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John B. Delea
John B. Delea

July 20, 1943 - January 19, 2020
Born in Yonkers, New York
Resided in Hackettstown, New Jersey


John B. Delea, 76, of Hackettstown, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020, at House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown.

Born in Yonkers, New York, John moved to Sandyston Township when he was in the fourth grade. He was a longtime resident of Sandyston Township before moving to House of the Good Shepherd in 2016. He was a supervisor for Sprint, now Century Link, for 39 years before his retirement in 1996. A member of the Harper Farm Hunting Club, John was a former member of Branchville Rotary, a former member and past president of Branchville Businessmen’s Club, and a former member of the Port Jervis Elks. He was also a former Boy Scout Leader in Sandyston Township.

The son of the late Garrett & Shirley (Stowe) Delea, John was also predeceased by his wife, Lois, in 2009, and three brothers, David, in 2013, Lewis, in 1999, and Robert, in 1947. He is survived by two daughters, Kelly Melnick and husband, Skip, of Milford, Pennsylvania, and Sharon Delea of Lake Hopatcong; two sisters, Patricia Bird of Santee, California, and Judy Lipscomb of Franklin; one brother, Alan Delea of Sandyston Township; four grandchildren, Krista Predmore Henderson, Alex Melnick, Jackson Melnick, and Nathan Melnick; as well as three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Service, also at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Hainesville Cemetery following the funeral service.

Memorial donations may be made to Sandyston Township Fire Department, 133A Route 645, Sandyston, New Jersey 07826. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Thursday, January 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Thursday, January 23, 2020
11:00 AM

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