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John V. DeGasperis

"Coach" John V. DeGasperis, 86, died on Feb. 16.

John grew up in Cliffside Park, went to St. Cecelia High School in Englewood and was captain of the football team under Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi and also went on to be the captain of the football team at University of Delaware. Many people remember John as an amazing football coach and teacher at Paramus High School. For over 35 years, John brought his coaching values to his team, positively influencing many young people throughout the years. His students at Paramus High School were always treated like his own children, and he held his football players close to his heart. His colleagues held him in high esteem and remained dear life-long friends.

Everyone that had the privilege of knowing John knew that God, Family & Country were his priorities, and he passed those ideals along to his children. His welcoming nature, explosive smile and unconditional love for his children, grandchildren, all family and friends were apparent in all that he did. John's sparkle when he looked at his wife, Anne, his crazy love for children, and his amazing sense of humor never left him.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Anne DeGasperis, his six children; Bill, John, Judy, Donna Jean, Tom, Mike, and their families; nineteen grandchildren and three great-grandsons. His brothers, sister, and brother and sister-in laws were his best friends, and he always had a special place in his heart for his many nieces and nephews, and called all those he loved, "Darling" and "Pal."

A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 256 Azalea Drive, New Milford.

Published in Town News on Feb. 18, 2015
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