FAIRFIELD, Conn. John J. Magner Jr. of Fairfield died Sunday night at the age of 87. Magner was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II.
Magner was born in Bridgeport on Jan. 21, 1924, and grew up on the citys East Side. After graduating from Harding High School, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served on a submarine in the Atlantic Fleet until 1946.
After the war, he earned degrees from Bentley College and the University of Bridgeport. He went on to work for United Technologies in its financial department for 37 years before retiring in 1987.
Magner was an active volunteer, serving for many years as treasurer of the former Murphy-Curren chapter of Catholic War Veterans and as financial director for the former Friends United for Notre Dame High. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Gaelic-American Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus.
Magner was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary Grogan Magner, and his sister, Katherine Bielen. He is survived by five children, Maureen Magner of Huntington and her companion, Jack Rushen of Stratford, John J. Magner III (Jack) and his wife, Maye, of Duxbury, Mass., Mary Ellen Rogers of Atlanta, Daniel P. Magner and his wife, Kathleen, of Easton, and Kate OBrien and her husband, Bill, of Cumming, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass was celebrated Wednesday at Notre Dame of Easton. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in his memory to Yale Cancer Center Melanoma Program, c/o Yale Cancer Center, Office of Development, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611, or to Bring Change 2 Mind, www.bringchange2mind.org .
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