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John A Newell

May 19, 1942 ~ December 29, 2021 (age 79)


John Anthony Newell, age 79, of Shrewsbury NJ, died peacefully on December 29, 2021 in Red Bank NJ. John was born in Philadelphia PA on May 19, 1942 and was a longtime resident of Middletown NJ.

John married the love of his life, Pauline Joan (Secunda) Newell in 1965. After many years of a laughter-filled partnership, “Polly” assumed the role of caregiver. His goal in life was to always keep her smiling, which he did successfully while she devoted herself to his care and well-being.

John is survived by his two loving daughters, Pamela Newell Sullivan of Canton MA and Ann Marie Newell of San Francisco CA. He is also survived by his two granddaughters, Katherine Murphy of Washington DC and Charlotte Callaghan of San Francisco CA. Katie and Charlotte both enjoyed spending time as children with their playful PopPop who loved to create elaborate, rhyming holiday treasure hunts for them.

John was the son of the late Albert and Mary (Sharkless) Newell of Philadelphia, PA, and has always been surrounded by girls and women, including his sister Patricia Joan Reagan of West Chester PA, the late Elaine Newell Leimkuhler of Feasterville PA, and Rosemarie Newell Gulla of Carrboro NC. “Johnny” is survived by a large extended family and many friends who all loved him dearly for his outgoing personality and sense of humor.

John attended St. Benedict’s Grammar School and LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia. He received degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (BS) and M.I.T. (MS) and had a long career at Bell Labs and AT&T in Holmdel NJ. He was a gifted manager with equal parts people skills and deep technical knowledge. John traveled internationally representing Bell Labs & AT&T giving professional talks. John especially enjoyed his time working in Geneva in the late 1990s.

John was passionate about mathematics, technology and pretty much anything he could take apart, fix or build. He loved music, played the clarinet and piano, and was an avid fan of Broadway musicals. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and skiing. He spent years trying to handicap thoroughbred horseracing using his own custom software program (Bozo). He built computers, fixed cars and believed he could re-wire anything. A willing performer and entertainer, John staged and emceed numerous events.

He was an enthusiastic planner of trips, parties and outings. He always had a twinkle in his eye, thinking about the next adventure.

A celebration of John’s life will be held in the spring, most likely at Monmouth Park Racetrack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in John’s memory to Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd, Red Bank NJ 07701 or The Salvation Army


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