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Joseph Ross O'Hanlon

February 14, 2021

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Joseph Ross O’Hanlon, Sr., 94, of Florham Park, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on February 14, 2021.

Ross was a United States Navy Veteran during WWII stationed on the USS Dyess 880. He grew up in South Orange, was a 1944 graduate of Columbia HS in Maplewood, and after proudly serving his country, Ross graduated from Seton Hall University in 1950. He worked in the Esso Tankers division of Exxon Corporation for more than 30 years in New York City, happily retiring in 1983. Ross spent his summers with his family in his favorite place on Earth in Stone Harbor, NJ where he made memories for his children and grandchildren. He always enjoyed the beach and watching the sun go down, down, down over the bay. He read the Star Ledger Newspaper from cover to cover each day and was a die-hard fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Football Giants. Ross loved his town of Florham Park, his three dogs (Kelly, Kerry, and Kelsey), his yard, his garden, his birds, his iPhone, following the stock market and so much more, but above all else, Ross loved his family. He was a devout Catholic, a member of Holy Family Parish for more than 60 years, and a lifelong learner. A member of the Greatest Generation, J. Ross O’Hanlon lived a long and happy life as he blessed the world with his love for 94 years.

Ross was the beloved husband of 60 years to his wonderful wife Dorothy.  Ross is survived by his children, Ross O’Hanlon Jr and his wife Barbara, Dennis O’Hanlon, and Carol Ann O’Hanlon Lowell and her husband Jim. Ross was the cherished grandfather of James, Hanlon and Molly Lowell and Kate O’Hanlon Clapperton (Andrew) and Karen O’Hanlon McFadden (Ken). He is also survived by five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Murphy, his parents; John and Rose, and his siblings; Rose, Helen and Jack.  

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, February 17th, 10AM at Holy Family Church in Florham Park, followed by the interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. 

For those not able to attend, the funeral mass will be offered virtually by logging onto: and scrolling down to online mass from Holy Family.

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Funeral Mass
February 17, 2021

10:00 AM
Holy Family Church
1 Lloyd Avenue
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932


Gate Of Heaven Cemetery
225 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ 07936

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