John “Jack” Stacy, 67, of Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Florham Park NJ, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born at St Barnabas Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John N. and Helen Carney Stacy. In his early years, Jack attended school in Florham Park. He was a graduate of St. Benedict's Preparatory School’s 100th class in Newark, NJ.
Jack loved growing up in Florham Park, where he was surrounded by friends. Stories of his youthful shenanigans are legendary and often still shared by his friends, most prominently his life-long friend Rhys Ord, who loved him like a brother. His family is eternally grateful for the love and concern Rhys showed Jack throughout his life.
Jack loved playing golf. One of the highlights of his life was when he went to Europe to play golf with his father. He spoke of this trip often throughout the years. Following graduation, his plans to attend college were disrupted by his parents passing away at very young ages. Instead, he stayed in Florham Park where he held several jobs and could be close to his family and friends.
Later he joined the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served his nation as a surface warfare specialist. He was the recipient of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three stars; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Good Conduct Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
He then travelled around the country for several years, always the adventurer. He eventually returned to the Northeast where he settled temporarily in Virginia for several years. He then moved to Pennsylvania to be close to sister, Pamela, and her family. He loved spending time with his niece, Tiffany Stacy, and especially his nephew, Robert Zotynia, who adored his Uncle Jack.
He later moved back to New Jersey after the passing of his beloved Aunt Peg to live with his beloved Uncle Red, who were like surrogate parents to him and his sisters after the passing of their parents. He and his uncle eventually moved to New York City to share a “bachelor pad” with his cousin, where they spent several years caring for each other and spending time with his cousins. Jack often shared stories of how happy he was to spend time with his cousins who he loved deeply- Rich Fredericks, Billy Fredericks, Rosina Fredericks, Pamela Fredericks, and the late Deborah Fredericks.
After the passing of his uncle, Jack returned to Pennsylvania where he spent his remaining years close to his sister and her family.
The family is grateful to the medical professionals at Wilkes Barre General Hospital for their kindness and compassion in Jack’s final hours.
Surviving are his sisters Joan Testa and husband, Mario of Venice, Florida; Robin Stacy of Florham Park, New Jersey and Pamela Zotynia of Larksville, Pennsylvania, nieces Tiffany Stacy, Pamela Alders, Deborah Kleinbauer, Maddie McLaughlin, Allison Guerriero, Heather Westhead and nephews Christopher Testa and Robert Zotynia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Cynthia Guerriero.
Jack lived his life the way he desired and strongly believed all people have the right to do the same. If you would like to honor his life and legacy, the family is requesting donations be sent to The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports by mail 18 East 2nd Street Media PA 19063 or online https://citizendirectedsupports.org
No public services will be planned at this time.
Arrangements under the direction of the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, Inc. 11 Wilson Street, Larksville
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