MONROE, NJ – John Edward Mann, 86, died peacefully at home on May 8, 2017 after long battle with effects of diabetes.
John, aka Jack, was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Staten Island, New York to Michael Mann and Lillian (Mackie) Mann. He was one of four sons, including James, Vincent & Robert and one sister, Miriam.
He graduated with class of 1949 from New Dorp High School on Staten Island where he excelled at basketball. In 1951 he enlisted in the Air Force, serving at Webb Air Base in Big Spring, Texas and in Iceland until 1954.
John was married to Noel Lee Kramer at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in New Dorp, Staten Island on November 24, 1951.
He worked for investment firms on Wall Street, starting with Cosgrove, Miller & Whitehead as stock trader in 1955. He became head of over-the-counter trading for Shearson, Hammill & Co in 1967 and was involved in early stages of Nasdaq. In 1971, he joined team working for Ross Perot during his takeover of FI duPont, Glore, Forgan, a major investment on the verge of bankruptcy.
In 1975, at dawn of trading deregulation on Wall Street known as the "Big Bang", John took the bold step of starting a new brokerage in Princeton, New Jersey. This venture, which did not work out, highlighted his many efforts to try new ideas in the investment business.
In Kendall Park NJ during 1960s, he ran youth baseball and was involved in politics. He enjoyed golf, especially at Pike Brook Golf Club (now Mattawang) in Belle Meade during the 1970s.
John and Noel lived more than 25 years in Princeton. They emphasized education and invested much time researching family history. For more information, see www.reunionpark.com.
Survivors include his wife, Noel Mann, son, John F Mann and his wife, Karen Cusack, of Spring Lake Heights NJ; four daughters, Laura LeBlond of Monroe, NJ, Elizabeth Kleinmann and her husband, Ralph of Durham, NH, Dorothy Walwer and her husband, Greg, of Guilford CT, and Noel Kinney and her husband Daniel of Cranbury NJ; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Please send memorial donations to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Staten Island NY.