John "Jack" Rolek, 74, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6, 2020, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Jack worked as a maintenance groundskeeper for Liberty State Park in Jersey City, a position he held for 10 years before his retirement. Prior to that, he worked for the Hunt Wesson Oil Company for 15 years. He was a member of the Friends of Liberty State Park, an organization that is dedicated to preserving, protecting, conserving and promoting Liberty State Park. His most treasured moments were spending time with his family and especially doting over his nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored.
Jack developed an instant passion for horse racing, a sport he took tremendous joy in and where he loved attending horse racing events at Belmont Park, Philadelphia Horse Racing Park, the Meadowlands Raceway Track, and Winners in Bayonne. With great anticipation, he looked forward to his yearly trips to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and countless other prominent events. His knowledge and sharp memory on all horse breeds and their performances, as well as remembering the names of all the horses amazed everyone he came into contact with.
Jack was predeceased by his parents, John and Delores (Dudzienski) Rolek, his sister Judy Clough and his canine buddies, Wally and Chelsea. Left to cherish his memory are his sister Roxanne Zygmund, his brother James Rolek, four nieces, Diane, Esther, Judy, and Samantha, and four nephews, Todd, James, Timothy, and Jeffrey.
A visitation will be held at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, with a 3:30 Catholic prayer service officiated by Fr. Lukasz Kleczka of St. John Paul II Parish. A private cremation will be held at Rosehill Crematory in Linden, NJ.
*It is respectfully asked that all attendees wear face coverings and maintain social distance during viewing hours.
God saw the road was getting rough,
The hill was hard to climb;
He gently closed those loving eyes
And whispered “Peace Be Thine.”
The weary hours, the days of pain,
The sleepless nights have passed;
The ever patient worn-out frame
Has found sweet rest at last.
God Saw that you were weary
So He did what He knows best.
He came and stood beside you,
And whispered, “Come and rest.”
You bid no one a last farewell,
Not even a goodbye.
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.
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