John Thomas Reidy

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June 27, 1940 ~ June 8, 2022

Born in: Waterbury, Connecticut
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

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John Thomas Reidy (Jack) was born on June 27, 1940 in Waterbury, Connecticut, graduating from Crosby High School, Class of 1958. He is a veteran of the United States Army, and worked for the Connecticut Department of Transportation for 42 years, finishing his distinguished career as Director of Rail Operations.

After marrying Barbara Sequenzia on April 23, 1966, Jack and Barbara resided in Prospect, Connecticut for 20 years. During that time, Jack became extremely active in local and state politics, serving as Chairman of the Democratic Party. Jack believed deeply in community service, and played an integral role in the youth recreational programs in Prospect. Jack also had the pleasure of owning a local establishment, Shenanigan’s, with his dearest lifelong friend, Joe Joyce.

On the same day in January, 2001, Jack and Barbara retired and moved to Redondo Beach, California. He spent the last 21 years of his life engrossed in his favorite pastime, doting on his two beautiful granddaughters.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Sequenzia Reidy, beloved daughter, Barbara Reidy Zondiros, cherished granddaughters, Amanda Marie Zondiros and Alexa Leigh Zondiros, his sister and her husband, Elaine and Richard Schlefer, and his brother and his wife, Mark and Monica Reidy. Jack is also survived by his dearest sister-in-law and friend, Joanne Slavin and her children. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Ruth Reidy, Tom Zondiros and John C. Slavin.

Jack will always be remembered for his warm, sentimental heart, his welcoming nature, and his ability to tell a great story. His kindness extended to everyone who was blessed to be in his presence. Jack selflessly gave of himself in order to help anyone in need. And above all, Jack was a family man, taking care of his loved ones until his very last breath. We miss our Poppy dearly, but we take comfort in the countless memories with which he leaves. We love you, Poppy, with all our hearts.

A celebration of Jack’s life will take place on Monday, June 27, 2022, 11:00 am at Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions 901 Torrance Boulevard Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Any and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Coach Joan Joyce Memorial Fund, link: <>.


Service: June 27, 2022 11:00 am

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Reception / Repast: June 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


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  1. candle 7So sorry for your loss. John always put a smile on my face. It was joy knowing him:) He will be missed heavily.

  2. What a great guy I met in the 70’s while working for Waterbury Mayor Edward D.Bergin. Fond memories of the bar in Waterville. RIP
    Peace, Prayers and Blessings

  3. Barbara/Elaine/Mark et al: I am very sad to hear about “Jacky’s” passing. Sad, yes…but happy to know he led a great life. I have many great memories of our young lives together–and I am glad and surprised we survived as long as we did. I will remember him fondly, as do all of us ex-Crosbyites at our Reunion Committee meetings when his name comes up–which it does frequently. All I can do to assuage your grief is offer you the words of my favorite philosopher, Willie Nelson, who has helped me get over my own grief at times. “This is something you will get through, but never get over.” Condolences, Glynn (aka Art) Sharp

  4. Barbara,my condolences to you & your family,Jack was a great guy,I met you & Jack at your restaurant in Waterville back in the day,a lot of great times that I’ll never forget,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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