John C. Schenck, III
John C. Schenck, III “Jack”, late of Rosemont, N.J., died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on October 10, 2014 at Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington, N.J. He was 73.
Jack was born in Somerville and attended school in Metuchen and Bound Brook. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. Jack’s vocation and passion throughout his life was theater. He designed and built sets and created lighting for numerous professional and community stage productions and concerts. He worked as production director for the McCarter Theater in Princeton from 1964 through 1971. He was also the technical director and taught stagecraft at Mercer County Community College from 1971 through 1984. He retired in 2004 after serving for 20 years as production manager at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. That same year Jack and his wife Linda moved to West Winfield, N.Y., where he was the lighting designer for Earlville Opera House, volunteered with the local food pantry, and taught stagecraft at Colgate University. Jack and Linda moved back to New Jersey in 2011.
Jack’s other passion in life was trains. In New Jersey he worked for many years as a volunteer at the Black River & Western Railroad in Ringoes, N.J. While living in New York, he served on the Board of the Utica and Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. He and Linda visited numerous scenic railroads throughout the East and Midwest. Train watching was always a favorite pastime.
Jack is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda; his children from his previous marriage to Kathleen Monahan: Ellen Schenck and Matthew Schenck; two grandchildren, Ellen’s daughters Casey and Jessica Rapone; his sister-in-law and her husband Laurie Hudson and Matthew Halbert; his Aunt Berby and his Uncle Jack, several cousins, two loving cats, and many dear friends.
There will be a private interment service for the family, with arrangements provided by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, Lambertville, N.J. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or other donations, please consider a donation in Jack’s memory to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 (bestfriends.org) or to your favorite animal charity.
Thomas Darlington Jones, Jr.
Thomas Darlington Jones, Jr., a retired pharmaceutical company executive, and former resident of Princeton, died September 28, 2014 in Quebec City, Canada. He was 83.
Mr. Jones died from complications following a stroke suffered while he was on a cruise on the St. Lawrence Seaway with his wife of 57 years, Vera Lundy Jones.
Born September 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Jones grew up in suburban Philadelphia and attended Swarthmore College where he graduated with distinction in 1953. At Swarthmore, he met Vera and they were married in 1957.
Mr. Jones served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy on active duty and retired after two decades in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Jones also attended Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MBA degree in 1958.
Employed first by DuPont and then A.W. Ayer (a Philadelphia advertising firm), Mr. Jones spent most of his career with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries, serving at one point for three years overseas in Great Britain. During his career, Mr. and Mrs. Jones made their home in Princeton. They were members of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Springdale Golf Club, and the Nassau Club.
Upon Mr. Jones’ retirement in 1987, the couple made their permanent home in Bay Head, N.J. while Mr. Jones continued as an international business consultant for Johnson & Johnson. Their house on East Avenue in Bay Head was destroyed by the Sandy storm in 2012 and they had recently moved into their newly rebuilt home.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by three children: Debra Jones McCurry of Kensington, Maryland; Gwyneth Jones Cote of Greensboro, N.C.; and Thomas D. Jones III of Avon, Connecticut, their spouses Michael McCurry, John Cote, Sara Jones, and eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Bay Head Fire Company, P.O. Box 111, Bay Head, N.J. 08742 or St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 423 West Lake Avenue, Bay Head, N.J. 08742 (www.stpaulsbayhead.org).