John H. (‘Jay’) Carter

| 11 May 2021 | 10:04

John H. (“Jay”) Carter of Branchville, N.J., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 3, 2021. He was 60.

Born in Baltimore, Md., Jay had lived many years in Oak Ridge, N.J., before moving to Branchville.

Son of the late James and Joan (nee Hanton) Carter, Jay was a 1978 graduate of the Pope John XXIII Regional High School. He later earned his degree in computer programming from the Chubb Institute. Mr. Carter had a long and successful career as a self-employed web developer.

A devout and active parishioner of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church Branchville, he also served on the Parish Council as well as being the coordinator and chair of the Food Truck and Music Festival. For many years Jay worked with the Theater Arts Program of Pope John High School, where he was responsible for all of the set construction. Jay was also active throughout the community serving as a volunteer for the Samaritan Inn as well as the Equine Tranquility Wellness Center, to name a couple. A dedicated coach for the Frankford Township Recreation Travel Softball League for over ten years, Jay was a loyal friend to many who always made himself available to help anyone in need.

A loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, He truly will be missed by anyone who knew and loved him.

Jay was predeceased by his brother Jeffrey Carter in 2019.

Survivors include his beloved wife of t35 years, Debbie (nee Peragino); son, John H. Carter II; daughter, Kristen Carter and her fiancé, Shane Hine; brothers, James and Joel Carter; sister Jocelyn, and her husband, Anthony Senatore; mother-in-law, Dolores Peragino; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Michael Wolanski; as well as his many cherished nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 6 at the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, Newton, N.J. A Funeral Mass was held May 7 at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Branchville. Private cremation services were to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either The Samaritan Inn ( or Equine Tranquility Wellness Center (