Christopher LaScala, 40, of Parlin, NJ passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2023 surrounded by loved ones.
Christopher is survived by his father Thomas LaScala and mother Agnes LaScala. Forever remembered by his siblings Brian LaScala and life partner Monika Lesser, Kevin LaScala and wife Jennifer LaScala, and Paul LaScala. He is also loved and remembered by his niece Charlotte LaScala and nephew and godson Logan LaScala.
Christopher was a fun loving soul who took on many passions. He was an avid outdoorsman who was inspired by nature. Multiple times a year Chris could be found hiking an east coast trail in a State Park or parts of the Appalachian trail. Camping and backwoods camping was a refined art of packing pride for Chris. Chris took on the role of navigator and cartographer on all adventures. Many times on a hike, Chris would either drop a fishing line in a stream or identify flora and fauna. Chris was renowned for being able to start a campfire with limited resources, source drinkable water, and always bring the coffee and tea.
Sports was another interest of his. He had a great love for hockey, playing it himself and watching his favorite team,the Jersey Devils. Chris started off as a street hockey goalie as a young kid and grew into a roller hockey team. Eventually Chris would play ice hockey for a local adult league team.
Soccer was another sport of interest and enjoyment. Chris would play two seasons of soccer a year as a child. In high school he became a starter for Cardinal McCarric H.S. Eventually he would become an official for the local recreation leagues that he grew up with.
In addition to sports, history was another source of enjoyment for Chris and one of his favorite topics. He was especially invested in American history and has visited many Revolutionary War battlefields and Civil War battlefields. A popular toast among his brothers was to the preservation of the Union.
He was a beautiful person inside and out. He cared deeply for those around him. He also had a great love for animals, and worked at a veterinary clinic after college. He made a great impact on many lives and will forever be missed.
Funeral services will be held Sunday 5:30pm at the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin with a private cremation to follow
Calling hours at the funeral home will be held Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Letters of condolence, completed arrangements and directions can be found at www.spezzifuneralhome.com