John J. ‘Jack’ Ahern
May 11, 1940 — Jan. 4, 2018
John J. Ahern, “Jack,” died early Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Martinez, Calif. He began his life May 11, 1940, in Chicago and was raised as one of four children of John and Helen Ahern, eldest sibling to Tom, Janet and Mary. He earned a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he met several lifelong friends. He met his wife, Barbara Miller, on Waikiki Beach on Hawaii in 1967 while in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Married July 12, 1969, in Sacramento, Calif., they lived first in Chicago and then settled in Oconomowoc to raise three children on Sunset Lane, Patrick, Jeannine and Carrie (who all went to St. Jerome’s School in Oconomowoc).
Jack founded an industrial sales business, The Ahern Company, which he started in Oconomowoc and continued to develop to consistent success until present. To be closer to family, he and Barbara moved back to her home state of California in 1998. Jack was vibrant socially and politically engaged, loved sports of any kind and refereed soccer, football and basketball for years both as a passion, good exercise and a way to make some extra money. He was a wonderful storyteller in the Irish tradition, charming, quick-witted and sharp — if sometimes long-winded. He loved people and social situations of all stripes, loved to travel and was blessed with a stubborn and independent spirit. He was an active member of the Catholic Church his entire life and felt the importance of the Church’s charity and compassion to those less fortunate than him. Jack was a deeply loyal friend and proud family man. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Patrick (Carolina); daughters Jeannine (Morgan) Lyons and Carrie; siblings Tom, Janet Farmans and Mary Friend, and grandchildren Nathan, Zoe, Julia, Mia, and Ella.
Preceding Jack in death were his parents, John and Helen.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church; 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Jack at St. Vincent de Paul Society,
www.svdpusa.org or (314) 576-3993.
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