John E. Cone Jr. was born in Brooklyn, NY to John and Kathryn Cone on May 29, 1942. John attended Loyola School in Manhattan. From there he attended Georgetown University and Fordham Business School. Following college, he went on to study Law at St. John’s University and graduated with a JD in 1968. Upon graduation, he began his career at Bingham, Englar, Jones, and Houston on Wall Street in Manhattan.
He met Mary Frances Sharpe in the Summer of 1967 who was teaching at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan after moving to New York from County Tipperary, Ireland. They were married in August 1969 in Dublin, Ireland, and had two children.
John specialized in Maritime Law at Bingham, Englar, Jones, and Houston, where he became a Partner. He enjoyed a fulfilling career there for over 30 years. He then left to start his own Law firm and continued to practice law until his death.
John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His passion in life was golf. There wasn’t a day he would miss getting out on the course. He enjoyed traveling to play and was a proud overseas member of the Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry, Ireland.
John touched many lives and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Frances; his children and their spouses John Patrick and Tara-Anne; his granddaughter Mary Clare; his step-grandchildren Dylan, Maddox, and Charlotte; his sister, Gail Leibell and several nieces and nephews in the United States, Ireland, and England.