Mayor Dan Reiman of Carteret announced via social media on Thursday that Jack McGreevey, father of former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey who served from January of 2002 to November of 2004, has passed away.
While no specific information was available as to viewing or funeral arrangements, Mayor Reiman expressed his condolences and prayers to the family. Jack McGreevey was a United States Marine in the Second World War as well as the Korean War and had served as a drill instructor.
Reiman said that McGreevey had “served as Grand Marshall of our Memorial Day parade a few years ago and was an active member of the VFW. He and his wife Veronica were longtime Carteret residents. They met at Seton Hall University and were married for 62 years, until her passing in 2018.”
McGreevey is survived by three children–James, Caroline, and Sharon–and grandchildren Morag, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Catherine.
“I have ordered all flags in the Borough be flown at half-staff in Jack’s honor,” the mayor said, marking the town’s mourning for one of their most prominent families.
Senator Ronald L. Rice – himself a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War – offered the following statement:
“The passing of Jack McGreevey leaves me inspired and grateful to have known him as a man of great agency and integrity. He was the proud father of three children including Governor McGreevey, and a selfless, dynamic leader in his own right.
“In perfect alignment with the military creed ‘Leave no man behind,’ Jack fought to the end for the well-being of all women and men in active duty and veterans here in New Jersey. Nothing brought him more joy than to award and celebrate members of our armed forces and veterans. Nothing gave him more satisfaction than to promote legislation and policies that made their lives better.
“It is men like Jack McGreevey who make me even prouder to have served as a Marine. He exemplified honor, courage and commitment. Semper Fidelis!”