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John P. Verel

February 18, 1948 - April 2, 2020

John P. Verel, a native of Buffalo, N.Y who moved to the New York City area in 1972 and became a pillar for 45 years of his community in Rowayton, CT., died on April 2, 2020 at Norwalk Hospital, after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus. He was 72.

John was born on Feb. 18th, 1948, to Mary O’Hern and Alfonse Verel. He earned a BS in economics from the University of Buffalo in 1969, and an MBA in finance from SUNY Buffalo in 1972. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in the late 1960’s, and shortly afterward, he and Mary Pache, his high school sweetheart who he married in 1970, moved to Staten Island to work in New York City’s financial industry. The couple moved to Rowayton, CT. in 1974, two months after the birth of their first child. For 30 years, John commuted into Manhattan to work for firms such as AIG, E.F. Hutton Life and CNA Financial.

In 2002, he embarked on a new career, taking the role of senior database/analyst for Advisen, LTD. In 2005, he earned a second masters’ degree, in computer science, from Pace University. After leaving Advisen in 2008 and working as a consultant, he briefly returned to the firm in 2015, as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In 2017, he co-founded, with John Kneiling, Analytics Brigade, a firm that helps companies organize, manage and govern data and business intelligence.

An avid runner, he completed four marathons, including three in New York City, as well as three 10K Leatherman’s Loop extreme cross-country races in Pound Ridge. He was passionate about sailing and was a founding member of the Rowayton Yacht Club, which formed in 1986. He was also an accomplished pianist and singer; in 2001, he sang with the New York Grand Opera in a performance at Carnegie Hall that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi. Most recently, he embraced crossword puzzles; he officially became a professional cruciverbalist in 2013 when a puzzle that he created with a partner was published in the Los Angeles Times syndicate. 

John gave freely of his time to his community, both through St. Paul’s Church on the Green in Norwalk, where he sang in the choir, and in civic endeavors. He was the chairman of the Rowayton Civic Association from 1983-1987, and he served as treasurer for Norwalk’s Sixth Taxing District from 2010 to 2015. In 2017, he accepted a four-year appointment as chairman of the City of Norwalk’s Conservation Commission.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of 49 years, his children Patrick, Amy and Daniel, his in-laws Kelly Williams and Frank Varro, and his grandchildren, Eliza, Henry, Isaac and Amelia. He is also survived by three younger sisters, Gene Elizabeth Verel, Patricia Lennon, and Maria Verel.

Donations may be made in his honor to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, Our Lady of Victory Charities in Lackawanna, NY, or St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk.

  1. Mary,
    Please accept my humble and sincere condolences for this terrible loss.

    April 8, 2020
    Bob Hogan -
  • Always ready to conquer the next challenge. Always a good friend. John will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

    To Mary and the Verel family, I offer my deepest condolences and sympathy for your loss.

    April 9, 2020
    Michael Coles -
  • Aunt Mary, Patrick, Dan and Amy,
    Our deepest condolences are with you all during this time of loss! Know that Uncle a John is now at peace and with you all forever in your .

    April 9, 2020
    Ken and Tina Pache -
  • Mary, my sincere condolences. I hope your children are helping you through this time. I am your former neighbor and am praying for you.

    April 9, 2020
    Polly McNamee -
  • Mary, Dan and Verel family
    My condolences and deep sorrow for the loss of John This virus has once again taken a loved one who served an important role in our community and your family.Diane Lauricella

    April 9, 2020
    Diane Lauricella -
  • Mary,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love your way.

    April 9, 2020
    Kristine Kumpf -
  • Our deepest sympathy. We will miss John and all the good he did for Norwalk

    April 9, 2020
    Bill Collins and Tish Gibbs -
  • My prayers are with you and your family

    April 10, 2020
    John mcgarry -
  • It’s hard to believe that this wonderful man is no longer with us. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences and love

    April 10, 2020
    The Rowayton Gardeners -
  • My sincere condolences

    April 10, 2020
    Kitty Rodriguez -
  • My sincere condolences to the Verel family

    April 10, 2020
    Kitty Rodriguez -
  • Mary and family,
    We were saddened by the news of the passing of your husband. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    April 10, 2020
    Benjamin and Sandra Mierzejewski -
  • John and I shared a common joy in our father/father-in-law relationships to Frank/Amy. That increased as we became grandfathers to Issac and Amelia. I enjoyed John’s company and that shared “PopPop”connection meant a lot to both of us. I do miss him.
    Our sincere condolences to all the Verel family on the passing of this wonderful man.
    Frank and Linda

    April 10, 2020
    Frank & Linda Varro -
  • John’s sister, Pat and I were close childhood friends and John was part of the gang of boys who played ball on our street. I remember him this way: he was one of the good boys on the street, was kind and had a great collection of Beachboy albums.

    I’m sorry for the loss of such a good man. I pray for his soul and the comfort of his family.

    April 11, 2020
    Joette Calabrese -
  • Mary and family
    I am so sorry!
    You are all in my prayers!
    Love, Jenina Rentas

    April 11, 2020
    Jenina Rentas -
  • Mary,
    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of John. May God grant him eternal rest and grant you and your family many happy memories of the time he spent with you.
    Georgia and John

    April 12, 2020
    John Keogh -
  • My Brother in law John was a Linux expert and a visionary. Several years ago he gave me his book on the Raspberry Pi Linux computer. This computer is now one of the most popular in the world for DIY, Education and it powers the menu and price displays in most restaurants. I will miss you John.

    April 13, 2020
    Richard Pache -
  • Dear Mary and family,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family
    at this time. I remember you from Lockwood
    Mathews many years ago.
    David Bolton

    April 13, 2020
    David Bolton -
  • Mart, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

    April 15, 2020
    Ada Spinola Mayer -
  • Dear Mary, Patrick, Amy & Daniel,
    May a warm blanket of deep sympathy be wrapped gently around you all as you heal from the deep sorrow of losing a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was such a caring, gentle person. We all have fond memories of your family at St Joseph’s school and church. We’ll keep you in our prayers. Warm regards, Jane Vossler & Family

    April 16, 2020
    Jane Vossler -
  • To the entire Verel family:

    My condolences to the entire Verel family on the loss of your father, grandfather and husband. John was a pleasure to work with and we all enjoyed his sense of humor and wit as well as his superior knowledge and expertise on our many data projects. We miss him and were deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

    Renee Roth-O’Neil at Tech Valley Talent

    April 17, 2020
    Renee Roth ONeil -
  • To the Verel family – my deepest condolences.

    I was introduced to John in 2017 by friends at Advisen. With his partner John we formed a partnership, and a friendship – culminating in a visit to Bermuda for a project in 2018. I really enjoyed working with John – and will especially miss his unique sense of humor.

    John was a lovely man, and someone I will never forget.

    April 22, 2020
    Lee McArthur -
  • To Mary Verel and the Verel family,

    Belated condolences, dear Mrs. Verel, and the Verel family from an old friend of John’s via the “Westport Athletic group”. John and I shared many 8-mile runs on Saturday mornings, for over 15 years. I was privileged to know him and call him a friend. His kindness, gentle bearing, and wide range of interests made for easy and rewarding conversation. Nearly all the problems of the world were resolved in that space of time. He approached life with quiet confidence, faith and dignity, and an infectious optimism. May he rest in peace and continue to sing Verdian opera in heavenly choirs. He will always be remembered.

    June 29, 2020
    Phil Restifo -
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