John C. "Jack" Gillespie, Jr.
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formerly of Spring Lake Heights
John C. "Jack" Gillespie Jr., of Palm Bay, FL, formerly of Spring Lake Hts, NJ, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. He was born in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, NY and later moved to Jersey City, NJ. He was a graduate of Dickinson High School in Jersey City, and served in the United States Navy as a Seabee from 1944 to 1951 and served onboard the U.S.S. Valley Forge, the U.S.S. Bairoko and the U.S.S. Juneau. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. In 1954, he joined the Jersey City Police Department and worked in the Mounted and Motorcycle Unit (M & M) for many years. After Jersey City disbanded the horses, he was assigned to Motorcycle Squad, and later to the Flying Squad, the SPB and in 1981, he retired as a Sergeant from the Medical Bureau and moved to Spring Lake Hts. For many years, he was a member of Paulus Hook Knights of Columbus in Jersey City, the St. Aloysius Holy Name Society and was a charter member of the Jersey City Police Emerald Society. He was also a member of Manasquan VFW Post 1838 and Manasquan Elks Lodge 2534.
John is pre-deceased by his wife of 57 years, Gloria; by a brother, Arthur and a sister, Jeanne. He is survived by his sons, Mark and his wife Karen of Lakewood NJ, John and his wife Mindy of Las Vegas, NV, Brian and his wife Michelle of Brielle NJ, and his daughter, Ellen and her husband Joe Maher of Palm Bay, FL. He is also survived by his brother, Pete Gillespie of Lake Hiawatha; grandchildren, Kimberly, Abigail and Brendan, and also Amanda and Marissa, and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday, February 16 from 12PM-4PM at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013