John P. Shanley

| 02 May 2023 | 12:40

John P. Shanley of Milford, Pa., and formerly of Florida, N.Y., entered into rest on Monday, May 1, 2023. He was 78.

John worked for Alder’s Florist in Campbell Hall and then worked for UPS in Chester for 30 years. He loved animals, fishing, golf and watching his grandchildren compete in athletic events.

John was an active member of the Florida Fire Department for more than 25 years and was also a former Village Trustee for the Village of Florida.

The son of John P. Shanley and Anna Palmer Shanley, he was born on April 8, 1945, in Goshen.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Theresa Kujawski Shanley; daughters Kathleen Smith and husband Philip of Greenville, Karen Tirelli and husband James of Slate Hill, and Cynthia Gitlitz and husband Jonah of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren Alexa, Sean, Tyler, Colin, Arielle and Sydney; brothers-in-law Andrew Kujawski (Brenda) of Milford, Pa. and Ronald Kujawski (Pat) of West Stockbridge, Mass. sister-in-law Paula Kujawski of Florida, N.Y., along with lifelong friend, Joe Mruczek of Florida, N.Y. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother William Shanley and his sister Helen Shanley.

Memorial visitation was held May 3 at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida.

A memorial funeral mass was held May 4 at St. Joseph Church, 20 Glenmere Ave., Florida.

The family would like to send a “special thank you” to the nursing staff at Bon Secours Hospital for the special care they gave to John.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Fire Department, PO Box 600, Florida, NY 10921 or to the ASPCA.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home. To send a condolence online, please go to