Jon Shevell dies at 50, star J.P. Ste...

Jon Shevell dies at 50, star J.P. Stevens athlete

There are 17 comments on the Courier News Online story from Mar 5, 2008, titled Jon Shevell dies at 50, star J.P. Stevens athlete. In it, Courier News Online reports that:

Jon Shevell, an all-state basketball player at John P. Stevens High School who became an executive in his family's trucking business, died Monday in Los Angeles.

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United States

#1 Mar 5, 2008
great man

Amersham, UK

#2 Mar 6, 2008
Jon was a friend during my teen years...He was well thought of every girl desired a date with Jon Shevell; I had several and they were fun. Brenda

East Meadow, NY

#3 Mar 6, 2008
I worked for his company many years and I got to know Jon .His family is outstanding and I my heart goes out to them. I can't imagine what they're going thru.

New York, NY

#4 Mar 6, 2008
Just returned from his funeral. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful man who will be sorely missed. Gone too soon.

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Mar 6, 2008
Words can not express the sorrow and grief I feel. The world lost a great kind hearted man. His selfless generosity impacted the hundreds that loved and knew him.....and the millions that never even had the opportunity to know him. May Jon Rest in Peace.
Madeleine Gardella Henley

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Mar 6, 2008
I didn't know Jon but I knew his grandfather, Nathan. Mr. Nathan Shevell was my father's employer back when the Shevell's owned Apex Trucking. I have no doubt that Jon was a good man because his grandfather was a good man who was not only my father's employer but was also a very kind and true friend to my father and my family. My deepest condolences to the Shevell family.

Washington, NJ

#7 Mar 7, 2008
I went to High School with Jon at JPS. We had the world at our feet and our futures were bright. The last time I saw him was at our 20th reunion. The world is a different place just knowing he is not on it. I wish to send my condolences and prayers to his family.
Chris Halliburton

Brentwood, TN

#8 Mar 7, 2008
Jon and I attended Tufts University. We became quite close and spent the first 6 or 7 years after college spending alot of time in NYC. He was kind and generous and one of the great business minds. Although we lost touch over the years I thought about Jon often. I would inguire about him iwht mutual friends or when I would run into his sister in Manhattan. Two years ago I made an effort to get in touch with him and introduced him to my sons. They were in awe of the size of the man, size of his heart and of course the size of his sports memorabilia collection. It was just after the Super Bowl last month when my sons and I were looking for sports mementos of the Giants when my sons asked me "Dad when can we go visit your friend Jon with all the sports stuff he was cool."
Chris Halliburton

Brentwood, TN

#9 Mar 7, 2008
Jon Shevell will be sorely missed and although he accomplished alot in his short life he had so much more to give. If we learn nothing from this experience learn to always take moment to see how your friends and family are doing and treasure each moment with them. I will never forget you Sheve.
John D Schulz

Norfolk, VA

#10 Jul 10, 2008
Jon Shevell was a giant of a man, literally and figuratively. His generosity of spirit, his kindness to others, his leadership in industry are all sorely missed. I still cannot believe he has left us. Our hearts go out to his family, especially father Mike, another giant of a man. A tremendous loss for all of us.
Lorence Sing

Columbus, OH

#11 Mar 10, 2009
It's been a year since Jon's passing, and I still can't believe he's gone. We lost touch a long time ago, but I've never forgotten his generosity to me, his family's kindness to my family. Everyone that knew Jon knew of great academic excellence and outstanding athleticism in high school back in the mid 1970's. Few know, though, of his involvement with a small but VERY significant program at JP Stevens called "Project Friend" It was very similar to the "Big Brother" program. I was the very first "little friend" there, and Jon was my 3rd "big friend", an ironic title since he was 6'7" and I was only 4'4" when we met. He was an outstanding role model, kind and generous with his time and patience and knowledge. I always knew that he genuinely cared for this poor little kid from the other side of Edison. Getting to know his family was a great experience, too. HIS Mom was a very warm and loving woman, his sister Nancy was a "Big Friend" to my younger sisters for a while and his youngest sister, Susan, was a good friend to me as well, both she and Jon lighting candles at my Bar Mitzvah back in '75. Though I hadn't talked with him in many years, know he's gone is a terrible feeling. I miss him.

New Gretna, NJ

#12 Sep 16, 2011
I met Jon on several occasions at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City. It was around the year 2000.

My impression of him is quite different than other posters. It is quite possible he was spiraling out of control at this time, and very depressed. He gambled 100's of thousands of dollars there. He played coined slots at a level that even the casino I believe never saw. He was very demanding, and very angry and unpleasant much of the time. It had to do in part that he was losing possibly amounts close to or more than a million dollars.

I respect the dead and feel sorrow for anyone's passing, but I feel it's a travesty that no one knew what he was like or going through in the years the led to his death. Gambling is a horrible addiction. The emptiness that someone goes through must be horrible, and Jon was definitely caught in this trap. I have no idea what personal and business issues he had, but I can say that he was almost entirely alone in the casino. He just sat for hours over days at slot machines weekend after weekend.

I didn't know that he has a rich athletic background. I am sure he touched many lives and will be missed. I was almost afraid to assist him in the casino however because he was so jaded and demanding. At the time I didn't understand why he was so annoyed, but it's understandable now looking back at the situation for reasons I mentioned earlier.
jane coutinho

Iselin, NJ

#14 Apr 4, 2013
i was a young mother of 2 boys given the opportunity to prove my skills of a representative for the timberland account for jon. every summer i was given the time off to be with my family and came back to a job. after 9/11 things changed. for such a big company, i felt nancy,jon,and mike were such a big presence. i saw them every day and never felt intimidated. mike always smelt great. i would buy his personal scent. it is very classy just like him. i feel if i ever saw nancy and said who i was, she would say hello loved jon
Friend from the past

Lakewood, NJ

#15 Jun 17, 2014
Would like to know where Jon is buried, to visit the grave
apparent sub-human

Baltimore, MD

#16 Nov 25, 2015
Arrogant gambling addicted butt head. Used to treat casino workers like they were sub-human fodder. Who cares about his soul?!
Laurie Ucko

Hartford, CT

#17 Jan 24, 2017
So very sad to hear of your passing. We were dear friends while at Tufts and I truly understood you.
Sadly we were back in touch for such a brief time in the mid 90's...
I knew nothing of your suffering in later years and wish we had re-connected...
Cherishing your memory,
Ned Wasserman

West Palm Beach, FL

#18 Mar 20, 2017
Jon and his Dad were both friends of mine when I was a member of the YMCA in Hackensack N.J.
They were both good guys with a lot of class

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