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Coughlin Funeral Home
15 Academy Street
Califon, New Jersey 07830
Phone: (908) 832-2414


 David Charles Rackley
Born: 08/08/1966
Died: 07/28/2017
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David Charles Rackley

David Charles Rackley was born in Bayonne New Jersey on August 8, 1966 to a first generation Irish mother and an Italian father who were crazy about their beautiful blue-eyed, white-haired baby boy. Moving to Point Pleasant Borough New Jersey (and then Sayreville New Jersey in his youth) where he was known in for his natural ability to excel at baseball as a no-hit pitcher, home run hitter, and centerfielder....a triple talent.

He moved again to graduate Bayonne High School. He furthered his education at Morris County College and excelled in his philosophy studies when he moved his life to Morris County New Jersey, to help raise his two nieces and be close to his sisters.

He devoted himself to his family selflessly and was pure in heart and lifestyle, as a spiritualist and musician. His stage name was "David Conscious" and he enjoyed playing the acoustic and electric guitar and was admired for his innovative intense acoustical compositions. An animal lover, and nature lover, yet he selflessly gave his life to people , especially those he lived with at the Crystal Brook residence in Jefferson Township as being a PEOPLE lover above all.

He would run errands for the elderly residents and was likely doing so at the time of the accident that took his life. As a member of St. Michaels Parish in Netcong, The Tibetan monastery in Northern NJ and St. Luke Parish in Long Valley, he furthered his devotion to Christ as a member of Deacon Ray Chimileski’s Christian meditation group and supported the deacons charity "OPERATION CHILLOUT INC", based in Long Valley, for the homeless veterans, where we ask donations to be sent in David’s honor at P.O. Box 353 Long Valley, NJ 07853.

He was an artistic cartoonist, writer, and reader and nonconformist who valued the only things in life that you can take with you and the only things that truly mattered. His witty sense of humor was a mark of his high IQ and good nature.

He was pre-deceased by his loving mother Joan Callander (nee: Coll) and survived by his loving father Edward Rackley, his sister and best friend, Denise Guaimano ( nee: Rackley) and brother in law Benjamin Guaimano, his beloved god daughters Edanna Guaimano,22, and Joanna Guaimano, 18, and his cherished baby sister, Laura Benitez ( nee: Callander) and her husband Justin Benitez and their sons,his 3 nephews, Rylan Benitez, 9, Lucas Benitez, 8, and Jake Benitez, 6, who he adored. He said " I love my babies !" about his nieces and nephews always. He is also survived by many of his wonderful Aunts and Uncles, cousins, and friends, and his special Aunt "Kay", Sister Kathleen Coll, a sister of St. Joseph, who was like a second mother to him after losing his own.

He was killed on July 28th while crossing the highway Rt. 23S steps in front of his residence coming back from D.D. at 5 am with an elderly friend. Their accident is a heartbreaking loss and tragedy that should remind us all to make the time for each other above all else in our lives. Our relationships with our family and friends are priceless and life is too short.

When asked what he wanted to do for his approaching 51st birthday on 8/8 he said I just want us all to be together, the whole family.... if you could arrange that. I never expected we would gather for his funeral, even when I found his one and only suit as I was cleaning out my closet last week. He said he really has nowhere to wear it to.

He preferred a Hawaiian shirt any day! :)

Calling Hours will be on Tuesday 8/1/17 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm in the Coughlin Funeral Home 15 Academy Street, Califon NJ 07830 and a mass on Wednesday 8/2/17 at 12:00 noon at St. Luke Parish in Long Valley, followed by a repast at the Chester Diner in Chester NJ.

All friends and family invited to share and partake in his services to celebrate his brilliant soul.

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Ed & family, Deepest sympathy to you & your family, thoughts & prayers are with all of you Kathy Hoth
Kathy Hoth
I met my neighbor David, years back buying an old guitar he wanted to sell. We became friends and sat in my garden playing tunes, thinking up titles to his original pieces. He loved music but most of all he loved his family and delighted telling me his childhood memories. He especially loved his sister Denise, and I saw first hand, her love and devotion to him. This tragedy was unforeseen and we lost him much too soon. But David will be in all our hearts. Especially with his family, who I know have the biggest hearts of all. My sorrow is with you. I am lucky to know David and am grateful to how he touched my life.
Heather Violette
David was very dear friend of mine, despite only knowing him for roughly a year. He spoke with me, and he always had kind words and advice for what seemed like impossible obstacles. I often saw him with his guitar- sans 2 strings on purpose, as he said he preferred- and it was wonderful taking a seat near him and just listening to him play. He was really a wonderful person. I was devastated to hear the news, and regretful I have no way to pay respects in person. My most sincere wishes for his family, especially the sister and nephews I often heard him speak of in high spirits. I'm so happy to have met you. You were a wonderful person and I will always remember you as such. The words of advice you gave me, the wisdom; I'll keep them with me forever. Julia K
Julia K
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