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John J. Willey

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On April 1, 2019 @ 11:46 am In Obituary | 5 Comments


ALBANY – John J. “Jack” Willey, 81, of Clifton Park, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  John was born in Albany, and lived in various places while growing up, but lived most of his life in the Capital District.  He served in the U.S. Army National Guard and in the U.S. Navy.  He was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was employed for many years by New York State in the departments of Motor Vehicles, Labor, and the Office of Mental Health.

John is survived by his wife Martha L. “Marty” Shapiro Willey; his sons Joseph “Josh” Willey of Albany, and John Matthew Willey (Metta) of Portland, OR; his brother Joseph T. Willey, Jr. (Mary Ann) of Albany; his grandchildren Miriam Rachel, and Zoe Willey; and by his beloved dog Bijou II.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  There will be no calling hours.  Relatives and friends are invited to call at his home in Clifton Park, Thursday, April 4th, from noon to 3 p.m.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “John J. Willey”

Condolence from John J. (Jack) Oates on April 2nd, 2019 6:30 am

Marty and Joe, I’m so sorry to read of John’s passing. John and I worked, played and had (a few) beers together over the past 54 years, and possibly argued a time or two. John was a brilliant programmer and writer, and was a man of iron integrity.

Joe, I still remember our visit to your apartment in Syracuse, where you cooked us dinner and went with us to the Chiefs game at MacArthur Stadium. I also recall that we bowled together in the NYS Employees league. I don’t remember much about the bowling, but I do remember that you were the guy who started his countdown to retirement when he was 39! I know how much John loved you.

Condolence from Lorna Reamer on April 2nd, 2019 10:29 am

Dear Marty and Family,

I am so very sorry to hear about John’s passing, and will keep you in my heart.


Condolence from Dodie Gearing on April 3rd, 2019 1:49 pm

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Annette Chambers on April 3rd, 2019 2:11 pm

Dear Marty and family ~ I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending prayers and hugs your way. I pray that you find comfort through family and friends and that wonderful memories help ease your pain. God bless you all.

Condolence from Lynn Chevalier on April 4th, 2019 10:01 am

Thoughts, prayers and strength be with you and your family. So sorry for the loss of your husband Marty.

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