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NEU--John L. We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of John L. Neu, our esteemed Chairman. A brilliant businessman, philanthropist, environmentalist, animal rights and community activist, politically engaged citizen and voracious reader with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. John was associated with Hugo Neu Corporation for 50 years after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. Initially working at the side of his beloved father, the late Hugo Neu, a pioneering visionary in the international metals recycling business, John assumed the leadership of the company in the early 1980's. Through hard work and determination, deliberative and wise decision making, excellent market judgment and dedication to initiating “best practices� in scrap metal operations, and with active assistance and encouragement from his dear wife and our CEO, Wendy Kelman Neu, John grew the business and brought Hugo Neu Corporation to an unparalleled position in the international metals recycling industry as one of its largest, most profitable and respected members. On a more personal note, we will remember John for his wisdom, gentleness, honesty, intellectual rigor, strength of character and frequent unstinting efforts and generosity on behalf of people less fortunate. Most recently, John and Wendy spent days serving meals on site to the victims of Superstorm Sandy and petitioning governmental leaders to take more rapid action. We extend our sincere condolences to Wendy, all of the members of John and Wendy's immediate and extended family, including his adored Luke, as well as his wide circle of friends. The Board of Directors, Officers and Employees of Hugo Neu Corporation


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Published in New York Times on Feb. 28, 2013.
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February 22, 2021
John was half of the kindest couple, both able to see what is important in life. What more can be said except we wish those with no heart would depart, and those with a big heart would still be with us.
ingrid Newkirk
Friend
February 22, 2020
Remembering John stroking a rescued beloved dog's head as he sat at the table and we talked about politics and the prospects for animal legislation. We send our love to his wife, Wendy on this day of remembrance.
Ingrid Newkirk
Friend
February 23, 2019
John's kindness was apparent in his very features, in his soft voice, in his act of bending down to touch the dog under the conference table, and in his partnership in compassion with his wife, Wendy. Animals need all the friends they can get, and John was an upstanding, decent, and intelligent person who understood what is right and just, as does Wendy Neu, his soulmate, in his memory. From all of us at PETA,
Ingrid Newkirk
Friend
February 23, 2019
The first time JJ met you John I stayed at your home in Chelsea. Each and every time you left an indelible impression on me. You may be a man of few words but they are full of wisdom. You have done so much for this planet and all its inhabitants. You are on your new journey John and im sure you will continue on with who you are - A very unique human being who has touched so many and has done so much. I am one of those fortunate ones who have shared that honor to know you and be inspired by you. Your physical being may not be here but be sure that who you are will always be remembered. Thank you for peverything John we will continue the struggle on the other side!
Chris DeRose
February 22, 2019
I can still remember speaking by phone to John and then in person when he climbed the 56 or so steps to my top floor office at The Hudson School . He was seeking advice about a neighborhood child who he believe would benefit from educational support. He wanted to help the child who wasn't reading on grade level. He wanted to find the right school for him because he felt the public schools in our town were not working for this little boy. He thought the child might have dyslexia, as i recall. I made some suggestions. Our friendship began that day. John and Wendy then became supporters of more children who needed financial scholarships to attend the independent school i had founded that had a need-bind admissions policy. John would drop off a check before the winter break each year for the scholarship fund. John saw the possibilities in everyone and wanted to play a role in helping them fulfill their potentialities. That's who John was and he continues to inspire me. I honor him by trying to carry on his vision.
Suellen Newman
Friend
February 22, 2019
John, it's hard to believe that it's been 6 years since we lost you. I feel like I grew up with you in the company and that you always had my back. Over the years our family watched you evolve from an energetic young businessman to a world class business leader and philanthropist. Whatever success I've achieved I owe to you and Uncle Hugo for giving me my opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you for that and wherever you are, please know that your memory is also a blessing to so many others.
Ron Strauss
March 18, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Wendy and family, Hugo Neu, and to all who are saddened by John's sudden passing. John was a man who willingly offered his intelligence, experience, and compassion to help so many. Those of us who have been graced by meeting John will always remember his kindness and determination.
Alice Shope
March 15, 2013
I wish to extend my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Wendy, the extended Neu family, Irma and all at the Hugo Neu Corporation.

John was my Chairman. He was a visionary leader whose unwavering commitment to excellence characterized not only his business success but also his engagement in humanitarian and environmental endeavors.

Over time, John became my valued mentor and my trusted friend. By constantly challenging me, he taught me so much of his business acumen and how that impacted his philanthropic goals of providing opportunities for growth to those less fortunate than he. It was an honor to know and work for/with John. He was a man with great passion for life, who was willing to pursue his dreams of making the world a better place.

