Judge John J. Spence Jr., of Haddonfield & Avalon; GCHS Alumnus; High School and LL Coach
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Haddonfield & Avalon, NJ - On January 14, 2018, age 75 of Haddonfield & Avalon, NJ; Beloved husband of Jane B. (nee Connelly) & the late Dona G. (nee Florich): Loving father of John J., III (Olivia) of Wayland, MA, Brad P. (Kimberly) of Haddonfield and Pauline Swiatocha (Bryan) of Sea Girt, NJ; Devoted Pop-Pop to Cole, Grady, Paige, Leela, Genevieve, Ty, Fiona and Jack and Dear brother of Michael (Donna) of Runnemede, NJ and Patricia Amitrano (Steve) of Westmont, NJ.
John was a true Irishman known for his story-telling ability who besides having a love of black cherries and pistachios, reading the morning obituaries or "Irish funny papers," the Phillies and Eagles, and Joe Cocker, had an incredible love for his family. His legacy will be many things to many people especially his belief in fairness, diligent work and a strong sense of humor.
Although John was enrolled at Gloucester Catholic HS (Class '61) on a Baseball Scholarship, the Basketball coach appropriated him for all 4 years for the Varsity Basketball Team. He also played HS baseball and was a member of the Brooklawn American Legion National Finalist Team in 1960. John attended LaSalle Univ. on a baseball scholarship (Class '65) and then went on to obtain his final degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden, NJ. John was a practicing attorney, the Municipal Court Judge in Haddonfield for over 30 years and appointed by Governor Corzine as an Administrative Law Judge for the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he coached Haddonfield Little League, Basketball at Christ the King School, and was a longtime member of Stone Harbor Yacht Club and Tavistock Country Club.
John's family will receive friends on Wednesday Evening, Jan. 17th, 6-8 PM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. All are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Jan. 18th, 11 AM, at Christ the King R.C. Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. Interment, New St. Mary's Cem., Bellmawr, NJ.
Memorial contributions to the Haddonfield Little League in honor of John may be made through: In Memory Of (www.inmemoryof-memorial.org or by mailing checks payable to "In Memory Of" with John's name on the memo line to PO Box 5472, Charlottesville, VA 22905).
Published in Courier-Post on Jan. 17, 2018