John A. DiDomenico IIIJuly 9, 1953 ~ April 29, 2017 (age 63)
John DiDomenico III, of Oceanport, went home to the Lord surrounded by his family and friends on April 29, 2017 after a very long, hard fight with Pancreatic Cancer. He amazed everyone with his will to live and determination to be with his family and friends for as long as he possibly could. We would particularly like to thank Drs. Seth Cohen (and his staff) and Jeffrey Felzenberg for enabling him in his fight! Thanks also to our many family and friends who continuously held John in prayer for the past few years. He was very humbled by that. John became a sincere mentor for others diagnosed with P.C. and other cancers and brought them hope.
John was born and raised in Newark to the late John and Nancy (Belverio) DiDomenico. He attended St. Benedicts Prep. School in Newark (Proud Gray Bee!), and St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA.
After teaching Transcendental Meditation for six years, with his wife, he began a long and storied career of entrepreneurship. He owned his own businesses, including but most certainly not limited to: Real estate, telecommunications, cars, and renewable energy. He was widely known as the “Go To Guy!”
John was a communicant of The Church of Nativity for approximately 33 years, where he played the Apostle Andrew in The Living Last Supper during Lent for 6 of those years. John sat on the Board of Guardian Angels NYC for many years
His children saw him thus:
Unique ability to find something in common with everyone he encountered
Endless generosity to those he loved and those in need
Fiercely loyal and protective of his family
Fascination and pride in his ancestral home and lineage
Unparalleled drive and work ethic, continuous desire to move forward and keep learning
Obsession with cleanliness, pool pumps, maintenance, speakers, telecom, meditation, the water, his family and friends
John also had a passion for classic movies (always noting cultural and historical mores), good books, and was a history buff of sorts. PLANETS! He loved astronomy so much that he named quite a few of his businesses after them! He had a special kinship with Latin Culture and loved its people. Before his illness he was an active member of Imperial Taekwondo, where he earned the rank of Black Belt in both Taekwondo and Maui Thai.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his Granddaughters.
He will be greatly missed. John is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ann E. (Jonkoski) DiDomenico; his three beloved children, Gabriella Vidal and her husband Timothy, Dr. John Z. and his girlfriend Cora Koehler, and his youngest son, Timothy; his two sisters, Maria Garner and her husband Robert, and Barbara Geary and her husband Chris; and two cherished Granddaughters, Lucia and Gianna Vidal. Also surviving are many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and so many dear friends.
Truly, John took great delight and had such pride in his children each with their own talents and abilities. He most recently was able to attend “Sweeney Todd” and witness his youngest, Timothy, play the part of Anthony, even if he did sleep through all parts except Tim’s!
Visitation will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704 on Monday May 1, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of Nativity on Tuesday May 2, 2107 at 11:30 a.m. followed by an entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery’s Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:***Monmouth Pancreatic Walk - Support “Team JohnD” online! http://2017MonmouthWalk.kintera.org/annied732 St. Benedict’s Prep
520 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07103 https://www.sbp.org/invest Basic Needs, Church of Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd., Fair Haven, NJ 07704.