John P. Mirsch

John P. Mirsch of Ocean City, N.J. passed away suddenly of natural causes on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was 63. He was the loving father of JT and Samantha Mirsch; former husband of Donna Mirsch; son of Margaret and the late John W. Mirsch; and brother of Peggy Sarson (George), Michael Mirsch (Eileen Jordan), Sue Mirsch, Regina Coyne (Rick), and Linda DiSangro (Steve). (John was often teased by his siblings as the favorite child “My John.”) He also was the uncle of Michele Szumila (Steve Pettingill), Nicole Levier (Tyler), Jamie Dunham, Matthew Mirsch, Emily Rogers (Preston), Rocco DiSangro, Sarah Coyne, Lucas DiSangro, and Elijah Coyne, and great uncle of Evan Houser and Aspen Levier. John grew up in Levittown but resided in Ocean City most of his life. He graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Levittown in 1973, and Atlantic County Community College Culinary Arts Program in 2000. He was a jack-of-all-trades and had numerous jobs in his industry of choice. Some were as manager of Playland’s Castaway Cove in OCNJ, chef/manager of Los Amigos Restaurant in Atlantic City, where he created an award-winning recipe, and most recently as craft beer manager at Joe Canal’s in Egg Harbor Township. He also was a member of the Brew Jersey Home Brew Club. John retired just two weeks before his untimely passing, and was looking forward to spending time traveling, visiting family and going to craft brewery pubs. He dreamed of one day opening an ice cream shop in his retirement. He loved the Philadelphia Phillies, the Jersey Shore (especially OCNJ), Notre Dame football, Wawa coffee, Facebook, craft beer and all things ice cream. He was known for wearing his signature jeff cap, and had a smile that lit up a room. He had kind eyes and a great laugh. His heart was generous and thoughtful and he had such a knack for buying the perfect gift for anyone. John was one of the good guys who could make a friend in a minute. He had an easygoing personality and was a great conversationalist. He was taken too soon, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to call him dad, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Even the ‘Thumbs Up’ emoji that drove us all nuts will be missed. For those who knew and loved him, remember him by toasting a craft beer, or enjoying an ice cream cone, or walking on the beach, or getting coffee, or just kicking back. Just know that he had a very happy last day fishing, cooking, drinking craft beer, eating ice cream and visiting family. What else can anyone ask for? Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate John’s life from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc., 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr streets), Philadelphia. There will be words of remembrance in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.