James McKearney

James McKearney

Thursday, July 30th, 1936 Monday, June 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for James E. McKearney Jr.

James E. McKearney, Jr. 83, passed away peacefully June 22, 2020 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. Born July 30, 1936 in Rahway, NJ to James E. and Mary McKearney, he lived in Manasquan, NJ for the past 25 years.

James was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, South Amboy, NJ (1954) and received a bachelors degree in marketing from St. Peter's University, Jersey City, NJ(1958). He served in the Army and Army reserves retiring as a Captain to pursue a career in the newspaper industry. He began his career at the Newark News in marketing and would achieve many successes with various newspapers such as the Kansas City Star, Red Bank Register and eventually being named Publisher & CEO of the Canton Repository, Canton, Ohio. He finished his career as President & CEO of the Northeast Ohio group for Thompson Newspapers. He was an avid sports fan, with a passion for golf. He loved playing the game with his late wife, Mary throughout their retirement.

James is survived by sons James E. McKearney III, Brian McKearney and his wife Robyn, daughter, Mary McKearney Sibilia, and son, Kevin McKearney and his wife Tina. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Brian Patrick McKearney, Maryrose Sibilia, Mark James Sibilia and Molly Sibilia; as well as he and his wife's beloved Siamese cat Nefertiti.
Visitation will take place at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Route 35, Wall, on Thursday June 25, 2020 from 4-5:30 PM The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Denis Church, Manasquan on Friday June 26, 2020 at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, NJ 07724, or the Associated Humane Society of NJ, 2960 Shafto Rd., Tinton Falls, NJ 07752 or the supporting veterans of the armed forces. Condolences may be sent via

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Thursday, June 25th, 2020
    4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Service

    Friday, June 26th, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
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    Friday, June 26th, 2020
    Due to covid restrictions, mass capacity 50 people or less.
  • Interment

    Christ Church Cemetery
    439 S Pine Ave
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