WAYNE — Jon Warbeck, age 50, of Fair Lawn passed away tragically along with his son Luke Warbeck age 17, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Jon was born in Passaic and was raised in Lyndhurst and Carlstadt. He was one of five children and the only son of Patricia and John Warbeck. Like many boys his age, Jon enjoyed getting into trouble. Jon enjoyed riding his BMX bikes around town and he was often found taking things apart and dismantling various objects, among them, his youngest sister’s crib. Jon didn’t just tear things apart though, he also spent countless hours building as well. It was for this reason there was no surprise that Jon pursued work in the construction industry. He was viably employed at the age of twelve for a company called Trylon Metal Works which manufactured wrought iron railings. Jon had an outstanding work ethic. He graduated from Bergen County Technical High School with the class of 1986. He was awarded a scholarship and then attended the Passaic School of Drafting and Design. Jon continued his thirty-year career as a General Contractor with various construction companies until in 2013 when he founded his own construction company, Warbeck Construction.
Jon was a Volunteer Fireman for the Carlstadt Fire Department, Ladder 1, he was also a volunteer for Wayne Fire Department, Company #3. Jon was also a past member of Moonachie EMS. He was an avid shooter and was a lifetime member of NRA.
Jon’s life changed forever on December 20, 2001 when his son Luke was born. Jon and Luke were inseparable and did everything together. It was clear to anyone that knew Jon, that his true passion in life was his son Luke. The father and son duo often enjoyed riding their dirt bikes and quads, camping, and fishing together. When Luke signed up for the Boy Scouts, it prompted Jon to become a Boy Scout Leader. Jon was an extremely compassionate person, he was giving and selfless. He always rooted for the underdog and was always willing to defend someone, especially if they couldn’t defend themselves. Jon also had a great sense of patience, especially when it came to children. He had the gift of being able to convey information to someone in a way that they could understand. Jon enjoyed cooking and could prepare just about anything. He was a fun loving person and was a pleasure to be around. He was a devoted father, son, brother and friend. He touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by everyone that knew him.
Jon is survived by his mother Patricia Warbeck (nee Kayser) of Carlstadt, four sisters; Toni Smith and her husband Rich of Lincoln Park, Kimberly Warbeck of Elizabeth, Linda Riveros and her husband Henry of Carlstadt, and Dana Pereira and her husband Jeff of Oakland, and nineteen nieces and nephews; Jamie, Justin, Daniel, Jessica, Hannah, Brandon, Charlotte, Harper, Gemma, Rianna, Andre, Bobby, Samantha, Eva, Lily, Gabriel, Jeffrey, Jonathan, and Adrianna. He was predeceased by his father John Warbeck in 2016.
Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday February 24, at Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday February 24 at the funeral home following the visiting hours.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in his name to: St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, New Jersey 07940 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.