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John McLeod

John C. McLeod

Wednesday, February 17th, 1943 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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John C. McLeod, 77, of Lake Glenwood in Vernon, passed away on December 14, 2020.

John was born on February 17, 1943 to John and Rita (Ahearn) McLeod in Elizabeth, NJ. He was raised in Winfield Park, where he met his future wife, Rosemarie (Behrens).

Early on, John combined his love of cars and desire to work when he secured an after school job with Bob Miller Rambler as an auto mechanic. He also followed in the family tradition of service, and joined his father and future father in law as a member of the Winfield Park Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Squad at age 16. With plans for a wedding followed by a big family, John began his professional career as a Computer Field Engineer for National Cash Register in 1962. He retired after a 40 year career, but continued to freelance in computer repair and was the go-to guy for all things computer related for his family and friends. Needing more room for the expanding family, John and Rosemarie moved the family to Vernon in 1976 and made a home in Lake Glenwood where he was able to enjoy riding his motorcycle and sailing on the lake. John was an active member of the community, he coached his daughters' softball teams, served on the Homeowner's Association board and was a very visible member of the Wanderers Car Club. It was with the Wanderers that he was able to display his love of antique cars. He could be found with his dark green '66 Mustang Convertible at the Chatterbox, Jumboland, the Farm and Horse Show, or driving in multiple local parades, including the Sussex County Fireman’s Parade, and the annual Memorial Day Parade in Vernon, in which he drove, first with his youngest daughter and then in more recent years, with his youngest grandson. John was the creator of the great New Years Eve family tradition which came to be known as “Times Square in the Country”, where he rigged up a ball drop from the 2nd floor deck of the family house. Family and friends have been ringing in the New Year from the road for 43 years!

John loved his family above all else. When people found that he was the father of 5 daughters, they often said, “five girls?”, “no sons?”, “you poor guy” or similar words, but John just smiled back with that ever present twinkle in his eyes and conveyed that he had been dealt the best hand ever possible! He was so very proud of his daughters, his wife, and their grandchildren.

Survivors include his beloved wife, of more than 57 years, Rosemarie; his five daughters Robyn Jenkins, Lori Reed, Cheri (Jess Johnson) Bishop, Jennifer (Scott) Pierce, and Denise (Dustin) Flood; 13 grandchildren, Daniel (Heidi), Matthew, Ryan, Allyson, Mallory, Melissa, Jessica, Shawn, Megan, Justin, Sara, Brayden, and Isabelle; 3 great-grandchildren, Selah, Sydney, and Josie; and his dear sister Brenda (John) Wnek of Maryland. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eugene O’Brien, and his son-in-law Jeff Jenkins.

As we hold a private family service, with a celebration of life to be held at a later time, we will shift our thoughts from how much we will forever miss our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to our memories of the many lessons he taught us, the jokes he always had ready for any occasion, and the love he forever showed to those in his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John's name to or
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    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Francis de Sales RC Church
    614 Rt . 517
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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    Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, attendance is limited to 110 people. All visitors must wear masks.


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Bernadette FitzPatrick

Posted at 12:00am
I'll miss "Big John," one of my favorite cousins. As I remember him I will always see that smile, hear that laugh and miss that twinkle in his eyes that was mentioned in his obit. As a child I thought he could fix anything. May your memories help you through these difficult times. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in peace. Amen

Krystal wnek

Posted at 05:09pm
The Wnek gang - Mike, Krystal, Sophia, Delaney and Jillian wish to express our deepest sympathy and love to Aunt Rosemarie and all of our cousins. Uncle John taught us by example that family is a priority. We are blessed to have memories that will carry us through difficult times. I will forever connect hersheypark with Uncle John. A few years ago we started our own NYE ball to drop when our friends come to celebrate. While it s not as elaborate as Uncle Johns, we think of him at NYE as well. We love you all.

Cousins Judy and Anne

Posted at 02:56pm
With loving memories of "John McLeod",
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Cliff & Jackie Wallum

Posted at 01:09pm
A good friend, I will miss our chats on the dock where we shared experience's of our careers along with the many jokes you told.
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Dan Murphy

Posted at 10:37am
The Murphy's wish to express our condolences to John's wife and his extended family. Fond memories of John will always be in our hearts.
May he R.I.P
Dan, Grace,Sean & Kelsey

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