John Ortizz, who coached in the East Brunswick Soccer Club for many years and served as a board member before being honored with Lifetime Membership, passed away suddenly on Monday evening. He was 57.
In recent years, John supported the club whenever possible, volunteering to participate in travel tryout ratings because he loved the game of soccer and welcomed the opportunity to support the kids in East Brunswick and the soccer club.
A highly regarded coach, John coached rec soccer and then guided a very skillful and successful travel team. He was also active in area efforts to expose underprivileged children to soccer, and he helped organize and conduct soccer clinics in the area.
A very talented player, John was one of the founding members of the East Brunswick Over-40 Men’s Team, and he was on the field just two weeks ago when the team ended its fall season with a 2-1 victory over Cranbury. He was the team’s player-coach and was one of the organizers of the Central Jersey Friendship League.
"This is very sad news in the East Brunswick soccer community," said EBSC President Ron Brandsdorfer. "John was a great friend of the club and, to me, a friend and teammate on the over-40 men’s team. He was so passionate about soccer; I can’t think of anyone who loved the game more."
John was born in Lima, Peru, and he moved to East Brunswick 28 years ago. He was a Technical Rep for Kodak, in New York, where he worked for 40 years.
Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Margaret Brown Ortizz, his son Franco Ortizz of Manhattan, NY, his daughter Gina Ortizz of Plainsboro; his sister Patricia Vega of Lima, Peru; his brother-in-law Joe Martino of Colonia and 3 nephews: J.D. and Scott Martino and Joseph Reys.
Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a funeral service will be held at 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to the East Brunswick Soccer Club, P.O. Box 803, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 or the East Brunswick VFW Post # 133, 485 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816