John Daniel Dwyer V, 12 years young, of Montclair, died Monday, May 13, 2019 surrounded by his family. John was born June 29, 2006 in Chicago, Ill, the son of John Daniel Dwyer IV and Sarah Jane (Sussman) Dwyer, and brother to Jayne Louise Dwyer.
John attended Buzz Aldrin Middle School and was a member of St. Cassian Church. John was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 13. He played soccer for several years with Montclair United Soccer Club and most recently played for KC Academy. John also played rugby for several years with Montclair Blues Youth Rugby Club.
John loved many and was loved by many more. His beautiful smile and energetic spirit were contagious to those in his presence. John loved skateboarding, skiing, scuba diving and camping. John lived his life to the fullest, fearlessly ready to embrace and enjoy new experiences. He also had a passion for sneakers and fashion, and was a budding entrepreneur. Of all his interests, John most loved spending time with friends and family. Some of John’s favorite places were his family’s home in Stony Lake, N.Y. and Akumal, Mexico.
It may have been John’s love of sweets that made him such a sweet boy. He was compassionate and generous and always cared for those around him. He had a fondness for animals and younger children. Our lives are ever changed by the nearly 13 years we were blessed to have with John and we will forever hold a special place in our hearts for him.
John is survived by his paternal grandparents, John D. and Joan Dwyer III, his maternal grandparents, Douglas and Louise Sussman, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider making a donation by check or online to one of the following organizations: PICU Fund or Child Life Fund at Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, 160 Essex St., Suite 101, Lodi, N.J. 07644 or visit hackensackumc.org/donate or the Hartsbrook School Farm Camp Program, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035 or visit hartsbrook.org/support/donate-now/ include in the message field: Farm Camp Scholarships in Memory of John Dwyer.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20 at Saint Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., Montclair.