Michael Jennings

  • Died: February 6, 2020
  • Location: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael will be remembered as a family man who was reliable, witty, caring, positive and humorous.

Michael Christopher Jennings "Jennings Lad" of Ocean Grove, NJ formerly of Claremorris Co. Mayo passed away on Thursday February 6th 2020. He was 52 years old. Michael was born in Lenox Hospital Manhattan to William and Mary Jennings. He had one older sister Angela. He was raised in Manhattan until he was three years of age. He would then move back to Claremorris with his parents and sister. He attended Scoil Cholmain Naofa in Tuaugheen before graduating from St Coleman's College in 1985. He was an avid Gaelic footballer. He would play corner forward for St. Coleman's College and Caramore Hollymount.

Michael was a very social person. He loved to attend the dances and meet friends and was very popular with the ladies. It was one evening while attending the Beaten Path in Claremorris he would meet the love of his life Catherine Moran. It was love at first sight, but Michael had to play cool. They met on the dance floor and Michael got up the courage to ask Catherine back. The couple would marry July 8th 1991 at Our Lady's Help of Christians, Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Michael adored Soccer. A loyal Arsenal Fan Michael loved to watch and attend some of the games. If he was not watching Arsenal you could find him watching the Mayo games. He introduced lady soccer in Swinford and established the Swinford Girls Soccer team. He also loved listening to music. Anything by the Saw Doctors, the Smiths, Fleetwood Mac and Christy Moore.

Although Michael loved Ireland his heart was in America. He would always make people aware he was an American citizen. In August 2012 Michael and his family moved back to America where they settled in Ocean Grove. His first job's were with the breakers hotel and Radio Shack in Ocean Grove before working at Clancy's Tavern, Johnny Mac's and Kim Maries Eat and Drink Away in Asbury Park. He thoroughly enjoyed his work as a bar tender. Always happy to greet people and make them feel at home. He would always say "People forget what you say, but never how you make them feel"

Michael will be remembered as a family man who was reliable, witty, caring, positive and always had a great sense of humor. He always saw the funny side in everything and would make a joke out of it. He would do anything for his wife and two girls Siobhan and Danielle.

Michael is survived by his wife Catherine, his daughters; Siobhan and Danielle, his sister Angela, his mother Mary and his Uncles, Aunts and many cousins. He will be missed by his many friends that became family, the Irish Community and patrons of Johnny Mac's.

A Celebration of Michaels Life will take place at the Orender Funeral Home 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, New Jersey 08736 on Thursday February 13th from 4-8 PM. Micheal's remains will be repatriated home to Swinford, Co Mayo. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Michaels name to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

What a special man
Always smiling

Posted by Stacey Kane - Ocean Grove, NJ - friend   February 13, 2020

Sincere Sympathy to all the Jennings family especially Catherine, Siobhan & Danielle.
Rest in Peace dear Michael.

Posted by Carmel Rose. Emerald Isle Immigration Center - New York   February 13, 2020

Thinking of you all today. Our thoughts and prayers are with ye.
May you rest in peace Michael ♥

Posted by Billy/Lynsey Moran - Co.Mayo Ireland - Family   February 13, 2020

Michael, we are sorry we cannot be with you at this time in NJ but we will be here in Ireland to welcome you home.
You were the love of mammy's life and the apple of her eye. We used to tease her about you being the favourite child.
You were a wonderful son, brother, husband and father and we will always have precious and treasured memories thinking of Cathy, Siobhan and Danielle and sending strength and prayers. Love from your adoring mother Mary and heartbroken sister Angela.

Posted by Angela Jennings - Claremorris - sister   February 12, 2020

Ocean Grove mourns the loss of you & your beautiful dog. May you both Rest In Peace together. Prayers for your family. ♥

Posted by Vanessa sambade    February 12, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family especially his mother Mary and sister Angela in Claremorris Ireland and to his wife and daughters . Keep shining and may you Rest in Peace

Posted by Mags Egan - Claremorris, NJ - friend   February 12, 2020

it's with heavy heart that I offer condolences to his dear mam Mary and his sister Angela in Ireland . To Michael's wife and children , may he continue to shine bright and Rest In Peace

Posted by Mags Egan - New York, NY - Family Friend   February 12, 2020

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