John L. Beshada


He oft reminded his kids that preparation is the key to success. Of course he may have taken it an extreme when it came to Christmas. He started his shopping in July, leisurely picking out just the right gift for everyone, avoiding the Black Friday frenzy crowd. Grocery shopping ran a similar course; he usually needed several stores to find the right foods. When the weather broke he could be found at the grill getting the steak done to perfection and never missed one of his kids’ games. But he was always known as the ultimate dad: he even picked out clothes for his daughters. He gave the same attention as a financial manager at RPM in Maple Shade.
John went to high school with his wife, Marilee and in his usual fashion he didn’t rush. He waited till the Senior Prom to ask her out. Their dance lasted 33 years and was blessed by three children: Kristin, JP, and Melissa. He is survived by his parents, John and Theresa, his brother, Paul and sister, Mary Ann.
Come celebrate 56 selfless years Sunday from 4 to 6 pm and from 8:30 to 9:30 am on Monday at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10 am at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill. Burial St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woolwich Twp.

10 thoughts on “John L. Beshada

  1. Helen Massa


    You will be truly missed by all of your co-workers at Stonhard. You were a kind and gentle man and I will miss mostly meeting you in the kitchen to get our morning coffee. You always had a nice smile and pleasant words to start the day.

    My most sincere condolences to your family and friends. My heart goes out to you. May God Bless and comfort you at this most difficult time.

  2. Peggy Clifford

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, son, and brother. John was such a nice gentleman. I will always remember how proudly he spoke of his children and attended all of their sporting events. That is such a rare thing in today’s hectic world. No matter when I saw John, he always had a smile and a friendly word. John will truly be missed.

  3. Maureen Georgaros

    I am grateful to have been acquainted with John through Stonhard. I will miss his happy, gentlemanly manner. It was always a pleasure when John came to Reception to greet a visitor. He always wore a smile and was so grateful and appreciative. He will truly be missed.

    My sincere condolences on the tragic loss of John. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. My hope is that the strength he brought to all of you will remain with you and guide you through this difficult time.

  4. Michael Micale

    JB was one of a kind and will not be forgotten. Things will never be the same. I will miss him coming down to my office every morning for our daily talks. We had some good work road trips over the years, and many great lunches. When the Finance team got together all we ever did was laugh. Most of all though I’ll miss hearing updates on his children. Thats what dominated the conversation. Always heard how JP did in his baseball games or now intramural basketball. Heard about Kristins biology class and her dilemas about living on or off campus. He always talked about Melissa being his helper, and the decision to get her a dog. Of course I shared my own stories as well. He always loved hearing about my crazy sister inlaw or my weekend projects. Can’t forget his wife Marilee who JB spoke fond of as well. He was a true family man. I am very happy to have known him. God Bless! You are all in my prayers.

  5. The Fitzgeralds

    Marilee, Kristin, JP , and Melissa, our hearts are broken for you. Gone too soon…. Integrity, honor, fiercely proud of his children, family man… A man who lead by example, a gentle man.. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. John will truly be missed.

  6. Karen Wilson

    I had the pleasure of working at Stonhard with John. The word that has been repeated by so many as we heard about his loss is “gentleman”. What a great word to describe him. I didn’t often work with John, but he passed my office every day on his way in and on his way home. We often ran into one another in the coffee room and chatted about our children. His pride in his family was so apparent with the affection in his voice. You could just tell that being dad to Kristin, JP and Melissa was the highlight of his life. My deepest sympathies to Marilee and his entire family. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that he shared with us just how much you meant to him and that we, too, will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Irv Schor

    While I had not worked closely with him over the years at StonCor/RPMPCG, we had bumped into each other here and there in the break room with some conversation, and he’d certainly always say hello if I happened to walk past his office door. I’m very sorry for the family’s loss of John. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Michael Schintz

    John is a great man and will live on through all our memories; he would do anything for his family which I used as my own model for dedication! John is the old guard with true values that is hard to find! Thank you for being part of my life!!!

  9. Elisabeth Hickey Beasley

    I worked with John for several years before leaving Stonhard and John was always a cheerful, friendly, kind man. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing as he was taken from this earth far too soon. It is true that the good do die young. My sympathies and prayers go out to John and his family.

  10. Salina

    I’m very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. What I’ll rebmmeer most about him is his patience. He would calmly explain how something worked, even if he was telling me for the tenth time, and he would never make me feel like I was stupid for asking. My condolences to his family. A great loss, particularly to the theatre community. Chris

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