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John Lamar Halsell

May 23, 1975April 25, 2019
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John Lamar Halsell, Sunrise on May 23, 1975 and sunset on April 25, 2019. John was born in Cincinnati, OH. During the 43 years of his life, he accomplished so much and truly touched every person he met. He grew up in Westwood, New Jersey. He attended Berkley Elementary School and Westwood High School (class of 1993). John graduated with honors from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He played baseball and was president of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). John got married to Miriam Johnson on June 23, 2007 in Pasadena, California, Miriam’s home state. They live in Bloomfield, New Jersey where both of their children – Chase (10) and Carter (8) – were born. John embraced marriage and fatherhood. He was truly a hands-on father (Mister Mom). He caught every tear Chase and Carter had. The children were the wings beneath his heart. John lived for the children. John loved all sports, especially baseball. He was a big Yankees fan. Moments like this come, even though we don’t want them to come. John has left his footprint in the sand with his children. John was the best friend anyone could ever have, and his spirit will never be forgotten. He leaves to mourn: his wife Miriam; his children (Chase and Carter); his parents (John and Wyonetta); his brother (Jeremy) and sister-in-law (Alexa); his father-in-law (Norman Johnson); his brother-in-law (Norman Johnson, Jr.); his godsister (Patricia Askew); his aunt (Sheila White); and a host of family and friends. We, the Halsell family, thank you all for being here for us. The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood on Thursday from 10- 11 am. The funeral service will begin at 11 am at the funeral home, followed by interment in Westwood Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Chase Halsell

November 28, 2020

Dear Daddy

This is Chase I am missing you so much I wish you were here for carter's 9 bday but why go so soon leave me alone why think how many adventures we could have went on.

Eric Grob

May 23, 2019

To my #15 (YOU know what that means.)
Happy Birthday brother! Although I miss you terribly, I know you are now with the Angels. 44 years ago today, God gave us you to share our lives with. You made our world so much better being in it. You brought all of us happiness and love. I will never understand why God needed you back so quickly but we still carry you in our hearts.
I love you brother!
Eric and the rest of the Grob family
P.S. - I know you are throwing some really good mojo down our way because the Yankees are looking great this year!

Lisa Duff

May 3, 2019

John left an incredible imprint on the hearts of anyone who encountered him, for a minute or for a lifetime. I believe that he is an even stronger light and force of love now outside of his body. To the Halsell family, i am so sorry that this time has come so early to say goodbye to your loving son, husband, brother, father. May God hold you and keep you during this incredibly difficult time. You are in my prayers, constantly.

Melinda Mahone

May 2, 2019

The Halsell Family has been an extended part of my own family... of my own community and the beautiful connection that is the Westwood family.. for as long as I've ever known! Although I haven't seen John in person in years, he has remained to be a bright light in my days & a 'secured' constant of my history! I've NEVER seen John without a smile! I've never thought of John outside of sheer beauty! He was that! He IS that! I offer my most sincere condolences to the family & every friend that he has touched! He is a light that will NEVER be diminished! Please know that you are loved & prayed for, Family, and we stand with you in your grief! With love, Marsha's (Daniel) Baby Girl, Melinda P.S. Mr. & Mrs. Halsell.... THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful son with the world! Jeremy... Sending nothing but love to you! Miriam, Chace & Carter... YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY BLESSED!!! I pray for all of your peace & comfort from the depths of me! God bless!

Annmarie Loffredo

May 2, 2019

To John’s Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I met John in the 7th Grade and from the day I met him I knew what a special person he was - there was just an aura of light around him and you were drawn to it.

His smile was infectious and he made everyone around him feel good.

I haven’t seen John in many years but even a Facebook post for my birthday every year from him made my day - the simplest of gestures from him warmed your heart.

John made an imprint on everyone he met - whether you knew him for a minute or your whole life. He truly was an angel on Earth.

My thoughts are with you.

Annmarie Loffredo

Veronica Kiesel

May 1, 2019

To the Halsell family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss.

When I heard of John's passing my heart broke. I am blessed to have worked with him for the past few years at Iron Mountain. Sales can be an emotional roller coaster & it's easy to get discouraged. However, as anyone who's ever interacted with John can attest, he was always focused on the positive and was quick to offer some words of wisdom or a funny story to brighten the mood which made a huge difference in my life and to the others on his team.

Every time we spoke, he would put a smile on my face. Of course, it was no where near as impressive as his own but he possessed the remarkable ability to make you feel good about yourself. When John would share stories about his family (and he ALWAYS did) he lit up even more than his standard mega-watt self. The adoration for his family that he exhibited is beyond measure which makes this tragedy all the more difficult to accept.

John was truly one of a kind but it is my sincere hope that he didn't actually, "break the mold" because the world needs more people like him. We're all better off for having had him in our lives though it wasn't nearly long enough.

A person who departs this from this earth never truly leaves, they are still alive in our hearts and minds and it is my firm belief that there is no force in heaven or on earth that could ever prevent John from watching over his family whom he loved so dearly.....he will always be with you.

Rest in peace John, we'll see you in our dreams.

Sincerely,
Veronica Kiesel

Jill Corrigan

May 1, 2019

It has been a blessing to work with John at Iron Mountain for almost a decade. He has been on my mind constantly since the moment I heard the news. My heart breaks for the Halsell family and all of his friends who loved him dearly. I am so very sorry for your loss.

I have never seen so many beautiful tributes. They all bring tears to my eyes. John was truly an Angel put on this earth to bring light and love and peace and positivity to our world. Today our world is less bright without him but heaven is rejoicing, no doubt, in celebration of his homecoming.

John, I am so thankful for your friendship over the years and especially your advice when it came to my son. Whether it was baseball, colleges, fraternities or life in general… you always steered me in the right direction as a parent. Most especially thank you for opening my eyes to the positive influence of Greek life and how impactful your brothers have been in your adult life. As my son gets ready to graduate next week I am so grateful he has his network of brothers for life as well. Thank you for always being a friend. I will miss you John Halsell! Love, JC

Katarina Gotsko

April 30, 2019

I worked at one of his favorite pizzerias and it was such a pleasure every time he came in. Chase is such a sweetheart and you could tell how much he loved his kids. Was always great to see him and chat. Such a beautiful person with the kindest heart. My condolences to the Halsell family

Danielle tolep

April 30, 2019

Mr. John as my son called him was the favorite way to begin and end his day at school. My son always wanted to get to school early so he could talk with John. An amazing example of a true angel on earth. He would give my son hugs and talk with him each morning about the yearbook. John was so kind and always comforting to everyone. He was such a patient , kind and positive man who made sure everyone he spoke to feel special. We are so sorry for your loss and are sending prayers to your family.

Sharon Cytrynbaum

April 30, 2019

I was absolutely crushed today to hear about John. Like all Tuesday’s, my 2 boys and I were looking forward to spending time with John in the waiting room at speech therapy. How John energized that waiting room! How he made everybody, parents and children alike, feel happy, warm and cared about. And we were just acquaintances in a waiting room! Remarkably upbeat, despite some obvious parental challenges, John engaged with everyone in the room —- all while remaining very attentive and affectionate towards his own children. A role model for the parents, like me, in the waiting room. It was so quiet there today. I am in disbelief. My boys, Shayne and especially Noah (with whom John talked about all sorts of 9 year-old boy topics like Star Wars, ice cream, race cars and bravery) and I send our deepest sympathies to John’s family. We are so very sorry.

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