John H. Schut

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January 19, 1940 ~ February 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that I regretfully announce the death of John Henry Schut on February 6, 2021. He was born in Ridgefield, New Jersey and lived there until moving to New Milford New Jersey. His death was preceded by that of his life partner, Paul Klein.

John was a professional pet groomer who owned and operated his business called Palisades Petland which operated in Palisades Park.

John’s life was an example of what it really means to love your neighbor. This not only meant those who lived next door to him, but extended to all his friends and customers as well as to strangers, who soon became his friends. John was a person who always made people feel comfortable when around him. He was patient and kind and no one ever said an unkind word about him. If anyone ever needed anything, he would be the first to offer whatever he had and expected nothing in return.

He loved animals and animals seemed to love him back. One might say that he was like a modern day Francis of Assisi in that he was as gentle as the pets that he groomed and many times placed their welfare above his own.

Although he was a professional pet groomer, he was also a teacher in that he taught us by his own example of what it meant to be a friend and neighbor. We will all miss him very much—especially me, his brother.


Funeral Service: February 10, 2021 12:30 pm

Frank Patti And Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: February 10, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

George Washington Memorial Park.
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. What can you say about someone who was such a big part of your life? John was like the big brother I never had. He gave me my first job..washing dogs at Palisades Petland. Throughout the years, he has always been there for me with a smile on his face and never complaining. John helped renovate my "Fixer Upper" house. We painted, hung paneling, carpeted stairs, put cabinets together as well as many other projects. John was so special to me I made him my daughter's Godfather. He was atways there helping out at all the birthday parties and celebrations. When my friend and I needed to get to Central Park at 6 AM to ride on the Partridge Family Bus, John offered right away to drive us there. He also took great care of my dogs, cats and birds so that my husband and I could go on vacations. John was a constant source of support for me and my family for many years and I will miss him dearly. RIP John.

    Carol G.

  2. To a dear friend, rest in peace John. All our love and hugs; Donna, Elia and of course Suki, Pierre and Ginger (please kiss all for me). Donna Penzo and Family.

  3. John was a very kind and caring man. He was generous with his time and was always there to lend a hand. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Although we are not related by blood, we were family celebrating the happy events and milestones and at times, life's sad moments as well. He took wonderful care of our dogs throughout the years, not only with grooming but we could call him anytime with a question or problem with them. May you Rest in Peace, John.

    Bill and Jean Marie

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