John “Speedy” Kraft. Feb 7, 1944 - Feb 16, 2021
John “Speedy” Kraft, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family, at age 77 on February 16, 2021.
A lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, John was born on February 7, 1944 to Frederick and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kraft.
He graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School in 1962 and began working for the Village of Tarrytown as a laborer. He later became General Foreman and after 37 years of service retired in 1999. After his retirement, he worked part time for the Village of Scarsdale Engineering Department for 18 years. John was respected for his dedication and incredible work ethic.
On October 8, 1966 he married Peggy Russo and together they raised a beautiful family of three children. John was an active member of his community. He was a member of the Tarrytown Fire Departments having served for Riverside Hose and Conqueror Hook & Ladder. He was a North Tarrytown Dad’s Club coach and an enthusiastic North Tarrytown Girl’s Softball league dad. Besides his family, John's joy and passion was singing. He was a member of The Old Mill Singers for 20 years and sang in several church choirs.
John is predeceased by his parents, his brother Fred Kraft and his sister Patricia Marrinan. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Peggy, his beloved children Mary (Kyle) Currlin of Irving, TX, Eileen (Ivan) Koraca of Ossining, NY, and Michael Kraft of Summit, NJ, and his cherished grandchildren Sebastian, Oliver and Xavier Currlin and Maggie and Owen Koraca. John is also survived by his in-laws, Ann and Ray Cisneros of MA, John Russo of Hastings, as well as many adoring nieces and nephews.
John “Speedy” will be remembered for his warm smile, his infectious laugh, his incredible work ethic and his devotion to his family.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice of Westchester in his name. www.hospiceofwestchester.org
Hospice of Westchester 1025 Westchester Avenue Suite 200 White Plains, NY 10604
Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM to 7 PM. His Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10:00 at Transfiguration Church followed by interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required and capacity may be limited. All attendees should be prepared for potential extended waiting periods.
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