John F. Popola
Tilghman Funeral Home - New Egypt
52 Main Street
New Egypt, NJ
John F. Popola

AGE: 88 • Formerly of Sayreville

John F. Popola, age 88, formerly of Sayreville died Saturday, September 6 at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Edison. Born in Newark, he resided most of his life in Sayreville, then Toms River and finally he moved to the Veterans Home about 5 years ago. John served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Franklin which was badly damaged by a Japanese air attack that resulted in a loss of 800 crewmen, becoming the most heavily damaged carrier to survive the war. John received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in the attack. John retired after 36 years with the South Amboy Post Office as the Assistant Post Master. After his retirement he also worked in the Mail Department of the Garden State Parkway. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was an avid bowler and he was a huge New York Yankees and Giants fan.

John was predeceased by a daughter, Frances Clark and a brother, Bob Popola. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loretta (nee Flynn) Popola; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathleen Popola of North Hanover Twp.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Tony Cser of Amelia, VA; two brothers, Tom Popola of Florida and Pat Popola of California; a sister, Violet Bruno of Parlin; seven grandchildren, Alan John Ellison, Mary Fran Clark, Tammy Horner, Jaclyn Popola, Lindsey Popola, Steven Popola and Matthew Popola; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for John will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 12:00 Noon at the Tilghman Funeral Home, 52 Main Street, New Egypt, NJ 08533 (, with burial to follow in the BGWCD Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown. Calling hours will be on Tuesday evening, September 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and again on Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until noon at the funeral home. Due to cemetery restrictions, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (

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Published by Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2014.
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One of the best! Always ready help anyone.
William Edwards
September 1, 2020
I have fond memories of your caring ways as I was growing up. Especially of you teaching me to shave. Though we have not been in touch both Phyllis and I thought of both you and Loretta with great fondness.
Cousin Bill Edwards Perth Amboy! NJ
September 9, 2014
Always my Big Brother that I looked up to for everything. I will miss you so much! You will always be in my heart.
Tom Popola
September 9, 2014
Dear Mr Popola,
I remember you with a bright smile and a twinkle in your eye, having only kind and thoughtful things to say about everyone. As a youg girl being at your house playing with Joanne, having wonderful meals together and singing to you playing the accordian on the front porch, brings warm and loving memories that fill my heart. Rest in peace with our Lord and say Hello to my Mom and Dad.
With Love, Frieda Kern Trabalka
September 9, 2014
Uncle Johnny...I have such fond memories of you growing up. You were such a wonderful man and you will be deeply missed by everyone who knew you!
May God bless you and your family during this time!
Nancy Lawrence/Anderson
September 7, 2014
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