John W. Adamchak
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John W. Adamchak, 57, of Wall, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009. John was born in Jersey City; he lived in Hazlet before moving to Wall. He graduated from Raritan High School in Hazlet and earned a degree in Biology from Jersey City State University. John was a dedicated Science Teacher for the Irvington Board of Education at the University Middle School for thirty years until his retirement in 2004. John was a Volvo enthusiast, participating in many related clubs including: Volvo Club of America, Volvo Sports America and The Canadian Volvo Club. John was well known as a loving husband, great father, wonderful brother and an admirable friend. He is going to be sorely missed by all who knew him.
John was predeceased by his father John Adamchak. He is survived by his mother Anna Adamchak of Daytona Beach Shores, FL., his beloved wife and best friend Sharon Heaton Adamchak, his beautiful daughters Chelsea Adamchak, Kimberly Heaton and Tanya Adamchak, of Wall, his brother Frank Adamchak of Toms River, a sister Susan Baranowski, and her husband Ed and niece Lauren Baranowski of Neptune.
As per John's wishes, all services were private. John wanted all his family, and friends to know that he was deeply touched by your love and support during his illness. In memory of John, donations in his name may be made to the "David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center" @ Monmouth Medical center, 300 2nd Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson McGinley Funeral Home, Wall. To send a note of condolence to the family, visit our website

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jun. 28, 2009.
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July 30, 2010
John, I will always remember you and the wonderful life we shared together. I was very lucky to have you as a partner and friend. All my love....Sweetie. "Love you more" lol.
Sharon Adamchak
July 28, 2010
When John came in to me and my moms life he instantly began raising me as his own daughter. My best childhood memories are of our road trips to Florida and family day trips. John always taught me little life lessons that I continue to use and think about everyday. John made me feel special and loved with all his encouragment and caring. He was always so proud of me and because of this it pushed me to always try my hardest at everything and set goals. Without John I would probably not be at the college im at now or be the person I am today. John was not only a great Dad but a blessing in my life
Kim Heaton
July 27, 2010
I put this off for awhile not knowing what to say but as a year has past,a few images and words that still linger with me....Determined as hell, opinionated, superb father figure for Kim, the baseball bat of horrors, priceless Irvington student and teacher stories, James Bond Freakoid, those ratty boat shoes(never thought anyone could have worse ones than me, Jackass("those boys just arent right in their heads"),who needs tv(rather watch morons of society), ahahaha John Deere, a top ten teaser-quick comebacker, all those scapyard hauls, pancakes, his "love" of games, horse calls were pretty damn good, sneaking around him trimming trees and bushes so he didnt lose it, oh did I mention James Bond, pack rat(kept even broken items), and of course the ultimate Volvo Sicko.....But all being said, the most important was a very successful and happy life for him and all who knew him!!!!
Tom Teator
June 25, 2010
My brother, there will never be another. He's been gone a year, but he's still in our hearts. We want to thank all family and friends for being there for him. We will see him again.
Frank Adamchak
June 24, 2010
One year ago today, we lost a wonderful husband, dad, brother and friend. How time goes so fast. Those who love him will always remember John. I love you and miss you Sweetie!!!
Sharon Adamchak
August 24, 2009
John is a very special person. He will be missed dearly . I met John about 10 years ago. He was always so plesant and caring. Danielle, my daughter adored him. But we all did. It is such a pleasure in life to meet such a special person. My deepest sympathy to Sharon and her family. We are here for you and John you always will be in our prayers and never forgotten. You brought sunshine when you walked into a room.
July 9, 2009
John was a special person and a fixture in the vintage Volvo world. He always had time to share his knowledge of the cars and to help out with the car events.
I met John in the mid 80's and he became an instant friend. He will be remembered well and missed by a host of folks around the country.
May God give comfort to his family and friends.
Bill Arey
July 9, 2009
I meet John at the one of the first car meets I attended in 1982. He was judging my car.
We started talking and gave me some tips on the judging and what I needed to do with my Volvo 1800 (which I still have).
That was the start of a great friendship. We even traveled up to a car meet near London Ontario and discussed all things Volvo and life in general. I tried to visit with him at his home whenever I could and as others said, he was very positive on his outlook on life.
My symphathy to all his family.
Robert Foltz
July 1, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to John and his family at this time of sorrow. I have been a neighbor of John and Sharon for the past 8 years. I will always have a clear image in my mind of John riding around on his John Deere mowing his lawn and his signature smile and a wave of his hand. He was one of the "good guys" in this world and I enjoyed talking to him about life and family. He was a proud father and loving husband. We often traded stories about our medical conditions and I was always amazed at how positive an attitude he had about life and the hand that he had been dealt. Whenever I see a Volvo I will think of him fondly.
Jay Fornino
June 30, 2009
Jocelyne,my son Luc and myself are deeply sorry that John passed away.John was like a brother to me for 20 years.Throughout our life it seems that we had the same taste.Both teachers,loved volvo and liked to spend good tme together in volvo meeets.As far as I remember, John was always helping with judging cars for the whole day in the heat at the point where he would't even bring his own lovely cars. Rest in peace John,we always remember you.Condolances to all Adamchack family. Your friend for ever Michel
Michel Cote
June 30, 2009
Our condolences to John's family. John was a true gentleman and a good friend. He will be sorely missed.
David & Gretchen Adams and the VCOA family.
June 30, 2009
I will miss John as I would miss a brother. I met John 30yrs ago and we became good friends. Our love for working on cars was always a bond. We spent many summers working together on all types of cars, but John loved his Volvo's. He was always willing to help anyone and I will truly miss him.

