John Bland

John Anthony "Jack" Bland Jr.

Friday, July 19th, 1935 - Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
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John Anthony Bland, Jr., age 84, of Mount Laurel, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 due to a heart attack.

Jack was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and had resided in Chicago, IL before moving to Mount Laurel, NJ. Jack served his country honorably from 1956 to 1958 in Mannheim, Germany in the US Army. He was a devoted member of Saint John Neumann Parish in Mount Laurel, NJ where he was Director of RCIA for 25 years. He was actively working as an Employment Counselor for the State of NJ. He enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football, coaching baseball for his sons’ teams, and spending time with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by those he leaves behind.

Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rita O’Meara Bland and his dear sister, Marylin C. Trzos. He is survived by his children: Loretta A. Finkelston (Rob), John A. Bland, III (Irene), Susan M. Budnicki (Marty), Thomas D. Bland (Suzanne); sister, Diana Bland; brothers, Fr. Thomas Bland, David Bland; and, grandchildren: Kaitlyn Budnicki, Brianna Budnicki, Victoria Budnicki, Robert J. Finkelston, III, Madison Bland, Thomas Bland, Jr., Rita Budnicki.

Out of concern for public health, funeral services will be private. Jack will be reunited with his wife at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.

Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210, or Saint John Neumann RC Church, 560 Walton Ave, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.
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Peggy McDermott

Posted at 10:02am
Oh my Jack - Always loved seeing you in the 2nd pew on Sunday 8 AM Mass. It was even better to see you after a Notre Dame Win!
I thank you for being such a good man. Sorry Dad & I never joined your for that Sunday Breakfast after church. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Peace. Peggy

John McDermott

Posted at 10:01am
I was saddened to learn of John's death. He was a gentleman and always so welcoming when I would celebrate Mass at St. John Neumann Church. May he be at peace and God console the family. Msgr. John J. McDermott

Loretta Kennedy

Posted at 06:08pm
John “Jack” was a very good friend and leader. He helped us at the Professional Services Group in Westampton. He will be missed. Always a professional. Always a loving man. God Bless Him. Good and faithful well done servant of God. We love you Jack.

Ed & Helen Widun

Posted at 11:42am
Jack you were close friend to Helen and Myself. We will miss you and you are in our prayers.
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Henry Bass

Posted at 01:11pm
I met Jack, May of 2007 when I started working at the Burlington County American Job Center, formerly the One Stop. Jack was a very outgoing person and didn't mind talking about football especially Notre Dame and politics. He respected anyone opinion about their views on politics and always stuck to his guns on his. Every year during college football season, Jack and I would always have a conversation about Notre Dame and Navy Football. I would brag for days if the Navy won which did not happen often. Jack had a lot of respect for the Navy because the Navy was very helpful to Notre Dame survival years ago. During a work conference call last Friday, Jack was biting at the bit to return to work. Jack was the oldest person in our office, but could work circles around us youngsters. Jack you will be missed to the upmost. To the family, God bless you for sharing Jack with us. May peace and joy be with you all. Henry Bass, retired Navy and co-worker.

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