John Peter Doeffinger, born April 29, 1958 in Newark, NJ to Elizabeth and George, passed away January 13th 2019 at his home. Visiting will be on Thursday January 17, 2019 from 2 - 4 & 7-9 p.m. in The Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive Kearny; private cremation will follow.
John was a life-long resident of Belleville and was a proud graduate of Bloomfield College as an Environmental Biologist and Chemist. For the last 30 years, he was employed by and enjoyed working for Care Environmental in Dover. John loved to cook, was a dedicated animal advocate, and an avid reader with a quest for knowledge. John’s passion for animals of all kinds lead him to serve as a Docent at the Turtle Back Zoo for the past 22 years, and President of the Zoological Society of Essex County for the past 14 years. John was happiest being a docent at the Turtle Back Zoo and enjoyed the company of his beloved pets.
John is survived by his siblings George Doeffinger Jr., Lisa O’Malley, Thomas Doeffinger and Karen Frisch-DeRosa. John was a dedicated uncle to 17 nieces and nephews who he loved and cherished as his own. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the The Zoological Society of NJ, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052