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John Vernon Maher
August 11, 1929 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
John Vernon Maher (Jack) passed away on Monday, December 4, 2023, at the age of 94.
Jack was born August 11, 1929 in Miller County, Missouri to John Overton and Elsie Maher. Jack was blessed with five brothers and four sisters. He spent most of his youth working on the family farm in Missouri with his siblings. Jack attended high school in Barnett, MO, and graduated in 1945, at the age of 16, as he was fortunate to have been promoted two grades during his schooling. After high school, Jack worked various jobs while residing in Missouri, including office work at John Deere Tractor Company, railroad line work, and was an office account manager for a shoe manufacturer. As a young man growing up in Missouri, Jack liked to have fun and would attend dances where he met his future wife, Aline. Although Aline will tell you that while dating, he would often fall asleep before the end of a date, he was able to capture her heart with his charm and wonderful sense of humor.
Jack and Aline married on August 15, 1949. The couple went onto raise their children and were married for an astounding 74 years! In 1947, the pair moved to California so that Jack could work with his brothers, Ward and Bill, for Croco and Hansen Concrete.
He worked for Croco and Hansen until 1958, when he and his brother, Bill, started their own concrete construction business. Shortly thereafter they were joined by their longtime friend, Harold Hess, thus forming Maher and Hess Inc. During their time in business, the three men welcomed a fourth partner, Jack and Bill's nephew, Malcolm Maher. Maher and Hess remained in business until 1970, when all four partners opted to form their own companies. Jack's company, Maher Construction Inc, operated in business for 17 years in Vallejo, CA. He retired in 1987, and went on to own and operate two large self-storage facilities in Vallejo and American Canyon.
Jack was an avid sports fan of both professional and youth sports. In fact, he was instrumental in the building of the American Canyon Little League fields, alongside family and friends. He was a loyal Oakland Raiders fan, until the team moved to LA, which he was not pleased about. Staying loyal to his region, he then became a San Francisco 49er fan. He loved the Golden State Warriors and Oakland A's and rarely missed a broadcast of either team. He enjoyed golfing and would play 3-4 rounds per week in retirement until the age of 85. He and Aline loved being members of the Napa Valley Country Club and attended many great parties with their friends at the club.
Jack was a generous and kind man; he demonstrated hard work ethic and was a great example to his children who loved him immensely. He was affectionately referred to as "Papa Jack" by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will remember his humor, wit and kind heart.
The family would like to thank longtime family friend Bob Garcia, Bridge Hospice and Jack's caretakers: Timaima Yasayaga, Lusiana Browning and Akanisi Ligairi, for the loving support and care they provided.
Jack is survived by his wife, Aline Maher; his daughter, Vickie Gomez (Larry) of Napa; his son, Rod Maher (Angie) of Napa; ten grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as his sisters: Laura Alice Maher Siebert, and Ramona Maher Taylor of Kansas. He was predeceased by his son, Richard Maher; son, John Maher; seven brothers and sisters: Raymond, Malcom, Elizabeth, Ward, Nelle, Bill, and James; and several other beloved family members.
A memorial service and lunch reception will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Tulocay Cemetery Chapel, 411 Coombsville Rd in Napa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack's honor to the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley, https://secure.qgiv.com/for/bgconv/.