McCracken Funeral Home

1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ


John O'Shea

January 17, 1928August 21, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

John O'Shea, age 91, of Union, New Jersey passed away on Wednesday August 21, 2019. John was born January 17, 1928 in Hospital Town, County Limerick, Ireland. Born to a large family of 8 brothers and 4 sisters John immigrated to the USA at age of 21, he arrived on the Queen Mary in NYC on October 12th 1949. He always said he and Christopher Columbus founded America on the same day. Eager to work John got a job as an elevator operator and worked his way up in his career. He joined the Air Force in 1951 - 1955 He attended Rutgers College in the evening and after completing 2 years, he got a job as a Junior Accountant with an auto parts business Economy Auto Supply. John quickly moved up the ladder to become Sales Manager & then Vice President. In 1975 he opened his own business, Paterson Auto Parts, which has been operating successfully for the past 44 years. John retired in 1984, but remained as a consultant to the business. John was a dedicated business man, a devoted father, a cherished grandfather and he will be missed by all who knew him. John was predeceased by his wife Virginia (2015). He leaves to cherish his memory his Sons John and his wife Connie, Michael and his wife Juana, Dennis and his wife Barbara, Grandchildren Christina, Lauren, Sean and Great Granddaughter Jessica and two siblings Ellen and Dennis as well as a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation for John will be held Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave, Union. A funeral service will occur Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM at St Michael's Church, 1212 Kelly St, Union. Entombment to follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the O'Shea family may be shared at www.McCrackenFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers the family asks you donate to Paralyzed Veterans of America; 7 Millbrook Rd, Wilton NH 03086.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, August 26, 2019


John O'Shea

have a memory or condolence to add?

Ellen Rigby (nee O'Shea)

August 28, 2019

My dearest John.. the most incredible Brother a Sister could ever have wished for. After I left Ireland and then England.. you never gave up and traced me to Australia & my life took a change for the better. So happy to be reunited with you and Maurice... and eventually the rest of the family.

You looked after me & taught me how to secure a future for myself resulting in my marraige to Len (RIP).. again.. changing my life for the better. You met my girls - Tracey & Maria.. who had never met relatives before (other than Peter.. who we have lost trace of).. but you made them truly feel part of the bigger O'Shea family.. Your generosity was never lost on us & we all know our lives were richer for knowing you.

I love you to the moon & back..
May the Road Rise To Meet
May the wind be always at your back
May the rain fall softly on your face
Until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

With Deep Love Always.. your Sister Ellen xxx

Maria Whealey

August 25, 2019

Uncle John,
You were such an amazing human being & you always made the Australian sector of the O'Shea's feel part of something bigger. You showed me my heritage and facilitated my meeting most of the family... I'm forever grateful. You had such a strong sense of family & I feel so blessed to have met you and shared with many your love. Rest in Peace & I know you'll be catching up with Uncle Maurice and the rest of your siblings.. you will never be forgotten & always remembered with much Love... your little aussie niece.. Maria xxx

Coby Hatton

August 23, 2019

RIP Grandad John, Never forgotten xx

Alec & Joan Garratt

August 23, 2019

Fondest memories of good times and laughter when we came over from the u.k
You were a gentleman and will be missed lots.
Rest in peace John.

Love Alec and Joan xx


August 22, 2019

It is with a heavy heart I try to put into words the impact John O’ Shea has had on my life. I started working with John in 8th grade. Coming into the store after school and working on weekends. I began breaking down boxes and stocking shelves. Then promoted “To working the counter”. No raise. He told me I was “building character”. I remember the week my envelope showed a raise from $1.95 per hour to $2.10 PH. He said nothing just smiled. It made me feel I was doing something right.

We spend a lot of time together over those years. A true Father figure and Hero to me.

As time went by, we always stayed in contact and laughed about the old times and what could have been. When people asked me even today about any successes, I may have had in my life I tell them “Uncle John taught me” Thanks for everything My Friend and My Mentor. Time to rest!

Susan Dowling

August 22, 2019

Yankee stadium clubhouse 1982, the year he brought me to America and changed my life. Forever in my heart uncle John 💔

Rona O'Shea

August 22, 2019

You were such a great brother-in-law. I have so many happy memories of times we spent together with Virginia and Maurice. You will always remain in my heart. Love you, Rona

Phyllis Garafola

August 22, 2019

Always enjoyed sharing your stores when i came to do inventories at payless in dover. Your smile was infectious and your stories were amazing. How lucky am I to have met you and your wonderful family. You and your wife did an amazing job raising your sons to be caring and hard working individules. You will be missed here but i know you will be watching from above and smiling!Safe journey may your angels guide you.

Corrine DiPietro

August 21, 2019

I was so happy to meet you at my son’s wedding, Paul DiPietro to Shannon Dowling, and it was an honor to have you there and share in our celebration. May you Rest In Peace❣️ God Bless You.

Logan Sales

August 21, 2019

Best great great uncle ever!! I’m so glad I got the honor of meeting you! Love, Logan