I was not ready to say goodbye
Your disease just over took
So on this day we remember you
I take a second look

Our friendship is forever
Until death did we part
Although your are away physically
You are always in my heart

- Kim Thompson


A great man has left us. John's legacy will live on as we honor him daily in the way we strive to live our lives by his measures of excellence and compassion.

Greg Cortes
Hugo Neu Americas, SA
March 5, 2013
Dear Wendy and family, my deepest condolences. I will never forget my days with Hugo Neu.
James Pierce
March 4, 2013
John, You will missed more than words can say. Your advise, warmth and gentle way will forever live in the hearts of all those who knew and loved you. In times like these I am reminded that death ends a life but not a relationship. The relationships of all those whom you touched will live on forever. I am going to plant a tree at the farm, the Triple C Ranch (triplecranch.org) as living memorial to you and your friendship. I am also going to buy a bench and put it under that tree with your name and a few words about the incredible way you touched all those who were blessed to have known you.
Robert Spiegel
March 4, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Our Deepest Sympathy to The John Neu family,
Wendy, Jeff and Rob,Francine and his grandchildren Chloe, Olivia and Spencer
Rudolph family
March 3, 2013
Dearest Wendy,
Words cannot express my shock and sadness - my heart aches for you as you grapple with this loss. I send my profound sympathies to everyone who had the privilege of knowing John - so many were moved by his warmth, compassion, practicality, generosity and wisdom. Nan Dale and everyone at Action Against Hunger.
March 3, 2013
My heart goes out to you, Wendy. I send you this quote from Edith Sitwell:
"Love is not changed by death And nothing is lost And all in the end is harvest."
Liz Rich
March 2, 2013
dear Mrs. Neu we are sad to hear of John's passing. We at Catholic Charities of Newark will miss him very much, He was a generous person helping us serve the poor in all of of shelters. Thank you John and Wendy Neu for everything you have done for us.
John Westervelt
March 2, 2013
Beth and I send out deepest sympathies on John's death.

Much love.
Joanna Hopkinson
March 2, 2013
Our Deepest Sympathy to Wendy, Jeff and Rob,Francine and his grandchildren Chloe, Olivia and Spencer
The Estevez Leyva Family
March 2, 2013
Dear Wendy, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. His kindness, generosity and the lives of so many animals you and John have saved will never be forgotten.
Deborah Gillam
March 2, 2013
Charley
Dear Wendy, Frederic and I are celebrating John's life today. His pioneering work and his wide-ranging philanthropy make him a model to us all of what it means to truly be of service to the world. On a personal note, we are grateful that John was willing to give us our beloved cat Charley, who we are sure is greeting him on the other side, along with all the other animals John loved and cared for.
Mary Ann Brussat
March 2, 2013
Dear Mrs. Neu: This note is just to let you know that my most sincere condolences goes to you and your family. I will always miss working and servicing Mr. Neu. From my heart to yours...
José Gamaliel Malavé
March 2, 2013
To Wendy, family and staff at Hugo Neu:
Jim and I were saddened to hear about John's passing. We pray that God will give you the strength, wisdom and courage to continue the great work that John performed here on earth which ultimately placed him beside his maker.
Leslie Hansley
March 2, 2013
Wendy and Family

I was very sorry to hear about John
He was. a once in lifetime person in our industry and in his community

I will always remember him

With sympathy for your great loss

Larry Sax
Larry Sax
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy and family, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm also deeply sadden on this abrupt news and I don't know I can
express my feeling. I have rememered his strong integrity and contibution steel indusrty. I will never forget his name until the end of my life.

Thanks you for giving me an opportunity working with him in the past.

Kenny Chung from Korea
Kenny Chung
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy and family, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm also deeply sadden on this abrupt news and I don't know I cannot express my feeling. I have rememered his strong integrity and contibution steel indusrty. I will never forget his name until the end of my life.

Thanks you for giving me a opportunity working with him in the past.

