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Jack Mitton

7/19/2011

Jack Mitton, age 83 of Wayne, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Jack was born in Paterson and had lived in Wayne his entire life. He began his career as a machinist at Van Vlanderen Machine Shop in Paterson where he worked for nineteen years before going to Morrison Machine Shop in Paterson where he continued to work for another twenty years. After Morrison’s shop closed, he began working for the Township of Wayne at the water treatment facility and has been there for the past twenty six years. Jack broke his leg at work just about one year ago and during his recovery he could hardly wait to get back to work. Amazingly, he did return to full time duty just a few weeks ago but sadly, his health conspired against him.

As a young man, Jack enjoyed racing stock cars. He was mechanically skilled and could rebuild an engine with one arm tied behind his back. He did all of his own mechanic work, welding, fabrication and repairs. Along with his dad and brother, they would race at Middletown, NY, Old Bridge, Flemington, Morristown, and many other tracks. His racing number was 112. He was always prepared for the unexpected and carried spare parts with him everywhere. Just recently, his nephew noticed that he had been driving around with a transmission in the back of his truck for several weeks. When he asked his Uncle Jack “why do you keep that transmission in the back of your truck”, Jack replied “you never know when you might break down.” Jack was also proud of the things he fabricated, especially his stainless steel Christmas Tree stands. They were built to last, and when his brother Bill asked for one, Jack made him four or five. As Jack would explain, “you never know when you might need an extra one.” His nephew, Marinus, borrowed Jack’s truck once and while driving through the Delaware Water Gap on Rt. 80, he stopped to pay the toll and the toll collector asked “isn’t this Jack’s truck?” It turns out that all the toll collectors there knew Jack very well because he would give them Hershey bars and bags of Peanuts whenever he drove through to pay his toll. In fact, this was typical for Jack – he always had gifts in his truck and he would hand them out to those who kindly put up with him. If you knew Jack, you know he could be a little difficult to contend with at times, and he was never one to mix words. He let you know what he was thinking, or how he felt, and he usually used the same few harsh words to get his point across. That was Jack, plain and simple.

As Jack lay in his hospital bed on Monday, during his waning hours, his nephew took his hand and began to speak to him. Marinus said;  “Uncle Jack, the doctors tell me that you can hear me. I want you to know that you are about to meet a man who’s name you spoke in vain many times during your life. He is Jesus Christ, and he will surely welcome you. Be ready to embrace him and accept him into your heart.”  Jack’s blood pressure and pulse had been very low, but rose sharply as he listened to those words.

Jack is survived by his brother; William Mitton Jr. and his wife Carol of Vermont, his two sisters; Anna May Goldberg of Pequannock, and Jean Hook of Wayne, his nephews; Marinus Hook and his wife Cynthia of Flemington, Joseph Hook and his wife Carolyn of Pompton Lakes, Daniel Mitton and his wife Eileen of Las Vegas, and one niece; Nancy Mitton of Vermont.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 2-6 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, July 25 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at the Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 2004, Wayne, NJ, 07474 would be appreciated.

Guest Book

7/30/2011

When the Lord calls our loved ones home,he leaves agift of memories in exchange.Memories are the legacy of love.

Chris F. Mc Intyre

2/11/2012

So sorry to hear about Uncle Jack. He was quite a character. He was a kind man inside of that gruff exterior. My condolences go out to the entire family.

Tracey (Nigra) Rice


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