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John J Gurkovich Jr.

November 17, 1953 May 27, 2019
John  J Gurkovich  Jr.
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Obituary for John J Gurkovich Jr.

John Joseph Gurkovich Jr., 65, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 27, 2019 at home in Piscataway following a battle with lung cancer.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Rhonda (Scotson) Gurkovich; his son, Corey Gurkovich and his wife, Kelly Koser; his son, Kyle Gurkovich and his companion, Victoria Greene; his daughter Aubree (Gurkovich) Deminski and her husband, Jeff Deminski; his brother, Joseph Gurkovich; his sister, Yvonne (Gurkovich) Caulfield; his brother, Steven Gurkovich; three grandchildren, Atticus, Cooper, and Paxton; and many close friends.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Myrtle (Rinehimer) Gurkovich, John spent most of his life in Piscataway, graduating from Piscataway High School and then Rutgers University with a degree in economics. Due to the job market at the time, John decided to further his education in computer sciences, which he spent the rest of his life doing. Servicing clients all around the world and working long hours into the night, John’s work ethic was one hard to find.

When John wasn’t working in the office, or in the last few years his home office, you could always find him working elsewhere. Whether taking on a new project at home or helping neighbors and friends with various tasks, John was the first to help those in need. A true “John of all trades,” there was very little he couldn’t do. From being the IT guy at the office where his wife works to refurbishing and rebuilding an entire swing set for his grandsons, John went above and beyond for everyone.

A devoted husband, a role model of a father, an adoring PopPop, a steadfast friend, and a helpful neighbor, John will be greatly missed by so many people. He left a lasting impression on the lives of those who were lucky enough to know him and his legacy will live on through them.

In his younger years, John enjoyed camping and photography, the latter so much so that he once set up a darkroom in the basement of his parents’ house. He also exceled in athletics, a wrestler during his high school years at Piscataway High School and an award winning coxswain on Rutgers University’s crew team.

His greatest love of all though was that of being a father. John involved himself in every facet of his children’s lives, from officiating swim meets to coaching various sports teams to being a Cub Scout leader, he took pride in everything his kids did and supported them in any way possible. He also loved vacationing down the shore with his family every summer, hosting game nights with friends, and tinkering with the latest gadgets.

Another love of his was his dog, Alfie, who he certainly has already been reunited with on the other side.

A memorial service will be held at 7pm on Friday , May 31st , in the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Us Hwy 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Visiting for relatives and friends will be held the same day from 4 – 7pm in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Uncommon Thread, ABA Services for Children with Learning Disabilities or The American Cancer Society.


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Visitation

Friday

31

May

4:00 PM 5/31/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/31/2019 7:00:00 PM
Hillsborough Funeral Home

796 US Highway 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hillsborough Funeral Home
796 US Highway 206 Hillsborough 08844 NJ
United States

Memorial Service

Friday

31

May

7:00 PM 5/31/2019 7:00:00 PM
Hillsborough Funeral Home

796 US Highway 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hillsborough Funeral Home
796 US Highway 206 Hillsborough 08844 NJ
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Uncommon Thread, ABA Services for Children with Learning Disabilities

American Cancer Society

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