Obituary: John Albert Conlon, Jr.
John Albert Conlon, Jr., passed away on December 12, 2017 in Houston, TX. Known as Jack to his friends and Jackie to his family, he was born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Lillian Beirne Conlon and John A. Conlon, Sr., on Feb. 2, 1944. He is survived by the mother of his four children and dear friend, Denise; his children, John (Marisol), Christopher (Carrie), Danielle (Brent) and Kevin (Sheri); grandchildren, Jack, Ryan, Will, Sophia, Adaline and Lola; his sisters, Patricia (Larry) and Kathleen (Dan); six nieces and nephews; numerous cousins and an extended family of dear friends.
Jack was raised in Brooklyn and Queens and was a quintessential New Yorker. Living life on his own terms, Jack dropped out of high school and entered the world of finance in 1961 at the age of 16, working at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Jack became DLJ’s youngest Vice President at the age of 24. An illustrious 60-year career had been launched, complete with amazing stories and interesting characters. Jack’s career included time at Oppenheimer & Co., EF Hutton, Nikko Securities, Rothschild Inc., Banc America Securities and Putnam Lovell. He dedicated many years volunteering with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, The Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home, and was President Emeritus at The Alan T. Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis, among many other charities that were close to his heart. As much as Jack enjoyed his career on Wall Street, nothing compared to the joy he felt when he became a father. In 1976, he relocated to Greenwich, CT to raise his family. Even with his busy work schedule, it was rare that he missed a hockey/baseball game, water polo match or figure skating recital.
Jack will be remembered for his generous spirit, his incredible wit and his love of everything Italian (especially Rao’s). He loved movies (The Godfather was his favorite) and music (Bocelli was usually playing loudly in his car). Jack loved his family more than anything, so much so that he moved away from his beloved home in Greenwich to be near his children and grandchildren; first to Florida and then to Texas. He absolutely loved spoiling his grandchildren and teaching them his philosophies on life.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Old Greenwich Social Club, 148 Sound Beach Ave. Memorial donations can be made in Jack’s name to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, themiamiproject.org/donate/donate