John Urbanski

February 17, 1937 - May 9, 2023
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Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
(856) 227-9500 | Map
Tuesday 5/16, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
(856) 227-9500 | Map
Tuesday 5/16, 10:30 am
Gloucester County Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
240 N. Tuckahoe Road
Williamstown, NJ
Tuesday 5/16

John Urbanski On May 9, 2023, of Williamstown. Age 86. Beloved husband of Louise (nee Chase). Devoted father of Rebecca Spinella (Scott) and John Urbanski. Loving grandfather of Connor and Brendan. Dear brother of Matt Urbanski (Brenda), Dan Urbanski, Dennis Urbanski, Don Urbanski (Bobbie), and the late Frank Urbanski and Barbara Hayes. Survived by theContinue Reading

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Becky left a message on May 16, 2023:
Thank you to everyone for being here and supporting our family, especially our mother. We are a very lucky family to have you all in our lives. I want to thank my husband for sharing me with my parents and allowing me to care for them guilt free. For allowing me to put them first when necessary. Thank you for that freedom. Thank you to my nephew Connor and his mom Melissa for being there for my Dad and taking the brunt of it for us. I’ll never forget your courage and compassion. This is for Dad from me. It goes without saying that Dad and I were close. From the very beginning. There is SO much I want to say. To shout in front of the entire world that God sent me THE BEST Dad. I am SO grateful. To say I am going to miss you Dad is an understatement. Here and now is what I have dreaded with each early morning call when mom said to meet her in the ER. Thank you for letting me share each trip with you and to be by your side, just as you have been by mine. To let me call you EVERYDAY, for WEEKS to check on you, without saying “Beck, no need to call.” You were never annoyed by my calls. You understood. If I could, I would have been your shadow every second just so I could protect you the way you protected me. To be there to catch you and reassure you and to comfort you. There are so many things that you taught me. Strength of character, being a good helper, courage, honesty, being proud of achievements, working hard, standing up for what is right, protecting the family and to keep moving forward. One lesson that stands out is when you showed me how to properly turn the page in a book. To touch the top corner and slide my fingers to the bottom, while gently turning the page. That lesson was more than about turning a page. It was also about respect. I never respected anyone more than I did you. I never looked up to anyone but you. I will always be that little girl and woman looking up at you. Your daughter. I will love you forever. Turning the page also taught me about next chapters and endings. This is not an ending, Dad. This is just another chapter. Where the hero in the story must move on. He did his duty. Performed his task. He saved the day. For the last few years, you have prepared me. Not all at once, but over time. Just enough so that I wouldn’t be scared. Each facetime call, driving in the car to an appointment or just sitting together and sharing stories will be times I will never forget. When you taught me how to make scrambled eggs, you told me to, “keep ‘em moving. Keep ‘em moving”. You stared adversity in the eye, did what you had to do and then moved one. You were BRAVE. Not looking back with fear but to share your story. With your own flair and humor. You always said you never worried, you knew you would be coming home to us. You didn’t have to say it, we knew you were grateful. Thanks for all the laughs, encouragement, asking how me and Scott are doing, for you and mommy being the example of a good marriage, taking my calls, saying “what is that growing on your face?”, “Is that a grey hair?”, getting the gum out of my hair, being there for all my recitals, parades and concerts. Letting me wear make-up for recitals and not buying me those clogs that you said would ruin my feet. For calming me down when I thought I was going to throw up. You know I HATED throwing up. Thank you for singing us awake on school mornings. Thank you for that one ride in the sled. Taking us to the corner store to buy cream soda to go with our pretzels when we visited Grandmom. The trip to the Atlantic City in December at midnight to walk the boards and get pizza. Thank you for coming to get me when I was afraid at a sleepover. Thank you for letting me pack your lunch and giving you a receipt. Teaching me to make root beer floats with butter pecan ice cream on summer nights. Thank you for the change for candy, the times we spent putting up Christmas lights in the rain, on top of the roof, under the car and being your assistant supervisor. For going with me to take mom’s Christmas gifts back she didn’t like, for letting Mommy give us high balls on New Year’s Eve at Aunt Carol’s, when I knew you didn’t approve, For the boat rides on the lake and fishing with us. For telling me all about your adventures when you were a little boy, and me saying “where was your mother?” Thanks for the oil change lesson and using nail polish so I would know which bolt to remove. For my prom gown. Moving me into my first apartment then moving me back home a week later, Thanks for asking Scott if he was sure. He was. My wedding gown. For the dance, for listening. For crying with me. For giving me few regrets. Thank you for being a good sport and posing for pictures. Especially those with the hats with you and Scott. For being best friends with my husband. For you and mom being the couple we go out with, For the reassuring pats on the back. For the advice and good conversation. That look when I bought you something you’ve been wanting. Thank