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John "Jack" J. Connaughton

May 4, 1926 September 3, 2017
John "Jack"  J. Connaughton
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John (Jack) Joseph Connaughton of Livonia, Michigan, died peacefully at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital surrounded by his family on September 3, 2017. He was 91 years old. Born May 4, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, Jack was the eldest son of William and Helen (Glennon) Connaughton. He was raised in Detroit and graduated on June 14, 1950 from the University of Detroit College of Commerce and Finance, earning his B.S. degree.

Jack had many jobs as a young man, and became employed by Ford Motor Company as a Financial Analyst for 38 years in Dearborn, Michigan. His greatest accomplishment was being in charge of the building of the Dearborn Engine Plant.

Jack volunteered to serve in the Navy Air Corp during World War II, where he was a radio man, navigator, gunner and a torpedo bomber in a two man plane named the Avenger. He earned the Point System, Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal.

He met the love of his life, Alice M. McCracken at a dance, and they were married at St. Veronica’s on September 19, 1953. Their marriage would last 55 years, until Alice was called home to the Lord on December 24, 2010. Being a man of abiding faith, he would tell people he was still married, just temporarily separated.

Jack was a faithful Catholic his entire life. He believed in fidelity, family, fiscal responsibility and hard work. He had an amazing mind and sense of humor, and was sharp minded and witted until he passed. He enjoyed being with his wife; working outdoors; fixing things in the house; dancing; music,; spending time at the lake at his brother Bill’s and son Bill’s; being physically active; wintering in Las Vegas with his wife; and watching his children succeed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Alice of 55 years (2008); his favorite brother William “Bill" (2016) (Doreen); an infant son Robert (1963); former son in law, Dr. David Price, DC; son in law, Michael Hopper; cousins, Mary Connaughton, Tommy and Emma Connaughton, Patricia and Bill McCormick; nephew, Brent Connaughton; great niece, Amanda Burns; his wife’s parents, John and Sadie McCraken; in-laws, John “Don” McCraken, Rosemary and Chris Powers, Ron Rupers, Larry Gryka and Stanley McCraken.

He is survived by his children, William (Perla), John (Katie) and Dr. Charise Price, BS,DC (Charles Renshaw, fiance); grandchildren, Catherine and Caroline, Andrea (Kenneth Scott) Hopper, Benjamin and Daniel Hopper; great granddaughter, Nautica Scott; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, their spouses and companions, great great nieces and nephews and all of their parents, Audrey (Jack) Connaughton, Ann McCraken, James “Al” (Betty) Mccracken, Eleanor Rupers, Maureen Gryka, Gwen Mccracken and Patricia “Trish” (Jerry) Neubert; extended family and many friends.

A very special thanks must go out to Cheri Robins, Perla Garrison and Dave Bradley for making it possible for Dad to live with Bill on Silver Lake. This could not have happened without you all.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Genevieve-St. Maurice Catholic Church, 29015 Jamison St, Livonia, MI 48154 September 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM with gathering to begin at 10 AM. Interment and military honors to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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10:30 AM 9/30/2017 10:30:00 AM
Saint Genevieve-St. Maurice Catholic Church

29015 Jamison Street
Livonia, MI 48154

Gathering to begin at 10:00 AM

Saint Genevieve-St. Maurice Catholic Church
29015 Jamison Street Livonia 48154 MI
United States

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St. Jude Children’s Hospital

501 St Jude Place
Memphis , TN 38105

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