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AGE: 73 • Spring Lake Heights
John Amabile, 73, of Spring Lake Heights, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, with his devoted family at his bedside. He was born and raised in Jersey City and moved to Spring Lake Heights in 1968, where he has resided for the past 44 years. He played baseball and football at St. Peter's Prep and Boston College, where he received the Scanlon Award as well as being an honorable mention All-American quarterback. John started his career as a math teacher and head football coach at Lincoln High School and Dickinson High School in Jersey City. He also coached football at Belleville and Middletown before becoming the head coach at Wall High School in 1977, where he had Central Jersey Group III championships in 1982 and 1983. While coaching track and field at Wall, he coached his sons to state championships in the javelin. He coached Neptune from 1985-2000 in which time he earned three state championships in 1995, 1997, and 1998. After Neptune, he coached at St. John Vianney, Allentown and most recently at Long Branch. In recent years, he was also a scout for the New York Giants. In his career, he had more than 260 wins. He was a positive role model for all of his players and students. He truly cared for the people he coached and helped them on and off the field. John was a loving husband of 50 years to his wife, Sue. They met when they were just 14 and 15 and shared a romance that lasted a lifetime. They were true soul mates. Sue never missed a football game and supported him in his career every step of the way. They enjoyed going for long walks and cooking together. John was the quintessential family man. He always had words of encouragement for his children and supported them in all of their endeavors. His greatest enjoyment was being with his family. He travelled around the country coaching his sons to be All-Americans in the javelin.
His parents, John and Marie Caccapardo Amabile; and his sister, Ann Marie Eknoian, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Brady Amabile; his sons, John C. Amabile of Marlboro, and Robert N. Amabile of Neptune; his daughter, Nicole and husband Matt DeMaio of Spring Lake Heights; his grandchildren, Samantha DeMaio, Andrew DeMaio, and Joseph Amabile; and his brother-in-law, Richard Eknoian of Wall.
John faced his battle with heart disease and his recent diagnosis of cancer with courage and tremendous fight. His positive outlook never waivered and he was always optimistic. In keeping with his caring and charitable nature, the family specifically requests donations to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 (Envelopes provided by the funeral home).
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at St. Catharine's R.C. Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762. Entombment in St. Catharine's Cemetery, Sea Girt. For further information or to send condolences to the family please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on April 24, 2012