Wilton John Lacon, son of the late Wilfred Castelon and Sybil Lucille Lacon was born in New Amsterdam, Guyana on July 11th, 1940. He was surrounded with loved ones at home as he peacefully departed this life to be with the Lord on Friday August 27th, 2021.
Wilton who was known to many as “John” was the fourth of seven children. He attended Roman Boys School, Berbice High School and Georgetown Technical Institute. After graduation John moved to Linden, secured a job with the Demerara Bauxite Company and joined the Oracles Music Band as their manager.
John married the love of his life Gloria Boyer in 1965. They immigrated to the United States of America in 1966 to build a new life.
John was determined to be successful; he enrolled at New Jersey Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career working in the town of Orange as an electrical engineer; he also worked at Neptune Instruments as an electrical engineering manager. Later he was an associate professor at Essex County College and taught Computer Science in the Plainfield School District. John was a mentor to many of his students, always encouraging them to excel in their studies and life. John also was a small business owner of a Computer Consultation Business in South Plainfield. In the midst of his busy professional life, he also became a certified tennis instructor who helped in development of young tennis players in the Plainfield area.
John loved spending time with his friends, immediate and extended family. He was always ready for a party, in which he was usually the life of the party. He was an avid traveler. He loved to travel with his wife and close friends. His trips to the islands were especially enjoyable. He had a full and enjoyable life which he constantly reminded those he cared about to replicate. His greatest passions were his family, friends, tennis, mentoring the young and helping any one in need.
John was predeceased by his daughter Joanne who died in 1997, his siblings Agnes, Maeleen and Wifred. Left to cherish his memory wife Gloria, sons Brian Figueira, Jean-Paul and Chad Lacon. Daughter Annette Michaels, Daughter-in-Law Dr. Simone Manigault. Grandchildren Ayesha, Quinn, Zherisse, Christiana, Taylor, Imani, Avery, Jordan, Cameron, Ruzzell, Denzell and four great grandchildren Adelana, Adeyinka, Qynn, and Adetola. Siblings Pansy, Gloria and Elizabeth. Brothers-in-Law Ruel, Norman, Lloyd, Terrence, and James, Sister-in-Laws Collette and Veronica and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, friends and acquaintances.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 5-8pm at McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals in South Plainfield. Family and friends may gather to St. Bernard of Clairvaux & St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church in Plainfield on Saturday, September 4, 2021 for a 10:00 am Funeral Mass. At the request of the family, cremation will be held private. Please visit www.McCriskinFuneralHome.com to send condolences to the Lacon family.