JOHN C. GROARKE
We were saddened to hear of the passing of John C. Groarke on July 4, 2011, attorney from Middle Village who was instrumental in shaping the Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) back in the 1960’s into what it is today. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Groarke and is survived by his loving children Debbie Groarke, Sean Groarke, Diane Groarke (Brendan Keane), and his companion Elizabeth Manning. He served as the JPCA's legal counsel and he was a past President of the JPCA in the 1960’s.
John was a graduate of Iona College Class of 1947 and of St. John’s University School of Law. He had his own law firm in Maspeth for many years and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University until his passing.
John Groarke remained a member of the JPCA his entire life and continued to live in his home in Middle Village. He personified the word “neighborhood” in his time with the JPCA always ready to help with legal advice. As the President of the JPCA John stepped up to serve at a particularly tumultuous time during the challenging 1960’s when he took the reigns and guided the JPCA through the issues of his day always armed with his legal expertise.
Our neighborhood has lost a wonderful neighbor and strong advocate for the community. We extend our deepest sympathy to his children Debbie, Sean and Diane and his companion, Elizabeth Manning. Contributions in John Groarke’s name can be sent to the St. John’s University Scholarship Fund.
Floramay Gannon passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011 at the age of 85. She was a resident of Elmhurst and Middle Village for many years.
Flora served as the JPCA Treasurer for several years and she was always efficient and helpful in her pursuit of excellence with the job she did. It was unusual for Flora to ever make a mistake because she always aspired to excellence in anything she did.
Flora loved her dog, “Susie” who absolutely worshipped Flora because Flora always doted on the dog and “Susie” was the recipient of many treats throughout the day. The two of them were so happy together and since Flora became housebound later on in years, the two spent the entire day together keeping each other company.
Flora will be sorely missed by all who knew her and the JPCA sends their deepest condolences to her family.