John C. Marinella “Jack,” 90, of Hammonton, N.J. passed away Monday, December 19, 2022 with his loving family by his side. Jack was born in Waterford, N.J. and was a 1951 graduate of Lower Camden County Regional High School, where he served as class president. He went on to graduate from Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, class of 1959. He served his mortuary apprenticeship with Danks Funeral Home in Lindenwold, N.J., under the guidance and mentorship of Tom Danks. Jack became a licensed funeral director N.J. Lic #2515 in 1960. After the completion of his apprenticeship, he purchased Macri Funeral Home of Hammonton, N.J. in 1962. He later changed the name to Marinella Funeral Home, with the promise to serve Hammonton and its surrounding communities with dignity, professionalism, and respect for years to come.
In 1954 Jack entered the US Coast Guard, where he gave his service for 6 years. Jack gave selflessly to his community in many ways. He was a past member of the Waterford Volunteer Fire Co. Jack held many past president positions to include the St. Joseph Holy Name Society, St Joseph Parish Council, St. Joseph High School Booster Club, Hammonton Rescue Squad, Hammonton Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Italian Sons and Daughters of America. Jack served on the board of directors for Kessler Memorial Hospital. He was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, Pallotti Council #3471 where he served as a 3rd Degree and also a 4th Degree Knight Council #680 and a Faithful Navigator. Jack was also a member of the Winslow Twp. Lions Club, Hammonton American Legion Post #186 and Hammonton Kiwanis Club. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Church, where he was a church usher and a eucharistic minister. Jack was a longtime member of the Hammonton Chamber of Commerce. In 1995 he received the Chamber of Commerce “Nice Going Award” for his outstanding leadership and devoted service to the community.
Jack was a dedicated Phillies fan and season ticket holder dating back to Shibe Park. Baseball was a passion to Jack, as one of the first tasks he performed when purchasing the business in 1962 was to sponsor a Little League team. The team is still active today and won this season’s league championship in celebration of the funeral home’s 60th year anniversary. He played softball for the Italian Stallions in Hammonton for many years. Jack enjoyed horses and had various sulky racing horses over the years that raced at the Atlantic City Racetrack and Freehold Racetrack.
Jack is predeceased by his parents, John A. and Jennie (nee Chalk) Marinella; and his sisters, Phyllis Perrotta, Charlotte Hoke and Gerry Spinella. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Sandra (nee Iuliucci); his daughter, Jacquelyn Kincaid and her husband Steven; and his grandchildren, Branon J. (Celeste), Alexandra, and Cassie Kincaid. He is also survived by Sandra’s sister, Virginia Bird and her husband Hank; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends were invited to attend his viewing Thursday, December 22nd, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marinella Funeral Home, 102 N Third St., Hammonton, NJ 08037. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2022 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish-St. Joseph Church, 226 French St., Hammonton, NJ 08037. Entombment followed in Greenmount Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jack’s name to a Hammonton service organization of one’s choice that Jack proudly supported for many years. To share a condolence, please visit marinellafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home