Caldwell, John 'Jack'

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

John “Jack” Caldwell, 80, died on October 10th. Jack was a lifelong Closter resident and his love for and pride in his hometown prevailed throughout his life. He graduated from Closter High School and served in the US Army and Army Reserve from 1955-61. He was deployed to Korea, where he worked as an airplane mechanic. He founded Caldwell’s Suburban Gardens and retired after over 40 years as an excavating contractor. Jack was baptized at St. Mary’s in Closter in 1938 and remained a parishioner there throughout his life. He was a member of the American Legion Leroy S. Mead Post 111 and was also a longtime member of the Closter Elks and a charter member of the Bergen County Landscape Contractors Association. He is predeceased by his parents, Hugh Caldwell and Frances Hosterman Caldwell, his brother, Hugh “Trooper” Caldwell, and his wife, Pat Brady Caldwell. He is survived by his sisters, Fran Caldwell and Cindy Ryan, his daughters, Mary Caldwell and Kathy Caldwell, and his granddaughters, Gwen Taylor and Kendall Taylor. Jack was also a cherished uncle and devoted friend to many. Visitation will be held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter on Saturday and Sunday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Closter on Monday, October 16th at 10am with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. In lieu of flowers donations to the American Legion Leroy S. Mead Post 111, PO Box 29, Closter, NJ 07624 or to the Paradox Lake Association ( would be appreciated.