June 8, 2015

John J. McAleavey ‘A family man and true friend to all’ John J. McAleavey, 80, of Short Hills, N.J., passed away peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Short Hills. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, N.J. There will be a visitation on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. Born and raised in Newark, N.J., John graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Leyte before earning his degree from Rutgers University. John’s career in the produce industry encompassed sales, marketing, merchandising, and consulting for the California Pistachio Commission, Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. Most recently, John represented the New York Apple Association as well as the T. Marzetti Co. He passionately served as the executive director of the Eastern Produce Council for the past 25 years, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2008. John was an avid fan of all sports. He was a successful Little League coach for many years, never missed a game his daughter or son played, and was a fixture at Millburn High School athletic events, especially the basketball games coached by his son, John. He delighted in cheering on his grandchildren in their athletic endeavors and was loyal to his favorite teams –the New York Giants; his children’s alma maters, Boston College and Providence College; and his beloved Boston Red Sox. John is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Joann; children, Susan Sarlund and her husband, Chas; son, John McAleavey; grandchildren, Meghan and Charlie Sarlund; brother, Tom and his wife, Mike, of Florida; and cousin, Nancy Roberts and her husband, Mike, of Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The John McAleavey Jr. Fund, P.O. Box 514, Short Hills, N.J. 07078, to help continue its 20-year tradition of providing services for individuals and families affected by spinal cord injuries.

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