John “Jack” Darcey of Warwick, a native of Staten Island and a descendant of the Darcey Dairy Farm on Willowbrook, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. He was 94 years old.
He was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital on March 22, 1925, the son of Gerald and Grace Gaffney Darcey. He was predeceased by his son Philip (1974).
John graduated from St. Peter’s Boys’ High School and attended Wagner College. He was an original owner of the Joe-Jack’s Tavern.
A decorated Wo4ld War II Navy war veteran, Jack served on the USS Miami. He received six battle stars, which included raids on Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Leyte Gulf.
When World War II ended, Jack joined the New York City Police Department. After three years, he transferred to the New York City Fire Department. He was an original member of Rescue 5 in the 1950s.
Jack retired as Lieutenant with Engine 163, Staten Island, in 1981 after a total of 32 years of service.
Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Eda (nee Aanonsen); son Michael Darcey and his wife Joyce; daughter Trina Vladescu; six grandchildren: Jason Vladescu , Karina Vladescu and Derek Vladescu, Philip Darcey and his wife Meghan, Alex Darcey and his wife Christie and Ryan Darcey and his wife Beckah; nine great-grandchildren: Ava, Emily, Erin, Audrey, Gunner, Mariella, Jackson, Madison and Lincoln Darcey.
Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306.
Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home.
To send an online condolence, visit www.lsvpmemorialhome.com.