John “Jack” Emo

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.  Casual dress is requested and encouraged by the family.

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 or click here to print a memorial form.

11 Responses to “John “Jack” Emo”

  1. Shawn D. Hogan says:

    Jack you were one of a kind, a gentleman and a great friend, always there for anyone in need. A great family man, family was everything. I was honored to know you and more importantly to be able to call you friend. May you rest in Peace.
    Shawn D. Hogan

  2. Bill andWheeze Ells says:

    Goodbye to a great friend, 30 years as a workmate, 50 years ago as roommate in college. Extending our sympathy to Mary Ann, children and grandchildren, Jack will be missed.

  3. Tom Drumm says:

    To the Emo Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful friend & neighbor.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    God Bless you all.

    Tommy Drumm

  4. Dave Bordeaux says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jack, we grew up together and
    attended Alfred-Almond, Jack was a great individual and will be sorely missed,
    my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  5. Martin & Evelyn Brasted says:

    Blessings from happy memories from Jack’s life and family. Remembering him at his brother Fran’s house several times, and other occasions, with Fran’s wife, Lucile, my sister, all their kids who thought so much of him and his dear wife, Mary Ann. Martin and Evelyn Brasted

  6. Bruce &Abby Jefferds says:

    Mary Ann So sorry to hear about Jack. We just found out about his passing. we cannot attend calling hours but know we are thinking of you.

  7. Dennis Prutsman says:

    Very, very sorry to hear of Jacks passing. We hadn’t seen much of each other since our retirement but we kept in touch by phone and I visited him at his home in Florida in February. He was a great guy who cared a great deal about all the students who went through his program and especially his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family at this most difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed!

  8. Julie McHale says:

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing-he will be truly missed. Condolences to Mary Ann ,Jason, and all the family. I enjoy knowing him and his quick wit at J.C.’s at the “fun table” rest in peace Jack.

  9. Tina Houghtaling (1982) says:

    So sorry to hear of “little” Jack’s passing he was a wonderful person who cared about each and every student whom he came in contact with. Prayers to his family friends and other former students.

  10. Joann Kilbury Spencer says:

    God loved Jack so much he called him Home on Easter Morning and gave him Mary Ann for a life Long friend and companion. Jack was great fun to be around, lots of good BOCES times. My prayers are with Mary and and the whole family.

  11. Joann Kilbury Spencer says:

    God loved Jack so much he called him Home on Easter Morning and gave him Mary Ann for a life Long friend and companion. Jack was great fun to be around, lots of good BOCES times. My prayers are with Mary Ann and and the whole family.