St. Patrick’s Parochial School and after graduation enrolled at Niagara University. John earned a law degree from Syracuse University, after which he served in the Vietnam War. John was hired as a prosecutor at the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, rising to Chief Assistant District Attorney, where he worked alongside exceptional colleagues who also became friends. During this time, John met and married Carol Ann Moore.
Eventually, John left the Office and became a partner at Milford Lynch and Shannon in Skaneateles. Together, John and Carol raised four happy children. John shared his love of skiing, sailing, camping, and reading with all of his children. He loved Syracuse and its traditions. John was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Skaneateles, Rotary International Club, and remained a member of the Bar Association and the American Legion. Alzheimer’s disease took its toll on John but he was helped immensely by the love and support of his extended family and network of friends. He enjoyed frequent visits from his siblings and received great care from the staff on the eleventh and thirteenth floors at Loretto. John was born March 11, 1941. He was predeceased by his sister Marie and his parents John and Veronica Shannon. John is survived by his wife, Carol Shannon, and children, Allison Olley (Michael), Carolyn Shannon (Chris Donovan), John Shannon, and Molly Shannon. John will be missed by his five grandchildren, Ruby and Emmett Donovan, and Sean, Sam, and Leo Olley; and by his siblings, brothers Robert (Sonja), Peter (Sheila Brady), Paul (Linda), Thomas (Arlyne), William (Claudia), and sisters Patricia (Bruce) and Margaret. An Irish celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic Church on Jordan Street in Skaneateles at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following and until later afternoon all are invited to join his wife and family at a reception at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Michael C. Cogswell Scholarship Fund at Marcellus Central Schools.
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