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Jay Cleveland Harbeck

AGE: 78 • Fripp Island, SC

Jay Cleveland Harbeck, 78, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. He was born in Elizabeth and graduated from the Pingry School in 1952. Jay graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Special Program in the Humanities. He was a member of the Princeton swim team and was the 1956 recipient of the War Memorial Trophy, "an award presented to that senior member of the University swimming squad who has made the outstanding contribution during upper class years, to the sport through diligence in studies, devotion to swimming, and excellence in performance." Jay was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany in 1957. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force and served as an Intelligence Officer in the Strategic Air Command division from 1958-1964. In 1962, he earned his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. In 1995, he was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgian Court University.

Jay raised his family in Rumson, and retired to Fripp Island, SC in 2001. He worked on Wall Street for close to 40 years. He held positions at firms including F.S. Smithers & Co., Anchor National Life Insurance Co., and U.S. Trust Co. of New York before retiring as a First Vice President, Portfolio Manager from the Merrill Lynch Asset Management division in 2001. In 1978, Jay was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and served in that capacity for 35 years at the Church of the Nativity (Fair Haven, NJ), Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church (Rumson, NJ) and at Holy Cross Mission (St. Helena Island, SC). Jay was a member of the Rumson Country Club, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, the Harvard Club of New York, the American Numismatic Society, the Parris Island U.S. Masters Swimming organization, and the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth (Germany). He was a former member of the Bay Head Yacht Club and the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club.

Jay was predeceased by his parents, John Lloyd Harbeck and Lois Cleveland Harbeck; his brothers, Jack Fabregas and John Lloyd Harbeck Jr.; and his loving wife of 53 years, Ella Anne Phillips Harbeck. He is survived by his three daughters, Dorothy Anne Harbeck (and her partner Karen), Claire Lois Harbeck Izzo (and her husband Matthew), and Jean Marie Harbeck Scully (and her husband Kevin), as well as his five cherished grandchildren, Jay Harbeck Izzo, Matthew Malone Izzo, Michael Vaughn Izzo, Maureen Jean Scully and Erin Marie Scully.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Holy Cross Church, 30 Ward Ave., Rumson. The interment will immediately follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the NBAH Blood Center (which serves the Robert Wood Johnson Cancer Center) at 125 Paterson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Donations of blood and/or platelets in Jay's memory are also extremely welcome and appointments may be made by contacting NBAH at (732) 235-8100, ext. 233. Please visit Jay's memorial website at

Published in Asbury Park Press from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 2013
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