Friday, April 19, 2024

John Francis Knapp

John Francis Knapp, 60, of Whippany passed away Saturday, January 20, 2024, in Morristown following several challenging years afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.

John was born September 3, 1963 in Summit to Frances Maria Knapp and John Knapp of North Carolina. John’s young life was blessed with the love of so many people. He was outgoing, adventurous, non-stop energetic, and deep thinking – always looking for a way to start something new or earn money, or find a way to get the most out of whatever he had in his pocket. John listened to what others told him, never accepting the rhetoric he did not trust, and instead wanted you to know what his thoughts on the subject or his research were. He was adorable, good-natured, grateful for the love, support and help of those around him. His laugh and sweet smile were infectious signs of the warmth he had inside.

Not many would know of his accomplishments. As a little guy, “TQ” was crazy about coins. That was where he began. The coin shows – buying and selling them. He had an eye for what was valuable. John graduated high school from Morris Catholic High School in Denville and earned his BS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There he studied business management and marketing, and ultimately, became involved in the jewelry business, starting at K&D Design in Parsippany, and then W.Kodak Jewelers, managing the Rolex store chain.

To further his studies and hone in on his expertise, he completed several courses:

● Stanford University online Entrepreneurship

● Gemological Institute of America: Pearls and Diamond Grading

● Chubb Institute-Computer Network Engineering

As he progressed in knowledge, his employment opportunities and expertise did, too:

● Olympic Diamond Corp NY

● Mortgage Capital Funding Loan Officer

● R&R Jewelry Creations NY

● Jacob the Jeweler NY

● Kaplan Diamond Center for Fred Kapan

Eventually, he had his own clientele and traveled frequently between his home in Georgia and Costa Rica, where he found solace from the challenges of life and met friends along the way.

In his younger days growing up on Lake Hopatcong (Mt. Arlington), John learned to sail a small boat and had a motor boat. He was a confident water skier, loved fishing, swimming, dancing, eating great food, (especially dried figs), working out at the gym, hanging out with friends and driving fun sporty cars. He was very meticulous about their care.

John was married once to a beautiful woman named Deborah.

However, he’ll be remembered most as a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend — someone who would give you love, prayers and anything he could, and was loved so very much.

John you were a true warrior…humble and grateful, always trusting and accepting of our love and support, in spite of the challenges you faced, which were tremendous. This cruel illness took you from us, but you will always be with us, and our love for you will never waiver. You were spiritual and devoted to the word of God. Without a doubt, Mom petitioned to God to bring you home. Surely, peace of mind, spirit and body at last.

John was predeceased by his beloved mother (9/17/23), and is survived by his sister, Cheryl Carbini; brother-in-law, Stefano Carbini; niece, Vittoria Carbini; and nephews, Cristian and Giordan Carbini; and his father, John Knapp.