HORNELL-John J. “Jack” Emo, 71, of 5798 County Rt. 68 (Crosby Creek Road), Hornell, died early Sunday morning (April 1, 2018) at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
A native & life resident of the Hornell area, he was born October 7, 1946 and was the son of Bertram & Catherine (Clancy) Emo. His father having died before he was born and his mother having died when he was only 7 months old, Jack was raised by his aunt & uncle, Francis & Marguerite Clancy.
Jack was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School (class of 1965). He later earned his Associate’s Degree in Heavy Equipment and Diesel Mechanics from Williamsport Community College. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Elmira College.
For 30 years, Jack was employed as a teacher at Wildwood BOCES in Hornell, teaching Heavy Equipment & Diesel Mechanics. He retired in 2001. For over 35 years, he, along with his wife & family owned and operated JMAK Farm, a 300 acre dairy farm located on the Crosby Creek Road in Hornell. Jack also drove school bus for the Alfred-Almond Central School for 24 years and served on the AACS Agriculture Advisory Board. He also volunteered for several years as a bus driver for BOCES Special Education events.
Jack was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and for many years had been a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church. Since 2007, he and his wife, Mary Ann spent the winter months in Cocoa, FL where they attended Blessed Sacrament Church.
He was a member of the Hornell Association and a former member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Hornell Moose Lodge and the Hornell Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren riding 4-wheelers and taking care of his 50 acre lawn.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Clancy and his sisters, Beverly (Clancy) Blumenfeld and Patricia (Clancy) Thorn.
Jack was married on April 20, 1968 to Mary Ann Walsh who survives. Surviving are his children, John (Michele) Emo of Hornell, Jason (Jodie) Emo of Hornell and Kasi (Aaron) Washburn of Hornell; 2 brothers, Francis (Lucille) Clancy of Hornell and Alan (Mary Jane) Clancy of Rochester; 8 amazing grandchildren, JR, Ashley, Kali, Morgan, Nick, Owen, Jack & Ryan; many nieces & nephews.
The family of John J. “Jack” Emo will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 9:30 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Jack’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Wildwood BOCES Skills Club, 1126 Bald Hill Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
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