John F. O’Leary, age 82 of Greenwich, CT, passed away December 20, 2020 at
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John F. O'Leary, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Greenwich Hospital after a long battle with COPD.
Born in Oak Park, IL, John’s family moved to Greenwich while he was in high
school. He attended Greenwich High School, played for the football team and
graduated in 1956. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps and saw deployment as a Military Police Officer in Lebanon and Puerto
Rico. In 1962, he was discharged from active duty at the rank of Corporal and
joined the Marine Corps Reserve.
Upon discharge, John enrolled at the University of Dayton in Ohio. When John
returned to Greenwich after school, he joined Sutton Oil, where he learned the oil
business from the bottom up and became owner of Sutton Oil. After selling the
company and taking a brief respite from the oil business, he founded Northfield
John loved spending vacation time at the family summer homes in Michigan on
Lake Charlevoix as a child as well as later years and in Narragansett, Rhode Island
with his wife, Loretta, who he affectionately referred to as “Rette”. He enjoyed
fishing off Block Island, Montauk and Long Island Sound on his boat “Irish Ayes.”
John had an incredible memory, which served him well when he told you the
clever punchlines to his many stories. He was “tough as nails” with the biggest
heart, rose with the sun, enjoyed watching and discussing sports, and was never
late a day in his life. He will be greatly missed by all he touched.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and James V. O’Leary, brother,
James V. O’Leary, Jr., sister Elizabeth Meany and his many, beloved German
Shepherds. He is survived by the love of his life, Loretta S. O’Leary, brother
Michael O’Leary of County Donegal, Ireland, children Richard Kerr, Jill (Kirk)
Kinnear, Susan (Stewart) Durrell, Jennifer Kerr, niece Mary Meany, nephews
James (Ann) Meany and Bernard (Scarlett) Meany, and grandchildren Kyle, Katii,
Kristen, James, Kerrin and Konnor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund or a charity of
There will be a private service for immediate family only and a Celebration of Life
will be held at a later date for John’s extended family and many friends.
Semper Fi Fund