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John J Cannaveno

May 29, 1932 - September 19, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Loving husband, father & grandfather


Service Date: September 23, 2020

In Lieu of Flowers: See Obit

Obituaries » John J Cannaveno

John J. Cannaveno passed quietly in his Denville home on the evening of September 19th 2020 with loved ones holding his hands.

Family was everything to John, and his legacy will live on through his 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He and his wife, Helen (nee-Tarone) of 62 years raised two children in their Parsippany home, where they lived for more than 50 years. His daughter, Elena Bocchino, lives with her husband, Alex in Cedar Knolls, and they have three children; Elexa, Justin and Arianna. His son, Bud Cannaveno, lives with his wife, Michelle in Long Valley. They have nine children; John (or as his grandfather referred to him, “John 2”) and his wife, Amanda, Andrea Ahrens and her husband, Sonny, Lindsay Alvarado, her husband Jeff and their daughter Isabella, D’Anna and her son Jaydan, Joy, Rosee, Brandon, Kee Kee and Noah. John and Helen also have two special additions to their family, welcomed into their family forever as teenage foreign exchange students in 1979 and 1981. Hernan Silva and his husband, Marcelo live in Santiago, Chile, and
Clara Serrano lives in Columbia and has three children.

John grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens NY, the son of Charles and Jenny Cannaveno, with his sister Rosemary Zimmermann. He served as a communications specialist during the Korean War, where he was stationed much of the time in Germany. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University and his masters from NYU. After being thrust into the early days of business computerization, he spent most of his career as an Information Systems executive with Hoffman La Roche, retiring in 1985. In his retirement, he also worked as a courier, office manager and in his final working position, he manned the Pharmacy counter at the Morris Plains Stop & Shop.

He and Helen sold their Parsippany home in 2017 and moved to The Oaks in Denville retirement community, filling their days with reminiscent conversations and making many special new friendships. Within a week of moving there, John earned the nickname “Papa John” as he introduced himself to new residents every day. He and Helen especially enjoyed the company of their new friends every evening at dinner, which always included a couple of glasses of wine!

In addition to his immediate family members, John also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Ray and Sue, many beloved nieces and nephews and more close friends than anyone could ever wish for… a true testament to his special character.

His family is also eternally grateful to Doris, John’s caretaker for the last 4 months, who also became his confidant and friend.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate John’s life during a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd 2020 at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church. 75 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be considered for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( in John’s honor.

Following current Covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required. The family acknowledges and understands that many are still uncomfortable to attend public gatherings and will be unable to attend the visitation. We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.