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John Kinsey

Bayville - John A. Kinsey was called home to our lord on March 19, 2018. He was born at Our Lady of Lords in 1970, Johnny "as we called him" was a beautiful soul and loved the spirit of life as we all know it. He was a graduate of Central Regional High School in 1988, where he realized he had a love for wrestling, surfing and training. John was a stand up man who faced challenges with courage and determination. He attended Montclair State University where he wrestled in two NCAA Division III finals and was a four-year starter and a two-year Captain for the Red Hawks. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. While at college, John excelled in the EDGE School of Wrestling in Kenilworth, NJ. John started teaching for the Alternative Schools of New Jersey and coached wrestling where he touched many lives, making a difference with children and adults. One of his favorite coaching positions was when he coached his brother, Rob, at Lacey High School in 1997. From 1988-2004, John was an active life guard on the NJ Shore ranging from Normandy Beach to Island Beach State Park where he made many recues that impacted others. John guided many crews as the Captain of the tournament team. His passion was surfing any wave (big or small), protecting others and spreading the work of Love among us! John was an understanding and kind person. He will be deeply missed by many.

John was predeceased by his father John W. Kinsey. He is survived by his parents: Denise and Robert R. Purgavie, his brother Robert S. Purgavie, his beloved daughter Jaya Kinsey, nephews Dylan, Gavin and Greyson Purgavie, grandmothers: Alice Schwartz and Alice Purgavie, uncles John Gorman, Bill Kinsey, and Ron Harvey, aunts Ann Pancelli and Debbie Montelone. He is also survived by his cousins: Scott, Billy, Diane, Bethann, Joann, Jeffery and Jennifer.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm with a service at 3:00 pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John's memory to Central Regional Wrestling, 509 Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville, NJ 08721.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 12, 2018
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