Johnson Walton Funeral Home

Preston P. Lare

Preston P. Lare

Preston Paul Lare, 65, of Holland Township, NJ, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Preston was born on November 26, 1955 in Morristown, NJ, and was raised in Peapack-Gladstone. He graduated from Mendham High School in 1974, and worked for W.H. Lare and Sons, a family owned business, since he was sixteen years old. Preston married his beloved wife Alison in 1982, and moved to Holland Township, NJ shortly thereafter. Preston was a strong, generous, loyal man who took deep pride in his family. He was well-loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting him, and was known for his kind and gentle heart of gold. Preston was an avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, biking, and spending time in nature. Preston was a man of strong faith, who belonged to South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, NJ and Cornerstone Church in Easton, PA.

Preston is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-eight years, Alison (Peake) Lare, his two daughters Nicole A. Lare of Scotch Plains, NJ and Kristie A. Lare of Holland Township, NJ, his son Preston J. Lare and daughter-in-law Mary Lare of Hillsborough, NJ, his brother Christopher Lare and family of Long Valley, NJ, and his father William H. Lare of Peapack-Gladstone. He was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth (Samer) Lare.

The family will receive relatives and loved ones for a visitation on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 6-8 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10 AM at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Nathan Tuckey. During the service, the family would like to welcome those in attendance to share their fond memories of Preston. Interment will be held privately at the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks and social distancing will be enforced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038.


From: Judy Oliver Johnson
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

From: Nancy & David McNally
We are thinking and praying for all of you. May God bless you with comfort. Nancy & Dave

From: Rob and Michele Rosell
Alison, Nikki, Christie, PJ and Mary . Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family for the loss of Preston. A kind, gentle and loving man who touched the heart of everyone who was lucky enough to be part of his life. We will always smile and think of Preston when PJ and our daughter Mary speak of going over to their Lare-Ents house , which is a combination of the Lare’s and their parents house. Preston will surely be missed but we know his spirit will always remain with all that love him.

From: Dr. Dawn Steele
Dear Alison and family, I've been a good friend of Ellise for over ten years. Since I've known her so long, I feel like a part of your family. Sending my deepest sympathy to you at this time. Grief is like glitter- you can toss it up in the air and watch it fall in a billion pieces to the ground. You try to sweep it up but there will always be little pieces found... as you will never be able to sweep it all up. I choose to view the glitter as the beautiful and loving aspects of our living through grief. May you find peace in knowing Preston will always shine love into your life. Blessings to you all as you move forward knowing LOVE, NEVER DIES.

From: Alexandra Chess Kucsan
Dear Alison, and family: My deepest condolences to you. He must have been an amazing father and husband to be so loved. They say you can always know a loved one is near when you spot a cardinal- keep your eyes peeled, I don't think he will ever be too far from you. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. From, Ali Chess Kucsan

From: Donna and Pete Davis
Sending our deepest sympathies to Alison and the Lare Family.

From: Bill and Laurie Weldon
Bill and I are thinking of you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

From: Mark Slingerland
Alison and family, I had the privilege of meeting Preston at a few of our family get togethers. He had a unique and humble way about him that made you always feel special. Please know you are in our thoughts, and praying for the Lord's peace to sustain you.

From: Vicki Flegg
Dearest Alison, even though I’m thousands of miles away, please know that I’m thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time. Love Vicki x

From: Lauren Elizondo
So sorry to hear this, such a kind and gentle man.

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