William “Billy” Niskoch Jr., of Chatham, passed away at his home on October 3, 2022. He was 46.
Billy was born on March 3, 1976, grew up in Edison Town and graduated from Bishop Ahr High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Keane University, and then a Master’s degree from Jersey City University. Billy was an elementary school teacher at Irvington School District for 18 years, where he was known as “Mr. N”. He loved teaching, and would often tell stories about his students with a smile on his face.
Billy loved life, always laughing, had a great sense of humor. Family was very important to him, and he cherished his time with his family, spending weekends at the shore. One of his favorite places was Cape May, and he and his wife Jessica considered Cape May a special place for them. Billy adored his niece and nephews and enjoyed supporting their sports games and cheering them on from the sidelines. Billy stayed active through mountain biking, playing on the Woodbridge United Soccer team, and was a big fan of the Rangers, Mets, and Jets teams. He loved to cook, and turned his love of cooking into a second career. He achieved his dream of owning a restaurant, and was the owner of a popular Italian restaurant in Jersey City called Delenios. Billy volunteered at See Spot Rescued, an animal rescue in Jersey City. Dogs were near and dear to his heart, and he took pride in being the best dog dad he could be to his Frenchie Oliver – “the kid”. He more recently found a love of gardening, and enjoyed setting up his new home in Chatham NJ.
He is survived by his wife Jessica Niskoch, beloved dog Oliver, parents Bill and Laura Niskoch, Mother-in-Law Ilene Garfield, Brother Chris and wife Jessica Niskoch, Sister-in-Law Alexis Garfield, Uncle and Aunt Ed and Jackie Colton, Nieces and Nephews Aiden Dylan and Ellie Niskoch and Meghan and Joseph Colton, cousins Jason Plungis and Jeff and wife Angie Plungis, along with countless amounts of friends. He was predeceased by maternal grandparents Pauline and Ed Colton, paternal grandparents William and Mary Niskoch, Aunt Paula Plungis and cousin Jimmy Plungis.