and was an alien in New England,he invited me home with him for weekends from time to time in Thomaston with your family. I do recall one weekend where he and I were called to duty by his dad in the wee hours to help retrieve a body for the funeral home!

After Holy Cross, we kept in some touch as he served in the Army in Viet Nam and moved on with his life after the service. I knew he was a good golfer but that was a skill this Lyons never got.

Many of us Crusaders '68 will be gathering this June for our 50th reunion. Jay will be well remembered and very much missed.

I know you all are grieving terribly now but hope that, in time, the memories of his goodness and generous heart will bring you some joy and peace.

My deepest sympathies and prayers for him and your family. Jim Lyons, Denver, CO

Kurt Schlauder

April 16, 2018

With sadness, I read of Jay's passing. Fond memories of our youth flood in. My heartfelt condolences and best wishes to the family. He was a fine friend (and a pretty good putter). RIP

Kurt Schlauder
Lyme, CT

Paul Raider

April 15, 2018

Jay, you will be missed by all that knew and loved you. So many good memories from childhood to early adulthood. Rest In Peace.