RIP: John “Jack” F. Vassallo Jr. ’60

In your prayers, please remember the soul of John “Jack” F. Vassallo, Jr. ’60.

Vassallo, John F.

On Friday, January 8, 2021, Deacon John Francis Vassallo, Jr. (Jack), loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 78.

Jack was born in 1942, in Newark, NJ, to the late John Francis and Columbia (Verlangieri) Vassallo. Mr. Vassallo attended McQuaid Jesuit High School, in Rochester, NY. He graduated from Fordham College in 1964, where he met his wife, Barbara Marie Ravold. They married on December 31, 1966, in Central Islip, NY. In 1967, Jack graduated from Fordham University Law School, and served as a Captain with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class.

In 1977, Jack was a founding member of Kearns, Vassallo & Kearns, in Willingboro, NJ, and remained with the law firm until he was appointed Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in 1982. He returned to private practice (concentrating on alcoholic beverage law) after his 8-year term as Director ended.

During this time, Mr. Vassallo received his vocational calling to the Catholic diaconate and was ordained a permanent deacon in 1980 and continued this ministry every day. Jack served at Corpus Christi Church in Willingboro, NJ, from 1980 until 2015 when he and Barbara relocated to Northern Virginia to be near their daughters and their families. Jack recently served as Deacon to the parishioners of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, VA. He was also very active in Rotary, the Orchid Foundation, and as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

Mr. Vassallo is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Herndon, VA, daughter Barbara Marie McNally (John Patrick) of Leesburg, VA, daughter Anne Marie McKinnon (Daniel, III) of Vienna, VA, and grandchildren Bridget (14), Marianna (9), Emily (7) and Daniel, IV (4).

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen