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John J. Moynihan

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 14 Sep 1943 (aged 61)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 100376017 · View Source
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Southeast Economist, Thursday, September 16, 1943, Chicago, Illinois

Hold Rites Today for Fire Chief

Fifth Division Marshal John Moynihan Dies at 61; Began Service 39 Years Ago.


John J. Moynihan, 61 years old, marshal of Division 5 of the Chicago Fire department, stationed for the past 20 years at 71st St. and Parnell ave., died Monday in St. Bernard hospital. He had been ill 10 months and had been in the hospital two weeks.

Burial will take place today in Mount Olivet cemetery after funeral services at 9:30 a.m. in St. Dorothy's church, 78th st. and Vernon ave. Firemen of his division will attend. Purple mourning drapes have been placed on all engine houses in the division, which embraces the entire area south of 47th st.

Marshal Since 1937.

The fire marshal, who lived at 7939 Eberhart ave., first came to this area as a battalion chief at the engine house at 63rd st. and Wentworth ave. He had been a division marshal since 1937.

During his 39 years as a fireman, he received nine creditable mentions and the Lambert Tree medal for bravery. The bravery medal, an annual award given to the outstanding policeman or fireman in the city, was awarded in 1914 for an act of bravery.

A native of Chicago, he was born September 2, 1882, in All Saints parish at 25th and Wallace sts. His family moved a few years later near the Church of the Nativity in the colorful Back o' the Yards district. As a young man he was a member of the famous Chicago Hamburg football team from Back o' the Yards.

Married in 1903.

In 1903 he was married to Margaret Donworth and a year later he became a member of the fire department.

Survivors are the widow, Margaret, the son, Timothy; two daughters, Bernice Ruel of Cedar Lake and Margaret Sullivan, and three grandchildren, John Moynihan, Patsy and Philip Ruel.

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947

Name: John Moynihan
Birth Date: 2 Sep 1880
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Death Date: 13 Sep 1943
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial Date: 16 Sep 1943
Burial Place: Worth, Cook, Ill.
Cemetery Name: Mt. Olivet
Death Age: 61
Occupation: Chief of Fire Dept - City
Race: White
Marital Status: M
Gender: Male
Residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Father Name: Timothy Moynihan
Father Birth Place: New York, New York
Mother Name: Margaret Bush
Mother Birth Place: Norway, Connecticut
Spouse Name: Margaret
FHL Film Number: 1953888




  • Created by: Janice Klafehn
  • Added: 8 Nov 2012
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John J. Moynihan (2 Sep 1882–14 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100376017, citing Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Janice Klafehn (contributor 46786078) .