Kenny Chung from Korea
Kenny Chung
March 1, 2013
Sending my heartfelt condolences to John's wife and family. I served with John on the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance board, where his wise advice, deep knowledge and generous support truly made a difference. We will miss him.
Paige Sutherland
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy and family, I'm sorry for your loss. John and Wendy have been models for corporate responsibility and philanthropy. A decade ago, when investigating pollution on Newtown Creek, you changed my perspective on the relationship between industry and the environment, thank you.
Justin Bloom
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy: Please know how saddened I am to learn of John's passing. He was a true citizen of the world and will be deeply missed. Joanne Atlas, Ringwood, NJ
March 1, 2013
John Neu was a business visionary, a voice of truth and reason, and an exemplar of leadership in the recycling industry. His passion for life, his intensity for business and above-all his principled morality set an example for many. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to Wendy and his extended family.
The Officers and Members of the
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries New York Chapter
March 1, 2013
John Neu had no equal; John was a magnificent human being and the world will be far less vital without him. Wendy, my heartfelt thoughts are with you.
Susan Galanter
March 1, 2013
Wendy & Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and respects for your loss of John. He was a remarkable person. The tireless work that both of you provide to NY/NJ Baykeeper and other environmental organizations is truly inspirational.
Peace to You and Yours,
Jeff Weiss & Lee Bracey
Jeff Weiss
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy, Please accept my condolences and that of everyone at Hackensack Riverkeeper on the passing of John. Without question he was a true champion of clean water and environmental protection; and he was living proof that there is never a reason to have to choose between a healthy economy and a clean Harbor Estuary. We are shocked and saddened by his death but I promise you that in his honor and memory we will redouble our efforts to make the Hackensack River and all the Estuary's waterways livable for all its creatures - humans included. God bless and best wishes to you, your family and everyone at the company.
Captain Bill Sheehan
March 1, 2013
To Wendy and the extended Neu family: You and John together forged a unique environmental, humanitarian, political, and business legacy. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to know both of you. I will miss John and the nascent friendship we had, and you will be in my thoughts as you grieve.
Bradley Campbell
March 1, 2013
Wendy, my sincerest sympathies on this loss. I know you have many happy memories of John to put a smile on your face during this difficult time. I will always hold him in such esteem for what he did for the animals of Jersey City and beyond. What a legacy he leaves. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Russell
March 1, 2013
Dear Wendy, I know Hector gave you our embrace on Wednesday in San Juan. I want to express my own admiration for Mr. Neu's achievements and vision as well as state my pleasure in having met him and sharing with both of you. In our sadness we look forward to seeing you again soon. God bless you.
Un abrazo,

Lolita S. Ramos
Lolita S. Ramos
March 1, 2013
Wendy: I am deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Neu. He was an extraordinary man and will be greatly missed.

Please receive our sincere condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Lillian Mateo-Santos
March 1, 2013
We Here at Animals Need You -would like to say how very sorry about John

I have always said that:
** John and Wendy Have a Very Very Large Heart for the Animals **

** For those of us who have been around for a while, we can remember the great battles that John and Wendy helped fight for the ANIMALS...

