ForeverMissed
John Roman, 70, of Edison, New Jersey passed away on April 6, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Henryka of 47 years, daughters Renee and Joanne, granddaughters Luella, Sadie, Mabel, and Millie; and sisters Wanda and Margaret. 

John enjoyed every day of life with gratitude and relish.  He loved so many of life’s gifts, including: reading military history novels of all kinds; taking tremendous (and potentially biased) pride in his four granddaughters; golfing (including reporting suspiciously decreasing scores); dramatically carving Thanksgiving turkeys, while beloved family members waited for the carving to mercifully end; battling squirrels and retelling (in great detail) the tactical strategies involved to all who would listen; taking deep pride in his Coast Guard service while also regaling family members with the often-retold stories that involved significant amounts of vodka and undercover spy escapades (still unclear enough to be potentially possible); fighting pelicans while fishing in Florida with his brother-in-law Richie; spoiling his adoring granddaughters rotten (while painstakingly, and without irony, dictating parenting advice to his daughters, frequently involving prudent spending); gleefully over-indulging the youngest family members to extremely large amounts of ice cream (over maternal objections) at the family’s favorite LBI ice cream shop every summer; and, without hesitation, helping his loving sons-in-law (Daryl and Doug) with all manner of tasks (including: single-handedly raising a garage, scaling trees to cut offending branches, and, of course, expertly hanging pictures as only he could).  He leaves behind a devasted extended family, aching for the husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-kind, and friend who shared vacations, family occasions, life moments (big and small), and gave his heart generously to all.

Funeral services will be held on April 8, 2020 at Steelmantown Natural Burial Preserve; attendance will unfortunately be limited due to the COVID virus outbreak.  A future “Celebration of Life” is planned for when it is safe for our family to come together and dance again.

John’s loved ones are asked to raise a glass (of the drink of their choice and in their own time and way) and share a toast to his memory, his loving spirit, his exciting stories, raucous laughter, and deeply generous heart.

Fertig Funeral Home


Posted by Michelle Paone on April 16, 2020
My love & prayers to you & your family at this time of great sadness. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or to prepare our hearts for good-bye. May your memories bring you smiles in days ahead. I will hold my memory of John & the “girls” , JoAnn, Renee, and Shauna, playing in your yard around the swing set, as a cherished one. Much love to you all......
Posted by Bev Dungan on April 8, 2020
John always made me feel like part of the family at the various family functions I attended. I admired his intelligence, graciousness and most of all his love and dedication to family. My heart breaks for your loss. Please know I am holding you all near in my heart at this difficult time.
Posted by David Sancic on April 8, 2020
You will be missed. You were a good man, a good uncle to my children and good friend. Rest in peace.
Posted by Laura S on April 8, 2020
We will always miss you. You were such an incredible soul and you made my life so much richer.

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Posted by Michelle Paone on April 16, 2020
My love & prayers to you & your family at this time of great sadness. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or to prepare our hearts for good-bye. May your memories bring you smiles in days ahead. I will hold my memory of John & the “girls” , JoAnn, Renee, and Shauna, playing in your yard around the swing set, as a cherished one. Much love to you all......
Posted by Bev Dungan on April 8, 2020
John always made me feel like part of the family at the various family functions I attended. I admired his intelligence, graciousness and most of all his love and dedication to family. My heart breaks for your loss. Please know I am holding you all near in my heart at this difficult time.
Posted by David Sancic on April 8, 2020
You will be missed. You were a good man, a good uncle to my children and good friend. Rest in peace.
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Shared by Marie Schaefer-Wagner on April 15, 2020
I am so sorry that you lost John at such a time as this. I feel so blessed that we had you as neighbors. I  remember John was always so friendly and happy as were you Henryka. He really impressed me with how much he knew about Anerican politics and was appalled that we didn't know who our secretary of defense was. My heart smiles when I think of him.