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In Memoriam, March 17, 2014

March 13, 2014
Joseph J. Hennessy, who founded three area dealerships and was a two-term president of the CATA, died March 9. He was 80.
Mr. Hennessy operated River Oaks Ford, in Calumet City; River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep, in Lansing; and Hennessy’s River View Ford, in Oswego. He was a past president of the Ford Dealers Advertising Fund, and was a recipient of the Ford Credit Partners In Quality Award and the Christian Brothers Lasallian Man of the Year Award.
Mr. Hennessy served on the CATA board of directors 1972-1984 and was board president 1975-1977. His son, John, is an officer on the current CATA board.
Other survivors include Stella, his wife of 53 years; a son, Joseph; daughters Nina, Amy and Catherine; and 14 grandchildren. Memorials appreciated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (312) 670-0313.
John J. "Jack" Griffin II, 80, who for years was executive director of the Chicagoland Buick Dealers Association, died Feb. 26.
Mr. Griffin served in the U.S. Air Force as a JAG officer from 1958 to1961. He worked as an attorney and CPA with his brother, David, at Griffin & Griffin in Chicago. 
Mr. Griffin was a proud Wisconsin Badgers fan; and he enjoyed traveling, Hawaiian vacations, skiing, and spending time with his family. 
He is survived by a son, Gary; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials appreciated to Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project, (630) 522-4774.