John Janick
Sunday
19
January

VISITATION

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 19, 2020
The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Ave.
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Monday
20
January

PROCESSION TO CEMETERY

9:45 am
Monday, January 20, 2020
The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Ave.
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Monday
20
January

BURIAL AND GRAVESIDE SERVICE

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Monday, January 20, 2020
Princeton Cemetery
Greenview Ave.
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of John Richard Janick

Known to his friends as “Jack”, John R. Janick, 91, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, passed away on January 14th, 2020. He was the son of John Janick and Marie Russell Janick. He was born January 31st, 1928 and lived in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He graduated from Dutch Neck elementary school in Dutch Neck, New Jersey and Princeton High School. He joined the U.S. Navy and served two years on goodwill tours traveling the east coast of South America, around Cape of Good Hope, the Ivory Coast of North Africa, through the Gibraltar strait to the Mediterranean, where he visited Italy, Spain and Greece. He left the Navy and traveled across the United States before entering Rutgers University, graduating in 1955. He met his wonderful wife Caroline (nee DiMeglio) in high school. They started dating in 1948 while they were both working at Heyden Chemical in Penns Neck, NJ (later American Cyanamid). They were married in 1953. He started Craft Cleaners in Princeton Junction in 1956 and opened plants in Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Hightstown. Serving as a member of the West Windsor school board, he was instrumental in the building of the Maurice Hawkes Elementary School. He was a member of the West Windsor Lions Club for many years and served as president in 1961 and 1962. He sponsored a West Windsor little league team, providing uniforms and financial support for many years. His friends and family know him as a headstrong, vibrant renaissance man, truly interested and curious about life. He played the piano, the trombone, and was an exceptional whistler. He was an avid gardener and fantastic cook. He enjoyed skiing with his family in Vermont and traveled to Chamonix, France to ski with his high school buddies. Over decades of playing determined golf, he accomplished the improbable feat of two holes-in-one. The family summered in their shore house on Mantoloking and enjoyed boating and sailing on his cutter sloop and power boats. He and his wife Caroline traveled each summer to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and Newport, and Long Island Sound. Each winter they traveled to Key West and sailed or boated in the Bahamas. John and Caroline moved to Marco Island, Florida in 1983 and lived there for 30 years, before moving to Naples, Florida. At age 55, he retired from Craft Cleaners in 1993, leaving his business to his sons John, Jr and Tom. He is survived by his wife Caroline, daughter Daryl (Bruce) Kent, sons John (Lori) Janick, Jr, and Thomas D. Janick, and grandsons Kyle, Daniel, John R III, and Mathew. John was predeceased by his sisters Marjorie Janick, Phyllis Renk, and Mary Jane Sickel. A viewing will be held on Sunday, January 19th 2-5pm at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ. The burial will be Monday, January 20th at 10am. Friends are requested to meet at Mather Hodge Funeral Home to proceed to the burial plot at Princeton Cemetery. There will be a brief service at the burial site. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Jack Janick and Mango Garden Project” at the Villa at Terracina Grand Memory Care, Naples, FL.
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