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John A. Oatis Obituary


Memories & Candles

“Reg and I are profoundly sad to learn of John's death. We have so many wonderful memories- Normandy Beach as well as Lake George. He always had the...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Shirley and Reg - Lenox, MA

“Many thoughts and prayers go out to Holly and the entire Oatis family. So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Amanda Motel - Nashville, TN

“My love and sympathy are with you all. John was a sweet and funny guy. I will miss him but know he will have peace at last. God be with you...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Pam Schock - Flourtown, PA

“Dear Bonnie & family, I am so sorry for your loss, I am thinking of you & your family, your in my thoughts & prayers. John has joined our wonderful...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Kays - East Stroudsburg, PA

“So sorry to hear of Johns passing - he was always the gentleman and a good friend. Bill & Trish ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Bill & Trish Winey - FL

“I am so saddened at the loss of John. When I first joined the squad, John took me under his wing and taught me a lot. He had a wicked sense of...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Patty Buckridee - Fanwood, NJ

“John had the ability to say just the right thing to bring a smile to my face or make me laugh. I will miss him. ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Cherie Bell - Zanesville, OH

“Our family came to NJ every summer for family reunions. All of the Ellicks sisters celebrated together and we made memories as cousins. Aunt Dot was...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy (Pratt) Fore - Ocala, FL

“John was a good friend to me and the Rescue Squad. His presence right across the street was always reassuring. I'll miss him. Our community has lost...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Kranz - Fanwood, NJ

“I am so very sad to learn about John's death. John was a really good person who loved his family, community and country. All who new him knew he...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Stender - NJ

“I am so very sad to learn about John's death. John was a really good person who loved his family, community and country. All who new him knew he...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Stender - NJ

“Sad to hear, John is a loss to Family, Friends and Community. Dedicated to these, always available for a word and with smile served us in so many...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: George Rogers - Scotch Plains, NJ

“I am deeply, deeply saddened by this news. My brother and I grew up around the corner form the Oatis family, alongside Keith and Holly. I will...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Katie Eisenbarth - London

“I crewed many rig rides with John. I will miss him and his professional demeanor. John was one of the nicest people I have known. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Bruce Blakeslee - Manahawkin, NJ

“Sorry Any thing we can do please let us know ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Kruthers - NJ

“I will always remember John from our days at SHS, his great sense of humor and mischeivous ways. A wonderful guy who will be missed by all. My...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: John Marcy - Barnegat, NJ

“My sympathies to all of the Oatis family at this difficult time. I will always remember John from my days growing up with the Fanwood Rescue Squad...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Caroline Davis Carbone - PA

“I have known Mr. Oatis for most of my life. It was a given if I went to my parents home, I would see him in the yard or he would stop over to borrow...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Donna - Westfield, NJ

“My condolences to Bonnie, Keith and Holly. John was a great person, always friendly and welcoming. Words cannot say enough. God bless. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Jeffrey Carr - Fanwood, NJ

“My condolences not only go to Bonnie, Keith and Holly who will miss him the most , but to all who knew John. We lost a great guy. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Siegal - Fanwood, NJ

“Sorry to hear of John's passing, but know he is in a better place and at peace. Remembering my cousin John and the many summers we spent as kids...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Judy (Pratt) Hudson - Ocala, FL

“John was such a fun loving man who brightened up any room he was in. He will be missed by his many friends and family. My heartfelt condolences. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Wendy Albright - West Orange, NJ

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be missed by many. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy D'Ambrosio - Fanwood, NJ

“I worked with John many years on the Fanwood Squad and the police department. John was one of the constants, that could always be counted on. I know...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff Pate - Martin, TN

“We will remember him fondly ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Beverly &LeRoy Cowan - Brevard, NC

“We are so tremendously saddened by the loss of Uncle John. He was a wonderful man and will be missed very much. We love and are here for all of you. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Rebecca S. DePasquale - NJ

“Bonnie, Keith and Holly, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Gangewere - Plainfield, NJ


John A. Oatis, 69 Fanwood – John A. Oatis, 69, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Born in East Orange, he grew up in Summit and moved to Fanwood in 1977. John proudly served his country with the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam Era. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Following a long career in the insurance industry, he was most recently employed as a real estate agent with ERA Suburb Realty in Scotch Plains. He was a longtime member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad, having joined in 1978. He was also a member of Fanwood Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie S. Oatis; his son, Keith A. Oatis and his wife Brandi of Seymour, CT; his daughter, Holly A. Oatis of New York; his mother, Dorothy M. Oatis of Summit, NJ; his brother, Richard W. Oatis of Howell, NJ; and his two beloved grandchildren, Finlay and Drake. A Memorial Service will be held at Fanwood Presbyterian Church July 13th at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fanwood Rescue Squad or Clean Ocean Action. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood.

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