Dr. John Patrick McCabe, 84, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Monday, February 10th, 2020.
The son of the late Margaret (nee O'Shea) McCabe of Dingle, Co. Kerry, and the late Patrick McCabe of Virginia, Co. Cavan.
Devoted husband of Maureen (nee Sullivan) for 49 years. Beloved father of Christine Calvert (John Paul) of Park Ridge, NJ and John Brendan of New York City. His three precious grandchildren are Caroline, Matthew and Emilie Calvert. Dear brother of the late Francis (1945); Dr. Bernard (Mary Anne) West Chester, PA; and Dr. Donald, Esq. of Silver Spring, MD. Dear friend of Elsa Gibson of Silver Spring, MD. Brother-in-law of Msgr. John B. Sullivan of Archdiocese of New York. Brother-in-law to Cornelia Elliott (Gordon) of Vero Beach, FL; Helene Griffin (the late John) of Parlin, NJ; Lois Connor (Michael) of Summerfield, FL; and, Regina Knapp (Michael) of Scottsdale, AZ. Also uncle to many nieces & nephews and granduncle to many grandnieces & grandnephews.
John grew up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx where he graduated with honors from Immaculate Conception Grammar School in 1949. He earned a scholarship to attend Cardinal Hayes High School graduating with honors in 1953. From there he went on to Manhattan College and graduated again with honors in 1957. He earned the National Science Foundation Award which he used to attend Harvard University, where he earned his Doctorate in Algebraic Geometry in 1967 with Dr. John Tate as his thesis advisor. He taught at Manhattan College for 44 years and was a past Chairman of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department for 12 years.
John enjoyed a good game of chess and one of his favorite partners was his grandson, Matthew. John was an excellent bridge player too. He kept up his study of German by reading German translations of his favorite books. To join in with his grandaunt (Mary O'Shea) and his mother's conversations, John took a course in Gaelic at Fordham University.
John will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. A true gentleman to the end. May he rest in peace with the Lord.
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