John W. Colley Jr.

24 febrero , 194818 febrero , 2021

With deep sorrow we announce the unexpected passing of John W. Colley Jr. On Thursday, February 18th, 2021, at home, at the age of 72. John resided in Sandwich, Mass for the past three decades.

John was born on Feb.24,1948, in Lakewood, N.J.,to John W. and Alma Mandel Colley. He excelled in cross-country and track, as a Lakewood Piner, where many lifelong friendships began. He received a degree in art education from the College of New Jersey and taught in the Jackson school district in the 70s. John was married to the former Carolyn Johnson, also a Lakewood native, for 12 years. Overtime John displayed his artistic and creative abilities, and a passion for working with wood. From pen and ink, to in-numerous bird carvings and home furnishings and renovations,Johns diligence and keen eye for quality and detail came shining through. John also had a passion for golf and the camaraderie that ensued. His friends can attest to his unique wit.

There are two surviving siblings, Gregory H. Colley, Brick,N.J.,and Kimberly D. Mandel,Avenel,N.J..Also survived by a nephew,Gregory A. Colley, and two nieces Jacqueline E. Anderson and Sarah Mandel.

John's remains will be returned to Jersey and laid to rest with other family members. Now free to soar without this life's encumbrances we wish him eternal peace.

There are no plans to commemorate his passing at this time.


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John W. Colley Jr.


iris zweben

10 marzo , 2021

Rest in peace John & soar with your beautiful birds. I went to high school with John & reconnected with him at a reunion. We both met other people at that reunion & the 4 of us doubled dated for several years. Your kind heart, humor & grace will be missed.

Donna Tuohy

28 febrero , 2021

John has been my dear friend for over 30 years. His superior carpentry work and bird carvings were one of a kind , as he was. John was a quiet guy with a heart of gold. My home is filled with so many reminders of the beautiful work he did, every project completed with perfection. He loved to talk about golf and how important it was for him to have time to play with his buddies. If only he could have had more time. Goodbye , John.. I will miss you. Love, Donna

paul heanue

25 febrero , 2021

I first met John when he did some work at our condo and he became a pal. His easy going manner and skills as a tradesman made that transition happen quickly. He helped us figure out and resolve a tricky water leak that started at one unit and manifested at our unit 2 floors below. His methodical thought process allowed us to ultimately find the source of the leak without having to tear 1/4 of the outside of the house apart. I feel like we lost a friend and invaluable resource. He was working with us at our new house probably 36 hours before he passed and you'd have never guessed his time on earth was drawing to an end which makes his death such a shock. This is a lesson to all- Carpe Diem because you never know when your time is at hand. RIP my friend.....

James Noonan

24 febrero , 2021

John was a good friend for many years he will be missed