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Captain John James HennesseyMarch 30, 1949 ~ August 3, 2017 (age 68)
Captain John James Hennessey, age 68, of Smyrna, DE, was taken home in the arms of Jesus on August 3, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany on March 30, 1949 to the late CWO Joseph J. Hennessey and Lore Hennessey Evans (nee Guttenstein) of Salisbury, NC.
Coming to Delaware in 1956 he attended schools in Milford, Caesar Rodney and graduating from Felton High school. After high school John’s long life of service to his country, state, & community began when he joined the Army in 1967 entering the 101st Airborne Division. After hundreds of successful jumps, he was deployed to serve a term in Vietnam where he earned the rank of Sgt. E5 and received many citations for his service including the Purple Heart.
Upon his return to Delaware he attended Delaware Technical Community College and earned a degree in Criminal Justice and the entered the Police Academy for training in law enforcement.
In the 1970s, he was the Chief of Police of North Bowers Beach after which he transferred to the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control in the Fish & Wildlife Division. He served the State of DE for 30 years in his capacity as an enforcement officer attaining the rank of Captain. During that time, he met and married the love of his life Joyce Carrow; also a Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Officer and they had the privilege of working side by side for most of their careers.
John achieved much in his life, however, he would readily tell you that his greatest achievement and the one he was most proud of came at the birth of his twin daughters Lindsey and Leslie Hennessey whom he loved more than life itself and was always an excellent father, mentor, & friend to his girls.
As part of his Fish & Wildlife training John became an expert Diver and was invited to many states in the U.S. teaching First Responders the most important aspects of water rescues. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and he and Joyce often hunted together. He was an excellent shot often competing in the Governors Twenty tournaments.
He was an active member of his community and served in many organizations to include past Master of the Masonic Lodge 13 of Smyrna, past President of F.O.P. Lodge 3 of Kitts Hummock, life member of the North Bowers Beach Fire Dept., and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association. He was a good friend to and loved by the Amish Community where he served as a driver for them to many parts of the country for Weddings, Funerals, and Hunting & Fishing trips. John was a generous soul with his time and treasure to all who knew him. He always had a smile, a handshake or hug, and most often a great funny story to tell. He was an avid prankster and loved making people laugh. He was a great example of a gentleman and an inspiration to all he encountered in his life.
John was predeceased by his father CWO Joseph J. Hennessey, his beloved mother-in-law Mildred Carrow, his beloved nephew David Pritchett, his youngest brother Mark Hennessey, niece Deborah Carrow, and sister-in-law Sharon Carrow.
In addition to his mother, John is survived by his loving wife Joyce Hennessey, his daughters who were everything to him, Lindsey & Leslie Hennessey and their significant others Eddie Thurau and Christine Williams, father-in-law Harvey Carrow, sister Rose Hennessey Pritchett and her husband Robert, brothers Jim (Siglinda) & Brian (Marsha) Hennessey, and sisters-in-law Deborah Hennessey, and Charlene Carrow Hurd. Brothers-in-law Harvey Carrow and Roger A. (Bertha May) Carrow. As well as Carrow family nephews: Bobby, Billy, Eric, Dale, & Ron & nieces Joyce Lynn, Patty, Tammy, Shannon, Alicia, and Hennessey family nephews: Stephan, Christopher, Joshua, Michael, Christopher, Jeremy, Mark, Michael, and Richard and Pritchett family nephews: Marvin & Bobby as well as grandnieces Patricia Pritchett Erickson, Samantha, and a grandnephew David Pritchett. John loved all of his family very much and enjoyed his many friendships. He very often said, “He was blessed and that he had a wonderful life and enjoyed it all.” Rest in the peace of God, Dear John. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the wonderful end of life care given to him by Delaware Hospice and his nurse Marianne and Ashley.
Funeral Services have been entrusted to the care of Faries Funeral Home, 29 S. Main Street Smyrna, DE. A viewing will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday Aug. 9th. Funeral services will begin at 1 pm officiated by Thomas J. Protack. Interment with military honors will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna DE.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.