Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of John Kieran Henry
John Kieran Henry, 89, of Shelton, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Kathleen (nee McCann) Henry.
Born in Dublin, Ireland on August 24, 1932, he was a son of the late John and Philomena (Kieran) Henry. John was educated at Irish Christian Brothers in Dundalk, Ireland, the Dundalk Technical Institute, The Kevin St. Technical Institute in Dublin, The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and the Norwalk State Technical Institute in Connecticut. He retired as a Senior Engineer with Nash Engineering Company on Wilson Avenue in South Norwalk, having worked there for 37 years.
John served in the United States Army from 1958-1960 and again in 1961-1962. He served thirteen months in South Korea with the Army Signal Corps during which time he was in charge of Signal Projects for the Army in South Korea. John received both National and State recognition for service in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1964.
He was an avid writer and was founder and editor of the Norwalk Hibernian Newsletter for fifty years. Following the demise of the Norwalk Hibernians he was founder and editor of his own John’s Irish Newsletter until recently. He also wrote two 3-act plays, one of which had a long run at the Fairfield Gaelic Club and also in Ireland. He wrote a novel called Carrigmore, and in excess of 65 poems. Three of his poems received recognition from the National Library of Poetry in Owings Mill, Maryland. As a journalist he was the Connecticut News columnist for the Irish Echo Newspaper in New York for thirty years.
Kieran was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degrees and was a member of the American Legion. He served as National Organizer, National treasurer and National Secretary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for ten years. He also served as Connecticut State Secretary of AOH for nine years. In addition, he served as Norwalk Division Secretary, Vice President and President of the AOH.
In addition to his wife Kathleen, he is survived by his daughter Karen Henry Dauk, her children Molly, Brendan, and Shane. His daughter Donna Solder and her husband Bill; brother-in-law Joe Mc Cann and his wife Anne, brother-in-law Sean Mc Cann and his wife Mary; and sister-in-law Margaret Farrelly and her husband Paddy as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Gerard Henry and his wife Kathleen and a sister, Myra Morgan and her husband John Morgan.
Friends may greet the family on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am at The Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Shelton. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the America Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.