John J. Morley
White Plains – John J. Morley, born December 22, 1930 to John Morley and Mary McGuiness in Queens, NY, passed away Saturday, March 3rd, surrounded by his family.
He was a graduate of Manhattan Prep in 1948 and Manhattan College in 1952. John began a 51 year career in stadium concessions in 1944 working in Yankee Stadium as a peanut vendor and he progressed from peanuts to hot dogs, beer and ultimately to management with Harry M. Stevens Inc., inventor of the hot dog and vendor to the world, caterer extraordinaire, concessionaire at ballparks, arenas and racetracks across America.
After opening RFK Stadium (Washington DC) in 1961 he returned to NY where he opened Shea Stadium with the NY Mets and NY Jets. From baseballs and footballs to Papal visits and Presidents, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to wrestling and roller derby, John oversaw the fan experience for the tens of millions of people who attended events at Shea from 1964 to 2008. Working from his base at Shea, John also managed HMS activities at the Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, the NY Coliseum, the Meadowlands complex, Fenway Park and many other sports venues.
John Morley’s professional life was characterized by a commitment to excellence, a commitment to respect for fellow employees, and, a commitment to making the best possible experience for all fans -especially as reflected in the smiling faces of children enjoying that first ballpark hot dog or wearing their team’s hat. His commitment to employee excellence is demonstrated by the tens of thousands of men and women whose working careers began in a stadium, many of whom have chosen careers in the service sector and many of whom have chosen the experience as a foundation for other industries; his commitment to the fan experience is reflected in the many new services, menu items and quality programs that enable fans to maximize their stadium experience. Mr. Morley will be missed by all those he has served and especially by those with whom he has worked. His commitment to excellence will continue through the legacy he has left after half a century of service to sports fans and music lovers.
John was a member of the Old Guard of White Plains served in the Army from 1948 to 1957. He was an avid golfer and traveler crisscrossing the US and the globe with Mary, his wife of 65 years who passed in September 2017.
He is survived by sons James (Geraldine) of Tappan, NY and Thomas (Maureen) of Suffern, NY, daughter Susan (Mark) Sweeney of Chester Springs, PA, grandchildren Brian, Terence, James, Brendan, Moira and Kieran, and great-grandchildren Avery, James and Olivia; and, step-grandchildren Hillary, Lauren and Kurt. He was predeceased by his brother Wiliam. Visitation will be Wednesday March 7th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows on Thursday March 8th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the memory of John J. Morley for a scholarship fund to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605.
McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett FH 491 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10605 914-949-7777 mcmahonfuneralhome.com
Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 6, 2018
Morley, John J. [MC1952 RIP]
Guestbook: Same link
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I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1952.
May He Rest In Peace.
PS. I, like many other JASPERS, shaped up for work at Yankee Stadium, at the suggestion of Br Adrian Lewis, and were usually selected to work that day for the Stevens organization.
[JR: Never had the pleasure. AT&T, ConEd, and many other big companies used to take Jaspers based on their “pedigree”.]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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