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Jay C. Neely

May 2, 2021


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Jay Christopher Neely

May 2, 2021


Jay Christopher Neely, 50, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2021 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


Jay was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Ray and Louise Neely. He was a 1988 graduate of E.L. Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre. He was also a graduate of Luzerne County Community college in 1990 and he then went on to graduate from King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, with a double bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 1992. He was employed as a juvenile probation officer for Luzerne County, and he was also employed as a counselor for Northeast Counseling.


Jay was a member of St. Anthony/St. George Maronite Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre. Jay was a kind, loving and giving father and nephew. He will be missed lovingly by all the lives he touched. He was always there for anyone in need and gave himself whole-heartedly. His son was his pride and joy! He loved his canine kids, Boomer and Winston. He also loved his canine nephew and niece, Mercedes and Benz. Jay looked forward to every weekend when he would attend all of J.J.’s softball games. Jay never missed any of J.J.’s athletic events. He was always in the front row cheering him on.


Jay will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A void will be left in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. The knowing that some day we will be reunited with him in the kingdom of heaven warms the heart and soul. Rest in peace, Jay.


To all those who cared for Jay in his final days, the family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those who made Jay’s last days on earth comfortable, loved and knowing he left this place at peace.


In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Freda Neely and Joseph and Lila Garrison.


Jay is survived by his son, Jay. J. Neely, with whom he resided in Wilkes-Barre; his aunt, JoAnn Garrison, Wilkes-Barre; and numerous cousins throughout Pennsylvania whom he loved dearly.


Funeral arrangements will be private for the immediate family. There will be no public calling hours.


Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.


Condolences can be sent by visiting Jay’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.