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John Paul Smeriglio, Jr.
December 14, 2023
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With profound sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of John Paul Smeriglio Jr., age 68, affectionately known as “Johnny Boy”, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at home.
Johnny Boy spent his entire life in Long Branch, NJ, where he cultivated deep connections and cherished relationships.
He was predeceased by his father, John Paul Smeriglio Sr,.
Surviving is his long time girlfriend Barbara DeVivo, A beloved son of Vincenza Smeriglio, a loving brother to Theresa and Frank Scallo, Josephine and Frank Basil, Nancy and RandyYelton, and Mario and Merrydth Smeriglio, his nieces and nephews, Frank and Alina Scallo, Michael Scallo, Vincent and Tara Basil, Samantha Jo Rios, Michael John Basil, Ryan and Nikki Yelton, Richard Yelton, Nicole and Curtis Synder, Shana Smeriglio, and Mario Jr. and Ariana Smeriglio. Along with many great nieces and nephews. And his lifelong Best friend of more than 50 years Joe Torchia. And his Goddaughter Elizabeth Torchia.
Family meant everything to Johnny Boy. He held a special place in his heart for his parents and siblings, demonstrating unwavering loyalty and affection. For the past 19 years, he found joy and companionship with Barbara DeVivo, embracing her children and grandchildren as his own. A unique and cherished bond was shared with Barbara's grandson, Nicholas DeVivo whom he called PopPop.
In addition to his devotion to family, Johnny Boy was a loyal friend, known for his warm spirit and genuine kindness. He found joy in the simple pleasures of life, often expressing his love for cooking especially Pizza and Italian food, And listening to the timeless tunes of Elvis and Frank Sinatra, as well as a deep appreciation for classic black and white movies. He had a caring Heart, was a Protector of all. Johnny had many talents impersonation and singing was his passion. He would impersonate friends,family along with celebrities that would make you laugh for hours. Not to mention his beautiful voice that went unheard.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2023 from 11am until the time of the service at 1 pm, Entombment to follow in Woodbine Mausoleum, Oceanport, Nj.
Johnny Boy's memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the enduring legacy of a man who enriched the lives of those around him with his love, laughter, and unwavering presence.