Albert Demarest, age 82, of Long Valley, NJ died Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, NJ. Albert was born November 17, 1939 in Queens, NY to the late Arthur and Dorothy (Blausten) Demarest. He was predeceased by his younger brother James.
Albert served proudly in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1958 – 1964, where he received the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of The American Legion and U.S. Submarine Veterans. He was previously employed as a Manager for AT&T working in facilities in Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Somerset and Morristown for 33 years before retiring. Albert served as a Lector and Eucharist Minister at Our Lady of the Mountain Church. He enjoyed being the Head Chef of Sunday morning family breakfasts and was known to fill the bellies of friends and family at his annual Memorial and Labor Day barbeques. He was a High School Swim Official for the NJSIAA for more than 25 years. In his free time, Al and his wife designed and crafted original Christmas ornaments for family and friends for more than 40 years. He had a passion for the perfect summer garden.
Albert is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Sharon (Durkee) Demarest, his son Kevin (Karen) Demarest and his daughter Michele (Vincent) Fracchiolla. His five grandchildren, Kayla, Kyle, Michael, Elize and Kyra were his pride and joy.
Visitation will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Monday, May 16, 2022 from 4-8 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of the Mountain Church, 2 East Springtown Rd, Long Valley, NJ on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11 am.
For those desiring donation may be made to Our Lady of the Mountain Scholarship Fund c/o the church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in memory of Albert.