John Taylor Babbitt
John was 16 years old when he collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing basketball with his friends. He was a 2003 graduate of St. Patrick’s School in Chatham N.J. and a junior at The Pingry School in Martinsville. An avid sports fan, John played football, basketball, soccer and baseball. His knowledge of sports was legendary and he loved nothing more than sharing that knowledge with his friends and family.
Born in New York City, John lived in the United Kingdom before moving to Chatham when he was 9 years old. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed ski vacations with family and friends in France, Vermont and Utah. An active member in St Patrick Youth Ministry, John was a team leader for the freshman retreats and immensely enjoyed participating in the annual Appalachia outreach trip to Preston County, West Virginia. He was also passionate about all types of music, Sting and The Police being among his favorites.
Virtuous, decent, kind and caring, John was a great friend, brother, son, and grandson. He always listened when people wanted to talk and had the ability to bring a smile to the faces of those he touched.