JOHN H. CHARLESWORTH

A requiem mass took place Jan. 2 at the Church of St. Denis in Manasquan for John H. Charlesworth, 85, of Manasquan, formerly of Weehawken. He passed away Dec. 20 after a life well lived. Born in 1935 in the Bronx, and predeceased by his wife Nancy G. (Spatz) and his son John H. Charlesworth, Jr. He is survived by his daughters, Tara (Ken Mackenzie), Kate (Mark Miller), Kerry (John Fitzpatrick) and Mardy. He is also survived by his 8 adoring grandchildren Mark (Kristin), Sarah (Darrin), Nancy (Mike), Jessica, Alex, Jack (Grace), Fiona and Harry and 3 great-grandchildren Darrin, Kaitlyn and Mabel. and his 2 brothers Robert (Ruth Ann) Charlesworth and Deacon Myles Charlesworth. A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, John graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Philosophy and later earned an Executive Masters Degree in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After a short teaching career in the New York City Public School System, he worked for many years on Wall Street retiring from Merrill Lynch in 2000 as Vice President and Director for the Private Client Investment Group. During the summers in Surf City, John was a member of the Yacht Club and was a self taught sailor, earning several trophies (some of them 1st place) over the years. As a resident of Weehawken, John served on the School Board and following his tenure, served over 30 years on the Planning Board. While on the Planning Board he was named special appointee to Governor Kean’s Waterfront Transportation Committee. He was an active member of the St. Lawrence Parish community, serving many years as a Trustee, Lector and Eucharist Minister. John enjoyed his retirement surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and his ‘littles’. He recently learned the joys of Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant and was a frequent visitor especially on Thursday nights where you could find him watching the fireworks. He was a great man and the void left by his passing is immeasurable. Acknowledging that many will be unable to attend due to Covid concerns, a memorial service will be held at a future date.