Ken Haley, 63, of Morristown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, Easter morning, 2017 at CareOne at Madison Avenue in Morristown.
Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he grew up in Metuchen before moving to Jupiter, Florida in the early 1980s. He moved back to Metuchen in the early 1990's before moving to the Morristown area where he had lived the last seven years before his passing.
He is pre-deceased by his father Eugene Haley (1992) and his mother Alice 'Jean' Haley (1997).
He is survived by a daughter Jessica Haley of Canton South, Ohio and brothers Jeff of Vero Beach, Florida; Pete and his wife Beth of San Francisco, Calif.; John of Iselin, N.J.; and Rich and his wife Maura of Colonia, N.J.
After a stellar basketball/track and field/cross country career at Metuchen High School, he attended Campbell College (now University) in North Carolina. He was recruited to run track at Campbell, but also played on the basketball team as a walk-on, eventually starting.
He was a state-caliber cross country and track standout and held many school records at MHS before graduating in 1971. He was also the starting point guard for Metuchen when it shocked New Brunswick in the Middlesex County Basketball Tournament championship game in 1971. He loved to talk about that particular game.
He settled into a long career as a house painter and general handy man and enjoyed playing in local softball and flag football leagues. He was an avid fan of high school sports in general as well the New York Giants football team and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
There will be one visitation session on Thursday, April 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.