Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ



March 2, 1946March 14, 2020

Paul James Iovino, 74, passed away Saturday, March 14 from complications of a stroke. Paul was born in Plainfield, NJ on March 2, 1946. He and his wife Sharyn Kelly are long term residents of the Leisure Knoll Community in Manchester, NJ.

He grew up in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School. During his free time he helped form and played in a locally successful band called the Vibratones. He would talk about his several childhood jobs such as Milk Delivery man and Ice Cream scooper. After graduation he enlisted in the Army where he proudly served and entertained the troops in an Army Band in Panama. Some of our favorite pictures of him came from this time period of his life. His early career was in the insurance industry. Eventually he became a dedicated insurance instructor who delighted in the triumphs of his many students, many of whom became friends.

A lifelong guitar player and natural entertainer with a great sense of humor, Paul cherished his family and friendships. Everyone who knew him knew how much he truly enjoyed every moment spent onstage or writing and directing while serving as president of the Footlighters. This was second only to time spent with his family in the kitchen “cooking up a storm” or a night out listening to music and dancing with Sharyn, especially to the music of the Dr Cheeko Band playing their beloved wedding song, “Committed.” He took serious delight when invited onstage to jam along on the conga drums. He really enjoyed traveling, never missing an opportunity to sit, stroll or dine oceanside. Meals or vacations were never over without planning the next. His love for all things Sci-Fi was legendary and certainly passed down to his children. More than anything, he was a loving father, G-Pa, husband, and friend who is and will always be sorely missed.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Angelina, and his beloved big brother John. He is survived by his loving wife Sharyn; his children Amanda Stathes, and Lee Iovino and wife Olivia; his step-children, Scott Ebner and wife Nicole, and Dean Ebner and wife Donna; and his 6 adored grandchildren, Spiro, Sophia, Lillian, Tyler, Shannon, and Amanda; Aunt Mary Simone; Sister-in-Law Shirley Iovino; two nieces Laurel Kovacs, Karen Glod and their husbands and children.

A Celebration of Life will occur sometime in the future when we can all be reunited and safely embrace one another in his loving memory.

In lieu of flowers family and friends can make a donation to: “Footlighters” of Leisure Knoll of Manchester Attention: Julio Tojeira (Treasurer) 33 Dorset Road Manchester, NJ 08759


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Christopher Darway

March 27, 2020

Scotch Plains rehearshal.

Christopher Darway

March 27, 2020

Paul and I were in the Vibra-Tones back in the 1960’s. It is sad to hear of another one of our musician friends passing. The day after receiving the email about Paul I resumed my spring cleaning of old documents, photos, etc. when this card fell out of a box. I was in shock. It is our original band business card.

Jay & Eileen Pendleton

March 26, 2020

Deepest condolences and prayers to Sharyn and family. Our good friend (and my fellow musician) will be sorely missed.

Dorothy Dickinson

March 26, 2020

Early on when I first talked with Paul, he told me that if I saw someone out wandering around in the dark at night, it was him enjoying the heavens. He also told me that if I heard any loud banging it was him playing the Bongo drums and how much he enjoyed Reggae music. I'll miss that and I'll miss our conversations about our golf games usually more negative than positive. He loved to say how well Sharyn was playing. He was so very proud of her. So he will be missed.

Carmela & Bill Clark

March 26, 2020

We have shared more good things and memories over the years than could be articulated here. We always seemed to show up at the same place at the same time during this 28 years of friendship. Paul was unique and will never be forgotten. Love you.

Joan Ricci

March 26, 2020

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Think of you daily Sharyn. You are so loved. May God comfort you. Joan Ricci

Diane Pfeiffer

March 25, 2020

We met Paul when we first moved to Leisure Knoll at the newcomers get together . When we introduced ourselves and mentioned that we both graduated from Westfield HS he smiled and came right over to us and introduced himself saying he also was from Westfield. He then mentioned to us about the Footlighters Club and said come join any talent you have and I did and am now a Tapsation . We will miss his guidance and encouragement with all our shows to come let the band play on Paul we will all be seeing you again 🙏🏻

Ron Gaffney

March 25, 2020

Paul was a great instructor. He took the dull boring insurance industry and made it interesting. A lost experience to future students.

GLoria Watson

March 25, 2020

To simply say that I will miss Paul is a gross understatement. Generous, caring, funny...such a good friend. Things can never be the same. What a terrible loss.

Doug Watson

March 25, 2020

Paul and I became fast friends as members of the Footlighters of Leisure Knoll, we eventually got to the point of vacationing together with wives Sharyn and Gloria.
He was a natural president and leader of the Footlighters, as well as a natural Director of many of our shows , it as apparent he was the one person we couldn’t afford to loose, yet, to our collective regret and sorrow, we did.
Keep singing, dear friend.