Mrs. Cioce, Sherquan Dailey ’21, Mrs. Gabriel, Christopher Moronta ’22, & The Salesian Community
Three and a half years ago I walked into my freshman orientation 5 hours late. It’s something Mr. J and I continue to joke about because he held my name tag diligently searching for me for hours hoping that he didn’t lose a student. When I finally came he didn’t let me out of his sight.
At the time my father was going overseas and as a teacher he knew how critical it was for him to be there during my High School years. He told Mr. J to look after me and that is exactly what he did. Mr. J was a second father to me.
Mr. J pushed me hard for three and a half years to be the best version of myself I could be. He “harassed” me (as me and him called it), he made me laugh, he championed behind me every time I succeeded, and he exposed me to new experiences. He introduced me to the most amazing group of leaders I can humbly call family to this very day. Mr. J shoved me out of my comfort zone, teaching me that my comfort zone is not my friend. If it wasn’t for him and his impact I would not have been a fraction of the person I am today.
There is not a person on this green earth that he didn’t comfort, didn’t touch, didn’t provide laughter or love. He is truly one of those rare people that had Jesus written all over him. And no matter what happened he never lost faith and he made sure those around him never lost faith either.
I am at a loss of words. The entire community is hurt, heartbroken, and lost. Heaven gained one of the biggest, brightest souls. I am grateful for the conversations, the experiences, the lessons, and most importantly the laughs. Mr. J controlled the room- he was and is the life of the party, THE conversation. He is Salesian.
I am going to miss hiding from you in the halls. Even though you let me get away with it sometimes because we both knew you had my schedule open on your screen. I better hear “look at this dude” & “QUANNNN” with that iconic laugh all the way down here. My heart is heavy. My heart goes out to your beautiful and cherished family.
Thank you for everything Dad.