I am deeply saddened to read about the passing of one of this city’s finest educators. John Sabol, who prided himself as being an “old fashioned teacher,” completed his mission on Earth on Aug. 21, 2017. He was 87 years old. I knew John Sabol at James J. Ferris High School during 1971 – 1975. He truly was a “professeur extraordinaire” and a “teacher’s teacher.” He taught us – his students – the important values of patriotism, personal courage, duty, loyalty, and respect for ourselves and others. John Sabol strongly believed in the endearing – and enduring – ideals, morals, ethics, and values upon which America was built.
As an educator, John Sabol had nurtured future generations of citizens to be responsible, civic-minded Americans. John Sabol was a visionary. He told us that communism would fall during our lifetimes. God gave him a gift. John Sabol got to see the fall of communism during his lifetime. An educator the caliber of John Sabol comes once in a lifetime. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have known this truly remarkable man in the classroom, as a history teacher, and as faculty advisor to the Historical Society. What more can be said about a teacher who referred to his inner-city public school as “Fair Ferris?” John Sabol will always be part of Jersey City’s history. He will be sorely missed.
John Di Genio