John S. Schuster, 73, of Belvidere, NJ passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Luke's Warren Hospital.
Born on June 15, 1944 in Phillipsburg, NJ, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Geneva "Peg" Schuster. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Ron.
After graduating from Belvidere High School, he went on to work as a union bricklayer with the International Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Union, Local No. 4 of NJ and Union Local No. 1 of NY before retiring.
John loved life, family, friends and all things outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, enjoyed watching NASCAR and playing golf. His most favorite place to spend time was in the north woods of Maine. He proudly earned his Registered Maine Guide's license and thoroughly enjoyed guiding for deer and moose for many years at Lawrence's Guide Service in Rockwood and the Moosehead Lake region. He was fondly called "Mr. Map" by the other guides, as he could navigate the north woods like no other.
John was a long-time member of 50 years with Warren Lodge #13, F. & A. M. where he was awarded the Distinguished White Apron. He was completely devastated about the turn of events that went terribly wrong with leadership, when Grand Lodge of NJ took away their charter and forced a lawsuit to regain it back. He was also a member of Warren County Forest #14 Tall Cedars of Lebanon for 50 years, where he was awarded the Red Hat status, and a member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Anyone who truly knew John understood his great sense of humor and often gruffy attitude, but knew that in a second's notice, he would drop everything to help anyone at any time. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
John is survived by his children, Wendy Schurgot, John K. Schuster, and Tammy Fritz; five grandchildren, Kristen Recupero, Kevin Schurgot, Josh Groover, Jordan Lucykanish and Lisa Wolf; three great-grandchildren, Narveer Sing, Joey and Ellianna Recupero; two sisters, Alice Good and Joan Davis; two nieces, Amey Bohner and Sunday Reiss.