Adamchak, John W.
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John W. Adamchak, 57, of Wall, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009. John was born in Jersey City; he lived in Hazlet before moving to Wall. He graduated from Raritan High School in Hazlet and earned a degree in Biology from Jersey City State University. John was a dedicated Science Teacher for the Irvington Board of Education at the University Middle School for thirty years until his retirement in 2004. John was a Volvo enthusiast, participating in many related clubs including: Volvo Club of America, Volvo Sports America and The Canadian Volvo Club. John was well known as a loving husband, great father, wonderful brother and an admirable friend. He is going to be sorely missed by all who knew him.
John was predeceased by his father John Adamchak. He is survived by his mother Anna Adamchak of Daytona Beach Shores, FL., his beloved wife and best friend Sharon Heaton Adamchak, his beautiful daughters Chelsea Adamchak, Kimberly Heaton and Tanya Adamchak, of Wall, his brother Frank Adamchak of Toms River, a sister Susan Baranowski, and her husband Ed and niece Lauren Baranowski of Neptune.
As per John's wishes, all services were private. John wanted all his family, and friends to know that he was deeply touched by your love and support during his illness. In memory of John, donations in his name may be made to the "David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center" @ Monmouth Medical center, 300 2nd Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson McGinley Funeral Home, Wall. To send a note of condolence to the family, visit our website

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The following is a compilation of notes from people in the Volvo community that knew John.

Thanks for the message - so sorry to hear about John, he battled with it a long time and was surprisingly upbeat when I saw him last.
John Holtzapple
President VCOA

Thank you for letting me know. I will miss seeing him, he was a good friend and a true gentleman.
Gretchen Adams
Vice President, VCOA

Thanks for the head's up Bob. All I can say is, "DAMN!!". The charity car show I attended in Canada raised over $123,000.00 for cancer research among other charites as of last count today. Too bad it couldn't save him, another good friend in Sloane Kettering right now suffering from the same disease. Wish I could have done more.
My condolences to his family,
Irv Gordon

Thanks, Bob.  As a cancer survivor I can understand what he'd gone through, God bless him.
John Switzacrh
Editor, WVC

Hi Bob, Anita and I are very sorry to hear about John. He certainly fought bravely though out his ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
Ron & Anita Gross

Hi Bob, thanks for passing this along.  John was a great guy always willing to help out when I came East.
Art Banks
Calif. Volvo Club

I never met John, but talked with him many times on the phone and email. He was always positive, helpful and a pleasure to talk to. His family and friends, and the Volvo community, have lost a true enthusiast. May he rest in peace.
Mike Dudek
IRoll Motors

Bob, thanks for giving me this sad news. What a hell of a burden for such a nice guy to have to carry these last years. Ain't none of us getting out of here alive, but thankfully, few of us will have to deal with what John had to. But I never heard him express anything negative about his circumstance. I wasn't at Carlisle this year so don't know if John was there or not, but we got to see him there for the past three or four years--it was clear last year that he had declined a lot. But we had a fun lunch together.
Bruce Saunders

Thanks for the e mail Bob, John was one of the good guys. I stopped by and visited him in May on my way to Carlisle despite his illness he was in good sprits and we talked Volvos
I know he will be missed by the Volvo community
Don Thibault

I've meet John at a Volvo Meet in Geetysburg PA in 1982 while he was judging my car. We started talking and gave me some hints on what to do with my car, etc.
We've been friends since and traded parts and information over the years.
He will be sorely missed by all those he helped and knew.
Bob Foltz