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John Felix Visco

November 10, 1943 - December 7, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Loved his Family


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Obituaries » John Felix Visco

John Felix Visco was born on November 10, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. He was a resident of the Belleville/Kearny/North Arlington area until 1981 after which he moved to “the country”— Towaco, NJ — where he lived his remaining years. He passed away on December 7, 2020, at the age of 77.

John grew up in Belleville amongst a large, loving—and loud!—family. A lifelong member of the B.A.N.G Club (Belleville Association of Nice Guys), he graduated from Belleville High School then received his degree from Monmouth University. After serving his country honorably in the U.S. Navy, he returned home to NJ and married Barbara Jean Maciag on June 1, 1968. They were married 52 years and raised their three daughters together, Barbara Ann, Suzanne, and Jennifer.

After a long and steady career, most of the years at Wilkata Packaging, John retired in 2003. In his retirement, he continued to work at one of his favorite places, the golf course, and found fulfillment serving Montville Twsp as a planning board member. Through it all, John was an amazing husband, father, sibling, uncle, godfather, and grandfather. His best days were spent, golfing, at the gym and on walks, playing cards, and enjoying time with his family and friends.

John loved life. No matter where he was or what he was doing, he could always be counted on for a kind word and a fantastic smile. There were three things that John loved the most. He loved everything about golf…the difficulty of the game, the memories of learning it from his father, the pressure of an important putt, a freshly cut fairway, and telling anyone who would listen how he played each shot during his round. He would want everyone to know that even though he had moved up to play the senior tees, he shot his age this past golf season. The second thing John loved in life was the beach. He never missed a chance to go into the ocean, even if he was alone. He loved the feel of the sun on his face, the sand, and the taste of a cold beer or a gin and tonic while he sat in his chair. When he walked onto the beach, especially on Long Beach Island, he would look around, smile, and anyone could see he was in his happy place. Almost always, he was the last to leave at the end of the day, enjoying that magic, peaceful, special light that comes late afternoon on the East coast after most have headed home. He cherished these precious family vacations that have kept up over 50 years. Finally, and certainly not least, John loved his family. More than anything in life, he loved to be with them. The larger the gathering of family, the happier John was. He loved the shouting, the laughing, the storytelling, and even the disagreeing.

John was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Mildred (Reilly) Visco. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara and three daughters. Barbara (Visco) and James Shanks, Suzanne (Visco) and Christopher Keezer, and Jennifer (Visco) and Steven Ribnicky. He was “Pa” (grandfather) to Lindsey, Tyler, and Nicolas Shanks; Madison, Alexandra, and Samantha Keezer; and Sydney and Ryan Ribnicky. He is also survived by his three loving siblings, Louis Visco, Robert Visco, and Felicia (Visco) Lilioia. With a desire to keep our loved ones as safe as possible, we have decided not to hold a service or funeral at this time, but we will plan a memorial/tribute when the risk has passed. For those inquiring, memorial donations can be made to The American Heart Association and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.