John P. Gualtieri Jr.

Published 7:11 am Saturday, March 5, 2022

John P. Gualtieri Jr., of Southern Shores, NC, passed away of natural causes on February 28, 2022, following a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Maureen McGrath.

John was born on March 1, 1935 in Rome, NY. He received his B.A. degree from Hamilton College in 1957 and a law degree from Cornell University in 1960. After five years of practicing law in his hometown, John joined the Law Department of the Prudential Insurance Company at its corporate headquarters in New Jersey. In 1969 he was transferred to a regional office in Pennsylvania and in 1974, he was transferred to Los Angeles, CA where he led a team of nine lawyers responsible for Prudential’s legal affairs in the west. He returned to New Jersey in 1978 and held several law department positions. When he retired in 1994, John held the title of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of five Prudential subsidiaries.

John was also active in industry affairs. He chaired a life insurance industry committee which modernized the way claims were handled for insolvent life insurers. He also served on a Council mandated by the SEC to develop a continuing education program for registered sales representatives. After his retirement, John continued to serve on the committee that monitored and updated training materials for the program.

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Following retirement, he was actively involved in numerous nonprofit volunteer work. Among those activities, he served on the Board of Retirees Offering Community Service (ROCS), and was a reader and then chaired EIES of New Jersey, a reading service for the blind. He also headed up homeowners’ associations in both New Jersey and on the Outer Banks. (He and his wife relocated in 2003 from South Orange, NJ.) He was an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Southern Shores.

He is survived by five children, Ann Tenan (Marc), Susan Jungles (Greg), John Gualtieri (Illona), Kenneth Gualtieri (Robin), and Keir Gualtieri (Tiffany); eleven grandchildren, Matthew Tenan, Jeff Tenan, Kelly Edwards, Brian Jungles, Sara Tew, Kyle Jungles, Ella Gualtieri, Enzo Gualtieri, Eli Gualtieri, Evan Gualtieri, and Keira Gualtieri; and four great grandchildren, Landon, Stella, Tanis and Addison. John loved his family deeply and as he said on becoming a grandparent, his job was to create memories for his grandkids and he did.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Southern Shores, NC, on March 19, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the All Saints’ Endowment Fund or his alma mater, Hamilton College, Clinton NY. Condolences may be shared at