John L. Kotansky, 81, of Belcoville, N.J., passed away peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2020, after a recent illness. John, the son of John and Laura (Adams) Kotansky, was born on January 26, 1939, at Atlantic City Hospital and grew up in Belcoville, N.J., attending St. Nick's in Egg Harbor City, N.J.
After finishing school, John worked with his father at the Atlantic County Road Department. He then went on to become an Operating Engineer for Local 825 until his retirement in 2003. He was married to the love of his life Peggy Kotansky for over 60 years, raising two wonderful and devoted sons John Jr. and Tom. He was a loving grandfather to his grandchildren Kristina, Michele and Thomas Jr. He also adored and helped raise his great granddaughter Ajah and great grandson Raymond.
John, affectionately known as "Pop", was a laid back, quiet and carefree man. He had fond memories of crabbing, fishing and swimming with his sister Gloria. His interests were tinkering and fixing things, a gift he passed onto his sons and grandson T. He liked to hunt and fish, with striper fishing and running his beagles being his favorite. John was an avid racing fan. He loved going to dirt tracks and NASCAR races with his sons, grandson T, and friends Kevin and Bruce to watch his favorite drivers Jimmy Horton and legend Dale Earnhardt. John always loved a good cup of coffee and a smoke.
John was predeceased by his parents John and Laura (Adams) Kotansky, father in law and mother in law Otto and Catherine Eckert, wife Peggy Kotansky, brother in laws Otto Eckert, Guenther (James) Eckert, Emil Eckert and Roger Banner, sister in law Katy Jupin, grandchildren Michele Kotansky Lee, Raymond Kotansky and Sam Nash Little, niece Cheri Mancuso and former daughter in law Sue Fennen and his dog Peanut .
He is survived by his loving sons John Kotansky, Jr. and Tom Kotansky (Christine), beloved sister Gloria Banner, grandchildren Kristina Kotansky, Thomas Kotansky Jr. (Hailey), David Malick, Danny and Jimmy Smith, great granddaughters Ajah and Georgiona DiCampli, great grandson Nafis Lee, sister in laws Nancy Eckert, Florie Eckert, Grace Ransom and Hank Eckert, brother in laws Carl Eckert and Gene Ransom, numerous loving nieces and nephews ( Diane, Kathy, Davey, Bobby, Jeffrey, Jimmy, Billy, Diane and Jimmy Mancuso), former daughter in law Clare Kotansky (Mike), and family friends Kevin and Donna Yearsley.
A Memorial gathering will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 10am to 12pm at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, NJ 08330, followed by a service at 12pm.