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John Francis O'Rourke

Obituary for John Francis O'Rourke

July 27, 2017
East Norriton, Pennsylvania


John Francis O'Rourke, 85, of East Norriton, was welcomed into heaven by his beautiful and loving wife, Therese, and beloved son, Brian on July 27, 2017. John passed away at Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton surrounded by his devoted family.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut on November 4, 1931 to Thomas and Alice O'Rourke (neeMcCoy). John grew up with three brothers Thomas, Ted, and Neil, and sister Alice.

John is survived by his loving children Yvonne Heatley, Kevin O'Rourke (Lenni), Stephanie Phelan (Martin), and Melanie Martinez (Paul), dear grandchildren Heather Atland, Ryan Phelan, Collin Heatley, Erin Phelan, Victoria O'Rourke, Kyra Martinez, Shane Heatley, Sean O'Rourke, Kyle O'Rourke, Ian O'Rourke, Brian Martinez and great granddaughter Emily Atland.

John is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving 4 years during the Korean War. He served on the US New Jersey and US Albany.

John graduated from University of Connecticut as an electrical engineer and pursued his passion for learning and excellence throughout his career, retiring in 1993 from Transicoil.

He loved to sing where he shined as a member of a barbershop quartet in his younger years. He continued to sing with passion and enthusiasm and knew the words to every song that was played.

John was especially known for his wonderful storytelling abilities. He could draw everyone in with his expressive voice and animated facial expressions. He loved to recite "The Night Before Christmas" and "Little Boy Blue" and up until his last day he still knew all the words. Above all of John's talents and hobbies, his truest joy was his family.

August 17, 2017 would have been John and Therese's 60th wedding anniversary. John, along with his beloved wife, was always active with his children and grandchildren's lives, taking leadership roles in church, PTO, Scouting and sporting activities. His grandchildren always were thrilled to have activities with their Grandpa, including but not limited to going to Wings Field to watch the airplanes go by, going to the "echo pipe" to explore and swinging on his handmade swings. John had a way of making every person he came in contact with feel like the most important person in the room. His kind and loving heart will leave an everlasting impression on the lives of those he touched. His family will forever cherish the memories shared with him, as well as his ever present love, guidance and support that will remain with them always.

Relatives and friends are invited to John's Life Celebration Tuesday August 1st from 6-8 pm at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Life Celebration Home of East Norriton, 200 West Germantown Pike, and again on Wednesday August 2nd from 10:30am to 11:20am at St. Helena Church of Blue Bell, 1489 DeKalb Pike followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory can be made to the Patrician Society, 121 E. Chestnut St. Norristown, PA 19401.

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Services to the family are entrusted to Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Life Celebration Home of East Norriton, 610-277-7000.

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  • The Patrician Society
    121 E. Chestnut St.
    Norristown, PA 19401

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Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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