US Navy, USS Farquhar/Simpson
Our “Hometown Hero”
Jack Kostibos, 87, of Chatham Township, NJ, died peacefully on Sunday, May 27, with his family by his side. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2, at 9:30 am at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ. Interment will follow at St. Teresa of Avila Cemetery, Summit, NJ. Friends and relatives may visit on Friday, June 1, from 4 to 8 pm at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. Chatham. Born and raised in Orange, NJ. Jack and his late wife Connie, moved to Chatham Township, where they lived for 56 years. Jack attended Orange schools, enlisted at the age of 18 into the U.S. Navy during WW II. He served 3 years in the Atlantic theater as a torpedo-man on destroyers, USS Simpson and USS Farquhar, which was cited as sinking the last enemy submarine during WW II. Jack worked at the Ballentine Breweries, a Bus Driver for Public Service Transit and the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. Jack was very involved in the community after retiring. He was a founding member and volunteer at Corpus Christi Church, member of Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Co., (served as President and Treasurer), Little League Coach, Member of the “Chain Crew” for Watchung Hills Reg. High School and Livingston High School Football Teams for 20 years (respectively). President and Board member of the Senior Citizens Club of the Chatham’s, Lifetime and active member of D.E.S.A. (Destroyer-Escort Sailor Assoc.) and Tin-Can Sailor Assoc both locally and Nationally and member of the local Chapter of VFW. He was also an extensive gardener and model maker, mainly ships and airplanes. Jack and his wife Connie, traveled and cruised extensively, visiting almost all of the U.S. as well as Europe, the Orient, Philippines and Hawaii. Jack is pre-deceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Connie Kostibos (nee LaMagna). He is survived by his children, sons Barry and his wife Diane (nee Accorsy), and Jack, and Betsy Valentine and her husband Ron. Jack was a wonderful “Pa’ to his six grandchildren, Kevin (Jaime) and Jessie Kostibos, Katlyn and Mike Kostibos and Craig and Jenna Valentine. He was blessed to have enjoyed the love and company of his nieces and nephews from Nevada, Waretown, Maryland and Virginia, and his many friends, In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, Inc., P.O. Box 488, Henderson Harbor, NY 13651, would be appreciated. For further information please contact the funereal home at 973.635.2428
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