Neal Jeffrey Irving Obituary

Neal Jeffrey  Irving
Neal Jeffrey Irving

September 1, 2017
Resided in Raritan, New Jersey

Obituary

Neal Jeffrey Irving, 52, of Raritan, NJ passed away September 1st, following heart surgery. He was born November 7, 1964 in the U.S. Army Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. Neal graduated from Kings Park Long Island High School in 1983 where he played basketball and was captain of the golf team. He attended Delhi University and Brookdale Community College. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. Initially Neal was employed in the retail field, as a store manager. His love of the culinary arts led to a career as a chef. He was self taught, learning on the job; and his talents enabled him to hold executive chef positions at several area restaurants.

Neal is survived by his wife Luz, his children Vicky, Andrea and her husband Mauricio Fonseca, Andrew and Brian, grandchildren Ashley and Ian, his parents Howard and Bonnie Irving, his brother Kenneth Irving and his wife Alicia, niece Scarlett, sister Kathryn Irving and brother-in-law Bjorn Wester. He is also survived by an extended and loving family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Neal was looking forward to living a more mellow life with Luz in her native country, Costa Rica. Neal was a true original. He was sarcastic but kind, driven yet always had time for a laugh and could be a bit rough around the edges like his main man Johnny Cash. Unfortunately, for those concerned with fashion, his typical uniform included a Folsom Prison Blues T-shirt and his infamous NY Giants sweatpants. He was the only person who could confidently blend the "Big Blue" with the "Man in black" and appear (somewhat) cool. Neal lived his life through the lens of a Seinfeld episode. He could take any situation, sad, awkward, or amusing and would immediately and expertly relate it to a Seinfeld scene.
Our hearts are broken, but his spirit, his humor, and the Neal way of viewing the world will not be forgotten. As in the voice of George Costanza, "I am speechless. I am without speech". Some times there are things in life, and in this case death, where words simply seem inadequate... the feelings are just too strong, so thank you George for helping out. Nothing will ever be the same without you Neal. We love you.

Friends and family will gather at a future date to honor Neal's life. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, Somerville.

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