Jon (Jack) Martin Giswold, 60, of New York City and Asbury Park, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.
Jon was born on Sept. 3, 1959, to Marty and Jo Giswold. He grew up in Grantsburg. He moved to New York in the 80s to pursue his dreams and expand his horizons.
Jon was an entrepreneur, author, designer, lifestyle expert, and host of his own podcast "Moments that Matter."
Jon was a fitness instructor and personal trainer. More recently he rekindled his passion for knitting and created a small group called Knit in the Pit, in Asbury Park, NJ, where he and his knitting family got together to make, create, enjoy fellowship, and participate in various volunteer projects like: ‘Hat not Hate’ an anti-bullying campaign dear to Jon's heart; Soap S.A.C.K.s; or teaching kids to knit at The Boys and Girls Club, to mention a few.
Jon was full of life and made friends everywhere he went. If you spent time with Jon, you knew: You were loved. You mattered. You were seen. Jon was very proud of his long-term sobriety.
Jon is preceded in death by his parents, JoAnne and Martin Giswold; his nephew, Justin Erickson; and his ex-husband Marc Raboy.
Jon was the cherished brother of Roxi (Don) Knops of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Laura Johnson of Shafer, Minn.; loving uncle of Sarah (Zappa) Paczkowski, Peter Knops, Kjirsten (Paul) Johnson, and Bjorn Johnson; beloved Danish family of Helle, Claus, and Grethe Zier Rasmussen; a fun-loving great-uncle of Alexa and Maddie Erickson; Logan, Kaiden, Raiden, Ronan and Aurora Paczkowski.
Jon is also survived by his Aunt Carol Lysdahl and cousins Shari, Debi, Kevin, and Joe; Shelly, Brad, and Kent; and Kathy.
Finally, last but not least, Jon will be missed by so many friends, near and far, you all know who you are!
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world." ~ Dr. Seuss
Jon was one person who touched the lives of TONS of ones.
Spread your wings, Blue Angel
Arrangements entrusted to the Vander Plaat Memorial Home 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Jon's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.