John P. Jack, Jr.|
AGE: 68 • Little Egg Harbor, NJ
John P. Jack, Jr., 68, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 peacefully, surrounded by his family. John fought a short but courageous and dignified battle with Cholangiocarcinoma related to his exposure to herbicides and biliary parasites while serving in Vietnam for the US military.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, he resided there until 1971, when he moved to Toms River, NJ, to start his own family. He and his wife spent time living in Ocean Beach Unit 2, Lavallette, NJ after downsizing in 2001, and finally in retirement to Little Egg Harbor, NJ in 2012.
John graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School 1965 and received an Associate's Degree from Ocean County College in 1980.
He spent 4 Years in the US Navy (1967 to 1971), with a 13-month tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam.
John was a life member of the VVA, Chapter 200.
He married the love of his life, Debbe, shortly after discharge from the US Navy in 1971.
John worked for JCP&L, Co. for 30 years advancing from heavy duty truck mechanic to Supervision of evening shift transportation. One of his proudest achievements during his career was obtaining an 8-year Safety Record while working with a close group of mechanics and friends.
John was an avid surf fisherman and could often be found on IBSP near mile marker 17 or the third chimney on Seacrest Beach catching Stripers to tag and release. He was a lifetime member of the Berkeley Striper Club as well as a member of the Harbor Bay Hook Them and Cook Them Fishing Club.
John and Debbe enjoyed traveling the US and abroad during retirement. Always willing to help anyone in need, John will be missed by all that knew him, a true gentleman.
He was predeceased by his parents, John P. Jack, Sr. and Mary Fifik Jack.
He is survived by his wife Debora (Simons) of Little Egg Harbor, his daughter Melinda and dearly loved son-in-law Dave Muller, his son John K. Jack and Barbara and his daughter Jennifer Jack and Anthony, all of Toms River and the light in his heart, his grandchildren: John, Carly and Billy Muller of Toms River.
He is also survived by his sister Marion McCann of Brick, NJ.
To honor Johnny's memory please take a child fishing.
The family will receive friends Monday 3-7pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. Burial will take place Tuesday 11:00am at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cardiac Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 26, 2016