John Timothy Haley

January 2, 2022

CHARLOTTE – John T. Haley, age 70, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, January 2, 2022, surrounded by his family.

John was born January 16, 1951, in Lynn, Massachusetts to the late John F. and Mary (Gallagher) Haley. Following his graduation in 1969 from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC, John pursued a degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career took him to Boston, Massachusetts and Brownsville, Texas, before settling in Mount Holly and then Charlotte, where he worked for Charlotte Douglas Airport for more than 30 years.

A talented baseball and football player in his youth, John remained an avid sports fan throughout his life, reserving special affection for his beloved Boston Red Sox. He loved the mountains and the ocean and especially local lakes that reminded him of Sebago Lake in Maine where he vacationed as a child.

John will be remembered by his family as a gentle soul, quick to show up at every family event with a smile on his face, a kind word for everyone and an infectious sense of humor.

John is survived by his sisters; Betty Anne Haley and Patricia (Haley) Goolsby, both of Charlotte, Susan (Haley) Penta and spouse, Joe of Grand Lake, CO, and Rita (Haley) Primpas and spouse, Bill of West Melbourne, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister Mary Jane (Haley) Bruton of Charlotte and his younger brother Peter F. Haley of Greensboro, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a favorite charity of your choice. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • John (Jack) Szyperski

    John was my best friend in High School. He went to Carolina and I went to State. We lost touch...We used to play guitars and listen to Led Zeppelin...I really missed him after High School....I tried to find him for many years using Internet and search engines. David Spangler would call me to see if I found him..I am sorry and heartbroken that I never saw him again. He was a great friend and a good guy.

  • Kathy Sweeney Lloyd

    Deepest sympathy to the Haleys on the loss of John. I have fond memories of him when the Sweeney clan descended upon the Haley clan! He grew to look so much like uncle Jack. The wry smile in the picture reminds me of the look on his face when he told me he saw all my mistakes in the backyard talent show ballet solo I did. He was being gently honest. My family sends prayers for peace to all who loved him.