GUTCH, JOHN J.
A mass of Christian burial was performed Jan. 10 at St. Patrick Church, Jersey City, for John J. Gutch, 92, of Hazlet, a former Jersey City Police captain. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Jan. 7. John was born in Jersey City, where he grew up. A WWII combat veteran, he served aboard the destroyer USS Melvin and saw action in the Pacific at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944. After the war, he joined the Jersey City Police Dept., reaching the rank of captain. Later in his career, he served as the Chief of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s detectives, Public Safety Director in Asbury Park, and Hudson County Undersheriff. When he retired, he moved to Hazlet but made weekly visits to Jersey City. He married “Kit” Porter in 1949, and together they raised 11 children. Five of his sons followed his footsteps as police officers.
John was a devout Catholic, a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Keyport, and he maintained ties with St. Patrick and St. Aloysius Churches, as well as St. Peter’s University, all in Jersey City. He was predeceased by his daughter, Marie Goworek, in 2016. John is survived by his bride of 69 years, Kathleen, and ten children and their spouses: John Jr., Edward, Charles, James, William, Robert, Richard, and Mary Gutch, Theresa Kwiatkowski, and Kathleen Nestor. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services arranged by the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Hazlet.