John was predeceased by his beloved wife, Paula, on September 6, 2020, after they had been married for 69 years. Both John and Paula had a long association with Glenmeadow, going back to our days in Springfield as Chestnut Knoll and The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Both were corporate ambassadors.
John worked closely with Glenmeadow with a deep appreciation for our organization’s services and offerings—and a real commitment to our success. Indeed, he was intricately involved in board of directors matters until the week before he passed.
His concern for Glenmeadow residents and team members was obvious and genuine, and he showed his steadfast support for our work in his dedication of time, talent, and treasure. A true gentleman, he knew the value of a kind word and a kindly-written note. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and known for his desire to help others in any way he could.
“John was a gentle, kind soul who cared deeply for everyone,” said Glenmeadow President and CEO Anne Thomas. “He was also a wonderful mentor and role model in the sense that he worked very hard for what he had accomplished, and he gave back in so many ways.”
His success story is the stuff the American Dream is made of. After serving his country in the U.S. Marines, rising to the rank of corporal, the Bridgeport, CT native joined the Strathmore Paper Co. as an advertising “gofer” in 1956. He rose through the ranks and became president in 1970, overseeing the growth of what was then a $20 million enterprise when he took the helm to a company with annual revenues of $154 million when he retired.
“John brought a depth of experience to his role as a board member, but probably his biggest contribution was helping Glenmeadow cultivate a culture of philanthropy to support our work as a nonprofit,” said Dennis Fitzpatrick, chair of the Glenmeadow board of directors. He and Paula were generous donors to Glenmeadow, as well as to other organizations, and took active roles in bettering their community.
John was a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. We offer our condolences to his family and a commitment to carry on his and Paula’s inspiring legacy.