John Stephen Hegedus, a loving husband, father, and friend, passed away on March 27, 2023. He was born on July 21, 1927 to a Hungarian family in Satu Mare, Romania. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zoltan and Anna Hegedus, and his sister, Agnes. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Franziska (aka Bambi), his sons, Nicholas (Katherine) and Christopher (Heather), and grandchildren, Timothy, Kristen, Austin, and Matthew. Early in his life, John experienced the tragedy of WWII, during which he lost his father and sister. He made an adventurous escape from communist Romania, involving crossing a border in the trunk of a car and posing as a seminarian, eventually making his way to NYC, where he graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, including time managing operations in Tokyo (twice) and in Istanbul (for 8 years), he settled in Greenwich, CT, moved to Westport, CT and then to Pennington, NJ. He was an avid bridge player, a history buff, and a consummate intellectual. He will be forever missed for his intelligence, curiosity, and (at times off-color) sense of humor.