John Brendon Leiter

July 3, 1957June 12, 2020

John Brendon Leiter, 62, of Toms River, NJ, passed away after his battle with cancer on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was born in Bayshore, NY, the oldest of seven children. John graduated Central Regional H.S. in Bayville in 1975, then attended the University of South Florida. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and was a U.S. Merchant Seaman. John also served as a union representative for the Seafarer’s International Union and was a proud member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He belonged to the Harmony Lodge in Toms River. Because of his zeal for the sea and his years spent as a Merchant Seaman, John amassed a large collection of Merchant Ship paintings, photographs, charts, maps and ship models. John’s passion and love for the game of baseball began in 1967 when he joined the Berkeley Township Little League. Because of his love for the game, his brothers followed in his footsteps. He was an avid power walker and could be spotted by friends on the Seaside Park Boardwalk regularly. John was a gifted conversationalist. He captivated all with his anecdotes, stories, and philosophy of life. John’s greatest gift was love of family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, son and grandfather. He was always most caring and supportive of his daughter Jeanne’s and his son John’s endeavors. He and his wife Karen enjoyed almost thirty years of marriage together that became even more special as their grandchildren came along. John was predeceased by his father Alex Leiter and his brother Karl Leiter. He is survived by his beloved wife Karen, his son John Leiter of Toms River, his daughter Jeanne Flynn and her husband Sean of Beachwood, his grandchildren Colin and Lillian, and his mother Marie Leiter of Whiting. Also surviving are his brothers Eric, Kurt, Mark and wife Anne Marie, Al and wife Lori; sister Alexia and husband Glenn; and his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 17th, from 4 to 8 PM, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. The Funeral Home will be enforcing social distancing and capacity limits will be in effect as per the governor’s orders. The Funeral Service will be private at Ocean County Memorial Park on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020


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Joseph Pecoraro

June 12, 2021

John was a very close friend. Time has passed and I still occasionally pick up the phone to call him until I realize he is not there. We had MANY years together and in the later years many conversations that moved to spiritual issues.

John was curious not just about the things of this world, but about what happens afterwards. I believe he is with Karl now, and I know that leaves a void for the family as he was the eldest and their "rock".

To the family I say, "God will not leave you nor forsake you".

American Cancer Fund

July 9, 2020

The staff of the American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

kim mondell

June 19, 2020

To Karen, John Jr. and the Leiter Family,
John was always a delight to have as one of my patients at the dental office I work at. I will always remember his stories, laughs and great conversations. Sending our Thoughts, Prayers and Deepest Sympathies~ Kim & Rob M.~

David Tompkins

June 17, 2020

First, I would like to express my condolences to John's wife and family. I had played baseball@ CRHS and graduated with him 1975. He always had some advice and a story to tell. He was,I think, a great ball player who deserved more than what he got@ that time. I had run into him a few times over the years, which was always a pleasure. I know he will be greatly missed. Life is too short, enjoy every day that you are given. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

David Airey

June 17, 2020

I have no words that can sooth the amount of grief and sadness that all the Leiters and extended family are feeling!
I will say this... IT SUCKS!!
... and a Mum should never have bury their children(s).

John was one of the coolest cats to walk Gods green earth. He was steadfast in his convictions, beliefs and moral disciplines. He showed me how to "walk" with courage, dignity and foretitude... when I was just punk teenager visiting, from the great white north.
He was a ferocious protector of family and can remember Alexia being picked on by a local kid (bad move) and several of the Leiters boys paid that kid a visit at his home... let's just say he was humbled in his penitence.

God Speed John! You will forever remain in hearts and Soul.

Laura Langel

June 17, 2020

My prayers to the Leiter family. So very sorry for your loss. May our Lord help to comfort you all. GOD bless

Linda Airey-Oksman

June 17, 2020

To Karen, family and the Leiter family, my deepest and heartfelt sympathies on the tragic and shocking loss of John. He was a great guy with a quick answer for almost anything. Goodbye John we love you RIP.

Pauline O'Gorman

June 16, 2020

To Karen, John Jr and all the Leiter family, our thoughts and prayers from across the ocean are with you all at this heartbreaking time.

Your cousin Pauline x

Don Martis

June 15, 2020

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Leiter family. I have fond memories of being teammates with John, as well as Karl, on the Bayville Babe Ruth League team. Although I have lived on Long Island for the past 30 years, I seemed to run into John often when visiting my family and John was always so happy to see me. I’m going to miss his smile and the way he made you feel so welcome…

Martin and Sandra Liverpool

June 15, 2020

So sorry to hear the very sad news.
Sincere condolences to all the family.