November 1, 1933 – November 6, 2020
John J. Volpe, 87, of Smithville, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2020. The cause of death was melanoma.
John was born on November 1, 1933 in Jersey City, NJ, the sixth of John and Catherine Volpe’s nine children. When his father died suddenly, John left school early to help support his family. A proud veteran, he served stateside in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He worked for Western Electric, and later AT&T, for many years, starting as a forklift driver. After excelling at an aptitude test, John was selected for a training program to become a computer operator, and worked in computers for the remainder of his career. After his retirement from WE, John worked in IT at the Atlantic Federal Credit Union in Kenilworth, NJ.
At age 19, John met 17-year-old Joan Tekula and the connection was immediate. On their second date, he presented her with a silver ID bracelet inscribed with “John loves Joan,” and he surely did. Wed on September 28, 1957, their 63-year marriage was a genuine partnership that grew out of true love, friendship, and mutual respect.
In 1968, John and Joan bought their first house and moved with their three daughters from Jersey City to Union, NJ. They lived there happily until 2001 when they retired to Smithville. John was a diehard do-it-yourselfer and over the years he worked tirelessly to renovate and maintain their homes.
John was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, so it was a dream come true in the 1990s when he was able to meet and talk with Stan “the Man” Musial at a baseball card show. He also was active in his retirement community’s stickball, softball, and volleyball leagues. The most important thing in his life, however, was always his family. John was a loving and supportive father to his daughters and a warm, fun, and funny grandfather. His grandchildren could count on John to attend all their performances and sporting events, help build Pinewood Derby cars, play Pretty Pretty Princess, and stick the bows from their Christmas presents on his head.
Predeceased by his parents and siblings Albert and Joseph Volpe, Terri Bartik, Jean Auth, and Catherine Mitolo, John is survived by his devoted wife Joan; daughters Diane Fisher (Randy), Susan Barone (Jerry), and Joannie Volpe; grandchildren Corinne and Christopher Fisher, Gerardo Barone, and Serena and Mirella Columbro; siblings Paula Farrell, Nancy Hennelly (Donald), and Robert Volpe (Rae); and many nieces and nephews.
Because of COVID-19, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
November 10, 2020
To Joan Tekula Volpe
Joan, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and express the joy I had growing up and hanging out with John at Hamilton Park and sharing a dance with you at our regular Saturday night dance at Saint Michaels. Also sharing a beer and chips in your first apartment on Summit Ave. on my first leave from the US Army.
Again, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the lose of a beautiful person, Mr John Volpe.
Thomas Red Tuohy
170 Highland Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
November 10, 2020
John, hold a spot at shortstop for me and will form a team with some of the guys......rest in peace........Alan Levin
November 9, 2020
Dear Joan, Diane and Randy Fisher, Susan, Joannie, John's
grandchildren, siblings and the entire Volpe family.
Ileen and I send our sincere sympathy at the passing of your
beloved John. I did not know him well, but did know him to be a
loving husband and father - a good man. And we both idolized
Stan ("The Man") Musial! He does look very handsome in his
military uniform. May John Volpe Rest In Peace.
With Love and Respect,
Gary Fisher and Ileen Karp
Janice Ann Gurzo (Volpe)
November 9, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Joan and family on the loss of your beloved John. May you find eternal rest and peace in Heaven surrounded by your loved ones who will be there welcoming you into God's House.
Many blessings dear Cousin.