LINCROFT, NJ – Brother John Joseph Wilson, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, NJ. Brother John was born December 29, 1940 in Troy, the son of the late Henry Guy Wilson and Margaret Kelly Wilson. He was a 1958 graduate of La Salle Institute in Troy, and in that year joined the Christian Brothers, taking the name Brother Michael John. He was a graduate of Catholic University class of 1963, and later went on earn four masters degrees and a Doctor of Pastoral Ministry. He had numerous assignments with the Brothers of the Christian Schools from 1963 to the present throughout the United States at various schools and colleges as a teacher, administrator and counselor. Most recently he served in pastoral care including Pastoral Ministry at the Teresian House.
Brother John is survived by his sister Jane Fitzmaurice of Troy; his brother in law Carmine Pezzula of Niskayuna; his nieces and nephews Elizabeth Perrins, Erin Uebelacker (Tracy), Timothy Fitzmaurice (Lisa), Michael Pezzula (Melanie), Melissa Dawes (Robert), and Matthew Pezzula. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Beth Wilson Pezzula, and his brother in law Timothy Fitzmaurice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Christian Brothers Academy Brothers’ Residence, 12A Airline Drive, Albany, Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Brothers’ Residence prior to the mass from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Dear Janie and family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on John’s death.I do not remember when I did not know the Wilson family. What special people you all were growing up and now with the next generation. John so enjoyed both Mary Beth and your children…may God give you the strength to handle this loss.
Robert Leo Kennedy
Janie. Im sorry to hear of Johns passing and will try and get down to the wake. I havent heard from John in several years but often think of the good times we all had.. Best wishes to you and all of the family. Bob Kennedy
Jane: My deepest sympathy. I remember well my friend from School 2 and LaSalle. Many years have past, but memories are fresh. Bill Preston (formerly of Rensselaer St.)
Sr. Sean Damien Flynn
My deepest sympathies and prayers to Br. John’s family and Religious Community. He was a quiet inspiration to us at Teresian House and we have missed his presence among us. May he be enjoying the reward for his labors.
Of all the qualities that God possesses, love is the most dominant one. He loved us so much that he gave his only begotten Son so that we may live. Life is what he purposed, not death. Soon he will swallow up death forever and remove all the things that cause pain and suffering. Until that time may each of you take comfort in him and in each other.