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John Alvin Lenox

September 3, 1939 - December 14, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother & friend


Service Date: December 17, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: See Obit

Obituaries » John Alvin Lenox

John Alvin Lenox
September 3, 1939 – December 14, 2021

John Alvin Lenox, father of 5 and grandfather of 6, passed away peacefully after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease and other illnesses, surrounded by his family at his home on December 14. He was 82.

Born and raised in Caldwell, John was the oldest child of Alvin and Olive Lenox and was a graduate of Montclair Immaculate High School class of 1957. John earned his bachelor’s degree and US Army Commission at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, and his master’s degrees at Fordham University in NY.

John lived a life of service. John spent 35 years in the US Army, mostly in the Army Reserves, and proudly rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He also spent his entire professional career working as a Social Worker supporting families and children in need with professional stops at Catholic Charities, Boys Town, and he retired after 30 years serving as the Director of Special Services for the Hanover Township School District. Along the way he was also an active volunteer for Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Whippany, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Montclair Immaculate alumni association, the Delbarton School, Morristown Medical Center helping families in crisis and numerous Hanover Township youth athletic leagues.

Before heading off to San Francisco with the Army, John married his high school sweetheart, Maureen Griffin in 1962. Together, they raised 5 children and he became the happy Pop-Pop to 6 grandchildren. He loved watching sports – especially the NY Giants, NY Mets, and any basketball game or golf tournament he could find. He also enjoyed reading, trivia, making jokes, talking politics and most of all, he loved coaching and watching his children and grandchildren at their academic, athletic, and musical events.

John is predeceased by his infant daughter, Mary Louise in 1971.

John is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Maureen, daughter, Mary Ellen and her husband, Dr. Richard Williams, daughter, Mary Beth Neely, daughter, Kathy and her husband, Bob Grumka, son, John and his wife, Lori, and daughter, Erin and her husband, Will Galtieri. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Brian, Katherine and Kerry Grumka, Stephanie Neely, Johnny and Jake Lenox and his loved caregiver of the last 5 years, Clarence Djameh. John is also survived by his brothers, Donald and his wife, Susan, and Jim and his wife Eileen, his sister, Joanne Jaeger and her husband, Fred, his sister, Mary Jane Lenox and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend his Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered at 11:00a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church. 90 Whippany Road, Whippany. Interment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Visiting hours are on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippny Road, Parsippany. (973)887-3235 or visit In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus Chapter 6904 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.