you for being proud of me. Thank you for taking my call the first time I earned President’s List at college and saying “what’s that? and I said, I don’t know, but it’s good”. Sorry for making you nervous while twirling my batons while you read the paper. I’ll always be sorry for pooping in your jeans pocket. But that sealed the deal, we were dad and daughter forever. It is a privilege to have held your hand. As a little girl, as a woman while we walked and when you went to be with God. You were tired and did your part. And then some. I’ll take over from here. We’ll hold the fort down. Thank you for being our Dad that one last time. You know what I mean. I hope you get every answer to every question. And to some you didn’t think to ask. My biggest hope is that you are with grandpop, grandmom, Uncle Frank and Aunt Barb just like you told me on one of those trips in your car on the way to an appointment. That you didn’t fear death that you were looking forward to seeing them again. That has given me so much comfort. Don’t forget to stop by and see Uncle Ed and maybe you guys can get a pinnacle game going. I’m hoping you are having coffee and cake with everyone up there and sharing all the news about the family with them. Have a good time. We’ll be there before you know it.
Thomas Pitts left a message on May 16, 2023:
My condolences , & Prayers sent to the Family
Dan Urbanski Jr left a message on May 16, 2023:
Uncle John may you rest in peace, and the family take time to remember the great stories… hugs & prayers for you all…
Barbara Gihon left a message on May 13, 2023:
John was a good natured guy! I loved working with him! He always made me smile. ?
Mary Doyle left a message on May 13, 2023:
To the whole Urbanski family my deepest sincere sympathy. Uncle john will be remembered for being the best uncle ever! Uncle John and Aunt Louise were such a beautiful couple i always enjoyed looking at family photo's of Uncle John and aunt Louise twinning in the same outfits so cute! I remember spending the day at uncle Johns, and Uncle John proudly showing reels of film of his children Becky and John. I also remember at his own mother's funeral even though I am sure he was sad uncle John managed to make us smile. I also liked bragging about my tall uncle John having to stoop down to enter our kitchen on Stella Street. I remember Uncle John saying he had orange juice in his cornflakes, and that is how he grew to be so tall! I am so sorry that Uncle John has passed on I know it has to be so hard for you all. John Urbanski left us but left us with so many happy fond memories. Uncle John thank you! Love your niece Mary Hays Doyle
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Brendan Urbanski left a message on May 12, 2023:
My Poppy was a ray of sunshine for anyone that crossed his path and pleasant company. He was a selfless man that would do anything for the people he loved, including me. I am so grateful for the years of memories we shared together drives home from camp, his teachings, and cartoons we watched together. He will continue to inspire me to work hard as he did, and to be friendly with everyone. I will deeply miss him, forever and always, “Mr. B”.
Karen Hays Hughes left a message on May 11, 2023:
Love and prayers to Aunt Louise and family. I will always remember Uncle John fondly and I smile when I have childhood memories of him. He was a great uncle and wonderful person. Karen Hays Hughes
Barbara Hays left a message on May 11, 2023:
I am so sorry for your loss, please except my deepest sympathy and condolences. My Brother’s and sisters and I always loved Uncle John and he will be greatly missed by all of us my thoughts and prayers are with you ??❤️??
Melissa Urbanski left a message on May 11, 2023:
I don't know where to start. This man... he has been there for myself and our boys since day ONE. Always willing to share a memory or an invention he came up with and fixed everything in our first and second home without a complaint. "Poppy seed" never let me down, or the boys. He was like another father to them and certainly to me as well. From working with him at Toppers to then living with him. LOL- the laughs we had, the jokes and stories he shared, being our pool boy, he hated my cooking because I used to much seasoning so dinner was always fun, drinks with him around the table, vacations, sports or school events for the boys (he never missed an event), and the looks he gave will never fade from my memories. I could go on and on. He was honeslty one of the absolute best people to have on your side. If Poppy didnt like you, YOU were the problem. This is a huge loss for my boys, the family and myself. Please pray for everyone as this will not be an easy transition for anyone. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him you would understand why this is so hard for all of us. Watch over all of us and continue to keep our boys safe. Please send us signs you are there. (was the bird that almost flew in my window today, you?!) Thank you for always having our backs and loving us. Love you always, Poppy. xoxo - Melissa
Jeneen Abed left a message on May 11, 2023:
My heartfelt condolences to the Urbanski family. I met Mr. Ubanski (John) a couple of times through his doting daughter, Becky, and his stories were very entertaining. He had a great sense of humor and will surely be missed. Sending love and prayers to Becky and the Urbanski family as you navigate through this difficult time.
Matt & Brenda Urbanski left a message on May 11, 2023:
We will miss John and all the great times we spent together. Love and prayers. Brother Matt & Brenda
Becky left a message on May 11, 2023:
I will love you FOREVER Daddy! Scott and I will miss you.
Egizi Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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