James John 'Jack' Neerincx Jr.

August 31, 1930March 20, 2020

James John (Jack) Neerincx Jr., 89, of Gastonia, passed away peacefully at home on March 20, 2020.

He was born August 31, 1930, in Flushing, NY, the son of James John Neerincx Sr. and Helen Rockowitz Neerincx.

A lifelong learner, Jack held Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from St. John’s University, and then continued his studies at Texas Tech University, earning a PhD in Developmental Psychology in 1978.

He worked as the Director of Psychological Services for Gaston County Schools until his retirement in 1993. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Evansville in Indiana, worked for Slaton Public Schools in Texas while working on his PhD, and taught English at Long Beach Junior High School in NY.

He also served four years in the United States Navy on the USS Midway in the Mediterranean during the Korean War.

Jack attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia where he led healing prayer programs, and served on the board of education for the Diocese of Charlotte.

Always an advocate for mental health, he served on the Gaston-Lincoln Mental Health Board, and was chairman from 1987 to 1989.

In his retirement, Jack did extensive research and reading on mindfulness and meditation, and how it could help children as well as adults, teaching several workshops on the subject.

Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Suzanne Hoffman Neerincx; and his children, Ellen Neerincx Sigmon, Matthew Neerincx and his wife Shu Scott, Eliza Neerincx, and Jan Neerincx Sherman and her husband Michael Sherman. He has six grandchildren--Sebastian Sigmon, Caroline Sigmon, Holly Scott, Steven Sigmon, Deanna Sherman and Maxine Neerincx.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gaston Hospice or St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia, NC.

The family will have a private mass and will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Condolences may be shared at .


  • Suzanne Hoffman Neerincx, Wife
  • Ellen Neerincx Sigmon, Daughter
  • Matthew Neerincx, Son
  • Shu Scott, Daughter-in-law
  • Eliza Neerincx, Daughter
  • Jan Neerincx Sherman, Daughter
  • Michael Sherman, Son-in-law
  • Sebastian Sigmon, Grandson
  • Caroline Sigmon, Granddaughter
  • Holly Scott, Granddaughter
  • Steven Sigmon, Grandson
  • Deanna Sherman, Granddaughter
  • Maxine Neerincx, Granddaughter
  • James John Neerincx Sr, Father (deceased)
  • Helen Rockowitz Neerincx, Mother (deceased)

  • In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gaston Hospice or St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia, NC.


  • Memorial Mass Ceremony

    Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Committal and Inurnment

    Monday, March 30, 2020


James John 'Jack' Neerincx Jr.

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Olivia Kayler

April 1, 2020

Some of my most cherished memories are from the Neerincx’ family dining table. I will be forever grateful.

Cheryl Conner

March 30, 2020

Dear Sue and family,

So sorry to learn about Jack's passing. I will always appreciate his kindness, calm, and sense of humor during many intense meetings we attended early in my career. He was always a gentleman and very relaxed, helping the mood stay light when possible. May your amazing memories help ease your sorrow and provide strength and peace.

John Czerwinski

March 25, 2020

Suzanne, Judy and I are saddened to hear of Jack's passing. Liza and your family were a big part of my family's memories growing up and I am forever grateful for your help and guidance when Janet passed away. He w8ll be missed dearly.

Frank Zinke

March 24, 2020

My condolences to the family of my colleague and friend Jack. I shall always remember him as a dedicated educator who put the well-being of children first. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Carolyn Grenier

March 23, 2020

My heart goes out to you. May God be with you and your wonderful family.
Love, Carol

Laura (Tomko) Flacy

March 23, 2020

Jack was a sweet man.. I'm sad to hear of his passing and will be thinking of the family over the coming days and weeks.

Helen ODaly

March 23, 2020

Sue and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Since we moved to Gaston County in 2006, I have not had the opportunity to know Jack well, he obviously was a really smart and holy guy. My older brother graduated from St. John's . It is sad that circumstances dont allow us to gather as our Catholic family at this time, please know that you all are in my prayers.

Tripp Doepner

March 22, 2020

My father worked with Dr. Neerincx over the course of four years in the Gaston County Schools. I recall my father admired Dr. Neerincx for his deep passion for providing essential mental health and related services to students with the diverse and complicated needs. His qualities are evident in his children, all gifted, witted, and generous.

I wish Ms. Neerincx, his children, and grand-children peace in a time of great loss, but with the knowledge that Dr. Neerincx is with our Lord and Savior.

Walter Burks

March 22, 2020

We send our condolences to Sue and the entire family! We were so sad to hear about your loss today. We have been neighbors for years now and we will miss being able to talk when we walk through the neighborhood. He was a such a great neighbor! We send all our love!

Walter and Heather Burks

Pam Perkins

March 22, 2020

Please know that Rudy and I have you and your family in our prayers. Rudy and I appreciate your kindnesses over the years, and Jack and Sue's visit to his sculpture exhibit at the GCAHM in Dallas stands out as one of your many supports for us. Jack always had a smile on his face when we saw him and kind words were always exchanged. I know this is a difficult time for all of you, again, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Pam and Rudy