Jeffrey “Paint” Storako, 63, of Laurel Springs, NJ, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Born in Homewood, IL to Edwin and Patricia Storako, Jeffrey was the fifth of nine children. He left home at the age of 13 to travel with the carnival, a great decision as it would take him to Stone Harbor, New Jersey. There, after getting a job as a bar tender, he would eventually meet Donna Haury. They fell in love in 1981, moved to Florida for a short time, and were married. They later moved back to New Jersey, where they have lived for the past 37 years. Over 39 years of marriage Donna and Jeff would raise four boys, Christopher and his wife Christine, Nicholas, Kyle his wife Mina and their son Robin, and Jacob. Jeff began a painting business which he ran successfully for more than 35 years. He used this business to provide for his family as well to teach his boys the value of hard work. They would all spend at least one summer working for their Pop and many more enjoying the time he would always make to spend with each of them. He treasured his family.
Jeff was an avid golfer. He is known lovingly by his friends as the “Painter.” He won numerous golf tournaments including the 2013 Camden County Amateur Senior golf open, the 2006 President’s Cup at Wedgewood Country Club, several A-Flight division club championships and three Member/Members. He also accrued eight holes in one and numerous “Painter Pars,” over an illustrious golfing career. Paint was a short game magician, able to get the ball up and down, from almost any position. In fact, the term “Painter-Par,” was attributed to him for his ability to recover from what others would deem a doomed position. He was never afraid to try something new or different; from drivers off the deck to wedges from riverbeds, Paint had an imagination and talent that far surpassed the average golfer. He had an appetite for competition and a drive to win. There was no one better to have on your team and no one better to have standing over a winning putt than the Painter. During his final round Paint carded a 76, needing only 23 putts and birdieing the final two holes to win a tight match. He passed on a love for the game to his boys, and cherished the friends he made playing it; especially those from the “Birdie Derby,” at the Wedge. If you listen closely you can still hear his famous catch-phrase echoing through the trees of his favorite course, “PAINT THAT!”
Jeffrey will be remembered for his charismatic and loving attitude. He had no regrets and lived his life to the fullest. He is survived by his loving wife, four children, one grandchild, and his brothers and sisters Carole Duffield and her late husband Robert, Debbie Zeppieri, Edwin and his wife Jill, the late Jean Hitchcock and Don, Patricia Genauldi and her late husband Peter, Virginia Colbert and Danny, Marybeth Waller and George, Michael and his wife Victoria, as well as many nieces and nephews for whom he all loved dearly. While he will be sorely missed, there is no doubt he is already making Painter-Pars and yelling Paint That! to God as he sinks the winning putt on 18.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewings on Sunday, September 20th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and Monday, September 21st from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, 420 S. Main Street, Williamstown. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Hope Parish / St. Agnes R.C. Church, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood. Cremation private.
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