My deepest condolences go out to Sharon and Frank, two people John loved. He was my best friend and I think of him all the time. Lucy and I will stay in touch, we both loved him.
Lou and Lucy Henderson
June 29, 2009
John will always be remembered and missed.Iv had alot of great times over the past 20 yrs with him buying volvos, working on volvos, going to Carlise, going to boneyards for parts--and going to Dunkin Donuts. He was a great friend with a wonderul family.
Bob Wheelock
June 29, 2009
June 29, 2009
My husband, George, and I were so saddened to hear of John's passing. We are travelling in Canada aboard our boat right now, but the beauty of the scenery we are seeing right now reminds me of John's great love of nature and how happy he was that we were going on this adventure. John and I were car-pool companions for 23 years, and shared many long talks about life during that time. He was always a gentleman, had a fabulous sense of humor, and was truly a good person. We loved each other like brother and sister, and I will miss him always...
Pat Hospodar
June 29, 2009
John, from all of us at Volvo Sports America, thank you for all your help and kind words over the years, if only there could have been more of them. Your memory will live on through all your many friends & family.
Bruce Potter
June 29, 2009
Our deepest condolences to the family on John’s passing, although we’ve been out of touch for the past 20+ years Karen and I have spoken (and have told stories to our kids)often of the great times we all had together. John will be missed by all who knew him.
Tom+Karen Zimmerman
June 28, 2009
I was a student of Mr.Adamchek in Irvington alot a years ago.Shocked to see that he passed away,he asked me 1 question that I never thought I would be asked (ever in my life) Why do you say "God bless you after sneezing"?And I,thanks to my grandmother telling me years earlier I raised my hand he called on me and said CORRECT.I loved Mr.Adamchek not only goodlooking but a very good teacher.I am sorry for his passing and I will always remember what impact he had on me at 13.I am now 37 and he is the only real good memory I have of middle school.My sorrow goes out to his family,my sincere condolences.He was a great teacher.
Melissa Rivera
June 28, 2009
I first met John when I dated his brother back in 1977. We were 3 couples just hanging out together, john and debbie, me and frank ,sue and ed.
we did all the fun things childless couples did back then, we camped, we went to the beach,to the mountain skiing, we ate, we drank.
We were all thin, all young , all healthy.
It was always John who got the charcoal grill to lite, made the drinks,peeled the corn,told a funny story if one of us was upset with the other, just to lighten the mood. So easygoing,so accomodating he made everyone feel comfortable whatever the moment.
My favorite memories of John is that he could imitate a cow mooing so good that they would look at the car if he did it out the window! I can almost hear him now.
And also the party host ,always to make sure he got you a drink, got ice, got garbage bags,a seat if you needed it,and always great at clean-up.
One time on a group ski trip it snowed maybe a foot or so and we were stranded in a ski house in the poconos. I think he was tired of hearing the women whine,so he started to dig out the cars and probably a half mile of driveway just so we could try to get to the mountain.
He was fun,handsome,helpful,kind,intelligent,never complained and most of all a true gentleman.
As the years went on all of our lives changed, our times together less and
I was so sad to hear of his illness and the long battle he had with it.I understand He showed the strength we all knew he had until the end. I was so sad he had to end his life this way.

He is not gone completely though, he lives on in my memories, and that I am thankful for.
And what sweet , fun, memories they are. Thank you friend ,you will be missed .
Donna Bobertz
June 28, 2009
We will miss John very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He was a real person and a good friend. I myself and my family will miss him very much . We all loved him.
John Kooklin
June 28, 2009
I only met John a few years ago but he was one of the nicest, most helpful person I've met in the Volvo
community. John invited me over to his house a few times and we would talk for hours before realizing
how much time had passed. I cannot begin to tally up how much I learned from John about these old cars. I will greatly miss our long conversations, hanging around his garage. And I know that in the future, as I'm working on my car, John will gently tap me on the shoulder to remind me of something he told me in the past. You'll surely be missed John...

My deepest condolences to the entire Adamchak family...
Paul Graziano
June 28, 2009
Thoughts and prayers are with you. I have known John as long as Tanya and I have been friends and am inspired by the strength he showed through his illness. My family and I send our condolences and are here for whatever you may need. Stay strong Tanya and Chelsea, you are loved by so many people!
Elyse Zanni
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