John Hayward Wheaton, formerly of Montclair, died peacefully and surrounded by family at home in Scotch Plains on May 9. He was 101.
Hayward was born at home in Jersey City to Elsie (Daniels) and Wade Hamilton Wheaton. He was the last surviving sibling of five, predeceased by Elsie, Roberta, Wade, William, and Josephine.
He was a long-time resident of Montclair until several years ago, and Martha’s Vineyard provided a summer home for many decades. Hayward had numerous interests and hobbies, including gymnastics and golf. He was a ham radio operator and a licensed pilot. He was active in the Montclair chapter of the NAACP and various committees around town.
He received B.S. (1948) and M.A. (1950) degrees from NYU after serving in World War II. He was a physical therapist for the Newark Board of Education and various healthcare services. Additionally, he owned a shop specializing in back care products in Montclair for several years.
Hayward is survived by his children, Leslie and Adrienne, and Adrienne’s daughter, Remi. His beloved wife of 37 years, Doris, predeceased him. He is also survived by Doris’ daughter, Marcelle, and her children, Jason and Lauren, as well as several nieces and nephews.