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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Lucretia Hogan

March 29, 2020

To Paul's family:
Paul's mom, Angie, and my mom were very close when the family lived on First Street in Westfield. Paul's dad, a kind and gentle man, owned a shop on Central Ave in town. Paul Sr was the best shoemaker in town. Our family used him many times to fix shoes, pocketbooks and belts.
Paul and I have communicated on Facebook for several years now. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. May he Rest In Peace.

Kathy Colucci

March 29, 2020

Remember him and his band. A great talent has been silenced.

William (Bill) Fredericks

March 29, 2020

Sharyn and Family, I was very saddened to read Paul’s obituary in today’s paper. I was the founder of The Vibra Tones, our rock and roll band back in high school. We all shared many fond memories while playing in that Band, and we were actually very good. Paul is the one standing in the center and I am the drummer on the right.

God bless him and all of you, during these difficult times.
Stay healthy.

Bill Fredericks

Jim Crawford

March 29, 2020

I met Paul when we both played at a benefit after Hurricane Sandy. We became Facebook friends and although we were on opposite ends of the political spectrum we had many civil and rational discussions on a variety of topics. He was a gentleman. My condolences to his family.

Judy Battiloro

March 29, 2020

To Paul’s family: so so sorry to read of Paul’s passing. I lost my husband in July of 2016 . My husband Paul and your Paul were part of the Vibra Tones, a high school band during our school years. Was so nice to reconnect with Paul after my husband’s passing. He even sent me pictures of the band which I treasure so much. We all lived in Westfield and were high school friends. RIP Paul- you will be missed!!🙏❤️🙏

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.