John J. Reif, Sr.

  • Born: March 4, 1937
  • Died: February 18, 2018
  • Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

8401 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Tel. (610) 449-0300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Husband, Loving Father, Grandfather and Brother

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to John by adding your memories and photos.

John J. Reif, Sr., age 80, of Glen Mills, PA, formerly of Clifton Heights, PA, passed away on February 18, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Albert and Marie Reif (nee McElroy).

John served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960 on the USS Independence Aircraft Carrier CV-62. He was employed as a police officer for Clifton Heights Police Department for 26 years and was a lifetime member of the F.O.P. He was also a lifetime member of Clifton Heights Fire Department.

John enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to travel.

John was predeceased by his loving son, Michael Reif and his brother James P. Reif. John is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia J. Reif (nee Droxler), his loving children John J. Reif, Jr. (Karin), James Reif (Florence) and Donna Hughes (Paul) and his grandchildren Brittany, Chelsea, Domenic, Elizabeth, Jackson, Michael, Justin and Thomas. He is also survived by his brother Albert V. Reif (the late Esther).

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Monday, February 26, 2018 8:30 AM-11:00 AM The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA (610) 449-0300 and to his Funeral Service at 11:00 AM. Interment SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Taylor Hospice, 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park, PA 19078 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 would be appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to the Reif family. I first met John when I was a rookie cop in Lansdowne, and he was a mentor and friend, as well as an example of what a cop should be. He was always ready to help in any way he could, whether by word or action. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Joe Oreskovich - Upper Providence, PA   February 26, 2018

John you will truly be missed. We were honored to know a true gentleman and good cop. With Love, David and Tina

Posted by David Smith - Lafayette Hill, PA - friend   February 25, 2018

God Bless the entire Reif Family. What a great person and a great cop. It was a pleasure calling him a friend and working with him. Rest in Peace
John & Missy Senkow

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2018

So sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Reif. He was a great police officer and a dear friend of our family. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Donna Mulqueen Gillespie - Clifton Heights, PA   February 22, 2018

Dear Jimmy: Please accept our deepest condolencesand heartfelt sympathies on the loss of you're wonderful dad. You remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May Our Lord sustain you and your family and may He Bless and Keep your dad's soul until we see him againand you will! Warmest Wishes to you and your family. Charle Gracie and daughter Angela

Posted by Charlie and Angela GRACIE - Drexel Hill, PA - Friend   February 22, 2018

To the Reif family So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers Steve and Debe Bebko

Posted by Steve Bebko - Ephrata, PA   February 22, 2018

God Bless the entire Reif Family. What a great man and a great cop and it was a pleasure working with him and calling him a friend. RIP
John & Missy Senkow

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2018

I lived next door to John and Pat on E. Washington Ave., Clifton Hts. Great people, I just loved them. He will be missed.

June Tareila (McGrath)

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2018

Your family is in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Michele Williams - Norristown, PA - Family Friend   February 22, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Reif Family. I remember Mr. Reif from out at the county. Always a great guy! Rest In Peace, GOD BLESS!

Posted by Scott Mahoney - DelCo, PA   February 22, 2018

May John RIP and his family find solace in the life he lived and legacy he left.
I first met John as a young rookie cop and just starting my career as a police officer in neighboring Yeadon.
I wanted to learn from the best and one common name kept coming up as a great mentor "John Reif".
God Bless!

Posted by Dr. Bob Boyden - Warminster, PA   February 22, 2018

Aunt Pat, Johnny, Jimmy, & Donna we are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Johnny will be missed dearly. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Mary and Michelle

Posted by Mary Reif - Woodlyn, PA - Family   February 22, 2018

May John rest in peace. We lived next to him on E Washington for some years. Great guy and Dad with some great kids. Prayers and condolences to his family

Mike & Dawn McGrath

Posted by Mike McGrath - Clifton Heights, PA   February 22, 2018

I remember John when he was a Clifton officer and I was a dispatcher working out of Lansdownes' radio room. A honorable and well lived life.

Posted by Bill Redheffer - E. Lansdowne, PA   February 21, 2018

May you Rest In Peace!

Posted by Patricia Ferri - Berlin, NJ - Family   February 21, 2018

Jim, Florence, Dominic, Lizzie & Thomas - You have my deepest condolences, thoughts & prayers. Jim Suplee

Posted by Jim Suplee - Drexel Hill, PA - Friend   February 21, 2018


Pat, John, Jim, and Donna - Thinking of you all at this time. For all the memories shared with your family and ours, we will always hold him close to our hearts.

Posted by Donna Blankley Bera - Drexel Hill, PA - Friend   February 21, 2018

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