He will be missed :(
March 1, 2013
I was saddend to hear this news from mom yesterday. John was my first boss and even today is still the measuring stick to all bosses I had and have. I know he was loyal and kind hearted beyond words in just hearing mom's stories about him, and hearing Irma talk about him and interact with him. My thoughts and prayers are with Wendy, and Irma his "work wife", and the rest of the family and friends at Hugo Neu.
DJ Holmes
March 1, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear that John has died, Iknew him trough our common business,during our Bureau of International Recycling Conventions. I want to express my saddness and sympathy to his wife Wendy and to his sons and the family. God bless you all. Dominique MAGUIN, BIR Past President
Dominic MAGUIN
March 1, 2013
Wendy: I am so deeply sorry. I will miss hearing John stories. The world wont be quite as colorful without him.
Joy Farrell
March 1, 2013
John was the kindest soul and it radiated from him. He gave away book on animal protection to everyone, scoured the political roster for friends or potential friends of animals, and shared his good fortune with those who are truly the least understood of all living beings. We wish you, Wendy, and all who knew John as an upstanding example of decency and humanity, strength in these times. We wish we could help you through them.
Ingrid Newkirk
March 1, 2013
Wendy, I have so many happy memories of you and John at the farm. I hope those times, with John, your Dad and Mom bring you peace...Much deserved.
Debbie Yusko Fehl
February 28, 2013
Wendy I'm so sorry to hear about John. What a loss to the animals people environment the world. But his work who he wants and is willing to be forgotten. Chris DeRose
Chris DeRose
February 28, 2013
My deepest sympathy Wendy, Rob,Jeff and family in the loss of Mr Neu. Your husband and Dad gave me an opportunity 30 years ago to work for his company and I am very thankful for that. May God give you the strength to carry on with all his memories. God Bless you all.
Linda
February 28, 2013
I can't express myself at this moment other than I loved John Neu. He was a kind hearted generous and loving man. Wendy, we love you...Darlene, Dean, Deborah and DJ
Darlene Holmes
February 28, 2013
My dear Wendy, the world will be a colder less humane place without John in it. I can't imagine your sorrow, Smile when you think of all the animals who will be greeting him. He will be forever remembered by all those who knew him.
Carol Araneo-Mayer
February 28, 2013
We will miss John a lot. He put faith in us and helped us launch our company. He unselfishly gave his time and attention and cheered our successes. His guidance and commitment as we struggled to build our business was a priceless gift. We will miss you.
Bennett and Ling Stewart
February 28, 2013
Wendy - John was an amazing spirit, a great philanthropist, and an environmental champion. So sorry for your loss... our loss.
February 28, 2013
Wendy - John was an amazing spirit, a great philanthropist, and an environmental champion. So sorry for your loss... our loss.
Tom Borden
February 28, 2013
Through his generousity and great compassion for animals, John saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of homeless companion animals here in Hudson County, NJ through his tireless support of the Liberty Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations. We are so saddened he is no longer with us. The animals have lost a good friend.
Carol McNichol
February 28, 2013
I have only known John for a year but even in this short duration he has managed to leave a lasting impression as a heartwarming and wonderfull person. He will be sorely missed.
Wijnand jr Dalmijn
February 28, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with John's family. We have lost a true gentleman.
Zeno and Gylean Trabucchi
February 28, 2013
John Neu was my grandfather's cousin. He will be very much. From the Strauss Family
Michele Ritzer
February 28, 2013
What a terrible and unexpected loss of such a good and loving man! His parents, Hugo and Doris, were dearest friends of Suzy's own parents, and Suzy grew up with John. David was Hugo's lawyer, and has worked with, respected and admired John for decades. John will always be remembered for the good he did for so many, in so many ways, in partnership with his beloved Wendy. We extend our deepest condolences to Wendy, Jeffrey and Robby. Our hearts are with you, dear Wendy.
Suzy and David Simon
February 28, 2013
Please accept my deepest condolences. Mr. Neu will always be remembered.
Elmer Flordeliza
February 28, 2013
Rest in peace Mr. Neu our deepest sympathy to Wendy and his wonderful sons Jeff and Rob, his lovely daughter in law Francine and his grandchildren Chloe, Olivia and Spencer
Butch & Anne Connors
February 28, 2013
Wendy, it started quite simply with with a phone call on behalf of one youngster who needed help. Then,each December,unannounced, John would climb 76 steps to my temporaray office on the top floor of our local library and place a check on my desk for a deserving child in need of tuition support. He not only continued to provide financial aid over many years but helped us build a permanent home for The Hudson School. His legacy will live on in our hearts and in the contributions our graduates are making to pay his gift forward by building a more civil, healthier and compassionate world.He will be missed and his memory an inspiration to those of us who had the great honor to know him.
Suellen Newman
February 28, 2013
I knew John from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance board and will be forever grateful for the guidance and wisdom he provided to me as a new member. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Jennifer Costley
February 28, 2013
Rest in peace Mr Neu, our deepest sympathy to Wendy and his wonderful sons Jeff and Rob and his lovely daughter in law Francine and his grandchildren Chloe,Olivia and Spencer
Butch & Anne Connors
February 28, 2013
My friend John Neu has impacted the world and we will miss him immensely. Our thoughts are with his remarkable wife Wendy and the entire Neu family.
Vickie Hyman
February 28, 2013
Losing John Neu is an incredible loss to so many people as he was a superior human being. I am honored to have known John. Wendy, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and John's loved ones.
Laura Alvarez
February 28, 2013
John Neu was the greatest giver i have ever known. If you worked for him, you were paid very well and always gives you the best every year.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Neu family. May the good lord bless his soul.
Ram Parasram
February 28, 2013
I'm so sorry Wendy. You and John were such an inspiring model for how humans should be in the world. I know you'll carry on but it is so sad to lose John.
Linda Lopez
February 28, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Wendy and family. John touched many lives...
Tracy Knecht
February 28, 2013
My sincere condolences to Johns family. I have never meet John however I know Jeff thru my sister Michelle and just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your lose.
Debbie Biniak
February 28, 2013
To have had John as a friend, role model and leader is an honor that I have recognized and cherished during times he shared with me. The imprint that John has left in our hearts and lives will continuously pay tribute to his legacy.
Marlene Tejada
February 28, 2013
My deepest condolences.
Fernando Gallegos
February 28, 2013
We've lost a powerful voice for making the world a better place.
Donald Summers
February 28, 2013
The world lost an amazing person. Our deepest sympathies Wendy.

Peggy Steinhilber and Family
February 28, 2013
my sincere condolences.

Rest In Peace John.
Henry Rodriguez
February 28, 2013
Our deepest condolences to John's extended family.
Pearl Geffers
February 28, 2013
John is a legend in the recycling industry. His name will represent an era that people will always remember.
I will never forget the time that I worked together with John.
Steve Zhang
February 28, 2013
my sincere condolences, may you Rest in Piece, John.
Henry Rodriguez
February 28, 2013
There are many people on the other side of the world are deeply saddened at John's passing. We can't believe that we have lost him. We will miss him, remember his gentleness, generosity and remarkable achievements forever.
Connie Zou
February 28, 2013
Forever in our hearts....
Michelle Gomez
February 28, 2013
It is with fondest memories that I will remember my association with John. My heart felt condolences.
Guy Chowning
February 28, 2013
My sincere condolences. RIP
Ivis Pagan
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