John H. Darrow

Died: Mon., Jun. 24, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 28, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 28, 2019
Location: Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc.

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 29, 2019
Location: Our Lady of the Rosary

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  John H. Darrow, 87, passed away at home on June 24, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 5, 1931 in Poughkeepsie, NY to the late Joseph J. Darrow Sr. and Pauline Mahoney. After graduating from Poughkeepsie High School in 1949 he followed his father in the funeral business, earning his title of Funeral Director at the American Academy of Funeral Directing, NYC in 1951. John then served in the US Air Force as a medic from 1952-1956 in the French Morocco. He proudly became owner and director of Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc and Darrow Memorials in 1958, and continued to serve many families throughout his lifetime without retire.

  He was a past president of the Hyde Park Lions Club and the Men’s Club at Regina Coeli, Honorary member of Knights of Columbus Council #6111 of Hyde Park, member of the Hyde Park Moose Club, a Charter Member of the Irish American Club, Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie Elks Clubs, past President of and a member of the NYS Funeral Directors Association. John received numerous awards including the Northern Dutchess NAACP Humanitarian Award in 2014, and in 2015 he received the Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Community Service award along with a Certificate of Mayoral Recognition. John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren having taught them all how to drive and he was know by his granddaughter as the Master Dealer of Texas Hold‘em. John enjoyed playing Santa Claus during the holidays for many kids and always left everyone laughing.

  John is survived by his son John Darrow of Tucson, AZ, daughters; Julia Coppola and husband Nick and Kayleen Rovere and husband CJ both of Hyde Park; step son Stephen Darrow of Poughkeepsie, NY; grandchildren Chris Coppola and fiancé Nadia Mule of Millbrook, Francesca Coppola of Denver, CO and Giancarlo Coppola of Stevens Point, WI; his brother Jerome Darrow and wife Maryann of Carey, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

  He was predeceased by his daughter Debbie Darrow and brothers Joseph J. Darrow Jr., James Darrow and Justin J. Darrow.

  The family wishes to acknowledge the staff of Hospice for their supportive care, and much appreciation for Patrick, Paula and Myrna giving their loving care for John during his last years. In honor of her dad’s wishes, a special thank you to Kayleen and CJ for allowing John to live with and care for him during his final years.

  Calling hours will be Friday, June 28, 2019 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc., 39 So. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 845-452-1840. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10am at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, 255 Hudson View Dr, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. To send online condolences, please visit

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John Sherlock
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear about John. He was a very nice man and helped my family through the years.

Cheryl Reavey
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
I am sorry that I cannot be there to say goodbye to John. Always enjoyed talking to him when I handled obituaries at the Poughkeepsie Journal. He was always playing matchmaker looking to “dig up” a man for me. My condolences and prayers to Kayleen and Julie and the entire family. God Bless Him.

Joseph Valastro
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
Jerry, Wishing you and the family peace and comfort during this difficult time. May John Rest in Peace.

Sandra Rich
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
Kayleen and Julie,

I am so glad that your father was able to receive care at home and that he was surrounded by love. I am sorry for your loss.

Sandra (formerly of McCabe & Mack)

John B Garrity
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
Jerome (Jerry) and John's children, grandchildren;
I will be out of town Friday and Saturday and thus unable to express my condolences personally. I knew John all my life and I know he will be missed by each of you. please take comfort in the good he did and the comfort he brought to all he knew and served.

Dan & Helen (Doyl) Bruce
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
To the Darrow Family. We are currently out of town. We knew John for many years as he was friends with my father Myron Doyl. We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. The Darrow family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Bruce Nash
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
My condolences to the Darrow family. I have known John for a number of years and I have worked for him also. I think he was a one in a million person. He was always joking but when it came to business he was very professional. I know he will be greatly missed by his whole family. A special condolence to Kayleen cause I know they had a very special relationship.

Kim Quinlan Taronji
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
Dearest Kayleen & Julie,

There are no words to convey my sympathies at the loss of Your Dad. He was such a dynamic presence in all of our lives. I am so grateful he opened his home to me and allowed me to stay with the best sisters ever and a family that truly knew how to love and laugh. He loved and adored you girls so much and was so proud of you both.

He was a surrogate father to me and many others. So many of the fatherless he took in without hesitation. He became our father for a time and we were better for it. He always smiled, always had a kind word and always made us laugh.

I know the angels are standing in awe of this kind and generous man. I was blessed to be a part of the Darrow Clan and I am praying for you both and your families during this difficult time.

Your Father was one-of-a-kind and he will be greatly missed. All my love to you both, Kimi

Janette Johnson Parker
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
Your father was a dear and beloved friend to the entire Johnson family and he will be missed by all of us. You have our deepest condolences and love.

Peace be with you.

The Mac and Clara Nicholas Johnson Family (Janette)

Debra Faison / Joseph Berry
   Posted Fri June 28, 2019
We are so Sorry for your Family’s loss,We Both have known your Dad For Years always in our Thoughts and Prayers ,God Bless each and every one.