John “Jack” Joseph Brohal, Jr., 86, of Blairstown, passed away on October 21st, 2023.
Jack is survived by his lovely wife of 25 years, Lili, and his children Frank Brohal (Carol); Wendy Lusby (Steven); and Glen Brohal (Gini) as well as his beloved granddaughter, Haley Lusby. Also surviving is his nephew Toby Tobias.
Jack was born in Passaic and lived in nearby Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School before moving gradually west to his hilltop house in the woods in Blairstown. At age 13, he became an amateur bicycle racer, and after marriage and children he returned to bicycling in New Jersey and all over the world, including completing two marathon 750-mile bike rides, Paris-Brest-Paris, under the 90-hour time limit. He could repair anything on the road and, at home, built bicycles from scratch. His other outdoor love was hunting and fishing, joined by a succession of beloved dogs.
In his work life, he was an accomplished mechanic, keeping the wheels of American industry going. Among other things, he wove wire cloth in the paper industry, kept plastic injection molding equipment working and maintained all the equipment in a local company making esoteric alloys for the joint replacement and the aircraft industries. In retirement, he and his dog took other hunters out on game preserves.
Jack has been entrusted under the care of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown. There will be no services.